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Brazilian Economic Growth, Political Growth Linked, Expert Says

Sep 29, 2017
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters after giving his testimony to a federal judge overseeing a bribery investigation in Curitiba, in Curitiba, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.
Denis Ferreira / AP

Corruption scandals continue to plague Brazilian presidents, past and present. Former two-term president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, was found guilty of taking bribes involving a luxury beachfront apartment, in connection with assisting Brazilian Petroleum giant, Petrobras, in securing government contracts. He was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. President Lula denies all charges against him and appealed the decision.

World Views: September 29, 2017

Sep 29, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the elections in Germany and Angola, and separatist referenda in Iraqi Kurdistan and Spain's Catalan region.

Then, Suzette talks with Fabio De Sa E Silva, a Brazil expert at the University of Oklahoma's Department of International & Area Studies, about Brazilian corruption investigations.

Charlie Kenney On Guatemala's Poor And The Death Of Stanley Rother

Sep 22, 2017
Portrait of Father Stanley Rother
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Born in the small town of Okarche, Oklahoma, Father Stanley Rother was ordained into the Roman Catholic Church in Oklahoma City in 1963. He served as a missionary pastor in Guatemala from 1968 until 1981, when he was murdered.

World Views: September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss obesity and processed foods in the developing world.

Then, Suzette talks with University of Oklahoma political scientist Charlie Kenney about the political and social conditions that led to the death of Oklahoma priest Stanley Rother in Guatemala in 1981.

World Views: September 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis regarding the Rohingya in Myanmar, and Turkey's missile deal with Russia.

Then, Suzette talks with Gershon Lewental about corruption investigations into the family and associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Corruption Investigation Nets Members Of Netanyahu's Inner Circle

Sep 15, 2017
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
Ronen Zvulun / Pool Photo via AP

Allegations of corruption are circling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his family and inner circle. While Netanyahu has not been indicted yet, many of his close friends, colleagues and family have been ensnared in the investigations.

World Views: September 9, 2017

Sep 8, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss Canada's offer to accept DACA recipients, and the relationship between the United States and China.

Then, Suzette talks with Bansari Mehta about World Experiences Foundation. The organization holds its annual gala and awards ceremony on September 9.

Oklahoma City-Based Organization Promotes Global Citizenship Through Education

Sep 8, 2017
Bansari Mehta
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

When Bansari Mehta first left India to pursue a master’s degree in Oklahoma, she was surprised by how often she was asked to point to her home country on the map.

“Those were the days that I realized that there is something that’s missing,” Bansari told KGOU’s World Views. “As lovely as the people of Oklahoma are, they did not have much of a broader understanding about things outside of the state or outside of the country.”

OU Researcher Studies Climate Change And Fire On The Brazilian Savanna

Sep 1, 2017
Ostriches are seen at a farm in the Cerrado ecosystem, outskirts of Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011.
Eraldo Peres / AP

The Central Brazilian state of Goiás is home to a diverse ecosystem known as the Cerrado, which can be understood as the Brazilian savanna. The area is massive, encompassing around 2 million square kilometers, and is home to 44 species that can be found nowhere else on earth.

Around the world, fire management is often used for the purpose of disturbing ecosystems, such the Cerrado, in such a way that it can increase the diversification of species. But in Brazil, the concept of fire management is not well developed in policy. 

World Views: September 1, 2017

Sep 1, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss historic flooding in south Asia and the corruption investigation into Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

Then, Suzette, talks with plant ecologist Lara Souza about climate change and fire on Brazil's savanna.

World Views: August 25, 2017

Aug 25, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss this week's elections in Angola and upcoming elections in Cambodia.

Then, Suzette talks with Katerina Tsetsura about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and civil society engagement.

Ukrainian government army soldiers examine weapons captured from rebels in the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Conflict and suffering continue in Ukraine as pro-Russian forces in eastern regions of the country continue to fight with Ukrainian soldiers. The violence dates back to 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and supported separatists in eastern Ukraine. Despite the ongoing hostilities, a small group of activists is working to build civil society in the country.

World Views: August 18, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the 70th anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan.

Then, Rebecca talks with photojournalist Randy Goodman about her exhibit of photographs, Iran: Women Only.

This 1983 photograph shows hundreds of Iranian women at prayer in Tehran, with female Revolutionary Guard members watching on.
Randy Goodman

In 1980, a colleague approached Randy Goodman with an opportunity: Would she like to travel to Iran as a photographer as part of a delegation?

Months earlier, Iranian university students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The incident sparked the Iran Hostage Crisis, in which 52 American diplomats and citizens were taken hostage for 444 days. Goodman’s delegation would meet the people who were holding the hostages.

“How phenomenal an opportunity is that? And what experience for on-the-job training,” Goodman said.

World Views: August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the alleged "acoustic attack" against U.S. diplomats in Cuba, as well as tensions between Poland and the European Union.

Then, Rebecca talks with Brazilian sociologist Biance Freire-Medeiros about favela tourism.

How Favela Tourism Has Changed Over 25 Years

Aug 11, 2017
A hilly road in Rocinha.
chensiyuan / Wikimedia Commons

While beach-side resorts and events such as Carnival have long made Rio de Janeiro a hot spot for international tourism, in recent years more and more visitors are venturing outside the glamor of Rio’s wealthy Zona Sul region to explore Brazil’s sprawling slums, known as favelas.

World Views: August 4, 2017

Aug 4, 2017

First, Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise will discuss upcoming elections in Kenya, and a recent report of state preparations to face a global pandemic.

Then, Suzette talks with Charlie Kenney about the ongoing political and economic turmoil in Venezuela.

An anti-government demonstrator cries during a vigil in honor of those who have been killed during clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 31, 2017.
Ariana Cubillos / AP

Tension continues to grow in Venezuela this week after the government held elections over the weekend to elect a constituent assembly that can rewrite the country’s constitution. President Nicolás Maduro plans to move forward with 545-member body that is loyal to him. Opposition parties boycotted the election, calling it unconstitutional.

World Views: July 28, 2017

Jul 28, 2017

Suzette Grillot talks with Charlie Kenney about this weekend's election in Venezuela.

Then, Suzette continues her conversation with Juan Cole about historical factors that shape the modern Middle East.

In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, textile workers strike to demand a minimum wage, the removal of their company's head and the head of the firm's holding company, and back pay of yearly bonuses in Mahalla al-Kobra, Egypt.
Sabry Khaled / AP Photo / El Shorouk Newspaper

Though violence related to religion and sectarian identity exists in the Middle East, there are other areas of conflict in the region that are often misunderstood or underreported.

Juan Cole, a historian at the University of Michigan who writes on the blog Informed Comment, says labor issues in Egypt, for instance, have produced some of the biggest conflicts in that country over the past two decades.

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