WBEZ | Politics http://www.wbez.org/news/politics Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Republican running for state’s attorney calls winning ‘very doable’ http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/republican-running-state%E2%80%99s-attorney-calls-winning-%E2%80%98very-doable%E2%80%99-114743 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Pfannkuche.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">While the Democratic candidates are beating each other up in the primary, the lone Republican candidate for Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney is waiting rested and unbruised for the general election.</p><p>Attorney Christopher Pfannkuche spent 31 years as a Cook County prosecutor, his last four under Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez.</p><p>&ldquo;I was one of those prosecutors who wanted to be a career prosecutor,&rdquo; Pfannkuche said. &ldquo;But the last four years...I watched our office begin to change, the atmosphere changed, her priorities changed the priorities of the office. The office lost the direction that it should have been on.&rdquo;</p><p>Pfannkuche said he is looking to unseat his former boss because people have lost faith in Cook County&rsquo;s justice system.</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;ve lost trust in the criminal justice system, and that is disastrous for an office like ours, [which] is there to represent the people of Cook County,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>While he is very critical of the incumbent Alvarez, in many ways Pfannkuche sounds a lot like her Democratic challengers.</p><p>In an interview with WBEZ, he even echoed Democratic candidate Kim Foxx&rsquo;s line that Cook is &ldquo;a county in crisis.&rdquo;</p><p>And he was equally critical of Alvarez&rsquo;s handling of the police shooting of LaQuan McDonald. Alvarez has faced intense criticism, and calls for her to resign because it took her more than a year to charge Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke with murder.</p><p>Pfannkuche said he understands Alvarez had to wait for the city&rsquo;s Independent Police Review Authority, or IPRA, to conclude its investigation into the teenager&rsquo;s 2014 death. But he said that&rsquo;s no excuse.</p><p>&ldquo;I did not hear Anita Alvarez complaining that it was taking IPRA months to conduct that investigation. She should have been out there complaining, advocating for the citizens of Cook County &hellip; She didn&rsquo;t do that, she just sat there and waited. And that&rsquo;s the problem, she&rsquo;s reactive not proactive,&rdquo; Pfannkuche said.</p><p>In a debate on WBEZ, Alvarez said she did nothing wrong in the McDonald case.</p><p>&ldquo;That was a thorough and complete and meticulous investigation,&rdquo; Alvarez said.</p><p>As for how he would handle police shootings going forward, Pfannkuche said he would have a special division within his office, that would not deal with any other cases to avoid any conflicts of interest.</p><p>&ldquo;So their sole focus and sole cases that they handle are police-involved shootings. And those assistants should be answerable directly to me. As such they would be independent in the confines of the state&rsquo;s attorney&rsquo;s office.&rdquo;</p><p>That is the same position staked out by Democratic challenger Donna More. And Loyola University professor of criminal justice Don Stemen said it&rsquo;s a model that works.</p><p>&ldquo;The bolstering of an internal unit to address things like, not just police shootings but police misconduct &hellip; that&rsquo;s worked well in other jurisdictions that have had problems with police shootings and police misconduct,&rdquo; Stemen said.</p><p>Pfannkuche said his campaign will ramp up once the primary is over and he knows his opponent.</p><p>Despite all the attention on the Democratic candidates, the Northwest Side Republican believes he has a good shot of winning the general election.</p><p>&ldquo;The one thing that most people forget is that this is probably the one single county office that regularly swings Republican,&rdquo; Pfannkuche said. &ldquo;This is something that&rsquo;s actually very doable. And I think the reason for that is, people look at the state&rsquo;s attorney office, not as a political office. They look upon the candidates for state&rsquo;s attorney as who can do the best job to keep the streets safe.&rdquo;</p><p>Pfannkuche said he has had several meetings with Illinois Republican leaders, and is getting party support. But so far he is the only one who has given money to his campaign, including $25,000 in loans.</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ producer and reporter. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/pksmid">@pksmid</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/republican-running-state%E2%80%99s-attorney-calls-winning-%E2%80%98very-doable%E2%80%99-114743 Democrats Debate: What is a Progressive and Who Wants to be One? http://www.wbez.org/news/democrats-debate-what-progressive-and-who-wants-be-one-114716 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/roosevelt-gettyimages.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="storytext"><p>Before they got down to debating the big issues Thursday night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wrangled over one big word: progressivism.</p><p>Which of them was the true progressive? Was Clinton a progressive at all?</p><p>Sanders has long billed himself as a progressive, also describing himself as a &quot;democratic socialist.&quot; He has not been known for flirting with the term &quot;moderate.