WBEZ | Tunisia http://www.wbez.org/tags/tunisia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A political assasination in Tunisia, 'The Attack' and cambalache music http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-26/political-assasination-tunisia-attack-and-cambalache-music-108203 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP542396426673.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Another opposition leader is murdered in Tunisia. &#39;The Attack&#39; offers a glimpse into Israeli-Palestinian relations. Nari Safavi shares where to go to experience son jarocho and art from an 80-year-old Chicano activist.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102732617&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/a-political-assasination-in-tunisia-the-attack-and.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/a-political-assasination-in-tunisia-the-attack-and" target="_blank">View the story "A political assasination in Tunisia, 'The Attack' and cambalache music" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-26/political-assasination-tunisia-attack-and-cambalache-music-108203 Worldview: Upheaval in Tunisia, Somali pirates on film, and Maz Jobrani http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-08/worldview-upheaval-tunisia-somali-pirates-film-and-maz-jobrani-105435 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP50922169993.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78424040&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-upheaval-in-tunisia-somali-pir.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-upheaval-in-tunisia-somali-pir" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Political upheaval in Tunisia, Somali pirates on film, and Maz Jobrani" on Storify</a>]<h1>Worldview: Political upheaval in Tunisia, Somali pirates on film, and Maz Jobrani</h1><h2>Protesters took to the streets of Tunisia after the country’s ruling political party, Ennahda, rejected a proposal to dissolve the government. One filmmaker brings us a documentary on Somalia's pirate culture. Worldview gives you tips for your international weekend.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Fri, Feb 08 2013 09:25:22</p><div><b>Political upheaval in Tunisia</b><div><br></div><div>Earlier this week in Tunisia, Chokri Belaid, a leading opposition figure who was critical of the governing party for perceived tolerance of Salafist extemists, was assassinated. Protests swept the country, leading the Islamist prime minister to call for a new government, only to be rebuffed by his own party. Today, as Belaid was buried, protests continued. Chicago resident Kehena Sraieb, who was born and raised in Tunis and&nbsp;has been active in opposition politics since she gained asylum in 1997, worries that if the political strife continues the country could end up in civil war. Today, she tells <i>Worldview&nbsp;</i>why.</div></div><div>Violence Erupts As Thousands Mourn Slain Tunisian LeaderTUNIS, Tunisia -- The funeral of a slain Tunisian opposition leader was marred Friday by clashes between police and gangs of young men de...</div><div><div><b>Somali pirates on film</b></div><div><br></div>Last month, the Somali pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan, also known as "Afweyne," or "Big Mouth," announced he was quitting the piracy business. But filmmaker <a href="http://thymayapayne.com/" class="">Thymaya Payne</a>&nbsp;says the problem of piracy in Somalia has been suppressed but not solved. And he should know--the Somali pirate industry is the subject of his new documentary, "<a href="http://www.stolenseas.com/" class="">Stolen Seas</a>." Payne and film contributor Milos Stehlik join <i>Worldview&nbsp;</i>to discuss the film.</div><div>Stolen Seas: Everything you ever wanted to know about Somali piracyA Somali pirate in Stolen Seas film review The hijacking of Danish cargo ship CEC Future in late November 2008 is the prism through which...</div><div><div><b>Weekend Passport: Samba, noise, and laughs</b></div><div><br></div><div>Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend.We’ll tell you where to celebrate Carnaval with the city’s Brazilian community and see avant-garde noise rockers from Seoul, Korea do their thing, and comedian Maz Jobrani joins us in studio,</div></div><div><b>Chicago Samba Caranval</b><div><b><br></b><div><b>When:&nbsp;</b>Saturday, February 9, 10 pm</div><div><b>Where:&nbsp;</b>Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 North Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60647</div><div><br></div><div>It's Carnaval time, and Chicago's Latin American community is not about to be left out. At Logan Square Auditorium, <a href="http://chicagosamba.com/" class="">Chicago Samba</a>, a local Brazilian music ensemble, will host an evening of Brazilian music and dance, complete with a dance instructor to show guests how it's done.</div></div></div><div>Chicago Samba Carnaval 2011 - Brazilian musicmoacyrmar</div><div><div><b>Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki</b></div><div><b><br></b></div><div><b>When:&nbsp;</b>Saturday, February 9, 8 pm</div><div><b>Where:&nbsp;</b>Graham Foundation,&nbsp;Madlener House,&nbsp;4 West Burton Place,&nbsp;Chicago, Illinois 60610</div><div><br></div><div>Believe it or not, Korea has more to offer musically than "Gangnam Style." &nbsp;<a href="http://grahamfoundation.org/" class="">The Graham Foundation</a> presents two prominent members of Seoul's burgeoning experiemental music scene, Choi Joonyong and <a href="http://www.hongchulki.com/" class="">Hong Chulki</a>. Using a variety of instruments and devices, these two pop, squeak and hiss their way to the boundaries of what music is and can be.