WBEZ | Australia http://www.wbez.org/tags/australia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Presidential Elections In Haiti http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-27/presidential-elections-haiti-114627 <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/Haiti1.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="A demonstrator chants: Down with Martelly! during a protest against President Michel Martelly's government in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Haiti was to hold a presidential and legislative runoff election today but it was put on hold indefinitely. Sunday was also supposed to kick off pre-Carnival celebrations, but continuing protests dominated the streets instead. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244061124&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></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Haiti: Presidential Elections Delayed for Third Time</strong></span><br />For the third time, presidential elections were put on hold in Haiti. The delay has led to street protests. Government officials said the Sunday vote was halted for &ldquo;security reasons&rdquo;, but the political opposition says it&rsquo;s a ploy by the current government to keep its power. Robert Maguire is professor of International Affairs and director of the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program at George Washington University. He&rsquo;ll tell us what he thinks has been behind the delays.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong>Robert Maguire is a professor of international affairs and director of the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program at George Washington University.</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/Australia.jpg" title="Brightly decorated ferries, accompanied by a police boat, compete during Australia Day celebrations on Sydney Harbour, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003. January 26 has traditionally marked the landing of Captain Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson in present-day Sydney in 1788, settling Australia for the British Empire. (AP Photo/Dan Peled)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244061137&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></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>World History Minute:</strong><strong> Australia Day</strong></span><br />On January 26, 1788, the first fleet of colonizers arrived in Australia. The boatload of about 1500 included 775 convicts. &nbsp;Today, this day is still celebrated as Australia&rsquo;s national holiday, known as &ldquo;Australia Day.&rdquo; Historian John Schmidt recalls why a ship full of criminals was sent to help create what we now know as the country of Australia.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> John Schmidt is a &nbsp;historian and the author of &ldquo;On This Day in Chicago History.&rdquo;</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/Botanical.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Botanic Gardens Conservation International visited the Festival of Neighbourhood in London, England last year. They gave a seminar on how to transform wheelbarrows into mobile, make-shift gardens (Courtesy of Botanic Gardens Conservation International)." /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244061145&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></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>EcoMyths: How Botanic Gardens Help Fight Climate Change</strong></span><br />Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance believes that with an increased focus, worldwide, on slowing Climate Change and creating sustainable livelihoods, more people are seeking to understand these problems and how to solve them. For our regular <em>EcoMyths</em> segment, Sackman joins us with Dr. Paul Smith, secretary general of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and former head of the Kew Millennium Seed Bank. They&rsquo;ll tell us why they think that botanic gardens, accessible to most city dwellers in the U.S., are the key to finding these global solutions.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong> Kate Sackman is the founder and president of EcoMyths Alliance.</p><p>Dr. Paul Smith is the secretary general of Botanic Gardens Conservation International</p></p> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-27/presidential-elections-haiti-114627 Obama announces immigration action http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-21/obama-announces-immigration-action-111146 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP495613859531.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In an address to the nation last night, President Obama announced executive action that could shield millions from deportation. As we consider the impact of the new measure we&#39;ll take a look at how Australia has addressed immigration with Madeleine Sumption of the Migration Policy Institute.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-announces-immigration-action/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-announces-immigration-action.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-announces-immigration-action" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama announces immigration action" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-21/obama-announces-immigration-action-111146 Chicago may get its own geek bar http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 7.45.08 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Chicagoans may soon have a new place to geek out. David Zoltan leads the team behind the concept.