Is America menaced by a new cyberwar? Or is it just a new hi-tech form of international competition? Reporter and author Shane Harris’ recent book @War looked with remarkable clarity at both possibilities. Already, he says Cyberwarfare has already bounced counter-terrorism into second place in National Security budgets and priorities.
As America becomes more and more a Darwinian battlefield, opportunities for the rich and powerful to victimize the poor and vulnerable only grow. Albuquerque-based investigative reporter Joseph Sorrentino reveals news ways in which itinerant farmworkers are cheated and robbed of their pitiful wages.
In Liberia, they’re still recovering, in Sierra Leone and Guinea, they’re still fighting the outbreak of Ebola that had killed an estimated 10,000 people. Johns Hopkins Epidemiologist Justin Lessler says there’s likely a new threat on the way: measles with, again, thousands of lives under threat.
THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU is the title of acclaimed investigative reporter Robert Scheer’s new book. In it, Scheer spells out how data mining for retail advertising and snooping for national security have combined to undermine your privacy.
Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative reporter Diana Washington Valdez of the El Paso Times is still on the case of more than a dozen women who were dead for 4 years or more before their bodies were found in shallow graves on Albuquerque’s West Mesa. Police investigations into their disappearances have been even shallower, and today, 8 years later still, the murders are unsolved.
Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists questions the record of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. She’s been President for a little more than 4 years, and over that period, 14 Brazilian reporters have been murdered, 2 in the past 2 weeks. What might be behind the murders, and how are journalists fighting back against them.
What happens after a recognized medical condition is officially made a disorder, and what’s that designation worth to the drug company with the only approved treatment? Find out from NY Times investigative reporter Katie Thomas. Lots of money is involved, and you may be surprised by who gets some of it.
What will be the final result of the Russian-backed war by secessionists in Eastern Ukraine? 2 classic cold war solutions have been proposed…turning Ukraine into a neutral buffer state like Austria in the 1950s and 60s…or the one proposed by Rutgers University, Newark historian Alexander Motyl, — splitting Ukraine like Germany was until 1990.
You used to buy coffee in a one-pound can, but today the package contains 13, 12, 11 ounces. Where will the shrinkage stop? Tod Marks of Consumer Reports on how package sizes keep getting smaller, even as prices stay the same. Net net: less for your money.
Both the US and China admit it: there’s a big economic competition going on in Africa, for resources, for markets, for influence. Doesn’t that make the competition political as well? Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkino Faso David Shinn gives us a look at the Africa scoreboard.
So the Department of Homeland Security wasn’t shut down after all. But does it work? Retiring Senator Tom Coburn said the answer was NO. Dan Lips helped write the Senator’s blistering report. DHS, it says, has 5 missions, and 5 failures.
Award-winning Libyan journalist and scholar Mustafa Fetouri on what’s happened in the 4 years since NATO, with the US “leading from behind,” achieved “regime change” in Libya, overthrowing the eccentric dictator Muammar Gadafi. His answer in 3 words: “Things got worse.”