&quot; But Clinton has at times willingly chosen the latter label.</p><p>Being a moderate might be a good strategy in many political contexts, such as a general election in November of a year divisible by 4.</p><p>But in a hotly contested presidential primary, where the more active and partisan Democrats predominate, it makes sense to call yourself a progressive.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m a progressive who likes to get things done,&quot; Clinton likes to say, and she said that again Thursday night.</p><p>Can she be a progressive and still &quot;represent the establishment,&quot; as Sanders accused her of doing on Thursday night?</p><p>And what, exactly, is a progressive in the first place?</p><p>Clinton said on Thursday night that the term had its root in the word &quot;progress&quot; and the idea of making things better. But that&#39;s about as far as agreement about the word usually goes.</p><p>The term has been part of European philosophy discourse since the 1700s, and part of American political argot since the late 1800s. It was applied to an entire era of our history roughly a century ago, from about 1890 to about 1920, encompassing the progressive administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (along with sympathetic analogs in many state capitals, such as &quot;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette_Sr.">Fighting Bob&quot; La Follette</a>&nbsp;in Wisconsin). There was for a time a magazine called&nbsp;La Follette&#39;s,&nbsp;but it eventually changed its name to&nbsp;The Progressive.</p><p>The term has also been used to cover certain ideas, attitudes, movements and schools of thought. It has been affixed to leading American politicians, in both major parties, and it has been the official title of a third party that nominated candidates for president &mdash; including Teddy Roosevelt.</p><p>Republican Teddy was known as a &quot;trust buster&quot; because he feared and fought the concentration of economic power through corporate entities known as trusts. He even spoke of the monopolists such as John D. Rockefeller as &quot;malefactors of great wealth.&quot;</p><p>When his successor, William H. Taft, abandoned his anti-trust campaign, Roosevelt came back to challenge Taft&#39;s renomination in 1912. When the GOP stuck with Taft, Teddy accepted the nomination of the Progressive Party, saying he felt as strong as a bull moose (and thus giving the party its nickname).</p><p>Progressivism has historically been associated with science, rationality and an approach to government and society reliant on knowledge and empirical methods. It has often been counterposed with populism, which is a movement among the common folk. Progressives tended to be people with education and some standing in the world.</p><p>Critics have said these progressives were overly reliant on the notion of human improvement &mdash; even human perfectability &mdash; which offends some of the teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition.</p><p>In that sense, progressivism also stands apart from some definitions of liberalism, and certainly from ideas of radicalism, even though all three terms imply support for equality, change and reform &mdash; and all three have been used as antonyms for &quot;conservatism.&quot;</p><p>Many conservatives, and also many journalists, regard the word &quot;progressive&quot; as a euphemism for &quot;liberal&quot; &mdash; a subterfuge to avoid a term that&#39;s become almost a slur in some circles. In the contemporary Republican Party, calling someone a liberal is a lacerating pejorative, a way of attacking their most fundamental values.</p><p>But the two terms have distinct histories and roots, and have denoted different philosophies in the past. The word &quot;liberal&quot; speaks to freedom, including individual personal freedom, and in an earlier era it was used to describe people we might call libertarians today. More recently, liberalism has been associated with government and intervention in the economy, as well as a more tolerant attitude toward lifestyle and moral issues.</p><p>Political commentator David Sirota, who has worn both labels willingly, says the two terms are not synonyms.</p><p>&quot;There is a fundamental difference when it comes to core economic issues,&quot; Sirota writes. &quot;It seems to me that traditional &#39;liberals&#39; in our current parlance are those who focus on using taxpayer money to help better society. A &#39;progressive&#39; are those who focus on using government power to make large institutions play by a set of rules.&quot;</p><p>That would seem to describe the Roosevelts and La Follettes, who moved legislation and regulations to rein in what they saw as the excesses of capitalism. They did not denounce capitalism itself, but they saw great political success by attacking its excesses and breakdowns.</p><p>Arguments over orthodoxy are a regular part of the Republicans&#39; presidential primaries, at least in the decades since Ronald Reagan&#39;s reorienting of the party. The nominating process seems largely devoted to determining which candidate is the most conservative or &quot;the truest conservative.&quot;</p><p>But it is striking to see the Democrats plunge into an equally bald competition for the label of &quot;truest progressive.&quot;</p><p>In past years, Democrats have more often sorted themselves out along a wider spectrum of political identity. In 2008 the main issue between Clinton and Barack Obama was personality, not ideology. The one exception was her 2002 Senate vote to authorize the use of force against Iraq (an issue Sanders is using in the current campaign).