Tensions in the Persian Gulf are high after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric. Iran sees itself as the champion of Shiite Islam and is furious with the Saudi action. Saudi Arabia has retaliated by cutting off relations.
Beneath what is now the Battery Tunnel and the site of the World Trade Center is the remains of Little Syria, the first stop for Arab American immigrants who came to the United State near the turn of the 20th Century. Now, a small group is trying to save a six-story building that marks the history.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled their war-torn country in hopes of safety in neighboring countries. But for Syrians of Palestinian descent, they find they're not as welcome in neighboring Jordan as native Syrians.
One of Nelson Mandela's own heroes, boxer Baby Jake Matlala, died just two days after the former South African president. While those two may be meeting in heaven, down here, people are analyzing Mandela's memorial service — from Obama's handshake with Castro to a man who pretended to interpret the ceremony for the deaf. And China tries a positive spin on its pollution, all in today's Global Scan.
Radio DJ Casey Kasem was born Kamal Amin Kasem, the son of Lebanese immigrants. Kasem is perhaps best known for his weekly radio show, American Top 40. But, we want to remember Kasem for his Arab American roots and activism within that community.