WBEZ | United Nations http://www.wbez.org/tags/united-nations Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Program takes on family planning in Ivory Coast http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-26/program-takes-family-planning-ivory-coast-110859 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP110418037559.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An innovative UN backed program in Ivory Coast is designed to save the lives of women and children through education for husbands. The BBC&#39;s Lucy Ash brings us the story.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ivory-coast-s-school-for-husbands/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ivory-coast-s-school-for-husbands.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ivory-coast-s-school-for-husbands" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Program takes on family planning in Ivory Coast" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-26/program-takes-family-planning-ivory-coast-110859 The U.N. and Haiti's cholera epidemic http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-16/un-and-haitis-cholera-epidemic-110504 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP552479940712.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although the earthquake in Haiti happened almost five years ago, the country, which is one of the most impoverished in the Americas, continues to feel the after-effects, including the spread of cholera. We&#39;ll find out about a lawsuit which hopes to hold the U.N. accountable.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The U.N. and Haiti's cholera epidemic" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-16/un-and-haitis-cholera-epidemic-110504 Obama's Syria speech and a preview of Chicago's World Music Festival http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-11/obamas-syria-speech-and-preview-chicagos-world-music-festival-108654 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP271407432433.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama addresses the nation and U.S. policy in Syria. The 15th annual World Music Festival returns to Chicago, we&#39;ll tell you what to expect.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109916081&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-syria-speech-and-a-preview-of-ch/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-syria-speech-and-a-preview-of-ch.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-syria-speech-and-a-preview-of-ch" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama's Syria speech and a preview of Chicago's World Music Festival" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-11/obamas-syria-speech-and-preview-chicagos-world-music-festival-108654 U.N. asked to examine Chicago school closings for human rights violations http://www.wbez.org/news/education/un-asked-examine-chicago-school-closings-human-rights-violations-108159 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/25-08-2011humanrights.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-based human rights advocates have sent <a href="http://ow.ly/d/1oiP" target="_blank">a letter</a> to the United Nations&rsquo; Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago&rsquo;s school closings.</p><p>The &ldquo;letter of allegation&rdquo; sent Tuesday evening to Geneva, Switzerland, asks U.N. officials to investigate whether the closing of 49 Chicago elementary schools violates children&rsquo;s human rights.</p><p>&ldquo;The United Nations taking this issue up and giving it serious attention will really bring home to Chicago and the United States that there are violations occurring here of human rights, potentially, not just about a budget crisis,&rdquo; said Sital Kalantry, the University of Chicago law professor who filed the letter on behalf of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.</p><p>&ldquo;(It&rsquo;s) not just about closing schools to save money, but you need to be concerned about the rights of children when you close schools,&rdquo; said Kalantry.</p><p>The letter argues the closings violate the human right to equality and nondiscrimination by disproportionately affecting African American students. About <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-addresses-race-chicago-school-closure-plan-106325" target="_blank">40 percent of the district&rsquo;s students are black, but 80 percent of students impacted by this year&rsquo;s historic number of school closings are black.&nbsp;</a> The school district has said the closings are driven by population declines in African American neighborhoods.</p><p>The letter also argues closings violate children&rsquo;s right to live free of violence by forcing them to cross gang lines to get to new schools. It says educational quality is threatened by larger class sizes and argues the city &ldquo;effectively denied people the right to participate in deciding whether or not to close the schools&rdquo; by ignoring the public&rsquo;s objections expressed at<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/full-audio-chicagoans-react-school-closings-proposals-scores-public-meetings-106670" target="_blank"> scores of public hearings</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;If a governmental body can simply ignore the views of the people they claim to represent, the right to participate in governmental affairs is meaningless,&rdquo; the letter states.