WBEZ | terrorism http://www.wbez.org/tags/terrorism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Security and terrorism in Tunisia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-07/security-and-terrorism-tunisia-112341 <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/%28AP%20PhotoDarko%20Vojinovic%29.jpg" title="(Photo: AP/Darko Vojinovic)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213700623&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><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; 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);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">New measures to combat terrorism in Tunisia</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);"><div>Tunisia&rsquo;s president has a declared a state of emergency, just a little over a week since a massacre took place at tourist resort there. The president says &nbsp;&ldquo;exceptional circumstances require exceptional measures. &rdquo; Thirty eight people were killed in beach resort attack. It came just months after terrorists stormed another popular tourist attraction, the Bardo Museum. We discuss the issue with William Lawrence, co-author of&nbsp;<em>After the Uprisings: Political Transition in Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen. </em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Dr. William Lawrence is Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programs at the <a href="http://csidonline.org/">Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy</a>.</em></div><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/213690795&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-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">A musical perspective on the Syrian 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);">Kinan Azmeh is a world renowned clarinetist. He plays in Yo-Yo Ma&rsquo;s Silk Road Ensemble and he&rsquo;s a musical ambassador for the UN&rsquo;s &nbsp;What Does it Take&rdquo; campaign. It&rsquo;s goal is to draw attention to Syria&rsquo;s four year-long civil war. We talked with Azmeh about his life growing up in Damascus, his career and why putting a stop to war in Syria is his current life&rsquo;s mission. He also performed for us in WBEZ&rsquo;s Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.</div><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);">&nbsp;</div><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);"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://http://www.kinanazmeh.com/">Kinan Azmeh</a> is a Syrian-born clarinetist and composer.&nbsp;</em></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-07/security-and-terrorism-tunisia-112341 Worldview: Chiquita Banana facing charges for funding a Colombian paramilitary group http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-17/worldview-chiquita-banana-facing-charges-funding-colombian <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/AP197127248541.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="This Sept. 10, 2014 file photo shows bunches of Chiquita brand bananas for sale at a grocery store in Zelienople, Pa.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201298472&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);">Chiquita Banana heads to the Supreme Court</span></p><p>The Supreme Court is set to hear a petition for review of the case&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/cardona-v-chiquita-brands-international-inc/" target="_blank"><em>Cardona&nbsp;</em>v<em>. Chiquita Brands International</em></a>, a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of about 4000 victims of state-sponsored terrorism in Colombia. &nbsp;The families of the victims claim that Chiquita was complicit in the deaths of thousands of Colombians because it paid millions of dollars to a paramilitary group known as the AUC, the Spanish acronym for United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. &nbsp;Chiquita has already pleaded guilty to making the payments to the terrorist organization but it has not paid any compensation to the victims. Now, &nbsp;the Supreme Court justices will have to decide whether to hear the latest case, which would test the scope of a statute known as the Alien Tort Statute. It&rsquo;s an anti -piracy law that has been applied to cases as a way to enforce international human rights. It remains unclear whether the law could hold corporations responsible for human rights abuses that do not occur in the U.S. Journalist Steven Cohen wrote about the case in recent article for the New Republic. He joins us to discuss the case and its potential implications for international human rights.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a4428c5c-c90d-cd30-e834-c2dfcaf5b3a7"><a href="https://twitter.com/SD_Cohen">Steven Cohen</a> is an independent journalist based in Medellin, Colombia.</span></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201299052&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);">Film Friday: Two giants of cinema are honored at Doc Films</span></p><p>Film contributor Milos Stehlik joins us to discuss several films showing this weekend. Two icons of film are receiving comprehensive retrospectives at Doc Films at the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Logan Center: &nbsp;Orson Welles, whose centennial is this year, &nbsp;and Stanley Kubrick. Plus, Clouds of Sils Maria, directed by Olivier Assayas, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart opens this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest</strong></p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/milosstehlik">Milos Stehlik</a> is the director of <a href="https://twitter.com/facetschicago">Facets Chicago</a> and the WBEZ film contributor.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201299362&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);">Weekend Passport: Marking the Armenian Genocide through art</span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we&rsquo;ll tell you about an art exhibit that remembers the Armenian genocide<b>.