3:15 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Syria's Conflict: What Happens if Both Sides Get More Weapons?

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KGOU's "World Views" contributor Joshua Landis tells the PBS Newshour more arms will certainly lead to more killing in the short run, but if the Western countries are willing to go toe to toe with Russia, Iran and Hezbollah in Syria, they can certainly give better arms and provide more lethal air power.
Syria's civil war reportedly has killed more than 90,000 people, and it looks like both sides are on the way to acquiring heavier weaponry, even as the United States and Russia are attempting to bring them together for talks.
Monkey See
3:08 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

When 'G' Movies Are For Kids, Do Kids Avoid 'G' Movies?

The 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz was rated G. The 2013 film Oz the Great and Powerful was rated PG. The difference? Maybe a little violence and a womanizing leading man.
AP/Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:38 pm

If you're a parent with small children, summer is traditionally a time when there's lots for them to see at the multiplex. That's not untrue this summer. But if you're specifically looking for a film with a G rating, you may just be out of luck.

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Arts and Entertainment
1:29 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: OKC At The Crossroads For Arts & Culture

13th deadCENTER Film Festival Logo
Credit www.deadcenterfilm.org

The intersection of tradition and culture is where you’ll find this week’s OneSix8 offerings.  And what a crossroads it is! In fact, the coming 168 hours could mark the best timespan this year for taking in film, art, dance, and music in a distinctively Oklahoma fashion.

This Thursday, June 6th marks the official launch of screenings and events tied to the 13th deadCENTER Film Festival.

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World Views
11:45 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How The Internet Is Changing Coverage Of Iran

A demonstrator holds a sign in Tehran on June 16, 2009.
Credit Milad Avazbeigi / Wikimedia Commons

Listen Kelly Niknejad's conversation with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis.

Kelly Niknejad founded Tehran Bureau in 2008 to provide a platform for independent reporting from Iran. The Bureau, a virtual hub connecting journalists, experts, and the public, is revolutionary.

“You're not just dependent on one [government] minder who is then reporting back to the Ministry of Cultural and Islamic Guidance,” Niknejad says. “You're in touch with people who are in different neighborhoods, who have different backgrounds, who are in different cities. You get to see what part of what they say overlaps, what doesn't, and why doesn't it overlap -- is it because it’s wrong or is it because the reality is different in this neighborhood or this city?”

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Health
11:05 am
Thu June 6, 2013

7 Ways To Avoid Getting Tick Sick This Summer

Relative sizes of several ticks at different life stages.
U.S. Centers for Disesase Control and Prevention

While Oklahomans have been focused on the violent nature of recent weather, the conditions are also ripe for disease-spreading ticks. The state Health Department says a warm spring and the onset of summer will bring an increase in the number of tick bites.

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9:12 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Five Best Blogs To Better Understand the Middle East

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KGOU's "World Views" contributor Joshua Landis's blog "Syria Comment" makes this list from "Policy Mic."
Here are the top five resources and bloggers you should follow for smart, balanced, and well-written analysis of the Middle East. Follow each to stay on top of the latest from the Arab world.
Washington
8:41 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Coburn Questions VA Over Employee Union Work

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are seeking information about Department of Veterans Affairs employees who they say perform full-time union duties instead of their government work.

They sent a letter Wednesday to the head of the VA suggesting employees doing other duties could hinder the VA in its goal of eliminating the backlog of veterans' disability claims.

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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Spy Agency's Collection Of Phone Records Reopens Controversy

Your call may be monitored: The NSA has been given the OK to collect data about millions of Americans' phone calls (though not about the conversations).
Glen Argov Landov

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 1:16 pm

(Most recent update: 2 p.m. ET)

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The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The Bradley Manning Trial: A Short(ish) Guide To Understanding The Case

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (right) is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on June 25, 2012. His lawyer announced that Manning, who is accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, had agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.
Patrick Semansky AP

For the next 12 weeks, a military judge in Fort Meade, Md. will consider the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. It's bound to be a complicated, long-running and often secretive process that kicked off on Monday.

Before we get too far into the court-martial, we wanted to put together a shortish guide to bring you up to speed on the trial.

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World Views
9:14 am
Wed June 5, 2013

What You Need To Know About The Protests Sweeping Across Turkey

Turkish citizen Tarkan Babayigit holds a tear gas canister picked up from the streets of Ankara on June 3.
Credit Suzette Grillot / KGOU

Tens of thousands of Turks have joined anti-government protests expressing discontent with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s 10-year rule.

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the protests started over green space in the middle of Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Developers, with the backing of Erdoğan, want to build a large shopping mall.

“Very quickly political parties and the opposition parties joined in,” Landis says. “But much more than that, lots of middle-class people and particularly young students began to crowd into the squares.”

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