WBEZ | human rights http://www.wbez.org/tags/human-rights Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Despite inner turmoil, Saudi Arabia grows in influence http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-15/despite-inner-turmoil-saudi-arabia-grows-influence-113365 <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/14156102446_da491574b0_z.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Ash Carter)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/228563348&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-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Saudi Arabia&#39;s growing influence</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">There are rumors of a succession struggle within the Saudi royal family. The country is a primary player in regional issues like ISIS, the Yemen civil war, Iraq and Syria. We&rsquo;ll talk about the potential for inner turmoil in Saudi Arabia, the country&rsquo;s growing influence in the Middle East and other regional affairs with Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia under President George W. Bush. Jordan is author of the new book, &#39;Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11&#39;.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-ce45211d-6d30-23e4-1e64-5d0c714b844b">Robert Jordan is a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia under President George W. Bush, and the author of &#39;</span>Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11&#39;.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/228565166&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-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">The human costs of getting our food from Mexico</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Reporter Richard Marosi and photographer Don Bartletti of Los Angeles Times trailed thousands of laborers on Mexico&#39;s mega-farms. They discovered brutal, inhumane conditions within the industry that supplies Americans much of their produce. We spoke with Marosi last year on the report. Today, we&rsquo;ll get an update from Bartletti and hear about his new exhibit at Artworks Projects for Human Rights called &ldquo;Product of Mexico&rdquo;. It shows the lives and struggles of farm workers in Mexico. We&rsquo;ll also talk with Leslie Thomas of Artworks Projects. They&rsquo;ll tell us about farm workers in Mexico who are &ldquo;trapped for months at a time in rat-infested camps, often without beds and sometimes without functioning toilets or a reliable water supply&rdquo;.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guests:</strong>&nbsp;</p><ul><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em><a href="http://twitter.com/dbartletti">Don Bartletti</a> is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. </em></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-ce45211d-6d32-49f5-a452-d594c36acc26">Leslie Thomasis the founding executive &amp; creative dir. of <a href="http://twitter.com/ARTWORKSProject">ArtWorks Projects for Human Rights</a>.&nbsp;</span></em></li></ul></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/228566005&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-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Scientists pushing lawmakers on the climate</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Yesterday was a &ldquo;National Day of Action&rdquo; on Climate Change. At least 40 U.S. cities participated in protests and events geared to push lawmakers to act more aggressively on the Environment and sustainability. Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, attended last year&rsquo;s climate march in New York. He was also present when President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan this past August. Kimmell will join us to discuss the progress of the &lsquo;National Day of Action&rsquo;, his thoughts on President Obama&rsquo;s energy plan and what he hopes is accomplished at the December climate talks in Paris.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-ce45211d-6d36-1dbc-1559-652f4e5a1135"><a href="http://twitter.com/kenkimmell">Ken Kimmell </a>is the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the former board chairman of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). </span></em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-15/despite-inner-turmoil-saudi-arabia-grows-influence-113365 Global Activism: Educating girls in Kenya and Sengal http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-educating-girls-kenya-and-sengal-113160 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-WGEP_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-2976-7d00-8616-dfbc99afabe3">In Africa, the overwhelming majority of girls drop out of school after the 6th grade. Global Activist, Amy Maglio, was living in Senegal and decided she must do something to help more girls get into school and stay there. She created the Women&#39;s Global Education Project (<a href="http://www.womensglobal.org/">WGEP</a>) to support girls&rsquo; education in Senegal and Kenya. Maglio will update us on what WGEP has been doing lately to help girls in those countries escape extreme poverty, through education.