Worldview: Bulgaria's prime minister resigns, former Shin Bet officials speak, and Somali women struggle

February 22, 2013

WBEZ

Worldview: Bulgaria's prime minister resigns, former Shin Bet officials speak, and Somali women struggle

The Eastern European nation of Bulgaria doesn't often make international headlines but now its front page news. Six former heads of the Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet appear in a new documentary and a Somali researcher takes a look at the role of women in politics in Africa.

Storified by · Fri, Feb 22 2013 09:26:36

Bulgaria government resignation acceptedaljazeeraenglish

 Bulgaria's government quits amidst economic and political turmoil: 


After protests over the high cost of energy took a violent turn, Bulgaria's populist Prime Minister Boiko Borisov denounced heavy-handed police tactics and announced that he and his government are resigning in response to the willof the people. With elections coming up in July, the former Communistbloc country is faced with weak political leadership, high unemployment amid a fierce anti-austerity backlash. Robert Castle, a Ph.D. candidate at the CityUniversity of New York and former lecturer at the American University inBulgaria explains why he thinks Borisov’s actions are more about political opportunismthan righteous indignation.

Boiko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Submits Resignation"The people gave us power, and today we are returning it," Mr. Borisov said on Wednesday morning in Parliament, according to local news r...
[HD] THE GATEKEEPERS - Trailer (2012).mp4supadupamovietrailer

Oscar nominated documentary offers rare inside view of Israeli intelligence agency


The Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers examines the modern history of Israel through the eyes of those who ran its intelligence apparatus. They tackle several big questions facing Israel, including the two-state solution and settlements. It’s the first time any of these Shin Bet leaders have given interviews. Filmmaker Droh Moreh and Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik join us to talk about the movie and the reaction its received in Israel and beyond. 

'The Gatekeepers' documentary questions Israeli terror fighters up close - Chicago Sun-TimesBY BILL STAMETS This publicity photo released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Director Dror Moreh whose documentary film, "The Gatekeeper...

Cultural barriers leave Somali women out of politics


In the last decade, many African nations have made significant strides in increasing women’s role in politics. Countries like Liberia and Malawi have female presidents, whereas others like Rwanda and Mozambique have more women in elected office than many Western nations. But Somalia lags way behind. Somali-Canadian Fowsia Abdulkadir will be a featured speaker at Saturday’s Voices of Somali Women Conference, sponsored by the Chicago-based Somalia Strategy Forum. She explains what is holding Somali women back. 

Combating Rape in Somalia: Women at a Crossroads | PRI's The WorldActivists in Somalia are demanding that their new government do more to investigate rape charges, especially those directed at men in uni...