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
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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Global Journalist
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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Global Journalist
1:28 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Pakistan's elections unlikely to affect relations with US

Presumptive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center, waves to supporters during an election campaign rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, May 05, 2013.
Credit Anjum Naveed / Associated Press

Pakistan has reached a milestone for democracy. For the first time, the country has transferred power from one democratically elected government to another. Voters on Saturday rejected the incumbent party and picked the party led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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Global Journalist
6:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Editorial cartoonists resist censorship

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

The editorial cartoon is a dependable measure of press freedom in a given country. As advocates point out, a cartoonist cannot work when there is no freedom of speech and opinion. Two cases illustrate the point.

In the early months of the Syrian revolution, editorial cartoonist Ali Ferzat was threatened and eventually attacked for drawing cartoons making fun of President Bashar Al-Assad. The thugs broke both of his hands. But crackdowns on the free expression of editorial cartoonists don’t just happen in dictatorships.

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Global Journalist
6:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Inside the decades-long dispute over the Western Sahara

In this photo released by the MAP news agency (Maghreb Arabe Presse), Moroccan forces dismantle a camp housing thousands of refugees in the Western Sahara, near Laayoune, Monday Nov. 8, 2010.
Credit Associated Press

Western Sahara is nearly as big as its northern neighbor, Morocco, but in truth, this stretch of desert along the Atlantic Ocean may be Africa’s most overlooked territorial dispute.

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Global Journalist
2:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Journalists on the front lines in Honduras

People protest against violence in Tegucigalpa, Monday, May 3, 2010. International human rights monitors will investigate the murders of 6 journalists killed in Honduras in the past two months. The banner reads in Spanish "Journalists for life, truth and justice."
Credit Fernando Antonio / AP Photo

Honduras has become akin to a war zone, since the 2009 coup that deposed the former president, Manuel Zelaya. The country of around 8 million people, bordered by Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Pacific Ocean, and Caribbean Sea, is among the most dangerous places on earth. 

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Global Journalist
12:40 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Filmmakers expose US covert operations around the world

'Dirty Wars' director Richard Rowley traveled to Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan, to investigate the reach of US covert operations.
Credit Photo courtesy of Dirty Wars

In the past few months, a trio of documentary films and the feature film Zero Dark Thirty have given viewers an inside look at counterterrorism and covert warfare. The films coincide with a growing international scrutiny of drone strikes — a new type of targeted killing that’s been the centerpiece of U.S. counterintelligence strategy since Barack Obama became president.  

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Global Journalist
6:26 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

More journalists killed in Iraq than any other war

A man holding his baby sits on a stretcher at the site where two car bombs detonated in a central Baghdad residential neighborhood, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2005.
Credit Hadi Mizban / AP Images

Ten years ago this week, U.S. and British troops took control of Baghdad. A tank crew helped Iraqis pull down an enormous bronze statue of Saddam Hussein in the center of the capital. The toppling became a symbol of victory over the dictator’s regime.

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Global Journalist
5:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Legacy of 'comfort women' still sparks anger outside of Japan

A memorial honoring comfort women of WWII stands next to a public library in Palisades Park, New Jersey.
Credit Julio Cortez / AP Images

In a New Jersey park, there is a stone and bronze memorial dedicated to the 200,000 or so women from South Korea, China and the Philippines who were sexually enslaved by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

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Global Journalist
6:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

How some filmmakers evade censorship in former Soviet states

"Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" was one of the films discussed during a True/False panel discussion about filming in former Soviet republics.
Credit Courtesy of Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

During the True/False Documentary Film Festival in Columbia, directors from around the world gather to screen their films and talk about their craft.

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Global Journalist
6:09 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Fear of violence lingers ahead of Pakistani elections

A protestor holds up a sign against the killing of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, in Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Pervez Masih AP Images

In the past decade, Pakistan’s media has become larger, more powerful and more independent. The number of private television channels has grown from just three state-run channels in 2000 to 89 in 2012. But the challenges to practicing journalism are also growing.

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Global Journalist
5:19 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

NPR strategist discusses tweeting the Arab Spring

This Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 file photo shows Tunisian protesters clashing with riot police, in Siliana, Tunisia. Two years after the revolution that overthrew a dictator and started the Arab Spring, Tunisia is struggling with high unemployment and rising violence in its politics.
Credit Amine Landoulsi / AP Images

Social media pioneer Andy Carvin drew high praise from fellow journalists for his coverage of the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria.  The NPR reporter and strategist tracked the Arab Spring events in real time, from thousands of miles away in Washington.

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Global Journalist
6:47 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

How elections are playing out in Kenya

Voters wait in line at a polling station to cast their ballots in Nairobi, Kenya.
Benedicte Desrus AP Images

Five years ago, disputes over election results in Kenya sparked weeks of ethnic violence in the relatively well-developed African country. More than one thousand people were killed, as supporters of rival candidates clashed.

