In 2007, riots erupted in the Muslim immigrant suburbs around Paris. More than 100 police officers were injured. Authorities tried to get leads by paying anonymous witnesses. Amy Bracken has the story of one young soccer player who was arrested and spent nearly two years in prison before being acquitted.
Oil-rich Qatar invests extensively around the world. France is one of the largest recipients of Qatari money. But a plan for Qatar to fund business opportunities in the heavily Muslim suburbs near Paris is controversial.
The US embassy in France has been reaching out to people in the Muslim immigrant suburbs of Paris. And that’s put some in France on edge.
The musical group, which was the highlight of the festival, gives a modern and funky vibe to traditional instruments.
France is home to Western Europe’s biggest Jewish and Muslim populations. Tensions have been rising since last March, when a man named Mohamed Merah killed seven people – including three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse. The Merah case is extreme, but among an alarming number of anti-Semitic attacks across France this year.
Mosques don’t usually welcome gay and lesbian worshipers but on Friday a Muslim group just outside Paris held what’s billed as the first “gay-friendly” Islamic worship in Europe. The group also allows men and women to pray together.
A model project, which put local youth to work cleaning up a Port-au-Prince slum and turning paper trash into cooking fuel, has been closed down for lack of funds. In a follow-up to a story she first reported two years ago, The World’s Amy Bracken explores the reasons for the demise of a program that everyone seemed to love.
Haiti might be en route to becoming the first country to join the African Union that isn’t actually African.
Léogane was one of the first towns I saw in Haiti when I moved here in 2003. It was my second day, and I carpooled with members of the Haitian Journalists Association to the dusty little town an hour from Port-au-Prince to attend a protest outside a church [...]
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still don’t have permanent housing nearly three years after a devastating earthquake but they’re starting to fight back. Amy Bracken reports from Port-au-Prince on fledgling efforts to create a housing rights movement.
A move by Haiti’s president to step up protection of a key national park has led to a deadly conflict with longtime residents.
Rap kreyol has exploded in Haiti in recent years. Rap was largely introduced and popularized in Haiti by the most famous Haitian-American, Wyclef Jean, about a decade ago. Rappers are now all over Port-au-Prince, and its supporters say it’s the voice of the poor and marginalized. But that voice is almost never female.
Registration has opened for an elite international mountain bike race planned for January 2013. It will cover about 80 miles and involve some 10,000 feet of climbing, on some steep, rocky terrain. But what’s most remarkable about this race is its location: Haiti.
A few months ago, it was impossible to move around Port-au-Prince unaware of the thousands of families still homeless after the January 2010 earthquake [...]
Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to land somewhere between Florida and Louisiana late Tuesday. It’s weakening somewhat, which is good news for those attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Still, it hit Haiti pretty hard over the weekend. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with The World’s Amy Bracken who is in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.