The Latest: February 2012

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Why Hasn’t Syria’s Assad Been Labeled A War Criminal?

Syria's embattled president Bashar al-Assad could fit the category of a war criminal, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday. But officially designating him one, she added, could "complicate" options for persuading him to step down from power. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
FAA Proposes New Pilot Training Rules

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] announced its new proposed pilot training rules, about a year and a half … Continue reading (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
Live Chat 3 p.m. ET: The Battle for Fukushima

Join our live chat on "Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown" on 2/29 at 3pm ET with producer Dan Edge and guest questioner Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing Boing's science editor . You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
“The Workers We Spoke to Thought They Were Going to Die”

Dan Edge, the writer, producer and director of tonight’s film Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown, spoke at length with NPR Fresh … Continue reading (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
More Americans Visiting ER for Dental Care

More Americans are visiting the emergency room for toothaches and routine dental problems -- at 10 times the cost of preventative care and with far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to a new report out today. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
“The Fate of Japan Hangs in the Balance”

It was day five of Japan's nuclear crisis last March, and the sun had yet to rise. The previous few days involved chaotic efforts to power the plant, cool the reactors and vent radioactive gas in order to prevent a nuclear explosion. ... (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Study Suggests Majority of Those Killed in Pakistan Drone Strikes Are Militants

A nearly-six-month-long investigation published by the Associated Press on Friday tracks with earlier studies that found 70 to 80 percent of those killed in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are militants. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
One Pilot’s Dangerous Mission to Stop Fukushima’s Nuclear Meltdown

You may have seen it on TV or online -- a grainy video shot 20 miles away. The helicopter, no bigger than a dot against the sky, releasing what resembled an exhale of breath on a cold day. In fact, it was 2,000 gallons of water falling 300 feet against the wind. (read more »)

Social Issues
“The Interrupters” Wins Best Documentary At Independent Spirit Awards

Congratulations to Director/Producer Steve James and Producer Alex Kotlowitz and their whole team at Kartemquin Films on winning best documentary … Continue reading (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Pakistan Spy Chief’s Term Set to Expire Amidst Shaky Relations with U.S.

There's no shortage of thorny issues currently facing Pakistan's intelligence chief -- and Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha's term as director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is set to expire on March 18. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
Then and Now: Photos of Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Devastation

Last March, the world watched as the villages around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were decimated by an earthquake and tsunami of epic proportions. So what do they look like now, almost a year later? (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
What Is Al Qaeda Doing in Syria?

Yesterday, Iraqi forces arrested the head of Ansar al-Sunna, an Iraqi insurgent group Iraqi leaders say has links with Al Qaeda, as he tried to enter the country through its border with Syria. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
U.N. Report Accuses Syria of Crimes Against Humanity

The Syrian state has committed "gross human right violations" amounting to crimes against humanity a panel of independent U.N. investigators concluded in a 72-page report released today. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Update: Door Left Open for Deal in Manning Case

FRONTLINE's Arun Rath is on the scene at Fort Meade and will be providing updates throughout the day. (read more »)

 
Cook County Jail’s Impending Mental Health Crisis

Last week, we brought you a story about an Ohio sheriff who is refusing to house violent, mentally ill arrestees … Continue reading (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
“In the Information Age, They Have No Information”

In the hours and days after the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power … Continue reading (read more »)

Criminal Justice
One Hospital’s New Plan to Catch Questionable Cases of Child Abuse

FRONTLINE recently caught up with Dr. Michael Laposata, a pathologist and blood-clotting expert out of the Vanderbilt University, who co-published landmark study in 2005 on diseases that can mimic abuse. ... (read more »)

Inside FRONTLINE
FRONTLINE Wins Four Writers Guild Awards!

Last night FRONTLINE swept the Writers Guild Awards documentary and news categories, with awards going to: + Michael Kirk and … Continue reading (read more »)

Social Issues
Watch “The Interrupters” With The Interrupters

Join "The Interrupters" --- Eddie, Ameena and Cobe -- and co-producers, Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, for a social screening of "The Interrupters" -- 2/20 at 830 p.m. ET (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
When Afghan Girls Pay the Price for the Crimes of Others

Shakila was just 8 years old when a group of men abducted her and her cousin from their beds as they slept in Naray district in Afghanistan's Kunar province. (read more »)

 
Ohio Jail To Stop Accepting Violent, Mentally Ill Detainees

Sheriff Drew Alexander, of Ohio’s Summit County, put his foot down this week: He announced a new policy, under which … Continue reading (read more »)

Inside FRONTLINE
Remembering Anthony Shadid

Over his career, Anthony Shadid worked hard not to become the story. It was one of the few goals that eluded him. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
Doctors to Parents: Get Your Child Vaccinated, Or Get Out

There's a new twist to the ongoing vaccine debate, which pits some parents against doctors and public health officials over the safety of inoculations: an increase in doctors "firing" patients whose refuse vaccinations. (read more »)

Social Issues
A Digital Memorial For Victims of Violence

"Luis was killed trying to sign Michael's altar," 19-year-old Ashley tearfully explains in "The Interrupters." (read more »)

Social Issues
Video: “Chicago Tonight” Goes Inside “The Interrupters”

Following last night's broadcast of "The Interrupters" on FRONTLINE, WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" featured a special three-part program about the film. (read more »)

Social Issues
California County To End Marijuana Permitting Program

Last July, in our film "The Pot Republic" we told you about one California county's quietly radical experiment in regulating medical marijuana production... (read more »)

Social Issues
Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Can the Cycle of Violence be “Interrupted”?