</b></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em>Nari Safavi is one of the co-founders of the <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/default.aspx">PASFARDA Arts &amp; Cultural Exchange</a>.</em></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-b359456a-c916-548f-ecd7-a6210fa9567e"><a href="https://twitter.com/jackie_kazarian">Jackie Kazarian</a> is an artist.</span></em></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-b359456a-c916-a68f-74a9-3ec6b33d2c83">Mateo Hinojosa is the director of Spectacular Movements.</span></em></p></p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-17/worldview-chiquita-banana-facing-charges-funding-colombian White House asks Congress for war powers to fight ISIS http://www.wbez.org/news/white-house-asks-congress-war-powers-fight-isis-111537 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP439279241343.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a move that is sure to set off a new round of debate over how the U.S. should fight ISIS, the Obama administration has sent Congress a request for formal authorization to use military force against the extremist group.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/02-11-15_White_House_AUMF_Text.pdf">copy of the new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF</a>, has been posted by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; it says ISIS &quot;poses a grave threat to the people and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, regional stability, and the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners.&quot;</p><p>We&#39;ve updated this post to reflect the news. <em>Post continues:</em></p><p>Discussing draft versions of the request earlier this morning, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/02/11/385396486/sen-kaine-pushes-for-vote-on-military-strikes-against-isis">told NPR&#39;s Morning Edition</a> that President Obama will ask Congress to authorize ground troops, with a prohibition on their use in &quot;enduring offensive combat missions.&quot;</p><p>A similar provision is in the request for war powers; it also sets a three-year limit on the powers and repeals the 2002 authorization for using force in Iraq.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not good to have these previous war authorizations kind of floating out there&quot; to be used years later, he said.</p><p>White House officials framed the request for war powers after meeting with members of both parties in Congress, where it will come under close scrutiny.</p><p>The effort has been a balancing act, with a key issue being the possible role of ground troops: Republicans say they don&#39;t want to limit the Pentagon&#39;s approach, while Democrats are wary of giving the OK to an open-ended conflict.</p><p>&quot;On Capitol Hill, there is going to be an extended debate, discussion, and argument over exactly what the Authorization for the Use of Military Force should say, what the limits should be,&quot; NPR&#39;s Tamara Keith reports.</p><p>The new AUMF would replace the authorization that was provided to President Bush in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. It would set new parameters for the U.S. to follow as it tries to combat ISIS, the violent group that has claimed territory in Iraq and Syria.</p><p>&quot;There&#39;s high skepticism on Capitol Hill that the earlier authorizations cover&quot; the military operations the U.S. has already conducted against ISIS, Kaine said.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/10/385215395/white-house-seeking-support-of-congress-in-fight-against-isis">As Tamara reported for the Two-Way yesterday</a>, the effort to shape the legislation has included a wide range of administration officials, from White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to National Security Advisor Susan Rice.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/11/385411567/white-house-will-request-war-powers-from-congress-today-senator-says" target="_blank">NPR&#39;s The Two-Way</a></em></p></p> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/white-house-asks-congress-war-powers-fight-isis-111537 EU Counter-terrorism http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-20/eu-counter-terrorism-111421 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/belgium terrorism.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Belgian authorities continue to search for a man it says is the ringleader of a terrorism cell that was plotting attacks in Belgium. New arrests have also been made in Germany. We&#39;ll take a look at the future of EU counter-terrorism policies with Mark Singleton of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-counter-terrorism/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-counter-terrorism.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-eu-counter-terrorism" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: EU counter-terrorism" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-20/eu-counter-terrorism-111421 'Charlie Hebdo' will print 1M copies of its next issue http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/charlie-hebdo-will-print-1m-copies-its-next-issue-111363 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP459939368867.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/141928624/charlie-hebdo">Charlie Hebdo</a></em>, the satirical French magazine that was the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/08/375805941/the-latest-on-paris-attack-several-detained-but-manhunt-continues">target of a deadly attack</a> on Wednesday, said today it would print 1 million issues next week.</p><p>The move coincides with Google&#39;s announcement that it will give about $296,000 to the magazine from its <a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/google-aipg-launch-french-publishers-innovation-fund%E2%80%94968887">press innovation fund</a>. The same amount is being given by <a href="http://www.lesechos.fr/tech-medias/medias/0204064515290-500000-euros-debloques-pour-charlie-hebdo-1081373.php">French newspaper publishers</a>. And, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/07/375664521/french-media-public-rally-behind-charlie-hebdo">as we reported Wednesday</a>, three major French news organizations, including Le Monde, said they would donate equipment and staff to <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>. The two groups involved in distributing the papers will do it for free next week, the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/08/charlie-hebdo-staff-publish-next-week-1m-print-run">Guardian reported</a>.