WBEZ | Iraq http://www.wbez.org/tags/iraq Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood vows to continue protest http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-01-06/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-vows-continue-protest-109465 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Egypt muslim b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last month the Egyptian government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a &quot;terrorist organization.&quot; But despite the arrest of many of its leaders, the organization has pledged to continue its protests. Many are concerned about the potential for violence. We&#39;ll find out what&#39;s at stake.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128210600&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-egypt-s-struggle/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-egypt-s-struggle.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-egypt-s-struggle" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood vows to continue protest" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-01-06/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-vows-continue-protest-109465 10 Years since Iraq: The Changing Face of War http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/10-years-iraq-changing-face-war-107190 <p><p>This program to mark the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, includes a panel of speakers addressing the changing face of war. Abroad, the US&#39; increased use of drones for &quot;targeted killings&quot; in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. Here in the US, deadly cuts continue to be imposed on domestic programs in order to fund the Pentagon&#39;s excessive spending and line the pockets of wealthy corporations, such as Boeing. The fights for public education, housing, and healthcare are intricately tied to the fights against war and imperialism.</p><p><strong>Peter Lems</strong> is a leader in the American Friends Service Committee anti-drone effort. <strong>Kait McIntyre</strong> of the Anti-War Committee speaks about the local campaign targeting Boeing. <strong>Vince Emanuele</strong>, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War, served two tours in Iraq.</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/AFSC-webstory_7.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Grace Place.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/10-years-iraq-changing-face-war-107190 A Forest Park vet struggles to keep others out of homelessness http://www.wbez.org/news/forest-park-vet-struggles-keep-others-out-homelessness-105502 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79127553&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>When I met Homer Bizzle in his tiny food pantry in west suburban Forest Park, the lights were off.</p><p>Even though the pantry, called America Cares Too, had been open all day, Bizzle said the darkness was typical.</p><p>&ldquo;We just trying to conserve lights, cause, non-profit, you know,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Bizzle started the service project for vets and their families in 2011 after leaving the Army Reserves. He&rsquo;s been running the project on volunteer labor and financing it with small donations and cash out of his own paycheck.</p><p>&ldquo;I just wanted to give back to my fellow veterans and their families,&rdquo; Bizzle said.</p><p>By day, the 33-year-old native of the Austin neighborhood is an advocate for people with disabilities. In the evenings, he heads over to the his spare storefront on W. Harrison St. to meet up with the vets who come here seeking support.</p><p><strong>The battle at home</strong></p><p>In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama announced that 34,000 troops will be home from Afghanistan by this time next year. That&rsquo;s a little over half the remaining troops in what most consider America&rsquo;s longest war.</p><p>But when they get here, many military vets face new, even longer battles - battles with trauma and homelessness. Many come home with mental or physical disabilities, and all come home to a slouching economy. Unemployment among veterans is higher than the national average, and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/discrimination-against-our-countrys-heroes-103510" target="_blank">veteran status itself can be a stigma in a job search</a>. One in three men living on the streets is a veteran (although <a href="http://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/USICH-_Report_to_Congress_on_Homeless_Veterans.pdf" target="_blank">those numbers have declined in recent years</a>). And a recent study estimates that 22 vets commit suicide every day in the U.S.</p><p>All of this is familiar to Bizzle.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7008_009-scr.JPG" style="float: right; height: 169px; width: 320px;" title="The America Cares Too storefront in Forest Park (WBEZ/Lewis Wallace)" /></p><p>&ldquo;Some of them suffer from PTSD, some anxiety, some have flash backs, shell shock...&rdquo; Bizzle said of the vets he serves.</p><p>While the VA does offer mental health services, Bizzle said traumatized vets who don&rsquo;t feel they can trust the government aren&rsquo;t left with many options.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s kinda hard for a soldier that&rsquo;s coming off active duty to get those kinda treatments in the civilian world because everything costs money, unfortunately,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>He believes the best solutions can come from veterans themselves.