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CIA interrogators didn't just break detainees' bodies - they also attacked their souls

pri.org — When reports about abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison first came out more than a decade ago, Michael Peppard started researching every account of mistreatment and torture he could find. He soon noticed a pattern missed by most journalists: American interrogators were using the religious faith of Muslim detainees as a weapon to abuse them.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @pritheworld: CIA interrogators didn't just break detainees' bodies — they also attacked their souls. trib.al/R8DxVZc @matthewjbell

Dec 19, 2014

RT @pritheworld: CIA interrogators didn't just break detainees' bodies — they also attacked their souls. trib.al/R8DxVZc @matthewjbell

Dec 19, 2014

How #CIA interrogators tried to break Muslim prisoners' souls and faith as well as their bodies pri.org/stories/2014-1… #hrw

Can you describe 2014 in five words?

pri.org — And from us, you got our top animal stories, notables who left us and our book picks from the year. But when we saw a trend on social media that asked people to describe 2014 in five words, we realized we hadn't yet asked our listeners and fans what they thought of this huge year in world news.

Putin abolished daylight savings time and Siberians are grumbling about 'eternal winter'

pri.org — You think it's dark and cold on the shortest day of the year? Imagine what it's like in Russia - which is almost entirely above the 49th parallel that makes up the majority of the continental US' northern border - where they just got rid of daylight savings.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @pritheworld: Protests have erupted in Siberia over Putin's decision to outlaw daylight savings time: trib.al/O9U1h6p from @AlinaSimone

Dec 19, 2014

After Putin bans daylight savings, Siberia grumbles over 'eternal winter' pri.org/stories/2014-1… @AlinaSimone @PRI

Seth Rogen, 17 days ago: I hope North Korea won't screw up 'Interview' release

Prostitutes want Tunisia's red light districts to get back in business

pri.org — Just a few streets away from the blue-doored houses of Sousse's old town, one alley stands derelict and abandoned. Patches of wild grass have grown in amid the trash and rubble. Graffiti painted on the walls reads "Go away." Listen to the Story.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @MarineOlivesi: Prostitutes want Tunisia's red light districts to get back in business pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Here are the books we read this year that we think you'll love

pri.org — When the mail comes in each day at The World, it always brings a pile of new books. Sometimes there's even a feeding frenzy as producers vie for various hot now titles. Rest assured, we love to read. And with all that reading, some books definitely surfaced to the top of our recommendation list.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @aasif: Here are the books we read this year that we think you'll love.- by the way, ck out #16, makes a great gift! pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Dec 19, 2014

MT @randomhouseau: @PRItheworld put together their must-read books for 2014 & @JesseFink 's THE YOUNGS made the list! buff.ly/1sEyKTI

Dec 19, 2014

It's that time of year when @sdavy asks us what we've read this year... Our 2014 book picks: pri.org/stories/2014-1… (via @pritheworld)

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How the Pope lent Washington and Havana a helping hand

pri.org — President Barack Obama's announcement of a "new chapter" in relations with Cuba was made possible thanks to help from a surprising partner in the lengthy secret negotiations with Havana: the Vatican. According to an official statement from the Catholic Chuch, Pope Francis issued a personal appeal to leaders of both countries, encouraging them to pursue a closer relationship.

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pri.org — The US and Cuba supposedly negotiated in secret for more than a year to bring about a thaw between the two countries. They weren't the only ones, though: Pope Francis also helped the two longtime enemies conduct their back-channel diplomacy.

Iranians are jealous of the new US-Cuba thaw

pri.org — Church bells in Havana rang out after the news of renewed ties between the US and Cuba broke on Wednesday. But in Tehran, the rapprochement between two longtime enemies inspired something else: envy. "I saw some sarcasm, I saw some hope, I saw some envy,'' says Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian journalist based in New York.

The deal between Washington and Havana has baseball fans drooling

pri.org — Cuba is and will always be a gold mine for baseball. Some lucky ballplayers, like Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes, escape the island and end up making millions in the major leagues. But it remains difficult to play outside Cuba, especially knowing you can never return. That's the case for Hassan Pena.

US-Cuba thaw is bad news from American fugitives in Cuba

pri.org — For years, Cuba's Castros have provided a tropical hideaway for some of America's Most Wanted. For this rouge's gallery of cop killers and bank robbers, an easing in relations between Washington and Havana is none too pleasing. The list of fugitives includes the first woman on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, who carries a $1 million bounty on her head.
Dec 18, 2014

Significant number of US fugitives remain in Cuba -- was 80 as of two years ago pri.org/stories/2014-1… via @dabeard

The end of Colbert stings even more as the 'The Interview' gets canceled

pri.org — It's bad enough that Steven Colbert is killing off the Report tonight, but with officials at Sony kow-towing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the departure of Colbert's conservative parody persona is particularly disheartening Sony decided to pull the "The Interview" in the face of hacking and other threats by a shadowy group, reportedly back by the North Korean government, which calls itself the G.O.P.
Dec 18, 2014

"If we are willing to give up humor & artistic expression, even in movies we hate, then the bad guys truly have won." pri.org/stories/2014-1…

A survivor of Pakistan's school massacre tells how his teacher saved his life

pri.org — It's almost a cliché to talk about a terrorist attack as a massacre of innocents, but Tuesday's attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in the city of Peshawar can hardly be described in any other way. Seven militants broke into the school and went from room to room, killing students and teachers.
Dec 18, 2014

"I’m alive today bc she put up resistance." Survivor of Pakistan's school massacre says his teacher saved his life pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Dec 18, 2014

Hear me talk to @pritheworld about the politics behind the Peshawar school attack pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Dec 17, 2014

The story from PRI about the Pakistan school massacre. You can hear my part of the interview in the audio clip. fb.me/3xSPWLEOd

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Pigs' feet and roasted ginger made my traditional postpartum month off

pri.org — In Chinese tradition, women who give birth are supposed to spend a month indoors with their new babies. It's not easy to follow that tradition here in the US, but one second-generation Chinese American woman in New York City did savor one part of the tradition - special foods made by her mother-in-law.
Dec 18, 2014

Chinese traditions suggest eating 'warming' foods after delivering a baby. What's ur culture's postpartum tradition? pri.org/stories/2014-1…

In Havana, Cubans are already welcoming a new era with the US

pri.org — Cubans are wasting no time in welcoming a new era in US-Cuba relations, which followed an intense amount of back-channel negotiations, author Peter Kornbluh says from Havana. "There's a palpable excitement here," Kornbluh says. "This is a new dawn in US-Cuban relations and I think everybody here has realized that almost immediately."

In this Latvian animated film, depression is a family affair

pri.org — Latvian animator Signe Baumane has battled depression for most of her life - a battle that was made even more difficult by the oppressive culture of the Soviet Union. But when she discovered her depression had hereditary roots, she decided to make a film about the illness, one that's surreal, dark and funny all at once.

Concern rises over new generation of prenatal tests

pri.org — Concern has risen in Japan, Italy and the United States over a new generation of prenatal tests. Most of the tests, now available in 90 countries, answer a critical question pregnant women have: What are the chances my unborn child has Down or another genetic condition?
Dec 17, 2014

Issues about troubled prenatal tests not just a US problem. Japan, Italy also have seen problems @necirbu @bethbdaley pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @NECIRBU: New generation of #prenatal tests in 90 countries- read global perspective on concern tests raise @PRI bit.ly/1Ad5BW7

North Korean defectors are eager to check out The Interview, but Sony decides not to release the film as planned