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WikiLeaks hurts the cause of transparency

Joshua Foust says that in the wake of Wikileaks, agencies are clamping down on access to information, making it harder to connect the dots.

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  NATO prepares to transfer authority in Afghanistan

Need to Know analyzes the U.S. counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan, following the Army’s 71st Cavalry Shadow Troop. And Jon Meacham talks with South Asian military expert Christine Fair.

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  The trouble with pirates: Part 2

Just who are these Somali pirates who are bringing the shipping world to its knees? How do they operate? And why do we negotiate with them?

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Growing a state: Palestinians build a homeland

While the Middle East peace process remains frozen, Palestinians in the West Bank are already at work building the institutions and infrastructure for a future Palestinian state.

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  The trouble with pirates

Need to Know presents an excerpt from “The Trouble with Pirates,” including the story of a French family who were abducted by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

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  Global piracy map

Piracy incidents around the world Early on Thursday morning Somali pirates seized a Panamanian tanker called the Hannibal II 900 nautical miles from the Somali coast, closer to India than to Somalia. Though the greatest number of ships are seized in the notorious Gulf of Aden, or “Pirate Alley,” off the coast of Somalia, the […]

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Burma’s nuclear puzzle

Some say the country’s repressive military junta is trying to build nuclear weapons. But can the claims be verified? Need to Know investigates, and speaks with ProPublica Managing Editor Steve Engelberg.

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Coming home in pieces

By David Philipps The following is adapted from “Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home,” a book about soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  specifically those of the 506th Infantry Regiment, who unleashed a series of brutal crimes on Colorado Springs after returning from a tour in Iraq. That regiment, which […]

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Six-word memoirs: Veterans share their stories of coming home

In cooperation with SMITH magazine, Need to Know features the stories of veterans coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq, who told their stories in just six words.

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Yemen emerges as a new base for al-Qaida

Need to Know uses rare footage shot in Yemen with that troubled country’s counter-terrorism forces to examine Yemen’s emergence as a central front in the fight against terrorism.