</p><p>&ldquo;No offense to politicians but they don&rsquo;t understand the veterans situation, and by me being a veteran I could understand our own situation, the problems we deal with,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The main room at America Cares Too contains a donated TV and a desk with no phone (Bizzle uses his cellphone to run the project because the ComEd bill was too high).</p><p>Three computers sit on folding tables donated by a recovery group that meets next door. And in the back there&rsquo;s a spare office where Bizzle keeps vets&rsquo; files. The walls are lines with boxes of donated toys and socks and underwear purchased with TJ Maxx and Target gift cards. Bizzle&rsquo;s appeals to local government bodies and the VA for financial support <a href="http://austintalks.org/2013/01/former-austin-resident-starts-veterans-nonprofit/" target="_blank">have been unsuccessful so far</a>.</p><p><strong>A chronic lack of support</strong></p><p>This month Esquire reported that the Navy Seal who shot Osama Bin Laden is jobless and living without health insurance. The headline: <a href="http://www.esquire.com/features/man-who-shot-osama-bin-laden-0313" target="_blank">&ldquo;The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden...Is Screwed.&rdquo;</a> Although Esquire&rsquo;s story can&rsquo;t be independently verified - the man in question chose to remain anonymous for his own safety - it reflects a widespread disappointment in the services provided by the state for vets, especially younger vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In the case of &ldquo;the shooter,&rdquo; as he&rsquo;s called in Esquire, the Navy Seal retired after 16 years of service. That meant no pension, and no more health care for his family. The cutoff point for long-term support is 20 years of service.</p><p>Bizzle&rsquo;s located just a couple miles from the Hines VA Hospital, which helps thousands of vets each year. The Hines complex includes housing for homeless vets, and a network of social service providers. I called them to ask how a vet would end up at a little joint like Bizzle&rsquo;s.</p><p>&ldquo;I think the predominant reasons are, there are a small cohort of veterans who just do not want to be in any system,&rdquo; said Anthony Spillie, the head of social work at Hines.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7009_015-scr.JPG" style="height: 214px; width: 380px; float: left;" title="Homer Bizzle reorganizes his small food pantry for veterans. (WBEZ/Lewis Wallace)" />There are an estimated 18,000 homeless vets in the greater Chicago area, and he says that despite offering extensive services, some people just fall through the cracks. Groups like Bizzle&rsquo;s can help catch them.</p><p>&ldquo;There is no wrong door approach,&rdquo; Spillie said. &ldquo;You know most of the time you think of accessing services through the front door. Well, we&rsquo;ll open whatever door we can possibly open for veterans to end and treat their homelessness.</p><p>Bizzle wants to hire veterans to be case workers and counselors, and one day turn his own Bellwood home into a transitional housing center for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-27/returning-home-presents-different-challenges-female-veterans-89707" target="_blank">female vets</a>.</p><p>But the lack of support is frustrating - and so is seeing what his fellow vets go through.</p><p>&ldquo;It be times I wanna throw that uniform in the garbage,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/LewisPants" target="_blank">Lewis Wallace on Twitter</a>.</p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/forest-park-vet-struggles-keep-others-out-homelessness-105502 Discrimination against our country's heroes http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/discrimination-against-our-countrys-heroes-103510 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65375087&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=ff7700" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Read part one of Josh&#39;s story, <strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/soldiers-struggle-economic-ladder-103481">here</a></strong>.</p><p>On one of the days I visited him, Josh Jones shared with me a video that one of his fellow Army buddies taped while they were serving in Iraq.</p><p>In the video, big orange fireballs light up the night sky. Their unit had just come under mortar fire from insurgents.</p><p>That seems like a lifetime ago for 25-year-old Josh. He&rsquo;s been home for two years and since then has been living a life with much less excitement than what he&rsquo;s used to.</p><p>After serving in Iraq, Josh felt like he had earned a decent job. When he returned home, he thought he&#39;d work as a cop or a prison guard. Instead, he wound up unemployed for a year.</p><p><strong>A broken promise</strong></p><p>You hear this kind of frustration a lot from young veterans who served in the wars that followed 9/11. They have a sense that some kind of promise to service members has been broken. Many young veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq are struggling.&nbsp; Unemployment for young vets hovers near 30 percent and tens of thousands of former soldiers are homeless.&nbsp;</p><p>After spending years living a serviceman&rsquo;s life of strict rules, regulations and customs, Josh felt unstable.</p><p>&ldquo;I didn&#39;t know what the hell I was going to do. I was going to head home to my family obviously, but I didn&#39;t know where I wanted to go. I mean, I didn&#39;t want to take a step back in my opinion and work at some, be some cashier at a grocery store or a gas station,&rdquo; Josh said.