WBEZ | Mumbai http://www.wbez.org/tags/mumbai Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Chicago neonatologist returns home to India to do development work http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/global-activism-chicago-neonatologist-returns-home-india-do-development- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/india3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks to Dr. Anita Deshmukh, the executive director of <a href="http://pukar.org.in/" target="_blank">Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research</a>, an organization based in Mumbai. Her research focuses on the relationship between poverty, social equity and health – all through the lens of urban youth.</p><p>A physician and neonatologist by trade, Anita taught and lived in Chicago for 20 years. Anita tells <em>Worldview</em> why she decided to leave her life in Chicago and relocate to Mumbai to work with disenfranchised young people.</p><p><strong>Note:</strong> Some listeners wanted to get their hands on a song we played briefly on last week's <em>Global Activism</em>, which focused on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/global-activism-couple-fights-sickle-cell-disease-cameroon-94508" target="_blank">a couple that's battling sickle cell disease</a> in Cameroon. For your listening pleasure, here is "F.J.K. Anthem":</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/F.J.K.%20Anthem.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-122073">F.J.K. Anthem.mp3</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the </em>Global Activism <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a> and put “Global Activism” in the subject line. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the <a href="wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 17:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/global-activism-chicago-neonatologist-returns-home-india-do-development- Chicago man convicted of helping terrorists wants new trial http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-man-convicted-helping-terrorists-wants-new-trial-92226 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-20/AP110523038187.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicagoan convicted of helping terrorists plan an attack is asking for a new trial.</p><p>In some new court filings, Tahawwur Rana’s lawyers argue his trial was not fair. They say jurors were confused by the complex nature of the case.</p><p>Earlier this year, Rana spent more than two weeks on trial in a federal courtroom in Chicago. A jury found him guilty on two counts. He was convicted on one count for supporting terrorists, particularly a pro-Pakistan, anti-India organization that the U.S. government classifies as a terrorist group. The other guilty count was for helping his friend plan an attack on a newspaper in Denmark; the paper that published a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.</p><p>In the motion for a new trial filed Monday, Rana’s attorneys write that the jury showed confusion when they sent a letter to the judge during deliberations. The letter asked whether two of Rana’s co-defendants who were not on trial were part of a terrorist group.</p><p>“As the jury was confused as to the nature of the involvement of certain principal actors, it stands to reason that they were also confused about the nature of the allegations,” Rana’s attorneys write in their motion.</p><p>The jury acquitted Rana of the most serious charge: supporting the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks in which 164 people were killed.</p><p>Rana could face up to 30 years in prison for his two guilty counts. He has remained in federal custody while awaiting sentencing.</p></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-man-convicted-helping-terrorists-wants-new-trial-92226 Jury begins deliberations in Chicago terrorism case http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-begins-deliberations-chicago-terrorism-case-87549 <p><p>Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberating Wednesday in the trial of a Chicago man accused of helping terrorists.</p><p>When the jurors start deliberating, they'll be asking what Tahawwur Rana knew. Did he know he was supporting a terrorist group in Pakistan? And did he know his Devon Avenue immigration company was being used as cover to help terrorists do reconnaissance work in Mumbai, India and Copenhagen, Denmark to plan attacks?</p><p>A lot of the trial hinged on the testimony of David Headley, who admitted to doing that recon work and testified against Rana. But he has a sketchy past that Rana's defense exploited. Prosecutor Dan Collins told jurors that, even without Headley's testimony, Rana's emails and conversations with Headley showed he knew what was up.</p><p>Rana's attorney, Charles Swift, told reporters otherwise.</p><p>"The emails show exactly what was going on," Swift said. "It shows that Dr. Rana was systematically cut out of any information that might be criminal."</p><p>Swift said Headley duped Rana for 30 years, using him for money and help with immigration papers without cluing Rana in on what he was up to.