WBEZ | Turkmenistan http://www.wbez.org/tags/turkmenistan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en An explosion in Turkmenistan may have killed hundreds http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/explosion-turkmenistan-may-have-killed-hundreds-89771 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/turkmenistan3.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Truth is hard to come by in the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan. The government is one of the most repressive in the world and rarely allows international journalists or human rights groups into the country. Earlier this month, a munitions depot exploded in the city of Abadan, Turkmenistan. The government says the explosion killed only 15 to 20 people. But observers and political dissidents who receive citizen reports from inside Turkmenistan estimate the death toll could be around 1,400.</p><p>These observers risk their freedom to report honestly on what’s happening in Turkmenistan. Today, we speak with one of them. For his safety we have agreed to alter his voice and to not identify him by his real name.</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/explosion-turkmenistan-may-have-killed-hundreds-89771 Worldview 7.28.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-72811 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-july/2011-07-28/turkmenistan2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If an accidental explosion killed nearly 1,400 people anywhere else in the world, it would be front-page international news. But when a munitions depot exploded earlier this month in Turkmenistan, the news barely made it past a few blogs. The repressive government claims only 15 to 20 people died. Dissidents estimate the number may be 100 times that.&nbsp; We talk with an expert on Turkmenistan about why he risks his safety to report on the explosion in his homeland. And on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we speak to Jillian Swinford, who helped form an organization called <a href="http://www.edpowerment.org/" target="_blank">EdPowerment</a> to improve education in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.&nbsp; Lastly, it's been almost forty years since two young Australians reunited with their former pet lion in the wilds of the African bush. As Alan Johnston explains, their story - and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md2CW4qp9e8" target="_blank">the footage of their reunion</a> on YouTube - has moved millions of people around the world.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-72811