</p><p>The 1 million print-run figure came from Richard Malka, a lawyer for <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>, in an interview with Les Echoes. The magazine typically has a print run of 60,000 and a circulation of about 30,000.</p><p>Separately, Patrick Pelloux, who wrote for <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>, fought back tears in an interview with iTele, a French TV network.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s very hard,&quot; he said, in translation provided by the <em>Guardian</em>. &quot;We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win.&quot;</p><p>You can watch the full interview <a href="http://www.itele.fr/france/video/limmense-emotion-de-patrick-pelloux-le-journal-va-continuer-ils-nont-pas-gagne-106912" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/08/375873478/charlie-hebdo-will-print-1m-copies-of-its-next-issue" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/charlie-hebdo-will-print-1m-copies-its-next-issue-111363 Colorado NAACP office vows vigilance after blast near office http://www.wbez.org/news/colorado-naacp-office-vows-vigilance-after-blast-near-office-111362 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/0107naacpbomb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>DENVER &mdash; Staff members at a Colorado NAACP office say they are waiting for more information before drawing conclusions about an explosion near their chapter, even as the FBI investigates whether the blast was domestic terrorism.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re standing vigilant and are trying not to let this disrupt anything,&quot; Colorado Springs NAACP volunteer Harry Leroy said Wednesday, a day after someone set off a homemade explosive device outside the group&#39;s building, about an hour south of Denver.</p><p>The FBI said it had not determined whether the nation&#39;s oldest civil rights organization was targeted.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re exploring any potential motive, and domestic terrorism is certainly one among many possibilities,&quot; Denver FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders said.</p><p>An improvised explosive device was detonated about 11 a.m. Tuesday outside a barbershop that shares a building with the NAACP chapter, but a gasoline canister placed next to the device failed to ignite. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the low-slung building, which sits in a mostly residential neighborhood.</p><p>Speculation swept across social media about whether the explosion was a hate crime. Investigators have not ruled out any possibilities, and members of the FBI&#39;s Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating because of the explosion&#39;s proximity to the NAACP office, Sanders said.</p><p>Investigators apparently have few leads. They are looking for a person of interest &mdash; a balding white man in his 40s who might be driving a dirty pickup truck.</p><p>In a joint statement Thursday, local law enforcement and Colorado Springs NAACP President Henry Allen Jr. said the case was a high priority and that tips from the public provided the best hope of figuring out who was responsible.</p><p>&quot;Regardless of if this act is determined to be a bias motivated crime, the law enforcement community in El Paso County does not condone this or any act of violence,&quot; it said.</p><p>Both the office and the barbershop reopened Wednesday with little police presence.</p><p>Gene Southerland owns Mr. G&#39;s Hair Design Studios next door and was cutting a client&#39;s hair there when the explosion occurred. The blast was strong enough to knock items off the walls, but the quick police response was comforting, he said.</p><p>Southerland said the FBI had given him no information on its early findings but said he didn&#39;t believe the barbershop or its predominantly black clientele was targeted.</p><p>Leroy, the NAACP volunteer, said he believed there were surveillance cameras behind the building, but he did not know whether they captured anything of value.</p><p>Gregory Alan Johnson, who lives nearby, said he was unaware of any prior problems near the NAACP offices. Colorado Springs Lt. Catherine Buckley said the department found nothing concerning in any previous calls for service.</p><p>Those who heard the blast, including Southerland, said it sounded like a single, loud &quot;boom.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/colorado-naacp-office-vows-vigilance-after-blast-near-office-111362 At least 12 dead in shooting at satirical publication's office in Paris http://www.wbez.org/news/least-12-dead-shooting-satirical-publications-office-paris-111349 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/hebdo.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>(This post was last updated at 2:52 p.m. CT.)</em></p><p>At least 12 people were killed during a shooting at the headquarters of the satirical<em>Charlie Hebdo</em>&nbsp;weekly in Paris, police say.</p><p>Speaking to reporters at the scene, President François Hollande said this was a &quot;terrorist operation&quot; in which journalists were &quot;cowardly assassinated.&quot;</p><p>&quot;France today faced a shock,&quot; Hollande said, according to a BBC interpreter. &quot;Today I&#39;m thinking about the victims.&quot;</p><p>In a televised briefing, Paris Prosecutor François Molins said &quot;at least two&quot; gunmen entered the offices of the magazine at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Paris time.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Eleanor Beardsley reports that the men first shot and killed a police officer stationed at the magazine, then walked up to the second floor newsroom and opened fire.