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March 28, 2011 Comment

Middle East Unrest: What’s Shaping Government Response?

In Syria, security forces have opened fire on demonstrators in at least 6 locations. Unrest continues in Jordan with nearly 200 dead after police broke up a pro-reform protest camp in Amman. We look at the cultural and historical factors leading individual governments to respond in different ways.

March 14, 2011 Comment

Gulf Military Force Reportedly Enters Bahrain

One thousand troops from Saudi Arabia, and backed by other Gulf nations, have reportedly been invited by Bahrain today to protect the government from pro-democracy demonstrators.

March 9, 2011 4 Comments

As Fighting Continues In Libya, Countries Debate Path Forward

As Libyan warplanes launch air strikes, many countries continue to debate creating a no-fly zone over Libya. Britain and France want the UN to create one, the US is debating one, too. But what about the Arab League and Turkey?

March 2, 2011 3 Comments

Meet The Gadhafis

As events unfold in Libya, Moammar Gadhafi’s children have increasingly taken center stage. One son commands a personal army believed to be behind brutal attacks against demonstrators, another reportedly plotted a coup against his father.

March 2, 2011 Comment

Gadhafi Vows To Fight To Last Man In Libya

As anti-regime and pro-Gadhafi forces battled in the eastern oil port of Brega, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said he would fight to the “last man and last woman” to defend his country. The BBC’s Abdul Rahim Al Farsi was present for Gadhafi’s address and he has a update from Tripoli.

March 1, 2011 3 Comments

Clashes Continue Between Pro-Gadhafi And Opposition Forces

Witnesses say pro-Gadhafi forces battled opposition forces in the city of Zawiya, outside of Tripoli, for six hours overnight, but could not retake control of the city 30 miles west of Tripoli.

March 1, 2011 2 Comments

H&N Blog: Libyan Unrest Fuels Refugee Crisis

A UN official expressed concern that racism may be a factor in what the organization warns is a looming crisis along the Libya-Tunisia border, as tens of thousands flee unrest in Libya.

February 28, 2011 Comment

Weighing The Options In Libya

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Geneva, Switzerland today to rally international pressure against Libya, as the European Union agreed to an economic blockade of the country. We look at the international community’s options in Libya.

February 25, 2011 Comment

Libya Unrest Disrupts Oil Production, Sends Tremors Through World Markets

As the fight for control of Libya continues, world markets are fluctuating as they traders to determine how Libya’s political future will affect its oil future. We examine Libya’s oil reserves and how important they are to world oil production.

February 25, 2011 4 Comments

Amid Unrest, Questions Arise Over Americans’ Consulting Work In Libya

As opposition leaders close in on Tripoli, American business and consulting firms that work in the country are keeping a close eye developments there. We take a look at one Boston-based firm that Libya hired to improve its image after sanctions were dropped in 2004.

February 24, 2011 Comment

Voices From Libya: Tell Gadhafi To ‘Pack Your Bags And Go’

A Libyan woman described a Tripoli with empty streets, and residents hunkered down indoors out of fear. A man in Benghazi said of the country’s leader Gadhafi, “we need someone to tell the guy: ‘Come on pack your bags and go.'”

February 24, 2011 6 Comments

Libya’s Gadhafi Hunkers Down And Strikes Out

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi told state TV that Osama bin Laden is to blame for the uprising in Libya, as opposition groups continue to make gains in the east. We speak with two Libyans in Tripoli and Benghazi, who tell us what they see on the ground.

February 23, 2011 2 Comments

Libyan Protesters Make Gains, Bahrain King Seeks Saudi Help

In Libya, protesters continue to make gains as foreigners flee. In Yemen, thousands turned out in the capital protesting the government. And in Bahrain, the King is visiting Saudi Arabia seeking advice. We get a roundup of the news from the region.

February 22, 2011 Comment

Crackdown In Libya Leaves Residents Frightened

There are reports that the streets of Tripoli, Libya, are littered today with the bodies of slain protesters, after pro-government forces cracked down on anti-government demonstrators by shooting anyone outside on sight. We get an update on what’s happening from a Libyan man in Tripoli.

February 22, 2011 Comment

Libyan Protester: ‘It’s A Massacre Here’

31-year-old protester Ahmed tells Here & Now that despite a deadly government crackdown in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, protesters haven’t lost resolve. “Everyone in Libya has spoken, and they’re willing to give up their lives for the sake of freedom.”

February 21, 2011 Comment

Turmoil Continues To Spread Through The Mideast And North Africa

Rumors are swirling that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has left the capital of Tripoli, where a main government building is burning. In Yemen, the president is rejecting calls to step down. We take a closer look at the events playing out across the region, and who is in control now.

February 18, 2011 5 Comments

As Protests Spread In Middle East, History Comes Alive For US Students

As protests continue in the mideast, here in the U.S., students are getting a rare chance to watch history in the making. We touch down in one school, Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, Mass.

February 17, 2011 Comment

Military Cracks Down On Anti-Government Demonstrators In Bahrain

The army has locked down the capital city of Manama, after riot police conducted an early morning raid on protesters, leaving at least five dead and hundreds injured. We get an update from the capital city of Manama.

February 14, 2011 Comment

As Unrest Spreads Through Mideast, Human Rights Activists Search For Egypt’s Missing

Protests have broken out in Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria and Iran in the wake of Pres. Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Egypt. Meanwhile, human rights activists in Egypt are trying to get more information about the dozens of people, who were possibly detained and are still missing after taking part in Egypt’s protests.

February 11, 2011 Comment

Protesters Greet Mubarak’s Resignation With Jubilation, Tears

Nobel Peace Laureate Mohammed El Baradei, an opposition figure, greeting Mubarak’s resignation by saying “this is the greatest day of my life.” We look at what the changes mean for Egyptians with Farouk El-Baz, a scientist from Boston University who is also an Egyptian.

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October 30 2 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

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October 30 5 Comments

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

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October 29 Comment

Reporter Crosses Into Syria To Tell Stories Of Fighters

Holly Williams of CBS discusses some of the people she's interviewed, including women soldiers on the frontlines.

October 29 6 Comments

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

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