Here’s the first post from WPRB’s new Washington correspondent, Walter Fick, who will be posting on the latest headlines in international relations and the political goings-on of DC. Check back early next week for Fick’s coverage of the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center.
west bank street // photo credit: phogel
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, said in an interview today that attempts by Palestine to declare independence next year could lead Israel to revoke prior peace agreements and annex portions of the West Bank. Though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has not released any official response to Lieberman’s comments, an official reportedly said that Israel’s long-standing policy is to respond unilaterally to any unilateral Palestinian actions.
Lieberman also emphasized that Israel will continue with plans to build settlements in the West Bank and lashed out at Turkey’s government. Israel and Turkey, another key US partner in the region, have strong economic and military ties but have been at odds Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan censured Israeli military actions in Gaza.
Lieberman told an Israeli newspaper that Erdogan’s actions have damaged decades of “excellent” ties between the two nations and that the Prime Minister is “slowly turning into Gadhafi or Hugo Chavez (the leaders of Libya and Venezuala).”
This latest saber-rattling comes in the midst of a well-publicized dispute between Israel and the White House. White House officials originally felt offended when Israel announced the construction of new settlements in Jerusalem during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the country last month. Since then, relations between the two allies have reportedly been tense, although Netanyahu sat down with Obama for several hours during his visit to the United States.
Israeli newspapers report that Netanyahu will return to Washington next week to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. No plans have been announced, however, for him to meet with either Obama or Erdogan during that time. The White House has also not yet commented on Lieberman’s interview.
From Discourse, Sunday April 12 at 12:00 pm EST, produced by Sophie Jin.
In this installment, Jin sits down with Jon Greenwald, Vice President of the International Crisis Group, to talk about about the repercussions of the US War on Terror in the Middle East and the role President Barack Obama has played in changing the diplomatic climate of the region.
Sunday at 12:00 pm EST, join producer Sophie Jin for an interview with Jon Greenwald, Vice President of the International Crisis Group and former director of the U.S. Department of State Office of Counter-Terrorism. Greenwald discusses the state of American involvement in the Middle East and how the Obama administration is shaping perspectives on America worldwide.
Then, at 12:30 pm EST, Nikki Leon and Alfred Miller take a look at a new technology, called “nanoimprint lithography,” developed by Princeton University scientist Stephen Chou. Nanoimprint lithography allows scientists to build structures on the tiniest scale—including ever-smaller microchips and special molds used in DNA sequencing. Miller speaks with Chou about his discoveries.
If you miss the broadcast or want to hear it a second time, come back here to listen to both episodes.
If you’ve tuned into cable news in the past few days, you’ve no doubt heard about how a young woman named Ashley Todd from Texas, who had been in Pittsburgh, PA working for the McCain campaign, claimed she had been assaulted by a “6’4″ black male”, who upon seeing her McCain/Palin bumper-sticker proceeded to scratch out a “B” (for Barack, we must presume) on her cheek.
Turns out she made the whole thing up. KDKA in Pittsburgh reports on what will probably go down as the most flagrant case of race-baiting this election cycle, if not in recent memory:
“Police say a campaign volunteer confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter B in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker; now she’s facing charges.
At a news conference this afternoon, officials said they believe that Ashley Todd’s injuries were self-inflicted.
Todd, 20, of Texas, is now facing charges for filing a false report to police.”
The whole incident is eerily similar to the Francisco Nava affair last December here at Princeton, which wound its way into the national press. From Time: Continue reading →
The Dispatch, WPRB’s weekly news magazine, premieres this Thursday at 5:00pm with coverage of Election 2008. The Dispatch will feature reports on the McCain and Obama campaigns and their efforts in New Jersey, local voters on the candidates and the issues, an exclusive look at robocalls in Pennsylvania and interviews with Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell of Princeton University, Peter H. Stone of The National Journal and New York Times columnist Frank Rich.
The program will be rebroadcast on Sunday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.