Middle East

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Jack Fairweather On Why We Couldn’t Win The War Or The Peace In Afghanistan

  In its earliest days, the American-led war in Afghanistan appeared to be a triumph — a "good war" in comparison to the debacle in Iraq. It has since turned into one of the longest and most costly wars in U.S. history. The story of how this good war went so bad may well turn out to be a defining tragedy of the 21st century — yet as acclaimed war correspondent Jack Fairweather explains, it should also give us reason to hope.

In The Good War, Fairweather provides the first full narrative history of the war in Afghanistan, from the 2001 invasion to the 2014 withdrawal.

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Congressional Corner
12:40 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Congressional Corner With Peter Welch

  The situation in the Middle East is volatile.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the U.S. is still paying for a bad decision in 2003.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Carter, Begin, And Sadat At Camp David

  Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day.

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Hudson Valley News
4:33 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Bard And West Point To Present Panel On The Middle East

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Bard College and U.S. Military Academy at West Point are teaming up for a panel Monday on challenges in the Middle East.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Herbert London: Middle East Scorpions

The old story of the scorpion and the frog is pertinent yet again. A scorpion says to a frog, “will you escort me across the Red Sea? The frog replies, “Are you crazy, you will bite me and I will drown. The scorpion notes if I bite you and you drown I will drown as well since I cannot swim. The frog, persuaded by the logic, reconsiders and asks the scorpion to hop on his back as he starts to swim across the sea. Half way to his destination, the scorpion bites him. As the frog descends, he says to the scorpion, “why would you do this? Now we will both die.” The scorpion replies: “Because this is the Middle East.”

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

8/27/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
US Allies
Climate Accord
No NYT Endorsement
If Britain Were a State...
Legroom Fight

Commentary & Opinion
12:47 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Herbert London: The War With Palestinians

The “Palestinian cause” is once again on the front burner of U.N. deliberations because of the war between Israel and Hamas. Moreover, this cause has for decades formed the pan Arab solidarity rallying cry. Yet, remarkably, Arab states rather than rectify “the problem” exacerbate it with perpetual conflict that serves a political goal, but no practical purpose for the hapless constituents in the area.

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Hudson Valley News
2:59 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Psychological First Aid Is Practiced In The Middle East

Dr. James Halpern, director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health
Credit SUNY New Paltz

Trauma experts from the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz recently returned from their second trip to the Middle East. They directed workshops for Palestinians and Israelis. The work was in crisis counseling and psychological first aid. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the institute director Dr. James Halpern.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Congressional Corner With Bill Owens

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    Fighting between Israel and Hamas has distressed much of the world.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there are no easy answers.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

"The Wrong Enemy" By Carlotta Gall

    Carlotta Gall covers Afghanistan for the New York Times. Her new book is called The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014.

Highly critical of Pakistan, it offers new information about how Islamabad has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan, and how Pakistan's intelligence agency may have helped Osama bin Laden hide out in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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