</p><p>But the term &quot;progressive&quot; was not as frequently a political football in 2008 as it has been this winter, even though the field was far larger and included any number of Democrats who could be called liberals or progressives.</p><p>In 2004, another Vermonter, former governor Howard Dean, captured many hearts on the left in Iowa and New Hampshire, but the term he preferred was&nbsp;democratic, as in, &quot;I represent the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.&quot;</p><p>Dean&#39;s main rivals were Richard Gephardt, a founder of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council, and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, a more classic liberal in the Kennedy mold.</p><p>In the end, Dean and Gephardt seemed to cancel each other out and Kerry won both Iowa and New Hampshire, sweeping to the nomination rather easily. But again, the key distinction seemed to be personality rather than ideology.</p><p>In 2000, Bill Bradley, then a senator from New Jersey, ran somewhat to the left of Vice President Al Gore, a Tennessean who hoped to preserve some of President Bill Clinton&#39;s appeal in Southern states. It didn&#39;t work for Bradley, who dropped out early. Gore got the nomination but was shut out in the South, a major factor in his Electoral College defeat.</p><p>In 1992, Bill Clinton ran as a centrist and saw his more progressive opponents (Sens. Tom Harkin and Paul Tsongas, and California&#39;s former Gov. Jerry Brown) fall by the wayside, one by one. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, surely a liberal&nbsp;and&nbsp;a progressive by most any measure, ran instead as the champion of &quot;competence.&quot; The Republicans successfully pilloried him as a liberal nonetheless.</p><p>In that era, some migration of liberals to the label of progressive was visible, as has been the case ever since. It is possible that in another generation, the term &quot;liberal&quot; will gravitate back to something closer to its older meaning. The word &quot;progressive&quot; is well on its way toward displacing the more recent usage of &quot;liberal,&quot; and becoming the identifier of choice for American politicians to the left of center.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/02/05/465671983/democrats-debate-what-is-a-progressive-and-who-wants-to-be-one?ft=nprml&amp;f=465671983"><em>&mdash; via NPR</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/democrats-debate-what-progressive-and-who-wants-be-one-114716 Journalist Carmen Aristegui Talks Press Freedom and Corruption in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-04/journalist-carmen-aristegui-talks-press-freedom-and-corruption-mexico <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Refugees.jpg" title="Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf makes a pledge during the second co-host chaired thematic pledging session for jobs and economic development during the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Leaders and diplomats around the world are meeting in London Thursday and pledging some billions of dollars to help millions of Syrian people displaced by war, and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees into Europe. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245483183&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Countries Pledge More Money To Help Syrian Refugees</span></p><p>World leaders gathered today in London to discuss funding for humanitarian aid for Syria and Syrian refugees. Earlier this week Jordan&rsquo;s King Abdullah said his country needed more funds to help pay for the toll the Syrian refugees were taking on Jordan, saying &quot;sooner or later, I think, the dam is going to burst.&quot;</p><p>Andy Baker heads the Syria response team for Oxfam. Oxfam had called on nations, including the US, to pay its &ldquo;fare share.&rdquo; Baker is in London for the donor meeting. He joins us to talk about aid for Syria.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Andy Baker is the Regional Program Coordinator for Syria Crisis at Oxfam.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PeaceTalks.jpg" title="In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather where three bombs exploded in Sayyda Zeinab, a predominantly Shiite Muslim suburb of the Syrian capital, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, overshadowing an already shaky start to what are meant to be indirect Syria peace talks. (AP Photo)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245483182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Syria Peace Talks Come To A Halt</span></p><p>As countries pledged their fiscal support for Syrian refugees at a donor conference in London, efforts to end the the war in Syria came to a halt. The UN temporarily suspended the peace talks which began earlier this week. Steffan de Mistura, the UN mediator said,&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not prepared to have talks for the sake of talks.&rdquo;</p><p>We&rsquo;ll talk with Yaser Tabbara, a Syrian American lawyer who has been active in the Syrian opposition, about what he thinks needs to happen to reboot the process.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Yaser Tabbara is a Syrian-American lawyer and the co-founder of The Syrian Forum.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img 2011.="" a="" addressed="" alcoholic.="" alexandre="" allegation="" alt="" an="" ap="" apologize="" aristegui="" calderon="" class="image-original_image" come="" comments="" feb.