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Fort Dix terrorism trial begins

Monday, September 29, 2008

Jury selection begins today in the trial of five men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the army base in Fort Dix, New Jersey. The Muslim men, all in their 20s, were taken into FBI custody in May 2007 after a tip from a store clerk asked to dub a videotape containing scenes of men with weapons and cries for jihad.

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Bomb attacks in Pakistan lead to hiccups in U.S. relations

Friday, September 26, 2008

Today in Pakistan, authorities say a bomb blast derailed a train, killing three people and injuring at least 15. The attack comes just days after another bomb destroyed a Marriott hotel in the nation's capital, Islamabad. Meanwhile, Washington is pressing Pakistani officials for answers as America suspends consular services citing deepening security worries.

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United States "disappointed" as N. Korea moves to reactivate nuclear plant

Thursday, September 25, 2008

North Korea has removed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) surveillance equipment to prepare for reactivating the Yongbyon nuclear plant. This action comes nearly two years after North Korea carried out its first nuclear weapon test. Nathan Hodge, senior Americas writer with Jane’s Defence Weekly, brings this latest development into perspective.

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How the Supreme Court is shaping U.S. foreign policy

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

In this week's New York Times Magazine ("When Judges Make Foreign Policy"), Harvard Law professor and author Noah Feldman breaks down what liberals and conservatives understand about international law, and whether the Geneva Conventions apply to accused terrorists. How is the Supreme Court shaping the future of international relations?

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Memorials and emotion at Ground Zero

Thursday, September 11, 2008

WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports live from Ground Zero.

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Live from Ground Zero

Thursday, September 11, 2008

President Bush will dedicate a memorial at the Pentagon today, as the nation reflects on seven years since the September 11th terrorist attacks. The president starts this morning with a moment of silence at the White House at 8:46 a.m., the exact time the first jetliner slammed into the World Trade Center. For the first time since June, John McCain and Barack Obama will appear together. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports live from Ground Zero.

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Al-Qaida on the rise in Pakistan

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In 2001, after the fall of the Taliban, experts warned of a nightmare scenario. They projected that the Taliban and al-Qaida would leave Afghanistan and infiltrate neighboring Pakistan. There, they would find a relative sanctuary where they could establish new command centers, out of America’s reach. With the U.S. military largely committed in Iraq, that scenario seems to be coming true. Frontline’s senior producer Martin Smith joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest developments along the Afghanistan and Pakistan border.

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Tracking the Taliban in Pakistan’s perilous tribal areas

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Pakistan’s Tribal regions are packed with Taliban and Al Qaeda militants. NYT reporter Dexter Filkins slipped inside and met with Taliban leadership. We’ll talk to him about militant power, and whether Pakistan is really fighting them.

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Secretary Gates plans to expand Afghan army and restructure American operations

Friday, August 08, 2008

Guest: Thom Shanker, The New York Times

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Chief prosecutor in the Hamdan trial discusses the verdict

Thursday, August 07, 2008

While the defense says that the trial didn’t follow the American rule of law, prosecutors seem generally pleased with the verdict in the case of Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Hamdan. Army Col. Lawrence Morris, the chief prosecutor, discusses the case and its implications.

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Jonathan Mahler on the Hamdan Verdict

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Guest: Jonathan Mahler, author and New York Times contributing writer. Mahler wrote the book "The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power."

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A verdict in the Hamdan trial

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Osama bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Hamdan, was found guilty of war crimes, but acquitted on conspiracy charges Wednesday.

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Guards seize president and prime minister in Mauritania coup

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Guest: James Read, BBC World Service Africa Desk

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Odd circumstances around the arrest of a scientist with suspected al-Qaida ties

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Guest: Eric Schmitt, New York Times Reporter

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"Typhoon," an Olympic Thriller

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

In the wake of violent protests involving the Olympic torch and the murder of 16 policemen in Xinjiang province, Olympics organizers and participants fear more civic disturbances. Ironically, author Charles Cumming's new book "Typhoon" is a thriller about terrorist attacks on the eve of the Olympics, launched by citizens from Xinjiang. Is the work of fiction that far-fetched?

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Sixteen Chinese policemen killed in attack in Xinjiang

Monday, August 04, 2008

Guest: Dan Griffiths, BBC Correspondent in Beijing

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Terrorism consultant Evan Kohlmann criticized over "The al-Qaeda Plan" video

Monday, August 04, 2008

Guest: Evan Kohlmann, a self-made international terrorism consultant. Evan wrote, produced and narrated "The al-Qaeda Plan," which was used as evidence in the Hamdan Trial.

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The suicide of an Army scientist returns attention to bioterrorism risks

Monday, August 04, 2008

Guest: Scott Shane, The New York Times

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The Hamdan trial goes to a jury

Monday, August 04, 2008

Guest: Army Col. Lawrence Morris, Guantanamo trial prosecutor

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Spy vs. spy: CIA says Pakistan is undermining efforts to combat militants

Friday, August 01, 2008

CIA officials have determined that members of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), provided direct support for last month's bombing of India's embassy in Kabul. American officials say this is the clearest evidence that Pakistani intelligence officers are actively undermining American efforts to combat militants in Afghanistan.

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