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11:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Scotland considers independence

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Yes Scotland mark 100-days to go to the referendum 'Yes Scotland' marks 100 Days to go until independence referendum, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain - 09 Jun 2014 Nicola Sturgeon was joined by Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins and volunteers to unveil a new initiative for the final 100 days of the referendum campaign. Edinburgh Monday 9th of June 2014. Nicola Sturgeon and her husband, Peter Murrell, who is also Chief Executive of the SNP
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In September, voters in Scotland will participate in a unique referendum. They will decide whether or not Scotland should secede from the United Kingdom and become its own, independent country. Supporters of the referendum, led by advocacy group Yes Scotland, say that Scotland should have greater control over what goes on within its borders, like how its tax revenues are spent and how its economic policies are crafted.

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Global Journalist
10:54 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Conflict between Israel, Hamas intensifies

Palestinian relatives of four boys from the same extended Bakr family, grieve during their funeral in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The four boys, who were cousins and ages 9 to 11, were killed while playing on a beach off a coastal road west of Gaza City, said Ashraf Al Kedra, a Palestinian doctor. Seven others - adults and children - were wounded in the strike, he said.
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For the third time in six years, major fighting has broken out between Israel and Hamas. Last month, three Israeli teens were abducted and killed in the West Bank, an attack Israel blamed on Hamas. Hamas denied responsibility for the murders. In apparent retaliation, a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and set alight, allegedly by Israelis who have subsequently been arrested for the crime. Israel and Hamas have launched rocket attacks against each other, with Israeli rockets killing nearly 200 Palestinians in Gaza, and Hamas' rockets wounding almost 30 Israelis.

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Global Journalist
12:06 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Al Shabaab in Africa

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The militant group Al Shabaab has wreaked havoc across Africa throughout this decade. A cell of Al Qaeda, the group has launched attacks on civilians throughout Somalia, Kenya and Uganda, and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. This past weekend, 29 people were killed in Kenya by armed militants; Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks soon after. Today on Global Journalist, we look at the rise of Al Shabaab, its attacks in the region, and what the group's emergence means for Africa. Our guests:

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Global Journalist
12:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Fukushima: three years later

A photo taken from Yomiuri Shimbun's jetliner shows a construction of frozen underground soil walls work starting at the reactor No. 1 (R) of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO) in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture on June 2, 2014. Japanese government and TEPCO created the walls to prevent a contaminated undergroundwater from entering the buildings and facilities at the plant.
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In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated the eastern coast of Japan. Thousands of people were killed, and scores more were displaced as a result of the natural disaster. The earthquake and resulting tsunami caused the meltdown of a nuclear power station located in Fukushima Prefecture. Radioactive material leaked into the Pacific Ocean, and the area surrounding the plant became irradiated. This led to the development of an exclusion zone around the plant, and the evacuation of cities near the stricken nuclear site.

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Global Journalist
1:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The situation in Ukraine

Volunteers take an oath of allegiance to Ukraine, before being sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion "Azov" in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, June 23, 2014.
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This week, our focus turns, once again, to Ukraine. Since the Euromaidan movement at the end of 2013, clashes between pro-Russian and anti-Russian groups have intensified throughout eastern Ukraine. The United Nations estimates that more than 400 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since this April, and that more than 46,000 have fled their homes. Journalists have also been attacked. Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was detained by unknown militants in the city of Sloviansk, and others have faced intimidation, threats and other pressures for trying to do their jobs.

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Global Journalist
12:59 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

ISIS wreaks havoc in Iraq

Civilians and security forces inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack in Tuz Khormato, 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 9, 2014. A suicide bomber first drove his explosive-laden truck into a checkpoint leading up to the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the nearby Kurdistan Communist Party as people rushed to the site of the explosion and another truck bomb exploded, presumably detonated by remote control, said the Town’s mayor Shalal Abdoul.
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This week on Global Journalist, we look at the increasing turmoil in the MIddle East. The group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has taken control of two of Iraq's major cities and is moving toward the capital. In Syria, it controls much of the northern part of the country. We'll talk to those covering the conflict about the challenges thereof. We also take a look at free press in Afghanistan. Our guests:

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Global Journalist
11:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Afghanistan's historic election

An Afghan man walks past an election poster of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, center, with two supporters as a woman waits for alms in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June 6, 2014. Two blasts struck a convoy carrying Abdullah after a campaign event Friday in Kabul, killing several civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed, officials said.
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Afghans head to the polls this weekend in the second round of their presidential election. It's slated to be the first democratic transition in Afghanistan's history, and the race is down to two candidates. Abdullah Abdullah is the country's former foreign minister, and came in second in the country's last presidential election in 2009. He won the first round of the election in the beginning of April, and is originally from the capital Kabul. His opponent is Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's former finance minister. He's from Logar in the eastern part of the country.