="" felipe="" fired="" for="" from="" headquarters="" her="" in="" is="" last="" mexico="" mvs="" on="" outside="" photo="" president="" radio="" refusing="" s="" said="" she="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Carmen3.jpg" station="" that="" the="" title="Protesters hold a sign depicting Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui that reads in Spanish " to="" was="" week="" when="" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245483180&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Popular Mexican Journalist Fired After Reporting On Corruption</span></p><p>Carmen Aristegui is one of the Western Hemisphere&rsquo;s most popular journalists. She herself became news when, last March, when Mexican radio station MVS fired her and her investigative team from their hugely popular radio show after they exposed scandals tied to Mexico&rsquo;s President, Enrique Peña Nieto.</p><p>One well-known scandal &nbsp;known as &ldquo;Casa Blanca&rdquo; or &ldquo;White House,&rdquo; was tied to a wealthy Mexican business magnate who built a seven-million dollar mansion for Peña Nieto&lsquo;s family. Aristegui&rsquo;s firing created an international stir. MVS claims her firing was from unethical use of the company logo on her &ldquo;MexicoLeaks&rdquo; website.</p><p>Aristegui will talk with us about &ldquo;Casa Blanca,&rdquo; her termination from MVS and what she views as Mexico&rsquo;s corrupt political system that subverts justice for victims like murdered journalists and the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Carmen Aristegui is an investigative journalist from Mexico and the host of <em>Aristegui</em> on CNN en Espanol.</p></p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-04/journalist-carmen-aristegui-talks-press-freedom-and-corruption-mexico President Obama Visits Mosque in Quest to Combat Anti-Islamic Sentiment http://www.wbez.org/news/president-obama-visits-mosque-quest-combat-anti-islamic-sentiment-114712 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/0203_obama-mosque-ap-624x463.jpg" style="height: 460px; width: 620px;" title="In this June 4, 2009, photo, President Barack Obama tours the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Obama is scheduled to visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore today. (Gerald Herbert/AP)" /></div><p>President Obama visits a mosque in Baltimore today, his first visit to one in the U.S. as president. The hope is that the visit will help combat increasing levels of anti-Islamic sentiment in the country, following the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2016/02/03/republicans-prefer-blunt-talk-about-islamic-extremism-democrats-favor-caution/pf_2016-02-02_views-islam-politics-03/"><img alt="Most say discrimination against U.S. Muslims is on the rise" class="attachment-large" height="800" src="http://www.pewforum.org/files/2016/02/PF_2016-02-02_views-islam-politics-03.png" width="313" /></a></p><p>Imam<a href="http://islamichouseofwisdom.com/bio-of-imam-elahi/">&nbsp;Mohammad Ali Elahi</a>, leader of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, talked&nbsp;with&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/02/03/obama-visits-mosque"><em>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em></a> Robin Young about the president visiting a mosque and the issue of anti-Muslim sentiment in America.</p><p>&ldquo;The president is demonstrating&nbsp;a good moral model. Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish or other religious traditions, faith matters, prayer matters. But this is the vision &ndash; we have to follow out this with action,&rdquo; he said.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2016/02/03/republicans-prefer-blunt-talk-about-islamic-extremism-democrats-favor-caution/pf_2016-02-02_views-islam-politics-05/"><img alt="Views about anti-Americanism among U.S. Muslims have grown more partisan" class="attachment-large" src="http://www.pewforum.org/files/2016/02/PF_2016-02-02_views-islam-politics-05.png" style="width: 313px; height: 455px;" /></a></p><p><strong>MORE: Pew Research Center:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2016/02/03/republicans-prefer-blunt-talk-about-islamic-extremism-democrats-favor-caution/" target="_blank">Americans&rsquo; views on Muslims and Islamic extremists</a></strong></p></p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/president-obama-visits-mosque-quest-combat-anti-islamic-sentiment-114712 Running for Baltimore Mayor, Activist DeRay Mckesson Draws Donors http://www.wbez.org/news/running-baltimore-mayor-activist-deray-mckesson-draws-donors-114736 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/bmore.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res465623883" previewtitle="DeRay Mckesson, protester, activist, and now mayoral candidate, is seen in St. Louis, Mo, in Aug., 2015."><div data-crop-type="">Just before the 9:00 deadline to enter the Baltimore mayoral race closed,<a href="https://twitter.com/lukebroadwater/status/695066127471353856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"> DeRay Mckesson submitted his documents</a>. In a last-minute surprise move, the Black Lives Matter activist who gained national attention during protests in Ferguson, Mo., made it official.</div><div data-crop-type="">&nbsp;</div></div><p>Less than 24 hours later, nearly 700 people had donated almost $40,000 to his campaign. According to the Crowdpac website, which tracks political crowd-sourcing donations for candidates, and&nbsp;<em>Baltimore Sun</em>&nbsp;reporter Luke Broadwater, Mckesson raised more overnight than 24 of the 29&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2016/primary_candidates/gen_cand_lists_2016_3__by_county_03.html">candidates in the mayoral race</a>.