WBEZ | free speech http://www.wbez.org/tags/free-speech Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Free speech vs. political correctness on college campuses http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-11/free-speech-vs-political-correctness-college-campuses-113742 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_977690620801.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_95939"><img alt="Members of black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 hold hands following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Wolfe resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over his handling of racial tensions at the school. (Jeff Roberson/AP)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/11/1111_university-missouri-624x402.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 620px;" title="Members of black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 hold hands following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Wolfe resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over his handling of racial tensions at the school. (Jeff Roberson/AP)" /><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p>Its been a busy week for college protesters. On Tuesday, hundreds marched at Yale University, protesting alleged racial insensitivity on campus. This came after s<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IEFD_JVYd0" target="_blank">tudent anger was raised to the boiling point</a> when a sociology professor and his wife, both of whom oversee a student residence, emailed students saying it might be reasonable not to ban Halloween costumes that some consider offensive, but instead to use them as an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM-VE8r7MSI" target="_blank">opportunity for dialogue</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">That student&#39;s conduct was ridiculous and unacceptable. She violated his physical. Kudos to him <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YaleHalloween?src=hash">#YaleHalloween</a> <a href="https://t.co/uGNMEkYB7H">https://t.co/uGNMEkYB7H</a></p>&mdash; Marc Christopher (@MCC1701) <a href="https://twitter.com/MCC1701/status/663852982556090368">November 9, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>At the University of Missouri, both Chancellor R. Brown Loftin and President Tim Wolfe&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mizzou-president-resigns-over-handling-racial-issues-113703" target="_blank">stepped down</a>&nbsp;as protests over alleged systemic racism and bias escalated to include a hunger strike and the football team refusing to play.</p><p>While many applaud the student actions, some are questioning whether the climate of sensitivity on college campuses has evolved into a climate of over-sensitivity, where students are considered fragile and unable to cope with opinions that make them even slightly uncomfortable.</p><p>Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, wrote a recent piece in <em>The Atlantic </em>called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/" target="_blank">The Coddling of the American Mind</a>.&rdquo; While Lukianoff recognizes and opposes racism, bullying and threats, he maintains that many students and administrators have taken the concept of &ldquo;student comfort&rdquo; too far.</p><p>Lukianoff joins&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/11/free-speech-political-correctness" target="_blank"><em>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em></a> Jeremy Hobson to discuss the concept of college &ldquo;coddling,&rdquo; and how it&rsquo;s affecting students.</p></p> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-11/free-speech-vs-political-correctness-college-campuses-113742 Analysis: At the University of Missouri, an unlearned free speech lesson http://www.wbez.org/news/analysis-university-missouri-unlearned-free-speech-lesson-113743 <p><div id="res455534132" previewtitle="University of Missouri students circle tents on the Carnahan Quadrangle, locking arms to prevent media from entering the space following the resignation of President Timothy Wolfe on Monday."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="University of Missouri students circle tents on the Carnahan Quadrangle, locking arms to prevent media from entering the space following the resignation of President Timothy Wolfe on Monday." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/10/64474721_h40739089-58557724e95395657d5d002b1fae0bfe54a42a94-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 464px; width: 620px;" title="University of Missouri students circle tents on the Carnahan Quadrangle, locking arms to prevent media from entering the space following the resignation of President Timothy Wolfe on Monday. (Robert Cohen/TNS/Landov)" /></div><div><div><p>Brian Kratzer&#39;s students had a singularly complex assignment in recent days: They had to cover the protests at the University of Missouri&#39;s flagship campus in Columbia at a time when those protests had turned singularly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/10/455444291/watch-on-the-missouri-campus-a-clash-of-two-first-amendment-protections">hostile to coverage</a>&nbsp;&mdash; and reporters. Astonishingly, some of those most hostile turned out to be on the university&#39;s faculty and staff.</p></div></div></div><p>&quot;Here was an activist group that needed us to get their message out and they were trying to shut us down,&quot; said Kratzer, the director of photography at the city&#39;s morning daily, the&nbsp;Columbia Missourian. &quot;Maybe they didn&#39;t understand how public spaces work.