WBEZ | Somali pirates http://www.wbez.org/tags/somali-pirates Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Jury Indicts 14 On Piracy Charges, Americans' Death http://www.wbez.org/story/home-page-top-stories/2011-03-10/jury-indicts-14-piracy-charges-americans-death-83511 <p><p>A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Somalis and 1 Yemeni "for allegedly pirating a yacht and taking hostage four U.S. citizens, who were ultimately killed before their release could be secured," federal law enforcement officials say.</p><p>The men are expected to appear in a federal court in Norfolk, Va., where the case is being handled. They have been in U.S. custody since they were taken aboard the <em>USS Enterprise</em> last month at the end of a hostage standoff.</p><p>U.S. naval forces had been tracking a hijacked American yacht, the Quest, when they heard <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/22/133958930/reports-four-americans-on-hijacked-yacht-killed-by-somali-pirates">gunfire on the boat</a>. When a special forces team boarded the Quest, they found that the four captives were dead.</p><p>The AP has more:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>The boat's owners, Jean and Scott Adam, along with Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay, were shot to death after pirates took them hostage several hundred miles south of Oman.</p><p>It was the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks that have plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Agents from the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service will announce the indictments in a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Thursday.</p><p>Earlier this year, a Somali pirate was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison in a case stemming from the 2009 hijacking of the <em>Maersk Alabama </em>container ship. The <em>Maersk Alabama </em>was <a href="http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/03/the-maersk-alabama-is-like-crack-for-pirates/">back in the news yesterday</a> — for having to fend off yet another attempt to take the ship. 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/5/1299794272?&gn=Jury+Indicts+14+On+Piracy+Charges%2C+Americans%27+Death&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Somali+pirates,Legal,National+News,The+Two-Way,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134424111&c19=20110310&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133114127,127603218,127602855,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/home-page-top-stories/2011-03-10/jury-indicts-14-piracy-charges-americans-death-83511 In 'Bold Operation,' South Korean Commandos Kill Pirates, Rescue Crew http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/bold-operation-south-korean-commandos-kill-pirates-rescue-crew <p><p>"In an unprecedented rescue operation, South Korean naval special forces raided a hijacked [South Korean] freighter in the Arabian Sea Friday, freeing all 21 crewmen and killing eight Somali pirates," <a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2011/01/21/48/0301000000AEN20110121009600315F.HTML" target="_blank">Yonhap News writes</a>.</p><p>The news agency adds that:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>President Lee Myung-bak praised the bold operation in a nationally televised address, saying, 'Our military carried out the operation perfectly under difficult circumstances. I appreciate it and send a message of encouragement'."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>According <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/21/133109697/south-korean-commandos-battle-pirates-in-rare-raid" target="_blank">to NPR staff and other wire services</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"The top-secret operation reportedly lasted about five hours, and photographs from the raid show commandos crouching on the deck of the Samho Jewelry, which was captured by pirates on Jan. 15. Commandos scrambled up a ladder onto the ship, aboard which the pirates were armed with AK assault rifles and anti-tank missiles. A South Korean destroyer and hovering Lynx helicopter provided covering fire."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvcAzWr-Fh4" target="_blank">adds this video report</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/5/1295629332?&gn=In+%27Bold+Operation%2C%27+South+Korean+Commandos+Kill+Pirates%2C+Rescue+Crew&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Somali+pirates,South+Korea,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133113343&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110121&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133114127,133113371,127602464,103943429,133109276,133109274,127602464,103943429,127429648,94427042,93559255&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/bold-operation-south-korean-commandos-kill-pirates-rescue-crew