WBEZ | EU http://www.wbez.org/tags/eu Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A Muslim Parliamentarian’s View On Fighting Terrorists http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-25/muslim-parliamentarian%E2%80%99s-view-fighting-terrorists-113944 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1125_syed-kamall-624x417.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_96737"><img alt="MEP Syed Kamall speaks at a plenary debate this week on terrorism and the Paris attacks. (© European Union 2015 - European Parliament via Flickr)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/11/1125_syed-kamall-624x417.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="MEP Syed Kamall speaks at a plenary debate this week on terrorism and the Paris attacks. (flickr/European Union 2015 – European Parliament)" /><p>Brussels remains under high security, following the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, though Belgian school children returned to their classrooms today. The manhunt continues for Belgians suspected of supporting, planning and implementing the attacks.</p></div><p>Meanwhile, Europe&rsquo;s elected officials are scrambling to come up with a response. EU member states want the EU Parliament to pass a measure to share airline passenger information with intelligence services, but opposition has held up that measure for at least two years. And there is heated debate over how to reinforce security in a borderless Europe.</p><p>Syed Kamall, a member of the European Parliament representing London, who is also chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, discusses this with&nbsp;<em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/25/muslim-mp-syed-kamall" target="_blank">Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</a></em> Indira Lakshmanan.</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-25/muslim-parliamentarian%E2%80%99s-view-fighting-terrorists-113944 'Little Voices' aims to shed light on Fukushima's nuclear aftermath http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-07/little-voices-aims-shed-light-fukushimas-nuclear-aftermath-113230 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Lucas%20Wirl%20%282%29.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Lucas Wirl)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227384329&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">&#39;Little Voices of Fukushima&#39;</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>In her film Little Voices from Fukushima, director Hitomi Kamanaka moves between two communities impacted by nuclear disaster- an area in Belarus that saw the effects of Chernobyl, and a community in Fukushima. Kamanaka looks to Belarus to see what, if any, lessons there might be for Fukushima&rsquo;s residents. Hitomi Kamanaka and Norma Field, professor of Japanese studies at the University of Chicago join us to talk about what&rsquo;s happened in Fukushima since the nuclear disaster struck in 2011.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6a16040b-441f-02d4-61c3-83986236355e"><a href="http://twitter.com/kama38">Hitomi Kamanaka</a> is the director of </span>Little Voices from Fukushima.</em></li><li><em>Norma Field is a professor of Japanese studies at the University of Chicago.</em></li></ul><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227385129&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">European court throws out &#39;Safe Harbor&#39; Agreement</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>The European Court of Justice has ruled that an agreement that allows for the free flowing transfer of data between the US and the EU is not valid. The agreement, known as &ldquo;Safe Harbor&rdquo; had been in effect for 15 years. The court found that the agreement violated the privacy rights of EU citizens because it exposes them to surveillance by the United States government. Thousands of companies, including tech giants like Google and Facebook, have relied on the agreement to transfer information. We&rsquo;ll talk about the ruling and its implications with Jenna McLaughlin, a reporter for The Intercept.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6a16040b-4424-eaa8-ecfb-3e55e047b85c"><a href="http://twitter.com/JennaMC_Laugh">Jenna McLaughlin</a> is a reporter for <a href="http://twitter.com/@the_intercept">The Intercept</a>.</span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227387636&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Notes: The Lyre Ensemble</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Every week on Global Notes with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia we explore a facet of world music. Today we dive into really, really old world music, roughly 4,500 year old sounds from ancient Mesopotamia. There are very few people playing and singing this music; enter The Lyre Ensemble. It&rsquo;s a group of Brits who&rsquo;ve dedicated themselves to resurrecting music from that period; instruments as well as language and poetry. The group recently held a performance in the UK. We take a look at the group and its now 12 year old endeavor.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong>&nbsp;</p><ul><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6a16040b-442a-a08d-3236-6aef9c5a82ee"><a href="http://twitter.com/stefconner">Stef Conner</a> is a member of the Lyre Ensemble . </span></em></li><li><em><span><a href="http://twitter.com/wbezsarabia">Tony Sarabia</a> is host of WBEZ&rsquo;s </span>Morning Shift and Radio M</em></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-07/little-voices-aims-shed-light-fukushimas-nuclear-aftermath-113230 EU Counter-terrorism http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-20/eu-counter-terrorism-111421 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/belgium terrorism.