</p><p>Chicago human rights activists have taken issues to the United Nations before, including the case of former police commander Jon Burge, for torture that took place in Chicago police custody.</p><p>The United Nations does not have power to issue orders in the United States, but could investigate and issue findings. Past reports have nudged public officials to act or to re-evaluate their initial stance, Kalantry said.</p><p>&ldquo;We believe that reaching out to the U.N. will draw international attention to this issue and hopefully encourage the United States government to take action,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Chicago Public Schools had no immediate response to the letter.</p><p>Chicago&#39;s City Council passed a resolution in 2009 adopting the U.N.&rsquo;s Convention on the Rights of the Child and ordering all city agencies to advance policies consistent with it. In addition, in the 1960s the United States ratified the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the U.N. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; Kalantry says the nation is obliged to comply with those covenants.</p><p>Kalantry says she believes the United Nations may have received correspondence about school closings from parents or activists in other U.S. cities, but no other &ldquo;letter of allegation&rdquo; has been made public, and the U.N. has not issued any public findings. New Orleans, New York City, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Philadelphia have all closed dozens of schools in recent years. The U.S. Department of Education under former Chicago schools CEO Arne Duncan, has <a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/2010/03/whats-possible-turning-around-americas-lowest-achieving-schools/" target="_blank">promoted school closings</a> as a way to move students to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/few-chicago-school-closings-will-move-kids-top-performing-schools-107261" target="_blank">better performing schools.</a></p><p>In Chicago, federal and circuit court cases challenging the school closings are pending.</p><p><em>See the &quot;Letter of Allegation&quot; below under &quot;Files to Download.&quot; </em></p><p><em>Linda Lutton is an education reporter at WBEZ. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/" target="_blank">@WBEZeducation</a></em>.</p><p><strong>Clarification</strong>: A previous version of this article stated that the U.N. does not have &quot;jurisdiction&quot; over the United States. The new text clarifies that the United Nations does not have power to issue orders in the United States.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/education/un-asked-examine-chicago-school-closings-human-rights-violations-108159 NSA roundup and UN intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-02/nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-democratic-republic-congo-107928 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP195268182531 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>DER SPIEGEL senior Washington correspondent Gregor Peter Schmitz elaborates on the magazine&#39;s recent reports on NSA spying. Friends of the Congo&#39;s Kambale Musavuli discusses what impact UN troops can have in the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99409587&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-in-the-d.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-in-the-d" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: NSA roundup and UN intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-02/nsa-roundup-and-un-intervention-democratic-republic-congo-107928 Chicago, capital of the world http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/chicago-capital-world-99195 <p><p>The just-concluding NATO summit reminded me of a story I&rsquo;d come across in an old copy of the <em>Tribune</em>. The date was December 6, 1945. On that date, Chicago was in the running to become the headquarters of the brand-new United Nations.</p><p>Let&rsquo;s go back and revisit that time.</p><p>The League of Nations had been unable to prevent World War II. That war had lasted nearly six years and cost tens of millions of lives. The UN was supposed to be an improved replacement for the old League.</p><p>For now, the UN was meeting in London.&nbsp;Most member countries favored putting the permanent headquarters in the United States. But where?&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><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/05-21--Chicago%20UN%20delegation_0.jpg" title="Off to London! Mayor Kelly says good-bye to the delegation who will offer Chicago as permanent UN headquarters. (Author's collection)" /></div></div></div></div><p>Among the sites being considered were Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York City, Westchester County (New York)&ndash;and Chicago. So a four-man delegation from Chicago traveled to London to meet with UN officials. Before boarding their plane for the trip home, they talked with reporters.</p><p>The Chicagoans were upbeat. Getting the UN headquarters for the city appeared to be a done deal. &ldquo;We are more convinced than ever that Chicago meets every requirement,&rdquo; said Corporation Counsel Barnet Hodes.</p><p>The war had been over less than six months, and much of Europe was still devastated and poor.&nbsp;UN officials were frankly worried about the high cost of living in the United States.&nbsp;That was one area where Chicago had an advantage over other American sites.