</p><p>Four of the magazine&#39;s founding cartoonists were killed in the attack. Eleven other people were injured, four of whom are in critical condition.</p><p>One video shown on French television shows two masked men leaving the building and then trading fire with another police officer. The officer is injured and one of the men stands above him and kills him at point-blank range. Eleanor says during the exchange, one of the men shouts, &quot;We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad.&quot;</p><p>Authorities have not yet determined a motive and no organization has taken responsibility.</p><p>Of the 12 killed, two were police officers and eight were journalists, said Molins.</p><p>The gunmen then get into a black vehicle to escape. They went to a Paris suburb where they abandoned their car and jumped into another.</p><p>A massive manhunt is now underway in the Paris area, with some school trips cancelled and some metros closed.</p><p>France has also beefed up its security posture, which Hollande said would help them apprehend those who perpetrated the attack.</p><p><em>Charlie Hebdo</em>&nbsp;is a magazine that&#39;s faced threats over its content in the past. Back in 2011, the weekly printed a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad. Afterward,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-15550350">its offices were destroyed in a petrol bomb attack</a>.</p><p>This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We&#39;ll move quickly to correct the record and we&#39;ll only point to the best information we have at the time. Refresh this page for the latest.</p><p><strong>Update at 2:05 p.m. ET. A Day Of Mourning:</strong></p><p>In a speech to his country on Wednesday night, French President Francois Hollande said that&nbsp;<em>Charlie Hebdo&nbsp;</em>represented a message of freedom.</p><p>Today, Hollande said, he was promising that<em>&nbsp;&quot;</em>France would keep defending that message on their behalf.&quot;</p><p>&quot;France has always defeated its enemies when it rallies around its values,&quot; Hollande said, according to a BBC interpreter.</p><p>Hollande declared Thursday a day of mourning and asked the French to hold a minute of silence at noon.</p><p>Hollande did not update the country on the investigation but promised that &quot;everything will be done to capture the perpetrators&quot; and bring them to justice.</p><p><strong>Update at 1:39 p.m. ET. Can&#39;t Let &#39;These Bastards Win&#39;:</strong></p><p>In an interview with Radio France, Philippe Val,<a href="http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/charlie-hebdo/20150107.OBS9490/charlie-hebdo-attaque-il-ne-faut-pas-nous-laisser-seuls-appelle-philippe-val.html#obs-article-mainpic">&nbsp;the former director of&nbsp;<em>Charlie Hebdo</em>said</a>&nbsp;he had lost all his friends today.</p><p>&quot;Our way of rendering justice is to not be silenced, it is to continue,&quot; he said holding back tears. &quot;One cannot do otherwise. I hope that this tragedy, which is irreparable, will change things, that we will not let the bastards win. It is necessary to have a forceful and realistic discussion on this rising danger, which is real and that has been denounced for years. We have not listened. Today you have to listen to us, do not leave us alone.&quot;</p><p><strong>Update at 12:38 p.m. ET. &#39;Cowardly, Evil&#39; Attacks:</strong></p><p>In a statement from the White House, President Obama called the attacks &quot;cowardly&quot; and &quot;evil.&quot;</p><p>He said this attack is not only an attack on Paris, but also an attack on people who hold core values &mdash; like free expression and a free press &mdash; dear.</p><p>&quot;We will stand with the people of France through this very, very difficult time,&quot; Obama said.</p><p><strong>Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. Shouted &#39;Allahu Akbar&#39;:</strong></p><p>In a televised briefing, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said &quot;at least two&quot; gunmen entered the offices of the magazine at about 11:30 a.m. Paris time.</p><p>They killed a police officer guarding the building and quickly moved to the second floor and found the meeting room where the editors were gathered.</p><p>They opened fire, killing eight journalists. Molins said witnesses said the men yelled, &quot;Allahu Akbar&quot; and said they had &quot;avenged the Prophet Muhammad.&quot;</p><p>Molins said at the moment authorities are still looking for the men and the French anti-terror cell has been mobilized.</p><p>Earlier today, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack was perpetrated by three gunmen. We&#39;ve tweaked the language in this post to reflect the information presented by Molins.</p><p><strong>Update at 11:55 a.m. ET. Top Editor, Cartoonists Killed:</strong></p><p>According to France 24,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-paris-shooting.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=span-ab-top-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news"><em>The New York Times</em></a><em>,</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/shooting-at-paris-office-of-charlie-hebdo-magazine-kills-12-1420630438?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories">The Wall Street Journal&nbsp;</a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/01/07/france-charlie-hebdo-satirical-publisher/21377861/"><em>USA Today</em></a>&nbsp;the top editor at the newspaper, Stéphane Charbonnier, was killed during the attack.</p><p>According to the&nbsp;<em>Journal</em>, top editors were gathered for an editorial meeting when the gunmen burst into the office.</p><p>The&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;reports:</p><p>&quot;A lawyer for the newspaper said that a number of prominent editors and cartoonists had been killed on Wednesday, including the cartoonists Stéphane Charbonnier, known as &#39;Charb,&#39; and Jean Cabut, who signs his work &#39;Cabu.&#39; He said that the cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac were also among the victims.