Join our live chat on "The Interrupters" on 2/15 at 1pm ET with co-producers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, violence interrupters Ameena Matthews and Eddie Bocanegra, and guest questioner Jason Deparle. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Social Issues
Videos: Caprysha, Lil Mikey, Kenneth… Where Are They Now?

Watch video updates of what key characters from "The Interrupters" are doing today. (read more »)

Social Issues
Derrion Albert: The Death that Riled the Nation

On Sept. 24, 2009, Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old honors student, was walking home from school when he found himself amidst a violent confrontation between two rival groups from his school. (read more »)

Social Issues
“I Need Them and They Need Me”

Knowing the community helps a great deal when she tries to mediate a dispute, explains "violence interrupter" Ameena Matthews. (read more »)

Immigration
Is Immigration Program Hampering Investigation into School Abuse Scandal?

At least two families of students at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles — where in recent weeks two teachers … Continue reading (read more »)

Social Issues
In a Down Economy, Will Taxing Medical Marijuana Lead to a New Green Rush?

Medical marijuana proponents have long argued that taxing pot dispensaries could provide sizable revenue to local governments, ushering in a so-called "new green rush." (read more »)

Social Issues
“I See Everything Through This Tragedy”

At 10:45 on the night of March 13, 2009, Rodney Orange waited for his 14-year-old grandson, Gregory Robinson, to arrive home. (read more »)

Social Issues
“The Interrupters” Featured on “Fresh Air”

"Chicago has always been notoriously known for street organization, crimes and murders and all that, but what's so profound for me is to see that, as I'm growing up, that death is inevitable and we're not afraid of it." (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
NRC Licenses First New Nuclear Reactors in Decades

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved two new reactors yesterday, paving the way for new nuclear technology amidst concerns over an … Continue reading (read more »)

Syria Undercover
Sports
Court Denies Subpoena for Lucrative NCAA Contracts

Things just got a little more complicated in a class-action lawsuit aimed at NCAA profits. The plaintiffs, including basketball stars … Continue reading (read more »)

Immigration
Is California the Next Secure Communities Battleground?

We’ve reported on the attempts by three states – New York, Illinois and Massachusetts — to challenge the Obama administration’s … Continue reading (read more »)

Education
New Bill Aims to Close G.I. Bill Loophole at For-Profits

Sen. Dick Durbin [D-Ill.] recently proposed a bill that would dramatically change the way federal money can be allocated to … Continue reading (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
What Are the Ramifications of the Haditha Case?

The most infamous war crime to come out of the Iraq war ended with a whimper. None of the Marines charged ended up facing serious punishment. Here's a closer look at what the legal rulings mean for the soldiers on the ground and the civilians who have to live among them. (read more »)

Social Issues
Dig Deeper: Assisted Suicide in America

Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a 1994 state law criminalizing the promotion of assisted suicide is unconstitutional under … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
How Has Syria’s Assad Managed to Hold Power for So Long?

Eleven months into a violent uprising that has taken the lives of more than 5,400 Syrians, how has President Bashar al-Assad managed to hold onto power while his counterparts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were toppled? (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
New Study Asserts Drone Strikes in Pakistan Target Rescuers, Funerals

CIA drone strikes in Pakistan have killed "dozens of civilians" who had gone to help rescue victims of drone strikes or were attending funerals for the victims of previous strikes, a new report by British and Pakistani journalists asserts. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Violence Intensifies in Homs after U.N. Resolution on Syria Fails

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the 11-month-long crisis in Syria have stalled after a resolution condemning the regime's crackdown on protesters failed in the United Nations Security Council on Saturday. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Hospital Autopsies On the Decline

If you or a loved one dies in a hospital, there is only a 5 percent chance an autopsy will … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
The Busy Life of Julian Assange

For someone who's been under house arrest at a secret location in England, Julian Assange has been maintaining a pretty high profile. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
NYPD Eyed Shia Muslims Based on Religion

News that the NYPD recommended increasing the surveillance of thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques, based solely on religion, is the latest report in the AP’s ongoing investigation into the department’s controversial intelligence unit and its questionable tactics. (read more »)

Immigration
GAO to Investigate Sexual Abuse at Immigration Detention Centers

The move comes after members of Congress petitioned the office to act, citing FRONTLINE's "Lost in Detention." (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
NRC Report: Nuclear Power Plants More Vulnerable to Earthquakes Than Previously Thought

The report lays out a plan for "seismic stress tests" over the next four years for plants in the central and eastern parts of the country. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
What American Airlines’ Bankruptcy Means For the People Who Fix Your Planes

Yesterday, American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corp., outlined its plan to cut about 13,000 jobs — or 16 percent of … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
On 30th Anniversary of Hama Massacre, Syrian Troops Lock Down City

Thirty years ago today, the regime of then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad launched what's known as one of the bloodiest chapters of modern Arab history: the Hama Massacre. (read more »)

Social Issues
“The Interrupters” Ameena Matthews on The Colbert Report

Last night "violence interrupter" Ameena Matthews was on The Colbert Report to talk about the film, The Interrupters, which airs on FRONTLINE Feb. 14. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
How New Fire Science is Influencing Old Cases

Advances in fire science have called into question some past convictions. Here's an update on a few cases, from Texas to California. Are there innocent people behind bars? (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Leaked NATO Report Alleges Pakistani Support for Taliban

The BBC reports today that a classified NATO report leaked to the news organization "fully exposes for the first time the relationship between the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI) and the Taliban." (read more »)

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