Haiti Tragedy

January 25, 2010 · Filed Under international news, news · Comments Off on Haiti Tragedy 

By David Cruz and Amanda Stupi

It’s been almost two weeks since a massive earthquake shook Haiti. Since then, the world has been shocked and saddened by the reports of mass destruction and death coming out of Port-Au-Prince.

NPR reported yesterday that Haitian officials say they have already burried 150,000 victims.

Many countries and individuals have donated to aid the country’s recovery.

Friday’s celebrity telethon: Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, reports that it has raised $57 million. The New York Times reported that the recording of the telethon, titled  “Hope for Haiti Now,”  became the number one album on  iTunes in 18 countries on Saturday.

Friday’s California Report highlighted a group of Haitian musicians living in California who are raising money through concerts and other musical efforts.

To learn more about Haiti and international aid efforts visit:

NPR’s Haiti coverage

The Christian Science Monitor’s Haiti Earthquake Diary

A History of Haiti timeline at msnbc.com

The New York Times on Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief

COP 15: What Just Happened?

December 22, 2009 · Filed Under environment, international news, news, politics, Uncategorized · Comments Off on COP 15: What Just Happened? 

87638111By Molly Samuel

Christmas is looming, New Years’ plans are starting to take shape, and the best song, movie, and book of the decade lists are too numerous to count. Not to mention the fact that the Senate seems to be on its way to passing its version of the health care bill. It all makes the climate talks in Copenhagen seem like they happened so long ago. But the talks went on into weekend. World leaders stayed up all night Friday night trying to reach an agreement, and everyone else is still trying to sort out what it all means.

The hope was that the climate conference in Copenhagen would result in a legally binding agreement on the global response to climate change. That didn’t happen. There’s no legally binding agreement. President Obama worked with other world leaders to create a document, now being called the Copenhagen Accord, and other countries, officially, will “take note” of it. There are some good things in the document: developed nations will give $100 billion dollars to poor nations to help them weather the effects of climate change. Countries will work together to try to keep the world from warming more than two degrees Celsius. Money will go to countries that have historically profited from deforestation to help them preserve their forests. Countries will monitor their emissions.
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Word of the Week: Copenhagen

December 16, 2009 · Filed Under environment, international news, news, politics, science, word of the week · Comments Off on Word of the Week: Copenhagen 

KQED’s staff and interns return this week to break down another buzz word. This week’s choice was a natural: Copenhagen. Watch the video below to find out what the fuss is all about.

And we aren’t the only ones trying to explain what the heck is happening over there. It looks like Copenhagen, or more specifically COP 15, have been the topics of many explainers the past few weeks. Explainers are what we call features that break down a complex topic in an easy-to-understand and hopefully, entertaining, way. Here are a few we thought worthy of sharing: first, check out the New York Time’s Copenhagen 101 video and Time Magazine’s nice little animated number below:

We also liked the humor that online environmental magazine Grist brought to its coverage and its 15 People to Watch in Copenhagen slide show.

And a final nod to NPR’s Planet Money for the most appropriate use of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.”

Tell us, where do you get information on topics you want to learn more about? Do you prefer text, video, or podcasts? And should we keep trying to be funny or just stick to what we do best?

Students Fight For Human Rights at COP15

December 14, 2009 · Filed Under Bay Area, environment, international news, news, science, Uncategorized · Comments Off on Students Fight For Human Rights at COP15 

IMG_Zoe.Caitrin.BerkLaw2By Molly Samuel

While hundreds of protesters were arrested in Copenhagen last weekend, thousands of other people representing countries, research institutions, businesses, and non-government organizations (NGOs) went on talking and negotiating at the
United Nations climate conference. Delegates to the fifteenth Conference of Parties, or COP15 (it’s not an abbreviation for Copenhagen even though it looks like it could be) are trying to work out an international agreement on reducing and adapting to climate change. Balance is tough to find: many nations have not been able to meet the goals they signed on for with the Kyoto Protocol, which was the previous treaty signed in 1997.

So the negotiators are inside negotiating and the protesters are outside protesting, and there’s a lot of room in between for everyone else to get together and talk about tech innovations, new scientific findings, human rights, animal life, and just about anything else you can imagine. There are side events, kiosks, tents, panels, discussions, debates, and press conferences. And in the midst of Nobel laureates and seasoned professionals, there are young people presenting their views and their research.
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Word of the Week: Afghanistan

December 7, 2009 · Filed Under Digital Natives process, international news, news, politics, Uncategorized, word of the week · Comments Off on Word of the Week: Afghanistan 

Each week, KQED interns tackle a different word that is dominating headlines. The word for the first week in December was Afghanistan, with just about every show in our newsroom covering President Obama’s decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to the country. Watch what the interns have to say. If your interest is piqued, listen to an episode of Forum that discusses Obama’s decision or The California Report’s story on reactions to news of a possible surge. There are also links to more resources below.