</p><p>&ldquo;We impressed on these people that they can get more for their money in Chicago,&rdquo; labor leader William McFetridge said.&nbsp;Housing, food, recreation, and education were cheaper than in any of the other cities.&nbsp;Foreign diplomats could live very well in the Windy City.</p><p>The Chicago delegation had another reason to be optimistic about landing the prize.&nbsp;The city had its own &ldquo;inside man&rdquo; at the UN.</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/05-21--Stevenson%20%28LofC%29.jpg" style="float: left; height: 389px; width: 300px;" title="Adlai Stevenson: US Ambassador to the UN, 1961-1965 (Library of Congress)" /></div><p>Adlai Stevenson, an up-and-coming Chicago lawyer, was then serving in London as deputy U.S. delegate to the UN.&nbsp;Stevenson wanted to get into politics. Helping make Chicago the Capital of the World would also help young Adlai&rsquo;s career.</p><p>If the UN did come to Chicago, where exactly would it be located?&nbsp;Rumors were already circulating that the site would be Northerly Island. That would be close to downtown, yet separated from the mainland for security purposes. Build an airstrip there, and the delegates could fly in!</p><p>As we all know, Chicago never did become the UN headquarters. But after the experience of the last few weeks, maybe that&rsquo;s just as well.</p></p> Mon, 21 May 2012 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/chicago-capital-world-99195 Security analyst Steve Clemons discusses U.S. strategy in the Middle East and Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-13/security-analyst-steve-clemons-discusses-us-strategy-middle-east-and-afg <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-13/AP120307017497.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. is negotiating some rough and strategic waters. The end game in Afghanistan is at the top of the headlines today. Not far behind is the hemorrhaging crisis in Syria and the nuclear puzzle with Iran. Then there's the rebuilding of Libya. Today, <em>Worldview </em>talks with Washington editor of <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/"><em>The Atlantic </em></a>and founder of the American Strategy Program, <a href="http://newamerica.net/user/17" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Steve Clemons</a>, about the much-needed strategies brewing on Capitol Hill.</p></p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-13/security-analyst-steve-clemons-discusses-us-strategy-middle-east-and-afg Annan ends Syria trip with no deal http://www.wbez.org/story/annan-ends-syria-trip-no-deal-97199 <p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; ">International envoy and former U.N. chief Kofi Annan left Syria&nbsp;Sunday without a deal to end the bloody year-old conflict as regime forces mounted a new assault on rebel strongholds in the north.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Annan said he presented President Bashar Assad with concrete proposals "which will have a real impact on the ground."</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">"Once it's agreed, it will help launch the process and help end the crisis on the ground," he told reporters at the end of his two-day visit to&nbsp;Syria.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Annan, who also met with Syrian opposition leaders and businessmen in Damascus, said he was optimistic following two sets of talks with Assad, but acknowledged that resolving the crisis would be tough.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">"It's going to be difficult but we have to have hope," he said.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">The former U.N. chief called for reforms that would create "a solid foundation for a democratic&nbsp;Syria," but added: "You have to start by stopping the killing and the misery and the abuse that is going on today and then give time for a political settlement."</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">The ongoing bloodshed cast a pall over the U.N. efforts to end the country's yearlong conflict, with both the regime and the opposition refusing talks with the other.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">In his discussions with Assad on Saturday, Annan made several proposals to end the political crisis and start a political dialogue. He was rebuffed by the president who rejected any immediate negotiations with the opposition, striking a further blow to already faltering international efforts for talks to end the conflict.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Assad told Annan that a political solution is impossible as long as "terrorist groups" threaten the country.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">The opposition's political leadership has also rejected dialogue, saying talk is impossible after a crackdown that the U.N. estimates has killed more than 7,500 people. That makes it likely that the conflict will continue to edge toward civil war.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Annan left&nbsp;Syria&nbsp;later Sunday, headed for Qatar, a U.N. spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Syrian forces, meanwhile, kept up an offensive against rebel strongholds in the north of the country and shelled neighborhoods in the restive central city of Homs, activists said.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Military units loyal to Assad appear to have been freed up after finally crushing lightly armed rebels in the Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr last week, and are on the attack in Idlib province, across the border from key opposition supply bases in Turkey.