Thursday, November 19, 2015

  • News Wrap: Four EU countries to turn away economic migrants
    In our news wrap Thursday, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia announced they will turn back migrants fleeing their countries for economic reasons, accepting only war refugees to enter their territories. Also, violence between Israelis and Palestinians claimed five more lives, including an American tourist.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2015
    Syrian refugees walk through a field near the village of Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border, July 14, 2015. The United Nations refugee agency said that Greece urgently needed help to cope with 1,000 migrants arriving each day and called on the European Union (EU) to step in before the humanitarian situation deteriorates further. More than 77,000 people have arrived by sea to Greece so far this year, more than 60 percent of them Syrians, with others fleeing Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia, it said. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis - RTX1KAH1
  • France laments how Paris suspect slipped in undetected
    The so-called mastermind of the Paris attacks was killed in a battle with police in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday, confirmed authorities. While the French Assembly voted to extend a national state of emergency for three months, Belgian police made more arrests in a neighborhood with ties to the attackers. Judy Woodruff speaks to Hari Sreenivasan, reporting from Paris.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2015
    The National Assembly is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 19, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks that occurred last Friday in the French capital.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen  - RTS80KK

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

  • FBI: Terrorists hiding with impenetrable communication
    How did the Paris terrorists communicate with each other and elude surveillance? Investigators are eyeing readily available cellphone technologies that defy cracking by intelligence agencies and even the companies that created them. Judy Woodruff takes a look at some of the encrypted apps and software being used to evade detection.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
  • Do governments need access to encrypted messages to thwart terrorism?
    Would greater government access to messages sent through secure communication technology help intelligence agencies fight terrorism? Judy Woodruff gets views from Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, and Kate Martin of the Center for American Progress.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
    An illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX10ZB5
  • Terror attacks bring greater urgency to migrant crisis
    Recent attacks have inspired growing calls among governments to restrict the unprecedented migration flowing into Europe and beyond. Gwen Ifill speaks with David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee, and former Hungarian Ambassador András Simonyi about how countries can balance security with response to the refugee crisis.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
    Migrants wait for trains at the Wien Westbahnhof in Vienna, Austria, on Sept. 10, 2015. Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
  • Why is France a target? Look to its alienated Muslim youth
    Friday’s tragedy was just one of a number of terrorist attacks suffered by Paris across the past decade. Former New York Times Paris bureau chief Elaine Sciolino offers her take on why France has been a target.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
    A general view shows the Eiffel Tower and the Paris skyline through a small-particle haze March 18, 2015. The French capital and much of northern France awoke to a spike in pollution on Wednesday.   REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL CITYSCAPE) - RTR4TW7E
  • Parisians fight terror with a simple act: returning to cafes
    Their country is in a state of emergency, but Parisians are back at their neighborhood cafes, taking solace in normal life and even showing a little defiance toward the attackers who killed so many people. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Paris.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
    A man walks on the street as people sit at a table outside a bistro in Paris, France, November 18, 2015. Parisians were called to flock en masse to the French capital's renowned cafes and restaurants after last week's attacks that killed many cafe-goers.   REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes - RTS7UDQ
  • FBI: Terrorists hiding behind impenetrable communication
    How did the Paris terrorists communicate with each other and elude surveillance? Investigators are eyeing readily available cellphone technologies that defy cracking by intelligence agencies and even the companies that created them. Judy Woodruff takes a look at some of the encrypted apps and software being used to evade detection.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
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  • Paris terror and the migrant crisis tear at Europe’s open borders
    How to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants, many fleeing from Syria? It's a question that was already tearing at the fabric of Europe before the attacks in Paris, with different countries taking very different stances. But after Friday night, the very idea of Europe's open borders is under threat. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Paris.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
    A Syrian refugee holds onto his daughter as he waits to cross into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015.REUTERS/Umit Bektas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Umit Bektas: The man in the picture was gesturing to all of us on the other side of the barbed wire, asking the soldiers, officials and media for help. He was far from the only one: countless people were begging to be let across the border. These refugees had rushed from the town of Tel Abiad because they were expecting fighting between Isis and Kurdish forces.
“Take us in, we’re dying here,” I heard someone say.
The baby girl in his arms looked terrified. She was so young but there was something in her eyes…  it seemed like she knew what was going on. She wasn’t crying, even though she was hanging on to the barbed wire, also in spite of the heat, the shouting and chaos around her. There she was with her big eyes, looking out. It appeared to me that was in shock.
A few minutes after I took this photo the Turkish officials and military allowed these people to cross the border into Turkey. They arrived dehydrated, desperate to drink water and cool down.
There was a complete lack of facilities: no water, no toilets, no shade, no buildings at all. When I captured this image it was midday and the heat was intense, at more than 30 degrees Celsius. NGOs and soldiers had started to throw bottles of water across but it was obvious that there wasn’t enough to go round.
There are tens of thousands of children who are suffering like the girl in this image - she is just one of them.    
  • How Congress sees the fight against the Islamic State
    Lawmakers have spent the past few days being briefed on the Paris attacks and the threat posed to the U.S by the Islamic State. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., join Judy Woodruff to discuss the fight against the militant group.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015
    A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)  FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GF2EAAO0VU501 - RTR3WBPT
  • News Wrap: White House warns of veto on House refugee bill
    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama would veto a forthcoming House Republican bill to increase screening for refugees from Syria and Iraq, according to the White House. Also, Chinese President Xi Jinping reassured world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting that China's economy remains strong, despite flagging growth.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