&quot;</p><p>Kratzer is also an assistant professor at Mizzou&#39;s prestigious&nbsp;<a href="http://journalism.missouri.edu/">journalism school</a>, which runs the paper. He says he has witnessed what he&#39;s called an &quot;a la carte&quot; approach to the First Amendment, in which some rights were observed and others ignored.</p><p>At the beginning, as one of the leading black student groups started to plan the protests, journalists who arrived at open meetings on campus were told to put down their cameras and close their notebooks. Such journalistic tools would inhibit free conversation, they were told. One student leader who ultimately went on a hunger strike forged a cordial relationship with a photographer who captured many key moments.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_420503043267.jpg" style="height: 489px; width: 620px;" title="Jonathan Butler, center, hugs supporters after addressing a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Butler has ended his hunger strike as a result of the resignation. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" /></div><p>Faculty members who joined the movement were advised by email and Twitter not to talk to reporters but to refer inquiries to one or two protest leaders. By the time the protests emerged on the Carnahan Quad, demonstrators sought to squash the right of student reporters and journalists to document their cause. They did it with signs saying &quot;No Media.&quot; They did so with words of warning, with implied menace; even, in some cases, shoving reporters away from a campus quad where they had every right to operate.</p><p>No matter what you think of their cause, the intimidation was a serious mistake. Then again, you expect college students to make mistakes during their years on campus. It&#39;s part of the point of coming to campus. You screw up, you learn, and you take those lessons with you.</p><p><span style="text-align: center;">You don&#39;t expect people holding positions of authority to make those same mistakes. Yet in several instances, faculty members and administrators were documented &mdash; some on video &mdash; harassing those merely seeking to report what was unquestionably news while standing in an unquestionably public space.</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xRlRAyulN4o?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&quot;You can study there. You can nap there. You can eat there. You can sleep there,&quot; Kratzer said. And report there too.</p><p>Yet an administrator repeatedly tried to block a student journalist, Tim Tai, from taking pictures on assignment for ESPN. &quot;You need to back off,&quot; she told him, flanked by student protesters. &quot;You are infringing on their right to be alone.&quot; She helped lead a group of students who essentially steamrolled Tai away, even as he calmly&nbsp;<a href="https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10206136774391682&amp;id=1032935651&amp;ref=bookmarks">asserted his First Amendment rights</a>&nbsp;to be there.</p><p>That administrator, Janna Basler, is the university&#39;s assistant director of Greek life and leadership in the student life division.</p><p>A faculty member, later caught on that same video, repeatedly sought to banish a videographer who lingered behind a wall of students and finally called out for backup. &quot;Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!&quot;</p><p>That faculty member, Melissa Click, is a junior professor in mass media studies. She studies television and pop culture and presumably along the way acquired some understanding of the press. (Technically, her appointment is in the Department of Communications, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, not the journalism school.) Maybe she understood all too well that reporters can capture flaws as well as strengths, can force people off message, can err or distort in their coverage.</p><p>But that&#39;s part of the education, too, for the aspiring journalists and for the people they cover.</p><p>Kratzer said another professor had berated one of his photographers so severely on Saturday that the student texted to say he didn&#39;t think he could return for more.</p><p>&quot;What happens when faculty members join the activist group and start doing things against the journalists? It has made me question a lot of things,&quot; Kratzer told me. &quot;It all feels so raw.&quot;</p><p>For his part, Kratzer seized the moment to help theMissourian&nbsp;document the campus protests professionally and to exhibit civic responsibility as well. He has reminded editors and staffers to remain courteous toward the protesters. &quot;Theirs is a cause they feel passionately about,&quot; Kratzer said. &quot;Let&#39;s approach this not as full of angst and anger, but as calm journalists.&quot;</p><p>The dean of the journalism school, David Kurpius,&nbsp;<a href="http://journalism.missouri.edu/2015/11/dean-david-kurpius-comments-on-students-coverage-of-protest-on-carnahan-quad/">put out a statement</a>&nbsp;Tuesday praising Tai&#39;s restraint and reiterating the importance of the First Amendment. He said Click&#39;s courtesy cross appointment in the journalism school was being reviewed. There was no comment from the university system&#39;s board of curators about the denial of First Amendment rights for some of its students. Click&#39;s department chairman also reiterated First Amendment rights, and he could not speak about &quot;personnel decisions.