</p></p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-begins-deliberations-chicago-terrorism-case-87549 Rana's defense claims no knowledge of Mumbai plot http://www.wbez.org/story/ranas-defense-claims-no-knowledge-mumbai-plot-87484 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-20/Tahawwur-Rana_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Defense attorneys for a Chicago businessman charged in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks say the government's star witness is a "lifelong manipulator."</p><p>Attorneys for Tahawwur Rana say their client had no knowledge of the plot on India's largest city and a separate plot that was never carried out in Denmark.</p><p>In closing arguments on Tuesday, defense attorney Patrick Blegen says if Rana knew about the Mumbai plot he would not have traveled to the city with his wife during the same month to look after a branch of his immigration business that was located there.</p><p>Rana is accused of providing cover for his longtime friend and admitted terrorist David Coleman Headley, who has pleaded guilty to laying the groundwork for the attacks. Rana has pleaded not guilty.</p></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/ranas-defense-claims-no-knowledge-mumbai-plot-87484 Prosecutors to finish with terrorist Headley today http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-finish-terrorist-headley-today-86994 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/P1000792.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Prosecutors in Chicago are expected to finish up their questioning of terrorist David Headley Wednesday afternoon.&nbsp; Then Tahawwur Rana's defense attorneys will get a chance to cross examine the government's star witness.<br> <br> Prosecutors have spent hours having Headley go through emails he sent to Rana in an attempt to show that Rana knew about Headley's terrorist activities in Mumbai, India and Copenhagen, Denmark.&nbsp; Headley says he told Rana of a plan to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons offensive to many Muslims.&nbsp; The plan called for gunmen to take hostages and then shoot the hostages, behead them, and throw their heads out the windows of the newspaper.&nbsp; Headley says Rana agreed with the plan and said "good."<br> <br> But Rana's not charged with actually planning or participating in terrorism, he's charged with supporting Headley's efforts.&nbsp; Rana's attorneys say Headley is a liar.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-finish-terrorist-headley-today-86994 Pakistani government rejects Headley claims http://www.wbez.org/story/pakistani-government-rejects-headley-claims-86972 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/AP110523038252.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Pakistani government is questioning the credibility of a key witness in a terrorism trial in Chicago. David Coleman Headley is testifying that his friend Tahawwur Rana provided material support for the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks. The attacks left more than 160 people dead.</p><p>Headley admits he went to Mumbai to scout locations before the 2008 attacks. He says he got logistical help from members of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, and Navy.</p><p>Headley says he got his orders from a member of Pakistan’s Intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI.</p><p>Headley says the man’s name is Major Iqbal. Major Iqbal is listed as a co-defendant in the indictment against Rana, but he’s not in American custody.</p><p>And according to the Pakistani embassy in Washington D.C., Major Iqbal doesn’t even exist.</p><p>A spokesman there says that either Headley is lying about Major Iqbal, or he was lied to by a man pretending to be a Pakistani agent.</p><p>Rana’s defense team is expected to take a similar tack, saying Headley is falsely implicating his childhood friend to avoid the death penalty.</p><p>Rana is charged with letting Headley pose as a travel agent to gain cover in India, and sending him money to help plan the attacks.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 17:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/pakistani-government-rejects-headley-claims-86972 Terrorist back on the stand today in Chicago trial http://www.wbez.org/story/terrorist-back-stand-today-chicago-trial-86940 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/DavidHeadley_AP_Tom Gianni.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An admitted terrorist will be back on the stand Tuesday in a Chicago courtroom.&nbsp; David Headley is the government's star witness in the terrorism trial of Chicagoan Tahawwur Rana, but Headley is a sketchy star witness.&nbsp; He's been convicted twice for bringing heroin into the U.S. and he seems unapologetic on the stand talking about his participation in the Mumbai terror attack that left more than 160 people dead.<br> <br> Headley says Rana allowed him to pretend to be an employee of Rana's immigration business.&nbsp; Prosecutors say that allowed Headley to scope out potential terror targets in India with ease because he appeared to be a secular American businessman, rather than a muslim Pakistani terrorist.&nbsp; Prosecutors say Rana never carried a gun or threw a grenade in the attack, but his support was critical to the success of the Mumbai plot.<br> <br> Rana's attorneys told jurors they should not trust anything Headley has to say.