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Ongoing Battle for Ukraine (Episode #3304)

KQED World: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

Denmark: Reintegration for Jihadists - The city of Aarhus has a program for reintegrating returning jihadists from Syria and Iraq. The model project also has the collaboration of the police and the local Muslim community, and has already proved productive. One in three jihadist fighters returning to Denmark in recent years hails from Denmark's second city - but Aarhus is now also a forerunner in deradicalization programs. It was here 10 years ago that the controversial Mohammed cartoons published by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper triggered massive protests around the world. Ukraine: On the Front - The battle for Donetsk airport rages on between government troops and pro-Russian separatists. The ceasefire agreed for eastern Ukraine in September now may be finished for good. Surviving amidst the destruction is proving increasingly difficult for residents of the Donbass region. The conflict has so far claimed the lives of 4,800 people, with several hundred thousand Ukrainians and ethnic Russians displaced. The UN has referred to the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Greece: Children of the Crisis - Many young Greeks have grown up with the economic crisis, complete with silent factories and stores closed down. Over half of 15-24 year-olds are unemployed. Since 2010 the EU has been keeping the Greek economy going with 240 bn in bailouts. The latest recue loan expires at the end of February - after elections in January. The left-wing Syriza party has a good chance of winning with its demands for an end to the austerity program and for some of the debt to be forgiven. Such developments have also led to a debate on the future of Greece in the euro zone. Poland: An Uncomfortable Legacy - Auschwitz is the most infamous of the extermination camps in the Holocaust. 70 years after it was liberated, the local authorities are eager to show that there's more to Oswiecim (the town's Polish name) than death and horror. On January 27, 1945 the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, where an estimated 1.5 million people had been murdered by the Nazis. The upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation is expected to be attended by a range of high-profile leaders from around the world. One big name will be missing, however: Vladimir Putin. The Polish government has declined to invite the Russian President due to the Ukraine crisis.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 27, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 27, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 25, 2015 -- 5:30 AM

Democracy In Jeopardy In France (Episode #3303)

KQED World: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

France: Democracy in Jeopardy - The terror attacks on the French newspaper 'Charlie Hebdo' and the hostage-taking in a kosher supermarket in Paris have triggered a wave of international outrage. 17 people died at the hands of Islamist terrorists. Will the attacks polarize French society? France is home to a community of some five million Muslims - the largest in Europe. Many of them say they feel increasingly marginalized. Far-right groups, including Marine le Pen's Front National, are fueling hostilities against Muslims and gaining supporters. After last week's attacks, they're likely to gain even more. Muslim associations, meanwhile, tend to be badly organized and low-profile. Turkey: Children in Need - Around 10 million of Syrian refugees have fled their country since the outbreak of civil war four years ago. For children, it means not only losing a home but also access to education. In Turkey, volunteers have set up a school for some 1200 Syrian children. But not everyone approves. Most of the teachers at the school in Kahramanmara? are themselves refugees from Aleppo. The classes, which include English lessons, are held in rented apartments and homes. Instruction is geared to promoting tolerance. But these Syrian-run projects are up against growing hostility in Turkey. The 1. 2 million Syrian refugees who fled here are increasingly seen as a burden on the state and skirmishes have broken out in Kahramanmara?. Sweden: The Plight of Sami Reindeer Breeders - Northern Sweden is home to hundreds of indigenous reindeer breeders - but these days, they're struggling to make a living. Much of the land the animals used to graze on is now built up and many Sami fear for their future. Suicide rates are soaring - statistics show that it's twice as high among reindeer breeders in northern Sweden as in the rest of the country. The government in Stockholm has failed to offer any help. The trouble is, Europe's last indigenous people lack a political lobby. Germany: The Snow White Story - The town of Lohr am Main is keen to promote itself as the birthplace of Snow White. But the statue of its famous daughter erected in the town center has divided opinion among residents. Many think it's just plain ugly. But local authorities have paid an artist 110,000 euros and aren't going to backtrack on their decision. Snow White might not even have come from here in the first place - the theory is based solely on the evidence of a group of locals. They're convinced that the girl who inspired the Brothers Grimm to write their famous fairytale lived here in Lohr.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 -- 5:30 AM

Farewell to Arms for Serbian Mercenaries (Episode #3302)

