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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

  • "Cashing in the War Dividend": As Healthcare Reform Limited by Deficit Concerns, Military Spending Continues to Grow

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    As lawmakers hash out the final details of legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system, one of the key questions is: How much will it all cost, and how will it affect the federal deficit? While $900 billion over ten years may sound like a hefty price tag, it is a mere fraction of this country’s spending on the military, which is expected to grow by at least $133.1 billion over the next decade. [includes rush transcript]

  • International Women’s Media Foundation Honors Israeli Journalist Amira Hass with 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Amira Hass is a regular columnist with Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper and the only Israeli journalist to have spent several years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank. On Tuesday, Hass was awarded the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour described Hass as "one of the greatest truth-seekers of them all." Hass joins us to talk about covering the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Goldstone report on the Israeli assault on Gaza, and the need to understand the issue in the context of military occupation. [includes rush transcript]

  • Jordanian Journalist Rana Husseini on "Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman’s Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime"

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    According to the United Nations, 5,000 women around the world are murdered each year in the name of preserving their family honor and reputation. We speak to Rana Husseini, one of the world’s leading advocates against these so-called honor killings. In 1994, she was a young journalist with the Jordan Times and began uncovering dozens of stories of women killed by their own family members. Husseini has continued to investigate and speak out about this form of violence, whether in Jordan or other parts of the world. She’s just out with a book chronicling some of these stories, Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman’s Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime. [includes rush transcript]