The Boko Haram has released a video showing the first images of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls since their abduction nearly one month ago. Close to half of the nearly 300 girls are seen on the tape, chanting what appears to be a verse from the Qur’an. The Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appears to offer the girls’ freedom in exchange for the Nigerian government’s release of all the group’s prisoners. We speak with Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore, publisher of the online news site Sahara Reporters.
The World Health Organization has designated the spread of polio in Asia, Africa and the Middle East a global public health emergency requiring a coordinated "international response." Three countries pose the greatest risk of further spreading the paralyzing virus: Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria. In an unusual step, the WHO recommended all residents of those countries, of all ages, to be vaccinated before traveling abroad. The organization also said another seven countries — Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria and Somalia — should "encourage" all their would-be travelers to get vaccinated. Until recently, polio had been nearly eradicated thanks to a 25-year campaign that vaccinated billions of children. In Pakistan, the increase in polio is being linked to a secret CIA ploy used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With the help of a Pakistani doctor, the CIA set up a fake vaccination campaign in the city of Abbottabad in an effort to get DNA from the bin Laden family. The Taliban subsequently announced a ban on immunization efforts and launched a string of deadly attacks on medical workers. We are joined by two guests: Rafia Zakaria, a columnist for Dawn, Pakistan’s largest English newspaper, who has been covering the rise of polio in Pakistan since the bin Laden raid; and one of Pakistan’s leading polio experts, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta.
Pro-Russian groups have claimed a landslide victory for a hastily organized referendum on self-rule in two parts of eastern Ukraine. The vote was held in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk less than two months after residents in Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The Russian government says it respects the results of the referendum but has not indicated any plans to annex eastern Ukraine like it annexed Crimea. The referendum was held under chaotic circumstances with irregular voting conditions and violence between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian forces. We are joined by Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University.
- Boko Haram Offers Prisoner Swap for Kidnapped Girls
- Nigerian President: Girls Still in Nigeria
- Amnesty: Nigerian Gov't Knew of Imminent Attack on Girls' School
- Protests for Girls' Return Continue Worldwide
- Pro-Russian Groups Claim Victory in Fraught Referendum
- U.S. Operatives Kill 2 in Yemen; Drone Strike Kills 5
- Obama Unveils New Renewable Energy Measures
- Protests Oppose Wal-Mart as Venue for Obama Energy Speech
- NYPD Recruiting Muslim Informants in City Jails
- Sen. Paul Breaks with GOP on Voter ID Laws
- Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down
- Hagel Backs Review of Transgender Ban in Military
- Michael Sam Becomes NFL's 1st Openly Gay Player
Currently 20 states and the District of Columbia have approved, and regulate in some capacity, marijuana for medical purposes. However, insurance companies do not cover the costs of such prescriptions. Federally, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, making it against the law to possess. But the debate over marijuana is growing. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dave Philipps of the Colorado Springs Gazette. His most recent article is "As success stories of kids fighting seizures with cannabis oil mount, legal landscape is changing." We also speak to the pioneering medical marijuana doctor Dr. Margaret Gedde and a mother who moved with her epileptic nine-year-old daughter to Colorado for cannabis oil treatment.
Last year, Dara Lightle and her nine-year-old daughter, Madeleine, became "marijuana refugees" when they moved from Virginia to Colorado. At the time, Madeleine was suffering from hundreds of seizures a day. Her doctors in Virginia recommended brain surgery. Then Dara heard how cannabis oil had treated children suffering from similar conditions. The oil worked. But since the oil was considered an illegal drug in much of the country, they had to move to Colorado, where it is legal, to continue treatment. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, at least 115 "marijuana refugee families" from 43 states have left jobs, homes and family so they could obtain the cannabis oil to treat a variety of ailments. We speak to Dara and Madeleine in Denver.
- U.N., Amnesty Find Mass Atrocities in South Sudan
- U.S. Officials Arrive in Nigeria to Aid Search for Kidnapped Girls
- Witnesses: Ethiopian Forces Opened Fire on Protesters
- U.S. Sanctions Syrian Officials; Rebels Level Hotel in Aleppo
- Putin Visits Crimea; Eastern Areas to Vote on Secession from Ukraine
- Venezuelan Forces Arrest 243 Anti-Government Protesters; Cop Killed
- Thailand: Protests Continue After Court Ousts Prime Minister
- U.S. Journalist Deported from Yemen
- GOP-Led House Votes to Form Benghazi Panel
- Oklahoma Stays Killing of Charles Warner After Botched Execution
- Jurors Say OWS Activist Cecily McMillan Should Serve No Prison Time
- Feds Remind School Districts Not to Deny Entry to Immigrants
- Activists Arrested at Peabody Coal Shareholder Meeting
- Residents Forced to Evacuate After Shale Well Leak in Ohio
- Snapchat Settles Charges It Misled Users, Collected Data
- Vermont Governor Signs GMO Labeling Bill
- Residents Protest Police Killing of 93-Year-Old Black Woman in Texas