PRI's The World: 4/16/14

April 16, 2014

PRI's The World: 4/16/14

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April 16, 2014

The crisis over eastern Ukraine ratchets up another notch as separatists hoist Russian flags on Ukrainian army vehicles there. And, we'll learn about a folk song that's become an anthem of pro-Western demonstrators in Kiev. Plus, we go inside a renowned Saudi terrorist rehabilitation center where "beneficiaries" learn that "only the Prince has the power to declare Jihad."

Stories in this Edition

Conflict & Justice

Why Nigeria's government can't prevent the kidnapping of 100 teenage school girls

Violence in northern Nigeria took an ominous turn this week when at least 100 teenage girls were kidnapped from a school in the remote northeast. It's thought that the Islamist militant group Boko Haram took the young women to a forest near the border with Cameroon. Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters blames what he calls an "incompetent" Nigerian government.

Conflict & Justice

Tensions are high in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian gunmen remain defiant

No one says they want war in Ukraine. But just look on the ground, in the country's east especially, where tensions keep rising. Ukrainian troops have been deployed in the east to recapture areas seized by pro-Russia separatists. But in one town, they were blocked by civilians -- and even appeared to lose some of their armored vehicles to the other side. And in the regional capital, Donetsk, pro-Russia gunmen took over the mayor's office.

Arts, Culture & Media

Here's a designer who makes objects, and people, uncomfortable

It's frustrating when something you think you know how to use suddenly becomes, well, almost - but not quite - utterly useless. And that's what Greek designer Katerina Kamprani has done with a set of 3-D computer renderings she calls "The Uncomfortable." Imagine a watering can with the spout turned backwards, or a fork with hinged tines. Yeah, it's enough to make you angry.

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