&quot;</p><p>I am just about unyielding in my belief in Click&#39;s freedom of inquiry and expression. Yet, I cannot for the life of me understand the university&#39;s passivity in the face of her actions or those by others paid by the University of Missouri to help educate the state&#39;s youth. Those actions contradict everything the journalism school professes to stand for.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/University%20of%20Missouri%20President%20Tim%20Wolfe_0.jpg" style="height: 208px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="(Jeff Roberson/AP) University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe." />It&#39;s taken too long for the university to respond. That may have something to do&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mizzou-president-resigns-over-handling-racial-issues-113703" target="_blank">with the resignations</a>&nbsp;of the university system president and the campus chancellor.</p><p>Late Tuesday, Click issued a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/MizzouComm/status/664221186352545792">statement</a>&nbsp;through the university saying she had apologized to the student taping the scene whom she had ordered to leave. She added, in part:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students&#39; campaign for justice.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Those who physically interfered with young reporters will have to work hard to convince people they deserve the right to hold on to their jobs. But I&#39;m open to the argument. After all, that&#39;s implied by free speech too.</p><p>Toward the end of the afternoon, an olive branch emerged &mdash; a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/collier/status/664130421806907393">new note</a>&nbsp;circulated on campus by a leading protest group and posted widely on social media. It acknowledged the First Amendment rights of reporters to be present. It said the media had an important role to tell the story of the protesters. And then it encouraged protesters to thank journalists for doing their job.</p><div id="res455532451"><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" class="twitter-tweet twitter-tweet-rendered" data-tweet-id="664130421806907393" frameborder="0" id="twitter-widget-0" scrolling="no" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 500px; position: static; visibility: visible; display: block; height: 528.156px; max-width: 500px; min-width: 220px;" title="Twitter Tweet"></iframe></div></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/analysis-university-missouri-unlearned-free-speech-lesson-113743 'Twitter's Dying' puts spotlight on the line between abuse and voice http://www.wbez.org/news/twitters-dying-puts-spotlight-line-between-abuse-and-voice-113440 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_926307783813_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Twitter has been declared dead many times before.</p><p>Last year,&nbsp;The Atlantic&nbsp;published&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/a-eulogy-for-twitter/361339/">&quot;A Eulogy for Twitter&quot;</a>&nbsp;&mdash; the latest of a string of similar proclamations, which in turn&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style-blog/wp/2014/05/01/twitter-isnt-dying-it-died-in-2009/">spurred a wave</a>&nbsp;of response pieces, analysis pieces and think pieces.</p><p>So here we are again.</p><p>A&nbsp;<a href="https://medium.com/bad-words/why-twitter-s-dying-and-what-you-can-learn-from-it-9ed233e37974">lengthy essay</a>&nbsp;titled &quot;Why Twitter&#39;s Dying (And What You Can Learn From It)&quot; by author Umair Haque landed on Medium.com on Oct. 13. A week later, it&#39;s still one of the site&#39;s most popular posts.</p><p>Haque&#39;s key observation has certainly struck a chord: People are abusing the social Web and companies aren&#39;t doing enough to curb it. About Twitter in particular, he writes:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;We once glorified Twitter as a great global town square, a shining agora where everyone could come together to converse. But I&#39;ve never been to a town square where people can shove, push, taunt, bully, shout, harass, threaten, stalk, creep, and mob you...for eavesdropping on a conversation that they weren&#39;t a part of...to alleviate their own existential rage...at their shattered dreams...and&nbsp;you can&#39;t even call a cop. What does that particular social phenomenon sound like to you? Twitter&nbsp;could&nbsp;have been a town square. But now it&#39;s more like a drunken, heaving mosh pit.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Indeed, the stories of Twitter shaming, pile-ons and trolling abound, and many have decided to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&amp;ion=1&amp;espv=2&amp;ie=UTF-8#q=why%20i%20left%20twitter">quit the site</a>. We&#39;ve all witnessed the Internet&#39;s power at spreading misinformation (<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/04/wrongly-accused-boston-bombing-suspects-sunil-tripathi.html">Boston bombing suspects</a>) or people being continuously harassed for posting something stupid and offensive (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html">&quot;Just kidding. I&#39;m white!&quot;</a>), something politically or socially touchy (<a href="https://medium.com/message/dear-gun-enthusiasts-fe98c264d5d9">&quot;Texas Firearms/Fear Festival&quot;</a>), or for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/well-yes-trolling-affect-women-men-88330">posting while female</a>. (And let&#39;s not forget the&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/what-is-gamergate-and-why-an-explainer-for-non-geeks-1642909080">Gamergate controversy</a>.)