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Next Steps For Al Jazeera America | Al Jazeera

January 23, 2013

"There is an embedded, ongoing discomfort with Al Jazeera because of people's internal biases about the Arab world after September 11, a discomfort due to misinformation and untruths," said Steve Clemons, the founder of the New America Foundation's ...


The Deafening Silence on Climate Change

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
November 4, 2012 |

The Economist, no radical rag, wrote in 2011 that, looking back 100 years from now, the only important question about our current historical moment will be "whether or not we did anything to arrest climate change".

But you would not know it from the prevailing political discourse in the US. Climate change remains the great unmentionable on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, and the mainstream media is doing precious little to call politicians out over their shameful silence.

Saving 'Lyin' Ryan'

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
September 3, 2012 |

No doubt about it, Paul Ryan's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention the other night was a daring display, especially for a guy with his last name. If Ryan keeps spouting so many blatant and easily checkable lies, the temptation to comedy show and newspaper headline writers will be too much for frail mortals to bear: The Republican vice presidential nominee may soon find himself branded "Lyin' Ryan". 

The Biggest Climate Victory You Never Heard Of

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
May 29, 2012 |

Coal is going down in the United States, and that's good news for the Earth's climate. The US Energy Information Administration has announced that coal, the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive conventional fossil fuel, generated only 36 per cent of US electricity in the first quarter of 2012. That amounts to a staggering 20 per cent decline from one year earlier. And the EIA anticipates additional decline by year's end, suggesting a historic setback for coal, which has provided the majority of the US' electricity for many decades.

How Tough Should the U.S. Be On Immigration? | Al Jazeera

April 27, 2012

Joining presenter Anand Naidoo on Inside Story: US 2012 to discuss this are guests: Tamar Jacoby, a Republican and the president of ImmigrationWorks USA; Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies; and Alessandra Soler-Meetz, the executive director of the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Facebook At Eight | Al Jazeera

February 3, 2012

Included in Evgeny Morozov's book The Net Delusion is a chapter entitled "Why the KGB Wants You to Join Facebook". In it, Morozov describes an example from Belarus in which a university student who was was interrogated found that authorities had mined ...

Why We Need to Stop SOPA and PIPA | Al Jazeera

January 16, 2012

Scholars of online censorship, like Rebecca MacKinnon at the New America Foundation, worry that SOPA may be popular with the Chinese government as with the copyright holders who are lobbying for the bill. US law already permits the seizure of domestic ...

Exxon 'Loses' Venezuela Nationalisation Case | Al Jazeera

January 6, 2012

"Traditionally, Exxon is very litigious," Steve LeVine, professor of energy security at Georgetown University, told Al Jazeera. "This whole exercise is about Exxon sending a signal around the world to anyone who would attempt to mess with their ...

The Assads: An Iron-Fisted Dynasty | Al Jazeera

December 8, 2011

This "allowed Bashar to be seen as someone on the right side of a true 'hot button' issue for most ordinary Syrians," writes Flynt Leverett in his book, Inheriting Syria - Bashar's Trial by Fire. The Syrian constitution had to be amended to allow ...

Lebanon's Intelligence War | Al Jazeera

December 1, 2011

Sascha Meinrath, director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative, told Al Jazeera that it is "quite feasible" to access a mobile operating centre remotely, thus able to install backdoors, install software to monitor or manipulate ...

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