WBEZ | Nepal http://www.wbez.org/tags/nepal Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Greek debt crisis http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-04/greek-debt-crisis-112142 <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/AP%20PhotoYorgos%20Karahalis.jpg" style="width: 563px; height: 375px;" title="(Photo: AP/Yorgos Karahalis)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829796&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Greece inches toward debt agreement</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Greek prime minister met with the country&rsquo;s Eurozone creditors in Brussels yesterday and during the night to try and negotiate the terms of a final loan agreement for its international bailout. Greece and the Eurozone lenders and the IMF have been in negotiations for months over what kinds of reforms Greece needs to make in order to secure the final group of loans. Greece is hoping to avert a default although the country has said it might not be able to make its next IMF repayment, 335 million dollars, which is due on Friday. The head of the International Monetary Fund has said she is &quot;confident&quot; Greece will make the key debt payment tomorrow. Stephen Nelson, a professor of political science at Northwestern University who specializes in the politics of debt and Nick Malkoutzis, editor of MacroPolis, join us to talk about the possible solutions to the crisis and its impact on Greece.<br /><br /><strong>Guests: </strong></p><ul><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="http://www.polisci.northwestern.edu/people/core-faculty/stephen-nelson.html">Stephen Nelson</a> is a professor of political science at Northwestern University.</em></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/nickmalkoutzis">Nick Malkoutzis</a> is the editor of MacroPolis.&nbsp;</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829794&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><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: Blind Foundation for India</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">According to World Health Organization, close to 300 million people globally are visually impaired, 39 million are blind and nine out of every ten visually impaired people are low-income. Manu Vora is president and founding director of the Blind Foundation for India (BFI), based in Naperville, IL. We first spoke with him in 2008. For our Global Activism segment, Manu is back to update us on BFI&rsquo;s work to provide aid and support to the tens of millions of India&rsquo;s visually impaired.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Manu Vora is&nbsp;president and founding director of the <a href="http://www.blindfoundation.org/">Blind Foundation for India</a>.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829791&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Relief efforts continue in Nepal and US-South Asian relations</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Nepal continues to rebuild after a deadly earthquake struck the country last April. According the U.S. State Department, the earthquake destroyed or damaged 760,000 homes. The United States has provided temporary housing to many displaced Nepalis and is collaborating with the Nepali government on coordinating the reconstruction of the infrastructure that was destroyed. This week, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the US agreed to two new defense trade deals with India as part of a plan to strengthen military ties between the two countries. Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, joins us to talk about the U.S. effort in Nepal and relations with India.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/215789.htm">Nisha Desai Biswal</a>&nbsp;is Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.</em></p></p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-04/greek-debt-crisis-112142 Global Activism: Chicago area doctors bring aid to Nepal http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-area-doctors-bring-aid-nepal-111978 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/operation walk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Operation Walk Chicago is a volunteer group of orthopedic doctors dedicated to offering medical treatment to impoverished people around the world. They say there are less than 200 trained orthopedic surgeons in Nepal, a country of more than 30 million people. As supplies and aid flow into the earthquake devastated country, Operation Walk is partnering with Nepal Orthopedic Hospital in Kathmandu. Dr. Ravi Bashyal is a Nepalese-American orthopedic surgeon and volunteer with <a href="http://www.operationwalkchicago.com/">Operation Walk Chicago</a>. He&rsquo;ll tell us how his group plans to aid the hospital and doctors in Nepal.</p><p><em>Operation Walk Chicago was suggested to us by WTTW&#39;s Elizabeth Brackett. </em></p><p><em>Operation Walk Chicago&nbsp;</em><em>is <a href="https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=owc&amp;id=1">accepting donations</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203332661&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-area-doctors-bring-aid-nepal-111978 Global Activism: Himalaya Project NFP http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-himalaya-project-nfp-111021 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Himalaya Project.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b64fdbbb-61d5-41cb-1fac-ea2bd8b01f56"><a href="http://www.himalaya-project.org">Himalaya Project NFP</a>, a Chicago-based, all-volunteer charity, works to provide education and healthcare to people in need in the Himalayan region of Dolpo, Nepal. Socioeconomic and geopolitical factors have left them without access to basic health care. Mark Sobralske, Himalaya Project&rsquo;s Executive Director says, &ldquo;We are going to change that.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll talk with Mark for our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em> </a>series.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/173523816&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></span></p></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-himalaya-project-nfp-111021 Worldview 12.22.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-15/fg-stoke-pt-img08590.