Thursday on Worldview: Dr. Zaher Salhoul talks about his group’s efforts to treat the wounded inside Syria and in the refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan; the Rainforest Rescue Coalition describes their mission to conserve and protect rainforest land around the world.
Film contributor Milos Stehlik talks with Lebanese director Nadine Labaki about her new film, which opens in Chicago May 18. We also hear from documentary maker Jason Glaser. After watching his friends in western Nicaragua die from kidney failure, he put his camera aside and started a foundation to help them.
A UN-brokered cease-fire in Syria, in place since April 12, has had little effect on stemming the violence that has raged for more than a year now. Yesterday, three members of the Syrian security service were killed in Damascus.
The UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria seems like a lost cause as Assad’s troops and the opposition continue their assaults. While other options to address the conflict have been suggested, few, if any, are good ones.
The Annan plan for Syria gives the country until April 10th to stop the violence, but the U.S. is skeptical that the Syrian government will suddenly adhere to its commitments. The UN Human Rights Council established an international Commission of Inquiry in September.
According to Syrian opposition groups, the Assad regime has sent tanks into rebellious areas to hunt down activists and torch or bulldoze their homes. The actions come ahead of an April 10 United Nations deadline calling for full compliance with a peace plan to end the violence.
Leslie Mass first wrote about being a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in Pakistan in 1962. She discusses her recent book about returning to the village 50 years later called, Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey. And WBEZ’s Odette Yousef brings us an audio postcard from the