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Some in Israel are questioning the military's Hannibal Doctrine

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In Israel, there's a sense that the war with Hamas seems to be over, with both sides taking stock of what happened over the past month. One topic of debate in Israel surrounds the military's controversial Hannibal Doctrine.

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PRI's The World

What life is like for a construction worker in Abu Dhabi, through the eyes of an artist

Thursday, August 07, 2014

New York University, the Louvre and Guggenheim Museums all plan to open up branches in the Emirates. The structures that will house these cultural entities are being built by workers living and working in very difficult situations.

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PRI's The World

Iraqi-American rapper TIMZ faces his hardest task yet — writing about ISIS

Thursday, August 07, 2014

There are more than five million Iraqis living outside Iraq — immigrants and, increasingly, refugees. From all over the world, they're watching helplessly as their country is coming under new attack by the Islamist extremist group ISIS. Now, an Iraqi American rapper is using his voice to tell the world what's happening.

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PRI's The World

How cement could de-rail the Gaza peace talks

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

With the cease-fire holding in Gaza, both sides are now facing the difficult task of negotiating a lasting truce. This involves huge political issues. But also some very mundane issues, which could de-rail any settlement. For instance, cement. Cement is obviously needed for reconstruction. But Israel doesn't want Hamas to re-build its tunnels.

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PRI's The World

A mystery oil tanker is anchored in limbo outside of Houston

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

An oil tanker sitting 60 miles off the coast of Texas holds $100 million worth of crude oil. But for now, no one knows who's allowed to sell it, who the buyer is or even where the oil will eventually go.

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PRI's The World

How do you even talk about peace in Gaza when both sides are digging in?

Monday, August 04, 2014

One blogger is finding it hopeless to write about Israel's operation in Gaza. But his blog is about writing about Israel. So he finally took a swing at it, while trying not to descend into an angry screed.

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PRI's The World

The battle against ISIS leads to odd alliances in Iraq

Monday, August 04, 2014

Iraq's prime minister is putting aside his differences with Kurdish forces in the north of Iraq as both groups fight militants from ISIS. The United States is also finding an unusual ally in Iran as both countries try to shore up the government in Baghdad.

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PRI's The World

Gazans find no refuge in UN schools, but they're staying because it's the best they have

Monday, August 04, 2014

People in Gaza have been taking shelter in schools run by the United Nations, but some schools have also been attacked. Yet with nowhere else to go, Gazans have to remain in the battered and overcrowded makeshift shelters.

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PRI's The World

Beer and Chivas fly off the shelves as Baghdad's liquor stores reopen after Ramadan

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ramadan is finally over, and for many Muslims that means big feasts with family and friends. For Baghdad's drinkers, it also means goodbye to the black market for booze and hello again to their local liquor stores

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PRI's The World

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are looking forward with a sense of dread

Friday, August 01, 2014

After the swift collapse of a 72-hour ceasefire plan and the reported capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants, people in the Gaza Strip are looking at the prospect of entering their fifth week under a deadly military offensive with no end in sight.

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PRI's The World

How American Jews feel about Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Public support for Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip has remained strong and steady in Israel. But as the Palestinian death toll reportedly climbed above 1,400 people, divisions within the American Jewish community over the war are becoming more and more clear, says Peter Beinart, author of “The Crisis of Zionism.”

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PRI's The World

Baghdad's police are just waiting for the next car bombing

Thursday, July 31, 2014

General Malik Maliki of Baghdad's federal police force has lost 10 men in the space of three days to bombings, and he expects the number to climb.

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PRI's The World

As Gaza burns, some West Bankers are calling for a third intifada

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Despite the campaign in Gaza, the West Bank has stayed relatively quiet in recent weeks. But after three Palestinians died during a massive demonstration at the Qalandiya checkpoint, some are speculating about a third intifada.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Civil War Becoming a Regional Conflict

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The conflict in Syria has spread to become a regional war, creating tensions between Shia and Sunnis in neighboring countries. Each action on the ground in Syria, and the perception of gains or losses, reverberate across the region. Geneive Abdo, fellow with the Middle East/Southwest Asia program at The Stimson Center explains the increasingly regional nature of the war.

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America Abroad

America Abroad: Global Energy and Innovations

Friday, April 12, 2013

Broadcast Times: Friday, 11pm on AM 820, Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM820.

In "Global Energy and Innovations," we'll hear how the energy community has debated the need for a balance between oil, gas, and renewables here at home. We'll hear how India and China, with their own booming populations and increasing energy needs, are planning out their own energy needs. And we'll hear how energy technologies being developed at MIT are shaping future technologies, which are being exported to, of all places, the oil-rich Middle East.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iraq's Effects; Heating Oil Scam; J Street on Obama's Middle East Trip

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's been ten years since the start of the Iraq war. The phones will be open for you to call in, especially if this war was the first of your adulthood, and talk about how the Iraq war shaped your ideas of war and the U.S. role in the world. Plus: an investigation into whether New Yorkers have been scammed on home heating oil; J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami on President Obama's trip to the Middle East; and why President Coolidge still matters.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Budget Battles; Leaving Catholicism; Obama's Israel Trip; Franken-Critters

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hear the latest on the budget battles in Washington. Plus: Guardian columnist Emma Gilbey Keller on leaving Catholicism; why the SEIU supports the new New York gun law; Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi on the U.S. role in the Middle East; and new biotech beasts.

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Elliott Abrams: Middle East in the Bush Years

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Elliott Abrams supervised US policy in the Middle East during the Bush administration, discusses his new book Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU Preview; “The Invisible War”; Why Priests?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight. David Leonhardt, Washington editor for The New York Times, previews the speech and talks about his new book on deficits and economic growth. Plus: the Oscar documentary series continues with “The Invisible War”; Pulitzer prize-winning author Garry Wills on his new book about priests, and on the Pope’s resignation; and a closer look at U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

→ Watch and Live Chat Tonight: Join Brian, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and others during the State of the Union. Starts at 9.

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Inside Israeli and Palestinian Textbooks

Friday, February 08, 2013

A new study examined Israeli and Palestinian textbooks and found bias, but not dehumanizing language about the conflict. Three experts who worked on the study talk about the findings.

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