WBEZ | NATO http://www.wbez.org/tags/nato Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en NATO says it stands with Turkey in fight against ISIS http://www.wbez.org/news/nato-says-it-stands-turkey-fight-against-isis-112497 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ap_295749276065_custom-d817a4135a6c5f79f33a8079a30e9add34cc3101-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>During a meeting with all 27 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday, Turkey said it wanted to give the members a heads up that at some point it may need their help fighting against the self-declared Islamic State.</p><p>Turkey called a rare&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_49187.htm">Article 4 meeting</a>&nbsp;of the NATO allies after it began an air campaign against ISIS targets in Syria.</p><p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/nato-holding-rare-emergency-meeting-turkeys-request-174542971.html">As <em>The Associated Press</em> reports</a>, Turkey has been reluctant to join the U.S.-led war against ISIS, but recently an ISIS suicide bombing near the Turkish border with Syria left 32 people dead. Last week, Turkey decided to let the U.S. launch airstrikes from a base in the country and also began launching its own strikes.</p><p>&quot;If a NATO member country comes under attack, NATO would support it in every way,&quot; Turkey&#39;s president, Tayyip Erdogan, said,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/28/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-nato-idUSKCN0Q20RQ20150728">according to Reuters</a>. &quot;At the moment,<a href="http://www.reuters.com/places/turkey">Turkey</a>&nbsp;has come under attack and is exercising its right to defend itself and will exercise this right until the end ... but what we&#39;re saying is that there could be a duty for NATO, and we ask NATO to be prepared for this.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/nato-meets-at-turkeys-request-to-discuss-crisis-in-syria-iraq-1438078682"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reports</a>&nbsp;that during and following the meeting, NATO offered political support to Turkey:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;Following the meeting, NATO issued a statement condemning the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=6&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CDMQFjAFahUKEwiTmsaW2f3GAhUBGxQKHQ34Cbo&amp;url=http://www.wsj.com/articles/turkish-town-of-suruc-hit-by-deadly-blast-1437388272&amp;ei=E2S3VdPEOoG2UI3wp9AL&amp;usg=AFQjCNGHkhEp-bINhc_P_eJX_2wEWYNp9w&amp;bvm=bv.98717601,d.ZGU" target="_blank">attacks against Turkey</a>, adding that terrorism is &#39;a challenge that the international community must fight and tackle together.&#39;</p><p>&quot;Both before and after the meeting, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg repeatedly mentioned that the alliance stood with Turkey, brushing off questions about divisions within the allies over Ankara&#39;s approach.</p><p>&quot; &#39;All allies stand in solidarity with Turkey, we strongly condemn the terrorist attacks,&#39; Mr. Stoltenberg said.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>&mdash;<em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/28/427032292/nato-says-it-stands-with-turkey-in-fight-against-isis">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/nato-says-it-stands-turkey-fight-against-isis-112497 NATO considers military action to counter Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-02/nato-considers-military-action-counter-russia-110734 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP562786984527.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the weekend, EU and NATO leaders reportedly considered possible solutions to Russia&#39;s invasion into Ukraine, including the possibility of a NATO rapid-reaction force. John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago will explain the politics of the situation.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: NATO considers military action to counter Russia" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-02/nato-considers-military-action-counter-russia-110734 Russian troops in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP560589181576.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NATO has accused Russia of illegally sending its troops into Ukraine. NATO says it has proof that Russian troops are fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists. We&#39;ll discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine with Andrew Weiss. Weiss served as a Russia and Ukraine expert in the Clinton White House.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russian troops in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728 NATO 5 protester in solitary in maximum security prison http://www.wbez.org/news/nato-5-protester-solitary-maximum-security-prison-108511 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Pontiac Prison.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>One of the so-called NATO 5 protesters has been put in segregation in prison for having &ldquo;dangerous written material&rdquo; in his cell.</p><p>Mark Neiweem is serving a three-year sentence for asking someone to buy him components to make a pipe bomb in the run up to the NATO summit held in Chicago. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections,&nbsp; Neiweem was put into segregation in mid-July at the maximum security Pontiac prison. Inmates held in segregation get one shower and five hours outside their cell per week.</p><p>A disciplinary report on Neiweem states he &ldquo;was found in possession of copious amounts of Anarchist publications, handwritten Anarchist related essays, and signs and symbolisms indicative of Anarachists.&rdquo; That violates departmental rule 209: &ldquo;Possessing written material that presents a serious threat to the safety and security of persons or the facility.&rdquo;</p><p>The disciplinary report also cites a confidential informant in the prison who told guards that Neiweem was recruiting other inmates to be part of a collective.