WBEZ | Syria http://www.wbez.org/tags/syria Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview: The use of rape as a weapon in the Syrian war http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-23/worldview-use-rape-weapon-syrian-war-111753 <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/AP843070667155.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="A Syrian refugee woman who fled violence in Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani seen outside her tent in Turkey’s newly set-up camp in the border town of Suruc, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197316777&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;">Sexual assault and the war in Syria</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b89f245d-47f6-8992-68c6-48d11f8ca12d">Rape has been used as a tool of war, in Bosnia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and countless other conflicts and now, in Syria. &nbsp;Many experts believe because of the social taboos around rape, the number of cases of rape in Syria has been underreported. </span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b89f245d-47f6-8992-68c6-48d11f8ca12d">Manal Omar is </span>associate vice president of the Center for the Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace. &nbsp;She&rsquo;s spent the last year talking with Syrian women, some of whom have been raped. She joins us to discuss how the epidemic of sexual assault is changing the way Syrian women feel about the conflict.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Manal Omar is the associate vice president of the Center for the Middle East and Africa at the <a href="https://twitter.com/USIP">U.S. Institute of Peace.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197317096&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><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">The impact of barrel bombs on civilians in Syria</span></font></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-101d7abd-47f8-519f-c8b0-5a8bc920f0dc">Last month Syrian President Bashar Al Assad gave an interview to the BBC. In it, he denied that his government had ever used barrel bombs to target Syrian civilians. &nbsp;He called the accusations &ldquo;childish.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span><span id="docs-internal-guid-101d7abd-47f8-519f-c8b0-5a8bc920f0dc">Barrel bombs are crude and highly explosive. They&rsquo;re filled with scrap metal and nails which enhances their fragmentation when they explode.&nbsp;</span>Sometimes they&rsquo;re even filled with chemicals like chlorine. &nbsp;Last week Doctors without Borders said that barrels filled with chlorine were dropped from helicopters in the town of Sarmin. In &nbsp;a recent Op-Ed that appeared in the New York Times, Dr. Hassan (he is using a pseudonym &nbsp;out of fear for his safety) &nbsp;wrote about the carnage he says he&rsquo;s witnessed from barrel bombs. He called on the international community to stop them. He joins us to discuss the impact of the bombs on Syrian civilians.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Dr. Hassan is a surgeon in Aleppo, Syria. He is using a pseudonym out of concern for his safety.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197317573&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><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Women for Women International empowers women by teaching them business skills</span></font></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-492f58bc-47f9-fc6a-1907-cd299b648082">The war in Syria is entering its fifth year. According to the UN, &nbsp;almost half of Syria&rsquo;s population has been forced to flee since the conflict began in 2011. Now, one in four of these refugee households is headed by a woman. &nbsp;Women are tasked with seeing the survival of their families. Mandana Hendesssi &nbsp;is the Regional Director for the Middle East and European Operations at Women for Women International. The organization &nbsp;helps marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. They&rsquo;re supporting a program to help Syrian women in the Kawergosk refugee camp in Irbil, Iraq. There, women are receiving counseling and business skills training. They&rsquo;ve started their own businesses in the camps to meet the market needs, everything from selling clothes to offering haircuts. Mandana Hendessi tells us more about the project.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-492f58bc-47fa-8867-6772-74344b42cd20"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Mandana </em></span><em>Hendessi is the Regional Director for the Middle East and European Operations at <a href="https://twitter.com/WomenforWomen">Women for Women International.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-23/worldview-use-rape-weapon-syrian-war-111753 Worldview: 200,000 deaths recorded as Syria heads into its fifth year of conflict http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-16/worldview-200000-deaths-recorded-syria-heads-its-fifth-year-conflict <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/AP339140039513.jpg" style="height: 718px; width: 620px;" title="Ghassan Hitto, the Syrian opposition's newly elected interim prime minister, speaks during a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Hitto has ruled out dialogue with President Bashar Assad's regime. (AP Photo)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196188959&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Fourth anniversary of Syrian conflict marked by at least 200,000 deaths</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7ff42f09-2412-c20b-4588-f87ab5338cb8">The war in Syria, which began on </span>on March 15, 2011 &nbsp;with anti-government protests, is now entering its fifth year. At least 200,000 have died and a resolution to the conflict remains distant. Over the weekend, in an interview with CBS News, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has been working behind the scenes with &quot;a number of different critical players&quot; to find a diplomatic solution. He also suggested that a diplomatic solution would include Bashar Al Assad. &nbsp;Ghassan Hitto, the CEO of the Syrian Forum, was the first prime minister elected by the Syrian opposition coalition. He joins us to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/GhassanHitto">Ghassan Hitto</a>, the CEO of the Syrian Forum, was the first prime minister elected by the Syrian opposition coalition.