</p><p>Derek Osgood is a friend of Josh&#39;s, a 23 year old Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.</p><p>He says he feels like his service isn&rsquo;t appreciated.</p><p>&ldquo;I hate to say it, but when it comes to getting out, as soon as the military knows you&#39;re not going to re-enlist and you&#39;re leaving, it&#39;s like you&#39;re dead to them -- you know, you&#39;re just another body,&rdquo; Derek said.</p><p>Derek and Josh are part of a veterans club -- a kind of military support group on the campus of Paul Smiths College, a school in upstate New York.</p><p>Josh says group members have a sense of camaraderie because in this environment, where most students are about five years younger than all of the veterans, there&rsquo;s always someone who knows what it means to be a soldier.</p><p>At a meeting in the cafeteria, Derek says he&#39;s proud of his war service and thinks he learned important lessons from the Marines about discipline and hard work.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/joshcafe.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: right; margin: 3px;" title="Josh Jones (second from right) talks schoolwork with Tyler Twitchel, Jesse Smith and Josh's girlfriend Danielle Rageotte at lunchtime in the cafetaria. Photo: Mark Kurtz" />But when it comes to actual training that might give him an advantage in the civilian job market, he shakes his head.</div><p>&ldquo;I picked infantry and when it came to job skills, that pretty much gave me little or none in the way of job experiences that I would benefit from,&rdquo; Derek said.</p><p>Josh too is skeptical about the opportunities for veterans to climb the economic ladder.</p><p>&ldquo;I think it&#39;s there, but it&#39;s more of a stepladder now. It has a ceiling to it. You can only go so high. Unless you have a strong network of people in power, it&#39;s a stepladder, not a ladder,&rdquo; Josh said.</p><p>This kind of pessimism is common among vet. Studies show that even many service-members who come home with marketable skills are struggling to find good jobs.</p><p>Sometimes it&#39;s difficult to match military experience with civilian job descriptions. Sometimes it&#39;s just the sour economy.</p><p>But there&#39;s also a concern among military support groups that wartime veterans face an actual stigma.</p><p><strong>Facing discrimination</strong></p><p>Twenty-five-year-old Justin Jankuv is part of the campus military club. He&rsquo;s a former Army soldier who fought in Iraq.</p><p>He says there&rsquo;s a stereotype against veterans.</p><p>&ldquo;Oh, this guys is from Iraq or this guy is a veteran. So, he&#39;s got post traumatic stress disorder or he&#39;s a loony...because there&#39;s a lot of people out there who get that impression of us,&rdquo; Justin said.</p><p>Derek agrees. He says employers are afraid of taking a risk by hiring a veteran.</p><p>&ldquo;It&#39;s sort of like they put a smile on their face and say &lsquo;Yeah, you&#39;re a veteran, good on you, good on you we&#39;ll call you back.&rsquo; And in the back of their head, they&#39;re thinking, There&#39;s no way.&nbsp; No way I&#39;m going to hire him,&rdquo; Derek said.</p><p>He adds that he&rsquo;d rather have someone tell him they don&rsquo;t hire veterans because it otherwise makes him question his performance in the interview.</p><p>A study released in June of this year found that many of these impressions among soldiers are accurate.</p><p>Employers told researchers with the Center for A New American Security that one top reason they don&#39;t hire veterans is a negative stereotype -- a fear that they might be &quot;damaged&quot; or might go on &quot;rampages.&quot;</p><p>Ryan Gallucci, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a soldier advocacy group, says many civilian employers are simply ignorant about what goes on in war-time.<br /><br />He says since only one percent of Americans have served in the current conflicts, it&rsquo;s normal to have a cultural misunderstanding.</p><p>Gallucci did a tour in Iraq in 2003. He says important steps have been taken to help younger veteran reintegrate, including the 9/11 GI Bill and the Hire a Hero Act.</p><p>Without that aid, none of the servicemen interviewed for this story could have afforded college.</p><p><strong>Finding solutions</strong></p><p>Some companies have also set quotas for hiring veterans and created buddy programs that partner older service-members with young people just back from war.</p><p>A a new billion-dollar veterans jobs bill would have put 20,000 vets to work as cops and firefighters. But it was defeated by Republicans in September.</p><p>And Galluci says a lot more needs to be done by the government and by private firms to prove that military service is still a path to the middle class.</p><p>&ldquo;So what we really are trying to do now is maintain the military&#39;s reputation as a quality force, that it prepares service members for good careers when they leave,&rdquo;Galluci said.</p><p>He says that this type of preparation allows for economic mobility.</p><p>Josh Jones says he&#39;s grateful to be back in school, to have this second chance. Many of his veteran friends are still unemployed, working dead end jobs, or back living with their parents.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/josh1.jpg" style="float: left; height: 166px; width: 250px; " title="Josh hopes college will prepare him to enter the workforce." /></p><p>But Josh says he&#39;s anxious about the day when he&#39;ll have to hit the streets again, afraid that long after the war is over, companies will see him too as damaged goods.