New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Putting Community Colleges To Work | Inside Higher Ed

April 17, 2014

“It's moving in the right direction,” said Mary Alice McCarthy, a senior policy analyst for the New America Foundation, who previously worked for both the Labor and Education Departments. President Obama and Vice President Biden talked up the workforce ...

CNN Op-Ed Claims Right-Wingers 'More Deadly Than Jihadists' | Washington Times

April 16, 2014

CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen and the New America Foundation's David Sterman, who co-wrote the article, say that right-wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11, in contrast to the 21 ...

Did The United States Miss Top Al Qaeda Meeting In Yemen? | CNN

April 16, 2014

There was one on April 1, so it's not like the drone program is being suspended," Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst, told "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "It seems to me we don't know for a fact if they did or did not know about this ...

Right-wing Radicals Linked to Lethal Violence | The Rachel Maddow Show

April 15, 2014

On the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings, Rachel Maddow discusses how right-wing extremists have carried out more domestic terror attacks than jihadists since September 11th.

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Video Shows Large Al Qaeda Meeting In Yemen | CNN

April 15, 2014

"The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn't notice," said Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst. There is good reason to worry.

Programs:

Coup De Pouce Aux Dictateurs | La Presse

April 15, 2014

"Ces technologies de surveillance peuvent être utilisées à des fins légitimes par des forces policières, explique en entrevue Tim Maurer, chercheur au Open Technology Institute, à Washington. Dans certains pays, elles peuvent aussi être utilisées dans un but amoral, comme outil de répression politique et de violation des droits de l’homme."

Danielle Kehl, analyste des politiques à l’Open Technology Institute, signale que les pays occidentaux contrôlent déjà très bien les exportations vers les pays qui sont frappés par des sanctions officielles.

China's Latest Crackdown On Porn Has Little To Do With Porn | Quartz

April 14, 2014

“Historically in China … the technology used to censor porn has ended up being used more vigorously to censor political content than smut,” Rebecca MacKinnon, an expert on China's internet, wrote about a previous campaign in 2009. That year, several ...

Student Loan Borrowers' Costs To Jump As Education Department Reaps Huge ... | Huffington Post

April 14, 2014

Jason Delisle, director of the federal education budget project at the New America Foundation, said CBO figures show that the Pell Grant program will need more money to continue at present levels beginning in 2017. Assuming that Congress does not want ...

Parent PLUS Loans Under Scrutiny | Marketplace

April 14, 2014

But policy analyst Rachel Fishman with the New America Foundation worries it’s too easy for low and moderate income families to borrow too much, as they try to give their kids a better life.

“That really puts the federal government in a dangerous position of telling them, ‘Sure you can do that,’” she says. “'You can mortgage your future. You’re really close to retirement and we can garnish your Social Security, but fine, we’re gonna to let you take on a loan for $20,000, $30,000 dollars.’”

Afghanistan Election: Tight Race Between Two Candidates | CCTV

April 14, 2014

The Afghanistan elections have gained lots of attentions recently. CCTV’s Asieh Namdar is joined by Faiysal Ali Khan, associate fellow with the New America Foundation, to discuss the elections in Afghanistan, and these top two candidates.

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The Winners Of The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Are ... | The Los Angeles Times

April 12, 2014

Current Interest: “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink. Fiction: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki. Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: “We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo. Graphic Novel/Comics: “Today is the Last Day of the Rest of ...

Programs:

How to Survive an Internet Apocalypse

April 12, 2014

The goal was to create a “wireless mesh network”—a collective of radio nodes, each one equally responsible for routing the communications of connected users. The Practocalypse version of the network would be mobile and ad hoc, relying entirely on peer-to-peer connections between devices, rather than on centralized servers. It would be a bit like a neighborhood ham-radio club, except using cell phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

U.S. Gas Could Help Europe, But Not Yet | Voice Of America

April 12, 2014

When that happens, both Europe and America will benefit, according to energy writer and professor Steve LeVine. "The impact of putting [exporting] all this gas, and the signal that it's sending, is going to be to increase U.S. influence in the world ...

Kenyan Aid Workers Rescued In Somalia | CNN

April 11, 2014

In 2012, the two groups effectively merged, said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. Al-Shabaab hopes to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state, but has launched attacks in other countries as well. In 2010, Al-Shabaab claimed ...

Republicans Don’t Want America to Give Up Control of Web Addresses | TIME

April 10, 2014

“We share the DOTCOM Act sponsors’ goal of a free and open Internet,” New America Foundation Policy Director Kevin Bankston said, “but the bill actually threatens that goal and plays into the hands of those who want to use the Internet as an instrument of political control rather than preserve it as a global platform for free expression.”

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What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but Should) | The New York Times

April 9, 2014

“The term ‘need-blind admission’ has no official definition,” said Rachel Fishman, an education policy analyst at the New America Foundation. “It’s not in law anywhere. It’s just a mantle that the schools put on themselves.”

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Pakistan’s Truce with the Taliban Isn’t Keeping Other Insurgents from Blowing Stuff Up | VICE News

April 9, 2014

“This is just a demonstration that there are multiple anti-democratic forces and anti-state groups operating within Pakistan, and there isn’t any central command of authority,” Faiysal AliKhan, a fellow at the New America Foundation, told VICE News. He added that both of the recent attacks were the work of a relatively unknown separatist group from Balochistan.

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