- Making News: Think Tank Study Assesses al Qaeda Threat
Last week, US intelligence agencies have told the Washington Post that 19 months of the war on terror have nearly crippled al Qaeda, but that was before yesterday-s attacks in Saudi Arabia. At the same time, London-s International Institute for Strategic Studies released its annual survey, saying al Qaeda has taken on a new form that could be just as dangerous as the old one. Jonathan Stevenson edits Institute-s Strategic Survey.
- Reporter's Notebook: Republicans Stew as Democrats Hold Up Texas Politics
Republican legislative leaders in Austin this week dispatched the Texas Rangers to go find the Democrats. They turned up, 30 miles north of the border, but since the Rangers have no jurisdiction in Oklahoma, the Democrats are still there. Ross Ramsey, who edits Texas Weekly, which focuses on state and local politics, says they plan to stay long enough to keep the GOP majority from conducting legislative business back in Austin.
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Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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