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World Views: May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss news about Spain's Basque separatist group and political protests in Armenia. 

Then Suzette Grillot talks with Amnesty International's Matt Wells about his work documenting violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. 

AP Photo/Thein Zaw

Myanmar’s leaders deny human rights abuses against its Rohingya Muslim population. But international organizations like Amnesty International have documented systematic, military-led violence against the country’s religious minority following insurgent attacks in August 2017.

“What we've seen over the last seven months is the Myanmar military has really launched an attack on the [Rohingya] population as a whole,” said Matt Wells, a human rights investigator with Amnesty International.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss political uprisings in Nicaragua and French president Emmanuel Macron's visit to the United States. 

Then, Suzette Grillot speaks with linguist Marcia Haag about the extinction of the world's indigenous languages. 


  Linguists generally agree that almost half of the world’s nearly 7,000 languages will be extinct within the next century as dominant languages take over and indigenous languages die with their last remaining speakers.

The United States is no different. Linguist Marcia Haag says many Native American languages are on the verge of extinction.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss new developments in North Korea and Cuba in light of a lack of U.S. diplomats. 

Then Rebecca Cruise talks with Dr. Peter Hotez about Neglected Tropical Diseases. 

AP Photos/Hasan Jamali

Despite the rapid pace of medical advancements like gene therapy, treating many of the world’s most devastating diseases is a matter of economics and political will, not science. That’s according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of Baylor University’s National School of Tropical Medicine.





Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the death of Winnie Mandela and an Indian Supreme court case involving “love jihad.”

Then, Suzette Grillot speaks with American University professor Mark Langevin about the polarizing corruption scandal in Brazil ahead of the country’s 2018 presidential election.


AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico

Last week former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva began serving a 12 year sentence for corruption and bribery. Prior to his surrender, thousands of Lula’s supporters gathered in São Paulo, insisting the charges are meant to prevent him from running, and likely winning, Brazil’s upcoming presidential election.

AP Photo/Jens Meyer

Roughly one million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015, fleeing violence and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa. Germany accepted the great majority of asylum seekers— 890,000 according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the implementation of a UK law concerning the gender pay gap and how Oklahoma teachers are making international news.

Then, Rebecca Cruise will talk with German author Jenny Erpenbeck about  how she tries to humanize tense political issues, like the 2015 European refugee crisis,  through works of fiction.

AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

This week the Federal Trade Commission confirmed it is investigating Facebook over its handling of user data. The U.S. Department of Homeland security also published a report revealing that Russia hacked the U.S. electricity grid. And a cyber attack shut down the city of Atlanta for over a week.

World Views: March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss how the Chinese National People's Congress eliminated term limits, and what that decision might mean for this week's decision by the Trump administration to levy tariffs on Chinese imports.  And they'll explore a new initiative in South Korea to reduce the number of hour that workers work each year.

Then, Rebecca Cruise will talk about U.S.-China relations with Chinese politics expert Joseph Fewsmith.

World Views: March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

Rebecca Cruise talks with Paul Richards and Esther Mokuwa about the Ebola crisis, and the lessons that the international community learned about fighting the epidemic. Richards is the author of the book "Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End An Epidemic."

People pass a banner reading 'STOP EBOLA' forming part of Sierra Leone's Ebola free campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.
Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville / AP Photo

When the Ebola virus spread rapidly throughout parts of West Africa in 2014, epidemiologists faced the challenge of containing a disease they knew little about. But their biggest blind spots were cultural and historical realities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia that should have been taken into account during the crisis. That’s according to anthropologist Paul Richards, who wrote about the topic in his recent book, “Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic.”

Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Reza Najafi waits for the start of the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, March 5, 2018.
Ronald Zak / AP

Iranian-born Trita Parsi advised the Obama administration during the restoration of diplomacy between Iran and the United States. It began with a phone call between President Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in 2013 and culminated with what’s known as the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Parsi’s latest book,  "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy," offers an inside look at the deal.

World View: March 9, 2018

Mar 9, 2018

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss  Sinn Fein's new leadership in Ireland and the push for women's rights among Kurds in Northern Syria. 

Then, Suzette talks with Trita Parsi about his new book, "Losing and Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy."

An Oscar statue at the 90th Academy Awards Governors Ball Press Preview on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP

The glitz and glamor of Hollywood will gather on March 4 for the 90th Academy Awards. This year’s ceremony boasts several tight races, including for Best Foreign Language Film.

World Views: March 2, 2018

Mar 2, 2018

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise preview this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. The 2018 nominees are A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden).

In this July 16, 2016, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha waves as he arrives for a group photo of leaders at the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Mark Schiefelbein / AP Photo

Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has called for elections several times since he took power following a military coup in 2014. And he has found a way to delay them each time.

World Views: February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the Winter Olympics, Canada's Own the Podium program and sexual harassment allegations against U.S. snowboarder Shaun White. They also talk about the resignation of UNICEF deputy director Justin Forsyth over accusations of inappropriate behavior with female staff members when he was director of Save the Children.