Colombia’s Afro population endures violence and persecution from the country’s numerous armed factions. Ruth Goring, human rights advocate and photojournalist Mike Bracey visited and photographed Afro-Colombian neighborhoods in Colombia. They join us to fulfill their mission to “share the beauty and strength of our Afro-Colombian sisters and brothers through exhibits and presentations in Chicago and beyond."
Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has decided to channel more than $7.3 million in tax increment financing toward a “bus rapid transit” line downtown, according to transportation and economic-development officials.The money will combine with an announced $24.6 m
In 1994, the United States, Canada and Mexico implemented the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At the time, proponents of the landmark agreement said NAFTA would create hundreds of thousands of high-wage jobs in the U.S.
All this week, WBEZ is looking at Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor.One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost.
Despite efforts to demobilize paramilitary groups in Colombia, the country is still one of the most violent in the world. The danger is especially high for journalists who dare to report on Colombia’s powerful criminals and drug gangs, many of which are controlled by former paramilitary fighters.