WBEZ | Laith Saud http://www.wbez.org/tags/laith-saud Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Local Iraqi-American looks at U.S. role in Iraq as troops leave http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-14/local-iraqi-american-looks-us-role-iraq-troops-leave-94893 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-14/iraq2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The countdown to a post-war era has begun: U.S. troops will exit Iraq by the end of this month. And as the U.S. withdraws, a few numbers are being cited by the news media. Take, for instance, 4,500: that's the total number of Americans killed. There's eight, the number of years the mission lasted. And there's one trillion, the war's price tag in dollars for the United States.</p><p>But there's another set of numbers that is rarely discussed. On the Iraqi side of the war, hundreds of thousands of civilians are estimated to have died. And in the past ten years, the number of Iraqis living in slum conditions has gone from 15 to 50 percent.</p><p>Today, Laith Saud, an Iraqi-American and professor at DePaul University's department of religious studies, does a cost-benefit analysis on the U.S. role in the Iraq war.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-14/local-iraqi-american-looks-us-role-iraq-troops-leave-94893 Analysis of President Obama’s speech to Arab world http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-19/analysis-president-obama%E2%80%99s-speech-arab-world-86770 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-19/ObamaMideastSpeech_Getty_MarkWilson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier today, President Obama gave a speech outlining US policy toward a changed Middle East. It was his first comprehensive response to the Arab Spring. He said the US would dole out fresh aid to countries in the region that support democracy. Additionally, he chastised Syrian President Bashar Assad for violently clamping down on protesters. We get analysis from DePaul University’s Laith Saud. Plus, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejected the US-backed Gulf Cooperation Council proposal that called for a transfer of power. Yemen expert <a href="https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/%7Escarapic/" target="_blank">Sheila Carapico</a> discusses what's next for US policy in Yemen.</p></p> Thu, 19 May 2011 17:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-19/analysis-president-obama%E2%80%99s-speech-arab-world-86770 Arabs react to Western coalition in Libya with skepticism http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/arabs-react-western-coalition-libya-skepticism-84140 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-23/110407549.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>It went almost unnoticed in major media this year, but we just passed the eight-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Most commentators now refer to the U.S. fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but the U.S. has occasional military operations in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as well. The Libyan bombing, however, puts a new twist on U.S. interventions with the goal of civilian protection. Arabs in the Middle East broadly supported the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya, but after five days of missile and air attacks, there are signs of wavering. We'll get analysis from Laith Saud, who lectures on Islamic world studies at DePaul University.</div></p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/arabs-react-western-coalition-libya-skepticism-84140 Demonstrators demand new U.S. policy on Egypt http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/demonstrators-demand-new-us-policy-egypt <p><p>Hundreds of Chicagoans gathered downtown during rush hour on Friday to say that President Barack Obama still hasn&rsquo;t been forceful enough in telling Egypt&rsquo;s 30-year president to go.&nbsp;The demonstrators chanted as they held signs and waved Middle Eastern flags across from the Egyptian Embassy on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just hours earlier, Obama had spoken to reporters about Egypt, saying that &quot;there needs to be a transition process that begins now.&quot;&nbsp;But Laith Saud, one of the organizers of the rally, said that wasn't enough. When asked what he would rather hear the U.S. president say, Saud responded, &ldquo;President Mubarak, you have lost all legitimacy. We could start with that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many at the protest said they had friends who are at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the epicenter of the Egyptian protests. They said they'd rather be there, but voicing their part from Obama&rsquo;s hometown of Chicago is the next best thing.</div></p> Sat, 05 Feb 2011 01:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/demonstrators-demand-new-us-policy-egypt Protests in Egypt intensify http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/protests-egypt-intensify <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/egypt2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Events in Egypt continue to unfold at a dizzying pace. After Friday prayers, demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo, Suez and Alexandria in numbers that eclipsed Tuesday&rsquo;s mass protests. The government shut down mobile and internet services across the country and have imposed a curfew in these areas. Military vehicles have been seen on the streets of Cairo. Police fired water canons at opposition figure and former head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei. The headquarters of the governing National Democratic Party (NDP) in Cairo appears to be on fire.</p><p>To get a sense of what&rsquo;s happening, Cherif Bassiouni and Laith Saud join us to discuss the devlopments in Egypt. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=5">Cherif Bassiouni</a> is president emeritus of DePaul University&rsquo;s International Human Rights Institute and Laith Saud is a lecturer on Islamic World Studies at DePaul University. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/protests-egypt-intensify