The Pope begins his visit to Cuba on Monday. Many Cubans are ecstatic that the pontiff has chosen to honor Catholics on their island nation. Others worry that the visit overshadows continued political repression.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for March 26, 2012. Artists featured are: Yo Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Ocote Soul Sounds, Toubab Krewe, Kaya Project, Mocean Worker, Kalaban Coura.
The wife of an American man convicted of espionage in Cuba is hoping that the Pope’s visit there can help bring her husband, Alan Gross home.
For the Geo Quiz, we are looking for an Irish city where the city council has approved a proposal to erect a statue in Che’s honor. The statue would sit along a scenic path called the Salthhill Promenade.
Senegal’s presidential election, which saw the incumbent concede defeat peacefully, has been hailed as a “great victory for democracy” in Africa. President Abdoulaye Wade accepted that he was defeated by Macky Sall in Sunday’s run-off.
Alex Gallafent profiles the Japanese rock bank L’Arc~en~Ciel. The band performed Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Calls for international intervention in Syria, as the government continues to gain on the rebels there. Also, Japan is till unsure about its energy future, a year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Plus, we remember award-winning photo-journalist Paula Lerner, who died earlier this month.
Many Syrian fighters and refugees have fled over the border into Turkey. Some see similarities between what is happening now in Idlib and the massacres in the mid-90s at Srebrenica, in Bosnia.
Poet Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya but has been in the United States since he was 15. Through the years, he maintained close contact with his homeland, especially the artists who opposed Libya’s longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Mattawa just returned from a visit to Tripoli and talks to Lisa Mullins about his hopes for a resurgence of the arts and artistic freedom in post-Gaddafi Libya.
Saudi Arabians are buzzing about an anonymous Twitter user who claims to be exposing the corruption in the Saudi government.
In some parts of Mexico, Catholics are losing parishioners to evangelical churches. It’s a spiritual flip moving throughout the country, and there’s no better place to see the religious context then Zongozotla. Reporter Monica Campbell visits the town where evangelicals are gaining ground.
Lisa Mullins talks with Asia correspondent Mary Kay Magistad about next week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. The Summit is being overshadowed by tensions with North Korea over its nuclear ambitions.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for March 23, 2012. Artists featured are: Kante Manfila, Kalaban Coura, AfroCubism, Habib Koite & Bambada, Nogabe Randriaharimalala.
One year after the Fukushima disaster nearly all of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants are out of service and the country is facing a major power crunch. The government has promised a major shift toward cleaner renewable energy to help fill the gap. But as Sam Eaton reports, the country’s clean energy revolution has yet to get much traction.