Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Countering extremism in Central Asia
By  • 24 January 2019
More people joined the Islamic State from former Soviet republics than from any other region outside the Middle East. On this special edition of Global Journalist, a look at what drew so many fighters from…
Insurgents, poor schools plague northern Nigeria
By  • 14 June 2018
Back in 2014 there was an enormous international outcry after Islamic militants from the group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female high school students the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. Four years later, more than…
Egypt's staged election
By  • 8 March 2018
Egypt will hold a presidential election at the end of this month. But there’s little drama about who will actually win. President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led a 2013 coup against the country’s first democratically elected…
After ISIS, the Kurdish question
By  • 15 February 2018
The Kurds have played a key role in the Syrian war. With U.S. military aid, a Kurdish militia called the YPG has done a large share of the ground fighting that has led to the…
The looted antiquities trade
By  • 14 December 2017
Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums. Millions of dollars worth of artifacts have disappeared, with some resurfacing for sale in Europe…
Finding Syria's disappeared
By  • 9 November 2017
Since the start of the Syrian war, a remarkable 100,000 people have gone missing - a distinct figure from the estimated 400,000 confirmed killed. Of the missing, some may be alive and held secretly in…
Syrian survivor aids case against Assad
By  • 9 November 2017
Assad's government seeks to 'wipe memories' of those who survive Syria's secret prisons Since the start of protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the 2011 Arab Spring, Assad's regime has detained thousands of protesters, opposition…
Renewed threat from chemical, biological weapons
By  • 15 June 2017
In April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air force dropped bombs containing sarin nerve gas on a rebel area in northern Syria. Around 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured, including a number of children.…
Spanish correspondent survived wars, ISIL captivity
By  • 2 August 2016
Marc Marginedas has covered some of the world's most brutal conflicts, and has the psychological scars to prove it. The first thing to know about Marc Marginedas is that he has gone on living. The…
The cyberwar on the Islamic State
By  • 5 May 2016
The fight against the Islamic State isn’t just taking place on the ground or in the skies of Iraq or Libya. It’s also on the Internet. Indeed the Islamic State has used apps like Twitter,…
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