&quot;</p><p>In reporting his death, the French newspaper&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lemonde.fr/actualite-medias/article/2015/01/07/charb-je-prefere-mourir-debout-que-vivre-a-genoux_4550759_3236.html"><em>Le Monde</em>&nbsp;points back</a>&nbsp;to an interview with a defiant Charbonnier, after the paper had received threats.</p><p>He told&nbsp;<em>Le Monde</em>&nbsp;that Charlie Hebdo would continue doing what it&#39;s always done.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s perhaps a bit pompous, what I&#39;m about to say, but I would rather die standing than to live on my knees,&quot; Charbonnier told the paper.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/JulienPain/status/552818654589767682">Charbonnier&#39;s last drawing</a>&nbsp;featured a shabby-looking militant. It said, &quot;Still no attack in France.&quot; The militant responds, &quot;Wait! We can send best wishes until the end of January.&quot;</p><p><strong>Update at 11:49 a.m. ET. #JeSuisCharlie:</strong></p><p>Demonstrations in solidarity are planned throughout France. Le Monde<a href="http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/fr/map/les-rassemblements-en-soutien-a-charlie-hebdo_25394#5/48.342/-6.768">&nbsp;links to this map</a>, showing where and at what time.</p><p>Parisians&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/laurenzcollins/status/552820603452141569/photo/1">will march at the Place de la République</a>&nbsp;for &quot;freedom of the press, democracy, and the Republic.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, on the Internet, Twitter has been innundated with&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23JeSuisCharlie%20&amp;src=typd">posts tagged with #JeSuisCharlie</a>, or I am Charlie.</p><p>Most express their support for freedom of expression and of the press. Others have posted pictures or drawings of their pens and pencils.</p><p><strong>Update at 11 a.m. ET. &#39;Every American Stands With You&#39;:</strong></p><p>&quot;Every American stands with you today,&quot; Secretary of State John Kerry said moments ago from Foggy Bottom.</p><p>Kerry said that France is a symbol of democracy that has &quot;sparked many revolutions of the human spirit.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Today&#39;s murders are part of a larger confrontation,&quot; Kerry said, &quot;between civilization itself and those who are opposed to a civilized world.&quot;</p><p>Despite today&#39;s attack, Kerry said, civilization &mdash; with its core values of freedom of expression and a free press &mdash; will prevail.</p><p>&quot;Brave and decent people around the world ... will never give in to those seeking to destroy core values,&quot; Kerry said.</p><p><strong>Update at 9:46 a.m. ET. Muslim Group Condemns Attack:</strong></p><p>The French Council for the Muslim Faith, which often acts as a liaison between the French government and the Muslim community,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lecfcm.fr/?p=3908">issued a statement condemning the attack</a>.</p><p>&quot;In an international context of political tensions fueled by delusions of terrorist groups taking advantage unfairly of Islam, we call on all those committed to the values ​​of the Republic and democracy to avoid provocations that only serve to throw fuel to the fire,&quot; the group said. Faced with this tragedy, &quot;... we call the Muslim community to exercise the utmost vigilance against possible manipulations from groups referred to extremists of any kind.&quot;</p><p><strong>Update at 9:23 a.m. ET. &#39;Outrageous Attack&#39;:</strong></p><p>President Obama called the attack in Paris &quot;outrageous.&quot; In a statement released by the White House, Obama added in part:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;France is America&#39;s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update at 9:30 a.m. ET. Three Gunmen:</strong></p><p>During a press conference, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack was perpetrated by three gunmen. This is one more than the two previously reported.</p><p>&quot;All means will be carried out... in order to ensure as quickly as possible that we can identify the actors and arrest them so they are punished,&quot; Cazeneuve said, according to a translation by CNN.</p><p><strong>Update at 8:15 a.m. ET. What The Magazine Printed:</strong></p><p>In January of 2013,&nbsp;<em>Charlie Hebdo</em>&nbsp;published what it called &quot;The Life of Muhammad.&quot;</p><p>According to the magazine editors, this was a non-satirical look at life of the prophet. But others took umbrage.</p><p>Al Jazeera reported at the time:</p><p>&quot;A senior political advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the work as a deliberate provocation.</p><p>&quot;&#39;To transform the life of the prophet of Islam into a cartoon is in itself a mistake,&#39; Ibrahim Kalin wrote on his Twitter account.</p><p>&quot;&#39;Whatever the people at&nbsp;<em>Charlie Hebdo</em>&nbsp;say, this is a provocation.&#39;&quot;</p><p>Most Muslims consider making an image of Muhammad to be blasphemous.</p><p><em>Charlie Hebdo</em>&#39;s last tweet, by the way,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Charlie_Hebdo_/status/552773881283764224">showed a cartoon</a>&nbsp;of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State.</p><p><strong>Update at 7:53 a.m. ET. The Scene:</strong></p><p>Video being shown on French television shows a chaotic scene as people reacted to shots being fired in the middle of Paris.</p><p>One video shows two masked gunmen trading fire with a police officer. The officer is injured in the exchange, falls to the ground and one of the gunmen then stands above him and shoots him at point-blank range. The gunmen then jump into a black car to get away.</p><p><strong>Update at 7:49 a.m. ET. Live Coverage:</strong></p><p>If you&#39;re interested, France 24 has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.france24.com/en/breaking/20150107-shooting-breaks-out-headquarters-french-satirical-magazine-charlie-hebdo-central-paris-casualties-re/">live, English-language coverage of the shootings</a>.</p><p><strong>Update at 7:39 a.m. ET. The Magazine Was Being Protected:</strong></p><p>&quot;This seems to be the terrorist attack that France has been bracing for.