&nbsp; Headley's cooperation with the government allows him to avoid the death penalty.</p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 10:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/terrorist-back-stand-today-chicago-trial-86940 Opening arguments to begin in Chicago terror trial http://www.wbez.org/story/opening-arguments-begin-chicago-terror-trial-86844 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-20/P1000792.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Attorneys are scheduled to make their opening statements Monday in the trial of a Chicago man accused of helping plan terrorist attacks.</p><p>Defense attorney Charles Swift says his client, Tahawwur Rana, is guilty of one thing: "to be friends with David Headley," Swift said to reporters last week, giving a preview of his opening statements.</p><p>Both David Headley and Rana lived in Chicago and both were charged with helping plan the 2008 attack in Mumbai, India that killed at least 164 people. They were also charged for plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammad.</p><p>Headley has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Rana.</p><p>"Mr. Rana didn't do anything to actively support the Mumbai conspiracy or the Denmark conspiracy; that he had the unfortunate part of being friends with a terrorist," Swift said.</p><p>The case has generated a lot of interest among international reporters because it could shed light on Pakistani intelligence. The trial is expected to last a month.</p></p> Mon, 23 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/opening-arguments-begin-chicago-terror-trial-86844 Potential Rana juror: Islam a twisted faith http://www.wbez.org/story/potential-rana-juror-islam-twisted-faith-86670 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-17/P1000808.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago area residents who have been called for jury duty are in a federal courtroom today (Tuesday) talking about their prejudices against muslims and the Islamic faith.&nbsp; Judge Harry Leinenweber is asking people about their biases as he tries to seat a jury in the terrorism trial of Chicagoan Tahawwur Rana.&nbsp; Rana is accused of helping to plan a terror attack in Mumbai, India.<br> <br> Potential juror number 14 told the judge that he does not care for the Islamic ideology and does not respect it.&nbsp; He said terrorists are mainly muslims and he believes the faith is twisted.&nbsp; Another juror, a white male in his 40s said he harbored some prejudice in the back of his mind because he was working in a high-rise on 9-11.</p><p>A black male in his 50s said he's actually biased against the prosecutors because of Jon Burge, a Chicago police commander who took tortured confessions from African American suspects in the 1970s and 80s.&nbsp; Despite these examples, most of the people questioned are saying they could be fair.</p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 20:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/potential-rana-juror-islam-twisted-faith-86670 Another trial, another juror with Oprah tickets http://www.wbez.org/story/another-juror-oprah-tix-86626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-17/ranadefense.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jurors will start answering questions Tuesday morning to see if they can give a fair hearing to a Chicago man accused of terrorism.&nbsp; But one juror doesn’t have to show up to Tuesday's hearing.&nbsp; She has tickets to a taping of Oprah, so the judge said she didn’t have to come to court until Wednesday.&nbsp; A similar thing happened recently in the retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.&nbsp; Though in that instance the juror with Oprah tickets was excused from the case altogether.&nbsp;</p><p>Jury selection in the terrorism trial started Monday with a hundred potential jurors filing into a courtroom for some instructions and introductions.</p><p>Prosecutors and defense attorneys introduced themselves, and when Tahawwur Rana was introduced, he stood up and smiled and said a friendly "Good morning."&nbsp; He’s accused of plotting a 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India which left more than 160 people dead.&nbsp; On Tuesday the judge and attorneys will ask potential jurors what they know about the attacks, and terrorism, and Islam.&nbsp; They want to weed out jurors who would not be fair.</p><p>Testimony in the case could complicate relations between Pakistan and the U.S., and India. Rana's attorneys acknowledge that terrorism charges inflame the passions, but they say it's their job to get jurors to focus on the facts and logic.</p><p>"We hope that the jurors remember that the question at the end of this day is not the geopolitical aspects of this trial, but what did Dr. Rana do if anything, and I think at the end of the trial people will have a lot of questions but one of the answers will be this man doesn’t seem to have done anything," said defense attorney Charlie Swift.</p><p>As for jury selection, Swift says the defense team doesn’t have a profile for the ideal juror.&nbsp; He says everyone is prejudiced, but they want jurors who can set their prejudice aside and be fair and impartial.</p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/another-juror-oprah-tix-86626