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Troops on Saturday launched a long-anticipated assault to crush the opposition in Idlib province, bombarding its main city with tank shells from all sides and clashing with rebel fighters struggling to hold back an invasion.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Syrian forces had been building up for days around Idlib, the capital of a hilly, agricultural province along the Syria-Turkey border that has been a hotbed of protests against Assad's regime.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">An AP photographer touring Turkish villages across the border from Idlib reported hearing constant artillery pounding. Turkish villagers said the artillery fire begins just before dawn and that refugees were trickling in across the border during lulls.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground in&nbsp;Syria, said a civilian and three soldiers were killed Sunday in the village of al-Janoudieh across from the border with Turkey where heavy clashes were taking place between troops and army defectors. A mother and her son were killed in the town of Ariha.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">The dead troops were killed by army defectors when they stormed a village and began a campaign of raids and arrests, activists said.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">In Homs, several activists reported intense shelling of the Karm el-Zeytoun, Bab Dreib and Job al-Jandali districts with mortars and rocket propelled grenades and said several people were killed and wounded.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">"There is very heavy destruction. Cars are burning and smoke is rising from the area," said Homs-based activist Abu Bakr Saleh.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">"They are trying to punish all districts of Homs where anti-government protests still take place," he said.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Many fear the offensive in Idlib could end up like the regime's campaign against the rebel-held neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs. Troops besieged and shelled Baba Amr for weeks before capturing it on March 1.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Activists say hundreds were killed, and a U.N. official who visited the area this week said she was "horrified" by the destruction in the district, now virtually deserted.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">In the northwestern city of Aleppo, gunmen assassinated local boxing champion Gheyath Tayfour. State-run news agency SANA said an armed group ambushed the 34-year-old Tayfour in his car near Aleppo University square and opened fire, killing him instantly with five bullets to his head.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Syria&nbsp;has seen a string of mysterious assassinations lately targeting doctors, professors and businessman, as the uprising against Assad turns more militarized.</p></p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/annan-ends-syria-trip-no-deal-97199 Weighing the options for what’s next in Syria http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/weighing-options-what%E2%80%99s-next-syria-96355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/AP120204014217.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Arab League wants a joint Arab-UN peacekeeping mission to end the 11-month conflict in Syria. Damascus "categorically rejected" the resolution. The League's move comes one week after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside. <a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/history/fac-bios/Khalidi/faculty.html" target="_blank">Rashid Khalidi</a>, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, tells <em>Worldview </em>what he sees as the next steps for Syria.</p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/weighing-options-what%E2%80%99s-next-syria-96355 U.N., E.U. presidency step up pressure to reunite Cyprus http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-20/un-eu-presidency-step-pressure-reunite-cyprus-95688 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/cyprus2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Compared to other seemingly intractable political struggles, the one between Turkish and Greek Cypriots has received little attention in the last few years. But that’s about to change.</p><p>This summer, the Greek Cypriots are poised to take over the rotating E.U. presidency. In reaction, Turkey is threatening to freeze ties with the E.U. if Cyprus assumes control without a deal to reunify the island. The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey took over the northern part of the island in response to a Greek military coup that aimed to make the island a part of Greece.</p><p>Recently, the United Nations has stepped up efforts to move the two parties toward reunification. In the next few days, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will meet with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss a possible deal.</p><p>Endy Zemenides, the executive director of the <a href="http://www.hellenicleaders.com/" target="_blank">Hellenic American Leadership Council</a>, tells <em>Worldview</em> what these latest developments might mean for Cyprus.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-20/un-eu-presidency-step-pressure-reunite-cyprus-95688