&quot;</p><p>That&#39;s the word from NPR&#39;s Eleanor Beardsley who is now at the site of the shooting.</p><p>Eleanor tells our Newscast unit that France has been warning of this kind of attack for a while now, especially since it joined the U.S. effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.</p><p>Eleanor says that because of previous threats, the magazine&#39;s office were protected, but it&#39;s not clear how the gunmen managed to get past the extra security.</p><p>She describes Paris as being in shock. She says people from nearby office buildings have gathered just outside the police cordons trying to make sense of what&#39;s just happened.</p><p><strong>Update at 7:35 a.m. ET. Death Toll Rises:</strong></p><p>Reuters just moved this alert:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Twelve people including two police officers were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, a police spokesman said in an update on the death toll.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update at 6:58 a.m. ET. France Raises National Security Level:</strong></p><p>During a press conference, President François Hollande said the country had raised its security profile to apprehend the people who perpetrated the attack.</p><p>Hollande said France would protect basic tenets of French society, including protecting a free press.</p><p>Hollande said that police had thwarted other terror plots in recent weeks.</p></p> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/least-12-dead-shooting-satirical-publications-office-paris-111349 Siblings detained in Islamic State case http://www.wbez.org/news/siblings-detained-islamic-state-case-111053 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/isis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A young Bolingbrook man accused of trying to leave the U.S. to join ISIS allegedly brought two younger siblings with him, federal prosecutors said during a hearing Monday.</p><p>Hamzah Khan, 19, was detained with a brother and sister at O&rsquo;Hare International Airport in early October. He&rsquo;s charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. His brother and sister, who were 16 and 17 at the time, have not been charged nor have their names been released.</p><p>Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Hiller said Khan and his siblings were trying to fly to Vienna, and then to Turkey, where they allegedly planned to sneak into Syria to join ISIS.</p><p>&quot;He tried to take his high school-aged siblings halfway around the world to a war zone,&quot; Hiller said, portraying Khan as the main instigator of the plan.</p><p>He told the judge that Khan had a &ldquo;sophisticated&rdquo; plan to get himself and his siblings to ISIS. Khan allegedly planned the journey for months, including getting a job at a retail store and a credit card to raise money to purchase plane tickets costing nearly $2,700 for himself and his siblings. He also allegedly applied for their passport renewals and visas.</p><p>At the detention hearing Monday, a federal judge ruled that Khan could not be released on bond because he poses a flight risk and is a potential danger to the community.</p><p>The court arguments and exhibits released by both prosecutors and the defense Monday offered a first glimpse into details of the case.</p><p>Hiller said letters, notebooks and other evidence found in the Khan home made it clear that the siblings planned to engage in violence if they got to Syria. The siblings wrote and doodled about ISIS on school notes and an academic calendar, too.</p><p>They &quot;not only had barbaric rhetoric ... they tried to carry it out,&quot; Hiller said.</p><p>All three children left letters for their parents that offer a window into the minds of other young people like them who are allegedly fleeing the U.S. to join ISIS and other terror groups.</p><p>Khan&rsquo;s sister wrote to her parents that her heart was &ldquo;crying with the thought that I left you and that I will probably never see you again &hellip;&rdquo;</p><p>They all begged their parents not to call the police. Prosecutors said Monday the parents didn&rsquo;t know about the activities. In fact, Hiller said, when agents arrived to search the home, the mother thought at least one of the kids was upstairs sleeping and led agents to the bedroom, to find it empty.</p><p>In their letters, the kids wrote of watching Muslims being killed overseas, of not wanting their tax money to fund these military actions, of disenchantment and even disgust with the values of the Western world.</p><p>They wrote, too, that they believe there&rsquo;s an obligation for Muslims to join ISIS now that the group has a self-declared Islamic state, or caliphate.</p><p>Hamzah Khan said he couldn&rsquo;t live under a system in which he couldn&rsquo;t speak about jihad or other beliefs.</p><p>&ldquo;Me living in comfort with my family while my other family are getting killed is plain selfish of me,&quot; he wrote, adding he didn&rsquo;t want his future children raised &ldquo;in a filthy environment like this. We are all witness that the Western societies are getting more immoral day by day.&rdquo;</p><p>In another notebook entry, one of his siblings allegedly writes that when talk of Jihad came up, men turned away and said, &lsquo;&ldquo;The time has not come yet, our elders are not doing it, if the scholars have not said it, who are you to? It is pointless, Islam does not preach violence &hellip; I swear by the one who holds my soul in his hands, I will not give this up even if the entire world turns against me.&rsquo;&rdquo; That sibling allegedly used the Twitter handle @DeathIsVNear.</p><p>Hiller called the writings &ldquo;a far cry from misguided youth with overzealous religious beliefs.&quot;</p><p>But defense attorney Tom Durkin argued the opposite. He said prosecutors don&#39;t have the evidence to prove Hamzah Khan actually sought to provide material support to militants from the so-called Islamic State.