PRI's The World: 02/25/2016
February 25, 2016
Where does ISIS get its explosives? Investigators at a British think tank called Conflict Armament Research have just published a report that traces how ISIS gets the material to make its bombs. It turns out many of the components are made legally, and for civilian purposes — by small companies in some 20 different countries. Plus, we hear a preview of tomorrow's parliamentary elections in Iran, and we'll follow that with another of Marco's Tehran Stories. During his recent visit, he met an Iranian-born, Brooklyn-raised food blogger. She now calls Tehran home, and writes a blog about Persian food called "Fig and Quince." We also have more coverage from our Across Women's Lives team in Brazil. Today we bring you a profile of a woman who's been protesting a huge hydropower dam near her house for nearly 30 years, and she's hoping to inspire a new generation of activists.
Stories in this Edition
Unlike Marvel's Storm character from its X-Men series and Black Panther, who both hail from the fictional country of Wakanda in Africa, Jide Martin’s characters are truly African-born. And many are inspired by Nigerian folklore.
He used to be friends with Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations. But now a former Burundian journalist is sanctioned by Washington for advocating violence.
Brooklyn-raised Iranian American Azita Houshiar visited Tehran last year and then decided to stay in the land where she was born. Houshiar is a former lawyer who writes a food blog about Persian cuisine called “Fig and Quince.”
The mammoth Belo Monte dam in Brazil will start generating power next month. But the women who have been fighting against it for decades still haven't given up.
From carpet bombing Syria to banning all Muslims from coming to the US, the presidential hopefuls have not been shy of speaking about the Middle East on the campaign trail. And some of what they have been talking about is far from reality on the ground. But what they talk about matters.
Brazil will be represented at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The film "Boy and the World" is up for an Oscar as best animated feature. But the story is told more through music than words.
Artists sometimes come up with the darnedest ideas. Thomas Thwaites is a case in point. Thwaites is a 34-year-old artist from London who decided he wanted to experience what it's like to live life as an animal.
An international investigation finds out how ISIS gets components to make its bombs: mostly from small-time businesspeople and mostly legally.