Israel http://peoriapublicradio.org en Dekalb poet writes Syria-inspired poems http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/dekalb-poet-writes-syria-inspired-poems <div>Congress reconvenes next week to debate military action in Syria. &nbsp;One person who’s closely watching developments is DeKalb poet Susan Azar Porterfield. &nbsp; In 2003, during a period of peace, Porterfield visited Lebanon, Syria’s neighbor. &nbsp;There she met a family from Syria, and continues to wonder what happened to them and their small child. &nbsp;Porterfield wrote a poem about this family called, “By Heart:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Porterfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is half-Lebanese. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:01:20 +0000 Dan Klefstad 11471 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Dekalb poet writes Syria-inspired poems Israeli Chamber of Commerce president visits Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/israeli-chamber-commerce-president-visits-peoria <p></p><div>Israel wants to buy more products from the United States and fewer products from Europe. &nbsp;That’s the message from members of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce during a stop at the Peoria chamber for a roundtable with local businesses. &nbsp;Dan Carmely is with the Israeli Chamber. &nbsp;He says Europe‘s gloomy economic outlook isn’t reliable enough:</div><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:55:13 +0000 Alex Rusciano 10642 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Israeli Chamber of Commerce president visits Peoria