The Case for Intervention in Libya; Hearings on Radicalization at Home

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A rebel militiaman is brought into a hospital after being seriously wounded on the frontline on March 8, 2011 near Ras Lanuf, Libya. (John Moore/Getty)

As some of the heaviest fighting occurs between Libyan rebels and Gadhafi loyalists, a case for intervention grows; some Muslim Americans are enraged over a congressional hearing on radicalization in the U.S. while others support the idea; gauging the coverage of the hearing in the Middle East; SEC officials also called in front of Congress over Madoff dealings; two former CIA agents share a love story; Discovery and the future of space exploration; your take on Libya intervention and Muslim hearing; and the solitary state of the modern world. 

Top of the Hour: Heavy Fighting in Libya, Morning Headlines

The New York Times David Kirkpatrick reports from Tripoli where he has been holed up in a hotel waiting for Col. Gadhafi, who said he was going to meet with reporters: Gadhafi has yet to show up. Meanwhile, Libyans are waiting to see if there will be international intervention in their country.


Libya: How to Intervene?

The debate continues over how the international community should respond to events in Libya, where Col. Moammar Gadhafi has been killing rebel forces and Libyan civilians. There are, of course, many risks to imposing a no-fly zone, which would a significant military commitment in the region and, already, some high-level military officials have warned against that. But more and more people in Washington and in the Middle East are seeing a distressing scenario in Libya that calls for intervention. Is a no-fly zone the best way to intervene?


Fighting Continues in Libya

While the international community considers how to intervene in Libya, violence continues to escalate in the country. Takeaway listeners had a lot to say about how the U.S. should respond. John Paul from Detroit Michigan says, "Despite the cost of the string on the military I would do the no-fly zone ASAP in Libya. I just hope it helps and doesn't hurt our reputation. Of course it'd be a lot easier if we were not already in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Much of the heavy fighting has been taking place in the the oil rich-city of Ras Lanuf, where the BBC's John Simpson has the latest.


SEC and Madoff: A Conflict of Interest?

The Securities and Exchange Commission has received criticism for its incompetence in catching Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, and now it faces an investigation in Congress. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will be calling in two key SEC players for a thorough grilling. David Becker, former general counsel for the SEC will have to answer questions regarding his involvement with Madoff as an investor, and SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro will have to answer why she allowed Becker to work on Madoff matters. Did the SEC have a conflict of interest in dealing with Madoff? 


The Spy Who Loved Me: A True Life Story

When we think of spies in love, we might imagine the wacky but passionate Boris and Natasha. Alternatively, we might think of Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, depicting Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson in the movie “Fair Game.” But what’s life really like for an undercover couple? Robert Baer and Dayna Baer know. They are two dedicated CIA agents, who had more or less given up on their personal lives, but fell in love on a mission to Sarajevo.

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Discovery's Final Frontier?

When the space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center later today, its odometer will read somewhere in the neighborhood of 150,000,000 miles. The shuttle has flown 39 missions in its 27 year career. After today's landing, it will retire on planet earth. With Discovery's retirement, an era of American space exploration comes to a close; and, due to political and economic realities at home, future chapters remain in doubt. Yesterday, the US National Research Council reported that two planned rover missions to Mars, which NASA intended to launch along with ESA in 2018, may be about $1 billion outside of the U.S. budget.


Top of the Hour: Congressional Hearings on the 'Radicalization of Muslims', Morning Headlines

Libya has seen continued violence as the international community considers how to respond. The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick reports from Tripoli.

Here in the U.S., Congress will hold hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims on Thursday. Takeaway listener, Steve called from Denver to say: “If Peter King is going to investigate home grown terror. What about the groups in America and that led to Timothy McVeigh bombing Oklahoma City or  the guy that flew his single airplane into the ATF building. And other home grown radical groups, and are they up for investigation too?”


In Support of Hearings on the 'Radicalization of Muslims'

Congressman Peter King's (R-NY) controversial hearings, which begin Thursday, on the radicalization of American Muslim youths, is being met with tremendous anger from Muslims nationwide. But one Muslim American who is in favor of these hearings is Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He believes whatever we have done to battle the radicalization of Muslim youth in America has not worked, and says "we need to figure out a new strategy."

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Al Jazeera on Reporting the American Muslim Radicalization Hearings

On Thursday, the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Republican Congressman Peter King, is scheduled to hold a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims. Earlier, we spoke with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative, who was concerned that the coverage of the hearing in the Muslim world could further damage the relationship between America and Islam. Such concerns are surely connected to the media in the Middle East. How will the hearings be covered in the Muslim world? 


Arizona: 'It's Like the Old Wild West'

Two months have passed since the deadly shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead, thirteen wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and a nation shaken. In response to that horrific event, many proposals are out there to reform gun laws — but not all of them are what you might expect. In Arizona, there are a number of bills under discussion that would expand gun rights, including allowing concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses. How are Arizona residents reacting to this trend?

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Clashes in Egypt as Christians, Women Protest

As the civil unrest moves from regime changing to nation building in Egypt, the challenge of protecting minorities, religious and ethnic has come to the fore. Protests turned violent Wednesday in Cairo, with men attacking women and Muslims attacking Christians. Hundreds of Egyptian women, who were demonstrating to demand equal rights, were met with verbal and physical abuse. Thousands of Christians also took to the streets, demonstrating against persecution they believe they are receiving from the Muslim majority.


Jonathan Coe on 'The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim'

In today’s world, it’s not unusual to wake up alone, drive to work alone, and eat our meals alone. It’s expected that most of our communicating will take place through machines, rather than face to face. And it’s not unusual for us to develop relationships with those machines, whether they’re our cell phones or GPS devices. But what does all this isolation do to us? And does technology make our isolation better or worse?


Report from 'Free Libya'

The mood in Benghazi is one of  "grim determination," says BBC reporter, Pascale Harter, reporting from Benghazi. The opposition has said that their most powerful weapon is their determination, so this flagging morale is concerning, she says. Meanwhile people are calling for the international community to step in with a no-fly zone.

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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns Following Video Sting

NPR's president and CEO, Vivian Schiller has resigned following the release of a video in which NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller questioned whether NPR needs federal funding and spoke out against conservatives and Tea Party members. Vivian Schiller came under fire last year following the dismissal of political analyst Juan Williams. This shakeup comes at a time when federal funding for NPR is threatened. Brooke Gladstone, host of "On The Media" explains the latest news.


21 Priests on Leave Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has put 21 of its priests on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse or improper behavior with minors. This move follows a two-year investigation by a Philadelphia grand jury. "I know that for many people, their trust in the church has been shaken," said Cardinal Justin Rigali.

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