In the wake of the attacks in Brussels, New York City has stepped up its security. The NYPD has deployed special heavily-armed counterterrorism teams to major landmarks and transportation hubs across the city. But at the same time, President Obama is proposing to cut counter terrorism funds nearly in half. As Laura Gamba reports, that has security experts concerned about safety in the city. (18)
Two years ago, President Obama made the decision to fast-track deportation cases. It has forced many unaccompanied child migrants — some as young as four — to face immigration court without an attorney. New York City is unique, because a coalition of nonprofits called ICARE has been working together since then to provide legal services for free. But with the Department of Homeland Security doubling down on arrest and raids since early March, is ICARE a sufficient solution to the humanitarian crisis? Henriette Chacar reports.
Several hours from now, the Rolling Stones will take the stage – in Havana, Cuba. It will be the biggest rock show the country’s seen since communists took over in 1959. More than a half-million people are expected to attend and it’ll be projected on 10 jumbo screens. All a big deal in a country that once banned Rock ‘n Roll. The concert marks the end of a historic week for U.S.- Cuba relations. Tim Padgett covers Latin America for WLRN, a public radio station in Miami. He just got back from Cuba.
For many Muslim women, finding modest clothes has meant trips to small specialty boutiques or shopping online. Now big brand fashion chains like Uniqlo and H&M are getting into the market. Adele Humbert reports.
Israeli Apartheid Week is taking place on campuses across the world, including Columbia University’s as of Monday. One of the event’s central goals is to garner support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, known more commonly as BDS. This nonviolent initiative is modeled after the 1980s campaign against apartheid in South Africa — but is directed at Israel and its treatment of Palestinians. The BDS movement is in its 11th year, but still stirs controversy. Now, the debate has reached the New York State Senate. Henriette Chacar reports.
While much of Europe is struggling with the current Syrian refugee crisis, Calais – a city in Northern France – has been dealing with a migrant population since the late 1990s. Now, a group of civic minded technology and design people are using this community as a way to try out some ideas of how to make lives for refugees a little safer. Adele Humbert reports.
Jephie Bernard speaks with Peter Asaad, an immigration lawyer for Immigration Solutions group, about a new program at CUNY to help foreign entrepreneurs get visas to work in the United States.
As you heard earlier, the British election was expected to be a nail biter.
But after the exit poll came out in favor of the conservatives yesterday evening, the uncertainty faded – fast. Ariel Ritchin spent time at a bar where nearly 100 British expats were watching the results roll in.
Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray are facing criminal charges in Baltimore. The city has seen marches all week. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, the author of “Letters to my Black Sons: Raising Boys in Post-Racial America,” joined the protests alongside her two sons, aged 12 and 14.
Ex-convicts who get a college degree are less likely to go back to prison. But many former prisoners encounter a big obstacle in the college application process. That’s because some colleges are worried about the effects of having felons on campus. Not all universities ask about a criminal records, but all 64 institutions in the State University of New York system do.
The New York State DREAM Act would allow undocumented teens and adults who were brought to the United States by their parents to apply for financial aid. The bill didn’t make it into the state’s new budget. Supporters of the bill are not giving up. Nardos Mesmer has the story.
CHARLOTTE: Gunmen from Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaida affiliate based in Somalia, killed 148 people at a university in Kenya yesterday. That’s the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country.
ARIEL: I spoke with Murithi Mutiga, a freelance journalist for The New York Times who has been covering the attack’s aftermath. We talked over a shaky Skype connection, as he reported outside of a Nairobi hospital.