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/226484831&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="http://womensglobal.org/events/ndajee-2015-2/"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-29c9-bca6-697f-169383023063">EVENT: WGEP&rsquo;s Gala: &nbsp;NDAJEE 2015</span></a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-29c9-bca6-697f-169383023063">Monday October 5th, 2015, 6-9pm</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-29c9-bca6-697f-169383023063">Nellcôte Restaurant</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">833 W Randolph Street, Chicago IL</p><p dir="ltr"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EiLEXpl44S4" width="640"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-educating-girls-kenya-and-sengal-113160 Grading the Obama administration on human rights http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-10/grading-obama-administration-human-rights-112613 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Justin%20Norman.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Justin Norman)" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/218642375&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);">Obama&#39;s human rights scorecard</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>President Obama came into office, vowing to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but seven years after his inauguration, the prison remains open. Conflicts in the Middle East have complicated Mr. Obama&rsquo;s policy presence abroad. Some criticize the President for supporting regimes that deny their citizens basic human rights. We&rsquo;ll speak with Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First, about the Obama Administration&rsquo;s human rights legacy.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-7c19fc73-1939-9925-bfc2-4713b8f0eb85"><a href="http://twitter.com/ecmassimino">Elisa Massimino</a> is the president and chief executive officer of <a href="http://twitter.com/humanrights1st">Human Rights First.</a></span></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/218643031&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);">India&#39;s Parsi population crisis</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>Parsis are an ethnic community devoted to Zoroastrianism, a monotheistic religion that dates back well over three millennium. Various estimates put today&rsquo;s global Parsi population between 110,000-190,000. They live mainly in India and Iran. Chicago has about 500-600 Parsis, according to local Zoroastrian leaders. Famed Parsis include India&rsquo;s Tata family. The Parsis face a self-imposed existential crisis, in part, because of low marriage, religious beliefs encouraging small families and strict rules about cross-cultural marriage. We&rsquo;ll talk about Parsi history, culture and tradition and Indian government efforts to encourage its 60,000 Parsis to grow in population with journalist, Nell Freudenberger. Her article, &#39;House of Fire: Can India&rsquo;s Parsis survive their own success?&#39;, appears in the August 2015 issue of Harper&rsquo;s Magazine. Freudenberger&rsquo;s report was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a4e3969f-193e-692d-78d0-f1c3de5506f4"><a href="http://twitter.com/nellfreuden">Nell Freudenberger </a>is a </span>journalist and author of the article, &#39;House of Fire: Can India&rsquo;s Parsis survive their own success?&#39;, which appears in the August 2015 issue of <a href="http://twitter.com/Harpers">Harper&rsquo;s Magazine</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-10/grading-obama-administration-human-rights-112613 Jonathon Pollard's controversial release http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-29/jonathon-pollards-controversial-release-112511 <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/Michael%20Coghland.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Michael Coghland)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216927499&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);">Breaking down Jonathon Pollard&#39;s release</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>Former U.S. Naval intelligence officer, Jonathan Pollard, will be paroled this fall after serving nearly 30 years of a life sentence for espionage against the U.S. The White House and U.S. Justice Department said they would not contest his parole. In a plea deal, Pollard admitted to turning over volumes of classified U.S. documents to the Israeli government. Efforts to secure Pollard&rsquo;s release were a source of decades-long diplomatic tension between the U.S. and Israel. The White House denies that Pollard&rsquo;s release is linked to the recent nuclear agreement made with Iran. We&rsquo;ll discuss Pollard&rsquo;s parole with journalist Richard Silverstein. He writes about Israeli security state in his blog, Tikun Olam. We&rsquo;ll also talk with Larry Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Korb served as an assistant secretary of defense in President Reagan&rsquo;s administration and lobbied for Pollard&rsquo;s release saying he&rsquo;d already served enough time given the nature of the crime committed.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://twitter.com/richards1052">Richard Silverstein</a> is a journalist and editor of the blog, &#39;Tikun Olam&#39;.