Global Journalist

Thursdays 6:30pm-7:00pm

Global Journalist is a half-hour weekly discussion of international news by a panel of journalists from around the world. Hosted by Jim Flink, Global Journalist airs at 6:30 P.M. on KBIA 91.3 FM, the public radio station of the University of Missouri, and is also available online, and as a podcast.

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Global Journalist
5:33 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

How reporters are working to revive investigative journalism

Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity spoke to Global Journalist about the pressures facing investigative reports.
Credit Axel Heimken / Associated Press

For decades, investigative journalists have worked tirelessly to unearth stories on government wrongdoing, corporate malfeasance, and other issues that provide a better understanding of the world around us, and hopefully, spark change. 

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6:39 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Why is China investing in Latin America?

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Chinese businessman Wang Jing hold up a concession agreement for the construction of a multibillion-dollar canal in Nicaragua.
Credit Esteban Felix / Associated Press

China has dramatically increased its economic influence in Latin America. The United States is still the region’s largest investor, but China is now in second place and gaining a larger market share. In 2009, for example, China loaned a Brazilian oil company $10 billion and built a cellphone factory in Venezuela. The next year, China signed a $10 billion deal for the construction of railroads in Argentina. And in March, Ecuador agreed to auction off one-third of the country's Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies.
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6:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Editorial cartoonists resist censorship [rebroadcast]

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat works in his office in Damascus. Syrian security forces attacked Ferzat in Damascus and left him bleeding along the side of a road, according to human rights activists.
Credit Muzaffar Salman / Associated Press

This week, we'll revisit two of our favorite interviews from the past year.

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Global Journalist
2:14 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Looking back at Berlin's past

Stores throughout Berlin placed decals on their windows to mimic the broken windows of Kristallnacht.
Credit Casey Morell / Global Journalist

The 9th of November is an important day in German history, for both highs and lows. It's the day the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and it's the day the German states became a republic in 1918 before the end of World War I.

However, November 9 is also the anniversary of Kristallnacht –  the night of broken glass. On that night in 1938, the Nazis led riots through the cities of Germany. Jewish owned businesses were ransacked; their storefronts defaced with graffiti; their windows smashed. Nearly 30,000 Jews were arrested that night alone, and sent to concentration camps throughout the Reich. Historians widely consider Kristallnacht to be one of the first major events in the run-up to the Holocaust.

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Global Journalist
6:00 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Despite copper wealth, Zambia still remains one of the world's poorest nations

Zambian workers construct a new $300 million copper smelter in Chingola, Zambia, in this Dec. 13, 2006 file photo.
Credit Joseph Schatz / Associated Press

Zambia is one of the world’s richest nations, as long as you measure wealth by natural resources. 
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Global Journalist
5:46 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Why Pinochet’s legacy still matters in Chile’s elections

Presidential candidates Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei take part in a presidential debate Santiago, Chile.
Credit David Von Blohn / Associated Press

Chile’s presidential election takes place on Sunday. The two leading candidates are both daughters of generals who were once friends in the Chilean Air Force. But the similarities end there. 

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Global Journalist
6:33 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Are protests in Sudan a prelude to an 'African Spring' uprising?

Sudanese anti-government protesters chant slogans after the Friday noon prayer in the Omdurman district of northern Khartoum.
Credit Khalil Hamra / Associated Press

On Sept. 23, thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets of the capital Khartoum. The country’s autocratic leaders lifted fuel subsidies to raise revenue, leaving outraged citizens to deal with sky rocketing fuel prices. In response to the violent riots, the government imposed a 24-hour Internet blackout to strip citizens of social media communication and block the media coverage.

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Global Journalist
11:33 am
Fri November 1, 2013

European leaders divided over migration issue

In this photo provided by the Italian Coastguard, a boat reportedly carrying 760 migrants is escorted to the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
Credit Guardia Costiera / Associated Press

Hundreds of desperate refugees from North Africa drowned this month after their overcrowded boats sank in the Mediterranean. This past weekend there was another close call. More than 700 migrants traveling in five boats were rescued off the coast of Sicily by the Italian navy and coastguard. The European Union’s border agency says about 30,000 migrants have arrived in Italy from Africa during the first nine months of this year. That’s three times higher than the migration for all 12 months of 2012.

