FROM Alan Cowell
Hacking Scandal Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers, has avoided jail time in the phone hacking scandal that caused an uproar in England. Brooks was acquitted, but her former editor Andy Coulson, who later became head of communications for British Prime Minister David Cameron, is facing jail time.
Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Legislation A Ugandan tabloid newspaper today published a list of what it calls the nations 200 most significant homosexuals. This, after President Yoweri Museveni, signed harsh news legislation to punish gay and lesbians. The US says relations will be complicated. Alan Cowell is the New York Times senior correspondent in London.
G4S Admits to 'Humiliating Shambles' over Olympics Security Last week, private security company G4S admitted it won't have enough security personnel to cover the London Olympics. With the games scheduled to start in just 10 days, the British Army agreed to provide 3500 soldiers, bringing the total to some 17,000. But today, G4S head Nick Buckles admitted that his company's effort to provide security has become a "humiliating shambles," but said it will not forfeit a management fee of $90 million. Parliament's Committee on Home Security made sure he would never forget it. Alan Cowell is senior correspondent for the New York Times .
Rupert Murdoch: Finance, Politics and Journalism The British police and the US Justice Department are investigating the way Rupert Murdoch has conducted an empire that spans the world of communications media. But a majority of a committee of Britain's parliament has already acknowledged his " willful blindness " and concluded he's "not a fit person" to lead a major international company. We look at his problems and his influence on journalism worldwide.
Rupert Murdoch: Finance, Politics and Journalism Rupert Murdoch is best known in the US for Fox News and the Wall Street Journal , but his media empire spans the world of communications. Now, a committee of Britain’s parliament has accused him of not being "a fit person" to run an international company. Will hacking telephones, bribing public officials and covering up wrong-doing mean the end of an empire? We look at Murdoch’s legal, financial and political problems, as well as his impact on the news business in the English speaking world.
Clashes at the Syrian Border Leave Turkey Concerned Syria's bloody conflict crossed two borders today. Government forces killed a cameraman in Lebanon today and wounded at least six people at a refugee camp in Turkey. What are the prospects for Kofi Annan's UN-brokered cease-fire, scheduled to start tomorrow? Alan Cowell is senior correspondent for the New York Times .
The President and America's infrastructure: Bait and switch? President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal may not be what it seems. We look at the prospects for much-needed improvements in roads, bridges and airports.
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?