Worldview: Guantanamo politics, the Cannes Film Festival and Mexican-Franco cuisine

May 3, 2013

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Worldview: The politics around Guantanamo, the Cannes Film Festival and Mexican-Franco cuisine

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The political cost of closing Guantanamo
Earlier this week President Obama broke a long silence on Guantanamo, saying it’s “not necessary to keep America safe.It is expensive. It is inefficient.  It needs to be closed.”  He also promised to re-engage Congress on the issue.  Josh Gerstein, White House Reporter for POLITICO, explains whether Obama has the political capital he needs to convince Congress to close it.
Senate Votes To Block Funds For Guantanamo ClosureWASHINGTON - In a rare, bipartisan defeat for President Barack Obama, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to keep the prison at Gua...
A preview of the Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival begins May 15th. Film contributor Milos Stehlik will be in attendance. He gives us a rundown of some of the highlights and tells why he thinks the festival is being overrun by Americans.
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Italian politics

After weeks without a government Italy finally managed to form a working coalition but it remains unclear whether this group of unlikely alliances can survive. Worldview  producer Alexandra Salomon updates us what all the political maneuvering means.
Italy Forms New Coalition Government to End Months of Political Stalemate nyti.ms/12QadAKThe New York Times
BBC News - Italy's new coalition government targets economy3 days ago ... Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta says his broad coalition will work to heal the nation's finances while e...
Weekend passport: Mexican cuisine with a French flair, Polish folklore, and the Children of Siberia
Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we’ll tell you where to go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and how to join in the festivities for Polish Constitution Day. 

“The French Flipped” Pop-Up Supper

Where: Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 West Cermak Road, Unit 1B
When: Sunday, May 5th at 6:30PM

Enjoy original French-infused Mexican cuisine with live entertainment from the Mexican Dance Ensemble of Chicago.

“A lot of people think Cinco de Mayo is a festival to get drunk and wear crazy colored hats, but the history of the event is the Battle of Puebla in Mexico where they fought off the French army and won the victory. We’re doing a menu based on those two countries, but we're keeping Mexican food at the heart of the menu.” —Mikey Corona, Co-founder of Yo Soy Chicago Underground Suppers
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4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival

Where: 26th & Kostner
When: Friday, May 3rd (6:00pm to 11:00pm); Saturday and Sunday, May 4th & 5th (2pm to 11pm)


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Little Village, a small community deeply rooted in Mexican-American heritage and tradition. Enjoy authentic cuisine, traditional artwork, and live performances from artists like Grammy Award nominated singer Nadia Lopez and Mexican reality t.v. star Erasmo Catarino.
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Polish Fest Chicago

Where: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
When: Saturday, May 4th (12pm to 9:30pm) and Sunday, May 5th (12pm to 9pm)

In honor of Polish Constitution Day, the Copernicus Center welcomes you to "get your Polish on" after the Polish Constitution Day Parade. Sample Polish staples such as kielbasa and Polish beer, and enter for a chance to win a prize in the pierogi-eating contest. Enjoy a great lineup of traditional folk dancers and world music performers such as Mucca Pazza.
Polish Constitution Day Parade - May 3 Parade ChicagoPolish Constitution Day Parade. This year's Chicago celebration of the Polish Constitution of 1791 will be held on Saturday, May 4t...
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Children of Siberia: Memoirs of Lithuanian Exiles

Where: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S Pulaski Rd
When: Saturday, May 4th at 2pm

Come witness the firsthand accounts of the Children of Siberia, survivors of deportations from Lithuania to Siberia during and after World War II. There will be a book presentation of Children of Siberia: Memoirs of Lithuanian Exiles. The presentation will be translated from Lithuanian to English.
Soviet deportations from the Baltic States | Ledo vaikaiOn June 14, 1941, 3a.m. under Moscow's orders the first mass deportations to Siberia started simultaneously from Lithuania, Latvia ...