Forum discusses the troop surge:

The California Report talks to liberals about the likely troop surge:

Other articles, shows and resources to help you learn more about Afghanistan:

Iran Goes After Dissidents Abroad

December 3, 2009 · Filed Under culture, international news, politics, social networking · Comments Off on Iran Goes After Dissidents Abroad 

1001753050An article in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the Iranian government is going after people who speak out against it–even those who live outside the country’s borders. The opposition movement recently gained momentum and international attention by utilizing social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Now it seems some people are paying the price for their online activism. According to the article: “Dozens of individuals in the U.S. and Europe who criticized Iran on Facebook or Twitter said their relatives back in Iran were questioned or temporarily detained because of their postings. . . Five interviewees who traveled to Iran in recent months said they were forced by police at Tehran’s airport to log in to their Facebook accounts.”

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2009 · Filed Under culture, international news, news, politics · Comments Off on Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize 

Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaBy Rachel Krantz

As I was walking out the door this morning, my Mom called to me–

“Hey Rachel, did you hear? Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize!”

I have to admit, the first thing that came out my mouth was “Why?”

That kind of stumped my Mom, until one of us ( I can’t remember which, it was before 10 AM) said, “Well, I guess for being Obama.”

And that seems to be the general consensus this morning as to why Obama is receiving the prize.

On the left, the question doesn’t seem to be “Why Him?” but rather, “Why Now?” Some far left blogs, like Talk Left, are even calling on Obama to step aside and acknowledge he hasn’t done enough yet to deserve the Nobel Prize.

“Just because the Nobel Committee wants to make fools of themselves, Obama should not have to play along. He should turn it down.”
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Iran: So Far Away, But Also Mine

August 29, 2009 · Filed Under family, international news, politics · Comments Off on Iran: So Far Away, But Also Mine 

Arash's family

By: Arash Afghahi

Growing up, I didn’t feel a strong connection to Iran. I wasn’t born there and I’ve only visited once in my life.

As a kid, I remember tuning my dad out every time he talked about Iranian politics. And they were definitely conversations to avoid around the dinner table, because they usually ended with him dropping the f-word — fascist. My dad seemed addicted to conspiracy theories involving the government. I always figured that it couldn’t be as bad as he said it was. But now I sympathize with my dad a lot more.

When millions of people began protesting the Iranian election results, it suddenly felt very personal. My aunt and uncle from Iran were actually visiting me in New York on the day of the election. Their daughter is just two years older than me. And she volunteered for Moussavi’s campaign doing basically what young volunteers do here in the States — handing out literature and putting up posters. But that proved dangerous after the election.

She called my uncle often in the early days of mass protests and police crackdowns. These moments full of hushed tones and furrowed brows, would snap us back to the reality of the situation. After one of these conversations my uncle grimly told my aunt that someone had taken their daughter’s license plate. They told me this was a common strategy used by Iranian police against critics of the government. When people like my cousin report their missing license plate, the police arrest them.

When my aunt returned to Iran, she retrieved the license plate for my cousin without any repercussions from the police. But my family considers the incident a thinly veiled threat. They worry that my cousin could herself disappear, if she continues her vocal opposition and protesting.

Now when I see photographs from the protests, it’s like looking at pictures of my family. I try to stay in touch with my cousin as much as I can. I often find myself up until 3 AM, following Twitter and Facebook updates from her and other relatives, many whom I’ve never even met before.

But lately, my cousin’s Facebook updates and Twitter messages have become less frequent, and I’m left to wonder why.

Not knowing, is the hardest part for me. All I can do is worry about my family in a country that seems so far away, but is also mine.


How to Get Around Blocked Sites in Iran

June 18, 2009 · Filed Under international news, social networking · Comments Off on How to Get Around Blocked Sites in Iran 

YMI has been following Iran's post-election chaos through an ongoing blog of twitter feeds and a day-by-day breakdown of what's going on in Iran.







RT from Iran – confirmed-the wife of Saeed Rajaie, a prominent Iranian wartime martyr, has been arrested while praying in Qom-#Iranelection

On Thursday, Iranian protestors wore black to mourn those who lost their lives in the post-election violence. The march started at the Iranian capital and made its way into the streets. The march was the largest protest since Friday, when the government announced that Ahmadinejad won the presidential election. @oxfordgirl from Twitter says:

“This has been very peaceful and calm protest. As long gvt keeps calm nothing will happen FP #iranelection #gr88 #tehran”

Moussavi, Ahmadinejad’s main opponent, is expected to deliver a sermon during Friday prayers at Tehran University.

YouTube is one of the many sites now blocked in Iran. According to @newtonian64 , there is another place for people to go to.

“#IranElection YouTube Blocked in Iran? Here's How to Circumvent an Internet Proxy http://tinyurl.com/ndus84”



Messages From Bani in Iran





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