Scottish voters will decide in September whether or not they want to continue to be a part of the United Kingdom. Edward Luce, Washington columnist for the Financial Times walks us through the arguments for and against independence.
We'll examine what's behind the rise in income inquality in the United States and see how we stack up with against other wealthy nations. Plus we'll find out why one Spanish region wants a referendum on independence.
Expectations were high one year ago when South Sudan gained independence. Many are optimistic about the direction of the country, but many also believe the fledgling country has failed to live up to expectations.
Given the breadth of meaning around the word "independent," Afternoon Shift, decided to focus on three threads: political, personal and cultural, with Laura Beth Nielsen, Susan Nussbaum, Steve Albini and Kim Deal.
There were high expectations and a sense of euphoria when South Sudan gained independence from the North last July. It was a battle hard won after years of fighting. But in recent months the challenges have added up.
South Sudan became the world’s newest nation last Saturday. It’s taken nearly 50 years. Some two million people died in the struggle that led to Saturday’s festivities. Chicagoan Kenneth Elisapana joined in the celebration from Chicago.
The West African nation Mauritania celebrated its independence from France 50 years ago on Sunday. Slavery remains widespread in the poor desert nation of 3 million, despite several attempts to ban it.Seventy-two-year-old Abdul Kamara is a French-speaking Fulani from Southern Mauritania.