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.

Al Qaeda Leader, Somalia-Based Terror Group Present New Messages | CNN

April 20, 2014

Peter Bergen, an authority on terrorism who interviewed the late Osama bin Laden and is a CNN national security analyst, said that this Al-Shabaab threat has to be taken seriously. "We certainly can't dismiss their ability to carry out those kinds of ...

When the Internet Dies, Meet the Meshnet That Survives | NewScientist

April 19, 2014

The Wi-Fi routers we are using and the software that binds them into a mesh are part of a networking toolkit called Commotion, developed by the Open Technology Institute (OTI) in Washington DC. This drill is not their first mesh though.

"Immediately after the storm, people came to the Red Hook Initiative because they knew it was a place where they could get online and reach out to their families," says Georgia Bullen of the OTI. The institute added more routers to the network to boost its range over the following three weeks while the power was out.

Drone Strike In Yemen Kills Suspected Al Qaeda Militants | CNN

April 19, 2014

So far this year, including Saturday's strike, there have been eight drone attacks in the country, according to Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst. Only this week, Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said that Yemen could handle the al ...

How Big Chicken Took Over America | Al Jazeera America

April 18, 2014

None of this comes as a surprise to Christopher Leonard, a fellow at the New America Foundation and author of the recently released book “The Meat Racket,” a stunning history of the rise of Tyson Foods — the world's largest meat company, spanning beef ...

Illinois Schools Get Waiver from No Child Left Behind Progress Mandate | Chicago Sun-Times

April 18, 2014

No Child Left Behind “was completely out of sync with what was happening on the ground in districts,” said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst with the Washington, D.C.-based New America Foundation. “It was completely insane that you would have 100 percent of students in Illinois or any schools being proficient in Common Core assessments that are more rigorous and more challenging.”

The waiver is “resetting the clock and allowing the state to identify schools that are really struggling with the new standards” instead of labeling so many schools as failing, she said.

At Long Last, Illinois Approved for No Child Left Behind Waiver | Education Week

April 18, 2014

Still, the approval is a big departure, said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation and all-around waiver wizard.

"One of the only things in the waivers that has been a hard and fast rule is that, by 2015-16, you need to have a teacher-evaluation system in place," Hyslop said. "Are we seeing willingness to negotiate on the timeline that we haven't seen before?"

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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 ...

Education Department Offers Draft PLUS Loans Rule | POLITICO Pro

April 17, 2014

“That will definitely be an issue that’s hard, considering the stakeholders at the table involved,” said Rachel Fishman, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation who closely tracks the issue.

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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 ...

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.

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:

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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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 ...

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.

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