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  • The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland

    This book is the author's "account of a fifteen -year journey with the Kurds of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran, beginning in 1991 in refugee camps in the mountains and ending in 2005 n the corridors of power in the Green Zone in Iraq. It is an intimate portrayal of an independence-seeking people.."
  • Trail of Terror: Jihad in Iraq

    This story examines the insurgency in Iraq from multiple perspectives. It focuses solely on foreign fighters coming into Iraq to join Abu Musab Zarqawi's forces, but the investigation follows insurgents coming in from Europe, Lebanon, Syria and America. The story explores these fighters' motives and reveals that their convictions are driven by U.S. policy and Muslim solidarity rather than hatred of freedom or socioeconomic factors. It includes interviews with experts, jihadis and their family members, and military commanders.
  • The Broken Promise

    TV-4 investigated the use of the N379P airplane and found that it is used to carry suspected terrorists to Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, etc, where they are brutally interrogated. They also uncovered that Sweden has secretly been part of the "extraordinary rendition" operation, which tortures and interrogates "suspects" even though some are eventually freed and cleared of all charges.
  • "U.S. accused of torture flights," "American Gulag"

    This investigation by Grey, a free-lance writer, reveals how U.S. intelligence agencies are flying terrorist suspects to countries with poor human rights records to interrogate them. Though the American government denies allegations of using such "torture by proxy" tactics, confidential travel logs detail trips to Egypt, Syria and Uzbekistan where witnesses say the prisoners are tortured.
  • Ties to Terrorism

    ABC 7 News Chicago tells the story of Nabil Al-Marabh, a native of Syria who was arrested in Chicago after 9/11 on suspicion of having strong ties to terrorists. ABC 7 found that "Al-Marabh's movements frequently intersected with bin Laden's top operatives," including some of the September 11 hijackers.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Lewis Simons and Lynn Johnson travel around the world to give weapons of mass destruction a human face. They visit with survivors of Hiroshima, bio-weapon scientists from Russia and government officials in Iran. The piece attempts to quantify and qualify the threat of a biological, chemical or nuclear attack on the United States but the authors conclude it's practically impossible.
  • Shopping with Saddam Hussein

    A Commentary investigation sheds light on how Iraq has been smuggling weapons in the 90s, using middlemen in Jordan, and violating the international restrictions imposed after the Gulf War. The reporters base their findings on confidential UN reports, which have never been published. The article details how Iraqi delegations have negotiated purchases of parts, weapons or technical assistance from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Romania. Firms from these countries participated in shady arms deals negotiations and were ready to sell weapons and missile parts in violation of the embargo. Reporters however have found no clear proof for the realization of the deals.
  • Shadow Over Lockerbie

    "On December 21, 1988, 270 people died in the worst-ever act of air terrorism against the U.S. - the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Eleven years later, two alleged members of the Libyan Intelligence Service are scheduled to face trial starting in February, 2000. Relatives of the victims sway they're pleased that the Lockerbie case will finally get a thorough hearing in a court room. Many are convinced of the Libyan's guilt. Others are skeptical."
  • Turkey's War on the Kurds

    At 25 million, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without their own state. With a similar language, religion, and culture, the Kurds have lived for thousands of years in an area that is now part of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and the former Soviet Union. The civil strife in Turkey has received comparatively little coverage in the U.S. media. It is almost as though there are two sets of Kurds - the Kurds in Iraq, who seem to be viewed as the "good" Kurds because they oppose Saddam, and the Kurds in Turkey, who are "bad" because they oppose a U.S. ally. It doesn't seem to matter that there are four times as many Kurds in Turkey, or that both populations have suffered repression from their respective governments.
  • Passing the Buck Dept.: The Supernote

    New Yorker magazine reports that "A near-perfect counterfeit hundred-dollar bill is coming out of the Middle East. Is it an act of economic terrorism? And can the Treasury stop it? ... (The Supernote) had surfaced around 1990.. and, as far as (Secret Service) agents could determine between two and three billion dollars' worth had been printed in two years..."