</p><p>The Department of Corrections says Neiweem will remain in segregation until January of next year. In a Cook County Adult Probation Department report Neiweem told an investigator that he has a history of drug abuse and mental illness and has attempted suicide on two occasions.</p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/nato-5-protester-solitary-maximum-security-prison-108511 Leftover NATO funds to help improve Chicago parks http://www.wbez.org/news/leftover-nato-funds-help-improve-chicago-parks-104737 <p><p>Chicago parks and cultural programs will get a multi-million dollar funding boost thanks to last year&#39;s NATO Summit.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that an additional $2 million in private funds left over from last year&#39;s meeting of world leaders will be invested in neighborhood parks and cultural programs. Chicago hosted the two-day meeting in May.</p><p>Emanuel says the money will be used to build a new park playground in North Lawndale at the Frazier schools and improve existing parks, including by upgrading lights and turf.</p><p>These funds will also double the number of performances of Circus in the Parks and extend the program to new parks and new audiences.</p><p>Emanuel says he hopes the initiative will help to ensure that every Chicagoan lives in walking distance from a park.</p></p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 20:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/leftover-nato-funds-help-improve-chicago-parks-104737 Occupy activists try to lift spirits of jailed comrades http://www.wbez.org/news/occupy-activists-try-lift-spirits-jailed-comrades-100080 <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/99percentSCALED.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; width: 192px; height: 287px;" title="An Occupy Chicago activist Wednesday heads from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse after a hearing for two NATO protesters facing bomb-related charges. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell) " /></div><p>Sebastian Senakiewicz and Mark Neiweem are getting less public attention than <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/prosecutors-keep-terror-indictments-defendants-100044">three other NATO protesters</a> jailed on bomb-related charges. But Occupy Chicago activists on Wednesday pulled off a defiant display inside a Cook County courtroom to let the two know they are not going it alone.</p><p>The scene was a hearing at which prosecutors announced that a grand jury had indicted Senakiewicz, 24, and Neiweem, 28, for allegedly talking about building explosives to wreak havoc during the military alliance&rsquo;s summit in Chicago last month. Two or three diligent reporters were on hand but not a single television camera. The media &ldquo;pen&rdquo; &mdash; a cordoned section of the courthouse lobby &mdash; was barren.</p><p>The courtroom, though, was full of Occupy activists willing to buck warnings from a beefy sheriff&rsquo;s officer against creating any sort of spectacle.</p><p>After the hearing, as Senakiewicz and Neiweem were led to the courtroom&rsquo;s side door, their Occupy comrades made their move. There were just a few seconds for the defendants to get a glimpse of the gallery and, when they did, they saw a dozen fists in the air.</p><p>&ldquo;They can waive back to us in solidarity and they can feel that love and support that our whole movement has for them,&rdquo; said Rachael Perrotta, one of the Occupy activists.</p><p>Prosecutors last month charged Senakiewicz with falsely making a terrorist threat and Neiweem with solicitation for explosives or incendiary devices. A judge set their bonds at, respectively, $750,000 and $500,000 &mdash; amounts their attorneys say will keep them locked up.</p><p>At Wednesday&rsquo;s hearing, Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil set their next court appearance for July 2.</p><p>The Occupy activists vowed to be there.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/occupy-activists-try-lift-spirits-jailed-comrades-100080 Illinois ventures into unchartered waters by using own terror laws http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-ventures-unchartered-waters-using-own-terror-laws-100010 <p><p>Three suspects appear in a Chicago court Tuesday to face terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to hurl Molotov cocktails at President Barack Obama&#39;s campaign headquarters.</p><p>But it&#39;ll be state, not federal attorneys handling their case.</p><p>Even as lawmakers in Illinois and at least 35 other states adopted ant-terrorism laws after Sept. 11, 2001, they agreed the anti-terrorist fight was best left to legions of U.S. government lawyers.</p><p>So the decision by Cook County State&#39;s Attorney office to test Illinois&#39; law for the first time against activists arrested before last month&#39;s NATO summit surprised many experts.</p><p>Former federal prosecutor Phil Turner says Illinois state prosecutors are entering &quot;unchartered waters.&quot; He says their lack of manpower and expertise compared with their federal counterparts raises doubts about their ability to secure terrorist convictions.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Defense attorneys say all three intend to enter not-guilty pleas. It&#39;s unclear if they&#39;ll do that Tuesday.</span></p><p><span>All three suspects have remained in jail since their arrests days before May&#39;s NATO summit.</span></p></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-ventures-unchartered-waters-using-own-terror-laws-100010 Metra says NATO summit cost them $800,000 http://www.wbez.org/news/metra-says-nato-summit-cost-them-800000-99890 <p><p>Metra says the NATO summit held in Chicago last month cost the commuter rail agency $800,000.</p><p><a href="http://trib.in/MaMyiY">The Chicago <em>Tribune</em> reports</a> that some Metra board members say they&#39;re surprised the costs weren&#39;t higher.</p><p>Metra says the money includes $400,000 in lost passenger revenue for customers who stayed away and money for extra security expenses, including bomb-sniffing dogs and hiring outside security firms.