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By BEN WATTENBERG | July 17, 1991
Washington. -- Consider an idea whose time may be here: Radio Free China. It could play a key role in finishing up the great unfinished business of our time.Legislation has been introduced. Senate co-sponsors include, imagine this, liberal Joe Biden and conservative Jesse Helms. One commission is already studying the idea, a second is likely.The concept has been kicking around for decades. It involves ''surrogate radio.''America does two kinds of international radio broadcasting. Our national service, Voice of America, broadcasts globally in 44 languages.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 15, 2000
MOSCOW -- It has been nearly two weeks since Russian authorities announced that they had handed over a captive Radio Liberty reporter to Chechen rebels, and now, amid the international outcry and skepticism that have followed, they say they want him after all. The whereabouts of Andrei Babitsky, who was shown on a Federal Security Service videotape being delivered Feb. 4 into the custody of a masked man described as a Chechen fighter, are unknown....
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 13, 1998
WASHINGTON -- It is late afternoon, but in the studios of Radio Free Asia, Jenny Choi is reading the 7 a.m. news -- to North Korea.Speaking softly in Korean, she and a co-anchor report on long-running Korean negotiations and a forthcoming visit by a U.S. envoy, and discuss the mysterious deaths of 71 cattle shipped to the famine-stricken nation. Every story is about North Korea."Today we have so much news," program director Jaehoon Ahn says.Never mind that the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang sometimes jams Radio Free Asia's twice-daily broadcasts.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 24, 2002
THE BOXY GRAY Russian van had the temperament of a mule, and now that we were on the very rim of Afghanistan, it refused to budge. Andrei Babitsky, who is famous for reasons other than his driving, was at the wheel, grinding gears in a fury. He wasn't trying to coax this van up the ramp and off the ferry and into Afghanistan -- he was trying to beat it into submission. The van, braying in protest, inched against its will up the ramp that lay on the mud that was Afghanistan. Then, it balked and bucked and slid triumphantly back down.
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By ABRAHAM M. HIRSCH | August 11, 1993
The future of the Voice of America (VOA) and of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is still undecided. The public interest is to have a single effective, representative and affordable institution that speaks to foreign audiences on behalf of the American people.It appears that high-level horse-trading now has resulted in a plan to divvy up language services broadcasting to target audiences in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, some remaining alive with RFE/RL, others with the VOA.Congress has yet to decide on the proposal, but cutting up the baby is not a viable option.
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By David Rocks and David Rocks,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 18, 1998
PRAGUE -- Four years ago, Czechs invited an old friend that had helped them through darker days to share their capital. Today, some here are wondering whether new plans by their guest won't lead to hard times ahead.Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was the friend -- the source of Western news and information for listeners in communist countries during the Cold War. What didn't occur to Czechs when they welcomed the stations to Prague was that among the new targets of the U.S.-sponsored broadcasts would be Iran and Iraq.
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By New York Times News Service | June 14, 1993
WASHINGTON -- After months of acrimonious debate over the future of government-sponsored broadcasting, the Clinton administration has decided to merge all international radio operations, senior officials said this weekend.The officials said the gradual consolidation plan, which they expect to announce this week, would save about $250 million over the next few years and put Voice of America and Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty under the same governing board.The plan was negotiated in recent weeks by top administrators of the broadcasting operations after vigorous lobbying by advocates who feared their extinction.
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By JOHN HUGHES | January 14, 1994
Has the world's dramatic explosion of democracy that began in 1989 run out of steam? We cannot yet write off the trend that started with the freeing of Eastern Europe, the collapse of the Berlin wall, and the breakup of the Soviet Union. But there are troubling signs.Each year Freedom House, the respected New York-based human rights organization, monitors the course of freedom around the world. It recently reported bleakly on 1993. Ethnic violence and political repression made it the worst single-year setback for freedom since 1972.
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July 14, 1992
FOR 40 years, American taxpayers have financed a small but potent scholarly publication, Problems of Communism. It has been required reading for anyone seriously interested in the Soviet Union, its Eastern European satellites and communist states.With communism now pretty much having self-destructed, problems of capitalism have caught up with this magazine. The United States Information Agency, the federal government's overseas propaganda arm, discontinued it with a final issue last month.
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August 4, 2005
THE RUSSIAN government says it will kick ABC-TV out of the country because Nightline had the effrontery to show an interview with a Chechen rebel leader named Shamil Basayev, who has been behind some of the bloodiest and most humiliating episodes in Russia's war to retain the breakaway republic. And until the network's staff people can get their bags packed, Moscow has ordered all Russian officials to refuse to speak to them. Has Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed on as a Kremlin adviser in his spare time?
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