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Monday, June 20, 2011

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  • Syrian Refugee Gives Vivid Description Of Torture
    Abu Ali, now in a Turkish relief camp, says he was blindfolded and tied up for a trip on the "Flying Carpet" — raised off the ground and beaten with a cable. Then the electric shocks began. Human rights activists have condemned Syrian forces for alleged torture.
  • Syrian Representative Discusses Assad's Speech
    Robert Siegel talks with Bouthaina Shaaban, a spokeswoman for Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad. They discuss Assad's speech Monday.
  • Mummies: 'Visitors From The Past' Who Can Help Solve Mysteries Today
    Mummies come from all over the world, as a new exhibit at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute shows. And not only do they tell us how people lived hundreds and thousands of years ago, they also can help researchers who study diseases today.
  • Internet Governing Body Makes Major Change
    The world's main Internet governing body Monday approved what may be the biggest change in the online world for many years. Soon, we may see website addresses that end with almost any word. It won't be just dot-com or dot-org or dot-net. We could have dot-NewYork or dot-Toyota. Companies, cities, even individuals, could have Web addresses all to themselves.
  • Going After 'Hacktivists'
    In the past few months, hackers like Anonymous and Lulz Security have claimed responsibility for breaching what were thought to be secure websites. But law enforcement seems at a loss to stop them. To help navigate through the web of cyber crime, Robert Siegel talks to Hugh Thompson, chief security officer at the software protection company People Security and adjunct professor of computer science at Columbia University.
  • IAEA Discusses Safety Standards
    More than 150 nations are gathering this week at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna to look at safety standards for nuclear power reactors in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The IAEA does not have the authority to either set safety standards or enforce them, and most nations want that to remain a national responsibility. But the Fukushima disaster has motivated some nations to initiate a process that could lead to better safety practices worldwide.
  • Reports: Why Things Fell Apart At Fukushima Plant
    In new reports, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese government highlight the hazardous working conditions, lack of communication and last-ditch efforts by workers to contain meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Early confusion among the leadership was also a problem.
  • Skeptics Question AT&T's Logic In T-Mobile Deal
    AT&T says it needs more broadcast spectrum to satisfy wireless consumer demand and avoid dreaded dropped calls. But opponents question whether the proposed $39 billion merger with T-Mobile USA would help relieve the spectrum crunch at all.
  • Hundreds March Against Sexual Assault In 'SlutWalk'
    SlutWalks began in April when a Toronto police officer suggested women should "avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized." So far, thousands of protesters have participated in demonstrations in Ottawa, Dallas, Boston, London and several other cities. Women — and men — are protesting a culture of sexual assault where victims are blamed for the crime.
  • It's Emmy Season, And The Nominees Should Be...
    Critic Eric Deggans looks ahead to the Emmy Awards and has a few suggestions for voters about who deserves to be nominated. His choices span cable and broadcast, fantasy and police dramas, and one very clueless government employee.

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