</p><p>Metra Chief Financial Officer Thomas Farmer is expected to present the NATO costs at Friday&#39;s meeting of the Metra Board.</p><p>Metra Board member Jack Schaffer says his agency serves &quot;a great city, and occasionally we have to pay the bill.&quot;</p><p>According to Metra, the total tab for the NATO summit was about $1 million but the agency expects the federal government to reimburse it about $200,000.</p></p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/metra-says-nato-summit-cost-them-800000-99890 Are Turkey and Africa the keys to Europe's future? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/are-turkey-and-africa-keys-europes-future-99531 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gul.jpg" title="Turkish President Abdullah Gul, center, poses with President Barack Obama, right, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as he arrives at the NATO Summit. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)" /></div><p>Editor&#39;s Note: Worldview<em> contributor Robert L. Price was at this past weekend&#39;s NATO summit and has been blog throughout the week on the summit and sustainability issues. Today, Price looks at how Western Europe made a historic bet, choosing Greece, Italy and Spain over Turkey and Africa -- and how that bet came up short.</em></p><p>In 2009, I was at a symposium in Chicago given by the <a href="http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/">Urban Affairs Association</a>. One part of the event discussed Mediterranean cities. Many lecturers and breakout sessions covered cities such as Barcelona, Naples and Athens.</p><p>Barcelona was noted for its diversity and rich cultural heritage as a result of its African roots. Spain has a Moorish tradition that clearly influenced its architectural heritage. Spanish trade with Africa, and especially the East, was one of many reasons for its past wealth and glory.</p><p>For Naples, the presenter demonstrated how its seaport was one of Italy&rsquo;s busiest, and how, for prosperity sake, the Italians should consider reorienting towards the South once more. When Italy faced south, like Spain, it knew great prosperity. Then there was Athens. Although much discussion centered on modern Athens, the presenter did not deny its ancient links to Africa, via Egypt, for centuries, if not millennia, and how Greece historically shared riches with Asia Minor.</p><p>This week I saw an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2HPc9WPgYg">address</a> sponsored by the <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/">Chicago Council on Global Affairs</a>. Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in town for the NATO summit, was the guest speaker. His talk was quite optimistic:</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Despite many global economic risks, the Turkish economy rests on sturdy macro foundations . . . [it has] an economy with strong public finances, sustainable debt dynamics, a sound banking system, functional credit markets. </em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, which are now at the post-revolutionary stage of institutionalizing the change, Turkey is their most active partner. </em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>In Africa alone, we will have 34 embassies by the end of this year, whereas we had only 12 in 2009.</em></p><p>Greece has been idealized as the cultural, philosophical and historical bedrock of Western civilization. This emotional connection had to score extra points in Greece&rsquo;s bid for European Union membership. Turkey, on the other hand, has lobbied for membership since 1959, but the Turks were perceived as too big, too poor, too Muslim or too &ldquo;other&rdquo; to join the EU.</p><p>Now look at Spain, Italy and Greece, all of which ignored their former southern Mediterranean or African trading partners. They are in financial dire straits and represent the weakest economic links of the European Union. Compare them to Turkey, a NATO member, denied admission to the EU club. It embraced its African Mediterranean relationships and now emerges as an economic model for Europe.</p><p>Any regrets, EU?</p><p><em>Robert L. Price is an architect and interior designer based in Shanghai, China. He is Worldview&#39;s arts and architecture contributor and a Global Cities co-contributor. Price also serves as Senior Associate and Technical Director for Asia at <a href="http://www.gensler.com/">Gensler</a>, a global design firm.</em></p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 10:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/are-turkey-and-africa-keys-europes-future-99531 Chief wants NATO lessons to translate to street corner policing http://www.wbez.org/news/chief-wants-nato-lessons-translate-street-corner-policing-99498 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/McCarthy and Emanuel 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says hosting NATO this past weekend is going to have some long-term benefits for his department.</p><p>McCarthy has talked a lot about how officers working the NATO protests started out wearing just their regular uniforms.</p><p>&ldquo;If we just came out in the riot gear from day one, we would have had an entirely different dynamic going on in this city.&nbsp; The confrontational appearance would have resulted in confrontation,&rdquo; McCarthy said.</p><p>McCarthy said the officers saw this weekend that you can either escalate a situation or de-escalate it.</p><p>&ldquo;It&#39;s not gonna be a big shift to get them to understand that instead of cursing at somebody and telling them to get off the corner, you explain to them, somebody just got shot down the block and maybe this isn&#39;t a good place to stand.&nbsp; It&#39;s two totally different dynamics,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>McCarthy said when officers treat people with respect, the police are viewed as legitimate and citizens become more concerned about not violating the law.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chief-wants-nato-lessons-translate-street-corner-policing-99498