WBEZ | Africa http://www.wbez.org/tags/africa Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Political unrest in Burkina Faso http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-03/political-unrest-burkina-faso-111046 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP27374661912.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After a 27-year rule, Burkina Faso&#39;s president sought to extend his term through a constitutional change. The resulting protests in the country forced Blaise Compaore to step down. We&#39;ll discuss the state of democracy in Africa with Richard Joseph, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-unrest-in-burkina-faso/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-unrest-in-burkina-faso.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-unrest-in-burkina-faso" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Political unrest in Burkina Faso" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-03/political-unrest-burkina-faso-111046 Financial burden of Ebola falls to African diaspora http://www.wbez.org/news/financial-burden-ebola-falls-african-diaspora-111031 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ebola shipping.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Members of Chicago&rsquo;s West African diaspora say they are struggling under the pressure of supporting large extended families in Ebola-stricken countries, where the public health crisis has taken a <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/10/08/ebola-new-world-bank-group-study-forecasts-billions-in-economic-loss-if-epidemic-lasts-longer-spreads-in-west-africa">serious economic toll</a>. Some have turned to neighbors, government assistance programs and faith organizations for help -- not just to send back to their motherland, but to sustain their families in the U.S. during this period.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, to take care of five persons in America, at the same time to take care of more than 25 persons (in Africa), it&rsquo;s not easy,&rdquo; said David Young, &ldquo;and on a low income, it&rsquo;s terrible.&rdquo;</p><p>Young, a Liberian who came to the U.S. two years ago and was recently joined by his wife and three children, worries that his family might perish -- of starvation -- in Chicago&rsquo;s Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. The family receives free housing from the Chatham Fields Evangelical Lutheran Church, where Young is Music Director. Young says his take-home pay, about $1000 a month, is already low for a family that size. But lately, they&rsquo;ve had to make do with less, as he&rsquo;s been wiring about $600 montly back to his family in Liberia.</p><p>&ldquo;Because there&rsquo;s no work now in Liberia -- everything is shut down economically,&rdquo; Young explained, &ldquo;So, they tell me that they are not working.&rdquo;</p><p>The <a href="http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/09/17/000470435_20140917071539/Rendered/PDF/907480REVISED.pdf">World Bank </a>and <a href="http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/ena/wfp268458.pdf">other international aid groups</a> confirm those reports. People in Ebola-stricken countries, afraid of catching the often-fatal virus, are staying home to avoid human-to-human interaction. This has left many households without income.</p><p>&ldquo;I am telling you that almost everyday they make a call,&rdquo; Young said about his family in Liberia. &ldquo;They have to call and tell us no food, no this one, no this, no that. They are not working. There&rsquo;s no jobs.&rdquo;</p><p>The amount that Young feels obligated to wire abroad has left him desperate for help feeding his family here. Trying to get help, Young said he has attempted twice to qualify for food stamps in Illinois. He was denied because he&rsquo;s lived in the U.S. fewer than five years. Because of the nature of his work visa in the U.S., an R-1 temporary visa for religious workers, Young also faces restrictions on what type of additional work he may seek to augment his income.</p><p>Still, Young feels compelled to continue to reach into his household&rsquo;s meager resources to scrounge whatever they can for his network in Liberia. In a front room of his house, a large blue barrel sits, half-full with items like hand sanitizer, soap, toothpaste, disinfectants, shampoo, and rice. All are items one can find in Liberia, but Young says his sons there tell him that pantry staples and basic household cleaning products have shot up in price since the outbreak began.</p><p>&ldquo;If you ask for a bottle of Clorox right now, it&rsquo;s very expensive,&rdquo; said Young.</p><p>Just across the street from Young&rsquo;s house, at the Chatham Fields Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pastor Kenety Gee helps lead a congregation with many Liberians. He said the financial toll of supporting family back home has hit them all.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really hard to look at the pictures, look at the stories, and ignore your family members,&rdquo; Gee said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really, really hard, so you got to stretch yourself.&rdquo;</p><p>Gee said he&rsquo;s no exception: one of his sisters in Liberia has a successful wholesale business, and never required Gee&rsquo;s support. But with Liberia&rsquo;s economy on hold, things have changed.</p><p>&ldquo;I send them $300 every week. That&rsquo;s $1200 a month,&rdquo; said Gee. &ldquo;But that&rsquo;s the kind of strain that is put on us here in the U.S.&rdquo;</p><p>The World Bank hasn&rsquo;t yet analyzed recent remittances to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Wiring services Western Union and Moneygram weren&rsquo;t able to share data. But people from all three communities share similar stories: that they&rsquo;re constantly transferring money, and that many have shifted away from shipping goods.