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Geek Bar Chicago is a place where geeks, nerds, dorks and dweebs can find a place to call home in the city,&rdquo; Zoltan said. &ldquo;Our vision statement is celebrate geekdom in all its forms, so we&rsquo;re not going for a specific type of geek.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The bar will cater for people interested in everything from science to video games. He says it will have a menu for board games, geek-inspired food and drinks, and possible decor featuring lightsabers and the scrolling characters from the Matrix.</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan got the idea last year, when it was announced that the new Doctor Who season would be starting.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I thought, I don&rsquo;t have cable. I&rsquo;d like to watch the show with a bunch of my Whovian friends and other Whovians from the rest of Chicago,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;(But) while I can throw a stone out and reach a half dozen sports bars in Chicago, there isn&rsquo;t a place for the geek.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan and his team are raising money for <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cantinaforward/geek-out-geek-bar">the project</a> through Kickstarter. He&rsquo;s raised more than $25,000 and ends his campaign at the end of August. If they reach $70,000, the bar will buy an <a href="http://store.hbo.com/game-of-thrones-life-size-replica-iron-throne/detail.php?p=373634">official life-sized replica of the Iron Throne</a> from Game of Thrones and use it as special seating. They are currently scouting locations and are focusing on what Zoltan calls Chicago&rsquo;s Geek Triangle, the area bounded by Lincoln Square, Lakeview and Uptown. He says that&rsquo;s where most geeky Chicagoans live or play. They hope to open in March next year.</p><p dir="ltr">Geek Bar Chicago would join other geek locales in Milwaukee, <a href="http://jaapan.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/space-station-osaka-a-gaming-bar/">Japan</a>, <a href="http://www.hobbitpub.co.uk/">the UK</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheManaBar">Australia</a>. Tony Nilles and his wife opened <a href="http://42lounge.com/">their own geek bar</a> in Milwaukee this spring, and although he stresses it&rsquo;s not a &ldquo;get rich quick&rdquo; scheme, a geek bar draws good customers. He says his staff has worked at many other bars before, and they have all been impressed by how nice the customers are. He attributes that partly to being a geek.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You have a demographic where if they go to other bars and clubs, they don&rsquo;t feel comfortable, they feel like they are an outsider or outcast,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;When you get them around other people that are just like them, they feel this sense of belonging and you find that you have these really nice, kind people that are able to express in ways they weren&rsquo;t able before.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In fact, even though he knows other geek bars are his competitors, they&rsquo;re all just excited to be part of a movement.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re all competing with each other over the same demographic, but there&rsquo;s almost kind of a brotherhood to this owning a geek bar thing,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;Geek is chic right now, and they want to know that you&rsquo;re not just doing the whole geek thing in order to take their money from them. They want to know that you&rsquo;re doing it sincerely and that you&rsquo;re part of that community too.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Mitch Hutts, web developer by day and geek mixologist by night, has also seen the rise of the geek bar. In 2009, he started <a href="http://www.thedrunkenmoogle.com/">The Drunken Moogle</a>, dedicated to sharing geeky drink recipes inspired by the likes of Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings. He says it has since exploded in popularity, and that the geek bar phenomenon is entirely worldwide.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You know this was a place made by people who think like you, and it&rsquo;s very much like you already kind of knew those people, you feel very much at home,&rdquo; Hutts said. &ldquo;Some success can be attributed to conventions. Geeks very much like meeting new geeks. Conventions happen once a year; geek bars are a way of extending that and giving them a home all throughout the year.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alan Yu is a WBEZ metro desk intern. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan_Yu039">@Alan_Yu039</a></em></p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 Protesters: Pacific trade pact will help export jobs http://www.wbez.org/story/protesters-pacific-trade-pact-will-help-export-jobs-91530 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-05/PTP march.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>About 500 activists marched Monday afternoon in downtown Chicago to protest U.S. trade negotiations with some Latin American and Asian nations.<br> <br> The march ended at the Hilton Chicago, where delegations from nine countries on Tuesday will begin their eighth round of talks toward what they’re calling the Trans-Pacific Partnership.