</p><p>Is Twitter to blame? The site didn&#39;t invent the trolls and mean spirits, who have long hidden behind the anonymity of forums and comment sections of the Web. Yet Kathy Sierra, the victim of one of the most famous online harassment cases,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/10/trolls-will-always-win/">wrote this</a>&nbsp;about Twitter in&nbsp;Wired:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;I actually got off easy, then. Most of the master trolls weren&#39;t active on Twitter in 2007. Today, they, along with their friends, fans, followers, and a zoo of anonymous sock puppet accounts are. The time from troll-has-an-idea to troll-mobilizes-brutal-assault has shrunk from weeks to minutes. Twitter, for all its good, is a hate amplifier. Twitter boosts signal power with head-snapping speed and strength. Today, Twitter (and this isn&#39;t a complaint about Twitter, it&#39;s about what Twitter enables) is the troll&#39;s best weapon for attacking you.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>But let&#39;s start with the facts: Twitter is still growing. The company has hit a rough patch recently, flooded with the news of slipping shares, executive shakeup and layoffs. But its most recent&nbsp;<a href="http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/AMDA-2F526X/885805954x0x841610/5C4BB692-3414-4D28-AC9C-EF32B9E6D6D3/Q215_Selected_Company_Metrics_and_Financials.pdf">corporate results</a>&nbsp;show not a decline in users, but a slowdown in growth: Its worldwide base of monthly active users grew to 304 million at the end of June, from 302 million at the end of March and 288 million at the end of 2014.</p><p>And here&#39;s a notable element: The vast majority of those, 239 million, are not in the United States.</p><p>One of the commenters on Haque&#39;s piece, in fact,&nbsp;<a href="https://medium.com/@uncompromise/this-is-a-particularly-western-dare-i-say-us-centric-world-view-1d7bdf23020f">accused the author</a>&nbsp;of writing from a Western or even U.S.-centric perspective, which do not reflect the value that the social network plays overseas. (Haque&#39;s piece begins with an anecdotal analysis of Twitter&#39;s thinning ranks from Dupont Circle in Washington, Madison Square in New York City and a cafe in London.)</p><p>That same signal-boosting power of Twitter that helps trolls pile up on a victim has helped people organize for political protests around the world, including in places where Internet access is restricted. (Some recent high-profile examples include the Arab Spring, Ukraine&#39;s Euromaidan demonstrations, the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and Iran&#39;s 2009 election protests.)</p><p>In the United States, too, Twitter serves a cross-cultural audience: A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/mobile-messaging-and-social-media-2015/2015-08-19_social-media-update_11/">study by the Pew Research Center</a>&nbsp;this year found that 1 in 5 white Internet users are on Twitter, while 28 percent of black and Hispanic Internet users are on the site.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/mobile-messaging-and-social-media-2015/2015-08-19_social-media-update_11/"><img alt="Twitter Demographics" class="attachment-large" height="511" src="http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2015/08/2015-08-19_social-media-update_11.png" width="309" /></a></p><p>And the public nature of Twitter (in contrast to Facebook&#39;s largely &quot;friend&quot;-based networking) has often amplified diverse voices in transformative ways. (The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/07/08/421083610/-los-angeles-times-recognizes-the-relevancy-of-black-twitter">powerful Black Twitter</a>&nbsp;keeping a spotlight on police misconduct,&nbsp;The New York Times&nbsp;putting the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/us/if-they-gunned-me-down-protest-on-twitter.html">story on the front page</a>, the White House&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/20/450208945/clock-making-texas-teen-visits-white-house-for-astronomy-night">inviting for a visit</a>&nbsp;the Texas teenager who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school).</p><p>Social networks have also allowed people to rally against or in support of positions taken by celebrities and companies, and directly communicate with them or call them out on insensitivity. (See: Benedict Cumberbatch&nbsp;<a href="http://www.people.com/article/benedict-cumberbatch-black-actors-opportunities?xid=socialflow_twitter_peoplemag">apologizing for</a>&nbsp;the &quot;colored actors&quot; comment, Target&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2015/08/10/target-gender-signs/#uktXlB5TGaqJ">gender-neutral toys</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adweek.com/prnewser/kenneth-coles-twitter-fail/15371?red=pr">Kenneth Cole&#39;s</a>&nbsp;&quot;uproar in Cairo...new spring collection&quot; and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/digiorno-really-really-sorry-about-its-tweet-accidentally-making-light-domestic-violence-159998">DiGiorno Pizza&#39;s&nbsp;</a>domestic violence &amp; pizza improper hashtag responses.)</p><p>Haque defines abuse as broader than violent threats, to also include &quot;endless bickering, the predictable snark, the general atmosphere of little violences that permeate the social web...and the fact that the average person can&#39;t do&nbsp;anything&nbsp;about it.