WBEZ | Zimbabwe http://www.wbez.org/tags/zimbabwe Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Chicago Global Artist: Zimbabwean filmmaker and novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/chicago-global-artist-zimbabwean-filmmaker-and-novelist-tsitsi <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/cuddy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s rich and lively arts and culture scene is due no doubt to our deep bench of homegrown talents.</p><p>However, our city has also been marked in significant ways by artists from around the world.</p><p>Many of their contributions have been grandly public. The Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza and Anish Kapoor&rsquo;s <em>Cloud Gate</em> are notable for their trajectory from daunting sculptural objects to beloved playground-style icons.</p><p>More ephemeral projects include Christo and Jeanne-Claude&rsquo;s 1969 project to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/artwork/daring-plan-wrap-chicago-museum-raises-city-ire-%E2%80%93-and-makes-art-history-99731">wrap the Museum of Contemporary Art</a>, a move which made art history and elevated the reputation of both the artists and the MCA.</p><p>But we can&rsquo;t always see the ways global artists work in Chicago. Some come for very brief spells. And as artists in residence at small cultural organizations or universities, their opportunities to meet with a broader public can be limited, or fly under the radar.</p><p>In an effort to give more visibility to their work and to provide opportunities for you to interact with these artists, we&rsquo;re launching a new global arts initiative on WBEZ&rsquo;s international affairs show <em>Worldview</em>. Every few weeks I&rsquo;ll profile an artist who has made her way to Chicago, for a brief or longer spell.</p><p>First up: Tsitsi Dangarembga.</p><p>Dangarembga came to Chicago about four years ago, to give a talk at Northwestern University. Based on that appearance, along with raves from some of his graduate students (who said her novels changed their lives), Reginald Gibbons invited her back, as the 2013 Spring Writer in Residence at the Center for the Writing Arts.</p><p>Dangarembga&rsquo;s career can be measured by a number of firsts. Her debut novel <em>Nervous Conditions</em>, published when she was only 25, was also the first novel written in English by a black Zimbabwean woman.</p><p>When she moved on to filmmaking she also broke ground. <em>Neria </em>(1992), based on her screenplay, became the highest grossing feature in Zimbabwean history. And when Dangarembga made her own film, <em>Everybody&rsquo;s Child</em> in 1996, she became the first black Zimbabwean woman to direct a full length feature.</p><p>None of this came easy. Nobody in Zimbabwe would publish Dangarembga&rsquo;s novel, apparently because her coming of age tale, about the treatment of women in a newly independent Zimbabwe, wasn&rsquo;t deemed representative of African women.</p><p>And Dangarembga&rsquo;s style is challenging. &nbsp;Take a look at the trailer for her film <em>Kare Kare Zvako</em> (Mother&rsquo;s Day). The &lsquo;folk tale musical&rsquo; is a fantastical tale with a lively soundtrack of an abusive man who attempts to satisfy his greedy soul by consuming his wife.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xl6fKQTEU3I" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Still, Dangarembga continued to make art. <em>Nervous Conditions</em>, which is widely considered one of the greatest African novels, proved to be the opening salvo in what is now a trilogy. The second volume <em>The Book of Not</em> was published in 2006 and Dangarembga&rsquo;s looking for a publisher for the final volume <em>Chronicle of an Indomitable Daughter</em>.</p><p>She&rsquo;s also continued to develop an international presence. Dangarembga gave a Tedx talk in Harare, in which she used her cat&rsquo;s behavior as an opportunity for an amusing take on the rather depressing state of Zimbabwe - and human nature more generally. And <em>Kare Kare Zvako </em>screened at Sundance in 2005.</p><p>But most importantly, she&rsquo;s done a little institution building in Harare. After forming her own film company Nyerai, she merged it with Women Filmmaker of Zimbabwe to create a platform for women filmmakers. Since 2002, they&rsquo;ve hosted the International Images Film Festival for Women.</p><p>That Dangarembga has been able to do that with the very limited means and opportunities available in Zimbabwe, is instructive as we ponder the role of artists in Chicago, and wonder if we&rsquo;re creating the conditions which allow art to flourish.</p><p>By the way I&rsquo;d love to hear your suggestions if you know of any global artists who are new to Chicago and working here on a temporary or permanent basis. Email me <a href="mailto:acuddy@wbez.org">acuddy@wbez.org</a></p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter. Follow her<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> @wbezacuddy</a>, on<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and on<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 16:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/chicago-global-artist-zimbabwean-filmmaker-and-novelist-tsitsi Global Activism: Vanavevhu works for economic stability in Zimbabwe http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/global-activism-vanavevhu-works-economic-stability-zimbabwe-98787 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IMG-20120127-WA000_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On today&#39;s <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em> segment, Chicagoan <a href="http://vanavevhu.org/board.htm" target="_blank">Elizabeth Mhangami</a>, the founder of <a href="http://vanavevhu.org/" target="_blank">Vanavevhu: Children of the Soil</a> returns. Recently back from Zimbabwe, she gives an update on what&#39;s happening in her native country and about her organization&#39;s new initiative called &quot;Theory of Change.