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Global Journalist
11:05 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's next for Syria?

A man votes for Syria's President Bashar Assad, on a ballot stamped with his blood, during the presidential election in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Polls opened in government-held areas in Syria amid very tight security Tuesday for the country's presidential election, a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.
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Incumbent president Bashar al-Assad won re-election in a contest many say was not free or fair.

This week on Global Journalist, we look at the results of the Syrian presidential election, and explore what Assad's victory means for the country.We also take a look at the west's response to the election, and how Syrian refugees are impacting neighboring countries like Lebanon.

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Global Journalist
3:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Brazilian documentary Elena explores culture, society

Petra Costa, the director of Elena.
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The Brazilian documentary Elena tells the story of an actress and artist who moved to New York in search of a career during the country's military dictatorship. This week, we talk to Petra Costa, director of Elena, about her film, Brazilian culture, and what's next for this growing international power.

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Global Journalist
11:18 am
Thu May 22, 2014

A look at the Indian elections

An Indian woman voter lifts her veil before casting her vote during a re-polling of the parliamentary elections in Rehna village, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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India — the world's biggest democracy — just concluded the largest general election in history. Over 537 million votes were cast over the past month, and voters decided to elect a new government. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, won the most votes overall, capturing 31 percent of the vote. The Indian Congress Party, led by Rahul Gandhi, came in a distant second, garnering just over 19 percent of the vote. Based on the results, the BJP picked up a total of 282 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sahba.

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Global Journalist
11:33 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Europe votes: what should you know?

The European Parliament building in Brussels.
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You’re probably well aware that every country has a parliament or a legislature of some sort. But, did you know that Europe, as a whole, also has its own parliament? The European Parliament is part of the European Union, and next week, people in EU member states will go to the polls to elect their representatives. We preview the upcoming elections, talk about the potential rise of more far-right parties making a name on the European stage, and walk you through how the European Parliament works.

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Global Journalist
11:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The dark side of the World Cup

Personnel work on the construction of Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. The southern Brazilian city will host matches during this year's World Cup despite serious problems in the renovation of its stadium that put it on the brink of becoming the first venue ever to be kicked out because of delays, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Tuesday.
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This week, our focus turns to Brazil. The country is set to be in the international spotlight this summer as the World Cup comes to Brazil. But not everyone in the country is pleased with what else comes with the responsibilities of putting on one of the world's largest sporting events. Protests took place last summer during a World Cup warm-up tournament, with demonstrators expressing anger over the amount of money being spent to bring the games to Brazil.

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Global Journalist
9:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Gas politics in Eastern Europe

A worker checks wires at a gas pipe before a launching ceremony of the construction of South Stream pipeline in the Black Sea resort of Anapa, southern Russia, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. After years of delays and negotiations, Russian gas company Gazprom on Friday formally started construction of its Europe-bound South Stream pipeline, key to its strategy of eliminating shipping risks by bypassing transit nations like Ukraine.
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This week, we're looking at the increasingly complex state of energy politics in Eastern Europe. Conflicts between Russia, which supplies much of the region's natural gas, and its neighbors are escalating. The United States government has increased sanctions on the Russian energy sector in response to the country's actions in Crimea and the Ukraine. How have markets been reacting to this? What does it mean for the area's balance of power?

Joining us this week:

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Global Journalist
11:36 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Disputing the law of the sea

A Filipino protester holds placards with slogans during a rally outside the Chinese consulate at the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The group is demanding an end to China's alleged incursions in the South China Sea and to press the Chinese government to respect the arbitral process under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
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We’re all familiar with border disputes on land … but what about those on the water? Maritime disputes in the Arctic and in the South China Sea are increasing, as countries vie for valuable natural resources beneath the ocean’s waves. Current international law sets strict guidelines on what economic rights countries have off their coasts. But, is the system in place the best one? Is the International Law of the Sea still sufficient today?

