The Latest: March 2012

Health / Science / Technology
Fukushima Reactor Damage May Be Worse Than Previously Thought

The damage to reactor two at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may be more more serious than the Tokyo Electric … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
“Syrian Society Is Beginning to Fall Apart”

Neighbors are turning on their neighbors, according to new accounts by refugees who have escaped Syria's bloody conflict for eastern Lebanon. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
New Questions About Evidence Used to Convict Grandmother in Shaken Baby Case

Shirley Ree Smith lives with her daughter Tomeka in Alexandria, Minn., a quaint town of approximately 11,000 people located about … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Docs Reveal FBI Used Muslim Outreach As Guise to Collect Intel

For at least four years, federal agents used Muslim community outreach meetings at mosques in Northern California as a guise to collect intelligence and catalog the identities, personal information, religious views and travel of religious leaders and congregants, FBI documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union revealed yesterday. (read more »)

Media
Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Untangling Murdoch’s Scandal

Join "Murdoch's Scandal" correspondent Lowell Bergman and producer Neil Docherty for a live chat on 3/28 at 1 p.m. ET featuring guest questioner Sarah Ellison from Vanity Fair. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Media
What It’s Like to Get “Monstered” By a Murdoch Tabloid

In 2003, British Member of Parliament Chris Bryant began investigating whether News International tabloids paid off police. Six months later, he found his private life splashed in the headlines. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
The Covert Convert Behind the CIA’s Drone Program

"He presides over a campaign that has killed thousands of Islamist militants and angered millions of Muslims," wrote The Washington Post's Gregg Miller, in a rare profile of the head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center (CTC). "But he is himself a convert to Islam." (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
New Counterterrorism Guidelines Allow U.S. to Hold Americans’ Data Longer

Signed yesterday, the new rules will allow the government to hold data on U.S. citizens who are not suspected of terrorist activity for 10 times longer than before. (read more »)

Religion
Americans Increasingly Uneasy When Politicians Talk Religion

Of course, there's nothing new about the debate over the appropriate role of religion in politics and public life... (read more »)

Media
Breaking the News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal

FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman discusses "Murdoch's Scandal" on NPR's "Fresh Air." (read more »)

Social Issues
Amidst Federal Crackdown, Connecticut Marijuana Bill Gains Traction

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws on the books right now, and Connecticut looks like it could be the next. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
With Russian Support, U.N. Security Council Adopts Watered-Down Statement on Syria

After months of diplomatic stalemate resulting from the the objections of Russia and China, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a statement on the crisis in Syria today. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Syrian Opposition Accused of Serious Human Rights Abuses

Against the backdrop of the Syrian government's brutal crackdown, the tactics of the country's armed opposition groups have received considerably less scrutiny. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Should Juvenile Killers Be Sentenced to Life Without Parole?

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two cases today that challenge the constitutionality of sending 14-year-olds away for life after committing murder. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
After Massacre, U.S. Offers Afghanistan Concessions on Night Raids

In the wake of the March 11 bloody shooting rampage allegedly carried out by Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. has found itself in a vulnerable position as it attempts to negotiate a strategic-partnership agreement with the Afghan government. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
New Appeal in False Confession Case Focuses on Sex Offender Status

As a sex offender, Eric Wilson is required to register with the state police every 90 days. There are certain … Continue reading (read more »)

Education
Lawsuits Address Recruitment Practices at For-Profit Colleges

This week’s for-profit education news features two lawsuits filed against two different companies. One suit was settled; another, from a … Continue reading (read more »)

Biographies
Has China Legalized Secret Detentions?

Yesterday, Chinese lawmakers enacted a number of revisions to the country's criminal code ostensibly designed to bring some Western-style protections to the country's legal process. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Syria One Year Later: Growing Evidence of Torture, Detainee Abuse

Bisat al-rih is Arabic for "flying carpet," but for those detained by the Syrian regime, it can mean being blindfolded, stripped down to the underpants and strapped to a foldable wooden board. (read more »)

Immigration
New Immigration Detention Center Aims for a Less Prison-Like Feel

As part of their promise to overhaul the nation’s vast network of immigration detention centers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] … Continue reading (read more »)

 
Doctor Who Pushed For Oregon Assisted Suicide Law Ends His Own Life

“I don’t want to go out with a whimper. I want to say good-bye to my kids and my wife … Continue reading (read more »)

Media
New Arrests in Murdoch Phone Hacking Investigation

Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International and former editor of two British tabloids, The Sun and The News of the World, was reportedly arrested today, along with her husband and five other people, on suspicion of corrupting justice. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
Voices From the Inside: Fukushima’s Workers Speak

As part of our recent film Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown, FRONTLINE interviewed several workers who were at the Fukushima Daiichi … Continue reading (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
The Battle Over Indian Point, One Year After the Fukushima Meltdown

This week, Kazuhiko Amano, a relief worker from Fukushima, spoke at a panel discussion at Manhattanville College in New York. … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
In Post-Fukushima Japan, Music Reflects “Hope Scraping Against Fear”

Last year, we brought you a story about how artists — in particular, the activist group Chim↑Pom — are challenging Japan’s … Continue reading (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
The Story Behind the Obama Law School Speech Video

The web is abuzz today about video of a speech Barack Obama gave in 1990 (some reports have incorrectly identified … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Rare Video Evidence of Torture in Syrian Hospitals

Last night Channel 4 aired chilling footage of evidence of what appears to be the torture of injured Syrian civilians in a military hospital in Homs. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Free, But Not Cleared: Ernie Lopez Comes Home

After nearly nine years in prison, Ernie Lopez has returned home to Amarillo, Texas, where a throng of family members … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
One Woman’s Proposal to Halt the Violence in Syria

Over the past few months, one woman has driven the debate over whether and how the international community should intervene in the Syrian crisis. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
First Post-Fukushima Safety Rules Approved by NRC

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission moved to adopt new safety regulations, eight months after the NRC's Fukushima task force issued its recommendations, and almost a year after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. (read more »)

Media
The Cover-Up, Not the Crime, Brings Down James Murdoch

FRONTLINE's Lowell Bergman appeared on The Takeaway this morning to reflect on the news that James Murdoch, son of media titan Rupert, stepped down from his role as CEO of News International, the British press arm of News Corporation. (read more »)

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