WBEZ | Saudi Arabia http://www.wbez.org/tags/saudi-arabia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview: Saudi Arabian intervention in the Middle East http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-16/worldview-saudi-arabian-intervention-middle-east-111892 <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/AP291416423898.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 file photo released by WAM, the state news agency of the United Arab Emirates, show Emirati pilots at an air base in Jordan. (AP Photo/WAM, File)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201125279&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Saudi Arabia and the Middle East</span></p><p>The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently been uncharacteristically&nbsp;interventionist in the Middle East. Aside from pressuring the U.S. over a potential nuclear deal with Iran, the Saudis are supporting troops involved in the Yemen crisis and are conducting bombing raids against ISIS. They&rsquo;ve also been pressuring Pakistan to participate in joint military operations. Joe Kechichian ,a Gulf States scholar and senior writer for the Dubai-based&nbsp;<em>Gulf News</em>&nbsp;has written several books on the Gulf region, including his latest,&nbsp;<em>Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia.</em>&nbsp;Kechichian will tell us if he thinks the Saudi moves signify a long-term shift in its foreign policies.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d9ed4411-c3b0-d284-a42e-0ec28a90872d">Joe Kechichian is a</span> senior writer for the Dubai-based </em><a href="https://twitter.com/gulf_news">Gulf News</a><em> and author specializing on the Gulf region. His latest book is</em> Legal and Political Reforms in Sa&lsquo;udi Arabia.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201127236&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Palestinian-American lawyer founds Dream Defenders to fight for human rights</span></p><p>The death of Trayvon Martin and the increasing number of highly publicized police shootings of young African-American males moved Palestinian-American Ahmed Abuznaid to help create his organization, Dream Defenders. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s an advocacy group working for the human rights of young people of color in the United States. Abuznaid, a lawyer, &nbsp;grew up in East Jerusalem and says he feels there are many similarities between how young males of color are treated in the U.S. and in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll talk with Abuznaid about his work and his upcoming visit to Chicago to speak on behalf of Rasmea Odeh, a Chicago-based Palestinian-American Abuznaid says was unjustly convicted of an immigration violation.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d2f737ff-c3b3-3cec-c52a-1268728eee79">Ahmed Abuznaid is the </span>co-founder of <a href="https://twitter.com/Dreamdefenders">Dream Defenders.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201128386&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Worldview in India: GRAVIS seeks to improve living conditions in Rajasthan</span></p><p>Worldview took the Global Activism series on the road to India in conjunction with the Chicago-based NGO, India Development Service (IDS). &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll continue the series today with our visit to the most densely populated desert region on Earth, India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State. We&rsquo;ll talk with Dr. Prakash Tyagi, executive director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS). His group has been working in Rajasthan State for more than 25 years on issues such as water security, health, education and animal husbandry.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-ed814327-c3b5-c4ab-eff2-16a71ca7c52d"><a href="https://twitter.com/TyagiP">Dr. Prakash Tyagi</a> is the</span> Executive Director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), based in Jodhpur, India.</em></p></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-16/worldview-saudi-arabian-intervention-middle-east-111892 Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-23/saudi-arabias-king-abdullah-dies-111448 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/King Abdullah.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-03c4e882-17c2-1d25-93e4-be52a7c6de4a">King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died at the age of 90. </span>His half-brother, Salman, has been confirmed as the new king. We&rsquo;ll take a look at his legacy and his successor with Joseph Kéchichian, a senior writer for <a href="http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/dr-joseph-a-kechichian">Gulf News</a> and the author of several books on Gulf affairs.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-death-of-king-abdulla/embed?border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-death-of-king-abdulla.js?border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-death-of-king-abdulla" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The Death of King Abdullah" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-23/saudi-arabias-king-abdullah-dies-111448 Iran gets cozy with the U.S., Saudi Arabia's first female film director and a Korean festival http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-20/iran-gets-cozy-us-saudi-arabias-first-female-film-director-and-korean <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP13041912113.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani may meet face to face for the first time next week. Saudi Arabia&#39;s first female director joins us to discuss her film Wadjda. Plus, we&#39;ll tell you how Koreans are celebrating the Harvest Moon Festival.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111446071&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-gets-cozy-with-the-us-saudi-arabia/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-gets-cozy-with-the-us-saudi-arabia.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iran-gets-cozy-with-the-us-saudi-arabia" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Iran gets cozy with the U.S., Saudi Arabia's first female film director and a Korean festival" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-20/iran-gets-cozy-us-saudi-arabias-first-female-film-director-and-korean On Presidents' Day, comparing national holidays around the world http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-18/presidents-day-comparing-national-holidays-around-world-105590 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79823063&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In the United States, we have 10 public holidays, including today, Presidents&rsquo; Day.