WBEZ | obama http://www.wbez.org/tags/obama Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The problems with Obama's ISIS strategy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-22/problems-obamas-isis-strategy-110830 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP763262163049.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, congress approved President Obama&#39;s strategy for combating ISIS in Syria and Iraq. We&#39;ll take a critical look at the policy.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-problems-with-obama-s-isis-strategy/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-problems-with-obama-s-isis-strategy.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-problems-with-obama-s-isis-strategy" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The problems with Obama's ISIS strategy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-22/problems-obamas-isis-strategy-110830 Obama's strategy to defeat ISIS http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-11/obamas-strategy-defeat-isis-110783 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP277426641081.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last night, President Obama addressed the nation to announce a new approach to countering ISIS. He said that, &quot;America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.&quot; We&#39;ll take a look at the strategy and whether it can work inside Syria.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-strategy-to-defeat-isis/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-strategy-to-defeat-isis.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-strategy-to-defeat-isis" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama's strategy to defeat ISIS" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-11/obamas-strategy-defeat-isis-110783 Iraq's new government http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-10/iraqs-new-government-110778 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP840324389257.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Iraqi government has formed a new coalition. We&#39;ll take a look at who&#39;s in it and how this will affect U.S. policy in the region.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-s-new-government/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-s-new-government.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-s-new-government" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Iraq's new government" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-10/iraqs-new-government-110778 U.S. strategy against ISIS http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-09/us-strategy-against-isis-110772 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP268262424866.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama is expected to announce his plan to combat ISIS during an address Wednesday night. We&#39;ll discuss what strategies would be most effective with Middle East expert Joshua Landis.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-strategy-against-isis/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-strategy-against-isis.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-strategy-against-isis" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: U.S. strategy against ISIS" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-09/us-strategy-against-isis-110772 U.N. addresses Vatican handling of child sex abuse cases http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-10/un-addresses-vatican-handling-child-sex-abuse-cases-109676 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoAlessandra Tarantino)2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The United Nations has issued a report which says the Vatican, as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is responsible for implementing its mandate. The report says the Vatican has not done enough to protect children from abuse. We&#39;ll discuss the findings.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: U.N. addresses Vatican handling of child sex abuse cases " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-10/un-addresses-vatican-handling-child-sex-abuse-cases-109676 Obama meets with immigration reform hunger strikers http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-meets-immigration-reform-hunger-strikers-109282 <p><p>Monday will mark Rudy Lopez&rsquo;s 12th day of going without food, including on Thanksgiving Day when so many Americans are feasting, not fasting.</p><p>But Lopez, a resident of East Chicago, Indiana, says he and 19 other activists are fasting to bring attention to the plight of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.<br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been fasting only on water to sustain us. And we have a core of four fasters who are on their 20th day,&rdquo; Lopez told WBEZ on Sunday.<br />The activists main goal is to pressure U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to bring a vote to the floor on an immigration reform bill.</p><p>Lopez says the group is tired and hungry.</p><p>&ldquo;But we&rsquo;re more hungry for movement on such an important piece of legislation and something that&rsquo;s going to change the lives of so many,&rdquo; Lopez said.<br /><br />The group received an unexpected visit from President Barack Obama on Friday.&nbsp;The President told them that their &quot;commitment to change&quot; ultimately will help pressure lawmakers to act.<br /><br />On the day after the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving marked by an abundance of food, Obama stopped in at a heated, white tent on the National Mall where some activists have consumed only water since Nov. 12 in support of immigration legislation.<br /><br />Obama mentioned the activists in an immigration speech in San Francisco earlier this week. He delivered his message in person on Friday, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama.<br /><br />&quot;I want everybody to know I remain optimistic that we&#39;re going to get this done,&quot; he said, according to video of his remarks. He said passage of an immigration bill was &quot;more a question of when than if.&quot;&nbsp;&quot;But I&#39;d rather get this done sooner rather than later,&quot; Obama said.<br /><br />The White House issued a statement after the approximately 40-minute visit that said Obama thanked the hunger strikers &quot;for their sacrifice and dedication and told them that the country is behind them on immigration reform.&quot;<br /><br />Organizers of the fast said Obama expressed concern for the health of the hunger strikers, and held the shoe of an immigrant who died in the Arizona desert while trying to enter the U.S.<br /><br />House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has refused to schedule a vote on a comprehensive immigration measure the Senate passed this summer. The House prefers a piecemeal approach, but Boehner hasn&#39;t said whether lawmakers will consider any bills this year or whether the issue will slip into next year, when midterm-election politics will make legislative action less likely.<br /><br />The House has moved too slowly to satisfy immigration advocates, including those on the hunger strike as well as a man who shouted during Obama&rsquo;s speech in California for the president to stop separating families by deporting people who are living in the country illegally.<br /><br />The president was the latest administration official to meet with the activists. Vice President Joe Biden, Cabinet secretaries and top White House advisers have also visited.</p><p>Follow WBEZ Reporter Michael Puente on Twitter <a href="http://@MikePuenteNews">@MikePuenteNews</a>.</p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-meets-immigration-reform-hunger-strikers-109282 Egypt protests Morsi, Obama on climate change and Scotland's independence http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-01/egypt-protests-morsi-obama-climate-change-and-scotlands-independence <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP400986405464.