WBEZ | libya http://www.wbez.org/tags/libya Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Growing unrest in Libya, Mexico's drug strategy and the practicality of solar power http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-30/growing-unrest-libya-mexicos-drug-strategy-and-practicality-solar <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120428155549.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We learn about a prison escape and new attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Journalist and author Alfredo Corchado joins us to assess Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto&#39;s strategy to combat drugs. Kate Sackman and Dick Co highlight the practicality of solar power.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103290052&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mexico-s-drug-strategy-and-the-practical.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mexico-s-drug-strategy-and-the-practical" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Growing unrest in Libya, Mexico's drug strategy and the practicality of solar power" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-30/growing-unrest-libya-mexicos-drug-strategy-and-practicality-solar Worldview: Foreign policy in the State of the Union, happy World Radio Day and Libya's post-Qaddafi music scene http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-13/worldview-foreign-policy-state-union-happy-world-radio-day-and-libyas <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP764771037067_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79106238&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-state-of-the-union-a-global-perspect.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-state-of-the-union-a-global-perspect" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Foreign policy in the State of the Union, Happy World Radio Day, and a personal view of Libya's music scene" on Storify</a>]<h1>Worldview: Foreign policy in the State of the Union, Happy World Radio Day, and a personal view of Libya's music scene</h1><h2>Worldview digs into Obama’s foreign policy objectives. February 13th is World Radio Day, a chance to examine radio's past, present, and future. A Libyan-American rapper tells us about his home country's music scene.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Wed, Feb 13 2013 09:23:02</p><div>Obama's Full 2013 State of the Union Address - SOTU 2013wsjdigitalnetwork</div><div><p><b>State of the Union, global-style&nbsp;</b></p><p><b><br></b></p><p>In his <a href="http://on.aol.com/video/state-of-the-union-2013-517671162" class="">State of the Union address</a> last night, President Obama stuck mostly to domestic issues. &nbsp;However, he did announce the withdrawal of 34,000 troops in Afghanistan.&nbsp;<i>Worldview </i>goes over these issues&nbsp;with <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/steve-clemons/" class="">Steve Clemons</a>, Washingtoneditor-at-large for <i>The Atlantic.</i></p></div><div>President Obama's State of the Union address full textThe text of the State of the Union address as prepared for delivery by President Barack Obama, and provided by the press office of the Wh...</div><div><p><b>Happy World Radio Day</b></p><p><br></p><p>Put on by UNESCO, <a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/world-radio-day/" class="">World Radio Day</a> is intended to draw attention to the vital role that radio plays in keeping people safe, informed, and connected the world over.&nbsp;<i>Worldview</i>&nbsp;will speak to <a href="http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/profile/34-john-dinges/10" class="">John Dinges</a>, a veteran NPR journalist and professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, who is taking part in a panel discussion today at UN headquarters to celebrate the day. And, as a reminder of the vital role radio plays in less developed countries, we’ll speak with Jan McArthur of <a href="http://www.internews.org/" class="">Internews,</a> an organization that trains journalists overseas. She is their country director for Afghanistan, and she’ll tell us how she started <a href="http://www.salamwatandar.com/" class="">Salam Watandar</a>, a network of 53 radio stations throughout the country.</p></div><div>February 13th is World Radio DayWednesday (2/13) is World Radio Day. The United Nations describes it as a day to celebrate the medium and encourage major networks and co...</div><div><b>Global Notes</b><div><br></div><div>Libya’s vibrant music scene was crushed when Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi came to power. He insisted on handpicking which musicians could be heard on the radio and music about politically sensitive topics was off limits. As a result, many artists were sidelined or silenced. But things began to change during the revolution, where music played a prominent role in helping to drive out the Ghaddafi regime. Libyan-American hip-hop artist <a href="http://thisiskhaledm.com/" class="">Khaled M</a> just returned from Libya, where he was helping to re-develop the country’s cultural infrastructure. He tells us about some of artists to watch.</div></div><div>Khaled M. - My Levelthisiskhaledm</div></noscript></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-13/worldview-foreign-policy-state-union-happy-world-radio-day-and-libyas Five countries that will be mentioned during tonight’s debate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6564_AP164381960866-scr.jpg" style="height: 362px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="President Barack Obama stretches to shakes hands with supporters after speaking about the choice facing women in the upcoming election. