August 6, 2010

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Friday, August 06, 2010

The pursuit of leakers and the state of the Iraq media

The Obama Administration vs. The Leakers

The Obama administration has been unrelenting in its investigation and prosecution of leaks, eclipsing all previous administrations. In the wake of last week’s massive "War Logs" leak, The Washingtonian's Shane Harris discusses the legal changes that allow for Obama's aggressive pursuit of leakers and ...

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The "New Normal"

Upon taking office, President Obama pledged to usher in a new era of transparency in government and respect for civil liberties. But according to the American Civil Liberties Union, Obama's record on these issues raises serious concerns. The ACLU's Ben Wizner talks about his organization's new ...

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Iraq’s Vibrant, Sectarian Media

The U.S. is preparing to draw down in Iraq, but are we leaving behind a true democracy? How about a vibrant and free press? Deborah Amos covers Iraq for National Public Radio. She discusses her recent Shorenstein Center paper, "Confusion, Contradiction and Irony: The Iraq Media in 2010."

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The Rise of "Satellite Sheiks"

With an explosion in the number of Arab satellite channels dedicated to Islam, a new breed of preacher has emerged. New York Times reporter Robert Worth says these so-called "Satellite Sheiks" tend to be young, moderate, and entertaining to watch. One of Saudi Arabia's most popular,

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Mideast Sitcom Pushes Social Reform

The sitcom “Tash Ma Tash,” which airs new episodes every year during Ramadan, has a reputation in Saudi Arabia for provocative social critique, taking on such taboo topics as terrorism, religious fundamentalism and gender disparities. Hussein Shobokshi, host of a public affairs program on Al Arabiya, says the show has ...

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Al Jazeera Now

Al Jazeera reaches hundreds of millions of homes around the world, in spite of facing fierce opposition by the governments of the Middle East and the United States. Wadah Khanfar, Director General of Al Jazeera, explains how the organization continues to expand, and how their mission continues to evolve.

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