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Month of August , 2008
WTP 204: Gary McKinnon Loses Appeal, Emotibots, Portugal Courts Intel, Ancient Greek Calendar, and George Orwell a Blogger? August 1, 2008permalink
Lots to chew and stew on this week. We start with an Olympic back-and-forth over Internet access for foreign journalists. Then, an update on the case of British hacker Gary McKinnon. That's followed by a foray into the world of emotibots. We'll also hear about Portugal's decision to buy 500,000 Classmate computers from Intel. And what's more fun than a 2,000 year old Greek computer? Well, how about a blog written by George Orwell?
Today on The World: US officials worry that Pakistan's intelligence service is making matters worse in neighboring Afghanistan; Anglican bishops gather in England to try and sort out their differences over gay bishops and same sex unions; And we find out what it takes to fly more than 200 horses to the Olympics.
US concerns about Pakistan's intelligence service (3:30) August 1, 2008 download |permalink
Pakistani intelligence agents have long been suspected of helping extremist groups. But US officials allege that things are worse than ever now, and Washington's options are limited. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
An increase in attacks by insurgents in Afghanistan has destabilized the efforts of aid workers. Lisa Mullins speaks to Anja De Beer, Director of the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR).
Human Rights Watch International is challenging one of France's anti-terrorism laws. The group says the so-called 'criminal association' law can get a person in trouble for who he knows, and that's a violation of civil liberties. The World's Gerry Hadden reports that there are many similar laws on the books in both the US and Europe.
Anchor Lisa Mullins has details about a new pilot program launched by the US Department of Homeland Security. It requires European Union citizens to get electronic authorization to travel to the US before boarding their flight.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Jane Little about the gathering of Anglican bishops in England. The Anglican Church is increasingly divided over the consecration of a gay Episcopal bishop in the US, and the blessing of same-sex unions in both the US and Canada.
The late British author George Orwell tackled all forms of writing. But he never got the chance to write a blog. Now, one group is changing that, by putting Orwell's diary entries online, 70 years to the day after they were written. The World's Clark Boyd reports.
Many Colombians believe their country's 40 year-old civil war may be winding down. But others say it may be a bit too early to celebrate. The World's Steven Dudley reports from the Colombian capital, Bogota.
The Japanese comic book format known as manga has fans all over the world. And some of them are so into manga that they dress up like their favorite characters. It's called 'cos-play', short for costume play. This weekend, the sixth annual "World Cos-play Summit" is taking place in Nagoya, Japan. Anchor Lisa Mullins talks to Renee Gloger, a New Yorker representing Team USA.