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)" /></div><p><strong>1. Libya</strong><br /><br />Duh. Mitt Romney&rsquo;s had two chances to go at President Barack Obama on this issue, where there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/explanation-for-benghazi-attack-under-scrutiny.html?hp">enough haze for him to make some hay</a>, but has blown both. Which means that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-obama-vulnerabilities-debate-102828">if there&rsquo;s one issue</a>, one question, that the Romney debate prep team has been hammering, it&rsquo;s this one. I know everybody was blown away by Obama&rsquo;s answer last time, but he missed an opportunity to poke back at Republicans, and particularly at Romney&rsquo;s VP choice Paul Ryan, all of whom <a href="http://www.drudge.com/news/161889/gop-cut-embassy-security-funding">voted against more funding for embassy security</a>, not just in Libya, but all over the world. C&rsquo;mon.<br /><br /><strong>2. Iran</strong><br /><br />Iran suddenly says it&rsquo;s <a href="http://swampland.time.com/2012/10/22/the-real-foreign-policy-issue-war-with-iran/">willing to talk</a>, but is just waiting for the elections to know who the chat will be with. Obama says nothing&rsquo;s new on our end and, of course, we talk. Romney says Obama&rsquo;s weak, weak, weak, but can&rsquo;t seem to say what he&rsquo;d do different. If Obama doesn&rsquo;t turn this around and make it seem like Romney wants to bomb Tehran tomorrow, it&rsquo;ll be another missed opportunity -- especially to bring back <a href="http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2012/10/18/will-obama-paint-mitt-as-warmonger/">women voters, who are particularly anti-war</a>.<br /><br /><strong>3. Israel</strong><br /><br />The men don&rsquo;t differ much on actual Israel policy, except for the fact that Romney has pretty much said<a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/1022/1224325542216.html"> he&rsquo;ll back Israel on a unilateral strike against Iran</a> if Israel feels threatened. This one isn&rsquo;t actually a Middle East concern -- this is all about Florida, where Romney looks poised to win, <a href="http://www.politico.com/p/2012-election/polls/president">leading in most polls</a>. He&rsquo;s hoping seniors in Florida forget his Medicare policies and vote ethno-religiously.<br /><br /><strong>4. Cuba</strong><br /><br />The biggest strawman in American politics, Cuba was mentioned a handful of times at the GOP convention and will come back for two reasons: one, rumors were hot all last week that Fidel Castro was on ice and, two, <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82695.html">Florida</a>. Never mind that the pendulum is swinging away from hard right politics in the Cuban-American community as those who were born and/or raised in the U.S. come of age. And never mind that the Latino group that has the power to swing the state is now the Puerto Ricans in Orange and Osceola counties. Never mind, too, that most Puerto Ricans don&rsquo;t give a twit about a Cuba and that the only real question is whether they&rsquo;re going to show up at the polls -- in Florida, Puerto Ricans have numbers, even on registration, but blow it on attendance -- but nobody can keep themselves, it seems, from playing the useless Cuba card.<br /><br /><strong>5. China</strong><br /><br />Romney will continue to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/22/world/asia/grant-china-us-election-scapegoat/index.html">accuse the Chinese</a> of being currency manipulators (they are) but offer no plan. And Obama, with an opportunity here to make Romney squirm about the Chinese factory with virtual <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/leaked-video-shows-romney-recalling-china-trip-20120916">slave women workers</a>&nbsp;that Bain may or may not have bought while Romney was at the helm, will probably not mention it. But he should.</p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 Romney's recklessness http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/romneys-recklessness-102407 <p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-07/romneys-comments-britains-mi6-iran-what-was-he-thinking-101319">Echoing concerns</a>&nbsp;I wrote about just two months ago,&nbsp;<a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/12/are-romneys-comments-on-libya-a-2012-game-changer/">Mitt Romney made comments</a> this week about the tragedy at U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt that were downright dangerous.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Romney%20Libya%20AP.jpg" style="float: right; height: 193px; width: 300px; " title="Mitt Romney addresses the press. (AP)" />Romney was reckless, enough to try and undermine the president and put American lives at risk all over the Middle East for a pure political play.&nbsp;Tuesday night &mdash; the evening of September 11&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;both campaigns had <em>pledged to lay off politics</em>&nbsp;in observance of the lives lost 11 years ago. Instead Romney took the opportunity to swagger and rattle sabers, <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/09/mitt-romneys-libya-comments-backfire-badly/56784/">jumping the gun</a> with his slashing critique of the Obama administration.&nbsp;</p><p>Romney designed his remarks to build foreign policy cred &mdash; and to leap off <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81150.html?hp=t1">comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu</a>&nbsp;the day before the embassy assaults<em>.