The Latest: May 2012

Government / Elections / Politics
“Unprecedented” Number of Restrictive Voting Laws Being Introduced

Nearly every state — 41 so far — has introduced some kind of restrictive voting legislation since the beginning of last … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
How Much Did the Financial Crisis Cost?

There’s little in the way of  comprehensive bean-counting when it comes to the financial crisis. That’s in part because it’s still … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Spin 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 / Financial
Shadow 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 / Defense
It’s Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.

Ben Miller’s drones are some of the latest bots to fly in American skies. The manager for the drone program … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Study 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 »)

Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years for War Crimes

Convicted war criminal Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, marking the end of a years-long legal process to … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
How 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 / Defense
Live 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 / Defense
Interactive 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 / Defense
Under the Constant Watch of Al Qaeda

“As a woman you have specific concerns with Al Qaeda...” (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Tonight: Inside Al Qaeda in Yemen

The Washington Post's David Ignatius describes the film as "fascinating" and "gutsy." (read more »)

Social Issues
Safety Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects

Following a worker’s non-fatal 100-foot fall from a Texas cell tower last week, one of AT&T’s construction management firms has … Continue reading (read more »)

As 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 / Technology
Fukushima 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 Justice
California County Ends Review of Autopsy Mistakes

The Solano County sheriff’s office has decided not to review about 300 autopsies performed by Dr. Thomas Gill, a forensic … Continue reading (read more »)

Social Issues
Built 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 Justice
NOPD 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 / Pakistan
Report: White House Expands Role in Guiding Drone Targets

In a sign of increased sensitivity over U.S. drone strategy, White House counterterror chief John Brennan has taken command of … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Can “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 / Financial
Live 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 Issues
Ask 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 Issues
Live 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 / Financial
How Corzine Steered Regulators To Protect MF Global Strategy

When Jon Corzine took the reins of MF Global in 2010, the Wall Street brokerage was a deeply troubled firm. … Continue reading (read more »)

Social Issues
In 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 / Defense
Suicide 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 / Pakistan
Poppy Eradication in Afghanistan on the Rise

Poppy eradication in Afghanistan has nearly tripled in the past year amid violent resistance from farmers, as NATO prepares to … Continue reading (read more »)

Do Combat Vets Suffer the Same Devastating Brain Disease Afflicting Football Players?

The brain damage to soldiers who have experienced a blast injury during combat may be similar to damage sustained by some … Continue reading (read more »)

Race / Multicultural
New Prison Rape Rules Don’t Yet Cover Immigrant Detention Sites

The Justice Department released new rules yesterday designed to curb sexual abuse in federal and state detention facilities, including stricter … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Is the U.S. Economy Prepared for the Fallout From Greece?

Greece’s political and financial uncertainty has Europe on edge, as the continent waits for a new round of elections on … Continue reading (read more »)

Criminal Justice
After Mladic and Taylor, What’s the Future for War-Crimes Trials?

Two war-crimes trials underway at The Hague have drawn notice for their high-profile suspects. Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
With 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 Justice
New Allegations of Prisoner Abuse at Rikers Island

The Village Voice recently published startling new images of inmate abuse as part of the paper’s ongoing investigation into violence … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
JPMorgan Loss Poses Early Test For Dodd-Frank Pay Rules

As JPMorgan Chase & Co. continues to deal with the fallout from its $2 billion trading loss, the nation’s largest … Continue reading (read more »)

Nice To Meet You!

If, like me, you’ve been a longtime FRONTLINE fan you’ve probably noticed big changes on the website in the past … Continue reading (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Why 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 / Financial
What 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 / Financial
What’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 »)

Brooks, 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 / Defense
AQ 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 Terror
In 9/11 Trial, A Struggle For Control

By most obvious measures, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is utterly powerless; not only is … Continue reading (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
Why 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 / Pakistan
Afghanistan’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 / Financial
The 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 / Financial
Live 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 / Financial
The 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 / Financial
Did 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 / Financial
Live 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 / Financial
Lessons Not Learned at MF Global

Once a sleepy brokerage firm dealing with financial products like corn futures and pork bellies, MF Global appeared to be … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
What 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 / Financial
From 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 »)

Report: 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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