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Basel Hamdan
Basel Hamdan is the News Director at HuffPost Live. He is a longtime collaborator of filmmaker Michael Moore, with credits including “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Oscar-nominated “SiCKO,” and Palme d’Or-winning “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Basel has an M.A. in International Relations & Politics from New York University and a B.S. in Sport Management from Florida State University. He is a New York native.

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Entries by Basel Hamdan

Snowden Adviser: New Republic Story 'Heavily Lifted' From Other Articles

(118) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz’s blistering New Republic cover story attacking Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange came under heavy criticism from a HuffPost Live panel, including an allegation that his essay “borrows heavily” from three previous profiles of Greenwald and Snowden.

During a conversation on HuffPost Live...

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'Real-Life Ron Burgundy' Considers Himself A Feminist

(11) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:12 PM

In Mort Crim's opinion, the misogyny and chauvinism that gets lampooned in the "Anchorman" movies is not emblematic of the real culture of newsrooms in the 1970s.

Why does Mort Crim's opinion matter?

The retired news anchor was at WDIV-TV Detroit from 1978 to 1997, and served as

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Tim Jansen, Jameis Winston's Attorney, Believes Client Was 'Targeted'

(830) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:59 AM

On Thursday, Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that Florida State University quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her in December of 2012. Hours later, Winston's attorney Tim Jansen joined HuffPost Live to...

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Tom Hayden Recalls Meeting With JFK As A Student Leader, Proposing Peace Corps (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:24 PM

It's not everyday that a group of student activists are able to influence the policies of the President of the United States. But without a meeting between student leaders and President John F. Kennedy in Ann Arbor, Michigan in October of 1960, the creation of the Peace Corps,...

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JFK-Nikita Khrushchev Relationship Explained By Khrushchev's Granddaughter

(647) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Nina Khrushcheva, the granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, joined HuffPost Live on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to dispel myths about the Kennedy-Khrushchev relationship.

Addressing the idea that Khrushchev was unimpressed with Kennedy due to his age, Khrushcheva told HuffPost Live host...

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