If there were a word of the week, it would likely be credibility. As Congress debates authorizing military intervention in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack last month, politicians are insisting that credibility is on the line. Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times, weighs in on where America's credibility in the Middle East stands today—and what we stand to lose by not intervening.
With a death toll well above 37,000, fighting in Syria is reaching its 20th month. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently returned from the war-torn country, and in his latest column he details the dissolution of families as a result of war.
Eleven years after September 11th, the relationship between the United States and the Islamic world is, in many ways, fraught with tension. The recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, helps put this latest moment of protest and religious furor into historical context.
For journalist, author, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, one of the biggest mysteries about Iran was how the regime not only stayed in power, but remained relatively popular among the Iranian people during the Arab Spring. To find out, he took a road trip across Iran with two of his children, looking for an answer to that question.
Last week we talked with a woman who championed a law that requires sites like Backpage.com to obtain documentation proving that the escorts they advertise are at least 18. But in addition to these laws, what else should be done to protect children from the world of sex trafficking? Nicholas Kristof, columnist for our partner The New York Times, has delved extensively into this question.
December 10, 2010 marked the beginning of the Arab Spring, a series of pro-democracy movements that moved from Tunisia to Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, and Libya. A little over a year later, violent protests are still happening on the streets of Cairo and Homs, Tunisia and Libya are peaceful, while Bahrain and Yemen remain ominously quiet. So where will 2012 take the Middle East and North Africa?
A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday to uphold New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters from their camp in Zuccotti Park. It was a setback that some worry the movement cannot recover from. Yet, protesters themselves remained upbeat yesterday claiming evictions will only make them stronger. But perhaps instead of quelling the movement as he intended, Bloomberg actually reinvigorated it.
New York Times columnist and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas Kristof, talks about the protests on Wall Street and inequality in the U.S.
— Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Unconfirmed reports out of Libya this morning say Col. Moammar Gadhafi has died of injuries he sustained when he was captured in his birthplace of Sirte earlier in the day. Celebrations are breaking out all over the country, as jubilant Libyans rejoice over the dawn of a new country, and the alleged death of a brutal leader. Gadhafi was hated by many Libyans, says New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has followed Libya for many years. Kristof looks back at the four decades of Gadhafi's rule.
Monday marks the one month anniversary since the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protests. What began as a group of demonstrators setting up shop in a small park in the heart of New York's financial district has turned into a nationwide movement, with similar protests popping up in cities across the country. Protesters will be hoping for a peaceful morning, as police try to move them temporarily in order to clean the park.
Police have arrested at least five Occupy Wall Street protesters, who continue to march toward the New York Stock Exchange. The march began after news broke that the mayor of New York had cancelled a planned cleaning of Zuccotti Park, where protesters faced eviction after living in the park for the past four weeks. Protesters were attempting to clean it up themselves to avoid leaving. The Occupy Wall Street protest is entering its second month as the movement has spread across the country. The Takeaway hears from Zucotti Park this morning.
The State Department has confirmed that two Americans who have been imprisoned in Iran have been released. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were captured by the Iranian government while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border and charged with espionage two years ago. The fate of the two men has been unclear since last week when, a day after President Mahmoud Amadinedjad told The Today Show that the hikers would be freed, Iran's judiciary said Ahmadinejad had no authority to release them. The men were released on $1 million bail.
Nearly 12 million people in Africa are facing the worst drought the continent has seen in 60 years. Along with water shortages, come food shortages — and as people desperate for food become refugees, aid groups are calling for a wide-ranging effort to tackle the problem. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof joins the show to talk about the challenges facing the region most severely impacted, and the aid groups trying to provide relief.
The UN Human Rights office has said that it received reports that at least 50 people have been killed in Taiz since Sunday. Forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh also bombed the city of Zinjibar with airstrikes after Islamic militants had overtaken the city.Nasser Arrabyee is in Sanaa, Yemen reporting for The New York Times. He says that "many of the protesters are peaceful, but the majority of the protesters belong to the Islamist party." Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times says that the fighting looks like a civil war to him, but that intervention is not an option. "The problem with intervention is that one reason why al-Qaida and Islamists have already grown pretty strong is because of real resentment at what they see as American influence there."
The ripple effect of Osama bin Laden’s death is already being felt. In Yemen, an al-Qaida stronghold, at least 10 people were killed and more than 20 injured when gunmen believed to be al-Qaida members attacked two security patrols in the southern province of Abyan. But in Afghanistan, analysts believe that Osama bin Laden's death may lead the Taliban to finally sever their ties to al-Qaida — a move the Obama Administration and President Hamid Karzai’s regime have demanded as a condition for opening up negotiations with insurgents.
Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times and Mina al Oraibi, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for the Arab-language newspaper Asharq al Awsat talk about the view of the U.S. government shutdown from the Arab world. As revolutions have spread throughout the Middle East this year, American politicians have had a lot to say about the importance of democracy in the region. But today, as the U.S. government teeters on the brink of a shutdown, do these words ring hollow to Arab revolutionaries? What would a shutdown look like to the countries fighting for democracy in the Middle East?
The Egyptian military high council has announced that parliamentary elections are being put off until September. Opposition leaders are asking for more time to organize themselves into political parties. Presidential elections, originally scheduled for August, will also be held then. While younger Egyptians are hopeful about elections, they have grown wary of the military high council, which has ceased to be the force for change that they had hoped for.
Protests continued to rage across the Middle East throughout the weekend. While the Bahraini government withdrew its military from the capital and allowed peaceful demonstrations, Libyan security forces continued to fire on protestors in Benghazi and Tripoli. Human Rights Watch estimates that the Libyan government has killed at least 223 protesters since political unrest began six days ago. But in a nationally-televised address, the son of Libyan ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Seif al-Islam al-Gadhafi, claimed that the death toll was greatly exaggerated and that Libya was on the brink of civil war. Will Gadhafi hold onto power? What's next for Bahrain? And how will the Obama Administration respond?
As a symbol of change in the Arab world, angry protests in Bahrain stand in stark contrast to the mostly peaceful demonstrations in Egypt that led to the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. Reporters describe sleeping demonstrators attacked without warning while camped out in Pearl Square. The police used birdshot, rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas to tamp down the civil unrest, killing three and injuring many more. Now the military has taken over the city and called for a ban on organized gatherings, while moving tanks into Pearl Square.