</div></div><div>Graham Foundation &gt; Events &gt; LAMPOLampo and the Graham Foundation are very pleased to welcome Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki, two leading figures from the emerging experime...</div><div><b>Maz Jobrani</b><div><b><br></b><div><b>When:</b>&nbsp;Friday, February 9, 8 pm&nbsp;&amp; 10:15 pm&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Saturday, February 10,&nbsp;7:00 pm &amp; 9:15 pm&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday,&nbsp;February 11, 7 pm</div><div><b>Where: </b>Chicago Improv,&nbsp;5 Woodfield Rd,&nbsp;Schaumburg, IL 60173</div></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.mazjobrani.com/" class="">Maz Jobrani</a> is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which aired on Comedy Central, had his own Showtime comedy special, Brown and Friendly, and has done standup comedy around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan.&nbsp;He has performed his stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Lopez Tonight. He has also been featured on NPR, CNN, The BBC and in print in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. &nbsp;<br></div></div><div>Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?tedtalksdirector</div></noscript></p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-08/worldview-upheaval-tunisia-somali-pirates-film-and-maz-jobrani-105435 Along with change, Arab Spring brought violence, uncertainty http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-02/along-change-arab-spring-brought-violence-uncertainty-94550 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-02/arabspring.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The developments of the Arab Spring keep on coming. In addition to change, the pro-democracy movement has created uncertainty in an already explosive region.</p><p>Yesterday, the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights said Syria was headed for civil war and called on the international community to protect civilians. With a first round of parliamentary elections, Egyptians took another step toward establishing a civilian government. So far, the Muslim Brotherhood's political party handily beat the liberal bloc that dominated Tahrir Square.</p><p><a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/history/fac-bios/Khalidi/faculty.html" target="_blank">Rashid Khalidi</a>, a professor at Columbia University who follows Arab politics, tells <em>Worldview</em> about the Arab Spring's aftermath.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-02/along-change-arab-spring-brought-violence-uncertainty-94550 American professor gets rare glimpse inside Syria http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-16/american-professor-gets-rare-glimpse-inside-syria-90651 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-16/Roadblock in Hama 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A Syrian scholar, who is a long-time U.S. resident, says time appears to be running out for Bashar al-Assad’s regime.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/odahi.htm" target="_blank">Omar Dahi</a>, who was born and raised in Damascus and currently teaches economics at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, recently returned from a month-long visit to Syria and is one of the few western observers to report on conditions inside the country during the string of recent protests and government crackdowns there.</p><p>Syria has banned western journalists from the nation, and fear of government reprisal has made it difficult to get accurate information about what's happening on the ground.&nbsp;</p><p>“It’s not that easy to get information when you’re outside the country, because it’s widely presumed that all international phone calls might be tapped, so people are especially fearful of saying things over the phone," Dahi told WBEZ's Jerome McDonnell during an interview on <em>Worldview</em>.&nbsp; He noted those fears are present under normal circumstances, but even more so now.&nbsp;</p><p>That fear has also extended to difficulties among the organizers themselves.&nbsp; According to people Dahi met and spoke with, "part of the problem with organizing in Syria is the ubiquitous presence of the security apparatus," he said.&nbsp; "It's hard to know whom to trust."&nbsp; So most of the organizing among the protestors thus far has been taking place at the neighborhood level.&nbsp;</p><p>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, despite five months of his Baathist regime’s well-documented violence against pro-democracy protestors.&nbsp; Dahi still has friends and family in Syria, but given the government imposed media blackout, he wanted to travel to the country to see first-hand to see what is going on inside.</p><p>Across the region, Syria’s Arab neighbors are increasingly criticizing the government crackdown. The United Nations Security Council recently added their voice to the chorus, with its 15 member states unanimously condemning the regime’s human rights violations. Now, the world waits to see whether President al-Assad will fall under increasing international pressure or somehow survive Syria’s extended Arab Spring.