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196189495&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><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Peace on Earth Film Festival highlights the work of &quot;The Peace Exchange&quot;</span></font></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e59f22c2-2417-97d0-5a17-fc1e8fa1ac28">The 2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) kicks off on Thursday. The annual fest strives to raise &ldquo;awareness of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world&rdquo;. It runs March 19th through March 22nd at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year&rsquo;s helpings will focus mainly on &ldquo;films of advocacy&rdquo;. Nick Angotti, festival co-founder and executive director, is back again to preview the offerings. Also with Angotti is J&rsquo;mme Love, filmmaker and co-director of </span>The Peace Exchange, being featured at the POEFF and Tim McBride, a chicago college student who co-produced the film and participates in a program by the same name.</p><div><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></div><div><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-e59f22c2-2418-07c6-c545-87b26830c124"><a href="https://twitter.com/AngottiNick">Nick Angotti</a> is the&nbsp;</span>executive director, co-founder, <a href="https://twitter.com/POEFF">Peace on Earth Film Festival</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-e59f22c2-2418-07c6-c545-87b26830c124">J&rsquo;mme Love is a</span>&nbsp;filmmaker and co-director of the film &quot;The Peace Exchange.&quot;</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-e59f22c2-2418-07c6-c545-87b26830c124">Tim McBride is a</span>&nbsp;college student and co-producer of the film &quot;The Peace Exchange,&quot; member of <a href="https://twitter.com/PeaceXChicago">The Peace Exchange </a>program.</em></p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-e59f22c2-2418-07c6-c545-87b26830c124">Henry Cervantes is a <a href="https://twitter.com/PeaceXChicago">Peace Exchange</a>&nbsp;program organizer, traveler, workshop leader.</span></em></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-16/worldview-200000-deaths-recorded-syria-heads-its-fifth-year-conflict Worldview: Syrians and Americans name casualties of the Syrian conflict in front of the White House http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-13/worldview-syrians-and-americans-name-casualties-syrian-conflict-front <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/AP871636273174.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px;" title="In This April 21, 2014, file photo, provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man holding a girl as he stands on the rubble of houses that were destroyed by Syrian government forces air strikes in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC, File)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195724583&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Syrians and Americans gather in front of the White House to remember victims of the Syrian conflict</span></font></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b61bc9b5-14c6-e918-eecc-362641ea060f">Syrians and Americans have gathered in front of the White House this week to remember the victims of the conflict in Syria as it heads into its fifth year. They are reading the names of the estimated more than 200,000 people who have been killed since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution on March 15, 2011. On Friday they&rsquo;ll be remember the children who have been killed.&nbsp;</span>Lina Sergie Attar is in DC for the event. She joins us to talk about the conflict and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:<a href="https://twitter.com/AmalHanano"><em>&nbsp;</em></a></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/AmalHanano">Lina Sergie Attar</a> is the co-founder of the <a href="https://twitter.com/karamfoundation">Karam Foundation.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195725629&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Why won&#39;t the United States adopt the metric system?</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ce80c653-14c9-63d3-be89-32c5eee31151">Just about every country in the world, apart from the U.S., Liberia and Myanmar, measures temperature in Celcius rather than Fahrenheit and measures length in centimeters and meters rather than inches. The &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/upload/HR-596-Metric-Law-1866.pdf">Metric Act of 1866</a> legalized the use of the Metric System in the U.S. but, unlike most other countries, the U.S. never went to a mandatory system using Metric. We came close in the 1970&rsquo;s but the legislation didn&rsquo;t go through. Still, industries and consumers in the United States are actually using it all the time. Elizabeth Gentry is the Metric coordinator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her office helps facilitate the use of the Metric System of measurement, known today as SI. She explains how it all works.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Elizabeth Gentry is metric coordinator at NIST, the <a href="https://twitter.com/usnistgov">National Institute of Standards and Technology, a &nbsp;part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195726634&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Weekend Passport: The Immortal Beloved Flamenco Drama</span></font></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we&rsquo;ll tell you about a musical performance that combines flamenco with classical music. Soniché drops by to give us a taste of what people can experience in&nbsp;<em>The Immortal Beloved Flamenco Drama</em>&nbsp;, which opens tonight at the Chopin Theatre.