WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is granted asylum by Ecuador. Islamic militants attack a military airbase in Pakistan, raising concerns about the safety of the country’s nuclear arsenal. And Ethiopia’s invisible prime minister; he hasn’t been seen since June.
Ecuador grants political asylum to Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, citing concerns for his human rights, as he fights extradition from the UK to Sweden.
Some Ecuadorians laud their president for sticking up for Assange’s freedom of speech; others find it to be a naked ploy ahead of next year’s presidential elections.
Russian-American musician and writer Alina Simone says she thinks this international attention could end up alienating ordinary Russians and create more support for the Kremlin.
Tunes Spun On The World between our reports on Thursday, August 16, 2012. Artists featured are Charanga Cakewalk, Malombo, Oran Etkin, Ticklah, Issa Bagayogo, King Sunny Ade, Sous le Soleil, and AfroCubism.
Brazil has had a welcoming policy, but now it is setting limits on Haitian migration.
Islamic militants attacked a Pakistani airbase early today. The base is believed to house nuclear weapons. Anchor Marco Werman gets details and analysis from Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine.
Israelis are gearing up for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and an Iranian military response.
The Belo Monte dam would be the third biggest in the world, flooding 200 square miles of the Amazon, but a Brazilian court says it was approved illegally.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi hasn’t been seen in public since June. Marco Werman speaks to The World’s Carol Hills who is following the story.
Betto Arcos gives us a preview of some of the bands to performing at this year’s Son Jarocho Festival taking place this weekend in Los Angeles.
Young illegal immigrants hurry to get official ID to apply for the Obama administration’s deferred deportation program. Also, is China the new frontier in fracking? And a look at Polari, the slang that used to be a secret code for Britain’s gay community.
Wednesday is the day that young illegal immigrants can start applying for a new Obama administration program that makes them eligible for work permits and protects them from deportation.
In France on Wednesday, an immigrants’ community in the town of Amiens is tense after two straight days of clashes between youth and police.
Zaki Syad is the Muslim American rapper behind a spoken word rap tribute to the victims of the August 5th Sikh temple shooting near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.