Daily Briefing - Sunday, August 15, 2010

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Hasan Askari Rizvi was visiting Pakistan Studies Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is now Professor Emeritus at Punjab University Lahore and Independent Political and Security Consultant. He is one of the leading political science scholars in Pakistan, with over 30 years of teaching and research experience at the post-graduate level. He served on the Faculty of Political Science at Punjab University from 1971 to 2001. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Quaid-i-Azam Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, where he taught classes on South Asia. In 2002, he was also Visiting Research Scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Centre at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, where he co-authored a paper on “Nuclear Terrorism and South Asia.” He was published numerous and articles on Pakistan’s politics, society and foreign policy, as well as over 500 newspaper articles in both English-language and Urdu-language publications.

Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who specializes on the impact of war on those who have experienced it directly: soldiers, civilians, aid workers and journalists. Aaron reported extensively from inside Iraq from 2003 to 2005 and has covered veterans’ issues since his return to the US. His work from Iraq has been syndicated to newspapers around the world by Inter Press News Service as well as other news outlets, including The Nation, The Progressive, San Francisco Chronicle, The American Prospect, Forbes, and Democracy Now! Aaron is a founding producer of Pacifica Radio’s national newscast, Free Speech Radio News. In addition to The War Comes Home, he is author of the San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, How America Lost Iraq, and co-author of Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan.

Morgan Loew is an investigative reporter with KPHO TV Channel 5, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. He uncovers news stories that range from consumer scams to government waste. His reporting has led to new state laws, criminal convictions, and numerous police investigations.Morgan has been reporting in Arizona for more than 15-years and has extensive contacts in federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as the political and business communities. He spent six weeks undercover with white supremacists on Arizona’s southern border and has worked undercover south of the border as well. Morgan was the 2009 recipient of the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. He sees himself as an advocate for consumers and crime victims.