The Latest: May 2012
Government / Elections / PoliticsMay 31, 2012, 4:38 pm ET“Unprecedented” Number of Restrictive Voting Laws Being Introduced
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 31, 2012, 3:53 pm ETHow Much Did the Financial Crisis Cost?
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 31, 2012, 2:33 pm ETSpin City: Al Qaeda’s New Image-Obsessed Media Wing
When Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and his director Safa al-Ahmed met up with their Al Qaeda contact Fouad in the southern Yemeni town of Ja'ar, they had their cameras ready. What they didn't expect was that Fouad -- a fighter and political officer with Al Qaeda's local franchise Ansar al Sharia -- would as well. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 31, 2012, 1:57 pm ETShadow Banking Down From Crisis, But for How Long?
The so-called "shadow banking system" that was at the heart of the financial crisis has seen its value fall by more than half over the last few years (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 31, 2012, 12:19 pm ETIt’s Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 30, 2012, 2:05 pm ETStudy Suggests Yemen Strikes Are Radicalizing Population
The escalating campaign of U.S. air strikes targeting suspected Al Qaeda militants in Yemen has brought ”a marked radicalization of the local population” and is “driving tribesmen to join a network linked to terrorist plots against the United States,” according to a new study. (read more »)
FRONTLINE WorldMay 30, 2012, 10:34 am ETCharles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years for War Crimes
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 30, 2012, 10:17 am ETHow Did Ghaith Abdul-Ahad Inflitrate Al-Qaeda? Ask Him
Ask Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and producer Jamie Doran about their experiences infiltrating Al-Qaeda. (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 29, 2012, 9:50 pm ETLive Chat Wed. 2:30 pm ET: Going Undercover with Al Qaeda
Join a live chat about "Al Qaeda in Yemen" at 2:30 pm ET with correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, producer Jamie Doran and The New Yorker's Amy Davidson. (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 29, 2012, 9:45 pm ETInteractive Map: America’s War in Yemen
FRONTLINE's interactive map illustrates two critical elements of the war in Yemen: drone and other air strikes believed to have been carried out by the U.S., and the major terror plots since 2000 directed at foreign targets for which Al Qaeda is suspected of involvement. (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 29, 2012, 9:45 pm ETUnderstanding Yemen’s Al Qaeda Threat
How did Yemen become Al Qaeda's new stronghold? And how are American efforts to combat the threat against the U.S. homeland playing out on the ground there? FRONTLINE turned to several experts -- diplomats, journalists working on the ground, academics, activists and others -- to understand. (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 29, 2012, 6:28 pm ETUnder the Constant Watch of Al Qaeda
“As a woman you have specific concerns with Al Qaeda...” (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 29, 2012, 12:11 pm ETTonight: Inside Al Qaeda in Yemen
The Washington Post's David Ignatius describes the film as "fascinating" and "gutsy." (read more »)
Social IssuesMay 25, 2012, 4:32 pm ETSafety Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects
EducationMay 25, 2012, 1:58 pm ETAs Public Schools Face Cutbacks, Federal Funds Flow to For-Profits
While state and local governments cut back funding to public higher education institutions, the volume of federal government subsidies to for-profit colleges and universities continues to increase (read more »)
Health / Science / TechnologyMay 25, 2012, 1:50 pm ETFukushima Radiation Estimate Doubles, But Cancer Risk Lower Than Expected
The new findings come from three separate analyses presented this week by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations. (read more »)
Criminal JusticeMay 24, 2012, 3:37 pm ETCalifornia County Ends Review of Autopsy Mistakes
Social IssuesMay 24, 2012, 12:07 pm ETBuilt for a Simpler Era, OSHA Struggles When Tower Climbers Die
Fifty men have died in accidents on cell sites since 2003, but federal workplace safety regulators have few tools and little will to impose consequences on the companies that count on their labor. (read more »)
Criminal JusticeMay 23, 2012, 4:45 pm ETNOPD Investigating Officer Who Didn’t Report Knowledge of Henry Glover Shooting
Sgt. Lesia Mims told the FBI what she knew about Henry Glover's death but apparently not her own department. (read more »)
Afghanistan / PakistanMay 23, 2012, 2:20 pm ETReport: White House Expands Role in Guiding Drone Targets
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 23, 2012, 1:15 pm ETCan “Friends of Yemen” Help Solve Country’s Deeply Rooted Problems?