<br> <br> President Obama’s administration says U.S. aims in the negotiations are jobs and prosperity for the American people. His team says it’s addressing shortfalls of earlier U.S. pacts, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.<br> <br> That’s not convincing critics. “Thousands of workers here in Chicago and all over the Midwest are out of jobs because of trade agreements like NAFTA,” said Tom Balanoff, president of the Service Employees International Union Illinois Council, at a rally before the march.<br> <br> NAFTA has also “destroyed the livelihoods” of millions of Mexican farmers, Balanoff added. “And what do they tell us in Washington? ‘Let’s keep following those policies.’ ”<br> <br> The protestors say they will deliver 10,000 postcards to negotiators on Tuesday. The cards urge the United States to make sure any deal protects labor rights, the environment and human rights.<br> <br> On Wednesday, AIDS activists are planning to protest proposed treaty provisions that would strengthen pharmaceutical patents. The activists say the patents lock in prices for life-saving medications that poor people can't afford.<br> <br> The Chicago talks are set to run through September 15. Besides the United States, the nations include Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.</p></p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 21:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/protesters-pacific-trade-pact-will-help-export-jobs-91530 The scandals and background of the 2011 Cricket World Cup http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/scandals-and-background-2011-cricket-world-cup-84136 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-23/110489412.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All sports have controversies, but cricket sets a high bar for scandals. Right now, billions of people globally are tuned into the Cricket World Cup, underway in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. The final eight teams are currently in the knockout round.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s news desk editor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/ammad-omar">Ammad Omar</a> clues us in on cricket&rsquo;s incredible story lines.</p></p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/scandals-and-background-2011-cricket-world-cup-84136 Friday Foodie Forecast: Beers, Bears, and dining down under http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-beers-bears-and-dining-down-under <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//cold_beer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img width="400" height="266" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-20/cold_beer.jpg" /></p><div style="margin: 0px; text-align: left;">Attention all beer aficionados and Bears fans: no need to go hungry or thirsty as this week's forecast has plenty in store to satiate appetites for both foodies and football fans alike. Whether you enjoy authentic food and brew from Australia's finest, or fine fare and cold beer crafted right here at home, experience it all in the days <a name="anchor">ahead without</a> ever missing the action.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>Aussies Embrace&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_0">Chicago</span></b></div><div style="margin: 0px;">Enjoy a spirited taste of&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_1">Australia</span>&nbsp;in Chicago as Executive Chef Frank Brunacci of <a href="http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com/Food_Wine/sixteen.asp">Sixteen</a> hosts the third annual <a href="http://www.facebook.com/notes/trump-international-hotel-tower-chicago/executive-chef-frank-brunacci-announces-the-third-annual-australia-week-at-trump/494895863303">Australia Week</a> celebration at the&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_2"><a href="http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com/">Trump International Hotel and Tower</a></span>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_3">Friday, Jan. 21</span>&nbsp;through&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_4">Wednesday, Jan. 26</span>. As in past years, guests who join in the festivities will have the opportunity to experience unique menus, beers and wines from&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_5">Down Under</span>, as well as also enjoy art, travel and live music indigenous to the region. Highlights of the week include:&nbsp;<i>An Evening with the Chefs and a Week-Long Menu</i>, as well as&nbsp;<i>Escape the Winter: Experience Australia</i>, which will not only turn the entire 16th floor at&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_6">Trump Tower</span>&nbsp;into an Australian marketplace, but will give&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_7">Chicago Bears fans</span>&nbsp;the opportunity to view the NFC Championship game from multiple high-definition flat-screen TVs positioned throughout.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><i>An Evening with the Chefs</i>&nbsp;will take place at Sixteen&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_8">on Friday, Jan. 21</span>, where Chef Brunacci will be joined by New York's <a href="http://www.lecirque.com">Le Cirque </a>Chef Craig Hopson to collaborate in a special, six-course Australian dinner menu, interacting with guests as they drink wine provided by <a href="http://www.negociants.com/">Negociants</a> and poured by Sommelier&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_9">Rachel Lowe</span>. The menu for this evening is priced at $125 per person including&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_10">wine pairings</span>, and $105 per person,($155 with wine pairings) from&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_11">Saturday, Jan. 22</span>&nbsp;through Wednesday, Jan. 26. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_12">312-588-8030</span>.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><i>Escape the Winter: Experience Australia</i><span>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_13">Chicago Bears viewing</span>&nbsp;party takes place Sunday, Jan.23 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. Showcasing more than 30 wines provided by </span><a href="http://www.wineaustralia.com/usa/">Wine Australia </a><span>and brews from</span><a href="http://www.coopers.com.au/"> Cooper Bee</a><span>r, attendees can browse an&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_14">aboriginal art fair</span>, attend hourly wine seminars and enjoy in Chefs Brunacci and Hopson's authentic Australian cuisine from dozens of food stations. Raffle tickets for sale ($5 each) will provide a chance to win prizes, some of which include a 7-night trip for two to Australia and overnight stays at Trump Chicago and&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_15">New York</span>. The cost to attend is $45 per person with proceeds benefitting <a href="http://www.mercyhome.org">Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys &amp; Girls</a>.&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_16">Trump International Hotel &amp; Tower</span>&nbsp;is located at 401 North Wabash. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com/australia"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_17">www.trumpchicagohotel.com/australia</span></a>.</span></div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>Beer Dinner at Branch 27</b></div><div style="margin: 0px;">After sampling Aussie's finest, head to <a href="http://www.branch27.com">Branch 27</a> for a taste of locally crafted brew as they host a <a href="http://www.foundersbrewing.com/">Founders Beer</a> Dinner&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_18">this Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m</span>. Diners will be welcomed with a Dry Hopped Pale Ale before beginning a four-course beer and dinner pairing. Featured fare includes a Dr. Pepper braised bbq&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_19">pork belly</span>&nbsp;served with Red Rye Ale, and smoked brisket with braised cabbage, bacon and barley risotto alongside a glass of Dirty Bastard. The entire &quot;four-chapter&quot; menu is $50 per person. Reservations are required to attend and can be made by emailing&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_20"><a href="http://dine@branch27.com">dine@branch27.com</a></span><a href="http://www.branch27.com">.</a> Branch 27 is located at 1371 W. Chicago Avenue.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>More Beer and Dinner at Nana's</b></div><div style="margin: 0px;">Wrap up the week of beer-inspired food offerings with &quot;<a href="http://www.nanaorganic.com/live/">A Spirited Dinner</a>&quot; at <a href="http://www.nanaorganic.com/live/">Nana Organic</a>&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_21">on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 p.m</span>. to 9 p.m. Offered monthly during the&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_22">winter</span>, Executive Chef Guy Meikle's January's dinner series features a family-style, locally-sourced, four-course menu highlighting products from the <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com">Goose Island Beer Company</a> and <a href="http://wholeearthmeats.com/">Whole Earth Meats</a>. Featured beverages will appear on the food menu in the form of braising liquids, sauces, and more. Jim DeBolt of Goose Island will be on hand to discuss the evening's pairings while Qured Hasson of Whole Earth Meats will share information of his local, grass-fed, free-range meats and poultry. Menu items include&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_23">Prince Edward Island mussels</span>, chicken-truffle sausage, cassoulet,&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_24">lamb shank</span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_25">dark chocolate bread pudding</span>&nbsp;paired with various Belgian-style ales and Bourbon County stout. The seated dinner is $50 per person and reservations are required and may be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_26">312-929-2486</span>. Nana Organic is located at 3267 South Halsted St. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://nanaorganic.com/"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_27">nanaorganic.com</span></a>.</div></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-beers-bears-and-dining-down-under Floods Peak In Brisbane; Violence Flares in Tunisia; New England Digs Out http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/floods-peak-brisbane-violence-flares-tunisia-new-england-digs-out <p><p>Good morning.