WBEZ | Iran http://www.wbez.org/tags/iran Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Democracy referendum in Hong Kong http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP789734280265.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We&#39;ll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Democracy referendum in Hong Kong" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 U.S. considers cooperation with Iran on Iraq http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-17/us-considers-cooperation-iran-iraq-110356 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP532083909282.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Insurgents in Iraq are pushing toward Baghdad and taking cities as they go. In response, President Obama is meeting with national security advisers to consider his options to stabilize the country, which may include talks with Iran.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-considers-cooperation-with-iran-on-i/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-considers-cooperation-with-iran-on-i.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-considers-cooperation-with-iran-on-i" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: U.S. considers cooperation with Iran on Iraq" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-17/us-considers-cooperation-iran-iraq-110356 Political turmoil in Italy and fresh cafeteria food http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-10-01/political-turmoil-italy-and-fresh-cafeteria-food-108813 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/US embassy tehran fixed.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: 'Museo Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The U.S. government has shutdown but Italy might also be on the verge of collapse. Iranian American Ahmad Sadri joins us to discuss where U.S.-Iranian relations are headed.</span></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-turmoil-in-italy-and-making-ca/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-turmoil-in-italy-and-making-ca.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-turmoil-in-italy-and-making-ca" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Political turmoil in Italy and fresh cafeteria food" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-10-01/political-turmoil-italy-and-fresh-cafeteria-food-108813 Iran gets cozy with the U.S., Saudi Arabia's first female film director and a Korean festival http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-20/iran-gets-cozy-us-saudi-arabias-first-female-film-director-and-korean <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP13041912113.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani may meet face to face for the first time next week. Saudi Arabia&#39;s first female director joins us to discuss her film Wadjda. Plus, we&#39;ll tell you how Koreans are celebrating the Harvest Moon Festival.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111446071&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-gets-cozy-with-the-us-saudi-arabia/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-gets-cozy-with-the-us-saudi-arabia.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-gets-cozy-with-the-us-saudi-arabia" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Iran gets cozy with the U.S., Saudi Arabia's first female film director and a Korean festival" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-20/iran-gets-cozy-us-saudi-arabias-first-female-film-director-and-korean Iran's attitude toward Syria, education reform in Mexico and supporting rural doctors in Africa http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-05/irans-attitude-toward-syria-education-reform-mexico-and-supporting <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP280575660948.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Thursday&#39;s edition of Worldview, we discuss how Iran could determine the outcome of U.S. action in Syria. We get an update on education reform in Mexico. Plus, we meet a geneticist is helping expand health care in rural Africa.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108994869&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-s-attitude-toward-syria-education-r/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-s-attitude-toward-syria-education-r.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-s-attitude-toward-syria-education-r" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Iran's attitude toward Syria, education reform in Mexico and supporting rural doctors in Africa" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-05/irans-attitude-toward-syria-education-reform-mexico-and-supporting Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP929621546873.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Computers and hard drives are destroyed at &#39;The Guardian.&#39; Declassified documents reveals CIA&#39;s role in the 1953 coup in Iran. A kiss between two Russian female athletes calls Russian anti-gay propaganda laws into question.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106378938&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran" target="_blank">View the story " Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay Worldview: Iran votes and the ethics of force feeding http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-17/worldview-iran-votes-and-ethics-force-feeding-107726 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP251627223086.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Worldview Monday, new leadership for Iran, force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay, renewable energy and a fashion trend in China.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97290717&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-votes-and-the-ethics-of-force-feedi.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-votes-and-the-ethics-of-force-feedi" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Iran votes and the ethics of force feeding" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-17/worldview-iran-votes-and-ethics-force-feeding-107726 On Presidents' Day, comparing national holidays around the world http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-18/presidents-day-comparing-national-holidays-around-world-105590 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79823063&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In the United States, we have 10 public holidays, including today, Presidents&rsquo; Day.</p><p>That&rsquo;s about an average number if you consider the world over. But, for wealthier, industrialized countries, it&rsquo;s actually slightly below average.</p><p>But it is hard to make much of a judgment on a country based on how many holidays it has.</p><p>Based on a <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2073511/Workers-UK-fewest-public-holidays-Europe-generous-statutory-holiday-entitlement.html" target="_blank">2011 study</a> done of <a href="http://www.mercer.com/press-releases/holiday-entitlements-around-the-world" target="_blank">62 major industrialized countries</a>, the country with the most public holidays is Colombia, with 18. Colombia has a reputation for being a pretty conservative country.&nbsp; But <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/guess-country-holidays/story?id=17388505" target="_blank">according to ABC News</a>, in the last year or two, Colombia has been passed by its fellow South American country, Argentina, which is developing a markedly left-wing reputation.&nbsp; Under Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the country now has 19 public holidays.</p><p>But even some countries known as being left wing have fewer holidays than the U.S.&nbsp; For instance, Communist <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/cuba.htm" target="_blank">Cuba</a> has only 9, along with more leftist or liberal countries like Ecuador, Denmark, Switzerland, and Canada. The Netherlands and the United Kingdom both have only 8.</p><p>Yet, some of the world&rsquo;s most repressive countries actually have more public holidays than we do. Most of them weren&rsquo;t covered by that 2011 study, but I did a little checking myself.</p><p>A lot of countries have holidays that are confined to specific regions, ethnic groups, or religions. Sometimes, there will be government holidays not always acknowledged by the private sector.&nbsp; Nevertheless, the results are still surprising.</p><p>Iran, a Shi&rsquo;ite Islam religious theocracy, has <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/iraq.htm" target="_blank">as many as 18 public holidays</a>.&nbsp; And the country with the most holidays I found anywhere in the world was Saudi Arabia, Iran&rsquo;s Sunni nemesis, with <a href="http://www.saudiembassy.net/about/country-information/facts_and_figures/" target="_blank">as many as</a> <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/saudi_arabia.htm" target="_blank">22 government holidays</a> every year in some regions.</p><p>A lot of these days come from two Muslim holidays that take multiple days, and are observed throughout the Middle East. (Which is why Lebanon rates so high in the 2011 study, with 16 public holidays).</p><p>But it&rsquo;s not just in the Middle East.&nbsp; In Asia, one country with a surprisingly strong showing is none other than international pariah North Korea, arguably the most repressive government anywhere in the world right now, with <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/north_korea.htm" target="_blank">no fewer than 20 public holidays every year</a>, according to one source.</p><p>Even <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/belarus.htm" target="_blank">Belarus</a> narrowly beats the United States, with 11 public holidays to our 10.</p><p>So, the level of freedom, liberalism, conservatism, or economic prosperity has, in the end, very little to do with how many days a year people get to take a break.&nbsp; So, when you&rsquo;re annoyed to find your bank closed today, just think: in some countries, where the quality of life is far worse than here, it happens even more often.</p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-18/presidents-day-comparing-national-holidays-around-world-105590 America's Misguided Policy Concerning Iran http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/americas-misguided-policy-concerning-iran-105643 <p><p><strong>John Mearsheimer</strong> is the E. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor and co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively about security issues and international politics, including the books <em>Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics,&nbsp;The Tragedy of Great Power Politics,</em>&nbsp;and <em>The Isreal Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy</em> (with Stephen M. Walt). He has written numerous articles for academic journals and op-ed pieces for <em>The New York Times</em> and the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> dealing with topics like Bosnia, nuclear proliferation, American policy toward India, the failure of Arab-Israeli peace efforts, and the folly of invading Iraq.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80128334" width="719px"></iframe></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/ASCD-webstory_3.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the&nbsp;Stevenson Historic Home.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/americas-misguided-policy-concerning-iran-105643 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