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Global Journalist
9:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

How the US debt-ceiling crisis affected America's foreign standing

At dawn, the sun breaks through dark clouds over Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

Foreign countries were generally puzzled by the U.S. government’s partial shutdown and its flirtation with the debt ceiling. With the debt authorization deadline fast approaching, the newspaper Le Monde’s front-page story had this headline, referring to France’s favorite founding father: “Jefferson, wake up, they’ve gone crazy.” 

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Global Journalist
7:01 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

World leaders 'cautiously optimistic' after Iranian nuclear talks

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waves to participants at a ceremony marking the beginning of Tehran University's academic year, in Tehran, Iran.
Credit Ebrahim Seyyedi / Associated Press

This week, Iranian negotiators proposed a set of confidence-building measures aimed at ending the decade-long deadlock over the country’s nuclear program. The measures were revealed at a two-day meeting in Geneva with the five permanent Security Council members and Germany, a group known collectively as the P5+1.

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4:23 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Canadian mining operations spark protests across the globe

Protesters form a human chain around the Palace of the Parliament during a protest rally in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.The protesters staged a rally against a planned cyanide extraction based Canadian run gold mine supported by the government which would be the biggest gold mine in Europe, in the Transylvanian town of Rosia Montana.
Credit Vadim Ghirda / Associated Press

A gold mining project in Romania has sparked the biggest street protests since the 1989 revolution.

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Global Journalist
5:41 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

A look at Bloomberg News

People pass the headquarters of Bloomberg L.P. Friday, June 12, 2009 in New York. The software, news and data company was founded by current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and partners in 1981.
Credit Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

While many news organizations are reducing their international operations, Bloomberg News is expanding. Bloomberg News now has nearly 200 news bureaus in 72 countries. 

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Global Journalist
5:48 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

After high profile attacks, India focused on women's safety

An Indian policeman inspects the site where a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Mumbai India, Friday.
Credit Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

The sexual assault of a young woman on a New Delhi bus last December sparked widespread debate about the safety of women in India. The attack killed a 23-year-old aspiring physical therapist, and led to  nationwide protests.

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Global Journalist
5:34 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Impunity prevails in Mexico's drug war

The remains of a vehicle are cordoned off in a street in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Friday July 16, 2010.
Credit Associated Press

Covering crime and corruption in Mexico may be the most dangerous job in the world of journalism. On average, 10 journalists have been killed every year since 2006. And attacks on the media have increased since a new president took office nine months ago.

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4:22 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

How conservatives won Australia's election

Tony Abbott celebrates his recent election victory with his wife and daughters.
Credit Rick Rycroft / AP Photo

The conservative party won national elections in Australia this week. The coalition led by Tony Abbott unseated the Labor party, which held power for 6 years.

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Global Journalist
6:38 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Foreign journalists face risk of kidnapping, death in Syria

Buildings damaged from shelling are seen in Aleppo, Syria.
Credit Manu Brabo / Associated Press

Syria has been an extremely dangerous place for reporters and photographers to work. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad regime has banned foreign journalists. Now, they face dangers from all sides, including desperate rebels and hostile Islamist militants.
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Global Journalist
6:18 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Foreign journalists risk attack, charges of bias in Egypt

Journalists film an Egyptian military attack helicopter as it flies by the Presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt.
Credit Hassan Ammar / AP Photo

Since the military takeover in Egypt last month, journalists have been attacked from all sides of the conflict. When security forces shot Tamer Abdel-Raouf at a military checkpoint a week ago, the Egyptian daily newspaper reporter became the fifth journalist to die on the job. On that same day, authorities raided a Turkish news agency and arrested its bureau chief.

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6:01 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

How Manning's sentence could affect other potential whistleblowers

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial.
Credit Patrick Semansky / AP Photo

On Wednesday, former Army private Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The sentence, which is the longest ever imposed in a leak case in the U.S., is amplifying the debate over the Obama administration’s prosecution of government employees who leak classified information to the public. 

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Global Journalist
5:31 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Despite democratic reforms, press freedom remains elusive in Myanmar

Credit Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP Photo

After nearly 50 years of military rule, the country officially known as Myanmar has slowly emerged from its near-lifetime of isolation and repression. Since 2011, the country has opened up to the international community and instituted a number of political reforms, including the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2012 the government ended its policy of media censorship.