</p><p>When the Baltimore native entered the race, it was already crowded with 13 other candidates. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, City Councilmen Carl Stokes and Nick Mosby, and nine other Democratic candidates have all lined up to replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who has announced she will not be seeking re-election.</p><p>While Mckesson, 30, doesn&#39;t have the political experience of some of the other candidates, he has a knowledge of and connection to the city, where he grew up as the child of parents he describes as &quot;now-recovered addicts.&quot;</p><p>&quot;It is true that I am a non-traditional candidate &mdash; I am not a former Mayor, City Councilman, state legislator, philanthropist or the son of a well-connected family. I am an activist, organizer, former teacher, and district administrator that intimately understands how interwoven our challenges and our solutions are,&quot; Mckesson&nbsp;<a href="https://medium.com/@deray/i-am-running-for-mayor-of-baltimore-34b4e214d582#.378k8ljan">wrote on the blogging site Medium</a>&nbsp;after he entered the race.</p><p>Mckesson also boasts a very big and very loyal support network, as evidenced by the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.crowdpac.com/crowdpacs/1577/support-deray-mckesson-for-baltimore-md-mayor-primary">surge in donations</a>&nbsp;just hours after he announced his campaign.</p><p>Mckesson and his now-iconic blue vest (it has its own&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/deraysvest">Twitter account</a>) became widely recognizable during the protests that began in Ferguson, Mo., and then came to Baltimore last year after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Mckesson, along with activist Johnetta Elzie, became voices for the protest movement, speaking out against police brutality and instances of excessive use of force across the country. After the protests, he worked with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision">Campaign Zero</a>, a movement to end police violence, and with the civil rights group&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wetheprotesters.org/">We The Protesters</a>.</p><p>Mckesson has appeared on&nbsp;Late Night with Stephen Colbert&nbsp;and&nbsp;The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; he was a go-to source for some news channels during the riots in Baltimore after Gray&#39;s death; and he boasts nearly 300,000 Twitter followers. He&#39;s a celebrity in his own right, which undoubtedly helped him land a sit-down with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton last October.</p><p>After meeting with Clinton in Washington, D.C., Mckesson&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/10/09/447236612/hillary-clinton-holds-tough-candid-meeting-with-black-lives-matter-activists">came to NPR headquarters&nbsp;</a>to discuss it on&nbsp;<em>All Things Considered.</em> He said the dialogue with Clinton was wide-ranging, and they didn&#39;t always see eye-to-eye:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;Yeah, so we just didn&#39;t agree, right? So there were pushes from protesters that are saying people don&#39;t believe that the police are always these beacons of safety in communities. And she, you know, at the beginning, felt strongly that police presence was necessary. She listened and heard people sort of talk about how safety is more expensive than police. And we worked through that, but it was a tough exchange.</p><p>&quot;And I think around some other issues around the private prisons ... you know, will you end private prisons? And she was adamant about ending private prisons. There was a question about, will she stop taking money from lobbyists who lobby for private prisons? And it was unclear where she landed, but that exchange was &mdash; we had, like, tough conversation around it.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>As a mayoral candidate, those tough conversations are just getting started, but Mckesson isn&#39;t afraid to have them.</p><p>&quot;I know this city&#39;s pain. As the child of two now-recovered addicts, I have lived through the impact of addiction,&quot; he wrote in his blog post. &quot;I too have received the call letting me know that another life has fallen victim to the violence of our city. Like so many other residents, I have watched our city deal what seems like an endless series of challenges and setbacks.&quot;</p><p>The Baltimore primaries will be held on April 26, and in the heavily Democratic city of Baltimore, the winner of the Democratic primary is expected to be elected mayor in the general election in November.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/04/465603407/activist-deray-mckesson-enters-baltimore-mayoral-race-donations-flood-in?ft=nprml&amp;f=465603407"><em>&nbsp;&mdash;via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/running-baltimore-mayor-activist-deray-mckesson-draws-donors-114736 Theater Company Uses Art To Take On A Dictator http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-03/theater-company-uses-art-take-dictator-114694 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IraqPolice1.jpg" title="Iraqi police commandos march during a ceremony marking Police Day at the police academy in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245312188&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Progressive Political Movements in Iraq</span></p><p>Ali Issa is an organizer with War Resisters League, an NGO that &ldquo;works to sow and grow seeds of peace and liberation in our time.