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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Stephen Farrell, reporter for our partner The New York Times, knows firsthand what being held hostage by the Taliban can be like. He reflects on what newly-released American POW's recovery process will likely entail in the coming weeks and months.
Friday, January 18, 2013
John P. Entelis, professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, talks about the background of the hostage situation at an Algerian gas field, and the actions of the Algerian government. Entelis is also the editor of The Journal of North African Studies.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
In 1979, as the Iranian Revolution was in high gear, militants took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage. While the United States negotiated the release of the 52 hostages, an entirely different rescue mission was being planned for 6 other Americans who’d managed to escape and were hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's home in Tehran.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Over the weekend, it was revealed that the U.S. has been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. But over the border, in Pakistan, the U.S. stated yesterday that they’ve ruled out negotiating with Al-Qaeda to free an aid worker who was kidnapped last summer.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
On Tuesday night, the Navy's SEAL Team Six rescued a Dutch and an American aid worker who had been held by Somali pirates since October. The pirates had held the aid workers hostage in a desert hide-out since October. SEAL Team Six first came into the general public's awareness last May after leading the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. Along with an increasing reliance on unmanned drone strikes in combat zones, the future of the U.S. military might be a smaller, more covert venture.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Nearly five years ago, FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran. Over the weekend a hostage video of Levinson was given to his family. "I am not in very good health," Levinson says on the video. "I am running out of diabetes medicine. I have been treated well, but I need the help of the United States government." It was the first sign his family had that Levinson was alive.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Thursday marks 30 years since the release of 52 American hostages who were held in the US embassy in Tehran for 444 days by a group of Iranian students and militants. Barry Rosen was one of those hostages. He worked as a press attaché in the embassy in Tehran, and he says the anniversary of his release remains fixed in his mind. "I have to remember it," Rosen says. "If I had a place to go, I would go and stand there. But I don't have a place to go."
Friday, December 17, 2010
It's not just Friday, it's Follow-Up-Friday! Maki Haberfeld, professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, on President Obama's analogy between negotiating the tax bill and negotiating with hostages. Then, Mark Graber, a Professor of Law and Government at the University of Maryland, and Slate author Jeremy Singer-Vine follow up on a caller's claim that there was once a period in American history in which citizens were legally obligated to own guns.