PRI's The World: 5/30/14

May 30, 2014

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The scandal at the VA health system proved too much for Eric Shinseki, who has resigned. We look into Shinseki's military and political career. And, the brutal killings of young girls in Pakistan and India that have outraged certain sectors of society. We'll hear how people are pushing back in all sorts of ways, including a Bollywood film. Plus, a singer from Iceland who's trying to make it big here in the US.

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Global Politics

Why critics complain one Palestinian university condones violent demonstrations at the expense of academic freedom

The Al-Quds University professor who led the first group of Palestinian students to visit Auschwitz has been expelled from the university’s workers union – even though he was never a member to begin with. Professor Mohammed Dajani said he would take legal action against the union, accusing its leaders of “incitement” against him.

Arts, Culture & Media

What's it like to portray Nelson Mandela in an opera? Amazing!

If you're in Pretoria, South Africa, one show you won't be able to see is a new opera about Nelson Mandela. That's because the show, "Madiba: The African Opera," was cancelled after just three nights because of a lack of funding. The opera depicts Nelson Mandela's early years in his native home of Qunu, on South Africa's Eastern Cape. Thabang Senekal is the well-known South African baritone who played Mandela in the production. He describes what it's like to play Mandela on stage.

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