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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at and


Activists plead for UN action as Syrian forces move to crush protests in town near Turkey

Human rights activists disputed an account by the regime that armed gangs had “massacred” police officers, and said international action was urgently needed to stop the bloodshed.


What’s the endgame in Syria? Military defections are key to turning the tide, analysts say

“In a situation like this, the only thing that’s going to carry the day is being violent,” said one former State Department official.


After conflict in Ivory Coast, native Liberians return to help refugees overcome the crisis

Although the standoff in Ivory Coast has ended, violence continues and a humanitarian crisis has developed on its border with Liberia. Some natives have returned to help.


Slideshow: Across the border, far from home

Although the standoff in Ivory Coast following the presidential elections has ended, violence among the rival groups continues, and it has created a humanitarian crisis along the border with Liberia. Tens of thousands have fled into Liberia, where rural camps have sprung up.


Bin Laden’s death the latest setback for an al Qaeda sliding into irrelevance

As protests roil the Arab world and opposition figures denounce terrorism, Osama bin Laden’s death has become just the latest milestone in a “long slide” for the group that masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks.


Obama: ‘The U.S. has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden’

American special forces stormed a compound deep inside Pakistan and, after a firefight, shot the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks to death. “Justice has been done,” President Obama said Sunday. Watch the full video of Obama’s speech.


Three weeks after capture, American journalists remain in Libyan prison

Journalists face severe risks in the covering the war in Libya. James Foley, an American freelancer, has been detained there for more than three weeks.


Photo: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, award-winning war journalists, killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, renowned war photographer and filmmaker, “had an extraordinary talent for documenting, in compassionate and beautiful imagery, the human stories behind the headlines.”


Are bad voters like drunk drivers? New book says they are, and that they should stay home on Election Day

Jason Brennan, author of the new book “The Ethics of Voting,” argues that irresponsible voting is morally wrong, and that misinformed voters should stay home on Election Day.