</p><p>As the war in Afghanistan winds down, tens of thousands more Americans will be making this transition to civilian life.</p><p>Whether or not they succeed could how define the next generation sees military service:&nbsp;As an economic opportunity or one more dream that has turned into a dead end. &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/discrimination-against-our-countrys-heroes-103510 Chicago cabby remembers reign as Iraq's boxing champ http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/chicago-cabby-remembers-reign-iraqs-boxing-champ-99048 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Iraqi%20boxer.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="Before Estaifan Shilaita was a cab driver in Chicago, he was Iraq's national boxing champion. (Courtesy of Estaifan Shilaita)"></div></div><p>A few weeks ago, a funny thing happened on the way to the theater. As much as it pains me to pun so shamefully, it's true: I was in a hurry to get downtown to see a show with some friends. We knew we were in for a night of entertainment, we just didn't realize the main attraction would turn out to be the cab ride over.</p><p>Before Estaifan Shilaita became a cab driver in Chicago, he was Iraq's national boxing champion. He reigned in the ring from 1968 to 1976. And, he's quick to tell you, he was the goalkeeper for Iraq's football team. But he's also a Christian, which meant he could never represent his country on an international stage. So he left—and Greece gave him the opportunity his own country would not: He lived and boxed in Greece as Saddam Hussein came into power, at which point Shilaita applied for political refugee status.</p><p>He arrived in Chicago in 1979 at age 30. More than one person told him to hang up his gloves but he felt at home in the ring. Shilaita fought just seven times–five wins, two losses–in his brief U.S. boxing career. Ever since, he's happily spent 12 hours a day driving a cab and beguiling passengers with his story.</p><p>On that note, turns out I'm not the only passenger who felt like sharing. After riding in Shilaita's cab, filmmakers Brett Garamella and Patrick McGowan spent 11 days shooting a short film about Shilaita called <a href="http://www.facebook.com/thechosenchampion" target="_blank"><em>The Chosen Champion</em></a>. They hope to get the film into some festivals soon. For now, here's the trailer:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="225" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/12446261" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="400"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 10:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/chicago-cabby-remembers-reign-iraqs-boxing-champ-99048 Iraqi Kurdistan's first English-speaking Shakespeare troupe http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-26/segment/iraqi-kurdistans-first-english-speaking-shakespeare-troupe-98585 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/20120402__iraqactors~1_400.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Across the Middle East, William Shakespeare is just as much of a literary staple as he is in the United States. That is, if you switch out classical English for classical Arabic, swap Hamlet for an Arabian prince, and assign opposing Sunni and Shia&rsquo; identities to the star-crossed lovers. But in Iraqi Kurdistan, a student Shakespeare troupe at the <a href="http://www.auis.edu.iq" target="_blank">American University of Sulaimani</a> is becoming internationally recognized for performing the Bard&#39;s plays in their original tongue. <em>Worldview </em>talks with troupe director Peter Friedrich and actor Ahmad Muhammad Taha about the role of theater in Iraq and the challenges of emulating the Shakespearean language, culture, and time period.</p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-26/segment/iraqi-kurdistans-first-english-speaking-shakespeare-troupe-98585 Factional differences continue to threaten Iraq’s fragile government http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-03/segment/factional-differences-continue-threaten-iraq%E2%80%99s-fragile-government-97870 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP120329032300.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As political instability continues in Iraq, the country's alliances are deteriorating. Disputes about revenue between Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan have slowed the country’s oil production. At last week’s annual Arab League summit in Baghdad, 12 of the 22 Arab leaders did not attend, largely out of protest over the Iraqi government’s treatment of the Sunni minority. Also, factional rivalries are said to be behind an arrest warrant on charges of terrorism for Iraq’s Sunni vice president. Laith Saud, an instructor of Islamic World Studies at DePaul University<span style="font-style: italic;">,</span><em> </em>gives an update on Iraq's political climate.</p></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:42:24 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-03/segment/factional-differences-continue-threaten-iraq%E2%80%99s-fragile-government-97870 Wife of accused Sgt. Robert Bales speaks on husband, offers condolences http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-03-20/wife-accused-sgt-robert-bales-speaks-husband-offers-condolences-97452 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-20/AP110823169823.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-20/AP110823169823.