Led by the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, a block of 20 countries and intergovernmental organizations dubbed the "Friends of Yemen" met in Riyadh today to pledge $4 billion in assistance to the Arab world's poorest country. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 23, 2012, 10:36 am ETLive Chat 3 p.m. ET: What Really Happened at MF Global?
Join Six Billion Dollar Bet producer Martin Smith for a live chat featuring guest questioner Aaron Lucchetti from The Wall St Journal. You can leave a question now. (read more »)
Social IssuesMay 23, 2012, 10:00 am ETAsk a Former Cell Tower Worker
What are your questions for former cell tower worker Wally Reardon? Ask him on Reddit today or in our live chat. (read more »)
Social IssuesMay 22, 2012, 10:30 pm ETLive Chat Wednesday 1 p.m. ET: Who’s Responsible for Cell Tower Deaths?
Join Cell Tower Deaths reporters Ryan Knutson and Liz Day for a live chat featuring former cell tower climber Wally Reardon and guest questioner Ben Drawbaugh from Engadget. You can leave a question now. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 22, 2012, 12:59 pm ETHow Corzine Steered Regulators To Protect MF Global Strategy
Social IssuesMay 22, 2012, 11:02 am ETIn Race For Better Cell Service, Men Who Climb Towers Pay With Their Lives
Corporate giants have outsourced the dangerous work of building and maintaining communications towers to tiny subcontracting companies. Over the last nine years, nearly 100 workers have died, 50 of them on cell sites. (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 21, 2012, 5:53 pm ETSuicide Attack Suggests Intensifying War in Yemen
In what was the most deadly terrorist attack in Yemen in years, a suicide bomber disguised as a Yemeni soldier detonated explosives during a military parade rehearsal near the Presidential palace in Sana today, killing more than 90 people and wounding 300 others. (read more »)
Afghanistan / PakistanMay 21, 2012, 12:36 pm ETPoppy Eradication in Afghanistan on the Rise
SportsMay 18, 2012, 1:59 pm ETDo Combat Vets Suffer the Same Devastating Brain Disease Afflicting Football Players?
Race / MulticulturalMay 18, 2012, 11:27 am ETNew Prison Rape Rules Don’t Yet Cover Immigrant Detention Sites
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 18, 2012, 9:39 am ETIs the U.S. Economy Prepared for the Fallout From Greece?
Criminal JusticeMay 17, 2012, 1:47 pm ETAfter Mladic and Taylor, What’s the Future for War-Crimes Trials?
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 16, 2012, 5:32 pm ETWith U.S. Help, Yemen Intensifies Assault on Al Qaeda Stronghold
Yemen's government intensified a campaign of air and ground strikes in the south of the country this week in an effort to recapture towns from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and affiliated insurgents. (read more »)
Criminal JusticeMay 16, 2012, 4:49 pm ETNew Allegations of Prisoner Abuse at Rikers Island
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 15, 2012, 6:40 pm ETJPMorgan Loss Poses Early Test For Dodd-Frank Pay Rules
Inside FRONTLINEMay 15, 2012, 6:24 pm ETNice To Meet You!
Criminal JusticeMay 14, 2012, 3:28 pm ETWhy Was Clarence Aaron’s Pardon Request Denied?
In 1999′s Snitch, FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel told the story of Clarence Aaron, a 23-year-old student who was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences after being convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine — despite the fact that he did not buy, sell or supply the drugs, nor did he have a previous criminal record. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 11, 2012, 2:39 pm ETWhat Can We Learn from JPMorgan’s $2 Billion Loss?