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, <em>Worldview</em> spends the hour revisiting stories from the <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em> series. Cristi Hegranes, the founder of the <a href="http://globalpressinstitute.org/" target="_blank">Global Press Institute</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-09/global-activism-women-reporters-change-their-communities-87642" target="_blank">explains</a> why she started a non-profit media organization to train women to be journalists. Educator Christopher Flint talks about <a href="http://www.aactionautism.org/" target="_blank">AACTION Autism</a>, his Chicago-based organization that works with autistic kids in India. And, the founder of <a href="http://www.mindfulmedicineworldwide.org/" target="_blank">Mindful Medicine Worldwide</a> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/global-activism-organization-provides-integrative-healthcare-patients-ne">says </a>her group's integrative health care services have helped patients in Nepal.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122211 Worldview 8.10.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-03/portugal.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the third installment of our weeklong <em><a href="http://wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series on the abortion debate in other countries, we go to Portugal. The Portuguese government legalized voluntary abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy in 2007. Despite the changes, many doctors still refuse to perform the procedure. Beatriz Padilla, a senior researcher at Center for Research and Studies in Sociology at the <a href="http://www.iscte-iul.pt/home.aspx" target="_blank">University Institute of Lisbon</a>, explains the situation. Later in the hour, we meet <a href="http://www.choying.com/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a>, a Nepali Buddhist nun. She founded an organization that supports the education and welfare of Buddhist nuns in her country. Drolma tells us her story and performs a few of her songs in WBEZ’s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios" target="_blank">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81011 Nepali nun finds freedom from misogyny through music http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-10/nepali-nun-finds-freedom-misogyny-through-music-90056 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/ANI MICROPHONE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we meet <a href="http://theanifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a>, a Nepali Buddhist nun, internationally renowned singer and social activist. Ani is the founder of the <a href="http://www.choying.com/about-nwf.html" target="_blank">Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal</a>, an organization that supports the education and well-being of Buddhist nuns, as well as the Ani Foundation, a U.S. branch for her work. In her autobiography <em>Singing for Freedom</em>, she shares her story of running away from an abusive, male-dominated home to find sanctuary at a Buddhist monastery.</p><p>Ani joins us to discuss how becoming a nun has shaped her life’s work. She also performs a few of her songs in our <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios" target="_blank">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-10/nepali-nun-finds-freedom-misogyny-through-music-90056 Global Activism: Organization provides integrative healthcare to patients in Nepal http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/global-activism-organization-provides-integrative-healthcare-patients-ne <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/fg stoke pt IMG_0859.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Each Thursday on our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a> series, we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place.</p><p>Grainne McKeown is the founder of <a href="http://www.mindfulmedicineworldwide.org/" target="_blank">Mindful Medicine Worldwide</a>. The organization provides integrative healthcare services to people in Nepal.</p><p>McKeown had spent a year in Nepal studying Buddhism. While she was there she discovered a local integrative care clinic that was completely staffed by volunteers. They had a Tibetan medicine doctor and a homeopath on staff but they didn’t have an acupuncturist.&nbsp; They also had lines and lines of patients waiting to be treated.&nbsp; So when she completed her studies in oriental medicine and acupuncture, she started Mindful Medicine Worldwide and headed back to the clinic to provide acupunture treatment for patients.</p><p><em>Mindful Medicine Worldwide will be holding their Spring Into Wellness Day on May 20, 2011 from 6-9pm at Flourish Studios at 3020 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.</em></p></p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/global-activism-organization-provides-integrative-healthcare-patients-ne Nepali woman finds freedom from cultural misogyny as a Buddhist nun and through song http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-24/nepali-woman-finds-freedom-cultural-misogyny-buddhist-nun-and-through-so <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-24/ANI MICROPHONE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://theanifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a> is a Nepali Buddhist nun, internationally renowned singer and social activist. She founded the Nuns Welfare Foundation in Nepal to support the education and welfare of Buddhist nuns. And recently Ani started a U.S. branch for her work called the <a href="https://theanifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ani Foundation</a>. Her autobiography is called <em>Singing for Freedom</em>.</p> <div>Ani shares her story about how she became a nun and how that decision shaped her life&rsquo;s work. She also performs some songs in our <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>EVENTS</strong></p><p>Ani Choying Drolma will be in Chicago from March 24-28.</p> <div>She will make two appearances at Primitive, a furniture and fine arts gallery.</div> <div>130 N. Jefferson St., Chicago</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, March 28; 7-9pm</div> <div>A special event for healthcare professionals who have visited Nepal or are interested in volunteering opportunities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday, March 28; 11-5pm</div> <div>Ani will discuss her music and philanthropic endeavors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more information, call 312-575-9600 or visit <a href="http://www.theanifoundation.org/">www.theanifoundation.org</a></div></p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-24/nepali-woman-finds-freedom-cultural-misogyny-buddhist-nun-and-through-so