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Over the past few months a wave of protests has been sweeping across Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and many other Middle Eastern countries. Iraqis – who may have been inspired by their Arab neighbors – have intensified their demands for government reform, better public services and an end to government corruption. In Iraq’s northern region of Kurdistan several weeks of protests have been centered in Sulaimaniyah. Kyle Crawford spoke to blogger Karzan Kardozi and independent filmmaker San Saravan – who have been covering the protests since they began to learn more about what is happening.

You can visit Karzan Kardozi’s blog, The Moving Silent, here, or see filmaker San Saravan’s coverage of the protests at vimeo.

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A recent poll from Quinnipiac University found that for the first time
since the U.S began its military involvement in Afghanistan a majority
of Americans oppose military involvement in the country. Another
recent poll from CNN found that 66% of Americans oppose U.S
involvement in Iraq. But what exactly is the impact of public opinion
on U.S foreign policy? Prof. Richard Sobel is a public opinion expert
at Northwestern University whose forthcoming book Public Opinion and
International Intervention: Lessons from the Iraq War looks at these
and related questions.


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Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S War on Iraq

Scott Bonn is a Professor of Sociology at Drew University. This week, Kyle Crawford spoke to Prof. Bonn about his book, “Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S War on Iraq.  Bonn argues that the Bush administration knowingly deceived the American public into believing Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. In his book Bonn examines the role the Bush administration and the news media  played in creating a moral panic.


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Ali Hilli, founder of Iraqi LGBT, talks about violence against the LGBT community in Iraq.

Learn more about the work Hilli’s group is doing at iraqilgbt.org.uk.

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The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford recently released a report by Richard Sambrook, the former Director of Global News for the BBC, which asks ‘Are Foreign correspondents redundant?’

Sambrook’s conclusion is unsurprising — the way international news is being reported is rapidly changing.

Read the entire report here or read what others are saying about the report below.

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