PRI's The World: 01/10/2014
January 10, 2014
The diplomatic tensions between India and the US reach a new high. Also, the politics of the Panama Canal and how costs overruns could delay the vital waterway's expansion. Plus, the French react to news that their president may have had an affair.
Stories in this Edition
French tabloid "Closer" exposed an alleged affair between French President François Hollande and a French actress. Hollande isn't the first French president to stray, though he isn't married, so why is this alleged affair causing such a stir?
There's a way to do basketball diplomacy right, says former NBA player Ira Newble, who spoke up on the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan in 2007. And he says that's not what Dennis Rodman is doing in North Korea.
Science, Tech & Environment
As sea levels rise, so does the cost of fixing and controlling storm and flood damage. In the UK, that led to a decision to start letting the sea take back some of the coastline.
Arts, Culture & Media
For the past four years, the World Routes Academy has flown young British musicians all over the globe to mentor with masters of traditional music. 18-year-old singer Fidan Hajiyeva was a perfect candidate for the Academy.
Business, Finance & Economics
The widening of the Panama Canal is nearing completion, and could be ready to allow bigger ships to pass through next year. But a European consortium constructing the new locks says it wants more money to finish the job.
Lifestyle & Belief
A new survey asked for opinions about how women should dress in public in the Middle East. The choices included images of women wearing different kinds of head coverings. The results and approach have been widely criticized. So Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro decided to do his own "survey" on what American women should wear.
The dispute over the indicted Devyani Khobragade, a deputy Consul General in the Indian embassy in New York, continues to play out. Khobragade's maid had sought shelter for exploitative conditions. In an apparent deal, the US let the diplomat leave the country. Now India is getting even.
In 1964, riots that started in the US-controlled Panama Canal zone led to the deaths of 22 students and, ultimately, to negotiations that put the Panama Canal under joint US-Panamanian control and gave Panama full control by 1999.
Development & Education
Mohamed Ali escaped Somalia's civil war when he was 10. When he learned that Somali youth who don't escape often end up wearing bomb-laden suicide vests, he decided to do something for them. Now he helps them start businesses.