</p><p>News related to <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/132783213/arizona-shooting-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot" target="_blank">Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona</a> continues to dominate the headlines. As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/13/132881038/open-your-eyes-gabby" target="_blank">we've reported</a>, the highlights include word that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) -- the target of the gunman -- briefly opened her eyes yesterday. And the morning-after anlayses of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/12/132850418/as-it-happens-the-memorial-service-for-victims-of-the-arizona-shooting" target="_blank">President Obama's call for greater civility</a> continue, as do the debates over former <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/12/132856601/palin-its-irresponsible-to-apportion-blame-for-arizona-rampage" target="_blank">Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's charge</a> that some pundits and reporters have committed "blood libel" by speculating that things she and others have said or done might have contributed to a tone that spurs such violence.</p><p>We'll be posting more about the tragedy in Arizona as the day continues.</p><p>There's also already been word this morning, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/13/132884191/mudslides-kill-hundreds-in-brazil" target="_blank">as we've reported</a>, that hundreds of people are dead and many more are missing after mudslides in south eastern Brazil.</p><p>Other stories making headlines include:</p><p></p><p><strong>-- Flooding in Australia: </strong>"Brisbane River To Peak Lower Than 1974 Flood," <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/brisbane-river-to-peak-lower-than-1974/story-e6frg6nf-1225986830228" target="_blank"><em>The Australian</em>'s headline reads</a>. It says that "the heart of Brisbane won a reprieve this morning, with floodwaters peaking well below expected levels." Still, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132387812" target="_blank">the Associated Press says</a>, "officials told evacuated Brisbane residents it would be days before they could return to some of the 30,000 inundated homes and businesses." Flooding in Australia's Queensland State in recent days has swamped dozens of towns. NPR's Anthony Kuhn <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/13/132882269/Flood-Waters-Crest-Short-Of-Record-In-Brisbane" target="_blank">talked with <em>Morning Edition</em>'s Steve Inskeep</a> about the flooding earlier today.</p><p><strong>-- Violence in Tunisia</strong>: "Protesters in Tunisia's capital Tunis have fought street battles with the security forces overnight, defying a dusk-to-dawn curfew," <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12180738" target="_blank">the BBC reports</a>. "Witnesses say one man was shot dead in the clashes in a western suburb." <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-13/tunisia-protesters-defy-capital-s-curfew-as-union-calls-for-general-strike.html" target="_blank">As Bloomberg News notes</a>, unrest in Tunisia has "left at least 21 people dead since last month." Leaders of the protests say <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132839078" target="_blank">perhaps twice that many</a> people have been killed.<em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/world/africa/14tunisia.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/world/africa/14tunisia.html" target="_blank"> reminds us</a> that "Tunisia also has one of the most repressive governments in a region full of police states."</p><p><strong>-- The latest storm in New England:</strong> "After A Big Snow, A Big Headache," the <a href="http://www.courant.com/news/weather/hc-big-snow-0114-20110113,0,5662374.story" target="_blank"><em>Hartford Courant </em>says this morning</a>. In Connecticut, folks are digging out "from a record-breaking storm that dumped close to two feet of snow." Similar stories are coming from other New England states.</p><p><strong>-- The foreclosure wave:</strong> As <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/13/real_estate/foreclosures_2010/" target="_blank">CNNMoney writes</a>, "foreclosures were at a record high in 2010, and more than 1 million<strong> </strong>people lost their homes, even as notices started leveling off during the end year."</p><p><strong>-- Lebanon's latest crisis:</strong> "Michel Sleiman, Lebanon's president, has asked Saad al-Hariri to remain as a caretaker prime minister until the country's political crisis is resolved, according to Lebanon's national news agency," <a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/20111136238633591.html" target="_blank">Al Jazeera reports</a>. "Sleiman's announcement on Thursday comes as Hariri prepares to return to Lebanon to confront a government that has effectively collapsed following the withdrawal of the Hezbollah-led opposition bloc from his cabinet." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294925536?&gn=Floods+Peak+In+Brisbane%3B+Violence+Flares+in+Tunisia%3B+New+England+Digs+Out&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Tunisia,Australia,National+News,Foreign+News,Lebanon,The+Two-Way,Africa,Asia,Around+the+Nation,World,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132884346&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110113&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=132884843,132884840,127602855,127602464,126929198,103943429,127413769,93559255,127602855,127602446,103943429,132884135,132884133,132884130,132783213,127602855,127602446,103943429,132783213&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/floods-peak-brisbane-violence-flares-tunisia-new-england-digs-out VIDEO: 'Tsunami' Floods City In Australia http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/video-tsunami-floods-city-australia <p><p>The grim headline is "<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/11/132828650/scores-missing-in-tsunami-like-flood-in-australia" target="_blank">Scores Missing In Tsunami-Like Flood In Australia</a>."