WBEZ | Jon Lee Anderson http://www.wbez.org/tags/jon-lee-anderson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Reporting from Syria's front lines http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-27/journalist-recounts-life-front-lines-syria-conflict-96761 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-27/AP120127026645.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syria’s Interior Ministry announced today that voters had approved constitutional reforms. The referendum was dismissed by Western leaders as a sham.</p><p>The government's reform effort follows a gathering of Western leaders and Syrian opposition groups in Tunisia over the weekend. &nbsp;The talks addressed the growing violence, and leaders emerged calling for President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, as the violence in Syria rages on, foreign correspondents risk their lives to report from inside the country. Last week, an American journalist and a French photographer were killed by a rocket attack in Homs.</p><p><em>New Yorker</em> staff writer <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/jon_lee_anderson/search?contributorName=jon%20lee%20anderson" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Jon Lee Anderson</a>&nbsp; is a veteran war correspondent who just returned from Syria. His article <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/02/27/120227fa_fact_anderson" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">"The Implosion: On the front lines of a burgeoning civil war"</a> appears in the most recent issue of the magazine.&nbsp; He discusses the dire situation in Syria, both for its citizens and the foreign journalists who cover the conflict.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-27/journalist-recounts-life-front-lines-syria-conflict-96761 'Death of the Tiger' chronicles the end of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/death-tiger-chronicles-end-sri-lankas-bloody-civil-war-83095 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Sri lanka pic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009 after 26 years of conflict. Both sides &ndash; the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils &ndash; committed countless acts of terror and violence. The ruthless final push by the Sinhalese army went largely unseen by independent observers. Not only did it wipe out most Tamil guerrillas, known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it also killed thousands of innocent civilians.</p><p>The effort has been heralded by military tacticians worldwide as the only successful counterinsurgency campaign. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/jon_lee_anderson/search?contributorName=jon%20lee%20anderson">Jon Lee Anderson</a>, a staff writer for the <em>New Yorker </em>magazine, tells us about his January 17 article, &ldquo;Death of the Tiger,&rdquo; which offers a definitive account of what transpired.</p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/death-tiger-chronicles-end-sri-lankas-bloody-civil-war-83095