WBEZ | Africa http://www.wbez.org/tags/africa Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Chicago organization offers opportunity to volunteer in Zambia via Groupon http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/chicago-organization-offers-opportunity-volunteer-zambia-groupon-98471 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Spark Ventures - 6.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.sparkventures.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Spark Ventures</a> is a Chicago-based non-profit that partners with grassroots organizations to serve children in poverty. The organization&#39;s most recent project focuses on providing nutrition, education and healthcare to those in need in rural Zambia. <a href="http://www.sparkventures.org/about-us/team/board-of-directors/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Rich Johnson</a>, CEO and co-founder of Spark Ventures, joins <em>Worldview </em>to talk about Spark Ventures&#39; projects, including a recent partnership with Groupon.</p></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/chicago-organization-offers-opportunity-volunteer-zambia-groupon-98471 Worldview 4.23.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-23/worldview-42312-98467 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Spark Ventures - 4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A conversation about life-changing moments between Rich Johnson and two of his closest friends ended in the decision to take a trip to Africa and do a volunteer project. The project culminated into <a href="http://www.sparkventures.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Spark Ventures</a>, a non-profit that provides nutrition, education and healthcare to impoverished children in Africa. Rich updates <em>Worldview </em>on the organization's accomplishments. Also, EcoMyths explores commonly held misconceptions about the environment. <em>Worldview </em>debunks environmental fables with Kate Sackman, president and board chair of the <a href="http://ecomythsalliance.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">EcoMyths Alliance</a>, botanist <a href="http://www.mortonarb.org/meet-our-scientists/andrew-hipp.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Andrew Hipp</a>, and ecologist Dr. Liam Heneghan.</p></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-23/worldview-42312-98467