</p><p>That&rsquo;s about an average number if you consider the world over. But, for wealthier, industrialized countries, it&rsquo;s actually slightly below average.</p><p>But it is hard to make much of a judgment on a country based on how many holidays it has.</p><p>Based on a <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2073511/Workers-UK-fewest-public-holidays-Europe-generous-statutory-holiday-entitlement.html" target="_blank">2011 study</a> done of <a href="http://www.mercer.com/press-releases/holiday-entitlements-around-the-world" target="_blank">62 major industrialized countries</a>, the country with the most public holidays is Colombia, with 18. Colombia has a reputation for being a pretty conservative country.&nbsp; But <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/guess-country-holidays/story?id=17388505" target="_blank">according to ABC News</a>, in the last year or two, Colombia has been passed by its fellow South American country, Argentina, which is developing a markedly left-wing reputation.&nbsp; Under Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the country now has 19 public holidays.</p><p>But even some countries known as being left wing have fewer holidays than the U.S.&nbsp; For instance, Communist <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/cuba.htm" target="_blank">Cuba</a> has only 9, along with more leftist or liberal countries like Ecuador, Denmark, Switzerland, and Canada. The Netherlands and the United Kingdom both have only 8.</p><p>Yet, some of the world&rsquo;s most repressive countries actually have more public holidays than we do. Most of them weren&rsquo;t covered by that 2011 study, but I did a little checking myself.</p><p>A lot of countries have holidays that are confined to specific regions, ethnic groups, or religions. Sometimes, there will be government holidays not always acknowledged by the private sector.&nbsp; Nevertheless, the results are still surprising.</p><p>Iran, a Shi&rsquo;ite Islam religious theocracy, has <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/iraq.htm" target="_blank">as many as 18 public holidays</a>.&nbsp; And the country with the most holidays I found anywhere in the world was Saudi Arabia, Iran&rsquo;s Sunni nemesis, with <a href="http://www.saudiembassy.net/about/country-information/facts_and_figures/" target="_blank">as many as</a> <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/saudi_arabia.htm" target="_blank">22 government holidays</a> every year in some regions.</p><p>A lot of these days come from two Muslim holidays that take multiple days, and are observed throughout the Middle East. (Which is why Lebanon rates so high in the 2011 study, with 16 public holidays).</p><p>But it&rsquo;s not just in the Middle East.&nbsp; In Asia, one country with a surprisingly strong showing is none other than international pariah North Korea, arguably the most repressive government anywhere in the world right now, with <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/north_korea.htm" target="_blank">no fewer than 20 public holidays every year</a>, according to one source.</p><p>Even <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/belarus.htm" target="_blank">Belarus</a> narrowly beats the United States, with 11 public holidays to our 10.</p><p>So, the level of freedom, liberalism, conservatism, or economic prosperity has, in the end, very little to do with how many days a year people get to take a break.&nbsp; So, when you&rsquo;re annoyed to find your bank closed today, just think: in some countries, where the quality of life is far worse than here, it happens even more often.</p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-18/presidents-day-comparing-national-holidays-around-world-105590 Untangling the web of Saudi family poltics http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/segment/untangling-web-saudi-family-poltics-100299 <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/AP120620030821.jpg" style="float: left; height: 530px; width: 350px;" title="Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz is seen during a condolence call made by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, unseen, at the Royal Court in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 20, 2012. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) " />The death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Albdulaziz al Saud last week may have made Saudi family politics even more difficult to predict.&nbsp; Who will be the next heir to King Abdullah? One likely candidate is Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz. He was just made crown prince.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The official announcement Monday came the day after the burial of Prince Nayef, who died last week in Geneva. He had been named the heir to the Saudi throne in November.</div><p>The 76-year-old Prince Salman is the third successor for the 88-year-old King Abdullah in the past year in one of the West&#39;s most critical Middle East allies.</p><p>Thursday on <em>Worldview</em>, Middle East scholar Joseph Kéchichian tells Worldview what the jostling means for the future of Saudi politics and U.S.&ndash;Saudi relations.</p><p>Kéchichian has written about Saudi Politics, his most recent publications include <em>Faysal: Saudi Arabia&#39;s King for All Seasons</em> and <em>Power and Succession in the Arab Monarchies</em>.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/segment/untangling-web-saudi-family-poltics-100299 Worldview 6.21.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/worldview-62112-100288 <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/AP120620030474.jpg" title="U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, right, meets with Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, left, during a condolence call at the Royal Court in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)" /></div><p>Thursday on <em>Worldview</em>:</p><p>Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was officially named crown prince earlier this week, making him the heir-apparent to the aging King Abdullah. His promotion followed the unexpected death of Crown <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/n/nayef/index.html?inline=nyt-per" title="More articles about Nayef.">Prince Nayef</a> bin Albdulaziz al-Saud. Middle East scholar Joseph Kéchichian tells <em>Worldview </em>what the jostling means for the complicated web of Saudi family politics.