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  • On Saturday, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead at her apartment in Moscow. Anna was a correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya. Her reporting on the second Chechen war, torture, mass executions and kidnappings by Russian soldiers made her into one of the country’s most prominent human rights advocates. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 09, 2006 | Story
  • In the recent study "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy", two distinguished political science professors charge that the United States has willingly set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of Israel. In addition the study accuses the pro-Israeli lobby, particularly AIPAC of manipulating the U.S. media, policing academia and silencing critics of Israel by labeling them as...
    May 24, 2006 | Story
  • FBI agents last month sought to sift through the files of the late muckracking journalist Jack Anderson to take back those it deemed classified over concern they could hurt U.S. interests. We speak Jack Anderson’s son, Kevin, as well as George Washington University journalism professor, Mark Feldstein. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 26, 2006 | Story
  • We look at the case of Iraqi CBS cameraman Abdul Ameer Younis Hussein. He was shot by U.S. forces while working in Mosul then detained for a year in Abu Ghraib without due process. We speak with Scott Horton, a New York attorney who flew to Baghdad to help defend Abdul Ameer. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 14, 2006 | Story
  • We look at the story of journalist and doctor Ali Fadhil, who was detained by U.S. forces in Iraq. On January 8th, American troops in Baghdad blasted their way into Ali Fadhil’s home, an Iraqi journalist working for the London daily, The Guardian, and TV’s Channel 4 in Britain. Fadhil joins us in our Firehouse studio to describe his harrowing experience. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 25, 2006 | Story
  • Investigative reporter Yousri Fouda from Al-Jazeera, the Arabic satellite television station, talks about his interviews with the al Qaeda members behind 9/11 and the danger al-Jazeera correspondents risk in light of the U.S. bombings of networks stations, the killing of correspondents, and the jailing of al-Jazeera reporters. Fouda speaks about the international attitude towards the network as it grows. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 13, 2005 | Story
  • In a rare interview, veteran investigative journalist Murray Waas reveals new information on the federal investigation into the leaking of the identity of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame and the role of jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller. We also speak with Plame’s husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson about the latest developments in the case. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 04, 2005 | Story
  • Last week the White House charged that "people lost their lives" because of an inaccurate Newsweek report on the desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo. Media analysts Norman Solomon and Michael Massing discuss government pressure on journalists and the media’s coverage in the lead up to the Iraq war. [includes rush transcript]
    May 26, 2005 | Story
  • U.S. soldiers in Iraq shot at the car of Italian journalist–Giuliana Sgrena–killing the Italian intelligence agent who helped free her and wounding three others. Sgrena had just been released after a month in captivity by the Iraqi resistance. We go to Italy to speak with Luciana Castellina, a leading public intellectual and one the founders of Giuliana Sgrena’s newspaper–Il Manifesto. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 07, 2005 | Story
  • Bill Moyers has retired from his weekly public affairs show "Now" on PBS. Over the past three decades, he became an icon of American journalism. He recently gave the keynote address before 2,000 people at the first ever National Conference on Media Reform where he warned, "What we’re talking about is nothing less than rescuing a democracy that is so polarized it is in danger of being paralyzed and pulverized. Alarming...
    Dec 24, 2004 | Story