Daily Briefing - Monday, August 16, 2010

Gustav Niebuhr is an associate professor in religion and the media at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Over a 20-year career in journalism, most recently at the New York Times and, prior to that, at the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Gustav Niebuhr has established a reputation as a leading writer about American religion. His new book is Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America, which has been described as a "A bracing rejoinder both to religious fanaticism and to recent books decrying religion."

Bennett Ramberg served as a policy analyst in George H W Bush's Department of State. He is the author of "Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons For The Enemy: An Unrecognized Military Peril" and is a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times, The LA Times and The International Herald Tribune among others. He has an article in the current issue of The New Republic, “The Nowhere Bomb: Should Israel Come out of The Nuclear Closet?”

Amir Bar-Lev is an accomplished doumentary filmmaker from Berkeley, California. Has directed a number of documentaries including Fighter and My Kid Could Paint That. Most recently he has directed a feauture documentary, The Tillman Story, narrated by Josh Brolin, which has been scheduled as a Domestic Documentary Finalist at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and releases in theatres this Friday, August 20th.

Daily Briefing - Sunday, August 15, 2010

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.

Daily Briefing - Thursday, August 12, 2010

Awais Khan is the President and CEO of the American Pakistan Foundation. He has a wide range of experience in the private and public sector. Most recently, he was a Partner at Ackrell Capital, an investment bank specializing in early stage investments, placements, and cross border joint ventures. Mr. Khan has professional experience in Pakistan in the areas of financial services and Government. He has most recently been focused on innovation and commercialization of clean energy technologies and is currently on the advisory board of Cleantech Jobs Fund, an economic development fund in Silicon Valley.

Dean Baker is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a progressive economic think-tank based in Washington DC. He is the author of numerous books, including Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy, The United States Since 1980, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer, and The Benefits of Full Employment (with Jared Bernstein). He was the editor of Getting Prices Right: The Debate Over the Consumer Price Index, a winner of a Choice Book Award as one of the year’s most outstanding books. His blog, Beat the Press, elaborates critical issues in American media.

Dr. Pamela Starr is associate director of the USC Latin America Initiative, a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and a senior lecturer in Public Diplomacy and the School of International Relations, where she focuses on the politics, economy and foreign policy of contemporary Mexico, and more broadly the politics of economic policy-making across Latin America. She spent eight years in Mexico as a professor of Latin American political economy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a private university in Mexico City. Dr. Starr has held research positions in Argentina and Brazil and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Dr. Starr serves on the editorial board of Foreign Affairs en Español, is an associate of the Inter-American Dialogue, and is an active member of the Latin American Studies Association and the American Political Science Association.

Daily Briefing - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Steve Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and is also a Senior Fellow at New America, and previously served as Executive Vice President. Previously, Mr. Clemons served for seven years as Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Southern California, and co-founded with Chalmers Johnson the Japan Policy Research Institute, of which he is still Director. Steve Clemons writes frequently on matters of foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. His work has appeared in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journals, and magazines around the world. He is the publisher of the popular political blog The Washington Note.


Dr. Trita Parsi is an adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins Univerity's School of Advanced International Studies, co-founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, the nation's largest Iranian/American organization.







Michelle Richardson is a legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, focusing on national security issues such as the Patriot Act, warrantless surveillance and state secrets, open government, and congressional accountability and oversight. Before coming to the ACLU, Richardson served as counsel to Representative John Conyers, Jr. and the House Judiciary Committee, where she specialized in national security, civil and human rights and constitutional issues for the Democratic staff.




Daily Briefing - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Jane Mamsher is the founder of Firedoglake.com and one of America’s most popular and influential political bloggers. She is also a motion picture producer of such films as Natural Born Killers, Apt Pupil, Permanent Midnight and From Hell. Her political writing and analysis has appeared in a number of other publications, including the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She is author of the best-selling book, Killer Instinct and has been one of the leading bloggers cover the White House.





Craig Aaron is the senior program director of “Free Press” a nationwide nnoprofit and nonpartisan media research group. He is a recognized authority on media, internet, and journalism issues. Previously he was the managing editor of In These Times magazine and an investigative reporter for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. Today his work is routinely featured in the Guardian and the Huffington Post. He has also co-authored the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age.



Shannyn Moore is the top-rated progressive radio broadcaster of Anchorage, Alaska, who pioneered the political talk radio for women in the 49th state. Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, Shannyn grew up hunting, commercial fishing, and living a rural lifestyle. On her program she has interviewed Sarah Palin numerous times, as well as many other figures on the American political scene.