We look at the growing diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia with Ahmad Sadri of Lake Forest College. Also, India withstood militant attacks at a military base in Pakistan and at a consulate in Afghanistan. Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University-Bloomington tells us about current relations between the countries. And Ukraine will ask the United Nations (UN) for a peacekeeping mission in the country’s war-torn East. Russia and Ukraine have also begun a trade war. We’ll ask Anders Aslund from the Atlantic Council if there can be compromise.
Canada seeks to renconcile with its indigenous population, historian John Schmidt remembers the first successful flight, and and two photographers give us a unique look at Cuba. Also, we talk to the creators of Rumi Spice, an organization working with saffron farmers in Afghanistan.
After their tours of duty in Afghanistan, U.S. veterans, Keith Alaniz, Emily Miller and Kimberly Jung, started Rumi Spice, a “for-profit social enterprise” that links Afghan farmers with global markets, through harvesting and selling the world’s most expensive spice - saffron. For our Global Activism series, they’ll tell stories about their tours of duty and how the people they encountered inspired them to help build a better Afghanistan.
Never before has a US war dragged on as long as the US deployment in Afghanistan. And for soldiers who signed up right before or right after the conflict began, that means the prospect of serving their entire 20-year commitment moving from deployment to deployment.
When Taliban insurgents seized control of Kunduz last month, they went door-to-door targeting women who work outside the home. Female workers of one aid group knew the risk and escaped — and now plan to return to continue supporting other survivors.