Hallie Arias

Digital Content Intern, World Views

Hallie Arias is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in international relations, Spanish, photojournalism, and social justice. A life-long fan of NPR and public radio, Hallie also enjoys traveling, watching British television, and ballroom dancing.

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot talk about the dispute between Norway and the International Olympic Committee over hosting the 2022 winter games, and the release of an American prisoner in North Korea after Kim Jong-un’s weeks-long absence from the public spotlight.

Later, a conversation with Jean Preston, who worked for the State Department shortly after Guatemala’s nearly four-decade civil war. She says the U.S. Embassy often served as the one place where indigenous leaders, private sector executives, and government officials could peacefully meet.

The ski jump in Lillehammer, Norway, the site of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
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This month Norway became the fourth country to withdraw its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Oslo’s withdrawal leaves only two cities in the race: Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China.

The main concern has been cost. This year’s Winter Games in Sochi were the most expensive ever, with a price tag of $51 billion.

Another significant factor for Oslo was reportedly the number of unusual and excessive demands by the International Olympic Committee says World Views Host Suzette Grillot.

North Korea flag with building in background
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Reemerging from his six-week absence, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the release of American Jeffrey Fowle on Wednesday.

Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors in the northern city of Chongjin. He was awaiting trial for anti-state crimes when he was released.

Joshua Landis provides an update on the attacks by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants near the Turkish border, and the Syrian government’s ability to focus on battling rebels because the United States is devoting its energy to combating ISIS.

Later, a conversation with Ron Burton. He’s a Norman resident who just finished a year-long term as the president of Rotary International.

Islamic State members claim these twin explosions on October 8 in southeastern Kobani was not caused by airstrikes but was executed by the suicide bomber Abu Talha al-Ansari.
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On Friday UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned that hundreds of civilians will likely be massacred if Kobani falls under the control of ISIS. The UN announcement came after weeks of intense fighting between ISIS and besieged Kurdish forces in the Syrian city.

Despite international calls for intervention, Turkey has refused to allow its military or its Kurdish citizens to go fight to defend Kobani. Located on the border between Syria and Turkey, the city is home to 250,000 people.

Gravestones at the Potočari genocide memorial near Srebrenica.
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Wednesday’s closing arguments marked the end of five years of court hearings in the case against former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Karadžić has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war for his role during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, including the massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Karadžić, but there will be no decision from the ICTY until mid-2015.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the so-called "Umbrella Revolution" protests in Hong Kong , and the closing arguments in the Bosnian war crimes trial of Radovan Karadžić in The Hague.

Later, a conversation with University of Waterloo political scientist Mariam Mufti. She studies electoral and party politics in South Asia, as well as democratization and regime change.

Demonstrators participating in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution - September 30, 2014
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Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters have gathered on the streets of Hong Kong this week as part of a mass civil disobedience campaign to demonstrate against China’s increasing control of the electoral process in the region.

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted August 31 to fundamentally change the way Hong Kong picks its leaders by requiring voters to choose from a pre-approved slate of candidates in the upcoming 2017 elections.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq hold a bilateral meeting at the United Nations in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014.
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On Tuesday the United States and its allies began what will likely be a sustained air campaign in Syria to break the power of the Islamic State.

India's prime minister Narendra Modi greets Chinese President Xi Jinping, September 17, 2014
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China’s President Xi Jinping paid a three-day visit to India this week to promote trade between the two countries as part of its broader initiative to strengthen regional economic cooperation.

Over the past few years China has been building ports and making strategic investments throughout South Asia as part of its “String of Pearls” plan, says Rebecca Cruise, Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma and a security studies and a comparative politics expert.