WBEZ | Zimbabwe http://www.wbez.org/tags/zimbabwe Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Dentist who killed Cecil the Lion escapes prosecution http://www.wbez.org/news/dentist-who-killed-cecil-lion-escapes-prosecution-113321 <p><p>The Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the black-maned lion in Zimbabwe last summer, generating international outrage, won&#39;t face charges and can return to the country, government officials said.</p><p>Zimbabwe officials announced last summer that they would try to extradite Walter Palmer, the big-game hunter who killed Cecil in a bow-hunt, after allegedly paying $50,000 for the &quot;privilege.&quot; But after reviewing the case, they decided Palmer hadn&#39;t broken any hunting laws.</p><p>Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told reporters in Harare that Palmer&#39;s &quot;papers were in order&quot; and that he is free to return to the country &quot;as a tourist.&quot;</p><p>Not so lucky are two men who arranged the hunt, including Theo Bronkhorst, who has been charged with allowing an illegal hunt.</p><p>Authorities say Cecil was lured from Hwange National Park, a protected habitat, to a nearby farm, where he was killed.</p><p>The killing sparked an enormous outcry around the world, and Palmer was so vilified he was forced to close his dental practice temporarily. Several airlines said they would no longer transport hunting trophies as a result. Some Zimbabweans, in turn,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/opinion/in-zimbabwe-we-dont-cry-for-lions.html">expressed dismay</a>&nbsp;over the amount of attention given the lion&#39;s death.</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/gettyimages-487278812_sq-333d41679f00402d98c14a36f708d8eef9910769-s1400.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Dentist Walter Palmer, left, in short sleeves, walks into his clinic with private security and members of the media last month in Bloomington, Minn. Protests over his killing of a lion in Zimbabwe had forced him to temporarily close his practice. Now officials say they will not prosecute him. Dentist Walter Palmer (left, in short sleeves) walks into his clinic with private security and members of the media last month in Bloomington, Minn. Protests over his killing of a lion in Zimbabwe had forced him to temporarily close his practice. Now officials say they will not prosecute him." /></div><p>The decision to clear Palmer of wrongdoing was criticized by the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, which says it still plans to pursue legal action against him in U.S. courts.</p><p>The task force&#39;s head, Johnny Rodrigues, said, &quot;The fact is the law was broken. We are going to get our advocates in America to actually see what they can do to bring justice to him.&quot; The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has previously said it was investigating Palmer.</p><p>Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ifaw.org/united-states">the International Fund for Animal Welfare</a>, said it was &quot;not a surprise that Palmer won&#39;t be prosecuted, since hundreds of Americans kill imperiled lions for fun every year.&quot; He added:</p><blockquote><em>&quot;The U.S. has a real opportunity to make the death of Cecil&mdash;and the hundreds of other lions needlessly slain&mdash;not be in vain. They can list African lions as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and make sure Americans like Palmer cannot continue to go kill lions for fun and bring their grotesque trophies back to the U.S. The U.S. does not need to be a party to this type of senseless killing.&quot;</em><div>&nbsp;</div></blockquote><p>Palmer, who declined to comment on the government&#39;s decision, has previously expressed regret about the lion&#39;s death, but has said he<a href="http://www.startribune.com/walter-palmer-speaks-hunter-who-killed-lion-will-resume-dental-practice-tuesday/325185401/">&nbsp;did not know&nbsp;</a>the lion he shot was the beloved Cecil.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/13/448321072/dentist-who-killed-cecil-the-lion-escapes-prosecution?ft=nprml&amp;f=448321072" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/dentist-who-killed-cecil-lion-escapes-prosecution-113321 Speech mix-up adds to Mugabe's woes http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-16/speech-mix-adds-mugabes-woes-112953 <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/a-birdie.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/a-birdie)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224173953&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Is the end nigh for Mugabe?&nbsp;</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Recent mounting pressure on President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe reached a fevered pitch this weekend, after he read the wrong speech at parliament&rsquo;s opening session. Instead of reading his intended remarks, Mugabe, now 91, re-read a previous speech. But today he called parliament together and made them listen to &ldquo;the right speech&rdquo;. Piers Pigou is the project director for Southern Africa at Crisis Group. He joins us to discuss the mix-up and the state of the Mugabe administration.