The Alawite sect has a history of siding with former dictator Syrian Hafez Assad, an Alawite, and his son, current President Bashar Assad. But during a recent gathering in Cairo, a group of Syrian Alawites say after burying so many of their own, they are willing to denounce the regime despite the risks.
Thousands of professional working women are coming together today for a leadership conference at Simmons College in Boston. Host Michel Martin speaks with the college's president, Helen Drinan, about the ups and downs of her own career, and her thoughts on Sheryl Sandberg's new book Lean In.
A little over a decade ago, Sierra Leone was in the grip of a brutal civil war that tore the country apart. Today, the economy is on the mend and it's moving forward with reconciliation and reconstruction. Host Michel Martin speaks to Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma to find out more about his challenges and successes.
Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.
At age 13, Farzana Wahidy was beaten in the street for not wearing a burqa. To have carried a camera then would have been unthinkable. But she went on to become a pioneering photographer and, after working and studying abroad, returned to Afghanistan to "show the bigger image, not just show we have problems."
The sand is pumped underground along with water and other chemicals to extract oil and natural gas trapped deep in rock. But researchers found that air samples taken at some drilling sites contained levels of very fine silica particles high enough to be dangerous to workers.
The EPA is proposing regulations for lower-sulfur gasoline. It says that will reduce smog — leading to reductions in illnesses and death related to dirty air. Some GOP lawmakers oppose the rules because the price of a gallon of gas would rise — some experts say by a penny, others by more.
House Speaker John Boehner condemned the use of the term by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, one of the most senior Republicans in Congress. Young's comment, his quick apology, and Boehner's statement come at a particularly sensitive time for the GOP in its relationship with Hispanic voters.
Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Al-Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara and NPR's Deb Amos about the worsening refugee crisis in countries bordering Syria. Rioting at refugee camps and rumors of deportations are putting the spotlight on Jordan and Turkey's ability to manage the refugee influx.