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Amal Elderat was among those who celebrated in Libya after news of Moammar Gadhafi’s capture and death in October 2011. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images Imagine this horrifying scenario: Your father and brother get arrested by a foreign government. You believe they’re being tortured and forced to give false confessions. Soon, they’ll be facing a trial that could lead to a lifetime in prison, possibly even ...
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Overseas products processed by child or slave labor, in some cases shrimp, now face tougher restrictions for coming into the U.S. Photo taken on August 28, 2015. Photo by Reuters » Subscribe in iTunes » Subscribe using RSS Last month, activists working to end child and forced labor got a big win. Congress passed a regulation banning the import of goods made by slave labor. Soon after, President Obama signed the bill into law. The ...
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File photo of a tea-leaf harvester in India by Utpal Baruah/Reuters When you wrap your hands around a toasty cup of tea this winter, consider the source. The U.S. imports about 400 million pounds of tea each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tea makers often market their product with the idea that sipping tea is a relaxing, nearly spiritual experience. But for many of the people who produce our tea, life is ha...
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Shortwave is a podcast. That you listen to. With your ears. The multi-billion dollar private surveillance industry does some of the U.S. government’s most critical electronic snooping. From “deep packet inspection” — that includes tracking and filtering emails — to phone taps, private contractors play a key role for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Besides the U.S. government, some of these companies count t...
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Shortwave is a podcast. That you listen to. With your ears. » Subscribe in iTunes » Subscribe using RSSNearly two million names populate U.S. government terrorism watchlists. That’s a big number, and there are a lot of lists. There’s the “Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment” (TIDE), run by the National Counterterrorism Center, which by itself has more than a million names. The FBI also has a list, the “Terrorist Screening Da...
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Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. Photo by U.S. Navy via Reuters » Subscribe in iTunes » Subscribe using RSS Year-end shows are usually a yawn. A few big events of the soon-to-be past year are duly noted an...
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December 17, 2015
Running shoes are laid out in a display at the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images This is a podcast. That you listen to. Click on this link to subscribe. Many of the terrorists who carried out attacks on Western targets over the last decade were on government watch-lists prior to those attacks. For example, Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was intervi...
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Migrant Offshore Aid Station founder Christopher Catrambone, left, and Will Turner of Doctors Without Borders just before they departed on a six-month mission to search for and rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. Photo by Darrin Zammit/Reuters This is a podcast. That you listen to. Click on this link to subscribe. In 2013, Louisiana native Christopher Catrambone was doing well for himself. His war-zone insurance company had made...
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Carnations are seen placed on the ground during a protest against explosions at a peace march in Ankara, Turkey, October 10, 2015. At least 30 people were killed when twin explosions hit a rally of hundreds of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists in what the government described as a terrorist attack. REUTERS/Osman Orsal This is a podcast. That you listen to. Click on this link to subscribe. Women make up 10 to 15 percent of foreigne...
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A pro-Beijing radio network spreads its message via American airwaves. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images This is a podcast. That you listen to. Click on this link to subscribe. As China’s economy has exploded like a nitroglycerin firecracker, a campaign of positive messaging has emanated from Beijing. » Subscribe in iTunes » Subscribe using RSS This week, a Reuters investigation uncovered what it calls a “covert radio networ...
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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Reconnaissance Wing undergoes a postflight inspection at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California in January 2012. Image by REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez/Handout The predator drone, with its distinctive oblong head and inverted V-shaped tail, has become a sort of mascot ...
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Mexican border residents and members of the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) march on a road towards a detention center for migrants at the border between the U.S and Mexico in El Paso, Texas, August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez In the 1990 romantic comedy Green Card, an American girl played by Andie MacDowell marries French guy Gérard Depardieu. It’s a win-win. He gets citizenship. She gets to put “married” on an ap...
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Qatar Airways is among the Persian Gulf carriers that three major U.S. airlines allege has received unfair subsidies from its government. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images) Bart Jansen, who covers aviation for USA Today calls it “the single biggest trade dispute in history.” The three biggest U.S. airlines – American, United and Delta – have lodged a complaint with the U.S. government, alleging that th...
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Packets of synthetic marijuana illegally sold in New York City are put on display at a news conference in August. Illegal synthetic marijuana is spreading across New York, particularly the city’s homeless population in search of a cheap high but who often wind up hospitalized or dead, police say. Photo by Sebastien Malo/Reuters It’s as easy as ordering a pair of shoes from Zappos. Only the product is more dangerous and deadly...
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A migrant carries a child after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia near the village of Roszke on September 5, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Marko Djurica Up from Syria, across Turkey and over the sea to Greece. Then Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary. » Subscribe in iTunes » Subscribe using RSS Like a living organism, the flow of refugees from Syria plods and sweats its way north by northwest. When this massive body faces a barric...
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