Global Journalist

Thursdays 6:30pm-7:00pm
Jim Flink

Global Journalist features international journalists who discuss the news of the day around the world.

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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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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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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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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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