</p><p>Durkin said there was an &ldquo;enormous amount of evidence&rdquo; Khan wanted to go live in a caliphate, and considered it a religious obligation, but that act alone was not a crime. He said there wasn&rsquo;t &ldquo;clear cut evidence&rdquo; Khan wanted to fight with ISIS.</p><p>He said Hamzah Khan was being accused of a &ldquo;thought crime,&rdquo; and that the government was trying to use statements of religious belief to infer Khan was dangerous.</p><p>He described Khan as a devout, sensitive, thoughtful kid committed to his faith. He said Khan and young people like him are being &ldquo;brainwashed&rdquo; by slick marketing and social media campaigns by ISIS into believing they need to join or otherwise be un-Islamic.</p><p>Durkin was sharply critical of U.S. policy to charge young people who are trying to join ISIS with criminal acts, rather than trying to deprogram them and correct &ldquo;misguided&rdquo; thoughts and information, as some other countries have done.</p><p>He said Khan is now wishing he hadn&rsquo;t decided to go.</p><p>Last Friday, the judge denied the government&rsquo;s request to partially close Monday&#39;s detention hearing. Federal prosecutors had argued the need to protect the identity of two minors who they intended to bring up at the hearing. Durkin heralded the judge&#39;s decision.</p><p>Khan is charged with seeking to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.</p></p> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/siblings-detained-islamic-state-case-111053 Feds: Illinois teen wanted to join Islamic State http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-illinois-teen-wanted-join-islamic-state-110898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/fbi.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>A 19-year-old American left a letter expressing disgust with Western society before trying to board an international flight in Chicago, the first step in his plan to sneak into Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to a federal criminal complaint released Monday.</p><p>Mohammed Hamzah Khan, who lived with his parents in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, was arrested Saturday at O&#39;Hare International Airport trying to board a plane on the first leg of connecting flights to Turkey, which borders Syria. He is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.</p><p>Investigators said Khan left a three-page, handwritten letter in his bedroom for his parents that expressed anger over his U.S. taxes being used to kill his &quot;Muslim brothers and sisters,&quot; an apparent reference to a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants.</p><p>&quot;We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day,&quot; he wrote, then signed letter, &quot;Your loving son,&quot; according to court documents.</p><p>Khan appeared in a federal court Monday in orange jail clothes, calmly telling a federal magistrate he understood the allegations. As marshals led him away in handcuffs, the slight, bearded young man turned to smile at his parents &mdash; his father putting his arm around Khan&#39;s weeping mother.</p><p>About a dozen Americans are believed to be fighting in Syria, while more than 100 have either been arrested on their way to Syria or went and came back, FBI Director James Comey said recently without offering details.</p><p>Khan sought to fly Austrian Airlines to Istanbul by way of Vienna when customs officers stopped him going through security at O&#39;Hare&#39;s international terminal. While FBI agents interviewed him there, investigators searched his home.</p><p>It&#39;s unclear why authorities stopped Khan. Prosecutors, Khan&#39;s federal defender attorney and his parents didn&#39;t comment after Monday&#39;s hearing.</p><p>In the letter found by FBI agents, Khan also pleaded that his parents not contact authorities. Other documents found during the search of his home included a notebook drawing of what appeared to be an armed fighter with an Islamic State flag and the words &quot;Come to Jihad&quot; written in Arabic, according to the complaint.</p><p>Also found were drawings with arrows indicating where Khan might cross the border into Syria from Turkey.</p><p>Khan allegedly told FBI agents that an online source gave him the number of a person to contact when he got to Istanbul who would lead him to Islamic State members. When asked what he would do once in territory controlled by the Islamic State, Khan allegedly said he would &quot;be involved in some type of public service, a police force, humanitarian work or a combat role,&quot; according to the complaint.</p><p>Khan was ordered to remain jailed until at least a detention hearing Thursday. Prosecutors indicated they would ask he stay behind bars pending trial.</p><p>At a two-story house believed to be his family&#39;s home, no one would address reporters outside. But neighbor Steve Moore, 31, described Khan as a soft spoken and polite, saying the young man his family were always friendly and quick to say hello.</p><p>Another young man from the Chicago area also is accused of trying to join militants in Syria. Abdella Tounisi, of Aurora, was arrested last year at O&#39;Hare when he was 18. He has pleaded not guilty to seeking to provide material support to al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.</p></p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-illinois-teen-wanted-join-islamic-state-110898 Chicago Iraqis react to deepening crisis back home http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-iraqis-react-deepening-crisis-back-home-110384 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Local Iraqis_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. will dispatch 300 military advisers to Iraq to help fight a fast-moving Islamist insurgency. The news could provide some hope to local Iraqis in Chicago, who have watched the deteriorating situation back home with increasing alarm.</p><p>The night before Mr. Obama&rsquo;s announcement, a group of them came together to talk about their anguish at the deepening crisis in Iraq.</p><p>They met in an unmarked storefront right next to 50th ward alderman Debra Silverstein&rsquo;s office on Devon Avenue, in the West Ridge neighborhood. A call to a phone number on a flier in the window resulted in a fellow named Deeyah Qasim calling back. He said he was eager to talk to a reporter about Iraq, and would be at the empty office at 4:30 p.m.