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Global Journalist
5:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

How the death of Hugo Chavez could affect Cuba

A billboard showing a photograph of Cuba's Fidel Castro with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez covers the exterior wall of a warehouse in Havana, Cuba.
Franklin Reyes AP Images

World leaders from five continents gathered in Caracas on Friday to pay their last respects for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The Venezuelan leader held the country's presidency from 1999 until his death earlier this week.

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Arts and Culture
10:02 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

'Dirty Wars' exposes US covert operations around the world

Courtesy of 'Dirty Wars'

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

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Global Journalist
8:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Will it become easier to report on China?

A building associated with the Chinese military is allegedly the site of origin for hacking attacks against US news outlets.
AP Images

China’s new leadership will soon set the agenda for the world’s most populous country for the next decade. Changes in the Communist government’s top tier could affect censorship practices — and make it either easier or harder for journalists to report on Chinese issues.  

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Global Journalist
6:50 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

What the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI means for the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrive at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.
Pier Paolo Cito AP Images

The Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Pope Benedict XVI surprised just about everyone this week by announcing his resignation. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics held his final public mass on Wednesday, at the end of this month, he will become the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Global Journalist: Why jihadists are taking root in North Africa

French soldiers patrol with units of the Malian army in Sévaré, Mali.
Jeremy Lempin AP Images

The recent hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria, and Islamist violence in Mali, both illustrate the reach of jihadist movements in Northern Africa.

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Global Journalist
5:44 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Elections in Israel shift focus to political center

Yair Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, gestures in front of hundreds of supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Yair Lapid AP Images

In elections held last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party received the majority of the votes, which secures him another term as prime minister. But the election wasn't exactly a complete triumph for Netanyahu. His party, Likud, only received 31 seats in Israel's parliament. That's 11 fewer seats than they received in the last election.

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Global Journalist
4:26 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

How US drone strikes impact Pakistan

In this file photo a US Predator unmanned drone stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan.
Massoud Hossaini AP Images

The United States government has escalated the uses of drone strikes in Pakistan and in Yemen since the start of the year. And now the U.S. appears to be considering the use of drone strikes in Mali, a North African country where French forces are helping the government fight Islamist militants and rebels.

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Global Journalist
5:17 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A conversation with columnist Mona Eltahawy

Last year, the University of Missouri School of  Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

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Global Journalist
6:43 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

A conversation with Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson, president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center, was among last year’s Missouri Honor Medal winners. The Missouri School of Journalism gives the annual awards for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

Paulson was the editor or managing editor at newspapers in five states, launched online newspapers and was part of the team that founded USA Today in 1982.

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Global Journalist
5:07 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A look into the U.S. war on drugs

KBIA

A documentary film called The House I Live In takes a critical and comprehensive look at the 40- year war on drugs in the United States. 

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Global Journalist
6:19 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Reporting on religion

According to a recent poll, two-thirds of Americans believe that media coverage of religion is too sensationalized. So how could journalists best cover the subject in a fair and balanced way? To find out, Global Journalist spoke to two journalists that have devoted years to the religion beat.

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Global Journalist
5:49 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Filmmaking in Iran

Iranian actress Leila Hatami, and actor Peyman Moadi, act in a scene of the movie "A Separation," which won this year's Academy Award in the foreign film category.
AP Images

This has been an eventful year when it comes to Iranian filmmakers.  

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Global Journalist
6:11 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A look at press freedom in Turkey

In this July 1, 2008 file photo, police escort journalist Mustafa Balbay, center, in Ankara, Turkey.
Burhan Ozbilici AP Images

Turkey portrays itself as the leading nation in an increasingly turbulent region of the world. The country that straddles Europe and the Middle East is a secular democracy with a thriving economy. It's also a member of NATO and a potential member of the European Union. 

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Global Journalist
5:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Conflict erupts in northern Mali

Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery.
Uncredited AP Images

There’s a West African city that represents the end of the world, the remote place that inspired the phrase, “From here to Timbuktu.”

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The future of investigative journalism

Last month, the University of Missouri School of Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Three of the winners are investigative journalists; they joined Global Journalist to discuss what inspired them to go into the profession, as well as how it continues to change.

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Global Journalist
8:04 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

An outside look into the United States presidential race

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during the third presidential debate at Lynn University.
Credit Charlie Neibergall / AP Images

In just a few days, we’ll find out whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be leading the world’s most powerful country for the next four years.   

While Americans are eager to leave the grueling political season behind, many in foreign countries are eager to hear the first hints about their biggest concern, foreign policy.

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