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>Nari Safavi is one of the co-founders of the <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/default.aspx">PASFARDA Arts &amp; Cultural Exchange</a></em></p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeLepauw">George Lepauw</a> is the founder, president and artistic director of the <a href="http://www.internationalbeethovenproject.com/about/whos-who/">International Beethoven Project</a></em></p><p><em>Soniché are an international flamenco group based in Chicago.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-13/worldview-syrians-and-americans-name-casualties-syrian-conflict-front Worldview: The use of unethical weapons in Syria http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-11/worldview-use-unethical-weapons-syria-111541 <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/AP162905765711.jpg" style="height: 441px; width: 620px;" title="In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, file photo provided by Aleppo Media Center [AMC], an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man, left, runs by a burned truck that was attacked by a barrel bomb dropped from a Syrian forces helicopter, in Aleppo, Syria.(AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190651450&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></div><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Syrian doctor has seen the impact of barrel bombs</span></font></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6f62328c-7a88-1ef4-0f3d-6124a999a920">In an interview this week with the BBC&rsquo;s </span>Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen,Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied dropping &quot;indiscriminate weapons&quot; such as barrel bombs on rebel-held areas. Barrel bombs are crude and highly explosive. They are filled with scrap metal which enhances fragmentation when they explode. &nbsp;But Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, says the Syrian regime is still using barrel bombs. He&rsquo;s just returned from Aleppo and the hospital where he was working has been hit by barrel bombs, more than once. &nbsp;Dr. Sahloul joins us to discuss the interview and the ongoing war in Syria.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Dr. <a href="https://twitter.com/sahloul">Zaher Sahloul</a>, president of the <a href="https://twitter.com/sams_usa">Syrian American Medical Society</a>.</em></p><div><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190652088&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></div><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">The price of pleasure foods</span></font></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e3ddf60a-7a8a-17c6-6fe7-5773212433d0">What is the price of pleasure in food? Last fall in France a few top chefs attempted to revive the tradition of ortolan, considered the holy grail of French food. But it&rsquo;s highly controversial nature left many asking: when is the price of pleasure too much? Louisa Chu, co-host of Chewing the Fat, our WBEZ podcast on food, joins us to share their pleasure episode this week.</span></p><p><span><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></span><em><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Louisa Chu</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;the co-host of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content/chewing-fat-podcast-louisa-chu-and-monica-eng">Chewing the Fat</a> podcast.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190654052&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat jams live in Studio 10</span></font></p><p>&iexcl;ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat, a Chicago based group, combine old school funk with Latin inspired melodies. They bring their soulful rhythm and attitude to this weeks Global Notes with Tony Sarabia.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/wbezsarabia">Tony Sarabia</a> is the host of <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZmorning">WBEZ Morning Shift</a>.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/essoafrojamfunkbeat">&iexcl;ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat</a>:&nbsp;Armando Pérez - guitar &amp; keys,&nbsp;Kevin Miller - saxophone,&nbsp;</em><em>Dan Leiber - drumkit,&nbsp;Vivian Garcia - vocals,&nbsp;Ezra Lange - bass,&nbsp;Puerko Pitzotl - percussion</em></p></p> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-11/worldview-use-unethical-weapons-syria-111541 UN cuts Syria food aid http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-02/un-cuts-syria-food-aid-111176 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP183970380655.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The United Nations World Food Program has been forced to suspend food aid to Syria. Lina Sergie Attar has just returned from the Syrian border. She joins us to discuss the impact of the cuts.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-un-cuts-syria-food-aid/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-un-cuts-syria-food-aid.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-un-cuts-syria-food-aid" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: UN cuts Syria food aid" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-02/un-cuts-syria-food-aid-111176 Ebola epidemic continues http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-25/ebola-epidemic-continues-111158 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP620242088694.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although some in Liberia are now referring to Ebola in the past-tense, the epidemic looks likely to continue past its ninth month. Laurie Garrett just returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia. She&#39;ll give us an update on what the epidemic looks like now.