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.
Credit Dusan Vranic / AP Photo

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.

Our guests:

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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
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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5:21 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Conflict in Syria a hot topic for Midwestern GOPs

Rick Santorum
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Republicans gathering at a Midwestern conference appear divided about whether the U.S. should get involved in a conflict in Syria.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the hundreds of Republicans meeting in Kansas City on Saturday that the U.S. has "an obligation to engage" in Syria. But Santorum didn't outline a specific action that should be taken in response to the August 21st chemical weapons attack in Syria.

President Barack Obama initially threatened a military strike but has held off after encountering opposition in Congress.

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11:34 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

9/11 gathering calls for peace, “No more victims”

Sean Matticker sat in the back row of the 9/11 peace gathering. He said the overall message was that "war is not healthy."
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA


Columbia residents marked the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a gathering for peace Wednesday night. The event doubled as a demonstration against possible military action in Syria.

About 40 people sat in quiet contemplation outside the Boone County Courthouse as they listened to songs and speeches for peace. The Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition organized this gathering. With a look back to 9/11 and forward to Syria, they called it “No More Victims.”

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5:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Missouri officials speak out on the Syria situation

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Discussion over the situation in Syria continues as more Missouri officials are speaking out.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced he will not support President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria, worried about the message it sends.

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Global Journalist
9:34 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kidnapped photojournalist says abductions becoming more common in Syria

Free Syrian Army fighters run after attacking a Syrian Army tank during fighting in the Izaa district in Aleppo, Syria.
Credit Manu Brabo / Associated Press


Listen to Global Journalist's interview with photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie.

As the United States considers military action in Syria, the country remains the most lethal place in the world for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that 15 journalists are currently missing in Syria. Charles Lister, an analyst at HIS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, told Vice on Saturday that in recent weeks there has been a discernible spike in reported kidnappings in northern Syria.

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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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8:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

On Syria, Sen. Blunt says US has already failed

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Amidst reports that the White House is considering military action in Syria, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact at the early stages of that country's conflict.

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Global Journalist
5:40 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions

Iranian police officers block a street as garbage cans are set on fire, in central Tehran, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.
Anonymous AP Images

Hundreds of Iranian men took to the streets of Tehran on Wednesday to demonstrate their anger over Iran’s collapsing currency and deteriorating economic conditions. The chanting protesters marched to a major market area, where riot police had attacked suspected black-market currency traders.

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Global Journalist
6:41 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Reporting in war torn Syria

Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie photographed members of the Free Syrian Army in March 2012.
Jonathan Alpeyrie

The trick to a war photographer’s success is being in the right place at the right time -- and, of course, not getting wounded, captured or killed. 

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Getting information out of Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on opposition forces is escalating. Six straight days of heavy bombardment has left hundreds dead in Homs.

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