PRI's The World: 5/29/14
May 29, 2014
Syrian refugees are flocking to their embassy in neighboring Lebanon to cast their vote in their country's presidential election. And, why Spanish speakers don't send dying relatives to hospice. Plus, Tunisians take to "selfie activism" in order to highlight their growing problem with trash.
Stories in this Edition
Conflict & Justice
Syria's rebels say the first American suicide bomber in Syria carried out a successful bombing on Sunday. Aryn Baker, Time's Middle East bureau chief, says hundreds of Westerners have joined the ranks of extremist groups in Syria.
Syria's presidential elections start next week, but people living abroad can vote starting now. That Bashar al-Assad will win is basically a foregone conclusion — but still throngs are packing embassies abroad, trying to cast their ballot.
Health & Medicine
Many words sound similar in English and Spanish: car, carro; fruit, fruta. But watch out: 'hospice' and 'hospicio' do not mean the same thing.
Business, Economics and Jobs
The Ambassador wasn't the greatest car, but it was the first one manufactured in India. That's why car lovers and owners of the iconic machine are saddened by the news Hindustan Motors halted its production.
Venezuela alleges the US ambassador to Colombia plotted to destabilize and "annihilate" President Nicolas Maduro, just the latest claim in an escalating war of words between the two nations. The claim came shortly before the US House approved a measure calling for sanctions on officials in the Venezuelan government over human rights abuses.
Science, Tech & Environment
Does this trash pile make me look thinner? Tunisians are taking and posting "trash selfies" in an effort to clean up long-festering piles of garbage on their streets.
These are the tunes played between segments on The World for May 29, 2014.
Health & Medicine
Parán is a small town in Peru where many men go blind. When they finally found out why, they began to blame themselves.
The state of Indiana was among the first in a wave of states to pass a strict photo ID law to vote. Republicans say it was necessary to prevent fraud, while Democrats call it a solution in search of a problem.
Arts, Culture & Media
Artists often become popular outside their hometowns, or even their countries. Like being big in Japan. That's just what happened to a musician in Nashville. Only he got big in Sweden.