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ebola epidemic continues" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-25/ebola-epidemic-continues-111158 Turkey, ISIS and the Kurds http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-17/turkey-isis-and-kurds-110957 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP752837511821.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although Turkey&#39;s role in the fight against ISIS remains complicated, this week the country offered more assistance in training moderate Syrian rebels. We&#39;ll discuss Turkey&#39;s place in the actions against ISIS with political science professor Michael M. Gunter.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-turkey-s-growing-role-in-combating-isis/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-turkey-s-growing-role-in-combating-isis.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-turkey-s-growing-role-in-combating-isis" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Turkey, ISIS and the Kurds" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-17/turkey-isis-and-kurds-110957 Feds: Illinois teen wanted to join Islamic State http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-illinois-teen-wanted-join-islamic-state-110898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/fbi.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>A 19-year-old American left a letter expressing disgust with Western society before trying to board an international flight in Chicago, the first step in his plan to sneak into Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to a federal criminal complaint released Monday.</p><p>Mohammed Hamzah Khan, who lived with his parents in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, was arrested Saturday at O&#39;Hare International Airport trying to board a plane on the first leg of connecting flights to Turkey, which borders Syria. He is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.</p><p>Investigators said Khan left a three-page, handwritten letter in his bedroom for his parents that expressed anger over his U.S. taxes being used to kill his &quot;Muslim brothers and sisters,&quot; an apparent reference to a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants.</p><p>&quot;We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day,&quot; he wrote, then signed letter, &quot;Your loving son,&quot; according to court documents.</p><p>Khan appeared in a federal court Monday in orange jail clothes, calmly telling a federal magistrate he understood the allegations. As marshals led him away in handcuffs, the slight, bearded young man turned to smile at his parents &mdash; his father putting his arm around Khan&#39;s weeping mother.</p><p>About a dozen Americans are believed to be fighting in Syria, while more than 100 have either been arrested on their way to Syria or went and came back, FBI Director James Comey said recently without offering details.</p><p>Khan sought to fly Austrian Airlines to Istanbul by way of Vienna when customs officers stopped him going through security at O&#39;Hare&#39;s international terminal. While FBI agents interviewed him there, investigators searched his home.</p><p>It&#39;s unclear why authorities stopped Khan. Prosecutors, Khan&#39;s federal defender attorney and his parents didn&#39;t comment after Monday&#39;s hearing.</p><p>In the letter found by FBI agents, Khan also pleaded that his parents not contact authorities. Other documents found during the search of his home included a notebook drawing of what appeared to be an armed fighter with an Islamic State flag and the words &quot;Come to Jihad&quot; written in Arabic, according to the complaint.</p><p>Also found were drawings with arrows indicating where Khan might cross the border into Syria from Turkey.</p><p>Khan allegedly told FBI agents that an online source gave him the number of a person to contact when he got to Istanbul who would lead him to Islamic State members. When asked what he would do once in territory controlled by the Islamic State, Khan allegedly said he would &quot;be involved in some type of public service, a police force, humanitarian work or a combat role,&quot; according to the complaint.</p><p>Khan was ordered to remain jailed until at least a detention hearing Thursday. Prosecutors indicated they would ask he stay behind bars pending trial.</p><p>At a two-story house believed to be his family&#39;s home, no one would address reporters outside. But neighbor Steve Moore, 31, described Khan as a soft spoken and polite, saying the young man his family were always friendly and quick to say hello.</p><p>Another young man from the Chicago area also is accused of trying to join militants in Syria. Abdella Tounisi, of Aurora, was arrested last year at O&#39;Hare when he was 18. He has pleaded not guilty to seeking to provide material support to al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.</p></p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-illinois-teen-wanted-join-islamic-state-110898 ISIS' control over Turkey http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-25/isis-control-over-turkey-110854 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP271060793441.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this week, ISIS returned 46 hostages to Turkey, which has said it will not engage in military operations against the terrorist organization. We discuss Turkey&#39;s complicated relationship with ISIS with professor Henri Barkey.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: ISIS' control over Turkey" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-25/isis-control-over-turkey-110854 Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP56838941181.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syrian and Iraqi refugees are pouring into Europe to escape ongoing conflicts in their countries. We&#39;ll discuss how Europe has been handling the influx with Elizabeth Collett, director of Migration Policy Institute Europe.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841