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-3e1d8d8d-d7cd-59dd-e4bf-74b9fffc6c91"><a href="http://twitter.com/PiersPigou">Piers Pigou</a> is the project director for Southern Africa at <a href="http://twitter.com/CrisisGroup">Crisis Group</a>. </span></em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224174679&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">EU investors oppose anti-climate lobbyists</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>The UK-based investment charity, ShareAction, is leading a movement to encourage investors and stockholders to pressure global corporations to adhere to their stated progressive climate change policies. Part of its strategy is asking investors to reconsider their relationships with lobbying groups and trade associations that work against EU climate policy. These investors have petitioned European multinational companies, along with American global brands such as BP and Proctor and Gamble. We&rsquo;ll speak with Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction. She&rsquo;ll tell us about her group&rsquo;s recent successes and what they&rsquo;ve learned from similar movements in the U.S.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-3e1d8d8d-d7cf-ccc7-142b-26b89cf89c5b"><a href="http://twitter.com/ca_howarth">Catherine Howarth</a> is the Chief Executive of <a href="http://twitter.com/ShareAction">ShareAction.</a>&nbsp;</span></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224175418&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Notes: The Estonian folk music of Maarja Nuut</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>World Music Festival Chicago is underway and one of this year&rsquo;s artist&rsquo;s hails from Estonia. This week on Global notes with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia, we welcome Northern Estonian fiddler and vocalist Maarja Nuut. Nuut is fascinated by the tunes of old village musicians and the way they structure their music. Her approach is minimalist and she takes listeners on aural journey over constantly changing soundscapes which combine traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-3e1d8d8d-d7d2-2ba2-85af-492914ca6537"><a href="http://twitter.com/wbezsarabia">Tony Sarabia</a> is the host of Morning Shift and Radio M. </span></em></li><li><em><a href="http://twitter.com/maarjanuut">Maarja Nuut </a>is an Estonian fiddler and vocalist.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224179054&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-16/speech-mix-adds-mugabes-woes-112953 The high stakes of Guatemala's election http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-11/high-stakes-guatemalas-election-112909 <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/Luis%20Soto.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Luis Soto) " /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223424511&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Tough decisions ahead for Guatemala</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>On Tuesday, former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina was jailed on corruption charges and he&rsquo;s now waiting to stand trial on corruption charges. He was put in jail just hours after resigning from office. Molina maintains his innocence and says the United States may be to blame. In the meantime, elections held in Guatemala this past Sunday failed to elect a new president and will now go to a runoff. Protesters continue to take to the streets to demand change. We&rsquo;ll talk about the political turmoil in Guatemala with Adriana Beltrán, senior associate for citizen security at the Washington Office on Latin America.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://twitter.com/Adriana_WOLA">Adriana Beltran</a> is a senior associate for citizen security at the Washignton Office on Latin America (WOLA).&nbsp;</em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223425535&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">The 2015 Telluride Film Festival</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Film contributor Milos Stehlik is just back from the 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival. He&rsquo;ll share some of the highlights, along with Tom Luddy, co-founder of the festival.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bba60b-bdf7-66fa-636a-a8da8b450501">Tom Luddy is the co-founder and co-director of the Telluride Film Festival.</span></em></li><li><em><a href="http://twitter.com/milosstelik">Milos Stehlik</a> is the WBEZ film contributor and the director of Facets Multimedia.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223426014&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">An interview with shodo master Seiran Chiba</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>The Japanese calligraphy art form known as Shodo means &ldquo;way of the brush. &rdquo; Seiran Chiba is a &ldquo;large-scale&rdquo; Shodo master. She is also a special ambassador for the city of Fukushima, known for the catastrophic Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011. Ms. Chiba is in Chicago to display her work and talk about the intricacies and history of Shodo. We&rsquo;ll ask her what motivates her dedication and her desire to teach others about Shodo.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bba60b-bdfb-2197-9ccb-12c5a519c91d">Seiran Chiba is a &ldquo;large-scale&rdquo; Shodo master. </span></em></li><li><em>Wataru Inoue interpreted Ms. Chiba&rsquo;s remarks.