Bashar al-Assad http://kgou.org en World Views: March 14, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-march-14-2014 <p></p><p>Joshua Landis joins Suzette Grillot&nbsp;to discuss the continued escalation in Ukraine, and provide an update on Syria as the third anniversary of the country's civil war approaches.</p><p>Later, a conversation about Afrocentricity and identity with author, Temple University professor, and activist <a href="http://asante.net">Molefi Kete Asante</a>.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:16:03 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Nick Aguilera 25201 at http://kgou.org World Views: March 14, 2014 Landis: On Syria Anniversary, Very Little To Be Optimistic About http://kgou.org/post/landis-syria-anniversary-very-little-be-optimistic-about <p></p><p>This weekend marks three years since the first mass protests in Damascus, Aleppo, and Daraa lit kindling of unrest in Syria that eventually ignited a full-scale civil war.</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the Director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, and the author of the widely-read blog <em><a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/">Syria Comment</a></em>, says countries in the region and the United States now view the Syrian crisis as a counterterrorism problem.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:59:11 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 25200 at http://kgou.org Landis: On Syria Anniversary, Very Little To Be Optimistic About World Views: January 24, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-24-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis provides an update on this week's Syrian peace talks in Switzerland, and Rebecca Cruise discusses the escalation of violence in Ukraine.</span></p><p>Later, a conversation about mother tongue-based bilingual instruction in West Africa with <a href="http://www.pambeghana.org/alice-azumi-iddi-gubbels/">Alice Iddi-Gubbels</a>, the founder and executive director of PAMBE Ghana.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 21778 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 24, 2014 So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks http://kgou.org/post/so-now-what-breaking-down-syrian-peace-talks <p></p><p>A United Nations mediator announced Friday a Syrian government delegation and the Western-backed opposition <a href="http://live.america.aljazeera.com/Event/Syrias_War/103032816">will meet Saturday</a> “in the same room.”</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the author of the widely-read blog <em><a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/">Syria Comment</a></em> and the Director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, says this week’s peace conference in Switzerland shows both sides understand there has to be a political solution.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:09:11 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 21835 at http://kgou.org So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks World Views: December 20, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-december-20-2013 <p></p><p>Joshua Landis provides an update on the ongoing removal of chemical weapons in Syria, and Rebecca Cruise examines the recent executions of high-level government officials in North Korea, and what they could mean.&nbsp;</p><p>Later, a conversation with a trio of scientists and engineers about how three very different developing countries share many of the same sanitation and hygiene concerns.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 19636 at http://kgou.org World Views: December 20, 2013 Chemical Weapons Watchdog OK’s Syria Plan Even As Civil War Worsens http://kgou.org/post/chemical-weapons-watchdog-ok-s-syria-plan-even-civil-war-worsens <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.opcw.org/">Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons</a> has drawn up a <a href="http://www.opcw.org/fileadmin/OPCW/EC/M-36/ecm36dg05_e_.pdf">timeline</a> for the destruction of&nbsp;Syria's&nbsp;poison gas and nerve agent program by mid-2014.</p><p>The most toxic chemicals are to be destroyed on a U.S. ship. Denmark and Norway are providing ships to transport the chemicals out of&nbsp;Syria&nbsp;and more than three dozen private companies have offered to destroy less toxic chemicals.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 19635 at http://kgou.org Chemical Weapons Watchdog OK’s Syria Plan Even As Civil War Worsens World Views: December 13, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-december-13-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebecca Cruise and Joshua Landis join Suzette Grillot to discuss subtle reminders of Nelson Mandela's controversial legacy during a week of celebration of the late president's life, and Pope Francis's selection as <em>Time</em></span>&nbsp; magazine's 2013 <a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope/">"Person of the Year.'</a></p><p>Later, a conversation with Oklahoma native and former Army interrogator <a href="https://blacklisttraining.com/eric-maddox">Eric Maddox</a>. Ten years ago Friday, months of his intelligence work paid off when U.S. soldiers captured deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Joshua Landis 19149 at http://kgou.org World Views: December 13, 2013 Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Reinforces Sea Change In Papacy And Catholic Church http://kgou.org/post/time-s-person-year-reinforces-sea-change-papacy-and-catholic-church <p></p><p>In only his first year, <a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope/">Pope Francis&nbsp;was selected</a> by <em>Time </em>magazine's editors as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, during 2013.</p><p><em>Time</em> Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs said&nbsp;Pope&nbsp;Francis&nbsp;had changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way.</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/rebecca-cruise.html">Rebecca Cruise</a>, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis.html">College of International Studies</a>, tells KGOU’s <em>World Views </em>host Suzette Grillot the enthusiasm created by Pope Francis is palpable.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:02:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Associated Press 19140 at http://kgou.org Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Reinforces Sea Change In Papacy And Catholic Church NPR’s Kelly McEvers Drafts History, Documents Her Own Story In Syria http://kgou.org/post/npr-s-kelly-mcevers-drafts-history-documents-her-own-story-syria <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/people/131876588/kelly-mcevers" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kelly McEvers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spent three years based in Baghdad and Beirut </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=131876588" style="line-height: 1.5;">covering the Middle East</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for NPR. She started her assignment with instructions not to miss a day in Iraq as the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline approached.</span></p><p>“Then in late 2010, a guy set himself on fire in Tunisia, and everything changed,” McEvers told KGOU’s <em>World Views</em> host <a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/administration/Grillot_Home_Page.html">Suzette Grillot</a>. “I was swept up with millions of other people in this thing called the Arab Spring.”</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:48:10 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot & Matt Addison & Molly Evans 15420 at http://kgou.org NPR’s Kelly McEvers Drafts History, Documents Her Own Story In Syria World Views: September 13, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-september-13-2013 <p></p><p>Earlier this week President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/10/221186456/transcript-president-obamas-address-to-the-nation-on-syria">asked congressional leaders</a> to postpone a vote on legislation that would authorize the use of force against&nbsp;Syria. Joshua Landis provides an update on what's next in the volatile region.</p><p>Later,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">journalist </span><a href="http://www.koco.com/tv/news-team/-/9845744/17511936/-/cxmdykz/-/index.html">Erielle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Reshef</a>&nbsp;joins Suzette Grillot for a conversation about covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Before returning to her home state last year to anchor and report for KOCO-TV, the Oklahoma City native spent several years working for the <a href="http://www.iba.org.il/">Israeli Broadcasting Authority</a>.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Joshua Landis 13481 at http://kgou.org World Views: September 13, 2013