&quot; The project&#39;s goal is to create a social enterprise for sustainable economic change in the lives of Zimbabwe youth.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 17:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/global-activism-vanavevhu-works-economic-stability-zimbabwe-98787 Worldview 5.3.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-03/worldview-5312-98781 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120422044566.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As the presidential election in France approaches this Sunday, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande is only slightly ahead of current president and conservative party leader Nikolas Sarkozy. <a href="http://wws.princeton.edu/people/display_person.xml?netid=smeunier&amp;all=yes" target="_blank">Sophie Meunier</a>, co-director of the EU program at Princeton University, joins <em>Worldview</em> to discuss. Also, the Supreme Court should rule on Arizona's controversial immigration law in June. The law takes effect on July 29 unless&nbsp; blocked by the Court. Historian <a href="http://www.vanderbilt.edu/historydept/kramer.html" target="_blank">Paul Kramer</a>, author of <em>The Blood of Government</em>, explains why a 19th century Supreme Court case involving 22 Chinese immigrants should influence the Court's decision. And on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Chicagoan <a href="http://vanavevhu.org/board.htm" target="_blank">Elizabeth Mhangami</a>, founder of <a href="http://vanavevhu.org/" target="_blank">Vanavevhu: Children of the Soil</a>, is back from Zimbabwe and provides an update on her organization's new initiative, "Theory of Change."</p></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 17:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-03/worldview-5312-98781 Documenting abuses in Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-10/documenting-abuses-zimbabwe%E2%80%99s-marange-diamond-fields-93936 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-10/zimbabwe1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Discovered in 2006, the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe are considered the world’s biggest diamond find in a century. The discovery, like others in Africa, was followed by a spike in corruption, human rights abuses and forced labor.</p><p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/100833" target="_blank">Farai Maguwu</a> has worked extensively to <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2009/06/26/diamonds-rough-0" target="_blank">document</a> beatings, torture and killings of local villagers in Marange at the hands of soldiers with the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front. He's the director of the <a href="http://www.crdzim.com/" target="_blank">Center for Research and Development</a> in eastern Zimbabwe. For his dangerous work, Human Rights Watch recently honored Farai with the prestigious <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/08/09/global-human-rights-watch-honors-7-activists" target="_blank">Alison Des Forges Award</a>.</p><p>Farai and Tiseke Kasambala, a senior researcher with <a href="http://www.hrw.org/" target="_blank">Human Rights Watch</a>, discuss their struggle against blood diamonds.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-10/documenting-abuses-zimbabwe%E2%80%99s-marange-diamond-fields-93936 Oral testimonials from Zimbabwe http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-23/oral-testimonials-zimbabwe-82778 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/81734832.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Add Zimbabwe to the list of dictatorships spooked by the uprisings in North Africa. The regime charged 46 people with treason yesterday. During the past decade, the situation in Zimbabwe has deteriorated with political violence and inflation rates that are unimaginable for most Americans. The book, <a target="_blank" href="http://voiceofwitness.com/hope-deferred/">Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives</a>, lets the people of Zimbabwe explain how they get by. One of the book&rsquo;s editors, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.peterorner.net/index.htm">Peter Orner</a>, shares stories of the people behind the testimonials.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div><strong>EVENT</strong></div><div>Peter Orner reads and discusses <em>Hope Deferred</em>&nbsp;at DePaul University&rsquo;s Visiting Writers Program</div><div>Thursday, February 24, 6:00 pm</div> <div>DePaul University, <br />Dorothy Day Room 400 John T. Richardson Library</div><div>2350 North Kenmore Avenue</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-23/oral-testimonials-zimbabwe-82778