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Free Speech In Egypt, Where A Tweet Can Mean Indictment

Former President Mohammed Morsi is not the only Egyptian citizen under indictment by the military-led government that ousted him. Former lawmaker and political scientist Amr Hamzawy was also recently charged — in his case, for insulting the judiciary in a tweet. Robert Siegel speaks with Hamzawy about the state of freedoms in Egypt under military rule.
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In Israeli Prison, An Elaborate Theater Of Interrogation

Palestinian Ala'a Miqbel thought he was going for a brief interview with Israeli security for a permit for work travel to the West Bank. Instead, he was arrested and taken to prison. There, he met Palestinian informants known as "sparrows," who masquerade as fellow prisoners and elicit information for the Israelis.
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New Orleans' Former Mayor Ray Nagin In Court For Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is on trial, facing federal bribery charges. Host Michel Martin speaks with New Orleans reporter Eileen Fleming about the case, and the controversial man at the center of the storm.
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John Podesta: Obama Has 'Warmed Up' To Executive Orders

President Obama is expected to work around Congress more this year. One of the things he will do is issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers. Steve Inskeep talks to presidential adviser John Podesta about Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
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Virginia Textbook Tweak Stirs Naming Dispute Over Asian Sea

Kojo explores the international dispute touched off by a Virginia General Assembly bill that would require Virginia's textbooks to note that the Sea of Japan is also known as the "East Sea."

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What's At Stake In El Salvador's Presidential Election

Salvadorans will vote Feb. 2 for a new president, with absentee ballots cast for the first time by expats. We explore the impact on Washington's big Salvadoran community.

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Shaping The City: Architecture And Empty Spaces

As parking lots, community gardens and abandoned buildings give way to development, we explore the city's disappearing empty spaces.

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The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Prickly relations between the U.S. and Islamabad are becoming even thornier because of one issue: the case of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in 2011. Afridi is seen as a hero by many Americans, but that didn't deter Pakistan from jailing him for alleged militant ties. The U.S. Congress is withholding $33 million in aid to Pakistan until the doctor is freed. But Afridi's lawyer fears this tactic will antagonize Islamabad. He urgently wants Afridi freed, warning that the doctor is at severe risk of being killed by fellow prisoners.
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At Syria Talks, Sides Meet In Person — But Don't See Eye To Eye

At the Syrian peace talks, government and opposition representatives held their first face-to-face discussion about a political transition — but by the end of the day, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi had no progress to report. He urged both sides to focus on the desperate humanitarian situation facing Syrians in several besieged cities.
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On Different Frequencies, Two Sides Of Syrian Media Clash

For the first time, the Syrian peace conference brought the rival sides together, while Syria's competing media delegations faced off at even closer range. Pro-government and pro-rebel journalists reported on the same events for the first time, side by side. They sparred, traded insults and even threw some punches in a media war that is as hot as the fighting on the ground.

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