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January 10th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

View from Europe: U.S. elections

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Filed under: backstory • Europe • Interviews • journalists • politics • U.S.
Sectarian divide in Israel
January 6th, 2012
06:12 PM ET

Sectarian divide in Israel

Last week, we told you about the nasty sectarian battle brewing in Israel between ultra-Orthodox extremists and more moderate religious Jews. Well as Kevin Flower reports, the debate definitely isn’t going away.


Filed under: backstory • Interviews • Israel • journalists • Religion • Uncategorized
January 6th, 2012
03:29 AM ET

The high cost of running for U.S. President and super PAC's

It costs a lot to run for U.S. president, but this year’s campaigns are spending less on advertising and benefitting from a new form of financing called super Political Action Committees or super PAC’s.

Fionnuala Sweeney talked with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the powerful new player in the race for president.



Filed under: backstory • journalists • politics • U.S.
December 30th, 2011
03:58 AM ET

The importance of the Strait of Hormuz

CNN's Tim Lister explains why the Strait of Hormuz is so strategically important and why tensions are rising there.


Filed under: backstory • Iran • Iraq • journalists • U.S.
December 24th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

Christmas in Pakistan

CNN's Reza Sayah talks to Pakistani locals about what Christmas means to them.


Filed under: asia • backstory • journalists • Religion
December 22nd, 2011
03:31 PM ET

North Korea: Living in Fear

North Korean state media have broadcast images of a grief-stricken nation. But we wanted to find out how ordinary North Koreans feel about their nation's future. Senior International Correspondent Stan Grant found a North Korean living in the Chinese border city of Dandong who spoke frankly about what life is really like in the so-called Hermit Kingdom.


Filed under: asia • backstory • China • Interviews • journalists • North Korea • Stan Grant
December 22nd, 2011
03:41 AM ET

The Death Toll from Tropical Storm Washi soars in the Philippines

 The Philippines is burying its dead and struggling to recover. Tropical storm Washi (known locally as Sendong) hit the southern portion of the country over the weekend, killing more than a thousand people and leaving thousands more homeless.  The storm triggered flash floods and sent massive logs down hillsides, which flattened everything in their path. There’s speculation that illegal logging contributed to the devastation.

Back|Story producers Chris and Nadia talked to Mari Ramos and Taylor at the CNN World Weather Center about the storm’s path and why it did so much damage.

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Filed under: asia • backstory • Interviews • journalists • Philippines • Science and Technology • weather
December 20th, 2011
08:25 PM ET

Images of Iraq and the stories behind them

Nine years after it began, the war in Iraq has come to a close.  But the images from that conflict continue to tell a powerful and dramatic story of a country going through an enormous evolution.

Photographer Ben Lowy spent time working in Iraq during the war.  He's put some of his iconic images together in a pair of books titled "Iraq Perspectives."  Errol Barnett recently sat down to talk to Ben about his work and what it was like to be a witness to the conflict.

You can see more photographs by Ben Lowy on the CNN Photo Blog. For more on his career, check out his website: http://benlowy.com


Filed under: Interviews • Iraq • Iraq War • journalists • photography • Uncategorized
December 20th, 2011
05:17 PM ET

Giving a Voice to Abused Women

Raped, beaten and abused. Afghan women have suffered in silence for years. But a television show called "The Mask" is finally giving them the opportunity to speak out. Producer Sami Mahdi first introduced "The Mask" last year. On the show, women wear masks to conceal their identity as they talk openly about the injustices they've suffered. CNN's Arwa Damon took us behind the scenes of the show earlier this year.

A few weeks ago, we touched base again with producer Sami Mahdi to find out what the show has achieved over the last year.

 

And now to another story of injustice that played out recently in Afghanistan. A woman named Gulnaz was imprisoned for adultery after a married relative raped her. She was recently pardoned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Gulnaz talked about her heartbreaking ordeal with our Nick Paton Walsh from a safe house in Afghanistan.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Arwa Damon • asia • backstory • Interviews • journalists • Uncategorized
December 16th, 2011
03:41 PM ET

Reflections on the Iraq War

After nearly nine years in Iraq, the United States military is packing up its gear and bringing its troops home.  The U.S. says the war is over, and Iraq is now a stable, sovereign country.  If you ask Iraqis how they feel after almost nine years of occupation, the answer is not so cut and dry.

Arwa Damon and Michael Holmes have been covering the war since the beginning.  John Vause talked with them to help put it all in perspective.

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Check out this link to see some pictures from Michael Holmes after he recently visited a camp for displaced people in Taji, Iraq.


Filed under: Arab World • Arwa Damon • backstory • Interviews • Iraq • Iraq War • John Vause • journalists • Michael Holmes • U.S.
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