Rebuilding Beirut's synagogue

Nov 26, 2014

The Jewish community in Beirut is centuries old.  But few Jewish people remain, and the main synagogue was destroyed by fighting during Lebanon's civil war.  Some of the country's remaining Jewish citizens are trying to rebuild the synagogue and their community. Ben Gilbert recently paid a visit to the synagogue and sent this report.

From PRI's The World ©2014 Public Radio International

The protests rumbling across Mexico's major cities are at least partly about the case of 43 students missing in the state of Guerrero since September. But the demonstrations, according to at least one activist, have become about even bigger issues. 

These Dairy Robots Let Cows Choose When They’re Milked

Nov 26, 2014
Sarah Eden Wallace

If anyone should be a traditional farmer, it would be Alan Mesman. His family has been farming for six generations near La Conner, Washington. But last year, Mesman became the second of six farmers in the state who are trying a new tool that’s helped them cut labor costs and reduce the workload.


King County, Washington, is more than 30 percent non-white. But juries in the state’s most populous county often don’t reflect that diversity.

People in several Northwest cities raised their voices in protest Tuesday over a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Several Northwest Christmas tree growers are trying to push containers full of evergreens through the Northwest’s delayed seaports.

In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are rearing endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.

Demonstrators at a Seattle march on Nov. 25, 2014, in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

For the second consecutive day, several hundred protesters marched through Seattle streets Tuesday. The marches come in response to Monday’s grand jury verdict in Ferguson. As KUOW’s Liz Jones reports, many protesters in Seattle see this as a highly local issue.

Adrees Latif/Reuters

When I think about Ferguson, Missouri, I'm reminded of a song by The Clash called "Guns of Brixton." It came out in 1979, with lyrics that complained about heavy-handed policing in the London neighborhood of Brixton that seemed to encourage a violent response from residents.

Two years after the song's release, in 1981, tensions between police and Brixton residents blew up into a race riot. And before long, there were riots in other cities throughout England. One of them took place in the "Moss Side" neighborhood of Manchester.

A Middle East correspondent sees familiar clashes unfold in Ferguson

Nov 25, 2014
Jim Young/Reuters 

Parts of Ferguson, Missouri, looked like a war zone on Monday — perhaps not too different from Jerusalem with its recent clashes. 

At least that's how it looked to Daniel Estrin, who frequently reports from Jerusalem and the West Bank for The World. He's currently at home in St. Louis, just 20 minutes away from Ferguson. 

Karen Ng

During an address on his new immigration measures on Friday, President Barack Obama took pains to note that "not everyone who comes here is Latino" — and with good reason. Today most of America's newcomers are arriving from Asia, not Mexico or other Latin American countries.

In California alone, there are more than 400,000 Asian immigrants living here without authorization. Many are from the Philippines, a group people don't typically think of when they hear about undocumented immigrants.

Ammar Al-Bushy/Reuters

A civil war completely resets the lives of people who manage to survive. Towns look different; families are torn apart. People often struggle with who they are, and how to go on.

In the case of the Syrian civil war, some of the Syrian rebels are already facing that struggle, as Raja Abdulrahim reported recently for the Los Angeles Times. In the early days of the war, some rebels decided to go by aliases, out of fear for their own safety and the safety of their loved ones.

Music heard on the air for November 25, 2014

Nov 25, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 include:

    SONG: Toubaka
    ARTIST: Benyoro
    CD TITLE: Benyoro
    LABEL: Benyoro Music


Courtesy of Van Pol

When Van Pol was just a child in Cambodia, he did plenty of hiking.

“We were hiking over mountain ranges to get away from all the war," Pol says. "We were running over mountain ranges while we were being shot at. Landmines were everywhere. We were hiking for our lives, pretty much."

Courtesy of Marilena Delli

Most of the time, you can find Alfred Gavanala on the side of the road selling strange fare to passersby: roasted mice on a stick.

It’s one of a few options he has to make money in his village in Malawi, usually bringing in the equivalent of 50 cents to a dollar a day. But on one day in 2011, thanks to a guitar fashioned out of scrap metal, that all changed.