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Global Journalist
11:06 am
Thu April 17, 2014

A roundtable with Pakistani journalists

Pakistani journalists stand with pastors Amy Gearhart and Larry Williams after their first Christian church service on Palm Sunday, April 13.
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This week, we're looking at journalism in Pakistan. The country remains a treacherous place for journalists to do their jobs. In the past three weeks, two different explosive devices have been found at the home of a television journalist in Peshawar, a city in northern Pakistan. Reporters Without Borders has described the country as "long the world’s deadliest country for media personnel."

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Global Journalist
11:24 am
Thu April 10, 2014

What's next in Crimea?

Demonstrators carry Russian flags in support of pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, in Simferopol, Crimea, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Demonstrators marched and held a rally in support of pro-Russian protesters occupying government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. (AP Photo/Max Vetrov)
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This week, we take another look at the escalating conflict in Crimea, and what it means for the rest of Eastern Europe.

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1:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A conversation with the European Union's ambassador to the U.S.

João Vale de Almeida, the European Union's ambassador to the United States, spoke to Global Journalist about the relationship between the two entities, and other topics.
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João Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America. He sat down with Global Journalist's Jason McLure to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the EU-U.S. relationship, and other topics. Below are excerpts from that interview, but you can listen to the whole interview above, or watch a video of it at the bottom of this page.

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10:31 am
Fri April 4, 2014

EU ambassador to U.S. talks to Global Journalist

Amb. João Vale de Almeida
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João Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America. He sat down with Global Journalist's Jason McLure to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the EU-U.S. relationship, and other topics. You can watch the interview below:

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Global Journalist
11:21 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Conflict in the Central African Republic

17 Feb 2014, Bangui, Central African Republic --- Tension exists between Sangaris and Christians from the PK12 area, because they want the road open.
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The Central African Republic may not be a country on everyone's radar, but for the past two and a half years, it has been the scene of a bloody conflict that's left thousands dead and tens of thousands more displaced.

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Global Journalist
10:25 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The state of free press in Myanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in Yangon, Myanmar on March 9, 2014.
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Earlier this month, journalists and scholars attended a conference on free press issues in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma). Just a few short years ago, holding such a conference in such a place would be considered unthinkable: a military junta ruled the country, and the state of journalism in Myanmar was considered to be oppressive at best.

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Global Journalist
10:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

How are human rights violations investigated?

Such investigations are the work of groups like Human Rights Watch's emergencies team, commonly shortened to "e-team." On this week's show, we talk to the directors of the documentary E-TEAM, who followed four investigators as they carried out their work. We also talk to one member of the e-team about his work in Syria. 

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Global Journalist
1:26 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Spiraling inflation, street crime spur Venezuela protests

A demonstrator uses a Venezuelan flag to strike at a line of Bolivarian National Police officers in riot gear, during clashes at a anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. A university student has died and a number of othe

An economic crisis in a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world has led to a month of sometimes violent demonstrations in Venezuela. Polarization between supporters and opponents of President Nicolás Maduro's leftist government has left little room for compromise.

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Global Journalist
9:59 am
Sat March 8, 2014

After Egyptian coup, space for journalists tightens

Egypt's prosecution of four Al Jazeera journalists has spotlighted the country's worsening press climate since the military overthrew former president Mohammed Morsi in July. As tension builds ahead of upcoming presidential elections, press freedoms and democratic rights are disappearing amidst a crackdown on Islamists.

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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.
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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
5:07 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A look into the U.S. war on drugs


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
12:08 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Global Journalist and Ragtag Cinema partner for special screening

A scene from How to Die in Oregon

This Monday at the Ragtag Cinema, True/False and Global Journalist present a special screening of the documentary How to Die in Oregon. The film explores the state’s Death with Dignity Act, which enables physicians to prescribe – but not administer – a lethal dose of sedative. A special panel discussion with the film’s director will follow the screening. It all takes place this Monday evening at 6:45 at the Ragtag Cinema.