WBEZ | Iraq http://www.wbez.org/tags/iraq Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bangkok Manhunt for Erawan Shrine Bombers http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-19/bangkok-manhunt-erawan-shrine-bombers-112686 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219977619&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">Manhunt is on for Bangkok bombings suspects</span></strong></p><p>News is moving quickly on Monday&rsquo;s terrorist bombing at Bangkok&rsquo;s Erawan shrine. So far, the attack killed at least 22 people and wounded over 100. A suspect was identified through CCTV footage. Reports now say there may be two more bombing suspects. As Thai citizens tried to make sense of Monday&rsquo;s attack, yesterday, another bomb was thrown from a bridge in Bangkok. There were no injuries reported in the second incident, but police say the bombings were similar. Thailand&rsquo;s Police Chief stated he believed the bombs were part of a coordinated attack by a terrorist network. We&rsquo;ll get the latest from Pailin Wedel, an independent journalist, based in Bangkok.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <a href="http://www.pailinwedel.com/">Pailin Wedel</a>&nbsp;is an independent journalist, based in Bangkok, Thailand<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219978523&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="942px"></iframe></p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 24px;">Iraq Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, cuts his cabinet</span></strong></p><p>Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has cut his cabinet, culling it down from 33 to 22 members. &nbsp;Positions cut mean the elimination of certain ministries - including the one that governs human rights and humanitarian affairs. &nbsp;The prime minister says the cuts are meant to weed out corruption and provide better services. Iraqis have been protesting against what they say is mass corruption in the government. We&rsquo;ll talk about the changes with Laith Saud, a visiting assistant professor of religious studies at DePaul University.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong>Laith Saud is a visiting assistant professor of religious studies at DePaul University</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219983865&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">Global Notes: Controversy over Tango&#39;s African roots</span></strong></p><p>The documentary, &ldquo;Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango&rdquo; details the African roots of Tango, the famed Argentinean music/dance genre. Music journalist and host of <em>Beat Latino</em>, Catalina Maria Johnson, will tell us about the film, &nbsp;play some Tango for us and talk about some of the racial and cultural controversies surrounding its origins. We&rsquo;ll also hear about some lesser known Afro Latin music such as Boogaloo (USA), Candombe (Uruguay) and Saya (Ecuador).</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <a href="http://catalinamariajohnson.com/">Catalina Maria Johnson</a> is a music journalist and the host of Beat Latino on Vocalo.</p><p><strong>Event:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facets.org/cinematheque/films/aug2015/tango-negro.php">Tango Negro</a>&nbsp;plays at Facets Multimedia through 8/20/15</p></p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-19/bangkok-manhunt-erawan-shrine-bombers-112686 Inside Aleksandar Hemon's new book: 'The Making of Zombie Wars' http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-12/inside-aleksandar-hemons-new-book-making-zombie-wars-112637 <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/macmillan.jpg" title="(Photo: 'The Making of Zombie Wars'/Macmillan publishing)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/218958965&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">&#39;The Making of Zombie Wars&#39; by Aleksandar Hemon</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>Aleksandar Hemon&rsquo;s latest novel,&#39;The Making of Zombie Wars&#39;, is about an aspiring screenwriter named Josh Levin. Levin teaches ESL classes in Chicago and is writing a screenplay for an action movie called Zombie Wars, about a zombie apocalypse. It all takes place as the US heads to war in Iraq. Hemon joins us to discuss the novel.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-f58230a0-2394-efe7-8011-f05a3505e701"><a href="http://twitter.com/sashahemon">Aleksandar Hemon</a> is the author of &#39;</span>The Making of Zombie Wars&#39;.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/218959343&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);">Drones and private contractors</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>A report issued by the UK-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism says that the Pentagon employs hundreds of private contractors to analyze highly classified video and pinpoint terror targets, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. The report, &ldquo;Reaping the rewards: How private sector is cashing in on Pentagon&rsquo;s &lsquo;insatiable demand&rsquo; for drone war intelligence,&rdquo; also found that these contractors work side-by-side with uniformed military personnel. We&rsquo;ll talk with TBIJ reporter, Abigail Fielding-Smith, about the report which she co-authored.</p><p><strong>Guest:<a href="http://twitter.com/AbbieFS">&nbsp;</a></strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-f58230a0-2396-f10b-f563-3dbb11ebdcbf"><a href="http://twitter.com/AbbieFS">Abigail Fielding-Smith</a> is a reporter at the bureau of investigative journalism.&nbsp;</span></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-12/inside-aleksandar-hemons-new-book-making-zombie-wars-112637 Worldview: Thousands of troops in Northern Iraq affected by infighting http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-21/worldview-thousands-troops-northern-iraq-affected-infighting-111914 <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/AP480961373483.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Kurdish security forces attack Islamic State extremists outside the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, April 18, 2015.(AP Photo)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201913232&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);">Kurdish leader arrested and released</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-58a1a333-dd93-44fa-42b0-a7886a3ec8e3">Infighting is hampering the military forces fighting ISIS in Northern Iraq. Kurdish officials detained and then released Haider Shasho, a Yazidi resistance leader. The dispute has sidelined thousands of troops. With us from Kurdistan is Christine van den Toorn, director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies at The American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS). She&rsquo;s also founder of the research and analysis company called &lsquo;The Primary Source&rsquo;.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-58a1a333-dd93-7c92-d807-ce475947f00f"><strong>Guest:</strong></span></p><p><em><span><a href="https://twitter.com/vandentoorn">Christine van den Toorn</a> is the </span> director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies at The American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS).</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201913570&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);">Les Roberts on counting casualties from war and disease</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d96754c3-dd98-60da-65cd-0955355c888f">The Marjorie Kovler Center, the second torture survivors treatment center in the US, was founded in Chicago in 1987. &nbsp;They since have treated over 2000 torture survivors. Many view them as a moral beacon in our community. Thursday night, they&rsquo;ll award their Robert Kirshner Human Rights Award to Epidemiologist Les Roberts. He made lots of news during the 2003 Iraq war from his casualties study, the Lancet Report. It showed many more fatalities than other estimates. Supporters of the War hotly disputed his findings, even though Roberts used widely accepted methodologies. He was on our show several times during the 2003 Iraq war. Most recently, he&rsquo;s worked in Sierra Leone on the Ebola crisis.