&rdquo; His new book <em>Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq</em> details numerous interviews and encounters he had with Iraqis and Iraqi activists working on progressive policies.</p><p>Issa talks with us about his mission to show the West that despite the sectarian strife and war with groups like ISIS, there is a vibrant pro-democracy, pro-modernity movement in Iraq.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Ali Issa is a national field organizer with the NGO, War Resisters League. Author of the book&nbsp;<em>Struggle Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq</em>.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KingLear3.jpg" title="King Lear in Belarusian by Belarus Free Theatre (Photo by Simon Kane)" /></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245312186&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">The Belarus Free Theatre Takes on Government and &lsquo;King Lear&rsquo;</span></p><p>Belarus has been under the authoritarian rule of president Alexander Lukashenko for more than 20 years. Observers view his rule as a throwback to the Soviet Union. Civil liberties and free artistic expression are commonly suppressed.</p><p>The Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 by co-creator Natalia Kaliada. The group was banned by the government and forced to go underground. BFT produces numerous works critical of authoritarianism, including its most recent work- an interpretation of Shakespeare&rsquo;s <em>King Lear</em>.</p><p>The play opens this Friday in Chicago at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre as part of its yearlong &ldquo;Shakespeare 400&rdquo; celebration. We first spoke with Kaliada in 2011. She&rsquo;s back to update us on her work and the situation in Belarus.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Natalia Kaliada is the co-creator of Belarus Free Theatre.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sainkho.jpg" title="Sainkho Namtchylak’s latest album “Like a bird or spirit, not a face” is available now through Ponderosa Records." /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245312184&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Global Notes: The Music of Sainko Namtchylak</span></p><p>This week on Global Notes we bring you the sounds of Tuvan throat singer Sainko Namtchylak, who&#39;s just released her 45th album!</p><p>On this latest album, she teams up with a couple members of the Tuareg desert blues band Tinariwen - the Steppes meet the Sahara. It&rsquo;s a new twist on the ancient tradition of throat singing, which was first developed by nomadic herdsmen in Central Asia.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Tony Sarabia is the host of Morning Shift and Radio M.</p></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-03/theater-company-uses-art-take-dictator-114694 Taiwan’s First Woman President http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-02/taiwan%E2%80%99s-first-woman-president-114686 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Taiwan2.jpg" title="Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, 2016 presidential candidate Tsai Ying-wen speaks to media before attending the Taiwan Econimic Development Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245143368&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Tsai Ying-wen Leads Opposition Party to Victory in Taiwan</span></p><p>The island-nation of Taiwan made history, last month, when it elected Tsai Ying-wen as its first female president. Tsai&rsquo;s Pro-Independence Party (DPP) also for the first time, swept to legislative majorities, unseating the long-ruling Nationalist Party (KMT). But now, observers wonder what direction Tsai Ying-wen will take the country vis-à-vis China and the region. We&rsquo;ll talk with Shelley Rigger, professor of East Asian politics and chair of Chinese studies at Davidson College​. She&rsquo;s authored several books, including, <em>Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse</em>. Rigger joins us to discuss the changes taking place in Taiwan.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;Shelley Rigger is a professor of East Asian politics and chair of Chinese studies at Davidson College​. She is also the author of the book <em>Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse</em>.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nuclear_0.jpg" title="An Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles - 410 kilometers - south of the capital Tehran, Iran. State TV says the Guardian Council, Iran's constitutional watchdog, ratified a bill Wednesday, June 24, 2015, banning access to military sites and scientists as Tehran and world powers approach a deadline for reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal. The bill would allow for international inspections of Iranian nuclear sites within the framework of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)" /></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245143365&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Why Hasn&rsquo;t the U.S. Ratified The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty?</span></p><p>Last month North Korea said it conducted a hydrogen bomb test. Experts debated whether the test had actually happened but in the meantime, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado has sponsored a North Korea <a href="http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2016/01/28/senate-panel-agrees-to-cory-gardner-bill-on-north-korea/124815/">sanctions bill</a> in response to the test. The incident drew renewed attention to the danger of nuclear weapons and the Obama administration&rsquo;s push to get the US Senate to ratify The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The treaty is a legally binding global ban on nuclear explosive testing. The US, along with &nbsp;Israel, Iran, and Egypt has not ratified the treaty.</p><p>Ambassador Adam M. Scheinman, the Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, joins us to talk about why the US hasn&rsquo;t signed onto the global treaty.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Ambassador Adam M. Scheinman is the Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation.</p></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-02/taiwan%E2%80%99s-first-woman-president-114686 Indiana Senate Will Not Vote on Bill to Protect Gay Rights http://www.wbez.org/news/indiana-senate-will-not-vote-bill-protect-gay-rights-114677 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_121019491403.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) &mdash; The sponsor of the&nbsp;Indiana&nbsp;Senate&#39;s bill to extend anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people is pulling the proposal from consideration, dealing a serious blow to efforts to pass legislation this year.</p><p>Republican Sen. Travis Holman said Tuesday he was disappointed but realized there wasn&#39;t enough support for the bill to win approval.</p><p>The measure that cleared a Senate committee last week was criticized by Democrats and LGBT rights activists for not including transgender people. It also faced opposition from religious conservatives who believed it still required services for same-sex marriages even if they had religious objections.</p><p>Indiana&nbsp;faced a national backlash last year after the Legislature passed a religious objections law that critics said allowed discrimination against gay and lesbian people. The law was later revised.</p></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/indiana-senate-will-not-vote-bill-protect-gay-rights-114677 Clinton Edges Sanders In Iowa Democratic Caucuses; Cruz Wins On GOP Side http://www.wbez.org/news/clinton-edges-sanders-iowa-democratic-caucuses-cruz-wins-gop-side-114669 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sanders-clinton_wide-f474128d9e3221ea93f8e0f0fc0144074da8f584-s1600-c85.png" alt="" /><p><p>Iowa voters took the first step in choosing a new president of the United States Monday night. Republicans in the state chose Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over Donald Trump.</p><p>Hillary Clinton won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to the Iowa Democratic Party. Based on the results of Monday&#39;s caucuses, the IDP says Clinton received 699.57 state delegate equivalents, to Sanders 695.49.</p><p>There are currently 2.28 outstanding, not enough for Sanders to make up the difference. There is no mechanism for a recount.</p><p>On the GOP side, Cruz drew 27 percent in a tight three-way race. Donald Trump pulled in 24 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio drew 23 percent, above where he had been polling going in. None of the other nine major Republican candidates on the ballot cracked the 10 percent.</p><p>&quot;Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and across this great nation,&quot; said Cruz, who built a coalition between evangelical and Tea Party voters, at a victory party in Des Moines.</p><p>The results on the Democratic side were even closer with Clinton and Sanders almost evenly matched. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Clinton held just a four-delegate advantage over Sanders. (Iowa Democrats don&#39;t record raw-vote totals and instead award &quot;state delegate equivalents&quot; to candidates based on support candidates receive at precinct caucuses.)</p><p>Clinton, who spoke to her crowd in the middle of Cruz&#39;s victory speech, said she was breathing a &quot;sigh of relief.&quot; Clinton also described herself as &quot;a progressive who gets things done for people.&quot; It was a clear attempt to appeal to the energy and enthusiasm of Sanders&#39; liberal supporters.</p><p>Sanders, who started the race as a virtual unknown nationally &mdash; and now regularly draws thousands to his events &mdash; spoke moments later, saying, &quot;While the results are not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie.&quot;</p><p>There were surprises for both parties in the outcome. Polls had shown a consistent lead for Trump in the Republican race ahead of caucusing, but he ultimately fell 6,000 votes short of victory. Trump had dominated the polls for months, and despite never running a major political campaign, the real estate developer and reality TV star has driven several experienced politicians from the race.</p><p>A chastened Trump conceded to Cruz but vowed to wage a vigorous campaign in the other early states of New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond.</p><p>&quot;We will go on to get the Republican nomination,&quot; Trump said, &quot;to beat Hillary or Bernie or whoever the hell they throw up there.&quot;</p><p>Interest in the race was high on the Republican side &mdash; more than 186,000 Republicans caucused, far exceeding the previous record of 122,000 from four years ago.</p><p>Rubio&#39;s strong performance sets him up well for next week&#39;s New Hampshire primary, where he will seek to consolidate support among so-called Republican establishment voters.