</p><p>In fact, Qasim gathered at least 40 Iraqis into the space &ndash; formally registered as the Baghdad Bridge Organization. A medical technician, Qasim arrived in the U.S. two years ago as a refugee from Baghdad.</p><p>The meeting space is comfortable, if sparsely decorated. The floors are covered with carpets, the walls with colorful fabrics. He installed a door to partition a space for women in the back, from men in the front, in keeping with their Islamic cultural norms.</p><p>Qasim explained that their gatherings at the space started with his and four other families, who got together socially. He said they decided it would be good for Chicago&rsquo;s growing Iraqi refugee community to broaden the gatherings, so they pooled together money out of their own pockets, formed a 501(c)3 non-profit, and rented the space.</p><p>&ldquo;They are meeting together and talking,&rdquo; he said, when asked to describe what people do at the center. &ldquo;And we give our kids like culture. Because we don&rsquo;t like to lose our special culture for the Middle East thing, OK? We give our children Arabic language, too, we have many classes&hellip;&rdquo;</p><p>Normally, the space is only open on Thursday and Friday evenings, after work hours. But on a Wednesday evening, men and women lined the walls, hoping to share their concerns about recent events in Iraq. One of them was Asaad Al-Ibrahimi, a refuge from Baghdad who came to the U.S. less than a year ago. He spoke Arabic, and 25-year old Shaker Alshummary translated into English.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s affected him immensely,&rdquo; Alshummary translated for Al-Ibrahimi, &ldquo;and he has people in Mosul &ndash;&nbsp;family members that have died. And it&rsquo;s took a toll on him mentally, and physically he can&rsquo;t work.&rdquo;</p><p>Al-Ibrahimi said he has been so distraught, he took a leave of absence from his warehouse job, and hasn&rsquo;t been to work since June 12. He said many of his young cousins went to Mosul to fight against militant Islamists from a group sometimes referred to as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. They captured Iraq&rsquo;s second-biggest city last week. One of Al-Ibrahimi&rsquo;s cousins, newly married, was killed.</p><p>When asked whether he felt the U.S. should send soldiers to Iraq, Al-Ibrahimi responded in broken English, &ldquo;I hope. I hope (the U.S.) send(s) soldiers to Iraqi.&rdquo;</p><p>In fact, he said even though he&rsquo;s 46 years old and a grandfather of three, he would join the U.S. army if it sends troops there.</p><p>But not all agree that this would be an appropriate move. &ldquo;Actually we don&rsquo;t need soldiers, just we need support,&rdquo; said Qasim, &ldquo;like diplomatic support and equipment support.&rdquo;</p><p>Qasim and many others said they&rsquo;ve been frustrated watching the news play out from afar. He said all he can really do is implore Iraqis through his Facebook page, or via e-mail, to work together to resist the armed opposition to Iraq&rsquo;s government. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t give the chance for the terrorist people to have control for another city,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Qasim and many others blamed &ldquo;foreign terrorists&rdquo; for the recent wave of violence in Iraq, and said they&rsquo;ve been aided by arms and other support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar in particular. Most shared Qasim&rsquo;s sentiment that if Iraq&rsquo;s Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, Kurds and Christians come together, they can drive the militants out.</p><p>But Hakim Hammadi disagreed.</p><p>&ldquo;All the Sunnah in Iraq, they are feeling they are outside the square of government,&rdquo; he said, referring to Iraq&rsquo;s Muslim minority group. Hammadi blamed Iraq&rsquo;s Shia prime minister Nouri al-Maliki for excluding Sunnis and other minorities from sharing power. &ldquo;This the wrong balance to government in Iraq,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Hammadi was the lone Sunni in the group on Wednesday night, and he dismissed others&rsquo; claim that &ldquo;foreign terrorists&rdquo; caused the problem. The 60-year old attorney, who came to the U.S. as a refugee two years ago, was also a member of the Ba&rsquo;athist Party, which ruled Iraq under Saddam Hussein.</p><p>Despite their assurances that Iraqis of Sunni, Shia, Kurdish and Christian backgrounds all partake congenially in activities at the Baghdad Bridge Organization, the discussion exposed deep rifts. When Hammadi said he believes the only way forward for Iraq is to split into three separate states &ndash;&nbsp;one for Shia, one for Sunni, and one for Kurds &ndash;&nbsp;many scoffed at the notion.</p><p>Among those who refuse to entertain the idea of partitioning Iraq was Rina Abdulamir, a 19-year old student at Northeastern University. Abdulamir has been in the U.S. since she was a small child, but teared up when she spoke of her homeland.</p><p>&ldquo;I wish to go back there, I wish to go back there and we all build it together &ndash;&nbsp;all Shia, Sunnis, Kurds,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;And I wish to work with my degree that I got here, since I&rsquo;m working on my justice degree.&rdquo; Abdulamir said she could imagine working in the Iraqi government, or as a lawyer.</p><p>Despite occasional tensions in the room, after two-and-a-half hours of discussion, everyone said they were grateful to be heard. They said part of their stress has been feeling like nobody outside their community cares about events in Iraq. They said just getting their voices out there made them feel better.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/oyousef"><em>@oyousef</em></a><em> and </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/WBEZoutloud"><em>@WBEZoutloud</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-iraqis-react-deepening-crisis-back-home-110384