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Blackwater guards were not well-liked even by other Americans in Iraq — but they faced real dangers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Private American security contractors in Iraq seemed to operate with what some call "a willful disregard for the safety of others." Still, they took on a tough job.

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PRI's The World

Facing international condemnation, China releases five detained female activists

Monday, April 13, 2015

Beijing says the international community needs to keep its nose out China’s own affairs. But the Chinese government might be more accommodating than such statements would suggest.

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PRI's The World

This Seattle boy was just six when he was asked to protect an undocumented family

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What it’s like for kids to understand that some of their friends live in the US “without papers”? A Seattle boy named Ronan found out when his best friend told him that he was in the United States without legal status.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

A Political Science Professor Explains the Danger of Confusing Acceptance with Equality

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Political science professor Wendy Brown believes tolerance should never be considered a substitute for equality, and says doing so could mask historical injustices.

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PRI's The World

UK police: Body cameras make us behave, show world we're not brutes

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Mayor of North Charleston, South Carolina, is calling for police there to wear body cameras after the shooting of Walter Scott. The UK is ahead of the US in the use of body-worn video cameras on police officers, but there are cons as well as pros.

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BackStory

Trials & Tribunes

Friday, April 10, 2015

With the American History Guys

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Racial Paranoia

Friday, April 10, 2015

When you think about the accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement and the last 50 years, it's tempting to think we've become a post-racial society. But University of Pennsylvania professor John Jackson Jr. believes we're seeing a new type of racial divide, characterized by distrust and paranoia.

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PRI's The World

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A jury has found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston Marathon bombings. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when the bombs exploded at the finish line in April 2013. The jury will now decide whether Tsarnaev receives a life sentence or the death penalty.

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PRI's The World

On the Texas border, they're fighting for the right to have street lamps

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The US spends millions trying to secure the US-Mexico border with agents, cameras and a huge wall. But just beyond that wall in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, residents are fighting for the street lights needed to make the area more safe.

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PRI's The World

In Mexico, 'anyone can get away with murder'

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It’s been six months since 43 Mexican students vanished from the city of Iguala in Guerrero, Mexico. But some parents and families of the students say there are unanswered questions about what happened that fateful night, and that their ordeal is not over.

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There's likely a good reason Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends didn't take the stand

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Prosecutors often make deals to get what they want, so it's probably telling that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends aren't taking the stand to testify against him. The move indicates the government is feeling confident that their arguments will put Tsarnaev on Death Row without the need for deals.

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PRI's The World

Purvi Patel faces 20 years in prison for feticide and child neglect

Monday, March 30, 2015

Indian American mother Purvi Patel already had become Indiana's first woman convicted of feticide, for what she said was a miscarriage. Now she's been sentenced to 20 years in prison, alarming advocates for immigrants and reproductive rights.

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After the Germanwings crash, airline pilots are seen as possible threats

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 is said to have deliberately crashed his plane, killing 150 people. Problem is, there are no cockpit security procedures to prevent a pilot who wants to crash an airplane from doing so.

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PRI's The World

Hope is all but gone in Syria, but some in the country still work for change

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Most people who live in Damascus fear voicing an opinion that doesn't echo that of either the government or the armed opposition. But some residents reject the bitter polarization that divides their country.

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PRI's The World

From the Revolution to Bowe Bergdahl, desertion has a long history in the US

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The US military has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion for allegedly leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. It's one of the only high-profile cases of the crime in recent decades, but it's far from rare in the US military.

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PRI's The World

If North Korea is a land of lies, where does the truth begin?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blaine Harden wrote a best-selling book about North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk. Years later, Shin revealed that parts of his story were not true. So, how did Harden know that another defector whose story he told in a second book was telling the truth?

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The Takeaway

Judgement Day Looms Near for Boston Marathon Bomber

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The prosecution in the trial of the admitted Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is winding down.

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The Takeaway

DOJ: Philly Police Shoot Locals Nearly Once a Week

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The results of a DOJ investigation into the Philadelphia Police Department found that officers are shooting at citizens frequently and not receiving adequate training. 

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PRI's The World

Serbia is finally seeking those responsible for the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Serbian officials have arrested eight men suspected of having participated in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The killings took place in an area that the UN had declared a "safe zone."

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'Power in numbers' is more than a phrase — it's a vital part of social change

Monday, March 16, 2015

Like many people in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, social scientist Zeynep Tufekci was shocked by the killing of three Muslim students there in February. At a hastily organized vigil the following night, she was reminded of the power of community in addressing problems.

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