</em></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a77ca8b-be12-efff-6ce7-2152f0db3258"><strong>EVENT:&nbsp;</strong></span><em>Seiran Chiba Shodo (calligraphy) showcase</em></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a77ca8b-be12-efff-6ce7-2152f0db3258">Japanese Culture Center,&nbsp;</span>1016 W. Belmont</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a77ca8b-be12-efff-6ce7-2152f0db3258">Saturday, September 12th, 2 PM to 3 PM. &nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a77ca8b-be12-efff-6ce7-2152f0db3258">Part of &nbsp;annual Open House &nbsp;from 12 PM - 4 PM. &nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a77ca8b-be12-efff-6ce7-2152f0db3258">Event is free, donations accepted</span></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223426682&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">The life and times of Thomas Mapfumo</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Thomas Mapfumo is one of Zimbabwe&rsquo;s most well -known musicians. He&rsquo;s recognized not only for his music but his political activism. Through his music he&rsquo;s advocated for equal rights and been an outspoken critic of government corruption. In 2000, facing pressure and censorship from the government of Zimbabwe, he was forced to leave the country and move to the US, where he&rsquo;s continued his musical career and fight for human rights. Banning Eyre, author of the new biography &ldquo;Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that made Zimbabwe,&rdquo; joins us to talk about Mapfumo&rsquo;s music and his activism. Thomas Mapfumo performs this weekend in Chicago.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bba60b-bdfd-8dde-9a5f-4cd0010bd896"><a href="http://twitter.com/banningeyre">Banning Eyre</a> is the senior producer of Afro Pop Worldwide and author of the biography &#39;Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that made Zimbabwe&#39;. </span></em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-11/high-stakes-guatemalas-election-112909 Fighting polio in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-11/fighting-polio-pakistan-112177 <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/AP%20PhotoK.M.%20Chaudary2.jpg" style="width: 571px; height: 350px;" title="(Photo: AP/KM Chaudary)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209894622&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Vaccination issues in Pakistan</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Polio has been eradicated in most of the world but Pakistan hasn&rsquo;t been able to get rid of the disease. The numbers were in decline until the Taliban issued a ban on polio vaccinations. Soon, fatal attacks ensued against vaccine and health workers. Every Last Child is a documentary about some of the people affected by Pakistan&rsquo;s polio crisis. The film&rsquo;s director, Tom Roberts, and infectious disease specialist and Pakistani-American physician, Aisha Sethi join us to discuss the film and the polio epidemic in Pakistan. Every Last Child premiers in Chicago on Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center.<br /><br /><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="http://www.uchospitals.edu/physicians/aisha-sethi.html">Dr. Aisha Sethi</a> is an&nbsp;Assistant Professor of Medicine at the&nbsp;University of Chicago. </em></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>Tom Roberts is the director of <a href="https://zeitgeistfilms.com/film/everylastchild">Every Last Child</a>.</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209894205&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: Vanavevhu</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Vanavevhu helps support child headed households in Zimbabwe. The organization runs a candle making, beekeeping, and organic gardening program. The social enterprise projects help to provide food, healthcare, education and training to the families of child headed households. Recently, they were able to secure a small retail space in Bulowayo where they now sell their products. This year, they mark their 5th anniversary. Elizabeth Mhangami, founder and executive director of Vanavevhu stops by to give us an update on the work they&rsquo;re doing in Zimbabwe.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><a href="https://twitter.com/Vanavevhu">Elizabeth Mhangami</a> is the founder and executive director of <a href="http://www.vanavevhu.org/">Vanavevhu</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-11/fighting-polio-pakistan-112177 Global Activism: Vanavevhu uplifting Zimbabwe Children http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-vanavevhu-uplifting-zimbabwe-children-112597 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Vanavevhu.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.vanavevhu.org/">Vanavevhu</a> helps support child headed households in Zimbabwe. The organization runs a candle-making, beekeeping, and organic gardening program. The social enterprise projects help to provide food, healthcare, education and training to the families of child headed households. Recently, they secured a small retail space in Bulowayo where they now sell their products. This year, Vanavevhu marks its 5th anniversary. Elizabeth Mhangami, founder and executive director of Vanavevhu stops by to give us an update on their work in Zimbabwe.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209894205&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-vanavevhu-uplifting-zimbabwe-children-112597 Syria sets election date http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-21/syria-sets-election-date-110050 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Syria.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham said Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3rd. He called on the &quot;citizens of the Syrian Arab republic, inside and outside (the country) to exercise their right in electing a president.