thumb

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 twitter.com/salgentile and salgentile.tumblr.com.

Thumb

Seeing ‘conspiracy’ in protests, Syrian regime intensifies its brutal crackdown

The Syrian regime released a jailed American blogger, but its intimidation tactics — fueled by paranoia — appeared to be working, analysts said.

Thumb

Interactive: Who would you kill? Test your moral intuitions

An out-of-control train is hurtling down the track toward four trapped hikers. What do you do? Test your moral intuitions in life-or-death situations with this interactive quiz.

Thumb

Libya updates: Key Gadhafi aide defects; rebels dismiss concerns of extremism

Moussa Koussa, the Libyan foreign minister, abandoned the regime and fled to Britain Thursday. The rebels, meanwhile, issued a statement pledging to combat terrorism.

Thumb

Who are the Libyan rebels? And should we give them weapons?

Libyan opposition leaders are asking the West for weapons and dismiss concerns that there are extremists among their ranks. “They’re not in any way fanatical,” one Libyan said.

Thumb

Egyptian-American blogger arrested in Syria, accused of spying during protests

Family members of Mohamed Radwan, who was in born in Texas, said he was arrested during protests in Damascus Friday and was being used as part of a propaganda campaign.

Thumb

As NATO takes over in Libya, what’s the endgame?

Officials said NATO would take charge of both the no-fly zone and the bombing campaign, but an exit strategy remained elusive. “There’s very real room here for long-term stalemate,” said one military analyst.

Thumb

Julian Assange: hacker, transparency advocate, horrible houseguest

You may hate Julian Assange or you may admire him. But whatever you do, don’t let him stay in your house.

Thumb

Amid Bahrain crackdown, prominent opposition leader is arrested, accused of foreign ties

The son of Ebrahim Sharif Al Sayed, the leader of a major opposition party, told Need to Know that his father was taken away in the middle of the night with no explanation.

Thumb

House Republicans now officially on record denying science behind climate change

House Republicans voted against a measure to adopt the scientific consensus that climate change is real. So here are a few other things they now officially don’t believe.