The role being played by the militant group Hezbollah in Syria’s civil war. Also, the former comedian whose anti-establishment movement is making Italy’s politicians very nervous. Plus, a Taiwan-born singer’s love affair with Brazilian jazz.
Syria’s opposition claims the government in Damascus is working with the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. Anchor Aaron Schachter finds out more from Thanassis Cambanis, a fellow with The Century Foundation who has written extensively about Hezbollah.
Israel has loomed large for Republican Senators opposing the nomination of their former colleague Chuck Hagel to be US Defense Secretary. Among other things, they question his commitment to Israel’s security.
It’s been two years since the revolution that swept Tunisia’s long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power. Ben Ali was forced to flee to Saudi Arabia, but it he left behind a palace-full of luxury possessions.
Aaron Schachter talks with KCRW film critic Matt Holzman about some of his favorite foreign language films that didn’t make the cut to the Oscars this year.
The US ambassador in Moscow Friday appealed to Russian news media to stop sensationalizing the case of Max Shatto. Shatto, a 3-year-old Russian boy, adopted by an American couple, died last month.
A judge in Pretoria has released double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius on a $113,000 bail. Pistorius was charged with the shooting murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his house last week. The judge said the prosecution failed to establish Pistorius as a flight risk — or that he’s too violent to be out on bail.
A baker in the region around Valencia, Spain, has his own answer to the national economic crisis. He’s selling loaves of bread for just 20 euro cents. Other bakers are furious, claiming he’s selling below cost to put them out of business.
Comedian Beppe Grillo is shaking up Italy’s political system with his mixture of humor and populism. His Five Star Movement has already won elections for mayor in Parma and Palermo.
China reacted angrily Friday to a comment by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He was quoted as saying that Beijing has a “deeply ingrained” need to spar with Japan and its other Asian neighbors.