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  • We host a Super Tuesday roundtable with four guests: Bill Fletcher, executive editor of The Black Commentator and former president of TransAfrica Forum; Frances Fox Piven, a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of many books; Roberto Lovato, a writer with New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine; and Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats...
    Feb 06, 2008 | Story
  • In Pakistan, voters have handed President General Pervez Musharraf’s ruling party an overwhelming defeat in the country’s parliamentary elections. We go to Pakistan to speak to columnist Fatima Bhutto, the niece of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Fatima has been critical both of Bhutto’s party, which she says committed fraud in Monday’s vote, and of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 19, 2008 | Story
  • Samantha Power discusses Obama’s foreign policy platform and why she temporarily left her post at Harvard University to advise the presidential candidate. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 25, 2008 | Story
  • The top US military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, has recommended a suspension of troop withdrawals from Iraq after July. His recommendation would leave just under 140,000 American troops in Iraq well into the fall, more troops deployed in Iraq than before the so-called "surge." Petraeus testified before two Senate committees on Tuesday alongside Ambassador Ryan Crocker. We play highlights of the hearing and host a debate...
    Apr 09, 2008 | Story
  • Arrested in Pakistan in December 2001, Sami al-Hajj spent nearly six-and-a-half years at Guantanamo without charge or trial. He had been on a more than a year-long hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. We hear al-Hajj’s first public remarks from his hospital bed in Sudan and speak to his brother, Asim al-Hajj. [includes rush transcript]
    May 02, 2008 | Story
  • A US military judge dismissed the argument Friday that Guantanamo’s youngest detainee, Omar Khadr, was a child soldier when captured in Afghanistan and therefore in need of protection and not prosecution. US Army Colonel Peter Brownback’s ruling clears the way for Khadr’s trial, which will be the first war crimes trial in history of anyone under the age of eighteen. [includes rush transcript]
    May 05, 2008 | Story
  • Representatives of more than 100 governments are gathering in Dublin, Ireland for two weeks of talks aimed at finalizing a global treaty to ban the use of cluster bombs. But the United States, historically the world’s largest producer, stockpiler, and user of cluster bombs, won’t be at the negotiations. Other major producers of cluster bombs — Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan — also stayed away from the talks. [includes...
    May 20, 2008 | Story
  • As the U.S. presidential race continues, so does the arms race worldwide. People—civilians, children—are being killed and maimed, on a daily basis, by unexploded cluster bombs and land mines. Thousands of nuclear missiles remain at hair-trigger alert. The U.S. government rattles its saber at Iran, alleging a nuclear-weapons program, while at the same time offering enriched uranium to Saudi Arabia.
    May 21, 2008 | Columns & Articles
  • The Bush administration’s claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq formed the key justification for the war to Congress, the American people and the international community. As the former chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, Hans Blix was at the center of the storm. From March 2000 to June 2003, Blix oversaw the UN Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission’s 700 inspections at 500 sites in the run-up to the invasion....
    May 21, 2008 | Story
  • We continue our series "1968, Forty Years Later" with the political activist, novelist and historian, Tariq Ali. Back in the 1960s, with the Vietnam War at its height, Tariq Ali earned a national reputation through debates with figures like Henry Kissinger and then-British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart. He protested against the Vietnam War, led the now-infamous march on the American embassy in London in 1968, and edited the revolutionary...
    May 29, 2008 | Story