12:32am

Tue January 29, 2013
Africa

Tunisia's Salafis: 'A Danger' Or Preachers Of God's Law?

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 5:36 am

A demonstrator shouts anti-government slogans as he stands in front of the Justice Ministry in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, on Nov. 6, 2012, as part of a demonstration by radical Salafi Muslims protesting against the imprisonment of hundreds of Salafist militants.
Amine Landoulsi AP

The uprisings of the Arab Spring unleashed a new political force in the region — Salafis, ultraconservative Muslims who aspire to a society ruled entirely by a rigid form of Islamic law. Their models are the salaf, or ancestors, referring to the earliest Muslims who lived during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad.

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12:30am

Tue January 29, 2013
Asia

In China, Beware: A Camera May Be Watching You

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 5:16 pm

The use of security cameras such as these, looking out over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, is on the rise in China. Critics say the government is using them to discourage dissidents.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

The first of two reports

China is becoming a surveillance state. In recent years, the government has installed more than 20 million cameras across a country where a decade ago there weren't many.

Today, in Chinese cities, cameras are everywhere: on highways, in public parks, on balconies, in elevators, in taxis, even in the stands at sporting events.

Officials say the cameras help combat crime and maintain "social stability" — a euphemism for shutting up critics.

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10:09pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Arts & Culture

Can you guess the Audiograph sound this week? January 28, 2013

Poster designed by Rich Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

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6:07pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Why are we becoming less healthy as medicine improves?

Nathanael Johnson grew up in the kind of house where kids ate lots of kale and brown rice, played outside in the woods, and sang together before dinner. His parents tried to raise their kids the “natural” way, and for a long time, he thought that was the best.

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6:02pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 28, 2013

An in-depth interview on the idea of unquestioningly accepting the "natural" as something healthy vs. our tendency to have undying faith in anything modern technology gives us. Plus local musicians The Chaw.

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3:42pm

Mon January 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Approves $50.5 Billion Superstorm Sandy Aid Bill

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:45 pm

After a delay in the House that lead to bipartisan outrage, a bill that lays out $50.5 billion in aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy is headed to President Obama's desk for his signature.

With a vote of 62-36, the Senate passed the bill Monday evening.

The AP adds:

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3:24pm

Mon January 28, 2013
It's All Politics

On Climate Change, Americans May Trust Politics Above Preachers

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 4:27 pm

Pope Benedict XVI leads prayers on Nov. 27, 2011, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The leader of the world's Roman Catholic Church called for a "responsible, credible and united response" to the problem of climate change. But in the U.S. at least, studies show the view even of religious Americans on climate change is much more likely to be shaped by their politics than their faith.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

When President Obama during his inauguration speech made a case for tackling human-driven climate change, it felt like deja vu for many in the environmental community — including members of religious groups who have long looked to him for action.

After all, Obama made a similar pledge during his first inauguration address in 2009, and left-leaning and progressive faith-based organizations were among activist groups that pushed for quick congressional action on major climate legislation.

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3:04pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Chaw

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Usually the word “chaw” means to chew on something, but the music you’re hearing now is from a band called The Chaw who say that the band's name has no real meaning. Band members came up with the name while brainstorming on their bikes one day in downtown Concord.

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2:43pm

Mon January 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Watchdog Says Treasury OK'd Excessive Executive Pay At Bailed-Out Firms

A man walks by an American International Group (AIG) building in 2009.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The special watchdog overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the United States Treasury failed to rein in executive pay at companies that received a government bailout.

The AP reports, for example, that the Treasury approved all 18 requests for raises it received from executives at AIG, General Motors and Ally Financial.

The AP adds:

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2:43pm

Mon January 28, 2013
It's All Politics

In New Immigration Plan, A Fraught Phrase is Mostly Sidelined

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:27 pm

Crowd members seek help applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles last August.
Jonathan Alcorn Reuters/Landov

Here's one thing that was hard to find in the "Gang of Eight's" Senate proposal to overhaul the country's immigration system: the term "illegal immigrant."

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