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How to Read a WikiLeaked Document

Friday, July 30, 2010

Having been in Afghanistan with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines last August, Wired reporter Noah Shachtman found that the full picture of that time is missing from the intra-military communication leaked by WikiLeaks. Shachtman explains how a reader should interpret the supposedly raw, unvarnished documents.

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Reporting Taped

Friday, March 05, 2010

This week, journalists in Kabul learned of new restrictions against reporting, including this one: no more live coverage from the scene of a terrorist attack. Saad Mohseni heads Tolo TV , one of Afghanistan's most popular stations. He explains why the Afghan government has imposed these ...

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Caught on Tape

Friday, February 12, 2010

For years, UC Davis religious studies professor Flagg Miller has been translating and transcribing hundreds of audio cassette tapes that were found in Osama bin Laden’s compound shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Miller says that more than 200 voices are on those tapes, many of them mujahedeen ...

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Satellite Fight

Friday, February 12, 2010

The House recently passed a bill meant to deter Arab satellite networks from broadcasting programs that could incite violence against Americans. The bill's been controversial in the Middle East, where members of the Arab press worry that it could be used as a tool to repress legitimate journalism. ...

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Sim City Baghdad

Friday, January 29, 2010

The U.S. Army has long used video games to train troops in conventional warfare. But the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are anything but conventional. US troops fighting insurgencies need a unique skill set, one they're learning from a simulator that resembles the popular game SimCity. Kim LeMasters, ...

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Another Week in Iraq

Friday, January 29, 2010

Western journalists were among the targets of suicide bombers in Baghdad this week. The Washington Post and several other news organizations lost their bureaus in the blasts and their employees suffered injuries. The Post's Baghdad Bureau Chief Ernesto Londono describes what happened and talks about ...

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Faces of Guantanamo

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Miami Herald recently uncovered 15 photographs that depict Guantanamo detainees like we’ve never seen them before. Their faces are visible, they're wearing traditional garb and most look happy. The Herald’s Carol Rosenberg describes the origins of the intimate photos and how they fit into the changing imagery ...

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War Bonds

Friday, January 08, 2010

Recently, journalist George Stanley embedded with the Army Reserve’s 826th Ordnance Company in Afghanistan, a unit that includes his soldier son. His series about the experience has garnered both praise and criticism. Stanley tells the story of a journalist father looking for answers ...

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Covering the Third War

Friday, November 06, 2009

The US is (unofficially) at war in Pakistan, where reporters face pressure to cover the search for Al Qaeda in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan. But the area is virtually inaccessible to most journalists and information is tightly controlled by the Pakistani military. Journalist

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Calling All Leakers

Friday, September 18, 2009

This week, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen raised the possibility that even more U.S. troops would be needed for the war in Afghanistan. That news, as well as recent disheartening reports from Afghanistan, has many pundits making comparisons to the Vietnam quagmire. Dan ...

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The Wrong Debate?

Friday, August 28, 2009

The C.I.A. inspector general's report released this week exposed gruesome interrogation techniques used on detainees. But as the press combs through the report, is the discussion whether these practices are illegal or whether they're effective? Bob asks LA Times reporter Greg Miller whether the debate over ...

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Iraq's New Censor

Friday, August 21, 2009

Last week, Iraqi journalists, publishers and press freedom advocates protested a new law which could impose censorship rules on the media. NPR's Deborah Amos was there. Amos explains the historical significance of censorship in Iraq and what the law says about the Iraqi prime minister.

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On the Front Lines

Friday, August 07, 2009

Matt Mabe is one of the few people who know what it's like to be on both sides of the strained marriage between the military and the media. He left the army in 2007 to become a reporter and he was recently recalled to duty as ...

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A Local Paper's War Story

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Gazette of Colorado Springs recently published a series about the psychological struggles of a group of Iraq War veterans who'd been arrested for violent crimes at home. But while doing that reporting, journalist Dave Philipps uncovered another story about war crimes committed in Iraq. Philipps explains why ...

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Leaving the Story

Friday, June 26, 2009

This week, the Iranian government continued a harsh crackdown on protests and on news outlets covering them. Journalists were expelled from the country. Some were arrested. Others, like Tehran Bureau's Jason Rezaian, were under such severe restrictions that they couldn't effectively report. So ...

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The New Revolution?

Friday, June 19, 2009

The last time crowds of this size poured onto Tehran's streets was the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Perhaps that's why some in the media have been quick to draw parallels between that period and now. Youseff Ibrahim was the Tehran bureau chief for the New York Times in ...

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Your Turn

Friday, June 19, 2009

The BBC Persian Service, a satellite channel that broadcasts into Iran, has become a major influence on Iranian society. The interactive show "Your Turn" airs calls and e-mails from those inside the country. "Your Turn" host Siavash Ardalan describes how viewers reported on the sometimes ...

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Iranian Clampdown

Friday, June 19, 2009

The world watched the historic demonstrations against the Iranian regime this week. By Friday, the government had clamped down hard on journalists, whose reporting credentials were not renewed, and inside Iran access to the outside world was hard to come by. UCSD Professor

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Global Audience

Friday, June 05, 2009

The White House worked to tamp high expectations for Obama's Cairo address but, by the end of the week, the world was watching and listening. Naila Hamdy, Chair of the Journalism Department at the American University in Cairo, discusses the changing landscape of Egypt's ...

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The P.R. Front

Friday, June 05, 2009

The war in Afghanistan shows no signs of letting up and one of the most complicated tasks for the U.S. military is responding to the Taliban's public relations offensive. Greg Bruno, staff writer for the Council on Foreign Relations, says virtually everything the Taliban does is ...

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