America's top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, submitted a strategic review yesterday to General David Petraeus and to NATO. A version of that report will land on the desk of President Obama soon. While the full text of the report hasn't been made public, what has come out is a glimpse of the general's assessment: that the current strategy in Afghanistan is not working. With us is Richard Kemp, former commander of UK forces in Afghanistan. He is author of the book "Attack State Red."
There's another school of thought that we don't hear from often: instead of a military surge, what is needed is a political surge. Fotini Christia joins the conversation -- she's an assistant professor of political science at MIT and recently returned from Afghanistan.
Britain’s Got Talent and YouTube sensation Susan Boyle had a public meltdown this week after one of the TV show’s judges praised a rival singer. The British tabs clucked that the Scottish singer was turning into a diva. It's not surprising that instant global fame might be disconcerting for someone from a small village. But if Susan's image has lost some of its sweetness, Susan Boyle the commodity has retained its market value....(more)
Much respect to the Moon Units and Apples of the world, but this article is not for you. Regards, Tallulah Does the Hula from Hawaii, who last year was made a ward of the court by a New Zealand judge so she could legally change her name — but you didn't make the list.
In sub-Saharan Africa vision and eye care services are costly and hard to come by. While 60-70% of people in wealthy nations wear corrective lenses, only 5% of people in the developing world wear glasses. Josh Silver, director of research at The Centre for Vision in the Developing World, has been working to make it easier for the world’s most destitute people to get glasses and keep them, even as they get older and their vision changes. He joins us now to talk about his efforts to bring sight to the world.
President-elect Barack Obama has taken care to draw parallels between himself and Abraham Lincoln. From appointing a “team of rivals” to choosing to share the same bible for his presidential swearing in and being tall and from Illinois. But did you know that come lunch time tomorrow the 16th and the new 44th president will have shared a meal? Well, not exactly, but the President-elect's first lunch as president is inspired by Lincoln's favorite foods. We are joined by New York Times food writer Melissa Clark who has whipped up some of the recipes from Barack Obama's first lunch as president.
Masdar City is a planned city in Abu Dhabi that promises to be the world’s first carbon neutral metropolis. This week, it is home to the second World Future Energy Summit, a conference that promises to be a who’s who of global energy politics. But can a carbon neutral community really exist? What does it take to construct and support one? Jesse Fox, an urban planner and contributing writer for Treehugger.com joins The Takeway from the Summit along with Andrew Revkin, writer of the New York Times Dot Earth blog.
Want a tour of Masdar City? Watch the video for an aerial fly through:
Yesterday, the U.S. House Democrats unveiled a stimulus bill that would designate $54 billion to renewable energy. But the problem in creating a sustainable energy source may not lie in funding for green projects, but the manner in which they are implemented. In her latest piece for PBS’s Blueprint America Maria Hinojosa, a senior correspondent for NOW on PBS, explores the issues confronting implementing green energy in California, greenwashing everywhere, and how it may be a reflection for the future of eco-politics.
Don't forget to watch Maria Hinojosa's report "Blueprint America: Power Struggle" airing tonight on PBS's NOW.
Watch a PBS/NOVA report on "The Big Energy Gamble" in California.
A new study found that while the number of sexual predators using the Internet is significantly less than originally thought, cyberbullying through social networking sites is a bigger problem. In the age of Facebook, Myspace, and Lori Drew, how can parents protect their kids? Larry Magid is a blogger for CNET, but he's also the co-director of the non-profit organization Connect Safely and he sat on the Harvard panel behind this recent report. He joins Todd and Adaora to talk about how the answers to preventing internet bullying doesn't lie in science, but in parenting.
"This image of the 40-year old predator who is lurking the web searching for innocent children, I wouldn't say it's a complete myth, but it's statistically extremely unlikely." — Larry Magid, co-director of the non-profit organization Connect Safely
Congress is currently debating the possibility of bankruptcy reform, a measure that may come too late to save companies such as GM, but what about the little guy who is being crushed by personal debt? Does the legal insulation meant to protect the American worker still function in this economic climate? Does filing for bankruptcy in our current economy offer relief? Alvin Hall joins Adaora and Todd with some advice that might make you pause before considering declaring bankruptcy.