  • Republicans push back on Syrian refugee resettlement plan
    Republican candidates and lawmakers have expressed concerns about the United States accepting Syrian refugees in the days since Friday’s terror attacks on Paris. More than two dozen governors now say they oppose President Obama's plan to welcome 10,000 more Syrian refugees by next fall. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2015
    A Syrian refugee family walks across rail tracks near Greece's border with Macedonia, outside the village of Idomeni, September 7, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were crowding at Greece's border with Macedonia on Monday morning, their entry slowly rationed by Macedonian police. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis - RTX1RJAW
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Nov. 17, 2015
    PBS NewsHour full episode for Nov. 17, 2015
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a rally at the Henderson Pavilion in Henderson, Nevada, on Nov. 15, 2015. On Thursday, two of Carson's top campaign staffers resigned. Photo by David Becker/Reuters
    November 17, 2015
  • How the Islamic State indoctrinates Afghan children
    How does the Islamic State convert children to their cause? Journalist Najibullah Quraishi visited IS militants in their Afghan stronghold to find out. He speaks with William Brangham about the experience.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2015
  • Carson: Our first responsibility is U.S. safety, not refugees
    What’s Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s views on bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S., in light of the Paris attacks and the shifting threat of the Islamic State? Carson joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his stance on fighting the militant group.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks to the media following a fundraising luncheon in La Jolla, California  on Nov. 17, 2015. Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters
  • Sanders: Turning away refugees destroys the idea of America
    How would Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders handle terror threats at home and abroad, in light of the Paris attacks and the shifting threat of the Islamic State? Sanders joins Gwen Ifill to discuss his views on combatting terrorism and the anti-refugee backlash in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2015
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  • After attacks, can Russia and the West cooperate on Syria?
    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces to cooperate with the French military, as both countries bombed targets in Syria. What are the prospects of Russia cooperating to help end the Syrian civil war? Gwen Ifill gets reactions from former Defense Department official Evelyn Farkas and Vali Nasr of Johns Hopkins University.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow in 2015. Photo by Alexei Nikolskyi/SPUTNIK/Kremlin via Reuters
  • News Wrap: UN refugee agency warns against closing borders
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the United Nations refugee agency warned against closing borders to migrants as parts of Europe called to halt resettlement of thousands of people in the wake of the Paris attacks. Also, opposition lawmakers in Kosovo fired off pepper spray at government ministers in a drastic action to protest treaties with Serbia and Montenegro.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