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7:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Zimbabwe's elections marred by charges of voter fraud

A woman carrying a baby walks past campaign posters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, green background, and Morgan Tsvangirai, top center, in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Credit Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press

On July 31, voters in Zimbabwe took part in the country’s presidential election. The contest pitted longtime President Robert Mugabe against his rival Morgan Tsvangirai. 

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Global Journalist
1:27 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Journalists face censorship, threat of violence in Pakistan and Bangladesh

Global Journalist talked to Emran Hossein, a reporter for the Bangladeshi news site

Every year the Alfred Friendly Foundation places international journalists in newsrooms across the U.S. The organization aims to impart American journalistic traditions and promote efforts worldwide to promote fair and accurate news. 

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Global Journalist
5:07 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Nearly four years after Filipino massacre, victims still seek justice

Philippine National Police look at the mangled remains of a van that was unearthed at the Maguindanao Massacre site in the southern Philippines.
Credit Associated Press

Next week in the southern Philippines, prosecutors will try to take another small step forward in the quest to put suspects in the Maguindanao Massacre on trial.

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Global Journalist
3:30 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Nation Media Group flourishes in Kenya

Television cameras prepare to film a press conference, with electoral results screens seen behind, at the National Tallying Center in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Credit Ben Curtis / Associated Press

Freedom of the press is rising steadily in Kenya. The constitution now specifically prohibits the state from interfering with the editorial independence of journalists and their media outlets, both state-owned and private.

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Global Journalist
4:39 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

How the media covered mass protests in Brazil and Egypt

Supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi hold a large-scale rally at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 8, 2013.
Credit Jun Yasukawa / Associated Press

There aren’t too many similarities between the mass street protests in Egypt and those in Brazil, aside from the fact that many large media outlets took sides in the disputes.

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Global Journalist
7:05 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New media law angers journalists in Ecuador

Opposition lawmakers wearing gags hold up posters that read in Spanish '"Life is nothing if you lose freedom" Manuel Belgrano', as they protest a new Communications Act in Quito, Ecuador, on Friday, June 14, 2013.
Credit Dolores Ochoa / Associated Press

Ecuador’s government made international news for two actions recently. The country's foreign minister met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning for alleged sexual assaults.

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Global Journalist
6:09 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Can Iran's president-elect bring about change?

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, speaks during a meeting with President-elect Hassan Rowhani in Tehran, Iran.
Credit Associated Press

The outcome of Iran’s presidential election last Friday is generally regarded as a surprise.

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Global Journalist
5:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Jordanian authorities block access to nearly 300 news sites

Jordanian journalists protest in front the House of Parliament, symbolically wearing tape over their mouths, as they protest over proposed changes to the anti-corruption law they believe will muzzle press freedoms, in Amman, Jordan.
Credit Mohammad Hannon / Associated Press

In Jordan this week, dozens of journalists demonstrated near the royal palace in Amman. They were protesting against the government’s decision to block access to about 300 of the country’s 400 local news websites.

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Global Journalist
6:02 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

What's behind the civil unrest in Turkey?

Riot police use a water cannon to disperse protesters in Ankara, Turkey.
Credit Associated Press

In Turkey, the daily clashes between demonstrators and police have grown into a protest movement. The uprising that defies comparison started modestly last week in the center of Istanbul. Environmentalists gathered in Taksim Square to protest against the government’s plan to pave over a small park.

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Global Journalist
6:34 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Retailers split on reform after Bangladesh factory collapse

A man holds up a photograph of his missing relative at the site where a garment factory building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Credit Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than a thousand workers caused a flurry of outrage and widespread calls for sweatshop reforms. But so did the fire four months earlier that killed more than a hundred workers at another Bangladesh garment factory.

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11:12 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Security concerns loom in North Caucasus ahead of 2014 Winter Olympics

A Russian Special Forces officer aims his weapon during a security raid at a village outside Makhachkala, the regional capital of Russia's province of Dagestan.
Credit Associated Press

The deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon and security concerns about the upcoming winter Olympics in Russia have a common link: the North Caucasus. This rugged region between the Caspian and Black Seas is beset by a violent Islamic insurgency.
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