Worldview: The Boston attack in international media, al-Qaeda ties in the Syrian opposition, and refugees from the Congo

April 16, 2013


Worldview: The Boston attack in international media, al-Qaeda ties in the Syrian opposition, and refugees from the Congo

After the Boston Marathon attack, impressions from the Muslim world. A look at the Syrian opposition and its apparent ties with al-Qaeda. Worldview examines the United States' growing population of refugees from the Congo.

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Global Media React To Boston ExplosionsMedia outlets around the world scrambled to gather information following the bomb explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Mon...
So heartened by the response from my article, especially from non-Muslims and non-Arab Americans - via @AJEnglishKhaled Bey

The BostonMarathon attack makes headlines worldwide

According to American media outlets, thereis still very little news about who is responsible for the bombingin Boston. That’s a similar message to what’s being reported in theArab language media,  where the story is front page news. Ahmed Rehab,executive director of CAIR Chicago, and Abdul Malik Mujahid, founderand host of Radio Islam, join us to talk about coverage of the story in theinternational press.  To join the conversation call us at 312-923-9239 ortweet us @WBEZWorldview! 

‘Please don’t be a Muslim’: Boston marathon blasts draw condemnation and dread in Muslim world Fisher
Boston explosions: 'Please don't be Arabs or Muslims'I texted my friend at 7:47am EST, extending well wishes for a "successful and prosperous race". Like the 23,181 runners who left Hopkinto...

The make-up Syria's Islamist opposition

Recently, Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist group operating within Syria’s opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, announced its affiliation with Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Islamist groups make up a large part of Syria’s resistance, but they are hardly monolithic. Aron Lund is a Swedish writer and researcher who recently released a report on the Islamist elements operating in Syria. He joins Worldview to shed some light on the different strains of Islam in Syria’s resistance.

Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra make it officialThe leader of Iraq's local Al Qaeda affiliate has claimed sponsorship of Jabhat al-Nusra, a militant group fighting alongside the Syrian ...
Congo's refugees make a home in the U.S.A.

The United States has seen an influx of refugees from Congo in recent years. Melineh Kano, of RefugeeOne, an organization that helps resettle refugees in the Chicago area, and Shelly Pitterman, a representative from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, join us to talk about this growing population and its concerns. 

Syracuse refugee population needs a one-stop shopSyracuse, N.Y. -- Makene Yelusa is one of 12 refugees from the Congo who came to Syracuse over the past decade. She's struggled to find w...