Daily Briefing - Thursday August 19, 2010

Robert Scheer is a journalist, author and columnist, and the author of The Great American American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street, his work has been published across the country for the past 30 years.  Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and in 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times, where he was named a contributing editor. 

That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at the San Francisco Chronicle. After leaving the LA Times, Robert Scheer founded Truthdig, a web magazine that provides expert in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as other content assembled from a progressive point of view.

Truthdig has won both the juried Webby Award and People’s Voice Award in the category of Best Political Blog.  Robert Scheer has written eight books, including “My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush.”  And "The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America," and his latest, The Great American Stickup, which we are offering up today for an $80 donation to the Daily Briefing at 818-985-5735

Daily Briefing - Wednesday August 18, 2010


Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes are the authors of a brand new book we are offering up today Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs in collaboration with Colombian Journalist Jorge Enrique Botero, the only jouranlist ever to gain access to the American hostages held captive by the FARC. Victoria Bruce is also the author of No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Distaster at Galeras and Nevado del Ruiz. And Karin Hayes co-produced the codirected the award-winning documentary film The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt. Again they are the co-aitheros of this brand new book Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs which w are offering up for a @15 donation to the Daily Briefing at 818-985-5785


Alexander Zaitchik is a freelance journalist who spend most of 2009 on the road in America, researching and writing his first book, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triump of Ignorance (Wiley, 2010). In 2008 he worked out of Miami and Mexico City. In 2007 he was based in Moscow, Russia, where hwas on staff at the Exile, and Enlgish-launguage newspaper with Matt Taibbi. In 2006 he was an investigative reporting fellow at the Souther Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery, Alabama, and Washington D.C. In 2005 he was based in Delhi, India, focusing on South Asia. We are offering up Alexander’s new book Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance here today for a $125 donation to “The Daily Briefing” at 818-985-5735.

Daily Briefing - Tuesday August 17, 2010


Greta Ehrlich is an American author of 13 books. A prolific traveller, her articles been published extensively in countless news magazines. She was a correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day and has reported from Kosovo, the Arctic, and Africa. She has received a multitude of awards for her works, a Bellagio Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Harold B. Vurcell Award for distinguished prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Having spent the last 20 years visiting the arctic, she is the author of Empire of Ice: Encounters in a changing landscape, recipient of the 2010 Henry David Thoreau Prize, a book we are offering up today for a $125 premium.

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.