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Worldview 5.16.12

After receiving death threats in 2011, rapper Shahin Najafi fled Iran and lived under police protection in Cologne, Germany. “This is a disaster,” he said. “I am not Salman Rushdie.” (AP/Schahryar Ahadi)

Wednesday on Worldview:

It's not just world leaders gathering in Chicago this weekend.

A coalition of 39 groups will also be in town to take part in a "Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice." Their goal? “Imagining an alternative future without NATO.” Worldview talks with Reiner Braun, executive director of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, who's in from Germany to attend the conference. 

We also look at whether this weekend’s NATO summit will have a lasting effect on Chicago’s tourism industry, with economics professor Victor Matheson. To join the conversation call 312-923-9239.

And on our Global Notes segment, Islamic studies professor Ahmad Sadri explains why Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi is causing such a stir with is latest song, “Naghi.” An Islamist website has offered a $100,000 to anyone who kills Najafi.

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