</p><p>For a unique view of what the ongoing "Queensland Flood Disaster" is like, check out this video sent by a man named David to <em>The Australian.</em> It's the view from his window in the city of Toowoomba as the water rises and carries cars away. In Australia, they're likening the flash flood to an inland tsunami:</p><p>As <em>The Australian</em> warns, the "deadly wave" <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/queensland-floods/deadly-wave-heads-for-brisbane/story-fn7iwx3v-1225985949229" target="_blank">is headed for Brisbane</a>. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294762035?&gn=VIDEO%3A+%27Tsunami%27+Floods+City+In+Australia&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Toowoomba,Queensland+flooding,Nature,Foreign+News,Australia,The+Two-Way,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132832384&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110111&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=132832635,132832633,128059985,127602464,126929324,103943429,132831652,132830495,129990314,127602719,127602464,103943429,127413590,93559255&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/video-tsunami-floods-city-australia Australia's 'Biblical' Flooding Continues http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/australias-biblical-flooding-continues <p><p>The news about flooding in Australia's Queensland state gets worse by the hour. And more troubles are ahead:</p><p>-- "More than 20 towns ... have been cut off or flooded, with more than 200,000 people affected." (<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12107131" target="_blank">BBC News</a>)</p><p>-- "Drenching rain that started before Christmas has flooded an area the size of France and Germany." (<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132387812" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a>)</p><p>-- "Floods submerged the Capricorn Highway, the major traffic artery through Queensland state, and poured into homes in the sinking town of Rockhampton, sending furniture and refrigerators cascading down torrents of floodwater." (<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BU09620110103" target="_blank">Reuters</a>)</p><p>-- "The floodwaters in Rockhampton are not expected to fully recede until some time next week, while more rain has been forecast for parts of Queensland." (<em><a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/pm-julia-gillard-to-help-flood-hit-queensland-weather-storm/story-fn59niix-1225981305357" target="_blank">The Australian</a></em>)</p><p>-- "Australia Flooding Of 'Biblical Proportions' Slashes Coal, Agriculture Exports." (<em><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2011/0103/Australia-flooding-of-biblical-proportions-slashes-coal-agriculture-exports" target="_blank">The Christian Science Monitor</a></em>) Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294078029?&gn=Australia%27s+%27Biblical%27+Flooding+Continues&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Australia,Australia+flooding,Weather,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132625271&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110103&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=132625340,132615941,127605625,127602464,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 11:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/australias-biblical-flooding-continues Flooding Forces Thousands To Evacuate In Australia http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/flooding-forces-thousands-evacuate-australia <p><p>While Americans are focused on the after-effects of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/12/29/132433573/airlines-play-huge-game-of-catch-up-in-nyc-area" target="_blank">last weekend's blizzard along the East Coast</a> and the ongoing effects of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/29/132433299/rain-high-winds-return-to-los-angeles-snowpack-in-sierras-is-2x-normal" target="_blank">wet weather across much of California</a>, thousands of people in Australia are rushing to get to dry ground because of "<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/floods-threaten-to-displace-thousands/story-fn59niix-1225978283723" target="_blank">the worst floods in 50 years</a>."</p><p>As <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/eight-metres-high-and-rising-rockhampton-braces-for-trouble-20101229-19aa1.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald </em>says</a>, a "deluge of water" is flowing after heavy rains in central Queensland.</p><p>Here are a couple maps to help show where the news is happening.</p><p>And <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXQVXbMNQDo" target="_blank">here's an AP video report</a>: Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1293640983?&gn=Flooding+Forces+Thousands+To+Evacuate+In+Australia&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Weather,Foreign+News,Australia,The+Two-Way,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132434576&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20101229&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=127605625,127602464,126929324,103943429,132434371,132434369,127602464,103943429,132434196,127602719,127602464,103943429,132433943,131266393,127602464,125939032,125939029,103943429,125405370,125399052,97635953&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/flooding-forces-thousands-evacuate-australia