&nbsp;</em></li><li><em><a href="http://twitter.com/@LarryKorb">Larry Korb</a> is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Korb served as an assistant&nbsp;secretary&nbsp;of Defense during the Reagan&nbsp;administration.&nbsp;</em></li></ul></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216927793&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);">Bahrain faces scrutiny over its human rights record</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 U.S. announced in June that that it would lift restrictions on selling arms to Bahrain. Human rights observers criticize the move based on &ldquo;lack of basic freedoms&rdquo; in the country and continued efforts by the Bahraini government to &ldquo;quash &nbsp;dissent&rdquo;. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that, &ldquo;While we do not think that the human rights situation in Bahrain is adequate...we believe it is important to recognize that the government of Bahrain has made some meaningful progress on human rights reforms and reconciliation.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll discuss the U.S. arms decision and human rights in Bahrain the with Beth Ann Toupin, Amnesty International USA&#39;s country specialist for Iraq and Bahrain. She keeps track of Bahraini human rights advocates and civil employees, such as teachers, who are imprisoned, disappeared or tortured &nbsp;for criticizing their government.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Beth Ann Topuin is <a href="http://twitter.com/amnesty">Amnesty International USA&#39;s</a> country specialist for Iraq and Bahrain.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216928231&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 music of Ennio Morricone</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>This week on Global Notes we take a look at the work of legendary composer Ennio Morricone. The &ldquo; Maestro,&rdquo; as he&rsquo;s affectionately known in Rome, became known worldwide during his years composing western films for Italian directors, especially Sergio Leone. It&rsquo;s that genre that he&rsquo;ll be working with this time with Quentin Tarrantino. We&rsquo;ll take a look at his career with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://twitter.com/wbezsarabia">Tony Sarabia</a> is the host of Morning Shift and Radio M.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-29/jonathon-pollards-controversial-release-112511 Worldview: "David and Goliath:" ProDESC's battle for the marginalized communities of Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-07/worldview-david-and-goliath-prodescs-battle-marginalized-communities <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/AP219992024277.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Drawings of some of 43 missing students are surrounded by flower petals, formimg the shape of a heart, during a protest marking the six-month anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199721000&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Mexican lawyer advocates for human rights and social justice</span></p><div>The Mexican human rights organization ProDESC works to protect the rights of Mexico&rsquo;s marginalized communities.&nbsp; It was founded by Mexican lawyer Alejandra Ancheita, whose father was also human rights activist who died under suspicious circumstances when she was just eight years old. Ancheita joins us to discuss her work and the state of human rights in Mexico.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Guest:</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-7a227eed-9585-cc68-dda3-11aa7d50063c">Alejandra Ancheita is the founder and executive director of the Mexico-city based <a href="https://twitter.com/ProDESC">ProDESC</a> (the Project of Economic, Cultural and Social Rights).</span></em></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199721287&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">First NBA player of Indian descent&nbsp;</span></p><p>Born to immigrant parents in Canada, Sim Bhullar has become the first player of Indian descent to be signed to an NBA contract. Despite measuring 7&rsquo;5&rdquo;, he&rsquo;s not yet made an impact on the court. However, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, an Indian businessman, sees this opportunity to make history as a positive to an otherwise gloomy season.&nbsp;<em>Grantland</em>&nbsp;contributor, Jordan Ritter Conn, joins us to discuss the cultural impact Bhullar&rsquo;s signing might have and where the game of basketball can go from here.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-369bfd80-958d-cf11-2604-37684749250d"><a href="https://twitter.com/jordanconn">Jordan Ritter Conn</a> is a contributor for <a href="https://twitter.com/Grantland33">Grantland</a> and author of the book </span></em><a href="https://magazine.atavist.com/stories/the-defender/">The Defender: Manute Bol&rsquo;s Journey from Sudan to the NBA and Back Again.</a></p></p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-07/worldview-david-and-goliath-prodescs-battle-marginalized-communities Scotland votes on independence http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-18/scotland-votes-independence-110815 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP922716014104.