New fighting in Mali even as French troops contemplate an exit. Also, what Israelis expect from President Obama’s visit next month. Plus, why mariachi music is making inroads in schools in Texas.
Fighting is flaring around the northern Mali city of Gao, despite reports that rebels had ceded the territory to the incoming French troops. CBC reporter Laura Lynch just returned from Gao. She tells host Marco Werman that local residents want to French to stay put.
Though canceled this year, the Festival in the Desert and its Malian Touareg leader Manny Ansar were honored Wednesday with the Freemuse Award for their work on “freedom of musical expression.”
John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to take over as director of the CIA, faces a confirmation hearing in the Senate on Thursday, and it’s all but certain he will be quizzed about drones.
Barack Obama is heading to the Middle East in March. The president’s first overseas trip of his second term will include stops in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. The administration says Iran, Syria and the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process are on the agenda.
The Israeli version of the reality show MasterChef just wrapped up. The grand finale was the highest rated TV program ever in Israel. It featured a run-off between an Orthodox Jew, an Israeli-Arab and a German convert to Judaism – three people who in regular life wouldn’t be near each other.
Changes are being made to a 1996 immigration law that aimed to crack down on illegal immigration and thwart bogus marriages. In reality, it also ended up penalizing legitimate couples, forcing them to live apart. And even with a relaxation in the policy, set to take effect in March, many families will remain split. Reporter Amy Isackson, in collaboration with the California Report and Center for Public Integrity reporter Susan Ferriss, brings us one family’s story.
Mexico was once known for cheap manufacturing. But as that sort of business has fled to Asia, Mexico has concentrated on auto manufacturing and other higher-tech industries.
The Irish government has acknowledged that it played a major role in running the infamous Magdalene Laundries. Thousands of women and girls were locked up against their will, and forced to perform unpaid labor in workhouses managed by Catholic nuns. The popular notion was that many were prostitutes or unwed mothers. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Mary Fenton. She was just 16 when she was sent to the Magdalene Laundries.
For our Geo Quiz, try to come up with the zip code for the southernmost post office in the world at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
Mariachi music is a quintessential sound of Mexico. But in Mexico, it’s a style of folk music that’s never been taken all that seriously and certainly not among music educators. It’s considered bar music, unworthy of academic study. But it’s becoming different story just north of the border in Texas.