KQED World: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

Serbia: A Farewell to Arms - Separatists in eastern Ukraine have been joined by countless Serbian volunteers. They identify as "Chetniks", and were previously involved in the 1990s Yugoslav Wars. The Serbian government now wants to see them returning home. The parliament in Belgrade has passed a law that would punish Serbian mercenaries for participating in foreign conflicts. Serbia is considered a close ally of Russia, but is also hoping to join the European Union. Brussels has since called on Belgrade to take a clear stance on the Ukraine crisis, and join the sanctions against Moscow. Poland: Mass Emigration - Over two million Poles now live abroad. Few are planning to return, while the numbers joining them are growing. The principal reasons for emigration are connected to Poland's lower wages. The most popular destinations are Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the US. From blue collar to white collar, Poland is suffering a significant labor drain - despite having a booming economy. The mass emigration is also taking its toll on the older generation; traditionally sons and daughters would take care of their parents - a tradition that is waning. Switzerland: High-Altitude Refugee Row - A federal court in Switzerland has ruled that Laax has to take in refugees. The popular resort area has claimed that would put off wintersports enthusiasts. Switzerland has around 100,000 new immigrants a year - for many natives too many. A series of referendums aimed at restricting immigration, however, have failed. The majority of Swiss people accept new arrivals, and that also applies to the skiing and spa town of Davos. Refugees here benefit from support when it comes to job hunting in hotels and restaurants. Czech Republic: Voice of the West - Radio Free Europe had no shortage of listeners in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. It provided an alternative voice to the propaganda of domestic broadcasters. Now, Radio Free Europe is making a comeback. The Washington-funded station was considered pro-West and therefore officially forbidden. Its program was reduced after the fall of the Iron Curtain - but has now been growing again over the course of the Ukraine crisis. Radio Free Europe is housed in slick premises in Prague, and recently branched out into television as well - in Russian. The new development is aimed to countering Moscow's propaganda concerning the conflict. Britain: Brave New Working World - "Generation Y" appear to have little in common with their parents' generation. Instead of overtime and afterwork parties, today's younger employees prefer a healthier balance of work and play. Having a secure job has lost its appeal to Generation Y. Having grown up with the Internet and smartphones, the youngsters prefer working in virtual teams than in hierarchies. Family and free time are more important to Britain's 17-35 year-olds - even if that self-fulfillment sometimes means a less-than-full wallet.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 13, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 13, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 11, 2015 -- 5:30 AM

Survivors of the Year (Episode #3301)

KQED World: Sat, Jan 3, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

Poland: The Historic Hotel Bristol - Located in the heart of Warsaw, the Bristol is more than just a hotel -- it's a piece of the city's history. The 112-year-old building survived two world wars and has welcomed guests as varied as Queen Elizabeth, Michael Jackson and German chancellor Angela Merkel. In 1989 British investors began extensive renovations on the Hotel Bristol, which reopened in 1993. Restored to its former glory, this Warsaw institution regularly ranks among the world's top 40 hotels. France/Italy: Storming Mont Blanc - Anyone who wants to scale Europe's highest mountain may have to climb after dark and must spend the night on the mountain. It's a challenge that taxes many amateurs. A growing number of amateur mountain climbers want to conquer the majestic summit between France and Italy. Last year alone, 25,000 people slept in the overcrowded huts on the mountainside. During high season, as many as 300 people start their trek to the summit at night. But many of them are beginners who lack the proper equipment, physical conditioning and experience. Turkey: Miners in danger - A mining accident in the town of Soma cost the lives of several hundred men in May. It was the latest in a long line of mining-related disasters in Turkey. Poor safety standards have left the miners angry and frustrated with the government. Coal mining is an important part of Turkey's economy. Conditions for workers have worsened since the government sold many of its state-owned mines around 15 years ago. Some mines are illegal, with accidents frequently going unreported. The miners work for low wages, without protective clothing or emergency facilities. Turkish authorities have promised improvements but the precarious situation nevertheless continues. Spain: Children as a Means to an End - Every year, thousands of African refugees try to enter Europe via the Spanish exclave of Melilla. Many of them bring children with them in an effort to evoke sympathy if they are stopped, but often those children aren't their own. Human traffickers regularly sell children to illegal immigrants. In Granada, the organization Prokids is now trying to put a stop to this inhumane practice by administering genetic tests to the children and the adults who accompany them. Spanish authorities say the flood of desperate refugees has grown dramatically in the past year. Finland: The Caretaker's Legacy - Pukkila is a wealthy municipality thanks to the 30 million euros bequeathed to it by a man who made a fortune buying shares in Nokia. The trouble is, Pukkila isn't allowed to spend it as it chooses. The fortune may only be invested in the local retirement home. It's now the best-funded resident for the elderly in the world. It had an extension built for 15 million euros and sets aside 250,000 euros a year for special projects - even though it has only 24 residents. The rest of Pukkila, meanwhile, is struggling with debt as a result of the Finnish government's austerity measures.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 4, 2015 -- 5:30 AM
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