JPMorgan's risky trade highlights the ongoing debate over financial regulations currently being written (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 10, 2012, 4:49 pm ETWhat’s the Status of the Dodd-Frank Financial Overhaul?
In July 2010, President Barack Obama signed what became known as the Dodd-Frank bill, the financial reform package aimed at overhauling the financial regulatory system and ending the risky practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis. (read more »)
MediaMay 9, 2012, 9:49 pm ETBrooks, Coulson Next Up in the Phone-Hacking Scandal Hot Seat
The two former News of the World editors are expected to be grilled about their relationships with Scotland Yard and the British government, particularly Prime Minister David Cameron (read more »)
Foreign Affairs / DefenseMay 7, 2012, 4:47 pm ETAQ Militant Killed in Yemen At Center of Debate Over Pre-911 Intelligence Sharing
A less well-known part of Fahd al-Quso's saga is that he was also at the center of a debate about whether American intelligence agencies could have prevented 9/11. (read more »)
Iraq / War on TerrorMay 7, 2012, 10:45 am ETIn 9/11 Trial, A Struggle For Control
Iraq / War on TerrorMay 4, 2012, 5:02 pm ETWhy the Arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Matters
Tomorrow, the self-confessed 9/11 mastermind is set to face terrorism and murder charges at a military court at Guantanamo. We asked an expert to give us some insights into what the proceedings might yield. (read more »)
Afghanistan / PakistanMay 3, 2012, 2:05 pm ETAfghanistan’s Former Spymaster Warns of Civil War
Afghanistan's former spy chief Amrullah Saleh told NPR this morning that the new strategic partnership agreement with the U.S. is a good step, but warns of the consequences if the U.S. engages in talks with the Taliban. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 3, 2012, 12:37 pm ETThe Financial Crisis Is Like… Sangria?
Well, it’s like a lot of things, according to some of the economists, journalists, bankers, activists and officials we interviewed for our four-hour series on the global financial crisis, "Money, Power and Wall Street." (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 3, 2012, 10:35 am ETLive Chat 1 p.m. ET: Can Wall Street Change?
Join Money, Power and Wall Street producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria for a live chat featuring guest questioner Felix Salmon from Reuters. You can leave a question now. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 2, 2012, 1:37 pm ETThe Buzz Around That Tim Geithner Scene…
A scene from Money, Power and Wall Street generated a lot of feedback on Twitter during last night's broadcast, and we've curated some of the most interesting reactions... (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 1, 2012, 8:44 pm ETDid the Fed’s Emergency Lending Prop Up “Too Big to Fail”?
The Obama administration arrived in Washington in early 2009 facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression -- and an American public outraged by bailouts for the financial institutions that had gotten them there. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 1, 2012, 8:43 pm ETLive Chat 1 p.m ET: The Battles Behind Closed Doors
Join Money, Power and Wall Street producers Mike Wiser and Jim Gilmore for a live chat featuring guest questioner Ryan Lizza from The New Yorker. You can leave a question now. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 1, 2012, 6:02 pm ETLessons Not Learned at MF Global
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 1, 2012, 5:37 pm ETWhat Has Occupy Wall Street Been Up To?
While today's renewed protests are getting a lot of attention, a small group of activists has been quietly working within the financial system to change America's regulatory processes. (read more »)
Business / Economy / FinancialMay 1, 2012, 3:23 pm ETFrom Bear to Lehman: Documents Reveal an Alternate History
On the heels of investment bank Bear Stearns’ sudden collapse in March of 2008, the New York Federal Reserve Bank, then led by President Timothy Geithner, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dispatched teams of investigators to the four largest remaining investment banks. (read more »)
MediaMay 1, 2012, 1:32 pm ETReport: Murdoch “Not a Fit Person” to Run News Corp.
A scathing – but politically split – report by a British Parliamentary committee found that the media mogul exercised "willful blindness" during the phone-hacking scandal at News of the World. (read more »)
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