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today Scots will decide whether or not to be independent from Britain. With more than 95% of eligible voters registered to vote, it is expected to be a close call. We&#39;ll discuss what this could mean for Scotland, with Scottish-Chicagoan Euan Hague.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Scotland votes on independence" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-18/scotland-votes-independence-110815 Thailand accused of human rights violations http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-15/thailand-accused-human-rights-violations-110796 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP324469387459.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After the military coup in Thailand last may, the military imposed martial law in the country. Human rights observers are now reporting rampant human rights violations, and Amnesty International is accusing the junta of abuses from suppression of free speech to torture. We&#39;ll discuss their findings.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-thailand-accused-of-human-rights-violati/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-thailand-accused-of-human-rights-violati.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-thailand-accused-of-human-rights-violati" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Thailand accused of human rights violations" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-15/thailand-accused-human-rights-violations-110796 Global Activism: ART WORKS Project features the exhibit "Picturing Change" http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-art-works-project-features-exhibit-picturing-change-109249 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/artworks.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk with Global Activist Leslie Thomas, executive and creative of ART WORKS Project. Friday, November 1, 2013, Leslie will host &ldquo;<a href="http://picturingchange.tumblr.com/">Picturing Change</a>,&rdquo; &quot;a photo auction and dinner to celebrate the role of art and design in making a difference for human rights. Molly Roberts, senior picture editor of Smithsonian Magazine will curate the exhibit.The theme is &ldquo;Uncommon Beauty.&quot; Images will reflect the beauty found even in the most challenging situations and our common humanity and resiliency.&quot;<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117979449" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-58907d2e-915a-a739-6850-a22f56e5e50a">Their first programs will include, &quot;A discussion of sexual trafficking with partners from the <a href="http://voicesandfaces.org/">Voices and Faces Project</a> and <a href="http://caase.org/">CAASE</a>, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and feature work by James Whitlow Delano on sexual trafficking in Moldova.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-art-works-project-features-exhibit-picturing-change-109249 Africa-themed films like 'Hotel Rwanda' fail to give full historical context http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/africa-themed-films-hotel-rwanda-fail-give-full-historical-context-101097 <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/hotel%20rwanda%20AP.jpg" title="From right: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Antonio David Lyons star as Paul, Tatiana, and Thomas in United Artists' drama ‘Hotel Rwanda.’ (PRNewsFoto/SHOWTIME,Bid Alsbirk)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F53938961&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Many film scholars and critics observe that in the post-apartheid era, Hollywood&#39;s portrayal of Africa and Africans generally miss the mark, foregoing opportunities to teach us profound truths about the African continent and its people &mdash; all for the sake of popularity and profit.&nbsp;Here, one of those critics,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joyceash.com/2008/09/dr-joyce-ashunt.html">Joyce Ashuntantang,&nbsp;</a>looks at one prime example: How the film&nbsp;</em>Hotel Rwanda<em>&nbsp;ignored complexity and context in dealing with the 1994 Rwandan Genocide:</em></p><div class="image-insert-image ">In recent years, Hollywood has produced films dubbed &ldquo;human rights&rdquo; films, like <em>Hotel Rwanda</em> (2004), <em>The Constant Gardener</em> (2005), <em>Blood Diamond</em> (2006), and <em>Catch a Fire</em> (2006). The appellation &ldquo;human rights film&rdquo; itself is debatable, since Hollywood movies must negotiate between presumed audience preferences and box office figures, Factors that in turn may trump the very rights the films are meant to uphold.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Despite <em>Hotel Rwanda&rsquo;s</em> success in sparking debate about the politics of international human rights and the contradictions of national governments that claim to value those rights, Terry George&rsquo;s representation of human rights in the film bears the marks of what is wrong not only with the human rights movement itself, but the way human rights are constructed and disseminated with reference to Africa. These include: the projection of the savage/victim/savior dialectic; the danger of assigning labels to victims and perpetrators; ignoring historical and cultural contexts of human rights abuses; and downplaying the severity of genocide in order to obtain maximum entertainment value for the film. