The World’s Adeline Sire has curated an exploration of the creative output unleashed by the revolutions in the Arab world.
Matt Friedman fights sex-trafficking in Asia. Friedman worked with various UN agencies tackling the issue, and is now with the counter-trafficking organization Liberty Asia. After encountering first-hand trafficked victims on the streets of Nepal as a public health officer, Matt Friedman dedicated the next 20 years to anti-trafficking activism and fundraising.
South Sudan is not quite two years old. The world’s newest country was created in July 2011, after decades of fighting a civil war against the north. But it is now facing its own internal rebellion. The army there is being accused of terrorizing its own people in the eastern state of Jonglei.
Russia’s security services, the FSB, say they caught a US diplomat wearing a blond wig, as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence agent in Moscow. The diplomat, identified as Ryan Fogle, was detained and accused of being an undercover CIA agent.
Over the weekend, two car bombs ripped through the heart of Reyhanli, Turkey, a small town on the border Syria. The twin explosions, set 15 minutes apart, killed 46 people. The BBC’s Mideast correspondent Wyre Davies was in the city and witnessed the chaos after the bomb blasts.
A New York City Council hearing reviewed a proposal that would give legal immigrants the right to vote. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm sponsored the bill. He is a democrat, and represents District 25 in the city, including the immigrant-rich neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.
There’s no question that having your first child changes your life, big time. But when the new parents are foreign correspondents accustomed to living precariously, sometimes in war zones. Well, the challenges of becoming a parent can be a bit more challenging. The Financial Times’ Borzou Daragahi who is based in Cairo can tell you a thing or two about that.
Former Haiti president Jean-Bertrand Aristide testified in court in Port-au-prince today in connection with the murder investigation of prominent and outspoken journalist Jean Dominique, shot 13 years ago. Correspondent Susana Ferreira in Port-au-Prince talked about Aristide’s first outing since he returned to Haiti from exile two years ago.
Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and author of “The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat” talks about how Israeli airstrikes into Syria could affect US policy in the Middle East.
For Friday’s Global Hit, we take a look at the music of Jamaican reggae singer Ken Boothe. Boothe is one of Jamaica’s great “rocksteady” stars from the 60s. His music was re-discovered by two New York City DJs from the Dig Deeper project, which tracks down forgotten musicians and brings them back to the stage.
A major Bollywood star died in Mumbai last week. During the golden age of Indian cinema, in the 1940s and 50s, Shamshad Begum was the voice of many actresses, yet was not seen on movie screens.
Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity wants western clothing chains to sign garment factories fire and safety agreements in order to “end this death trap.”
Laure Mandeville covered Russia and its Caucusus region for the French newspaper Le Figaro. Mandeville is now chief US correspondent for the daily. She came to Boston over the weekend to speak with members of the Chechen community here, and to friends and neighbors of Boston bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Boston Globe Columnist Kevin Cullen wrote about the resilience of the city of Boston and its people at the site of the bombings. For Cullen, what he saw compared to the scene of the bombing in Omagh, Northern Ireland in 1998, and that of the London bombings in July 2005.
In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro is facing what some analysts are calling the “disaster” of a very narrow victory in Sunday’s presidential election. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with reporter Phil Gunson in Caracas.