This week on NOW:
The Presidential candidates are squaring off on foreign policy, but how does the reality on the ground in Iraq compare to the political rhetoric in Coral Gables? Bill Moyers asks journalist Hannah Allam, who has spent almost a year in Iraq since the war started. Before she heads back to the
frontlines, Allam, who is the bureau chief in Baghdad for Knight Ridder, tells Moyers about her personal experiences and gives us an eyewitness account of what it’s like to be up-close to the fighting. Earlier this year she received the Journalist of the Year Award from The National Association of
Black Journalists. Allam has lived in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
With two more Presidential debates left, what should we be asking the candidates? Bill Moyers gets perspective on the showdown in Coral Gables from former WASHINGTON POST reporter and veteran investigative journalist Morton Mintz. Mintz is the former chair of the Fund for Investigative Journalism
and has been a reporter for almost 60 years. He has written four books, including AT ANY COST: CORPORATE GREED, WOMEN, AND THE DALKON SHIELD and co-authored five, including AMERICA, INC.: WHO OWNS AND OPERATES THE UNITED STATES.
Why are the political and social conditions in Iraq so ripe for the rise of insurgents like Muqtada al-Sadr, and why do they hold legitimacy among so many Iraqis? David Brancaccio gets historical and political context to the current conflict in Iraq from Vali Nasr, a professor in the Department of
National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA. Nasr is the author of THE ISLAMIC LEVIATHAN: ISLAM AND THE MAKING OF STATE POWER, MAWDUDI AND THE MAKING OF ISLAMIC REVIVALISM, and THE VANGUARD OF THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION: THE JAMA`AT-I ISLAMI OF PAKISTAN. He teaches
courses on comparative politics, international political economy, South Asia and political Islam.
Are new government energy policies threatening Montana’s pristine landscapes? NOW’s David Brancaccio travels to the Rocky Mountain Front, one of America's last great wildernesses, which could be opened to drilling because of the administration’s efforts to fast track the extraction of oil and gas.
The program looks at the work of well-known environmentalist Gloria Flora, and her fight to save the Front. “Our lives do not depend on a smattering of additional gas.” says Flora, a former supervisor with the US Forest Service, “What is going to be in very short supply in the future are
landscapes like the Rocky Mountain Front."