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The Takeaway

Libya's Humanitarian and Military Crisis: Who Leads?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Following the NATO-led bombardment of targeted government buildings in the Libyan capital of Tripoli earlier this week, the United Nations called on both sides to pause their military assaults in order to ease the growing humanitarian crisis. Misrata, which has been under attack for weeks by pro-Gadhafi forces, is short of food, water and other basic supplies. An estimated 750,000 people have fled the country since the uprising began in February. NATO entered Libya to prevent a humanitarian crisis. But without Gadhafi’s forces letting up anytime soon, the fighting seems to only be escalating the humanitarian situation. So how do the United Nations and NATO collaborate on a joint humanitarian and military operation?

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The Takeaway

Libya: Arming and Training the Rebels

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Officials from both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly faced with the question of whether coalition forces should intensify the campaign against Colonel Moammar Gadhafi by arming Libyan rebel fighters. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke yesterday at diplomatic meetings being held London to discuss the situation in Libya. She said it’s possible that UN Security Council Resolutions could allow certain countries to supply weapons to Libyan rebels.

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It's A Free Country ®

Live Chat: Libya Intervention 101

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday at Noon, join WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Foreign Policy's Elizabeth Dickinson, and It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan for a live chat about the Libya intervention. We'll discuss US diplomacy, the UN military strategy, and what's next in the conflict.

»» Brian Writes: Here are a few of the questions on my mind today.

  • Would Gaddafi's government simply crumble without him? If so, why not just arrest or kill HIM instead of ruining the country's military and killing OTHER people?
  • Are civilians being killed?
  • Who are these rebels we've never met and how do we know what do they want?
  • How will we know victory when we see it?
  • What's the best expert guess on how long this will take?

What basic questions do you have? Join us at noon!

The Leonard Lopate Show

Libyan Ceasefire

Friday, March 18, 2011

Moammar Gaddhafi's government agreed to a ceasefire this morning, in a dramatic about face following the UN Security Council authorization of military action and a no-fly zone over Libya. Rami Khouri, director of the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, discusses events leading up to the ceasefire, and what it means for Gadhafi and the anti-government protests in Libya.

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The Takeaway

Can a No-Fly Zone Stop Gadhafi?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

After Moammar Gadhafi made a defiant and rambling speech to the people of Libya yesterday, where he refused to step down and swore that he would die a martyr, the international community was left to decide exactly how to respond. German Chancelor Angela Merkel called the speech ‘alarming’ and threatened sanctions on the North African Nation. Meanwhile the head of Libya’s anti-Gadhafi delegation at the UN called on the Security Council to address the violence that he has unleashed on the Libyan people. Some are worried attacks on protesters by the Libyan air force could be next.

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The Takeaway

The Battle for Haiti

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A year ago, when the monumental earthquake of January 2010 hit Haiti, 250,000 people died, even more were injured, and roughly one million were left homeless. But the tragedy didn’t end there. At the same time that millions of civilians mourned, over 4,000 prisoners escaped from the national penitentiary and began a reign of terror over the nation’s tent cities that continues today; raping women and children, brutalizing citizens, and controlling access to drinking water and electricity.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Reconnecting What the BQE Severed, Mass Transit Expanding in L.A., and Looking Ahead to Intelligent Flight Paths

Monday, November 29, 2010

New York City ponders how to reconnect two neighborhoods that were severed years ago by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. (WNYC)

Second Avenue Sagas talks budget woes with the MTA's Jay Walder.

The Guardian is providing live updates from the U.N. climate change summit, which opens today in Cancún. Last year's summit was described as an "unmitigated disaster" or a "moral outrage," so it's probably fair to say that expectations for consensus on reducing carbon emissions is low.

A proposed high-speed rail link between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities is the topic of two public meetings, with the first one scheduled for today in St. Paul. (Minnesota Public Radio)

The TSA says Thanksgiving travel went smoothly (Washington Post). But it might go even more smoothly in the future, when the FAA overhauls its air traffic control systems and institutes intelligent flight paths. (Smart Planet)

Mass transit is expanding in Los Angeles. “The whole old-school L.A. thinking that people don’t ride subways, that’s a thing of the past.”(New York Times)

Bicycle commuting has tripled in big cities over the past two decades."It's almost like a snowball effect...People see other people cycling and they say, 'Wow!' (NPR)

Your parking history lesson for the day: Think vertical parking lots are futuristic? Check out this Chicago lot, circa 1930.

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The Takeaway

Haitian Cholera Epidemic Spreading Fast

Friday, November 26, 2010

UN officials announced this week that cholera is now projected to spread across Haiti more than twice as fast as originally estimated, with more than 425,000 cases expected in the first six months since it appeared. The disease had officially infected 66,593 people and killed 1,523 as of Monday, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

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WNYC News

Museum Closes for Obama Visit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

As part of the U.N. General Assembly events, President Barack Obama is hosting a reception for visiting heads of state at the American Museum of Natural History Thursday night. The museum has been closed to the public all day in preparation.

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WQXR News

Obama Talks Peace, Unity at U.N.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

President Barack Obama delivered remarks before the United Nations General Assembly this week, discussing Middle East peace talks during speech on Wednesday night, and delivering a longer address to the assembly on Thursday morning.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Comes to Big Apple ATM

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

After addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday night, President Obama shifted gears from world concilator to fundraiser-in-chief, headlining an event that raised $1.4 million intended to help his party hold on to Congress.

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WNYC News

How Much Do New Yorkers Know About the Millennium Development Goals?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Professor Jeffrey Sachs travels the world explaining and promoting the Millennium Development Goals. This week, those goals will be among the main topics addressed by world's leaders -- including President Obama -- at the annual U.N. summit. But how much does the average New Yorker know about the the ambitious U.N. project to eradicate poverty by 2015?

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WNYC News

UNDP Report Reveals Unemployment, Malnutrition in Arab World

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Seven years ago, the United Nations conducted a study of human development in the Arab world. Now it has released a follow up and there’s not a lot of good news for the 330 million ...

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On Being

John Danforth — Conservative Politics and Moderate Religion [remix]

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Politics driven by a religious agenda, Danforth says, is true neither to his understanding of Christian faith nor to the traditional values of the Republican party. This veteran politician speaks about the values that have helped him navigate the line bet

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