Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Worldview: a crisis for democracy, the Latino Film Festival, and a weekend of dance and poetry April 12, 2013 WBEZ [View the story "Worldview: a crisis for democracy, the Latino Film Festival, and a weekend of dance and poetry" on Storify]Worldview: a crisis for democracy, the Latino Film Festival, and a weekend of dance and poetryA new book discusses a disturbing trend in democratic countries around the world. The Latino Film Festival kicks off in Chicago. Worldview takeson social media trends worldwide. Plus, we'll find out where hear some Latino poetry this weekend.Storified by · Fri, Apr 12 2013 10:19:22Democracy's global slumpThroughout history, the middle class hasbeen seen as an agent of global change. But how true is that? Even withthe Arab Spring movements of the last couple of years, many leading indicatorssuggest that democracy is in fact experiencing a global decline, with the at least tacit approval of the global middleclass. Joshua Kurlantzick, author ofthe new book Democracy in Retreat, explains why.One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - By Joshua KurlantzickOver the past two years, the world's attention has been captured by previously unimaginable -- even rapturous -- changes throughout parts...Global Cinema: the 29th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival The 29th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival runs from April 11th to 25th. It features more than 100 films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. Film contributor Milos Stehlik tells us about this year’s line up. Mexican filmmaker Rafa Lara, whose film Cinco de May: The Battle shows at the festival, also joins us.The 29th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival BeginsThe 29th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through April 25 with a lineup of over 100 films from the U.S., S...World leaders taking to twitter in record numbersWBEZ’s viral video guru Tim Akimoff takes on social media and world leaders, including the twitter account of former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and the Daily Show spoof on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which got 2.8 million views in China. Check out our tumblr.Viral Video of the Day: 'Daily Show' clip mocking Kim Jong Un racks up 2.8 million Chinese viewsWell, the saying seems to have rung true regarding a comedic connection between the US and China. While 'The Daily Show' may not normally...Weekend Passport: Cuban dance, jazz and Latino poetryGlobal citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we’ll head to a Cuban dance party and check out the largest international festival of Latino Poetry in the Midwest. Global Dance Party with Angel d’CubaWhen: Friday April 12th, 8:30 pmWhere: Old Town School of Folk Music,4545 N. Lincoln Ave, ChicagoThe Global Dance Party is a chance to learn a new style of dance, and then put that new knowledge in action with a dance party. This week, Cuban American salsa artist Angel d'Cuba brings the music and you can bring the dance.Angel d'Cuba | Old Town School of Folk MusicHavana Blue: River North Dance Chicago with Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz PhilharmonicWhen: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 8 pmWhere: Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Congress Parkway, ChicagoThis week, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and River North Dance Chicago combine forces to present the world premiere of a new composition. Both organizations' Artistic Directors have Afro-Cuban roots, and this project is chance for them to explore that part of their heritage, and share it with you.Auditorium Theatre :: performances :: HAVANA BLUE: River North Dance Chicago with Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz PhilharmonicHAVANA BLUE: River North Dance Chicago with Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Presented by BMO Harris and Co-commissioned by the Au...6th Annual Poesía En Abril FestivalWhen: April 11-30, various timesWhere: The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior Street, ChicagoInstitute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC), 3015 W Division St, ChicagoBiblioteca del Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio Street, Chicago,among othersThroughout April, which is National Poetry Month, Contratiempo, a local Hispanic arts organization dedicated to Spanish-speaking artists in the United States, brings you the 6th Annual Poesía En Abril Festival. With a wide variety of events throughout the city, the Festival gives you many chances to enoy Latin poetry at its best. Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Previous post in Worldview Colombians march for peace, US corners sperm market, Zambian aid Next post in Worldview North Korean developments, Venezuela's election and chess in Uganda View the discussion thread. Top Headlines On WBEZ.org The Best Albums of 2013: The Top 10 Looking back at 1970s Uptown Strange Brews Podcast The Best Albums of 2013: 20 to 11 The politics behind the Illinois pension vote Chewing the Fat with Monica Eng and Louisa Chu Exoneree Diaries: Antione’s pay day How do kids like the new CPS lunches? Woman scarred by orphanage Remembering the 'Forgotten Hoosiers' What’s street cleaning really good for? What can Englewood learn from the new Detroit Whole Foods?