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sometimes in April.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Actor Idris Elba appears in a scene from the HBO film ‘Sometimes in April,’ which Ashuntantang considers a more robust and objective re-telling of the Rwandan Genocide. (AP/HBO)" />In <em>Hotel Rwanda</em>, the Tutsis are represented as victims and the Hutus as savages. Simplistically framing the conflict along the lines of &ldquo;good guys/bad guys&rdquo; does not help the cause of human rights, but refuels anger, reinforces polarizing dichotomies, and makes conflict-resolution difficult. In the midst of this victim/savage dichotomy is the metaphor of the savior compelled to come and rescue the victims. <em>Hotel Rwanda</em> castigates the non-arrival of the savior, but nonetheless the savior image is constructed through the western journalists and United Nations general, played by Nick Nolte.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Lack of complexity in certain aspects of the film grossly distorts the context &mdash; essential to understanding the genocide. Terry George provides short, vague snippets of the socio-politico context of the genocide between &ldquo;suspenseful&quot; scenes of Paul Rusesabagina&#39;s many attempts to stop the &ldquo;wild&rdquo; Hutu interahamwe from gaining access to the Hotel Des Mille Collines. George&rsquo;s choice of Rusesabagina as hero and the representation of one individual&rsquo;s story of perseverance, unintentionally undermine the struggle of an entire nation. Not centralizing the historical context of the genocide in the film does a disservice to the audience.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Hotel Rwanda</em> manipulates the cinema medium, transforms the image of the genocide to a Hollywood product, and creates the illusion that this medium can successfully interpret the genocide to the world. Though fictionalized, <em>Hotel Rwanda</em> is based on a true and graphically disturbing story. As a Hollywood film, it reaches millions of people who will arguably view the film as their historical source of record on this genocide. One cannot deny that the question of accuracy will always plague any film that purports to be historical, but a film paraded as a human rights film must be sensitive to facts, for by not representing the facts objectively, the film perpetrates anger and resentment.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>A good film alternative:</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A film that more objectively represents the Rwandan Genocide is Raoul Peck&rsquo;s <em>Sometimes in April. </em>Peck&rsquo;s film takes colonialism into account in his re-telling of the Genocide. He also refrains from demonizing any groups of people.</div><p><br /><em>Joyce Ashuntantang&nbsp;is a professional actress and assistant professor of English/Literature at Hillyer College-University of Hartford, and an associate to the UNESCO Chair and Institute for comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. She&nbsp;contributed to the forthcoming&nbsp;MaryEllen Higgins-edited volume&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Hollywood%E2%80%99s+Africa++after+1994">Hollywood&#39;s Africa After 1994</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>This story is part of Worldview&#39;s occasional series&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/images-movies-and-race">Images, Movies and Race</a>, produced in conjunction with WBEZ&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/">Race: Out Loud</a>&nbsp;series. Read more on film contributor Milos Stehlik&#39;s conversations with filmmaker <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/godmilow-western-films-about-africa-only-glorify-west-101129">Jill Godmilow</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</em><em>author/scholar&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/hollywoods-representation-post-apartheid-africa-101126">MaryEllen Higgins</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em><em>about how modern Hollywood films on Africa hide racist overtones within heroic, feel-good stories.</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/africa-themed-films-hotel-rwanda-fail-give-full-historical-context-101097 Global Activism: Raising awareness through global art and design http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/global-activism-raising-awareness-through-global-art-and-design-98379 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/projects_hero_darfur.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Global Activism</a> segment, <em>Worldview </em>talks with Leslie Thomas, founding executive and creative director of <a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Art Works Projects</a>. The organization uses design and the arts to raise awareness and educate the public about significant human rights and environmental issues. Her work spans the globe, featuring issues taking place from the Balkans to the Horn of Africa. She updates <em>Worldview</em> on her latest multimedia projects.</p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/global-activism-raising-awareness-through-global-art-and-design-98379