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Tim Pawlenty, neocon?

The former Minnesota governor has tried to burnish his public image by adopting a hawkish foreign policy platform in the early days of the campaign.


  The youth of Iran

VII photographer Ziyah Gafic traveled to Iran and talked to young Iranians about their lives, prospects for democracy and misconceptions the West has of their country.


Treatment of jailed Bahrain dissidents called ‘brutal,’ as activists call for U.S. action

Ibrahim Sharif, who was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday, was seen as especially threatening to the government of Bahrain because he was a Sunni leading a largely Shiite movement.


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.


  Upheaval in the Middle East

Protests continue to rage in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, while in Egypt, ministers from Hosni Mubarak’s ousted regime are behind bars.


Octavia Nasr: U.S. media missed ‘the anatomy’ of Tunisia’s revolution

In an interview, CNN’s former editor for Middle East affairs said the U.S. media ignored the story of the Middle East’s first peaceful revolution until it was “in their face.”

Noam Chomsky asks Iran to release detained hikers

The American academic and public intellectual issues a video plea.


  Need to Know, June 25, 2010

This week, we take a hard look at the consequences of America’s wars, from wounded vets to a fired general. We also go deep inside Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran, and talk to the citizens who criticize or support him. Plus, Andy Borowitz wonders what Tony Hayward will do next to try and re-brand BP.


A balancing act with Iran

A rare inside look at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran, his nuclear ambitions and the citizens who support or criticize him.

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