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  • The acclaimed British-Pakistani historian, novelist, political campaigner and commentator Tariq Ali joins us with his analysis of the latest from Pakistan. Days after General Pervez Musharraf’s re-election in a boycotted contest, at least 250 people have been killed in clashes along the Afghan border. Musharraf and his policies have generated a maelstrom of opposition from a broad spectrum of the Pakistani population. [includes rush...
    October 10, 2007 | Story
  • The longest and sharpest argument came over foreign policy and Senator Barack Obama’s comments last week that he would be willing to attack areas in Pakistan with or without approval of the Pakistani government. Obama said, "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will." Obama came under attack from his Democratic rivals for his comments. [includes rush...
    August 08, 2007 | Story
  • The Los Angeles Times is reporting nearly half of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops in Iraq have come from Saudi Arabia — one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East. U.S. officials have so far refused to publicly criticize Saudi Arabia’s role in Iraq, focusing instead on Iran. We go to Baghdad to speak to L.A. Times correspondent Ned Parker. We’re also joined by Toby Jones, a former Persian Gulf...
    July 19, 2007 | Story
  • We take an in-depth look at the case of two reporters whose imprisonment by U.S. forces has gone largely ignored in the corporate media. Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj has been jailed without charge at Guantanamo for the past five-and-a-half years. Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein has spent more than a year in a U.S. military prison in Iraq, also without charge. U.S. officials haven’t made public any evidence of wrongdoing....
    July 19, 2007 | Story
  • Veteran Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid joins us from Lahore for analysis on the mosque standoff in Islamabad. The crisis appears to be nearing a close following a deadly raid by Pakistani troops that killed at least 50 people. Critics say the bloodshed could have been avoided with more time. [includes rush transcript]
    July 11, 2007 | Story
  • As the fourth anniversary of the Iraq approaches, a new study by Mother Jones magazine has found that the number of fatal terrorist attacks has increased by over 600 percent since the U.S. invasion. We speak with the study’s co-author, Paul Cruickshank. [includes rush transcript]
    February 22, 2007 | Story
  • Paul Barrett talks about his new book "American Islam" and Asra Nomani recalls how in November 2003 she became the first woman to insist on the right to pray in the male-only main hall of her mosque in West Virginia. [includes rush transcript]
    February 05, 2007 | Story
  • Protests are scheduled across the world today as part of the International Day to Shut Down Guantanamo. We speak with a former Guantanamo detainee currently in Cuba as part of an international delegation calling for the closure of the prison camp as well as the brother of a Guantanamo detainee who has been held there since 2002. [includes rush transcript]
    January 11, 2007 | Story
  • On Monday, 24 year-old Pakistani immigrant Shahawar Matin Siraj was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb the Herald Square subway station in New York City. Attorneys for Siraj said he was set up by a police informant and that the informant was the one who pushed the bombing. Siraj had no explosives, no timetable for an attack and little understanding about explosives. We speak with Siraj’s defense attorney, Martin Stolar....
    January 10, 2007 | Story
  • Robert Fisk, Chief Middle East Correspondent for the London Independent, recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the Iraq Study Group report held at the sixth annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. We play his comments. [includes rush transcript]
    December 20, 2006 | Story