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d96754c3-dd98-c6d2-f501-a5e22156830d">Les Roberts is an </span>epidemiologist and associate professor in the Forced Migration and Health Program at <a href="https://twitter.com/ColumbiaMSPH">Columbia University&#39;s Mailman School of Public Health.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201914168&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);">Eco Heroes: Nancy Tuchman</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-066ce5c3-dd9c-53a3-4219-45761e2ee319">Our regular </span>EcoHeroes segment features people who want to transform our environment and ecosystem.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-066ce5c3-dd9c-53a3-4219-45761e2ee319">Today, we&rsquo;ll speak with Nancy Tuchman. After creating a biodiesel lab in Chicago, she decided to launch the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University-Chicago. The initiative is an outgrowth of her belief in Loyola&rsquo;s Jesuit mission of social justice and service. Nancy will tell us about her life-long passion for environmental &nbsp;advocacy and why she believes her Institute could ignite environmental breakthroughs.</span></p><p><span><strong>Guest:</strong></span></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-066ce5c3-dd9c-a98c-4aa7-843aacc17514">Nancy Tuchman is a </span>professor of niology and a founding director of the <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenLoyola">Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University-Chicago.</a></em></p></p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-21/worldview-thousands-troops-northern-iraq-affected-infighting-111914 Conflict escalates in the Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-29/conflict-escalates-ukraine-111475 <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/AP428413196430.jpg" style="height: 424px; width: 620px;" title="Ukrainian servicemen put their dogs under the jackets to keep them warm in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188525020&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">The latest on the crisis in Ukraine </span></p><p>The fighting in Eastern Ukraine heated up again this week. Now, EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia. NATO says hundreds of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles are in east Ukraine. We&rsquo;ll discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine with Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served as a Russia and Ukraine expert in the Clinton White House.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/andrewsweiss">Andrew Weiss</a> is VP for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace</em>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188525356&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Dominican nun from Illinois visits Iraq</span></p><p>Dominican nun Marcelline Koch was recently in Iraq with a group of U.S. nuns to monitor and document the current humanitarian crisis, especially for the religious minorities like the Yazadis and Christians. Sister Marcelline is back to tell us about the conditions these people live in, which she describes as a &ldquo;mortal sin.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Marcelline Koch is a <a href="https://twitter.com/Dominican_Order">Dominican</a> nun.</em></p></p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-29/conflict-escalates-ukraine-111475 Israel's plan in East Jerusalem http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-28/israels-plan-east-jerusalem-111001 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP422057322235.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced this week a settlement construction plan in East Jerusalem, despite international condemnation. Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, joins us to discuss the troubled Peace Process.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-rebuilding-gaza/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-rebuilding-gaza.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-rebuilding-gaza" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Israel's plan in East Jerusalem" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-28/israels-plan-east-jerusalem-111001 Ebola and deforestation http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-27/ebola-and-deforestation-110995 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP133741570065.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Deforestation in West Africa has forced bats to leave their homes and move to areas populated by humans, according to journalist Janet Ginsburg. She explains why she believes this could have contributed to the Ebola outbreak.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-24/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-24.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-24" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ebola and deforestation" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-27/ebola-and-deforestation-110995 Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP56838941181.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syrian and Iraqi refugees are pouring into Europe to escape ongoing conflicts in their countries. We&#39;ll discuss how Europe has been handling the influx with Elizabeth Collett, director of Migration Policy Institute Europe.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 Iraq's new government http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-10/iraqs-new-government-110778 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP840324389257.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Iraqi government has formed a new coalition. We&#39;ll take a look at who&#39;s in it and how this will affect U.S. policy in the region.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-s-new-government/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-s-new-government.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-s-new-government" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Iraq's new government" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-10/iraqs-new-government-110778 Kurdish diaspora and geopolitics http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-21/kurdish-diaspora-and-geopolitics-110685 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP433719952932.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>PKK Kurdish fighters are on the U.S.&#39;s list of terrorist organizations, but the U.S. supports its fight against the jihadist Islamic State. Ali Ezzatyar, lawyer and scholar on the Middle East, joins us to discuss the Kurds&#39; changing role in the region.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-kurdish-diaspora-and-geopolitics/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-kurdish-diaspora-and-geopolitics.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-kurdish-diaspora-and-geopolitics" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Kurdish diaspora and geopolitics " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-21/kurdish-diaspora-and-geopolitics-110685 ISIS poses threat to neighbors http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-20/isis-poses-threat-neighbors-110679 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP163856221898.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a statement today, President Obama said a group like the Islamic State &quot;has no place in the 21st century.&quot; Today we&#39;ll talk to Steven Simon, a fellow at the Middle East Institute, about the ISIS threat to surrounding countries and what can the U.S. do about it.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-isis-poses-threat-to-neighbors/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-isis-poses-threat-to-neighbors.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-isis-poses-threat-to-neighbors" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: ISIS poses threat to neighbors " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-20/isis-poses-threat-neighbors-110679