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This Week: Rocky Mountain Front
This Week
October 1, 2004

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."

In Depth

Donkey and Elephant

Election 2004: Debate Overview

Presidential Debate History, Before Television

Presidential Debate History, The Televised Years Years

Question Mark
Morton Mintz's Questions for the Candidates

Tell Us What You'd Like to Ask the Candidates

On Iraq: Hannah Allam and Dr. Vali Nasr

Respond to NOW's Quote of the Week

Rocky Mountain Front, Montana
Wilderness at Risk: The Fight to Save the Front

Photo Essay: The Rocky Mountain Front

Election 2004: Environmental Issues


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David Brancaccio talks with journalist Hannah Allam (11:25)

Bill Moyers talks with Morton Mintz about the debates (7:32)

Wilderness at Risk — Montana's Rocky Mountain Front (14:49)

Dr. Vali Nasr on THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS (17:01)


Wilderness at Risk
Producer: Bryan Myers
Editor: Lars Woodruffe

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