chemical weapons http://kgou.org en 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: August 30, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-august-30-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As President Obama and Congress decide how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Joshua Landis outlines some of the implications for both the United States and the Middle East.</span></p><p>Later, a conversation with <a href="http://cornerstone-team.com/who-we-are/">Chad and Tara Jordan</a> of <a href="http://cornerstone-team.com/">Cornerstone International</a>. The siblings and Oklahoma native founded the consulting firms to teach businesses and non-profits how to provide humanitarian aid more efficiently.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Rebecca Cruise 12630 at http://kgou.org World Views: August 30, 2013 UPDATE: Obama Says He's Considering "Narrow" Syria Action http://kgou.org/post/update-obama-says-hes-considering-narrow-syria-action <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Syria</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Syria's</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">government carried out last week.</span></p><p>“We don't know how hard they're going to hit [President Bashar] Assad, but clearly they're going to hit Assad,” says <a href="http://www.syriacomment.com">Joshua Landis</a>, a leading Syria watcher and the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “What Obama articulated very clearly is that we can hit him hard enough to dissuade him from using chemical weapons again. So it's worth it to try to extend that and punish Assad and make him think twice about using again.”</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Obama says that attack was a challenge to the world and threatens U.S. national security.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:12:11 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press 12613 at http://kgou.org UPDATE: Obama Says He's Considering "Narrow" Syria Action World Views: August 23, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-august-23-2013 <p></p><p>Joshua Landis provides an update on Syria after&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">anti-government activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack, and the panel discusses the renewed focus on U.S. gun culture after the murder of an Australian student in Oklahoma.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ou.edu/fjjma" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art</a>&nbsp;says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.speedmuseum.org/images/press/recentnews/Ghislain_dHumieres_Bio_2013.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Ghislain d’Humières</a>&nbsp;takes over as the CEO of the&nbsp;<a href="http://changingspeed.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Speed Art Museum</a>&nbsp;in Louisville Sept. 3.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 12202 at http://kgou.org World Views: August 23, 2013 What Assad May Have Learned In Egypt, And Could Apply To Syria http://kgou.org/post/what-assad-may-have-learned-egypt-and-could-apply-syria <p></p><p>Earlier this week Syrian anti-government activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack. Death tolls as high as 1,300 have been reported, but the government has called the allegations “absolutely baseless.”</p><p><a href="http://www.syriacomment.com">Joshua Landis</a>, the Director of the <a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, tells KGOU’s <em>World Views</em> that video footage clearly shows something horrible has happened.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:58:56 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 12195 at http://kgou.org What Assad May Have Learned In Egypt, And Could Apply To Syria U.S. Weighing Syria Options http://kgou.org/post/us-weighing-syria-options <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 0.9375em; line-height: 1.4285em;">The Pentagon is updating target lists as the White House considers a military response in Syria, after an attack in which U.S. officials say they saw “strong indications” of chemical weapons use.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 0.9375em; line-height: 1.4285em;">U.S. officials are saying that there are “strong indications” that chemical weapons were used in this week’s attack in Syria which left more than 1,000 people dead.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 0.9375em; line-height: 1.4285em;">While experts are still sifting through the evidence, President Barack Obama, speaking on CNN today, said, “what we’ve seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern.”</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:19:40 +0000 Joshua Landis & Jeremy Hobson 12194 at http://kgou.org U.S. Weighing Syria Options World Views: June 28, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-june-28-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis offers an update about the situation in Syria, and how chemical weapons affect the public’s view of the civil war. The panel also talks about the Edward Snowden case and the complexities of asylum and extradition.</span><br><br>Stigler, Oklahoma native <a href="http://pamolson.org/">Pamela Olson</a>&nbsp;moved to Palestine &nbsp;after she graduated in 2002. She settled in Ramallah, where she worked as the head writer and editor for the <em><a href="http://www.palestinemonitor.org/">Palestine Monitor</a>.&nbsp;</em>She just wrote a book about her experiences called&nbsp;<em>Fast Times in Palestine.</em></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis, Hallie Arias & Brian Hardzinski 8666 at http://kgou.org World Views: June 28, 2013 Why U.S. Military Aid Increases Uncertainty in Syria http://kgou.org/post/why-us-military-aid-increases-uncertainty-syria <p></p><p>Earlier this month President Obama <a href="http://www.charlierose.com/download/transcript/12981">told Charlie Rose</a> the use of chemical weapons would change his calculus in the region, but not his goals for Syria.</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the author of the blog <em><a href="http://syriacomment.com/">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 the United States supplying lethal aid to Syrian rebels is a big change that makes a big difference.</p><p>“Once you get all the CIA and everybody else in there - our trainers and Special Forces - then they want to win,” Landis says. “They're not going to do it to play patty-cake."</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:08:49 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 8658 at http://kgou.org Why U.S. Military Aid Increases Uncertainty in Syria World Views: May 3, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-3-2013 <p></p><p>On Tuesday President Obama reiterated that the U.S. has evidence chemical weapons have been used in Syria, and regular contributor and Syria expert Joshua Landis discusses "game changers" and crossing "red lines."</p><p>Universidad de Chile industrial engineering professor and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.educacion2020.cl/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Educación 2020</a>&nbsp;founder&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mariowaissbluth.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Mario Waissbluth</a>&nbsp;joins the program for a conversation about socio-economic segregation in the South American country's schools.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 5177 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 3, 2013