</p><p>Artemus Gaye used to collect goods monthly to ship to Liberia. But his last 40-foot long container was sent in March. Since then, the business has dried up.</p><p>&ldquo;Who will you send it to now everyone has been quarantined, people are not moving around,&rdquo; said Gaye. &ldquo;The markets are very empty.&rdquo;</p><p>Today, Gaye&rsquo;s collecting protective medical gear and hospital supplies, which he hopes to ship in November. This isn&rsquo;t the usual stuff for this time of year. Normally, Gaye would be shipping Christmas presents. Still, he&rsquo;s optimistic that the market will be back to normal by the holiday</p><p>Gaye&rsquo;s encouraged by recent reports that Ebola is leveling off in Liberia.</p><p>&ldquo;We might be having a good Christmas season,&rdquo; said Gaye. &ldquo;You know, it&rsquo;ll be reflective, but at least people will be out there to do what they do best - interact with each other.&rdquo;</p><p>Many hope their family members in Africa will also be able to return, safely, to work. That could help ease finances for the diaspora in Chicago to celebrate the holidays, too.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/financial-burden-ebola-falls-african-diaspora-111031 Scotland votes on independence http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-18/scotland-votes-independence-110815 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP922716014104.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today Scots will decide whether or not to be independent from Britain. With more than 95% of eligible voters registered to vote, it is expected to be a close call. We&#39;ll discuss what this could mean for Scotland, with Scottish-Chicagoan Euan Hague.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scotland-decides-on-independence" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Scotland votes on independence" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-18/scotland-votes-independence-110815 Russian troops in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP560589181576.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NATO has accused Russia of illegally sending its troops into Ukraine. NATO says it has proof that Russian troops are fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists. We&#39;ll discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine with Andrew Weiss. Weiss served as a Russia and Ukraine expert in the Clinton White House.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russian troops in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728 China's African empire http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-02/chinas-african-empire-110265 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/China photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There are about one million Chinese citizens living in Africa at the moment. They are a major force of development on the continent. Author Howard French tells us how China is changing Africa.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-s-african-empire/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-s-african-empire.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-s-african-empire" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: China's African empire" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-02/chinas-african-empire-110265 Obama in Africa, White House Down and Sudan's Lost Boys take the stage http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-28/obama-africa-white-house-down-and-sudans-lost-boys-take-stage-107895 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP612028614400.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss what President Obama&#39;s trip to Africa could mean for US relations with the continent. Then, Milos Stehlik offers a glimpse of new action thriller &quot;White House Down.&quot; Plus, we explore weekend events with an international theme.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98870967&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-in-africa-white-house-down-and-sud.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-in-africa-white-house-down-and-sud" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama in Africa, White House Down and Sudan's Lost Boys take the stage" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-28/obama-africa-white-house-down-and-sudans-lost-boys-take-stage-107895 The Flavor of Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/flavor-africa-107030 <p><p><strong>Wilbert Jones</strong> takes you on a culinary journey throughout the earth&#39;s second largest mass of land, Africa. This enormous continent contains 55 countries, where more than 1,500 languages are spoken. Jones will share his knowledge about the ancient Egyptian&#39;s daily diet, national dishes from several countries, traditional use of some unique ingredients as well as cooking techniques, and current food and beverage trends emerging out of Africa. He will also address the lack of African culinary presence in America and offers some solutions to increase visibility.</p><div>Wilbert Jones is the president of Chicago-based The Wilbert Jones Company, a 20 year old food/beverage product development and marketing company. He has written several African cuisine articles for both, food trade and consumer magazines. Jones is currently working on hosting a cable-television series, titled: &quot;<em>A Taste of Africa.</em>&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CHC-webstory_42.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</div></div><p><br /><br />Recorded live Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Kendall College.</p></p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/flavor-africa-107030 President Obama's Africa Policy: Just Right or Not Enough? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/president-obamas-africa-policy-just-right-or-not-enough-106615 <p><p>Containing seven of the world&rsquo;s ten fastest growing economies, the African continent is rapidly becoming an important player in the global economy and international security. While sub-Saharan Africa in particular remains largely under the radar in American foreign policy debates, China is quickly expanding its economic influence in what could be the next critical geopolitical arena. With President Obama having to devote significant attention to Iraq and Afghanistan during his first term, scholars and practitioners debate his track record in Africa. What do the current trends in Africa imply for American economic and national security? And will President Obama in his second term need to alter current American policy toward Africa?</p><div><strong>Richard Joseph</strong> is the John Evans Professor of international history and politics at Northwestern University, and a nonresident senior fellow in the global economy and development program at The Brookings Institution. His research and teaching focuses on African governance, political economy, and democratization. Previously, Joseph has directed the African governance program at the Carter Center and coordinated elections missions in Zambia and Ghana, and peace initiatives in Liberia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Mwangi S. Kimenyi</strong> is senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative in the global economy and development program of The Brookings Institution. He is the founding executive director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis and a research associate with the Center for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><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_5.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the&nbsp;InterContinental Hotel.</p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/president-obamas-africa-policy-just-right-or-not-enough-106615 Small World Big Projects - Perkins + Will http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/small-world-big-projects-perkins-will-105865 <p><p><strong>Ralph Johnson</strong>, Director of Design for Perkins + Will, discusses two large projects in Africa that Perkins + Will has designed, the new campus for the Universidad Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola (completed in 2011) and recipient of the Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award in 2009 and a Women and Children&rsquo;s Wellness Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (to be completed in 2013) and recipient of the AIA National Healthcare Design Award 2012 and World Architecture News Awards (Unbuilt) Healthcare Sector, 2011.</p><p>This program is part of Lunch Talks @ CAF, a weekly lecture series that takes place every Wednesday at 12:15pm at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Further information and resources on this topic are available on our website at www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline.</p><p>&nbsp;</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/CAF-webstory_3.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, December 19, 2013 at the&nbsp;Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall.</p></p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/small-world-big-projects-perkins-will-105865 Report: Private contractors conducting U.S. surveillance missions in Africa http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/report-private-contractors-conducting-us-surveillance-missions-africa-100219 <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/african%20surveillance.jpg" title="People walk past an abandoned house filled with sand, at the desert town of Chinguetti, Mauritania. The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock says private contractors hired by the U.S. military are surveying parts of Africa, including Mauritania. (AP/Schalk van Zuydam, file)" /></div><p>As concerns over Al Qaeda involvement in Africa have grown, the U.S. military has contracted private companies to run surveillance missions in some areas. That&rsquo;s according to a recent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-expands-secret-intelligence-operations-in-africa/2012/06/13/gJQAHyvAbV_story.html">report</a>&nbsp;by the&nbsp;<em>Washington Post&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/craig-whitlock/2011/02/28/AB5dpFP_page.html">Craig Whitlock</a>:</p><p><em>At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat patterns, and vacuum up radio and cellphone signals, the planes refuel on isolated airstrips favored by African bush pilots, extending their effective flight range by thousands of miles. . . .</em></p><p><em>. . . .The results of the American surveillance missions are shrouded in secrecy. Although the U.S. military has launched airstrikes and raids in Somalia, commanders said that in other places, they generally limit their involvement to sharing intelligence with allied African forces so they can attack terrorist camps on their own territory.</em></p><p>Contractors may be less likely to draw attention to themselves by using unmarked planes and plain clothes, but contracting surveillance missions comes with its own set of risks, acccording to Whitlock:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Some State Department officials have expressed reservations about the militarization of U.S. foreign policy on the continent. They have argued that most terrorist cells in Africa are pursuing local aims, not global ones, and do not present a direct threat to the United States.</em></p><p>Tuesday on&nbsp;<em>Worldview,</em>&nbsp;Whitlock explains what role contractors are playing in surveillance operations and why it matters.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/report-private-contractors-conducting-us-surveillance-missions-africa-100219