syria http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Syrians find vast resources, hard limits to helping in crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-syrians-find-vast-resources-hard-limits-helping-crisis <p>How best to deal with the extremely messy situation in Syria?</p><p>That’s the question the U.S. government and the international community are wrestling with right now. But it’s one that Syrian expatriates have wrestled with in a different, more intimate way for more than two years.</p><p>Metro Detroit has one of the nation’s largest and oldest Syrian communities. How have they dealt with the crisis? How are they using the community’s social and economic resources to help? &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>A long history, but strong ties</strong></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:11:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14419 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Syrians find vast resources, hard limits to helping in crisis Obama's speech resulted in mixed reactions about what to do about Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/obamas-speech-resulted-mixed-reactions-about-what-do-about-syria <p>President Obama is conditionally endorsing a Russian offer for international inspectors to seize and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. It's an effort to avert U.S. missile strikes.</p><p>President Obama addressed the nation last night amidst the continued erosion of support in Congress for military strikes. The President's speech drew mixed reactions from Michigan's Congressional delegation.</p><p>Todd Spangler, D.C. based reporter for the Detroit Free Press, joined us today from Washington.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:11:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 14380 at http://michiganradio.org Obama's speech resulted in mixed reactions about what to do about Syria Stateside for Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-11th-2013 <p>It's called many things -- the</p><p>ACA, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. As implementation of the law continues, so does the confusion. On today's show, we sat down and tried to make sense of it all. What will the law mean for Michigan and for you?</p><p>And, we spoke with the Detroit Bureau correspondent for the new TV network Al Jazeera America.</p><p>And, author Jim Tobin and illustrator Dave Coverly joined us to talk about their new children’s book.</p><p>And, public transportation can be confusing, especially for children. The Youth Transit Alliance in Detroit is looking to improve this.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, Moo Cluck Moo, a fast food restaurant in Dearborn Heights, has stepped up and raised their starting wage to $12 an hour. The founder spoke with us about why he thinks fast food workers deserve to be paid more than minimum wage.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama is conditionally endorsing a Russian offer for international inspectors to seize and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. It's an effort to avert U.S. missile strikes.</span></p><p>President Obama addressed the nation last night amidst the continued erosion of support in Congress for military strikes. The President's speech drew mixed reactions from Michigan's Congressional delegation.</p><p>Todd Spangler, D.C. based reporter for the Detroit Free Press, joined us today from Washington.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:09:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 14384 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-remains-divided-syria-after-presidents-speech <p>The president’s speech last night on Syria is drawing mixed reactions from Michigan’s Congressional delegation.</p><p>Senator Carl Levin says the president “made a forceful and persuasive case” for confronting the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress should approve a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria as a way of supporting diplomatic efforts.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 03:04:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 14368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech Stateside for Monday, September 9, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-9-2013 <p>Ever since the city of Detroit's historic bankruptcy filing, there have been accusatory fingers pointed at past mayoral administrations -- black administrations.</p><p>On today's show, we talked with Marilyn Katz. She played a leading role in the Students for a Democratic Society demonstrations and has recently penned the piece "Detroit's Downfall: Beyond the Myth of Black Misleadership."</p><p>And, the band "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr." stopped by to talk about the inspiration for their music.</p><p>Also, Michigan plans to try experimental "social impact bonds." What are these bonds and what do they mean for the state?</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s the headlines unfold over the civil war in Syria and whether the United States should or should not take military action against&nbsp;</span>Bashar<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Assad's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;regime, there are thousands of people in Michigan watching with the most intense interest.</span></p><p>Syrians first started coming to Michigan at the turn of the&nbsp;20th&nbsp;Century. Today, the Syrian Community in Michigan numbers about 25,000.</p><p>We wanted to get a sense of what this civil war looks and feels like for these thousands of people in Michigan with close ties to Syria.</p><p>Dr.&nbsp;Yahya&nbsp;Basha&nbsp;came from Syria to Southeast Michigan in 1972 after graduating from medical school at the University of Damascus. He is a leader in the Syrian-American Community in Michigan.</p><p>He joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:32:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 14338 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 9, 2013 How have recent events in Syria impacted Michigan's Syrian community? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-have-recent-events-syria-impacted-michigans-syrian-community <div><p>Opponents and supporters of U.S. military intervention in Syria have been holding rallies across Michigan.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>President Obama is asking for Congress's support to attack Syria over what he says is the government's use of chemical weapons.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Several dozen opponents of a U.S. attack marched through downtown Detroit for a rally Sunday at the waterfront Hart Plaza. About&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">30 people opposed to American military intervention turned out for a rally Saturday in Grand Rapids. And on Friday, about 100 supporters of an American military response held a rally in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>As the headlines unfold over the civil war in Syria and whether the United States should or should not take military action against Bashar Assad's regime, there are thousands of people in Michigan watching with the most intense interest.</p><p>Syrians first started coming to Michigan at the turn of the 20th Century. Today, the Syrian Community in Michigan numbers about 25,000.</p><p>We wanted to get a sense of what this civil war looks and feels like for these thousands of people in Michigan with close ties to Syria.</p><p>Dr. Yahya Basha came from Syria to Southeast Michigan in 1972 after graduating from medical school at the University of Damascus. He is a leader in the Syrian-American Community in Michigan. He has been active in the issues of civil rights, anti-discrimination, and civic participation including working with the ACLU, the Arab American Institute and the National American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.</p><p>Dr. Basha joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:25:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 14334 at http://michiganradio.org How have recent events in Syria impacted Michigan's Syrian community? Anti-War protests continue in Michigan as Congress considers the President's call to bomb Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-war-protests-continue-michigan-congress-considers-presidents-call-bomb-syria <p></p><p>This week, Congress may act on President Obama’s request for authorization to bomb Syria.</p><p></p><p>Yesterday, a small group of protesters in Detroit rallied against military action.</p><p></p><p>They chanted “Money for Detroit, Not for War” as the roughly one hundred peace protesters walked down Woodward Avenue.</p><p></p><p>They want President Obama to drop his plan to bomb Syrian targets to punish the Syrian government for allegedly using chemical weapons on its own people.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:30:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 14329 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-War protests continue in Michigan as Congress considers the President's call to bomb Syria Detroit's Syrians show support for President Obama, US military strike http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-syrians-show-support-president-obama-us-military-strike <p>As Congress prepares to debate a plan of action in Syria—and <a href="http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/07/20373022-kerry-courts-europe-for-support-on-syria-strike-as-obama-preps-for-uphill-battle-in-congress?lite">President Obama tries to build support for a US military strike-</a>-Metro Detroit’s Syrian community is showing their support for American intervention.</p><p>Dozens of Syrian-Americans protested President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in suburban Detroit Friday.</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:09:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14325 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Syrians show support for President Obama, US military strike Stateside for Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-4th-2013 <p>The auto industry has been forever linked to the city of Detroit, but if that&#39;s the case, why is Detroit seeing such financial hardships while U.S. automakers are enjoying a boom?</p><p>On today&#39;s show we discuss the not-so-entwined Big Three and Detroit.</p><p>Then, Governor Snyder visits China . We&#39;ll find out why he&#39;s pushing so hard for a relationship between eastern Asia and Michigan.</p><p>But first, speaking in Sweden today, President Obama said responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria&#39;s government is the &quot;moral thing to do.&quot; The President is on a three-day trip in Sweden and Russia for the G-20 summit. This is happening while senior officials in his administration are working to get support for intervention in Congress.&nbsp;</p><p>Today we continue to get the view from Michigan&#39;s Congressional delegation.</p><p>Yesterday on Stateside we heard from Republican Congressman Justin Amash and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. Now we turn to Democratic Representative Sander Levin to explain why he supports a targeted and focused response.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:10:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 14270 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 Sander Levin on the situation in Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/sander-levin-situation-syria <p>Speaking in Sweden today, President Obama said responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria's government is the "moral thing to do."</p><p>The President is on a three-day trip in Sweden and Russia for the G-20 summit as senior officials in his administration are working to get support for intervention in Congress.</p><p>So, let's continue to get the view from Michigan's Congressional delegation.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-september-3rd-2013">Yesterday on Stateside</a> we heard from Republican Congressman Justin Amash and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow.</p><p>Today, we turned to Democratic Representative Sander Levin.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:06:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 14264 at http://michiganradio.org Sander Levin on the situation in Syria Stateside for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-september-3rd-2013 <p></p><p>Some of Michigan’s preschoolers are paying the price as federal sequester cuts sink in. On today’s show we take a look at what the cuts mean to families who rely on Head Start in Michigan.</p><p>Later in the hour, we speak with Blaine Pardoe, author of the new book <em>Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick.</em></p><p>But first, Congressional leaders met today with President Obama to talk about the situation in Syria.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, the President called for the United States to take action against Syria for their alleged chemical weapons use.&nbsp; But the President said he wanted Congressional support for the action first.</span></p><p>Also, we hear from Congressman Justin Amash of west Michigan about his thoughts on the situation in the Middle East.</p><p>Finally, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has been in continuous operation on Detroit's East side since the Great Depression starting in 1929, and the friars' mission in the city dates back even further to 1883. Brother Jerry Smith, director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen discusses how the face of poverty has changed over 130 years.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:52:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 14250 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 Syria's relevance to American citizens http://michiganradio.org/post/syrias-relevance-american-citizens <p>People in the U.S. and around the world are watching the conflict unfold in Syria. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">To many Americans, it feels tragic, but not like a direct threat to our national security. &nbsp;</span></p><p>So, what’s the significance for everyday American citizens?&nbsp; The BBC’s Sebastian Usher puts the Syrian conflict into context for us.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the story above.</em></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 14246 at http://michiganradio.org Syria's relevance to American citizens Michigan members of Congress look forward to Syria debate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-members-congress-look-forward-syria-debate <p>Michigan’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the President’s call for congressional authorization for military action in Syria.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator says he’s glad the President is seeking congressional approval for a military strike against Syria.</p><p></p><p>In a written statement, Democratic Senator Carl Levin says “A congressional vote to authorize the use of force would strengthen the President’s decision to take military action.” Levin adds the President should also use this time to help the Syrian people “defend themselves”.</p><p></p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:41:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 14222 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan members of Congress look forward to Syria debate Michigan Congressman says President Obama should consult Congress before a military strike on Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-says-president-obama-should-consult-congress-military-strike-syria <p>West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash says he wants the House to go back into session to address potential military action against Syria.</p><p></p><p>A U.S. military strike is expected in the next few days in response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.</p><p></p><p>Amash told a group at a Battle Creek coffee shop today that the president must consult with Congress first.</p><p></p><p>“If the president intends to use force, we expect to be called back into session,” says Amash, “We demand we be called back into session to have a vote.”</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:15:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 14180 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Congressman says President Obama should consult Congress before a military strike on Syria In this morning's news: Medicaid bill, Detroit ballots, and Syrian conflict http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-bill-detroit-ballots-and-syrian-conflict <p><strong>State Senate passes Medicaid bill</strong></p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan state Senate passed a bill to expand Medicaid. &nbsp;The legislation is now headed for the state House. &nbsp;However, Michigan Radio&#39;s Jake Neher&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">reports</a> that the bill may be delayed because the Senate did not vote to put the bill into immediate effect.</p><p><strong>State will re-tabulate some Detroit ballots</strong></p><p>The state <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-elections-department-will-review-some-ballots-detroit-mayor">elections department will recount</a> some of the ballots from Detroit&#39;s mayoral primary. &nbsp;Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek&nbsp;reports that &quot;s<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">tate elections director Chris Thomas says they won&rsquo;t discount any votes because of how they were marked.&quot; &nbsp;Thomas says &quot;y</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">ou can&rsquo;t disenfranchise voters because election workers make a mistake, or don&rsquo;t do what they&rsquo;re supposed to do.