&nbsp;</em>Netanyahu has been <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/11/romney-win-could-spur-longtime-pal-netanyahu-to-face-iran-threat/">pressuring Obama</a> to take a hard line on Iran&rsquo;s nuclear program and Israel&rsquo;s right to attack its long-time nemesis.&nbsp;</p><p>Bibi hopes conservative Jewish voters in Florida can swing the election for Romney, who is already <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/11/romney-win-could-spur-longtime-pal-netanyahu-to-face-iran-threat/">on board with a tougher stand on Iran</a>.&nbsp;But Romney&#39;s words proved two things: first, as I&#39;ve argued before, Romney is totally unprepared be commander-in-chief of U.S. forces; second, he is desperate to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-economic-plan-policy-taxes-economy-obama-2012-9">change the trajectory</a>&nbsp;of the race, in which President Obama currently has a small lead.</p><p>The statement released by the Cairo embassy &mdash; the one Romney called an &ldquo;apology&rdquo; to Muslims &mdash; was done without a White House sign-off many hours before the embassy was actually besieged. Many if not <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81103_Page2.html">most of the GOP&rsquo;s big names </a>have&nbsp;refused to join Romney&rsquo;s political attack and have released very different kinds of statements about the incidents. <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-economic-plan-policy-taxes-economy-obama-2012-9">Even his VP choice</a>, Rep. Paul Ryan, stayed away from politicizing these events.<br /><br />Romney doubled down after he was criticized for his remarks, and his inability to mediate his original stance in light of new information is astonishing. Even more astonishing, though, was this: An American ambassador was killed and Romney failed to give condolences to the families who&rsquo;d just suffered these terrible losses &mdash; deaths that occurred <em>in the line of duty</em>.</p><p>Almost as bad, he failed to understand the very nature of foreign service.&nbsp;&quot;The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth but also for the words that come from his ambassadors from his administration, from his embassies, from the State Department,&quot; <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/romney-libya-attack-benghazi.php">Romney said</a>.</p><p>Yes, the president must take responsibility for any and all diplomatic acts. But, no, the ambassadors are not the president&rsquo;s, especially during an election campaign. Most ambassadors are <a href="http://H.W. Bush http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/09/12/chris_stevens_bio_ambassador_to_libya_was_career_diplomat_former_peace_corps_volunteer.html">career foreign service,</a> sworn to represent the U.S. under any and all presidents. This was the case with Stevens, who entered service under President George H.W. Bush and <a href="/the_slatest/2012/09/12/chris_stevens_bio_ambassador_to_libya_was_career_diplomat_former_peace_corps_volunteer.html">served every president </a>after him.<br /><br />U.S. ambassadors are not the president&#39;s, but America&#39;s.<br /><br />Yet again, Romney doesn&#39;t get it.</p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/romneys-recklessness-102407 Outgoing leader says Islamists won't rule Libya http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/outgoing-leader-says-islamists-wont-rule-libya-100796 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/LibyaAbdulJalil1.jpg" title="Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of Libya's governing National Transitional Council, gestures during a 2011 press conference in Tripoli. (AP/Abdel Magid al-Fergany)" /></div></div><p>Libya&#39;s outgoing leader describes the recently-held parliamentary elections as a &quot;miracle&quot; and says he doesn&#39;t expect Islamists to rule the country.</p><p>However, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil says the Islamists will play a role in the country&#39;s politics but that Libya will not follow the Tunisian or Egyptian models.</p><p>He spoke after the first postelection session of the National Transitional Council on Wednesday. The NTC, which took over after Moammar Gadhafi&#39;s ouster, will be dissolved once the 200-newly elected parliament is seated.</p><p>Partial results trickling in since polls closed Saturday indicate that an alliance founded by liberal former prime minister is leading the polls.</p><p>This could mean that Islamist parties won&#39;t have the majority of assembly seats &mdash; a major setback to their surge following last year&#39;s Arab Spring uprisings.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/outgoing-leader-says-islamists-wont-rule-libya-100796 Security analyst Steve Clemons discusses U.S. strategy in the Middle East and Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-13/security-analyst-steve-clemons-discusses-us-strategy-middle-east-and-afg <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-13/AP120307017497.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. is negotiating some rough and strategic waters. The end game in Afghanistan is at the top of the headlines today. Not far behind is the hemorrhaging crisis in Syria and the nuclear puzzle with Iran. Then there's the rebuilding of Libya. Today, <em>Worldview </em>talks with Washington editor of <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/"><em>The Atlantic </em></a>and founder of the American Strategy Program, <a href="http://newamerica.net/user/17" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Steve Clemons</a>, about the much-needed strategies brewing on Capitol Hill.