This week on War News Radio, ISIS militants beheaded a French citizen in Algeria, Russian forces have started to withdraw in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations climate change summit began, and more.
With a massive 85% voter turnout, the people of Scotland decided against secession from the United Kingdom in a referendum this Thursday. The final outcome of the vote was a 55.25%-44.65% split between the “No” and “Yes” campaigns, a wider margin than predicted by polls. Alex Salmond, head of the Scottish National Party and de facto leader of the “Yes” campaign, conceded defeat early Friday morning, calling the vote a “triumph for democratic politics.” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg echoed earlier promises of increased autonomy should Scotland elect to remain in the union, saying “we must now deliver on time and in full the radical package of newly devolved powers to Scotland.” As Scotland stands to gain greater self-rule, other politicians, including Labour leader Ed Miliband, called for similar reforms across the U.K. It remains to be seen what form these changes may take, but for now the United Kingdom remains intact.
This week on War News Radio, the United States Senate approves President Obama’s plan to both train and arm Syrian rebel groups to counter ISIS, pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, rising tensions on the Ukrainian border with an increase in the number of Russian troops in Crimea, and more. Along with our weekly newscast, War News radio will be releasing additional feature pieces from our show last week, “Neighbors.” Next up, War News Radio’s Sabrina Merold explores the impact of social media on the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.
This month on War News Radio, “Neighbors.” We collect a wide variety of voices on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First we hear from Aladdin Attari, a 25-year old Palestinian-Jordanian engineer residing in Saudi Arabia, on his perspective on the recent Gaza violence. Next, we explore how the exclusion of women on both sides from cease-fire negotiations reveals a broader obstacle to post-conflict society. Then, we hear from a young fiction writer from Palestine who grew up witness to the vicious cycle of violence in Gaza. After, we present our editorial segment “Filibusted.” Finally, we look to the Swarthmore community to explore the ability to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All that and so much more – but first, a roundup of this week’s news. Keep listening and stay tuned for more stories on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a future show.
This week on War News Radio, US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian negotiators, Russian President Vladimir Putin announces a peace plan after speaking with Ukrainian President Peter Poroshenko, President Barack Obama commits to sending 350 more non-combat American troops to Iraq, and more. Special thanks and welcome to Leo Elliot and Oliver Newman for contributing to their first newscast.
This week on War News Radio, “Remembrance.” April 7, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. For this month’s show, we examine numerous perspectives on the Rwandan genocide two decades after it first took place. We hear from a diverse range of voices about the genocide’s causes and consequences and assess the long-ranging impacts of the massacre on the history and identity of the country. First, we discuss the role of justice in the peace and reconciliation process. Next, we interview a student who studied abroad in Rwanda about her experiences living in the country. Finally, we talk to experts about the role of the media in inflaming the genocide. But first, a round-up of this week’s news.