&quot; We&#39;ll discuss the announcement.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-syria-sets-election-date/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-syria-sets-election-date.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-syria-sets-election-date" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Syria sets election date" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-21/syria-sets-election-date-110050 Morning Shift: Getting the band back together http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-08/morning-shift-getting-band-back-together-108333 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/microphone-Flickr- ceratosaurrr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For this week&#39;s &quot;Music Thursday&quot;, Richard Steele and Sound Opinions&#39; Robin Linn play tunes from some of their favorite bands who reunited and brought the hits (and misses) back to the fans.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Getting the band back together" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-08/morning-shift-getting-band-back-together-108333 Zimbabwe sanctions plot involves a well-connected black nationalist group founded in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/zimbabwe-sanctions-plot-involves-well-connected-black-nationalist-group-founded-chicago-108325 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/soul vegetarian.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">The Chicago founder of a well-connected group of black nationalists is accused of trying to persuade lawmakers to oppose sanctions against Zimbabwe.</p><p>Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against Prince Asiel Ben Israel, 72, and C. Gregory Turner, 71.</p><p>They are accused of illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers, including four from Illinois, to lift sanctions against longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and members of his regime in exchange for a promise of $3.4 million.</p><p>The charges were unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.</p><p>The complaint says the men met with Mugabe, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Gov. Gideon Gono and other officials &quot;multiple times&quot; in the U.S. and Africa, and allegedly agreed to lobby U.S. federal and state officials on Zimbabwe&#39;s behalf in exchange for the promised payments, which the defendants apparently weren&#39;t able to collect in full.</p><p>No lawmakers have been accused of wrongdoing, although the investigation is ongoing, the U.S. Attorney&#39;s Office in Chicago said in a news release. It&#39;s not illegal for public officials to meet with sanctioned Zimbabweans, but individuals cannot provide lobbying services to those subjected to U.S. sanctions, prosecutors said.</p><p>Mugabe&#39;s government has been under sanctions since 2003 for alleged democratic violations.</p><p>Ben Israel appeared in a federal courtroom in Chicago Tuesday, where the terms of his bond were changed to require him to remain in contact with the court&#39;s pretrial services department. His wife, Hattie Brown, also appeared in court, promising U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys that she would turn in her husband if he attempts to flee.</p><p>The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The violation carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.</p><p>Ben Israel&#39;s attorney, Viviana Ramirez, said Tuesday that it&#39;s too early to address the merits of the case. Turner, a Chicagoan, is believed to be currently living in Israel. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.</p><p>Ben Israel founded the group the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. The group believes that African Americans descend from Israelites, that Israel is part of Northeastern Africa and that one day they will return to the Holy Land. They are influenced by black civil rights leaders and writers and consider themselves to be nationalists.</p><p>They maintain a vegan diet and are known to own a chain of vegan or vegetarian restaurants throughout the country.</p><p>Ben Israel owned Soul Vegetarian restaurant on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side.</p><p>Israel, previously known as Ben Carter was a factory worker from Chicago. He claimed that the angel Gabriel appeared to him in a vision and told him to lead African Americans back to the promised land. Carter changed his name to Ben Ammi Israel and founded the Chicago chapter of the African Hebrew Israelites.</p><p>Reporter Benyamin Cohen <a href="http://www.ajlmagazine.com/content/032007/blackhebrews.html">wrote extensively about the group</a> and was able to research an outpost in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p>He said the group was cagey. It took him several months to get a response to his request to interview anyone from the group.</p><p>&ldquo;Then one day, I got a call. It was almost like getting a call from the White House. I got a call from a secretary who said &lsquo;The Prince is on the phone, he will speak to you now.&rsquo;&rdquo; Cohen recalled.</p><p>Cohen met Israel shortly thereafter when Israel traveled to Atlanta for a fundraising event. He recalled sitting next Prince Israel and another man who referred to himself as Prince Asiel, the group&rsquo;s second in command. In the 1980&rsquo;s, Asiel was found guilty of selling stolen airline tickets and using fraudulent credit cards. The convictions were overturned and Asiel pleaded to a lesser charge.