</p></p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-13/security-analyst-steve-clemons-discusses-us-strategy-middle-east-and-afg Worldview 3.13.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-13 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-march/2012-03-13/ap120305038834.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges the international community to speak with one voice on Syria, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday to extend its political mission in Libya. <em>Worldview</em> talks with security analyst <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/steve-clemons/#bio" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Steve Clemons</a>, Washington editor at <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;"><em>The Atlantic</em></a>, about the latest in Syria and Libya. Also, many observers were surprised and even shocked by some police methods used to subdue various “Occupy” demonstrations across the U.S. and Europe. In his book, <em>Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism</em>, <a href="http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/staff/profile/steve.graham" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Stephen Graham</a> examines the increasing influence of military technology on domestic police forces. He discusses his research with <em>Worldview</em>.</p></p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-13 Libya post-Qaddafi http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/libya-post-qaddafi-96093 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-03/libya2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s been five months since Libya&rsquo;s longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi was killed. His death marked an end to nearly 42 years of rule. It also opened a political vacuum that Libya&rsquo;s interim government has tried to fill, at least temporarily.&nbsp;</p><p>But since coming to power, the Transitional National Council has faced a series of crises. It&rsquo;s struggled to assert authority in some areas. Rival militias are still armed. And it&#39;s had a hard time performing basic functions like paying public salaries.</p><p>Originally from Libya, <a href="http://www.une.edu/faculty/profiles/aahmida.cfm" target="_blank">Ali Ahmida</a> is chair of the political science department at the University of New England. He&rsquo;s the author of several books including <em>Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya</em>. Ali tells <em>Worldview</em> how post-Qaddafi Libya is doing.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/libya-post-qaddafi-96093 Worldview 1.25.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-25/egypt1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Worldview</em> delves into the foreign policy dimensions of President Obama’s State of the Union address with <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/meet_the_staff#14" target="_blank">Uri Friedman</a>. He's associate editor at <em>Foreign Policy</em>. Also, Wael Ghonim has been called the “Facebook freedom fighter” and “the man behind the revolution.” To mark the one-year anniversary of Egypt’s uprising, <em>Worldview</em> talks to Wael. The activist and former Google executive is credited with jump-starting the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s 30-year dictator, and creating momentum that spread across the Arab world. His new memoir is <em>Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power</em>. <a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/" target="_blank">Ahmed Rehab</a>, executive director of Chicago’s <a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">Council on American-Islamic Relations</a>, will also join the conversation.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12512 DePaul University’s Cherif Bassiouni discusses what’s next for Arab Spring http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-11/depaul-university%E2%80%99s-cherif-bassiouni-discusses-what%E2%80%99s-next-arab-spring-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-11/cherif2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This past November, DePaul University professor <a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=22" target="_blank">Cherif Bassiouni</a> had the unusual task of sitting down with the King of Bahrain to tell him about injustices that were carried out in his country, on his watch. The conversation was part of Cherif's job, as chair of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.</p><p>In a display of his commitment to reform, Bahrain's King Hamad had established this commission after violent clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters caught the world's attention last year. Tasked with investigating all sides of the multi-dimensional conflict, Cherif Bassiouni ultimately released a 500 page report. It confirmed some uncomfortable truths for the regime: that protestors had been killed, that Bahraini protesters were fired from their jobs and detained without full legal rights, and that torture was systematic during the uprising.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks to Cherif Bassiouni, president emeritus of DePaul's <a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/centers_institutes/ihrli/about_us/" target="_blank">International Human Rights Law Institute</a>, about his work in Bahrain. He also shares his thoughts on the Arab world's transformative year.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-11/depaul-university%E2%80%99s-cherif-bassiouni-discusses-what%E2%80%99s-next-arab-spring-9