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We examine the fallout from massive protests marking a year in power for Muhammad Morsi of Egypt. Then, Howard Learner provides insight into Barack Obama&#39;s speech on climate change. Also, a personal look at the push for independence in Scotland.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99275257&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-egypt-protests-morsi-obama-on-climate-ch.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-egypt-protests-morsi-obama-on-climate-ch" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Egypt protests Morsi, Obama on climate change and Scotland's independence" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-01/egypt-protests-morsi-obama-climate-change-and-scotlands-independence Obama in Africa, White House Down and Sudan's Lost Boys take the stage http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-28/obama-africa-white-house-down-and-sudans-lost-boys-take-stage-107895 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP612028614400.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss what President Obama&#39;s trip to Africa could mean for US relations with the continent. Then, Milos Stehlik offers a glimpse of new action thriller &quot;White House Down.&quot; Plus, we explore weekend events with an international theme.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98870967&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-in-africa-white-house-down-and-sud.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-in-africa-white-house-down-and-sud" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama in Africa, White House Down and Sudan's Lost Boys take the stage" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-28/obama-africa-white-house-down-and-sudans-lost-boys-take-stage-107895 Obama's statement on court's gay marriage ruling http://www.wbez.org/news/obamas-statement-courts-gay-marriage-ruling-107856 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP290984811016_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Obama&#39;s statement on court&#39;s gay marriage ruling<br />The Associated Press</p><p><br />WASHINGTON&nbsp; &mdash; President Barack Obama issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Supreme Court&#39;s finding that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional:</p><p>___</p><p>I applaud the Supreme Court&#39;s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal - and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.</p><p>This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents&#39; marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better.</p><p>So we welcome today&#39;s decision, and I&#39;ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.</p><p>On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation&#39;s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision - which applies only to civil marriages - changes that.</p><p>The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.</p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/obamas-statement-courts-gay-marriage-ruling-107856 Drunk with hope http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-06/drunk-hope-107607 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120403123033.jpg" style="height: 383px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="File: President Barack Obama. (AP/File)" />Edward Snowden didn&rsquo;t vote for Barack Obama but he trusted&mdash;or, perhaps, ironically, had enough hope&mdash;in his candidacy that he waited until after the 2008 elections to make the decision to unveil the extent of the National Security Agency&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance" target="_blank">domestic surveillance program</a>.</p><p>You could say Snowden hoped candidate Obama&mdash;so publicly against the Iraq War, so dubious about domestic spying and other programs, so happy to be viewed as a reformer&mdash;might actually undo some of the harm, and potential harm, established by the post 9/11 terrorism cure-all known as the Patriot Act.</p><p>Candidate Obama was, after all, the constitutional lawyer who understood the limits of government, the Illinois State Representative who asserted &ldquo;it <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/in-2001-obama-predicted-majoritarian-check-on-mass-surveilla" target="_blank">means something</a> to be a citizen,&quot; the U.S. Senator who described some of the specific provisions that have allowed PRISM as &ldquo;way aboard.&rdquo;</p><p>Of course, candidate Obama also voted for the Patriot Act reauthorization, but he seemed reluctant, pained even. Or was he? Check out this town hall exchange and Sen. Obama actually seems <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/06/06/russ_feingold_nsa_report_deeply_troubling.html" target="_blank">eager to expand the phone tapping</a> program. (How did we not hear that?)</p><p>Here&rsquo;s what I know for sure: Obama had an opportunity to make history for all the right reasons, to come into the White House on that big monster wave&mdash;what Hawaiians call the pipeline&mdash;of hope and actually do some good.</p><p>But here&rsquo;s what else I know: We can talk Obamacare and LGBTQ rights&mdash;both hard-won but unnecessarily hard-fought and, most importantly, incomplete&mdash;but Obama&rsquo;s legacy has just been sealed by Hansen&rsquo;s revelations.</p><p>Because what Hansen&rsquo;s revelations say is that Obama is willing to betray his own professed most cherished values: protection of the U.S. Constitution, protection of every citizen&rsquo;s privacy and civil rights. His policies on civil liberties have actually turned out to be <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/158381/obama-takes-wrong-turn-civil-liberties-adopting-worse-patriot-act-stance-gop" target="_blank">worse than the GOP&rsquo;s</a>.</p><p>Many of us hoped Obama would be the exception (even as we held our breath in the voting booth, knowing how unwise it was to even hold out the meekest, thinnest, light-as-a-feather hope for that) and so made an exception of every single one of his violations.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/23/169922171/obamas-promise-to-close-guantanamo-prison-falls-short" target="_blank">Guantánamo</a> is not an exception.</p><p><a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-01/world/36323571_1_obama-administration-interrogation-drone-strikes" target="_blank">Rendition</a> is not an exception.</p><p>The lawlessness and lack of transparency revealed by the Wikileaks cables were not exceptions (and the treatment of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/30/obama-wikileaks-journalism-attack" target="_blank">Bradley Manning and other whistleblowers</a> is not an exception).</p><p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/03/ibragim-todashev-drones-policy-obama" target="_blank">Drones</a> are not an exception.</p><p>Targeted killings and <a href="http://rt.com/usa/obama-moves-to-keep-kill-list-memos-secret-forever-224/" target="_blank">kill lists</a> are not an exception.</p><p>His anemic support of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/where-obama-and-romney-stand-on-gun-control/2012/07/20/gJQAwMpNyW_blog.html" target="_blank">domestic gun control</a> is not an exception.</p><p>His record number of <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/21/obama-administration-sets-deportation-record/" target="_blank">deportations</a> is not an exception.</p><p>His recent <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/05/how-obama-harms-the-press.html" target="_blank">attacks on the press</a> were not an exception.</p><p>Is Obama drunk on power? I don&rsquo;t know.</p><p>But we&rsquo;ve sure been drunk with hope.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-06/drunk-hope-107607