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> soccer contributors <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/geography/People/EuanHague/index.asp" target="_blank">Euan Hague</a>, a professor of geography at DePaul, and <a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/menssoccer/msc-assistantcoaches.htm" target="_blank">Michael Madero</a>, assistant coach for the University of Chicago&rsquo;s men&rsquo;s soccer team, share their predictions for upcoming Euro 2012 quarterfinals matches. Plus, Jakub Parusinski, staff writer for the <em>Kyiv Post, </em>describes how fans in Ukraine and Poland have been behaving at the matches (hint: they haven&#39;t always been peaceful).</p><p><strong>To join the conversation call us at 312-923-9239 and tell us why you think your team will take the championship.</strong></p><p>On our<em>&nbsp;Global Activism </em>segment,<em>&nbsp;</em>Holly Ezinga talks about her company,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ourfairearth.com/" target="_blank">Fair Earth</a>, a socially-conscious, eco-friendly company that produces and markets high quality, Fair Trade merchandise from East Africa.</p></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/worldview-62112-100288 Iran accused of plot to kill Saudi ambassador to the U.S. http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-19/iran-accused-plot-kill-saudi-ambassador-us-93284 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-19/iran3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The story seems pulled from a movie script: Last week, the U.S. government alleged that officials high up in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard concocted a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., with the help of a Mexican drug gang. Members of the Iranian security force, U.S. officials said, intended to detonate a bomb at a crowded restaurant in Washington D.C., killing the ambassador as well as over 100 bystanders.</p><p>We sit down and parse through the accusations with <a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_parsi" target="_blank">Trita Parsi</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/" target="_blank">National Iranian American Council</a>. Born in Iran, Trita fled the country with his family at the age of four to escape political repression. He's an expert on diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran.</p></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-19/iran-accused-plot-kill-saudi-ambassador-us-93284 Worldview 10.19.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-101911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-19/iran1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. government alleges that officials high up in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard concocted a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., with the help of a Mexican drug gang. We speak with <a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_parsi" target="_blank">Trita Parsi</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/site/PageServer?pagename=NIAC_index" target="_blank">National Iranian American Council</a>, about the accusations. Later, we sit down with activist <a href="http://www.rmaf.org.ph/Awardees/Citation/CitationMishraNil.htm" target="_blank">Nileema Mishra</a>, who recently won the 2011 <a href="http://www.rmaf.org.ph/" target="_blank">Magsaysay Award</a>, considered Asia’s Nobel Prize. Nileema organizes thousands of Indians into self-help groups. They collectively acquire loans, save money, and elevate their lives – all without government assistance. She tells us what low-income Indians need to escape poverty. And, fifty-two years ago this week, Franzkarl Schwendinger opened the “Scotch Club” in the quiet German city of Aachen. He hired the world’s first disc jockey to enliven the atmosphere. Inauspiciously, the discotheque era was born. Jerome and <em>Radio M</em> host Tony Sarabia play their favorite global disco hits to mark the anniversary.</p></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-101911 Saudia Arabia will finally allow women to vote http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-26/saudia-arabia-will-finally-allow-women-vote-92464 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-26/AP090303020862.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia surprised his ultraconservative nation Sunday by announcing bold reforms that will give women the right to vote, run for local office and serve on the Shura Council, the king's advisory board. The reforms would begin in 2015.</p><p>Some observers suggest the ailing 87-year-old king seeks a legacy as a reformer in light of the Arab Spring movement that’s sweeping the Middle East. When rumblings of revolt echoed in Saudi Arabia, the government promised $130 billion in salary raises and spending for social and religious programs.</p><p><a href="http://web.trinity.edu/x8161.xml" target="_blank">Mary Ann Tetreault</a>, professor of international affairs and political science at Trinity University, analyzes King Abdullah’s shift on women’s rights.</p></p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-26/saudia-arabia-will-finally-allow-women-vote-92464 Saudi women organizing for the right to drive a car http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-15/saudi-women-organizing-right-drive-car-87881 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-15/143320533_Women20Driving20in20Saudi20Arabia_xlarge.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bars women from driving a car.&nbsp; But a growing group of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter users is asking for that to change. A social media campaign is calling on Saudi women who have an international driver’s license to get behind the wheel on June 17 and demand the right to drive.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.causes.com/causes/44273" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> has been blocked by the Saudi government but not before it had some 12,000 supporters.</p><p><a href="http://www.maiyamani.com/" target="_blank">Mai Yamani</a>, a Middle East scholar and author of several books on Saudi Arabia including <em>Changed Identities, the Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia, </em>discusses the latest demand by Saudi women.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Manal al-Sharif, a woman's rights activist, made a video of herself driving in Saudi Arabia</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BT-3I5jg1xg" width="560" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-15/saudi-women-organizing-right-drive-car-87881