</p><p>At their meeting, Cohen, Asiel and Israel drove off in the backseat of a brand new Cadillac. Their conversation covered personal and professional topics. Asiel admitted to having four wives. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;My impression was that he was a very good politician, for better or worse. He&rsquo;s a very gregarious people people, always looking you in the eye and smiling and making a joke, but I somehow got the feeling that was kind of a facade and that there was much more to him that meets the eye,&rdquo; Cohen said.</p><p>Throughout his research, Cohen learned that Black Hebrews owned what Cohen called &ldquo;front operations.&rdquo; The place he visited had a block&rsquo;s worth of retails shops that included barber shops, restaurants, bookshops all owned by Black Hebrews. Cohen said he believed the group used those operations to fund their organization.</p><p>&ldquo;But perhaps that wasn&rsquo;t enough,&rdquo; Cohen said, &ldquo;you have a people at the top who are very powerful who are trying to wield that power, there was a lot of shady activity, a lot of mob like activity, credit card fraud, passport fraud and even discussions of murder.&rdquo;</p><p>Cohen said he was not surprised to hear about the recent federal charges against Israel.</p><p>According to the federal complaint, Ben Israel and Turner began talking with Mugabe and other Zimbabwe leaders in early November 2008 regarding the influence they could exert to lift the sanctions originally imposed by President George W. Bush.</p><p>The defendants allegedly discussed with Mugabe, Gono and others their ties to several public officials who supposedly had close connections to then-President-elect Barack Obama.</p><p>The complaint states that Ben Israel and Turner engaged in public relations, political consulting and lobbying efforts and had a Nov. 26, 2008, &quot;Consulting Agreement&quot; that called for an initial payment of $90,000 and three subsequent equal installments of $1,105,000.</p><p>The defendants allegedly arranged for Ben Israel to travel to South Africa with two Illinois lawmakers &mdash; referred to as &quot;Illinois State Senator A&quot; and &quot;Illinois State Representative A&quot; in the complaint &mdash; in early December 2008. Travel records show the two lawmakers traveled to Israel, but did not return as scheduled and extended their overseas stay, the complaint states.</p><p>Three days after the lawmakers&#39; return in mid-December, a scheduler for President-elect Obama&#39;s transition team sent an email to another transition team member stating that State Representative A &quot;wants a phone call from (transition team officials) regarding a meeting he had last week in Zimbabwe. I am not sure who to pass this on to but it&#39;s the second time they have called.&quot;</p><p>The transition team forwarded the email to the FBI based on its concerns that the state representative may have violated sanctions by traveling to Zimbabwe, according to the complaint.</p><p dir="ltr">Obama has decided each year of his presidency to keep the Zimbabwe sanctions in place, most recently in March.</p><p>Mugabe, 89, has been president of Zimbabwe for 33 years. He was re-elected by a wide margin last week, although his political opponents say voting wasn&#39;t free or fair and was marred by widespread irregularities.</p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/zimbabwe-sanctions-plot-involves-well-connected-black-nationalist-group-founded-chicago-108325 Whistleblowing, ethnic clashes in Guinea and remembering Chiwoniso Maraire http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-31/whistleblowing-ethnic-clashes-guinea-and-remembering-chiwoniso-maraire <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/_68946464_chiwoniso2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We assess the Obama administration&#39;s treatment of whistleblowers. Ethnic clashes erupt after the killing of a young man in Guinea Conakry. Zimbabwean musician Chiwoniso Maraire dies unexpectedly at age 37.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103448125&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ethnic-clashes-in-guinea.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ethnic-clashes-in-guinea" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Whistleblowing, ethnic clashes in Guinea and remembering Chiwoniso Maraire" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-31/whistleblowing-ethnic-clashes-guinea-and-remembering-chiwoniso-maraire Conflict in Niger, a look inside the Vatican bank and an preview of Zimbabwe's presidential election http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-15/conflict-niger-look-inside-vatican-bank-and-preview-zimbabwes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP878419060776.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get an update on conflict in Niger. Thomas Reese gives us a history lesson on the Vatican Bank. Tony Hawkins joins us from Zimbabwe to talk about the upcoming presidential election and the political landscape there.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101188534&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-controversy-over-muslim-broadcast-and-a.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-controversy-over-muslim-broadcast-and-a" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Conflict in Niger, a look inside the Vatican bank and an preview of Zimbabwe's presidential election" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-15/conflict-niger-look-inside-vatican-bank-and-preview-zimbabwes