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Friday Follow: Olympics, Romney's Trip Abroad, and New Job Numbers

Friday, August 03, 2012

This week's Follow Friday includes a look back at the first week of the 2012 London Olympics, the responses to Romney's recent trip to Israel, the financial firm trading glitch, and the July job numbers. 

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Gall Around the World: What Mitt Romney Said on His Overseas Adventure

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

As foreign policy tours go, Mitt Romney’s should have been the equivalent of jumping into a ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese. It hasn't been nearly as easy or fun for the Republican candidate.

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The Takeaway

Romney Voices Support For Israel

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney has said he'd support an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear program, but will it win him any votes in America? Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian Studies lecturer in Israel, thinks Obama will be tough to beat on Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Romney in Israel

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mitt Romney is in the midst of a week-long trip to Europe and the Middle East. Zev Chafets, journalist and author of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One, talks about the GOP nominee's planned visit to Israel.

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Opinion: Romney Writes His International Player's Anthem All Wrong

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mitt Romney embarks on a trip to visit three countries this week, but only one port of call makes sense.

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The Takeaway

Netanyahu Blames Iran for Bulgaria Bus Bombing

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bulgaria says it is likely that it was a suicide bomber who carried out an attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists. At least six Israelis and a Bulgarian were killed, and more than 30 people injured. Israel's Prime Minister has blamed Iran and promised a firm response.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Israel's Intelligence Services

Monday, July 09, 2012

CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv tells the history of Israel's intelligence services—led by the Mossad—from the country's independence in 1948 to the current regional crises. Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars examines the challenges and innovative solutions of Israel's intelligence services.

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The Takeaway

Audio Essay: Hosni Mubarak and Ariel Sharon's Enduring Legacies

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Although this morning the focus is on Egypt, right across the border Ariel Sharon is also in this "not dead" state. For two leaders that once went head to head, now they are so alive that when they are dead, they are still alive. In this audio essay, John Hockenberry asks: Can they ever die?

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The Empire

Lancman Goes After Opponents on Israel, National Security

Monday, June 18, 2012

A week before the Congressional primary elections, Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s campaign is casting his opponents as weak on Israel and national security in a new piece of mail.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iran, Syria, and Mid-East Security Update

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The unrest in Syria implicates Iran-US-Israel relations, as does the news of the latest computer virus known as "flame." We check in on Iranian stability with Afshin Molavi, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and former Tehran-based correspondent for the Washington Post.

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Israel in 2012: Kristol Praises Obama, Notes Shift in Overall Debate

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

President Barack Obama's relationship with Israel is garnering a warm assessment from an unlikely source: William Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard who just two years ago started a group called the Emergency Committee for Israel.

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The Takeaway

Ethan Bronner Reflects on the Changing Middle East

Monday, May 07, 2012

Ethan Bronner is a correspondent for our partner The New York Times. He recently announced that he would transition from his role as the paper's Jerusalem Bureau Chief to become a national legal correspondent in New York. The Middle East has changed radically since Bronner accepted the Bureau Chief position in early 2008. Perhaps most visible are the results of the Arab Spring uprisings throughout the region. Bronner reflects on the immense changes in the Middle East since he started reporting there four years ago.

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On The Media

Local Television Broadcasting in the West Bank

Friday, May 04, 2012

Operating a television station in the occupied West Bank has never been an easy task, with broadcasters facing pressure from both the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government. Palestinian journalist and TV producer Daoud Kuttab tells Brooke about the relatively recent establishment of local Palestinian TV stations and the difficulties they face.

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On The Media

The Israeli Ministry that Ordered the Raid

Friday, May 04, 2012

The February raids on two Palestinian TV stations were carried out by Israeli Defense Forces on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Communications. Brooke speaks with the ministry's director general, Eden Bar Tal, who says Wattan TV was operating illegally and only raided after repeated requests to stop interfering with Israeli frequencies.

 

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On The Media

Israeli Raid on Palestinian TV Station

Friday, May 04, 2012

In February, Israeli Defense Forces raided Wattan TV, a local Palestinian station operating out of Ramallah. Brooke speaks to Wattan TV general director Muamar Orabi about the raid and the heartbreak he feels after a decade of work at the station.

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The Takeaway

Remembering the Holocaust: the Thersienstadt Ghetto

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today is one of the most somber points in the Israeli calendar, when sirens call the nation for two minutes silence to mark those killed in the Holocaust. The day is a moment to reflect on the continuing research into the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe. This year has seen the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the young men who ran a football league in the ghetto of Thersienstadt in the Czech Republic. This was a ghetto the Germans used to try to deceive the world about the Holocaust, where they fooled visiting Red Cross inspectors and even shot a propaganda film. Kevin Connolly is from our partner the BBC.

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New Jersey News

Christie: Israel Trip Will Yield Dividends at Home

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he brought a little Jersey to Jerusalem this week in hopes of drumming up business and jobs back home.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Crisis of Zionism

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

In his new book, The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart, says the deepening Israeli occupation of the West Bank threatens Israeli democracy. And in the US, the failure of American Jewish organizations to address it threatens Zionism itself. Peter Beinart is a senior political writer for The Daily Beast and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

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The Takeaway

Richard Clarke on Stuxnet and Cyber-Security

Thursday, March 29, 2012

This story has all the trappings of a spy novel, or a James Bond film. Espionage. International intrigue. Underground nuclear development. It would make for quite a work of fiction...except that this story is true. In 2010, a little virus called Stuxnet caused severe damage to an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, effectively delaying Iran’s nuclear capabilities for months or possibly years. It was long thought that Israel took the lead in developing Stuxnet, but our next guest thinks that the Untied States was the culprit. And while we Americans might be skilled in creating cyber-viruses, we might be completely unprepared when it comes to defending ourselves against them.  

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Opinion: Why the 'Israel Loves Iran' Movement is Essential for Peace

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Communication between countries, parties and leaders in that region is essential for progress toward peace. And where the elected leaders refuse to communicate, citizens are trying to fill the void.

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