</p><p>"The government is getting more and more isolated internationally," said Dahi.&nbsp; "They seem to think that if they can stall outside intervention, they can subdue the population into silence and then find a way later to deal with the fallout from the events.”</p><p>But Dahi notes that while the uprisings have largely been absent from Damascus and Aleppo thus far, there are signs of increasing protests in the neighborhoods and small towns around the capital city.</p><p><strong>Mixed feelings, mixed results</strong></p><p>In Damascus, Dahi found that, on the surface, city life appeared to be proceeding as normal. Markets remain open, and people are still going to work.&nbsp;</p><p>"It’s easy to get the idea that this is perhaps all blown out of proportion," said Dahi.&nbsp; But those daily routines masked a sense of unease, heightened by the widespread presence of security forces and security buses stationed throughout the city.</p><p>The Syrian regime has pointed to counter demonstrations in favor of President Assad as evidence that he still retains popular support among a majority of Syrians.&nbsp; And Dahi noted there's some truth to the claim.</p><p>"One of the things that was said about the pro-regime rallies is that everyone there was forced to go to those rallies," Dahi said. "That’s not quite correct."</p><p>While civil servants are encouraged to attend pro-government demonstrations - and are even given paid days off to participate -&nbsp; they're not the only individuals attending.</p><p>"There are many people who go there willingly, people who are fearful of change and, out of that fear, have developed a callous disregard for the crackdowns by the regime," said Dahi.&nbsp;</p><p>Even some people, who aren’t beneficiaries of the regime, feel that the best way to get out of the crisis is to let the government end these riots and support peace and tranquility.&nbsp;</p><p>"They are genuinely fearful of a chaotic civil war," he says.&nbsp; "It's the lesser of two evils.&nbsp; The people who would be identified as pro-reform [I spoke with] were very much fearful of the protests and felt that nothing good could come out of them for themselves or the country as a whole."</p><p><strong>Inequalities raising fears, divisions</strong></p><p>These fears have also extended to questions about the rights of minorities in Syria, as pro-government forces drum up fear that minority rights will be curtailed if another regime takes power.&nbsp; Assad himself is a member of the minority Muslim Alevi sect.</p><p>Dahi says he's seen little evidence of that, but noted that the fears are real enough among the population as a whole that "there needs to be a serious move by the opposition to show there's no room for sectarian tensions."</p><p>In recent years, Syria's economy has opened, creating more opportunity for some but also severe inequalities.&nbsp; That's given rise to opulent displays of wealth that previously were kept hidden.&nbsp; Both the real and perceived wealth disparities are a factor in the protestors' calls for reform.</p><p>“Domestically, the economic situation is very difficult," Dahi said.&nbsp; "When the protests started, the government announced a series of economic measures aimed at placating certain constituencies.&nbsp; And so the government has incurred a huge spending bill, while also spending on military and security forces."</p><p>Dahi also pointed out that since the protests began, Syria's tourism industry has been decimated, and the number and geographic size of the protests have increased.</p><p>"Time is not on the government's side," he said.</p><p>Dahi recently returned to the United States and blogged about his experiences. You can read Omar Dahi’s guest blog post on <em>Syria Comment</em> <a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=11352">here</a>.</p></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-16/american-professor-gets-rare-glimpse-inside-syria-90651 From bread lines to revolution: the role of food in the Arab Spring uprisings http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bread-lines-revolution-role-food-arab-spring-uprisings-90602 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-15/AP08041607030.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As we begin to identify the factors that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings, the list includes likely culprits such as oppressive dictators, faltering economies and Western influence.</p><p>One factor that’s less obvious is the relationship between food and power in the Middle East. Today in our occasional series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_blank">Food Mondays</a>, we explore this often overlooked connection.</p><p>In 2010, nearly half of the top 20 wheat importers in the world were Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia. And it’s not a coincidence that these nations have experienced instability.</p><p><a href="http://www.anniaciezadlo.com/day-of-honey" target="_blank">Annia Ciezadlo</a> is a journalist and author of <em>Day of Honey: a Memoir of Food, Love and War</em>, which chronicles the relationship between food and power in the Middle East. She says this connection goes back decades. In fact, so many Middle Eastern regimes had come to rely on food subsidies to ensure stability that Tunisian scholar Larbi Sadiki described the tactic as “the democracy of bread.”