  • How should the West battle the shifting strategy of IS?
    The attacks in Paris have raised concern about the threat posed by the Islamic State around the world, and how to counter it. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff talk with William McCants, author of “The ISIS Apocalypse,” Juliette Kayyem, former assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Hassan Hassan of Chatham House and Richard Barrett, a former British intelligence official.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2015
  • EU, U.S. face vulnerabilities after IS attacks in Paris
    Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff examine the aftermath and reaction to the deadly Paris attacks with chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner, plus Hari Sreenivasan in Paris and special correspondent Malcolm Brabant in Brussels.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2015
    A law enforcement official stands guard as a woman places a flag on the memorial during a tribute to the Paris attacks at the National September 11 Memorial in Manhattan, New York November 16, 2015.  2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RTS7FU1
  • In a time of darkness, world stands with the City of Light
    Over the past few days, both impromptu and organized memorials have popped up across the globe to the victims of the Paris attacks and the people of France. Hari Sreenivasan offers a look.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2015
  • Police scrutinize extremist ties of a Brussels neighborhood
    Explosions erupted in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek Monday morning as police surrounded the suspected hideout of Saleh Abdeslam, a 26-year-old Frenchman believed to be the driver of a car that dropped off the Paris attackers at the Bataclan concert hall. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2015
    Police officers stand guard as an operation takes place in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on November 16, 2015. Belgian police launched a major new operation in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, where several suspects in the Paris attacks had previously lived, AFP journalists said. Armed police stood in front of a police van blocking a street in the run-down area of the capital while Belgian media said officers had surrounded a house. Belgian prosecutors had no immediate comment. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Paris attacks bring migrant crisis to political forefront
    From the campaign trail to the halls of Congress, leaders weighed in on the fallout of the Paris attacks. Gwen Ifill speaks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about how responses to the tragedy are playing out in the presidential race, calls from some lawmakers to change U.S. policy toward Syrian immigrants, as well as takeaways from the Democratic debate.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

  • ISIS Paris mission three-fold: retaliate, divide, motivate
    The deadly acts of terror ISIS claims it executed in Paris on Friday were motivated by a need to seek revenge, polarize Europe and garner support within the terrorist organization, according to Professor Peter Neumann of King’s College in London, who joins William Brangham from London with more.
    Original Air Date: November 15, 2015
    Bullet impacts are seen in the window of a restaurant window the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris , November 14, 2015. Photo by Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
  • Coming to terms with acts of terror in Paris
    NewsHour special correspondent Malcolm Brabant speaks to a TV producer, multi-faith campaigner and dean of the American Cathedral Paris about how the city’s residents are coming to terms with the tragic events of Friday.
    Original Air Date: November 15, 2015
  • Manhunt underway, as anger and sadness grip City of Light
    Forty-eight hours after the deadly terror attacks in Paris, the city’s denizens are both solemn and angry. Hari Sreenivasan is in Paris with more on the mood and hunt for a man believed to be connected to the tragedy.
    Original Air Date: November 15, 2015
    A wanted poster for Salah Abdeslam. Screen grab by PBS NewsHour
  • Fact or Fiction? Checking the Democrats’ debate statements
    Saturday night was the second Democratic 2016 presidential candidate debate featuring a smaller group of three: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. Angie Holan of PolitiFact joins William Brangham from Washington to fact check the candidates' statements and offer analysis.
    Original Air Date: November 15, 2015
    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, left, Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, center, and Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland, arrive on stage at the start of the Democratic presidential candidate debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The second Democratic debate, hosted by CBS News, KCCI and the Des Moines Register, is the Democratic National Committee's only sanctioned debate in Iowa prior to the states first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1. Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Saturday, November 14, 2015

  • Ambitious G-20 proposal for political transition in Syria
    Leaders from the U.S., Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are meeting in Vienna this weekend to discuss ways to end the war in Syria and a post-war transitional government. Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan by phone from Vienna with more on the meetings and proposed timetable for action.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2015
    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (center R), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and foreign ministers attend a meeting in Vienna, Austria, November 14, 2015. World and regional powers, including officials from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Europe are meeting in Vienna on Saturday in a bid to step up diplomatic efforts to end the four-year-old conflict in Syria.  Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Reuters