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Boston Bombing Trial Finally Gets A Date For Opening Statements

February 25, 2015 by

GettyImages_166665571.jpgWhoWhatWhy’s Boston Marathon Bombing team reports on the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, from the courthouse and beyond: Read full story…


Boston Bombing Trial Finally Gets A Date For Opening Statements

February 25, 2015 by

After 21 days of jury selection in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial for the Boston Marathon Bombing, the court has finally set a date for the opening statements.

Boston Bombing Investigation

UPDATE: Portland Votes For the Police State

February 23, 2015 by

The city of Portland, Oregon will fully rejoin the FBI-led Joint Counterterrorism Task Force, after being the lone holdout nationwide. In doing so, Portland rejoins a network of 104 such multi-agency units which have proliferated the federal government’s national security mandate to the local level in force since the 9/11 attacks.

Police State, Rights, Threats to Democracy

Meet The Big Wallets Pushing Obama Towards A New Cold War

February 23, 2015 by

As President Obama mulls sending weaponry to the post-coup government in Ukraine, what’s driving America’s hard line against Russia? The bottom line. Christian Stork investigates.

Big Money, International, War & Peace

Boston Bombing: Rare Opportunity to Hear the Tsarnaev Case in Action

February 20, 2015 by

On Feb. 19, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals heard Dzhohar Tsarnaev’s argument why his trial for the Marathon Bombing should be moved from Boston. Since the media is barred from recording the proceedings in his trial, the oral arguments before the appeals court offer a unique opportunity to actually hear the case in action. Listen in to decide for yourself if the three-judge panel was persuaded by the arguments put forth by both sides.

AudioVisual, Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights

Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Slim Chance of Moving His Trial from Boston

February 19, 2015 by

Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s multiple attempts to move his trial out of the city he’s accused of traumatizing finally got a hearing at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. The same court has told him to stay put once, by a vote of 2-1. Thursday’s arguments before the same judges didn’t seem to reveal a change in sentiment. WhoWhatWhy’s Andy Thibault reports.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights

WhoWhatWhy’s 2016 Presidential Election News Feed

February 16, 2015 by

Following the candidates and the controversies with a WhoWhatWhy view. Want beauty contests and horse races? You won’t find them here. The stories which help you make a real judgment? Here’s where you start.

Politics, Presidential Election
Kurdish pesh merga fighters.

The Radical Experiment in Democracy That Defeated the Islamic State in Syria

February 13, 2015 by

The American allies that beat back a five-month Islamic State onslaught on the Syria-Turkey border are running a bold experiment in democracy started by … terrorists. From Istanbul, Victor Kotsev examines the Kurdish warrior-democrats doing Washington’s heavy lifting.

International, War & Peace

Appeals Court Will Hear Tsarnaev’s Change of Venue Request

February 12, 2015 by

The First Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Boston Marathon Bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s argument that he can’t get a fair trial in Boston. Don’t hold your breath for any revelations though: the appellate court has forbidden lawyers for either side to talk about the details at the heart of the argument.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Rights, Threats to Democracy
Revere, Mass., Chief of Police Joseph Cafarelli after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

BOSTON WRONGED: Hollywood Twists Boston

February 12, 2015 by

Hollywood has never let the truth get in the way of a good story. One cop’s tale about Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture is a sterling example. Joanne Potter points out the plot holes.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Threats to Democracy
Mine work being carried away from Turkey’s largest mining accident.

How Turkey’s Dirty Energy Boom Left 432 Children Fatherless

February 11, 2015 by

Turkey’s rush to privatize state assets and mine its natural resources is turning a nation blessed with tremendous clean energy potential into a dirtier one. And it’s not just the environment that’s polluted. James Ryan investigates from Istanbul.

Big Money, Business, Earth

Here’s What the Boston Bombing Trial Judge Thinks a Good Juror Looks Like

February 10, 2015 by

Once again, the judge in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial is insisting that there will be no problem seating an impartial jury in the city traumatized by the attack. His latest motion denying the defense’s request to move the trial holds up one juror as a shining example of fair-mindedness. Andy Thibault looks at some of the juror’s statements which didn’t make it into the judge’s ruling.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights

RadioWHO Episode 4: The American Dream’s “Golden Cage” for Immigrants

February 8, 2015 by

The U.S. is the only home of the “American Dream,” a concept still so powerful that millions of illegal immigrants take grave risks to achieve just a tiny semblance of it. RadioWHO host Guillermo Jimenez interviews filmmaker Diego Quemada-Diez about his award-winning film examining the phenomenon, originally entitled “The Golden Cage.” It will debut on HBO this summer as “The Golden Dream.” Which is it? That depends on how you translate it.


Explosive Saudi 9/11 Evidence Still Ignored By Media

February 6, 2015 by

Zacarias Moussaoui, the al Qaeda operative dubbed the “20th hijacker,” has given explosive testimony alleging substantial Saudi royal family support for al Qaeda right up until the Sept. 11 attacks. There may be some question about whether Moussaoui is telling the truth, but there’s plenty of evidence out there that the mainstream media has ignored for years. Russ Baker investigates.

Deep Politics, Media Fail

Congressman’s Prescription for Vets: A Joint a Day to Keep the PTSD Away

February 5, 2015 by

It may not be high on the Congressional agenda, but Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants to change the law that prohibits veterans from getting medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Joseph L. Flatley looks at one attempt to hack away at the federal government’s Reefer Madness bureaucracy.

Health Science and Technology, The Odd, War & Peace

Tsarnaev Defense’s Sisyphean Task: Moving the Marathon Bombing Trial

February 4, 2015 by

Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense is trying to get his death penalty trial moved again. This time, they’ve asked an appeals court to overrule the presiding judge’s obstinate objections to taking the trial out of Boston. Lara Turner explains.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights