PRI's The World: 03/26/2015
March 26, 2015
What will Saudi air strikes in Yemen mean for the volatile mix that is the Middle East? Also, we hear how the Germanwings crash investigation focuses new attention on post-9/11 rules about cockpit safety. Later, musicians in the Nile River basin are helping their region tackle its drought problems.
Stories in this Edition
Not long ago, Egypt all but threatened war if Ethiopia built a huge dam it was planning on part of the Nile River. Now the two countries have signed breakthrough agreement to allow the dam to go ahead. It's a big deal in a region with a history of tension over scarce water resources
For centuries, the bones of London's Great Plague victims have lain undisturbed at the Bedlam Burial Ground. Now a new construction project is letting archaeologists uncover their world for a few precious months.
The pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 is said to have deliberately crashed his plane, killing 150 people. Problem is, there are no cockpit security procedures to prevent a pilot who wants to crash an airplane from doing so.
Most people who live in Damascus fear voicing an opinion that doesn't echo that of either the government or the armed opposition. But some residents reject the bitter polarization that divides their country.
Freelance fighters are raising money for spy drones. Spin doctors are manufacturing false stories. Welcome to Ukraine's cease-fire, a term that makes people on both sides of the line laugh.
The US military has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion for allegedly leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. It's one of the only high-profile cases of the crime in recent decades, but it's far from rare in the US military.
The Houthi takeover of much of Yemen has turned into a regional power struggle, as a Saudi-led military coalition has started attacking Houthi targets in Yemen. The intervention could now have far wider implications outside of Yemen, including at the nuclear negotiating table.
Blaine Harden wrote a best-selling book about North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk. Years later, Shin revealed that parts of his story were not true. So, how did Harden know that another defector whose story he told in a second book was telling the truth?
Middle East neighbors, lead by the Saudis, start military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen. The Houthis, suspicious of Saudis, Americans and Zionists, may have been expecting this.