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Dec 2011 · Journalism
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Jim Zirin speaks with David Westin.


David Westin enjoyed 14 eventful years as president of ABC News. He covered the death of Princess Diana, the 2000 tied election, 9/11, two wars and the financial crisis. Now he has a new venture.He tells Jim of his strategic plan and predicts that the Internet will never eclipse the mainstream media.

Dec 2011 · Foreign Relations
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Jim Zirin speaks with Elizabeth Economy.

China has almost 500 million citizens using the Net. Yet, the government blocks or filters many sites and keywords. The Council on Foreign Relations China hand has just returned from Beijing where she saw a more humbled and fearful China. She tells Jim that its bloggers will survive the censor.

Dec 2011 · e-Commerce
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Jim Zirin speaks with Cecilia Gardner.

Cecilia  was a top narcotics prosecutor putting bad guys in jail. Now, as head of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, she is chasing fraudsters who sell fake diamonds on the Internet. She tells Jim  that millions of dollars in diamonds change hands every day online in legitimate transactions, but you have to be careful.

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Dec 2011 · Foreign Relations
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Jim Zirin speaks with Elliott Abrams.

Obama wants to “pivot” toward Asia. But has he forgotten Iran? Elliott Abrams, Deputy National Security Adviser in the Bush administration, discusses the sobering possibility of a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear plants. How would such a strike be carried out? From the air?  A covert operation? Or a Stuxnet cyber attack. He tells Jim there really is a military option.

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