&rdquo;</span></p><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Michigan congressmen request collaboration between President Obama and Congress on Syria</span></strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash and Upper Peninsula Representative Dan Benishek joined seventeen other representatives requesting that President Obama consult Congress before taking action against Syria. &nbsp;Many countries, including the U.S., are considering military action against Syria in light of recent chemical attacks against civilians. &nbsp;Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-republicans-want-pres-obama-consult-congress-syria">reports</a> that</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;&quot;isolationists in Congress oppose another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.&quot;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:00:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14170 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid bill, Detroit ballots, and Syrian conflict 2 Michigan Republicans want Pres. Obama to consult with Congress on Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-republicans-want-pres-obama-consult-congress-syria <p>Two Michigan Congressmen have signed a letter demanding the White House consult with Congress before taking military action against Syria.</p><p></p><p>West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash and Upper Peninsula Representative Dan Benishek joined 19 other Republicans and one Democrat lawmaker in sending a letter to the president.</p><p></p><p>They want President Obama to get an authorization from Congress before taking any military action against Syria.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:54:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 14167 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Michigan Republicans want Pres. Obama to consult with Congress on Syria Michigan woman the first American killed in Syrian civil war http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-woman-first-american-killed-syrian-civil-war <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Last month, a Michigan woman became the first American killed in the Syrian civil war.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:35:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13315 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan woman the first American killed in Syrian civil war Flint woman killed while fighting in Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-woman-killed-while-fighting-syria <p><strong>Update 11:03 a.m.</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek is following this story for us. The Associated Press has this update on Nicole Lynn Mansfield. They report the family didn't know she was in the Middle East and that Mansfield wanted to be a "peacemaker."</p><blockquote><p>Relatives of a 33-year-old Michigan woman killed in fighting in Syria say they didn't even know she was in the Middle East but that she always wanted to be a peacemaker.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:03:43 +0000 Mark Brush 12831 at http://michiganradio.org Flint woman killed while fighting in Syria In this morning's news: Rhee speaks at Mackinac, local woman killed in Syria, Michigan entrepreneurs http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-rhee-speaks-mackinac-local-woman-killed-syria-michigan-entrepreneurs <p><strong>Michelle Rhee advocates for Common Core</strong></p><p>Michelle Rhee <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/rhee-praises-michigan-school-reform-progress">spoke yesterday</a> at the Mackinac Policy Conference in favor of maintaining the Common Core curriculum in Michigan. According to the Associated Press,&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Rhee is a self-described lifelong Democrat who has clashed with teachers' unions, one of the party's key constituencies. During her speech, she called for honoring the teaching profession but demanding more accountability and rewarding the best teachers with more pay.”</p><p></p><p><strong>Michigan woman killed in Syrian conflict</strong></p><p>33 year old <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130530/NEWS06/305300146/Flint-woman-killed-in-Syria">Nicole Lynn Mansfield</a> of Flint, Michigan has been killed while fighting for the Syrian opposition movement.</p><p>“Speelman's mother Monica Mansfield Speelman tells the Detroit Free Press that her niece was a convert to Islam who married an Arab immigrant several years ago but later divorced him. Syrian news reports say that Mansfield and two other westerners killed with her were fighters for the opposition to Syria's government and were killed in a confrontation in Idlib,” the Associated Press reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Michigan universities produce young entrepreneurs</strong></p><p>A new report from the Anderson Economic Group states that Michigan’s three largest universities produce <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-universities-producing-entrepreneurs-faster-national-average">twice as many entrepreneurs</a> as the national average.&nbsp; According to Rick Pluta,</p><p>“The report says almost half of the new businesses started by college grads have been started or acquired in Michigan. University officials say they’ve revamped their curriculum in recent years to encourage entrepreneurship among students.”</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:04:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12829 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Rhee speaks at Mackinac, local woman killed in Syria, Michigan entrepreneurs Stateside: A conversation with a Syrian opposition leader http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-conversation-syrian-opposition-leader <p></p><p>The Syrian conflict seems distant to most of us, but one of the opposition leaders lives here in Michigan.</p><p>She's one of the few women within the effort seeking to overturn the Assad regime.</p><p>Click the audio above to hear our conversation with her. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:52:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 11226 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: A conversation with a Syrian opposition leader