• May 21, 2014   BY  

    WASHINGTON — The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, says a new report obtained by The Associated Press.

    The report found regulatory gaps in environmental and worker protections and urged broad changes to U.S. safety rules. President Barack Obama pledged to stiffen enforcement following the explosion on April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. Continue reading

  • February 17, 2012  

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the world’s major powers are reviewing a formal response to a letter from Iran suggesting serious interest in talks about the country’s nuclear program. Ray Suarez discusses the possibility of talks with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Ray Takeyh and Flynt Leverett of RaceforIran.com. Continue reading

  • January 30, 2012  

    In other news Monday, Syrian government forces pushed back rebellious army units around Damascus as the West took a new diplomatic offensive. At least 100 people died in three days of fighting, according to activists. Also, in Washington, Occupy protesters were ordered by the National Park Service to pack up their gear. Continue reading

  • July 26, 2011    

    Harvard’s eminent trade economist, Robert Lawrence, gave a talk in Greece this month. Among his slides was this image with the headline: “The Vigilantes are Asleep!” Slide image courtesy of Robert Lawrence. That would be the so-called “bond vigilantes” – … Continue reading

  • March 9, 2011  

    As foreign countries and international organizations continue to consider options for ending the violence in Libya, Moammar Gadhafi denounced the idea of implementing a no-fly zone. Jeffrey Brown talks with former State Department officials Richard Haass and Anne-Marie Slaughter about what could happen if world powers intervene. Continue reading

  • September 23, 2010  

    In her new book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor Isabel Wilkerson digs into the “The Great Migration” that took place from 1915 to 1970, when 6 million African-Americans left the South to go north and west in search of a better life. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author. Continue reading

  • May 19, 2009  

    As many as two million Pakistanis have fled the fighting between the Taliban and the Pakistani army, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday pledged $110 million in humanitarian aid to the region. Washington Post reporter Pamela Constable updates the situation. Continue reading

  • December 1, 2006  

    For centuries Turkey has been known as a bridge between the East and West due to its strategic location. Now the predominantly Muslim nation must find a balance between its 80 years of separation between religion and state and new leadership with Islamist roots. Continue reading