The Latest: April 2012

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Colleagues Call British Aid Worker’s Murder in Pakistan “Senseless and Barbaric”

Khalil Dale, a British aid worker employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was found dead in Pakistan yesterday, almost four months after he was kidnapped while he was driving home from his office in Quetta. (read more »)

Media
The Big Takeaways From This Week’s Murdoch Testimony

This week has been abuzz with news about James and Rupert Murdoch's testimony at an inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal. So what was revealed? And what's next for News Corp.? To keep you (very smartly) updated, here's analysis from key reporters who have been following Rupert Murdoch and the media for years. (read more »)

Education
New Rules Aim to Crack Down on For-Profit Recruitment of Vets

They're are aimed at the "aggressive and deceptive targeting of service members, veterans, and their families." Here's a rundown of what the president's new executive order will accomplish. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Bradley Manning Court-Martial Set for September

Prosecutors will have to prove the alleged WikiLeaker acted with the "clear understanding" that the information would be viewed by the enemy. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Blast in Hama, Opposition Stronghold, Disrupts Fragile Syrian Ceasefire

An explosion ripped through a poor neighborhood in the opposition stronghold of Hama this morning, disrupting the fragile Syrian ceasefire agreement brokered by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan last month. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Live Chat 2:30 p.m. ET: How Do You Stop A Financial Meltdown? (Hour 2)

Join Money, Power and Wall Street producers Michael Kirk and Mike Wiser for a live chat featuring guest questioner Andrew Ross Sorkin from The New York Times. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
The Buzz Around “Money, Power and Wall Street”

Financial journalists, Occupy Wall Street activists and even a senior economic adviser to President Obama all took to the internet to talk about last night’s broadcast of the first half of "Money, Power and Wall Street." (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Two Years Later, First Criminal Charges Filed in BP Oil Spill

Two years after oil from a BP well began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges alleging that a former BP employee destroyed critical evidence in the early days of the unfolding disaster. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Down the Financial Rabbit Hole (Hour 1)

Join Money, Power and Wall Street correspondent Martin Smith and producer Marcela Gaviria for a live chat featuring guest questioner Gillian Tett from the Financial Times. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Introducing “The FRONTLINE Interviews”

At the heart of Money, Power and Wall Street are FRONTLINE’s interviews with Wall Street power brokers and financial innovators, … Continue reading (read more »)

Media
Your Week in Murdoch (It’s Only Just Beginning)

As both Rupert and James Murdoch prepare to face questioning about phone hacking by "News of the World" reporters and private investigators, a refresher of how the scandal began – and how much damage has been done to News Corp. thus far. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Bloomberg: “Money, Power & Wall Street” “Takes No Prisoners”

"'Money, Power and Wall Street' is demanding -- this isn’t Finance for Dummies, but it’s a compact and thorough lesson," Bloomberg’s Greg Evans writes in his review of FRONTLINE’s new special on the global financial crisis. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Dig Deeper: What You Need to Know About the Financial Crisis

Amid the fiercest financial crisis since the Great Depression, FRONTLINE has been at the forefront of investigating the roots of the meltdown, the hidden stories of those who warned about what was to come and the lessons moving forward. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
VA to Hire Almost 2,000 Additional Mental Health Staffers

While most praised this week's announcement, some voiced concerns about how and when the Department of Veterans Affairs will increase its already depleted workforce. (read more »)

Environment
Four Films for Earth Day

Sunday is Earth Day. And while we recommend you spend at least part of it outdoors, we also think you … Continue reading (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Forensic Credentialing Org Responds to “The Real CSI”

FRONTLINE’s recent film The Real CSI included an examination of forensic credentialing and, in particular, the American College of Forensic … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Do We Need a “Death Penalty” for Negligent Oil Companies?

Two years after an explosion at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and unleashed more than 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater drilling is back up at the levels it was before the April 20, 2010 accident... (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Uncovering “The Real CSI”

Join "The Real CSI" correspondent Lowell Bergman and producer Andres Cediel for a live chat on 4/19 at 1 p.m. ET featuring guest questioner Jeffrey Toobin from The New Yorker. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Discarded Doll: A Photo Essay of the Caylee Anthony Memorial Site

Haunting images taken in the process of reporting FRONTLINE's The Real CSI. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Afghanistan’s Opium Production on the Rise

Opium production will rise across Afghanistan in 2012, spreading to more parts of the country than it has in the last few years, according to a new UN assessment. (read more »)

Social Issues
Q&A: What’s Behind Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

To understand more, FRONTLINE turned to a man with a unique perspective on ending Chicago's violence, "The Interrupter's" Tio Hardiman (read more »)

Criminal Justice
No Forensic Background? No Problem

There are no national standards for forensic experts. This is how a journalism grad student became certified by the American College of Forensic Examiners International, a leading provider of forensic credentials. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Can Unconscious Bias Undermine Fingerprint Analysis?

In 2004, cognitive neoroscientist Itiel Dror set out to examine whether the process of fingerprint analysis, long considered one of the most reliable forms of forensic science, can be biased by the knowledge examiners have when they attempt to find a match for prints from a crime scene. ... (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Will Syrian Truce Hold?

Despite apprehensions in the lead-up to yesterday's deadline, a tenuous ceasefire agreement brokered by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan took effect in Syria this morning. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
NOPD Officer Sentenced in Post-Katrina Shooting

Today a judge sentenced former New Orleans police officer Ronald Mitchell to 20 months in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice related to the shooting of Danny Brumfield, who was killed outside the convention center where many evacuees gathered in the days after Hurricane Katrina. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
What Changes Will New U.S.-Afghan Night Raids Deal Bring?

After months of negotiations, the U.S. and Afghanistan reached an agreement on Sunday that will transfer more control of controversial night raid operations to Afghan forces, allowing the two governments to move ahead in negotiating a broader strategic-partnership agreement. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
California Governor Commutes Sentence in Shaken Baby Case

Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted in 1997 of shaking her infant grandson to death, has always maintained her innocence. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Afghanistan’s ‘Dancing Boys’ Exploitation on the Rise

Bacha bazi -- an ancient practice in which young Afghan boys are sold by families to "entertain" men – is on the rise, according to a new report. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Stiff Sentences for NOPD Officers Convicted in Post-Katrina Shootings

Watch Law & Disorder, our investigation into questionable police shootings in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Four former New Orleans … Continue reading (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Dispute Over Detention Policy Delays Night Raids Agreement

The U.S. and Afghanistan are near reaching a deal that would give Kabul greater control over night raids — the controversial signature tactic of the U.S.-led kill/capture campaign in the country -- and allow the two governments to move ahead in negotiating a broader strategic-partnership agreement. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
U.S. Offers Up to $10 Million Reward for Alleged Mumbai Mastermind

The day after the U.S. announced up to a $10 million reward "for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed," the suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks brazenly took to the media to defend himself. (read more »)

Media
James Murdoch Steps Down as Chair of BSkyB

It's the latest in a year of setbacks for News Corp. (read more »)

Biographies
Ai Weiwei Pokes Fun at Gov’t Surveillance — with Webcams

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Ai Weiwei's arrest for "economic" crimes -- and China's most famous dissident artist continues to provoke the authorities. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Cleared by DNA, Texas Man Still Fighting to Clear His Name

The last time FRONTLINE viewers saw Kerry Max Cook was 2004. He was living in Texas with his wife and … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Top Fed Official: “The Moment Is Now” to Break Up Big Banks

Is the "too big to fail" problem with us now more than ever? (read more »)

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