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Different Perspectives

Friday, September 11, 2009

Last week the Associated Press released a photo of a fatally wounded Marine in Afghanistan. The photo caused a big stir, especially since the soldier's family and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made multiple pleas for the A.P. not to run it. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff ...

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Open Secret

Friday, September 28, 2007

On September 6th Israel launched secret air strikes against Syria. Or did they? Over three weeks later none of the governments reportedly involved, Israel, the U.S. or Syria, have officially confirmed the action, much less the details. Keith Richburg, foreign editor of The Washington Post, explains how hard it is ...

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War Stories

Friday, July 20, 2007

As a media liaison for the Marines during the early days of the Iraq War, Josh Rushing was stuck between his military superiors and reporters at Al Jazeera. Four years later, Rushing is a reporter for that very network. In his new book, he ...

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Struck Gold

Friday, June 15, 2007

On Wednesday, a sacred Shiite shrine in Samarra was bombed for the second time. The first bombing famously triggered a wave of reprisals, and thus became a turning point in the war. Or did it? Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks says that narrative was mostly Bush ...

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Name This War

Friday, June 01, 2007

This week marks the 40th anniversary of one of Israel’s major conflicts with its Arab neighbors. Here and in Israel, it’s known as the Six-Day War. But Palestinians call it an-Naksah, or “the Setback.” The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Goldberg discusses the event that became Year Zero for subsequent Middle-East coverage.

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Belated Honor

Friday, May 25, 2007

For 27 years, the identity of the only anonymous Pulitzer Prize recipient remained secret. Last year, Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Prager went to Iran to find the winning photographer. This week, Jahangir Razmi finally claimed his Pulitzer. Razmi and Prager tell their story.

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No Body to Show

Friday, October 20, 2006

For four years, the Bush Administration has revealed next to nothing about who it’s detaining at Guantanamo Bay. What little we know is the product mostly of habeas corpus petitions filed on behalf of the detainees. This week, Bush signed a bill that eliminates the right of detainees ...

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Spin Art

Friday, August 18, 2006

With a tentative ceasefire taking hold this week in Lebanon, Israel and Hezbollah were quick to blame the other side for the destruction, and disseminate propaganda to reinforce their claims. Their spinning reflected an anxiety that the first draft of history is often more than just a draft. Bob speaks ...

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Mightier Than the Pen

Friday, July 28, 2006

A week ago, Israeli warplanes sent missiles into two TV transmission towers used by the popular Lebanese channels LBC and Future TV. But as Israeli officials pointed out, at least one of the towers also contained relay stations for Hezbollah station Al Manar. It’s hardly the first time media have ...

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Mideast Press Roundup

Friday, July 14, 2006

The news from the Mideast this week was both eerily familiar and newly terrifying. A hostage-taking turned conflagration quickly involved Israel, Lebanon and Gaza in reciprocal bombings. Press in the U.S. struggled to find context and reflexively reviewed the past, but in the Middle East news outlets covered an immediate, ...

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Fighting Words

Friday, June 16, 2006

Ask an American about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy agenda, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear about the president’s remark that Israel “should be wiped off the map.” For eight months, news media have all but fused the phrase to Ahmadinejad’s name; many see it as a portent ...

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Conduct Unbecoming

Friday, June 02, 2006

The alleged massacre at Haditha, first reported by Time Magazine, commanded headlines this week. As the press waited for results from internal investigations, comparisons to My Lai massacre were not uncommon. Which reminded us of something Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bateman told us right before the Iraq war – that ...

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Persian Gulp

Friday, April 14, 2006

The war in Iraq was temporarily displaced from the headlines this week by speculation about a U.S. invasion of Iran – speculation triggered by Seymour Hersh’s latest jaw-dropper in the New Yorker. While many have wondered about the true intentions of President Bush, others couldn’t help but question those of ...

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Death By Numbers

Friday, March 10, 2006

According to the Washington Post, Iraq's majority Shiite party has ordered the Health Ministry to stop counting execution-style shootings, and tally only deaths by bombing and other insurgent attacks. If true, it explains why the Post's recent numbers diverge so dramatically with those of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari. Post ...

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Calling Civil War

Friday, March 03, 2006

The cable news crawl has raised the question; is Iraq on the brink of civil war? Members of the Bush administration say no. The Iraqi Defense Minister has said that if civil war breaks out, it will never end. The Washington Post cited a body count of 1,300 directly related ...

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Covering a Conflict: A Brief History

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is one of the most difficult to cover and controversial-when-you-do stories out there. Media watchdog groups are common on both sides of the divide, waiting for news organizations to use a word or image that appears to favor the other side. What about the Israeli and Palestinian ...

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Blood on the Cedars

Friday, December 16, 2005

Even before Syria pulled its last soldier out of Lebanon, Gebran Tueni had been an outspoken critic of the occupation. This week, Tueni was killed by a car bomb, becoming the third prominent journalist in Lebanon to be targeted for assassination since Syria's withdrawal. Michael Young, opinion editor for Beirut's ...

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The Court and Public Opinion

Friday, December 09, 2005

The trial of Saddam Hussein was back in session this week. Here we saw brief excerpts of courtroom theatrics. But in Baghdad, viewers followed the trial's every twist and turn on TVs throughout the city. Brooke talks to L.A. Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi about the spectacle of the Saddam trial ...

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Killing the Messengers

Friday, October 28, 2005

Journalists in Iraq face an increasingly dangerous situation every time they step outside their hotels. On Monday, what little sense of refuge remained inside their hotels was shattered when suicide bombers attacked the Palestine and Sheraton Hotels, home to many foreign correspondents. Reporter Mark Danner joins Brooke to discuss the ...

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Sunni Triangulating

Friday, November 12, 2004

For months the news in Iraq has been of bombings and beheadings, ambushes and assassinations – a guerilla war defined by the guerillas. And then suddenly it was war once again – American style, or at least American media style. When the name of the siege of Fallujah was changed ...

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