</p></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bread-lines-revolution-role-food-arab-spring-uprisings-90602 U.S. Embassy attacked in Syria as government anti-democracy crackdown continues http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/us-embassy-attacked-syria-government-anti-democracy-crackdown-continues- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/syria1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syria bolstered security around the U.S. embassy in Damascus after Monday’s attack by a pro-government mob on the compound drew worldwide rebuke. After weeks of restrained U.S. reaction to Syria’s brutal crackdown on democracy protestors, diplomatic exchanges between the countries are now tense. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “has lost legitimacy” and was “not indispensable.” Some believe this change in tone could indicate a policy shift. Joshua Landis, author of the blog <a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/" target="_blank">“Syria Comment”</a> and director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/ipc/home/left_navigation/center_for_middleeaststudies.html" target="_blank">Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma</a>, joins us to talk about the ongoing unrest in Syria and the possibilities for any U.S. or NATO intervention.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/us-embassy-attacked-syria-government-anti-democracy-crackdown-continues- Tunisian politics re-shuffle as country heads to first post-revolution election in the fall http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/tunisian-politics-re-shuffle-country-heads-first-post-revolution-electio <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/tunisia1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Tunisian uprising jump-started protests throughout the Middle East. Elections scheduled for this month were postponed until October. The political reshuffling of the country's various political parties are split along Islamist and more secular lines. <a href="http://www.ces.fas.harvard.edu/people/p334.html" target="_blank">Malika Zeghal</a>, French-born Tunisian and professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life at Harvard University, just returned from Tunisia. She joins us for a discussion on the post-revolution future of the country.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/tunisian-politics-re-shuffle-country-heads-first-post-revolution-electio Tunisian commission tackles Ben Ali-era corruption one case at a time http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-12/tunisian-commission-tackles-ben-ali-era-corruption-one-case-time-86454 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-12/anti-corruption-tunisia_306x199.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tunisia's interim government recently set up a date for national elections. On July 24, Tunisians will vote on who should draft the country's new constitution. This follows weeks of demonstrations calling for a rapid transition to democracy.</p><p>Tunisians are celebrating this step, but many worry that justice is lagging behind, as thousands of corruption victims wait for redress in court.</p><p>Megan Williams brings us the story from the capital, Tunis.</p><p><em>This story originally aired on the </em><a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org" target="_blank">World Vision Report</a>. <em>We got it from the <a href="http://www.prx.org" target="_blank">Public Radio Exchange</a>. </em></p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-12/tunisian-commission-tackles-ben-ali-era-corruption-one-case-time-86454 Chicago area nurse helps Libyan refugees on the Tunisian Border http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-21/chicago-area-nurse-helps-libyan-refugees-tunisian-border-85496 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-21/110167808.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Since violence erupted in Libya, neighboring Tunisia has seen an influx of people cross the border. Camps have sprouted up along the border to help the refugees, mostly foreign workers from Africa and South Asia.</p><p>Chicago area nurse Donna Demir recently returned from a camp run by the <a href="http://www.zakat.org/" target="_blank">Zakat Foundation</a>, a relief group based in the Southwest suburbs.</p><p>She came to our studios recently to tell us about her experience.</p></p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-21/chicago-area-nurse-helps-libyan-refugees-tunisian-border-85496 Popular Tunisian bloggers offer alternative view to formerly state-run media http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/popular-tunisian-bloggers-offer-alternative-view-formerly-state-run-medi <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-04/108245433.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although Tunisians overthrew their longtime dictator Ben Ali, many young activists say the country’s mass media remains in control of the former regime. A group of bloggers and citizen journalists has emerged to offer the Tunisian people a different perspective on the changes taking place in their country. Megan Williams brings us the story from Tunis.</p><p><em>This piece originally aired on the <a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/">World Vision Report</a>. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/popular-tunisian-bloggers-offer-alternative-view-formerly-state-run-medi