"People always talk about when the revolution comes, this may be the year that the revolution comes in credit cards." — Alvin Hall on the rise in bankruptcy filings and the need for personal economic reform
As the crisis in Gaza continues, the world seeks diplomatic solutions for a decades old conflict. As Israel intensifies its hunt for Hamas, the international community pleas for peace, and protests have erupted around the world. And with a certain inauguration happening next week, it is a tough time to be an Israeli diplomat. Ambassador Daniel Carmon is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations he joins us this morning for his take on Gaza.
The United Nations has called for a cease-fire in Gaza.
In one of his final press conferences yesterday, President Bush patted reporters on the back with one hand while his other hand pounded the podium in defense of his presidential decisions. The mercurial nature of the conference left us wondering, is there any connection between how a president leaves office and their post-presidential legacy? To answer that question we turn to David Eisenhower the director of the Institute of Public Service at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and grandson of President Eisenhower.
Congress could be asked to turn over control of the remaining $350 billion in bailout funds today. The Bush administration is expected to file the request for the rest of the money so the incoming Obama administration can start doling it out almost as soon as the President-elect takes office. The Congressional panel overseeing the Treasury Department’s $700 billion bailout isn't quite ready to approve the release of funds, though. First they would like some answers on how the first $350 billion of the bailout money was spent. Joining The Takeaway is former New Hampshire Senator John Sununu, who is on that Congressional oversight panel.
President-elect Barack Obama has called for an economic stimulus package in stark terms, but can his cautionary words and economic plan be effective amidst widespread unemployment and incredibly bleak retail sales? Maya MacGuineas, Director of New America Foundation's Fiscal Policy Program, and Jamie Jones, a reporter for the Dalton, Georgia Daily Citizen, join John to continue our economic roundtable.
For retailers November and December were grim, but they’re likely to look like the good old days compared with the post-holiday months. New York Times reporter Stephanie Rosenbloom joins The Takeaway with her analysis of the alarming facts and figures on retail sales.
Who will lead the Republican National Committee through the Obama Administration? Ana Marie Cox, founding editor of Wonkette and contributor to The Daily Beast, doesn't know. But she does know that if the Republicans want to revitalize their party it's going to take a lot more than choosing leadership based on the number of their Facebook friends. She joins John and Adaora with the update on the private meeting the GOP held Wednesday on Capitol Hill and her plans to run a gypsy cab during the Inauguration. Girl's got to make a living.
At the 1980 Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan emerged as a strong leader with a clear vision for America and the Republican party. Can the Republicans revive his vision?
When Barack Obama tapped Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, Leon Panetta, to be director of the CIA there was some grumbling in intelligence circles. And the grumbling hasn’t stopped. For an insider's take on the appointment we turn to Sam Faddis a retired CIA operations officer (we think that means spy) and author of the book, "Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War inside Iraq."
Dr. Ron Lobel is the medical director of a hospital about 17 kilometers from the Gaza border. His hospital treated both Israelis and Palestinians alike, until the borders closed. Now, he joins John and Adaora from Ashkelon, Israel where he puts a human face on the story of two embattled rivals and his patients who can't return home.
"We consider our Palestinians across the border not as enemies. We consider them as neighbors." — Dr. Ron Lobel of Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, Israel just across the border from Gaza
It ain't over till it's over. A day before the 111th Congress convenes, Republican senators are claiming that they will block any attempts to seat Democrat Al Franken, who currently holds a slim lead over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck returns to The Takeaway to explain what this week will bring for Minnesota politics.
"This could last a couple of months if they choose to and they could actually order another recount." — Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck on the continuing political drama over the Minnesota senate seat
We're checking back in with Ryan Bowen, the writer and cycling activist who is cycling cross country from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. for President-elect Obama's inauguration. We check in with Ryan who is camping out in Madison, Florida.
After the dissolution of Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and numerous other investment banks, the Bernie Madoff scandal, and the global economic fallout of the sub-prime mortgages, business schools are finding themselves in a pickle. What do you teach about business when the future of business is up for debate? In response, business schools are adopting a new curriculum to deal with a new kind of student in the post sub-prime world. Chris McKenna, the MBA program director at the Said Business School at Oxford University, joins The Takeaway.
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