PRI's The World: 06/18/2015
June 18, 2015
The man suspected in the church shootings in Charleston wore a jacket bearing the flags of two former white supremacist regimes in southern Africa. In other news, Pope Francis finally issued his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, in which he urges sweeping action to combat climate change. Plus, we're talking about women in sports today in our series Teach Her, about girl's and women's education.
Stories in this Edition
People were welcoming, but they were surprised, when a team of modestly dressed women surfers showed up in a remote corner of Iran. They had never seen surfing before. "Because we were only women in the water, they thought it was a sport for women," says French director Marion Poizeau. "So the men asked us if they could also do it."
The government in the Dominican Republic says it will begin to deport Haitians living there unless they can prove their legal status. That applies to Haitians who were born in the Dominican Republic.
“Cultural revolution” and “radical change” are terms you might not expect to come out of the Vatican. But that’s language Pope Francis is using to talk about what he says is need to save planet earth and all of humanity along with it.
In Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Iran, these girls are breaking down traditional barriers in sports — and taking names in the process.
The first-ever European Games is wrapping up its first week. By all accounts it's been a roaring success. In Baku, Azerbaijan, where the games are being held. Elsewhere in Europe, folks don't really seem to know that the "Olympics for Europe" is taking place.
Officials in the Mexican border city Ciudad Juárez are hoping that removing the 'No More Weapons!" sign, which is made of confiscated guns, will help attract tourists and serve as a sign of good faith toward the United States.
Nneka is a Nigerian singer with a political agenda and she has a message for members of Boko Haram and other extremists. "Pray For You" is a song off her latest album.
A new film explores a real life incident from the first Intifada, when a West Bank town bought some cows and started a dairy farm. "The Wanted 18" is about what happens when Israel declared the cows a security risk and the Palestinians hid them so they could keep the dairy going.
French filmmaker and surfer Marion Poizeau heard there were good waves in southeastern Iran. But when she finally rode them, she decided to teach Iranians how to enjoy them, too.
We didn't want to leave female teachers out of our #TeachHer week on girls' and women's education. And you came to the rescue with videos about how these teachers changed your lives.