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 444px;" title="Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, in 2011 (AP/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)"></p><p>The story of Robert Bales, the 38-year-old sergeant who stands <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/afghan-killing-suspect-sgt-robert-bales-us-millitary/story?id=15953159#.T2iC6SOvWtp">accused of killing 16 Afghanis</a> (9 of them children, knifed and shot at close range), is a catastrophe for myriad reasons. The families of the dead, no matter how acclimatized to constant and endless war, are surely devastated. And Bales’ own family -- his wife, children, parents and others -- innocents in all this, far away in Washington state as the killings were taking place, now find themselves the focus of a laser-like spotlight.</p><p>Yesterday, Karilyn Bales, the sergeant’s wife, released a statement. There is nothing particularly unusual in that gesture; in fact, it’s become part of the cycle in circumstances like these, when families try to explain their surprise and horror. But what I found extraordinary about Mrs. Bales’ statement was its generosity. It doesn’t demonize anyone, it doesn’t look for any excuses, it expresses not just condolences but a profound desire for peace, and yet it never backs away from her love from her husband, whom she neither defends or excuses.</p><p>Here it is in its entirety:</p><p><strong>Statement by Karilyn Bales</strong><br> <em>What happened on the night of March 11 in Kandahar Province was a terrible and heartbreaking&nbsp;tragedy.</em></p><p><em>My family including my and Bob’s extended families are all profoundly sad. We extend our condolences&nbsp;to all the people of the Panjawai District, our hearts go out too all of them, especially to the parents,&nbsp;brothers, sisters and grandparents of the children who perished.</em></p><p><em>I know that all good people around the world, regardless of nationality, religion or political values, join&nbsp;me in grieving that such a terrible thing could happen.</em></p><p><em>Our family has little information beyond what we read and see in the media. What has been reported is&nbsp;completely out of character of the man I know and admire. Please respect me when I say I cannot shed&nbsp;any light on what happened that night, so please do not ask.</em></p><p><em>I too want to know what happened. I want to know how this could be.</em></p><p><em>I have no indication that my family’s own safety is at risk, but I appreciate the efforts that have been&nbsp;undertaken to protect us. I hope there will soon be no reason for protection of families, whether here or&nbsp;in Kandahar Province, or anywhere, because the pain inevitably inflicted in war should never be an&nbsp;excuse to inflict yet more pain. The cycle must be broken. We must find peace.</em></p><p><em>I know the media has a right to pursue and report news. As you do your jobs, I plead with you to respect&nbsp;the trauma that I and my extended family are experiencing. Please allow us some peace and time as we&nbsp;try to make sense of something that makes no sense at all.</em></p><p><em>All I can do now is emphasize my sadness and my condolences to the families in Panjawai for their&nbsp;terrible loss. The victims and their families are all in my prayers, as is my husband who I love very much.</em></p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-03-20/wife-accused-sgt-robert-bales-speaks-husband-offers-condolences-97452 Gay youth under increased attack in Iraq http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-15/gay-youth-under-increased-attack-iraq-97326 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-15/SHiSha_Cafe_LUONGO.jpg.crop_display_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the past two weeks alone, at least 14 people who were perceived to be part of the emo culture have been killed in Baghdad. Kids who dress in the emo clothing, a Western style of dress, and listen to emo punk music are often thought to be gay. The latest killings come after months of increased attacks, which may number as high as 100. <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://paper-bird.net/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Scott Long</a>, a fellow in the human rights program at Harvard Law School. He&rsquo;s been tracking the issue in Iraq and across the Middle East for several years.</p></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-15/gay-youth-under-increased-attack-iraq-97326 Worldview 3.15.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-15 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-march/2012-03-15/copy-safetyhousegaytrans2luongojpgcropdisplay0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the last two weeks, at least 14 young Iraqis who were perceived to be gay or part of the emo culture have been killed in Baghdad. Scott Long, a <a href="http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/hrp/visitingfellows/current_fellows.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">human rights fellow</a> at Harvard Law School, tells <em>Worldview </em>why these kids have recently become the target of increased violence. And on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Sarah Antrim-Cambium, the founder of <a href="http://tjerdi.wordpress.com/about/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">My Grandmother’s River Project</a>, discusses her organization's efforts to safeguard the culture of the Naso, an indigenous group in Panama.</p></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-15