Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, is due to be replaced, but is fighting for a third term despite his loss of support in Iraq and internationally. As the U.S. pressures Al-Maliki to peacefully step aside, it continues airstrikes against ISIL near Erbil.
The American Association of University Professors is calling for universities to reconsider their Confucius Institutes. We'll talk to a University of Chicago professor whose article criticizing the institutes has helped fuel the debate.
Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We'll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says the conviction by an Egyptian court of three Al Jazeera journalists is a threat to press freedom. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times, joins us to discuss the verdict.
Senior Obama administration officials told the Washington Post that they are beginning to see the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as unified. We'll talk to historian and security expert John Mearsheimer about how the conflicts are connected.
Iraqi musicians have been the target of attacks by extremists who have bombed music shops and forced many concert halls to close, but they have continued to play.On this week's Global Notes we'll listen to Iraqi folk and pop.