&quot;</p><p>The importance of retribution in cases of online harassment, beyond blocking or ignoring, is hard to overstate. But as with many cases of online speech, one man&#39;s bickering and snark is another man&#39;s freedom and dialogue:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Twitter stands for freedom of expression. We stand for speaking truth to power. And we stand for empowering dialogue.</p>&mdash; Jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/651003891153108997">October 5, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/10/20/449977694/twitters-dying-puts-spotlight-on-the-line-between-abuse-and-voice?ft=nprml&amp;f=449977694"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/twitters-dying-puts-spotlight-line-between-abuse-and-voice-113440 Jonathon Pollard's controversial release http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-29/jonathon-pollards-controversial-release-112511 <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/Michael%20Coghland.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Michael Coghland)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216927499&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Breaking down Jonathon Pollard&#39;s release</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Former U.S. Naval intelligence officer, Jonathan Pollard, will be paroled this fall after serving nearly 30 years of a life sentence for espionage against the U.S. The White House and U.S. Justice Department said they would not contest his parole. In a plea deal, Pollard admitted to turning over volumes of classified U.S. documents to the Israeli government. Efforts to secure Pollard&rsquo;s release were a source of decades-long diplomatic tension between the U.S. and Israel. The White House denies that Pollard&rsquo;s release is linked to the recent nuclear agreement made with Iran. We&rsquo;ll discuss Pollard&rsquo;s parole with journalist Richard Silverstein. He writes about Israeli security state in his blog, Tikun Olam. We&rsquo;ll also talk with Larry Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Korb served as an assistant secretary of defense in President Reagan&rsquo;s administration and lobbied for Pollard&rsquo;s release saying he&rsquo;d already served enough time given the nature of the crime committed.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://twitter.com/richards1052">Richard Silverstein</a> is a journalist and editor of the blog, &#39;Tikun Olam&#39;.&nbsp;</em></li><li><em><a href="http://twitter.com/@LarryKorb">Larry Korb</a> is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Korb served as an assistant&nbsp;secretary&nbsp;of Defense during the Reagan&nbsp;administration.&nbsp;</em></li></ul></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216927793&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Bahrain faces scrutiny over its human rights record</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>The U.S. announced in June that that it would lift restrictions on selling arms to Bahrain. Human rights observers criticize the move based on &ldquo;lack of basic freedoms&rdquo; in the country and continued efforts by the Bahraini government to &ldquo;quash &nbsp;dissent&rdquo;. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that, &ldquo;While we do not think that the human rights situation in Bahrain is adequate...we believe it is important to recognize that the government of Bahrain has made some meaningful progress on human rights reforms and reconciliation.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll discuss the U.S. arms decision and human rights in Bahrain the with Beth Ann Toupin, Amnesty International USA&#39;s country specialist for Iraq and Bahrain. She keeps track of Bahraini human rights advocates and civil employees, such as teachers, who are imprisoned, disappeared or tortured &nbsp;for criticizing their government.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Beth Ann Topuin is <a href="http://twitter.com/amnesty">Amnesty International USA&#39;s</a> country specialist for Iraq and Bahrain.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216928231&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Notes: The music of Ennio Morricone</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>This week on Global Notes we take a look at the work of legendary composer Ennio Morricone. The &ldquo; Maestro,&rdquo; as he&rsquo;s affectionately known in Rome, became known worldwide during his years composing western films for Italian directors, especially Sergio Leone. It&rsquo;s that genre that he&rsquo;ll be working with this time with Quentin Tarrantino. We&rsquo;ll take a look at his career with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://twitter.com/wbezsarabia">Tony Sarabia</a> is the host of Morning Shift and Radio M.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-29/jonathon-pollards-controversial-release-112511 Worldview 1.8.13 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-08/worldview-1813-104768 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/640px-JohnBrennan2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-free-speech-activists-took-to-the.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-free-speech-activists-took-to-the" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: China, free speech activists took to the streets, Pres. Obama nominates former senator Chuck Hagel as..." on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-08/worldview-1813-104768 Supreme Court rejects plea to block taping of police http://www.wbez.org/news/supreme-court-rejects-plea-block-taping-police-104013 <p><p>WASHINGTON&nbsp; &mdash; The Supreme Court has rejected an Illinois prosecutor&#39;s plea to allow enforcement of a law aimed at stopping people from recording police officers on the job.