</p><p>&quot;For months they said we had no chance,&quot; Rubio said, &quot;because my hair wasn&#39;t gray enough, and my boots were too high. But tonight, tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message.&quot;</p><p>The Iowa caucuses also played their traditional winnowing role in the presidential contest. Before full results were even in, two former governors, Democrat Martin O&#39;Malley of Maryland and Republican Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, suspended their campaigns after poor showings.</p><p><em>- via <a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/02/02/465193561/cruz-wins-iowa-republican-caucus-clinton-sanders-still-too-close-to-call?ft=nprml&amp;f=465193561">NPR</a></em></p></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/clinton-edges-sanders-iowa-democratic-caucuses-cruz-wins-gop-side-114669 Foreign Policy Questions the 2016 Presidential Candidates Aren't Asking http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-01/foreign-policy-questions-2016-presidential-candidates-arent-asking <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/Campaign3.jpg" title="Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244955466&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;">National Security Issues &ldquo;Missing&rdquo; in the 2016 Presidential Campaign</span><br />The Iowa Caucuses are in full swing. &nbsp;Polls show that Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a tight race on the Democratic side and Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are also close. &nbsp;The presidential debates and the 2016 candidates have focused on a range of issues up until now, ranging from ISIS to income inequality. &nbsp;Still, in a recent article in The Nation, author Andrew Bacevich &nbsp;argues there are big, important &nbsp;national security issues that none of the candidates are talking about, things like nuclear weapons and European security. &nbsp;Bacevich, professor emeritus of international relations and history at Boston University and author, most recently of <em>Breach of Trust: &nbsp;How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country</em>, joins us to talk about the issues he says, are missing from the campaign trail. &nbsp;His article &ldquo;6 National Security Questions the Establishment Candidates don&rsquo;t want to Answer,&rdquo; appears in the Nation.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Andrew Bacevich is professor emeritus of international relations and history at Boston University and author, most recently of <em>Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country</em>.</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/WHM---Nasser.jpg" title="Gamal Abdul Nasser receives the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie at airport on his arrival to attend the Pan African summit conference scheduled to open in Cairo on Friday, July 17, 1961. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244955474&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;">World History Moment: United Arab Republic</span><br />February 1, 1958 marks the founding of the United Arab Republic. In the late 1950s Gamal Abdul Nasser was a hero in the Arab world. &nbsp;As President of Egypt, he&rsquo;d resisted foreign domination. &nbsp;He was also adept at Cold War politics and the United Arab Republic was an attempt to formalize the growing pan-Arabism movement, the idea that the Arab peoples of the Middle East and North Africa should be united into one nation. &nbsp;Historian John Schmidt tells us how it began and how it ended.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> John Schmidt is a historian and the author of &ldquo;On This Day in Chicago History.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ethopia.jpg" title="Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attends the opening ceremony of the 26 ordinary of the African Summit in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244955479&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;">Ethiopia&rsquo;s new anti- terrorism law</span><br />The 26th African Union Summit came to a close over the weekend. It was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite the fact that human rights were a major focus of the gathering, Ethiopia&rsquo;s government is under heavy international scrutiny, accused of continued human rights and civil liberty abuses. A new report by the policy and human rights think tank, Oakland Institute, titled <em>Ethiopia&#39;s Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent</em>, details how the Ethiopian government imprisons, oppresses and harasses critics under its &ldquo;2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation.&rdquo; Anuradha Mittal is executive director of the Oakland Institute. Mittal and Lewis Gordon, co-author and editor of the report, &nbsp;join us to discuss their findings. Gordon will tell us why he wrote that the &ldquo;law defines terrorism in an extremely broad and vague way so as to give the government enormous leeway to punish words and acts that would be perfectly legal in a democracy.&rdquo;</p><p><br /><strong>Guests:</strong>&nbsp;Anuradha Mittal is executive director of the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank on social, economic, and environmental issues.</p><p>Lewis Gordon is executive director of the Environmental Defender Law Center, editor and co-author of the Oakland Institute report, &ldquo;Ethiopia&#39;s Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent&rdquo;</p></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-01/foreign-policy-questions-2016-presidential-candidates-arent-asking