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May 2011 · Foreign Relations
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Jim Zirin speaks with Steven Cook.

He answers some key questions about the Middle East: Did Obama really throw Israel under the bus? Is it dangerous to prosecute Mubarak? Can we break the stalemate in Libya? What’s going on in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi, which are far more vital to U.S. interests than Libya? The CFR expert tells how the Twitter Revolution will play out in a post bin Laden world where the boxscore currently stands at Autocrats: Six, Protesters: Two.

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May 2011 · WikiLeaks
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Jim Zirin speaks with James Goodale.

Goodale, lawyer for the New York Times in the legendary Pentagon Papers case, explains that the Supreme Court’s landmark decision handed down in June 1971, holding the press had the right  to publish classified leaked Defense Department documents, renders untenable the prosecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.

May 2011 · Foreign Relations
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Jim Zirin speaks with Julia Sweig.

Brazil, long disparaged as the “country of the future,” has become the world’s seventh largest economy with an astonishing  growth rate of 7.5%; its first female President, Dilma Rousseff, is talking turkey with Obama and Hu Jintao; and its free press and social media have turned it into a vibrant democracy. Julia tells Jim Zirin what has happened to Brazil…and why.

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