</p><p>The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that found that the state&#39;s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who tape law enforcement officers. The law sets out a maximum prison term of 15 years.<br />The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in 2010 against Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez to block prosecution of ACLU staff for recording police officers performing their duties in public places, one of the group&#39;s long-standing monitoring missions.</p><p>Opponents of the law say the right to record police is vital to guard against abuses.</p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/supreme-court-rejects-plea-block-taping-police-104013 Parade route pits NATO protesters against Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/parade-route-pits-nato-protesters-against-chicago-97656 <p><p>The question of whether Chicago has enough police officers to protect the city during the NATO Summit in May is at the center of a legal battle between activists and the city over a protest march.</p><p>After long insisting there'd be enough police to keep order, city officials are now saying there won't be enough officers to watch protesters march along their requested route.</p><p>On Tuesday, activists will appeal a city ruling that denied their request to hold the march May 20. They were originally granted a permit to march a day earlier.</p><p>It's the latest chapter in a dispute between activists and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was granted extraordinary powers to maintain order during the two-day meeting of U.S. and European leaders. Protesters say he's blocking free speech.</p></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/parade-route-pits-nato-protesters-against-chicago-97656 Bank closes Arab-American leader’s accounts, won’t say why http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/Hatem2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An Arab-American leader whose Chicago home the FBI raided last fall now has a problem with his bank — make that his former bank.<br> <br> Hatem Abudayyeh, 40, executive director of a city-funded group called the Arab American Action Network, is among <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify">almost two dozen Midwest activists</a> who have refused orders since September to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago.<br> <br> Abudayyeh’s subpoena came during a raid that month on the Jefferson Park condo he shares with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter. The search warrant named the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a secular group the U.S. government calls a terrorist organization.<br> <br> Abudayyeh, a lifelong Chicagoan, got another jolt last Friday. TCF Bank, part of Minnesota-based TCF Financial Corp., had frozen his family’s checking and savings accounts.<br> <br> TCF spokesman Jason Korstange won’t say why. “There’s privacy issues,” he said Tuesday. “They will be getting their money back, and that’s about all I can tell you.”<br> <br> A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declined to comment about the accounts. A spokesman of the FBI’s Chicago office said he didn’t know anything about them.<br> <br> But Abudayyeh attorney Michael Deutsch said the feds must have subpoenaed TCF for records on the accounts. “The bank is probably saying, ‘Oh, God, we don’t want this person as a customer,’ ” Deutsch said.<br> <br> Officials haven’t charged Abudayyeh or any of the other activists.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 Activists defy orders to testify http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Maureen_Murphy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Palestine solidarity activists are defying orders to appear before a grand jury in Chicago.<br /><br />The FBI delivered subpoenas last month to at least nine Chicago-area residents. But their spokespersons say none showed up to testify Tuesday.<br /><br />The nine include Maureen Murphy, 28, an Andersonville resident who volunteers with the <a href="http://psgchicago.org/">Palestine Solidarity Group&ndash;Chicago</a> and edits <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/">Electronic Intifada</a>, an online journal about the Israeli occupation.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been no crime committed here,&rdquo; Murphy said Tuesday. &ldquo;This investigation is all about obtaining associational information that infringes on our First Amendment rights to organize.&rdquo;<br /><br />In September the FBI raided homes and an office of several organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis. They were among 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan who refused to appear before a grand jury in Chicago in October. <br /><br />Some of the September subpoenas suggest the government is investigating foreign groups it calls terrorist.<br /><br />Officials haven&rsquo;t charged any of the activists or confirmed that the September and December subpoenas are part of the same investigation. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, said officials could not comment on the proceedings. <br /><br />Attorneys for the Chicago-area activists say they&rsquo;ve written Fitzgerald&rsquo;s office, asserting Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.<br /><br />Prosecutors could offer immunity from charges and issue new subpoenas. The activists could eventually face jail time if found in contempt of court.</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify