WBEZ | Bahrain http://www.wbez.org/tags/bahrain Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bahrain goes ahead with Formula One race despite protesters plans for 'days of rage' http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-18/segment/bahrain-goes-ahead-formula-one-race-despite-protesters-plans-days-rage <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120412014496.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bahrain&rsquo;s monarchy is eager to portray the country as stable and secure as it prepares to host the <a href="http://www.bahraingp.com/Pages/default.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Formula One</a> race this weekend. Last year, the Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled amidst the brutal crackdown on protesters. Despite calls to cancel this year&#39;s race due to concerns of continued human rights abuses, Formula One&rsquo;s governing body decided to keep the event in place. The Bahrain government insists the race will help unite the country, but anti-government protesters say they&rsquo;re planning &ldquo;days of rage&rdquo; during the two-day event. <a href="http://sanjeevbery.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Sanjeev Bery</a>, the advocacy director for <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA</a>, discusses the controversy surrounding the race.</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-18/segment/bahrain-goes-ahead-formula-one-race-despite-protesters-plans-days-rage Worldview 4.18.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-18/worldview-41812-98337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120418014888.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Despite calls to cancel due to human rights abuses, Bahrain's monarchy will host the <a href="http://www.bahraingp.com/Pages/default.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Formula One</a> race this weekend. The move to host the event amid protests signals an effort by the government to appear stable and secure. <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://sanjeevbery.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Sanjeev Bery</a>, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa" target="_blank">Amnesty International USA</a>, about the decision. Also, the grassroots group, <a href="http://gwedg.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization</a>, was founded by women in northern Uganda whose children were forcibly abducted by the <a href="http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/lra.htm" target="_blank">Lord’s Resistance Army</a>. <em>Worldview</em> speaks with Pamela Angwech Judith, co-founder and executive director of the organization. And, Jerome and <em>Eight Forty-Eight/Radio M</em> host Tony Sarabia discuss India’s heavy metal scene on this week's <em>Global Notes</em>.</p></p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:19:59 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-18/worldview-41812-98337 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 Worldview 1.11.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11112 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-11/billboard1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Arab uprisings have kept DePaul University professor emeritus Cherif Bassiouni very busy. Last summer, he went to Libya to monitor the revolution. He also headed a controversial report about alleged government abuses in Bahrain. Cherif gives <em>Worldview</em> his take on the Arab world’s transformative year. Also,<strong> </strong>Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour recently announced he’s running for president. It’s not the first time a musician has made the leap into politics. On <a href="http://wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank"><em>Global Notes</em></a>, Jerome and <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>and <em>Radio M </em>host Tony Sarabia listen to what happens when politics and music intersect.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11112 Former vice-president of Bahraini Teachers' Association is arrested again for protesting abuse http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-21/former-vice-president-bahraini-teachers-association-arrested-again-prote <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-21/AP11101406986.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Human rights observers say they're worried about the safety of Jalilal al-Salman, a former official with the Bahrain Teacher’s Association. She was arrested before dawn Wednesday morning. Her arrest came after claiming she was abused during her incarceration in March.</p><p>Last month, al-Salman was convicted on charges that included the attempted overthrow of the Bahrain government. Although she is a civilian, her trial was in a military court. She was sentenced to three years in prison. Her appeal is due to be heard in civilian court on December 1.</p><p>We get analysis from Beth Ann Toupin, the Bahrain and Iraq country specialist for Amnesty International—USA.</p></p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-21/former-vice-president-bahraini-teachers-association-arrested-again-prote Worldview 10.21.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-102111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-21/ap110929038799.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>According to journalist <a href="http://www.scottcarney.com/" target="_blank">Scott Carney</a>, trafficking in blood, bones and organs has become more prevalent in many poorer parts of the world. He joins us to talk about his book <em>The Red Market</em>. Also, last month we <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-06/bahrain-teachers%E2%80%99-trial-and-amnesty-international%E2%80%99s-50th-anniversary-915" target="_blank">spoke</a> with Beth Ann Toupin of Amnesty International about Jalila al-Salman, who was arrested for her alleged role in coordinating a teachers’ strike in <a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/bahrain" target="_blank">Bahrain</a>. Jalila was arrested again this week and Beth Ann will give us an update. And <em>Worldview</em> film contributor Milos Stehlik reviews<a href="http://blackpowermixtape.com/" target="_blank"><em> Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975</em></a>.</p></p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-102111 DePaul international law expert heads report on crackdown in Bahrain http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-04/depaul-international-law-expert-heads-report-crackdown-bahrain-92809 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-04/bahrain2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A preeminent international law expert, DePaul University’s <a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=22" target="_blank">Cherif Bassiouni</a> helped create the International Criminal Court and has investigated war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Afghanistan. He’s currently serving as president emeritus of <a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/centers_institutes/ihrli/" target="_blank">DePaul University’s International Human Rights Law Institute</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The United Nations recently tapped him to examine human rights violations in Libya, but lately, Bassiouni has spent a lot of time in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain.</p><p>On June 29, the kingdom set up an independent commission to examine the government crackdown on the majority Shiite opposition, following protests in February and March against the Sunni regime. Bahrain asked Bassiouni to chair the commission, comprised of leading international law specialists. Their report, paid for by the government, is due later this month.</p><p>His task is a challenging one. In Bahrain, the Arab Spring is far from over. In the small country of 1.25 million people, the Shiite Muslim majority feels deep separation from the Sunni minority, to which the ruling Al Kahifla family belongs.</p><p>In the last two days, Bahraini courts have sentenced a total of 60 people to prison for their involvement in the protests. According to the state news agency, the demonstrators were found guilty of crimes that included falsifying news, rioting and vandalism.</p><p>And last week, the courts sentenced doctors and medical workers who treated protesters to prison for up to 15 years, shocking organizations like <a href="http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/" target="_blank">Physicians for Human Rights</a>. One protester received the death penalty for killing a policeman by running over him intentionally with his car several times.</p><p>Critics say the <a href="http://www.bici.org.bh/" target="_blank">Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry</a> is too close to the government to be effective.</p><p>But Bassiouni disagrees.</p><p>On Tuesday, he spoke at length with <em>Worldview</em> host Jerome McDonnell to discuss the commission’s findings and the controversies that have ensued.</p><p>Click on the audio link atop the page to hear their conversation in its entirety.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Note: This story was updated on October 18 to include additional details relating to the prison sentences.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-04/depaul-international-law-expert-heads-report-crackdown-bahrain-92809 Worldview 10.4.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-10411 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-04/bahrain1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=22" target="_blank">Cherif Bassiouni</a>, president emeritus of DePaul University’s <a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/centers_institutes/ihrli/">International Human Rights Law Institute</a>, has investigated humans rights violations in places like Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Libya. In June, he was asked to head a <a href="http://bici.org.bh/" target="_blank">commission</a> tasked with looking into the crackdown on Shiite protesters in Bahrain. Cherif discusses the report's credibility, which is funded by the government of Bahrain,&nbsp;and what he's learned thus far about the uprising. Later, we look to Lebanon, where most citizens have learned to cope with daily power outages. But a long term solution to Lebanon’s unreliable electricity problem may lie offshore, in the form of natural gas reserves off the country’s coast. The<em> <a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/" target="_blank">World Vision Report</a></em><a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/" target="_blank"> </a>looks into what this could mean for the people of Lebanon.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-10411 Bahrain teachers’ trial and Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-06/bahrain-teachers%E2%80%99-trial-and-amnesty-international%E2%80%99s-50th-anniversary-915 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-06/bahrain.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In March, the Bahraini government initiated a deadly crackdown on Shiite-led protests against the ruling regime. Backed by Saudi-led troops, security forces squashed the demonstrations. The government opposition says they lost 30 people to the unrest.</p><p>Beth Ann Toupin, Bahrain and Iraq Country Specialist for <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/" target="_blank">Amnesty International - USA</a>, has <a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/bahrain" target="_blank">followed the crackdown</a> closely. She has been paying particular attention to the story of two Bahraini teachers who were detained and are now on trial for their involvement in pro-reform protests. Now, the teachers are both are on hunger strike. Beth explains how their resistance fits into the larger context of protesters' struggle against Bahrain's government.</p><p>We also speak to David Safran, a local folk singer who will perform at Amnesty International's upcoming anniversary concert in Chicago. The event, “<a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/a-toast-to-freedom-a-benefit-concert-honoring-amnesty-international-s-50th-anniversary" target="_blank">A Toast to Freedom: A Benefit Concert Honoring Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary</a>,” celebrates the organization's history of fighting human rights violations.</p></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-06/bahrain-teachers%E2%80%99-trial-and-amnesty-international%E2%80%99s-50th-anniversary-915 Worldview 9.06.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-90611 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-06/billboard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.genebaur.org/">Gene Baur</a> was <a href="http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2062252,00.html" target="_blank">hailed</a> by <em>Time</em> magazine as “the conscience of the food movement.” Gene is president and co-founder of the group <a href="http://www.farmsanctuary.org/" target="_blank">Farm Sanctuary</a> and author of <em>Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food</em>. He’s here this week to participate in the <a href="http://www.walkforfarmanimals.org/" target="_blank">2011 Chicago Walk for Farm Animals</a>. Along with Nancy Flood, Chicago coordinator for Farm Sanctuary, he joins us to talk about our relationship with food. Also, two teachers union officials in Bahrain were arrested and await trial for exercising free speech. Beth Ann Toupin of <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/" target="_blank">Amnesty International - USA</a> explains their case. And <a href="http://davidsafran.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">David Safran</a>, a local singer/songwriter, discusses an upcoming concert in Chicago to celebrate Amnesty International's <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/a-toast-to-freedom-a-benefit-concert-honoring-amnesty-international-s-50th-anniversary" target="_blank">50th anniversary</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-90611