Christoph Reuter on the Origins of ISIS
A 7-month investigation based on recently aquired documents by Der Spiegel’s Christoph Reuter shows for the first time, a direct link between the IS and Saddam Hussein’s former intelligence and military officials – as well as indirect links with the current Assad regime. The documents outline former Iraqi Intelligence colonel Haji Bakr’s plan for the tactics and structure of the Islamic State. This week, we speak with Christoph Reuter about his findings and their implications for the future of the region. Christoph Reuter is the Middle East correspondent for the German magazine Der Spiegel.
Also in this program, we bring back a 2005 interview in which Juliano Meir-Khamis spoke with professor Beshara Doumani about his award winning documentary, “Anna’s Children”. Juliano Meir-Khamis was a leading Palestinian rights activist, actor, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West bank. He was mysteriously murdered April 4th 2011 as he was leaving the theater.