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  The broken Senate

In a recent New Yorker article, George Packer described the Senate as a “sclerotic, wasteful, unhappy body.” He spoke with Need to Know.

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In response: How to avoid conflict minerals?

Following a Need To Know report on violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, viewers wrote to ask how to avoid buying products that use minerals from conflict-ravaged areas. This response examines the challenges of unraveling the supply chain and what industry, government and NGO groups are doing to address the issue.

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Feds push detention reforms amid record number of deportations

Feds push detention reforms amid record number of deportations, but the move from a punitive to civil detention system could take years.

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As peace talks founder, Palestine’s central banker helps build a state

With peace talks on the brink of collapse, many Palestinians say they will have no choice but to establish a state on their own. And Jihad Al-Wazir may be the key to that effort.

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Catherine Ashton answers Henry Kissinger’s call

Henry Kissinger once famously asked, “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” The answer is Catherine Ashton, the EU’s first foreign policy chief.

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Come Selma. We have to run.

Need to Know presents VII Magazine, a new journalistic partnership with VII Photo, which will give our readers unprecedented intimate access to the work of the world’s leading photojournalists. Every day, our partners at VII will showcase a new photo, and each week, a new video or audio slideshow. In October 1943, the prisoners of [...]

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Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals

Need to Know asks the economist why the Millennium Development Goals have achieved so little traction in the U.S.

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Photos: Election Day in Kabul

Afghanis voted Saturday in their second parliamentary elections, where some 2,500 candidates ran for 249 seats. The process was marred by widespread accounts of fraud, violence and kidnappings. Democracy International, which observed the elections on behalf of USAID and at the request of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, offers this glimpse of the voting process in Kabul.

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Conflict and contrast in Kashmir

Need to Know presents VII Magazine, a new journalistic partnership with VII Photo, which offers our readers unprecedented intimate access to the work of the world’s leading photojournalists. Every day, our partners at VII will showcase a new photo, and each week, a new video or audio slideshow. This week: Photos and video by Marcus [...]

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Twenty kilometers a year: On the front lines in Afghanistan

Need to Know features a dramatic video report from Sean Smith, a reporter for The Guardian in London, who embedded with U.S. soldiers on the front lines of battle in Afghanistan.