Pro-Kurdistan referendum and pro-Kurdistan independence rally at Franso Hariri Stadiu, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. (Levi Clancy via Wikimedia Commons)

Pro-Kurdistan referendum and pro-Kurdistan independence rally at Franso Hariri Stadiu, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. (Levi Clancy via Wikimedia Commons)

On September 25th, the semi-autonomous Kurds of Northern Iraq called a referendum for independence. Since ISIS was pushed from the country, the Iraqi Kurds’ President Masoud Barzani thought the timing was right. In response, on October 16th, Iraqi federal security forces seized disputed territory occupied by the Iraqi Kurds, quashing any hopes of Kurdish independence. Tensions remain high as the Baghdad government demands a renunciation of the referendum; productive negotiations and the establishment of a cease-fire have yet to be accomplished. This week on War News Radio, our reporters Jake Stattel and Nick Mayo offer a brief historical background on this conflict and the role of the Kurds in Iraq. Tune in to catch up on the breaking story in Iraq, as it continues to unfold.

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In August, clashes between the Burmese government and the ethnic minority Rohingya intensified, leaving casualties and many Rohingya people vulnerable to violence. Since then, over 500,000 Rohingya have fled their home in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The media and foreign workers have been barred from entering Rakhine, but stories of ethnic cleansing and plunder have emerged. Who, exactly, are the Rohingya and how did this happen? To understand the current crisis, we have to go back in time… This week on War News Radio, our reporters Serena Sung-Clarke and Shiloh Sumanthiran have spoken with experts to understand the Rohingya’s history in Myanmar. Tune in to find out more.

The background music in this episode was produced by Ian Sutherland from the Free Music Archive.

Categories : 2017 Fall, Headlines
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This week on War News Radio, we host a piece from Human Rights Hummus, a new podcast started by Swarthmore alums Lily Tyson ’17 and Marissa Cohen ’17…

Human Rights Hummus: Voices of the Holy Land is your passport to the front lines of one of the most contentious issues of our time: The Israeli Occupation. This podcast brings you across the table with Israelis and Palestinians who share their life stories and political perspectives.

How did the state of Israel come to fruition from the dream of Zionism? How did this effect the Palestinian population? What is the current situation in Israel-Palestine? Travel with Lily Tyson and Marissa Cohen through Israel/Palestine as they meet inspiring human rights activists fighting for peace and justice in the region.

Click here to listen to the first episode.

Categories : 2017 Fall
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In the last episode of When Things Fall Apart, we examined the issue of educational inequity and the wave of student protests that took place in post-Apartheid South Africa. This week, we explore Equal Education, a movement that seeks to develop a standard for basic education across South Africa. We speak to Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, the Deputy General Secretary of Equal Education about the fundamental challenges to the provision and implementation of an equal basic education standard across the country. We also look at the role of media activism and its importance in a fragile environment. Produced by Meagan Currie, Shua-Kym McLean, Ziyana Popat, and Bobby Zipp, with the help of Katherine Kwok.

Categories : 2017 Spring
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As part of a project connecting to Professor of Political Science Emily Paddon-Rhoads’ class on the Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, several Swatties examine the recent wave of student protests fighting against continued educational inequity that haunts post-Apartheid South Africa. We speak to four alumni of the University of Cape Town who were each affected by the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall movements of 2015 and 2016. We learn more about the Equal Education movement that has developed to promote equitable basic education for young learners across the country, and examine the role of media activism in a changing world. Produced by Meagan Currie, Shua-Kym McLean, Bobby Zipp, and Ziyana Popat, with the help of Katherine Kwok.

Categories : 2017 Spring
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This week on War News Radio, part three of “Narrow Passages,” War News Radio’s podcast series covering the details of the resettlement process for refugees from the Syrian war. Previous episodes looked at the big picture of resettlement as a whole process. Reporters Jake Stattel, Matthew Chaffinch, and George Menz spoke with officials from Allentown, PA, a major hub for resettlement, to understand how resettlement actually works in an American city. Take a listen!

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