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Belgian authorities continue to search for a man it says is the ringleader of a terrorism cell that was plotting attacks in Belgium. New arrests have also been made in Germany. We&#39;ll take a look at the future of EU counter-terrorism policies with Mark Singleton of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-counter-terrorism/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-counter-terrorism.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-counter-terrorism" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: EU counter-terrorism" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-20/eu-counter-terrorism-111421 Are Turkey and Africa the keys to Europe's future? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/are-turkey-and-africa-keys-europes-future-99531 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gul.jpg" title="Turkish President Abdullah Gul, center, poses with President Barack Obama, right, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as he arrives at the NATO Summit. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)" /></div><p>Editor&#39;s Note: Worldview<em> contributor Robert L. Price was at this past weekend&#39;s NATO summit and has been blog throughout the week on the summit and sustainability issues. Today, Price looks at how Western Europe made a historic bet, choosing Greece, Italy and Spain over Turkey and Africa -- and how that bet came up short.</em></p><p>In 2009, I was at a symposium in Chicago given by the <a href="http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/">Urban Affairs Association</a>. One part of the event discussed Mediterranean cities. Many lecturers and breakout sessions covered cities such as Barcelona, Naples and Athens.</p><p>Barcelona was noted for its diversity and rich cultural heritage as a result of its African roots. Spain has a Moorish tradition that clearly influenced its architectural heritage. Spanish trade with Africa, and especially the East, was one of many reasons for its past wealth and glory.</p><p>For Naples, the presenter demonstrated how its seaport was one of Italy&rsquo;s busiest, and how, for prosperity sake, the Italians should consider reorienting towards the South once more. When Italy faced south, like Spain, it knew great prosperity. Then there was Athens. Although much discussion centered on modern Athens, the presenter did not deny its ancient links to Africa, via Egypt, for centuries, if not millennia, and how Greece historically shared riches with Asia Minor.</p><p>This week I saw an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2HPc9WPgYg">address</a> sponsored by the <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/">Chicago Council on Global Affairs</a>. Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in town for the NATO summit, was the guest speaker. His talk was quite optimistic:</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Despite many global economic risks, the Turkish economy rests on sturdy macro foundations . . . [it has] an economy with strong public finances, sustainable debt dynamics, a sound banking system, functional credit markets. </em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, which are now at the post-revolutionary stage of institutionalizing the change, Turkey is their most active partner. </em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>In Africa alone, we will have 34 embassies by the end of this year, whereas we had only 12 in 2009.</em></p><p>Greece has been idealized as the cultural, philosophical and historical bedrock of Western civilization. This emotional connection had to score extra points in Greece&rsquo;s bid for European Union membership. Turkey, on the other hand, has lobbied for membership since 1959, but the Turks were perceived as too big, too poor, too Muslim or too &ldquo;other&rdquo; to join the EU.</p><p>Now look at Spain, Italy and Greece, all of which ignored their former southern Mediterranean or African trading partners. They are in financial dire straits and represent the weakest economic links of the European Union. Compare them to Turkey, a NATO member, denied admission to the EU club. It embraced its African Mediterranean relationships and now emerges as an economic model for Europe.</p><p>Any regrets, EU?</p><p><em>Robert L. Price is an architect and interior designer based in Shanghai, China. He is Worldview&#39;s arts and architecture contributor and a Global Cities co-contributor. Price also serves as Senior Associate and Technical Director for Asia at <a href="http://www.gensler.com/">Gensler</a>, a global design firm.</em></p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 10:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/are-turkey-and-africa-keys-europes-future-99531 EU tech companies aid regimes in Syria and Egypt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-27/eu-tech-companies-aid-regimes-syria-and-egypt-97664 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-27/Vodafone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>During the last year, it’s been revealed that some technology companies headquartered in the European Union have had a hand in helping the Syrian and Egyptian regimes combat pro-democracy protests. Though technically legal, their business actions run counter to EU foreign policy and human rights goals. <a href="http://www.dw.de/dw/home/0,,266,00.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Deutsche Welle</a>’s Teri Schulz reports from Brussels on the contradictory business transactions.</p><p><em>This piece is part of a Deutsche Welle series</em> Digital Europe <em>and we got it from the Public Radio Exchange. </em></p></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-27/eu-tech-companies-aid-regimes-syria-and-egypt-97664