In this edition of WBRU’s Brief, Emily Jones looks at the deep-seated rivalry between French and Spanish fans, the firestorm that a French parodic comedy skit has caused, and how this tension manifests itself both in Europe and right at home in New England.
Governor Chafee will head to Israel in November to promote economic ties with Rhode Island. Chafee announced the trip Monday during a Statehouse visit with Israel’s Consul General to New England, Shai Bazak. Chafee says Israel’s booming, high-tech economy is a good market for Rhode Island exports. The eight-day trade mission will include several Rhode [...]
The president of Liberia visited Rhode Island to meet with the local Liberian community and to thank Governor Chafee for support following the civil war in Liberia. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the Statehouse before heading to Massachusetts to speak at Harvard University’s Commencement ceremony. As a U.S. Senator, Chafee supported calls to grant asylum [...]
The effects of Osama bin Laden’s death are still echoing across the listening area. Leading political figures in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island are praising the news, announced by President Obama last night.
However, many of them are encouraging continued vigilance, in particular Senator John Kerry, who is pushing a faster end to the war [...]
With bin Laden killed, a major goal for both President Obama and Bush has been fulfilled. But, at this point the effect that the 9/11 mastermind’s death will have on American security is unclear. But, what is clear is that bin Laden’s death doesn’t signify the end of terrorism. Now, the greatest threat to the [...]
Yesterday night, President Obama officially announced that Osama Bin Laden is dead and that “justice has been done.” Right now, hundreds are gathering outside the White House and across the country, cheering and chanting in celebration of the 9/11 mastermind’s death. From the White House’s East Wing, the President said that Bin Laden was killed [...]
A military officer from the United Arab Emirates accused of keeping an unpaid foreign servant while attending the Naval War College in Newport, has been arrested by federal officials after he boarded an international flight at Kennedy Airport in New York.
Col. Arif Al-Ali pleaded not guilty last week to charges of luring and confining a [...]
Libyan rebels have rejected a ceasefire proposal from African mediators.
They say the proposal does not guarantee that Moammar Gaddafi will give up power, and they do not trust Gaddafi to uphold the truce. European leaders are strongly backing the rebels’ position, and Italy’s foreign minister notes that Gaddafi has already broken more than one [...]
Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa has pushed gas prices way up across the area.
In Rhode Island, the average price of a gallon of regular is up 15 cents to $3.36, and in Massachusetts, it’s up 17 cents to an average of $3.30. In both states, that means gas is more than [...]
In downtown Providence last weekend, protesters raised their voices for Egypt: “From the Nile to the sea, Egyptian people will be free,” they chanted. But the campaign to end Hosni Mubarak’s rule didn’t start here. And really, it didn’t even start in Egypt.
Fares Horchani, a Tunisian college student currently in Boston, says the message of [...]