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  • Israel: The War Within

    In Israel, compulsory military service has been the backbone of the beleaguered Jewish State since its founding in 1948.  All Israeli's upon reaching the age of 18 must serve a two or three year term in the Tzva Hahagana LeYisra'el — Israel Defense Force.  However there is a fierce debate on-going regarding just who will fill these ranks.  Currently Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are allowed exemption from military service on grounds that they will instead be pursuing religious study.

    However earlier this month Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began the process of reform that would do away with such exemptions.   Netanyahu remarked,  "Everyone must bear the burden. We will provide positive incentives to those who serve and negative incentives to draft dodgers."    These actions were celebrated by reformers within Israel who argue that the defense of Israel is the duty of all its citizens.

    Netanyahu's actions though have threatened to tear his government to shreds, as Kadima Party Chairman

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  • How To Nail a Dictator

    When the Guatemalan dictator, General Efrain Rios Montt, gave an interview to a young American filmmaker in 1982 for a documentary called When the Mountains Tremble he most likely never thought that his own words would eventually bring him down.

    But 30 years later the former General is on house arrest after being indicted in January on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide with his own words, and outtakes from the film, as central pieces of evidence against him.

    Now the filmmakers, Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy, have released a new documentary called Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, which examines how their film from 1982 inspired a generation of activists, leading to the indictment of a brutal dictator who had gone unpunished for years.

    This week Christiane Amanpour sits down with Mr. Kinoy to discuss the new film and how a movie that wasn't shown in Guatemala until 2003, altered the country's history.

    To see the film, you can stream it online at PBS.org/pov.

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  • For the first time in Egypt's existence, Mohammed Morsi has become not only the countries first freely elected President, but also the first Islamic head of state in an Arab Country.

    It's a joyous moment as Egyptians take to the streets to celebrate, but the work to restore democracy is far from over as a tug-of-war for power has just begun between the newly elected President and Egypt's ruling military.

    Even though Morsi is President, The Egyptian military still holds all meaningful power including wanting a say in how Egypt's next constitution is written.

    But as the situation remains fluid, issues like the treatment of women will serve as a barometer for success. Morsi has promised equal rights for all women, even announcing that he will be selecting a woman as his Vice President.

    Read More »from Amanpour in Egypt: What Morsi Means for Women, Israel and the U.S.

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