Worldview: New U.N. report on war crimes in Syria, human trafficking online, and peace on Earth through film

February 18, 2013

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Worldview: New U.N. report on war crimes in Syria, human trafficking online, and peace on Earth through film

The United Nations identifies people suspected of war crimes in Syria's brutal civil war. One college professor discusses his research into sex trafficking on the Internet. In France, school reform measures are prompting debate. A film festival focusing on peace and nonviolence comes to Chicago.

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New U.N. report outlines war crimes in Syria


United Nations investigators saidtoday that Syrian leaders they had identified as suspected war criminals shouldface the International Criminal Court (ICC). Worldview will get insighton the announcement from Karen AbuZayd, commissioner for the United NationsIndependent Commission of Inquiry for Syria. She’s also formercommissioner-General for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency.

U.N. has list of Syria war crime suspects in leadership positionsCredit: Reuters/Al-Mutsem Be-Allah/Shaam News Network/Handout A view shows a tank after Free Syrian Army fighters said they fought and de...
Comparing public holidays

Today, Chicagoans enjoy their second public holiday in as many weeks.  Last week was Lincoln's Birthday, a public holiday in Illinois.  Today, it is Presidents' Day, a national holiday. Seem like a lot? Well, compared to the rest of the world, the United States actually has a moderate amount of holidays. Worldview compares and contrasts public holidays around the world.

 Monitoring human trafficking online


We’ll talk with Mark Latonero from the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and professor at the University of Southern California. He’ll tell us how his research on online human trafficking led him to believe that the “internet is a double-edged sword that facilitates sex-trafficking, but can also be leveraged to combat it.”

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French school day reform

The debate over how to improve education is often complex and heated in the Chicago area. But our city is not alone--the same is true as far away as France. Efforts to revamp the French school week prompted strikes and public outcry. Currently, French schoolchildren get Wednesdays off and log longer hours the rest of the week. Starting next fall, French President Francois Hollande wants to even out the schedule. He’s pushing to add a half-day on Wednesdays for elementary students and trim back time from other days of the week. Associated Press Correspondent Lori Hinnant joins Worldview from Paris to explain why this move has struck a nerve.
French Plan to Add to Already Lengthy School Calendar Meets ResistanceThe long hours and peculiar weekly rhythm have been criticized as counterproductive to learning and blamed for keeping women out of the f...
Peace on Earth Film Festival

Chicago’s Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) celebrates independent films on themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world. This year’s Fest starts March 7th. Festival Founder Nick Angotti will tell us about his “Dialogue for Peace” program. It ran 15 films, and included discussion at various Chicago area schools and educational institutions. We’ll also talk with a student and former teacher from one school using the films to promote environmental sustainability.
Peace On Earth Film Festival | ...raising awareness of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced worldPeace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) has been established to celebrate and encourage the work of independent films from around the world ...

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