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Joe Lauria
Joe Lauria is a New York-based independent foreign affairs correspondent, investigative journalist and author. A freelance member of the Sunday Times of London Insight team, he has also worked on investigations for the Boston Globe and Bloomberg News. Joe’s articles have additionally appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Montreal Gazette, The Johannesburg Star, The Washington Times, New York Magazine, ARTnews and other publications.

Joe has broken numerous stories over the years. At Bloomberg News, he conducted a months-long probe into an illegal government bond in Argentina that led to the resignation of a high-ranking government official. With the Sunday Times investigative unit Joe helped reveal the identity of David Rupert, a double agent who infiltrated a pro-real IRA group in Chicago; he discovered the location of a secret laboratory set up by the Raelian movement, designed to defraud a West Virginian politician who wanted his dead son cloned; Joe helped reveal a corrupt business scheme that led to the suspension of Jonathan Sayeed, a British MP; he was a reporter on a four-part series on the allegations of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds about a nuclear black market in the US run with the participation of US officials; and he shared a Center for Public Integrity investigative journalism award for his part in a Sunday Times probe into the Road to 9/11. For ARTnews Joe was nominated for a National Magazine Award for his part in uncovering Russian mafia infiltration of a famous Petersburg porcelain plant. He was the first to reveal plans by the UN to privatize some of its services and was among the first to report details of corruption in the UN procurement office.

Joe was a freelance correspondent for the Boston Globe at the United Nations from 1999 until the Globe shut down its foreign desk in 2007. He still reports from the UN for Independent Newspapers of South Africa, a chain that includes the Johannesburg Star. At the UN since 1990 he has covered the diplomacy surrounding both wars in Iraq; the break-up of Yugoslavia; the genocide in Rwanda, the crisis of Africa and the enduring problems of the Middle East.

Joe blogs for the Huffington Post and his columns have appeared on Common In addition, Joe was the New York correspondent for The Sunday Business, a London weekly from 2002 to 2007. He has five years experience as a wire service reporter for Bloomberg News and at the UN for the German Press Agency dpa.

In her book Right is Wrong, Arianna Huffington named Joe to the “honor roll” of reporters who did not buy the Bush administration’s rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

Joe has been interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, Wolf Blitzer on CNN, on the Leonard Lopate Show and frequently on radio by the BBC, ABC News and National Public Radio (including PRI's The World program). He's appeared numerous other times on CNN, UN TV, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg TV. Joe has traveled to more than 65 countries. He speaks German and Italian fluently and can read French and Spanish. His reporting has been quoted in 18 books. Joe has taught four semesters of journalism courses at the City University of New York. He has been an elected member of the executive committee of the UN Correspondents Association for the past six years.

Joe is the author with former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel of A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It, published by Seven Stories Press, with a foreword by Daniel Ellsberg. Please see:

Entries by Joe Lauria

Why Won't the US Ratify the UN's Children's Rights Convention?

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 9:35 AM

November 20 was the 25th anniversary of the adoption by the U.N. General Assembly of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It may come as a shock to many Americans to learn that the three rogue nations in the world that have refused to ratify this no-brainer convention...

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Getting Money in Gaza: An Interview With Palestine's Central Banker

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Amidst the destruction and death in Gaza, the Palestine Monetary Authority has kept cash flowing to a besieged population struggling to survive in a devastated economy.

Gaza's 45 bank branches have been mostly closed during the nearly month-long conflict, with working ATMs depending on the availability of generator fuel and...

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Elliot Rodger's Imagined Rejection

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 4:04 PM

In the 141-page manifesto/memoir of Elliot Rodger we find a motive so rarely and so clearly laid out, and it must be said, so well-written, that it gives us a unique insight into evil, and not necessarily mental illness. He appears to be a coldly rational murderer, extremely aware of...

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Why NSA Snooping is About a Lot More Than Just Our Privacy

(14) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here for the NPR TED Radio Hour segment on privacy and the TEDTalks that inspired this post.

Alessandro Acquisti in his TED talk tells us why privacy matters in a world in which it is vanishing. "Privacy is not about having something negative to hide,"...

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My Nightmare Last Night

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:34 PM

I was dozing off last night and started to have a nightmare about a future society where intelligence agencies teaming with big corporations would conspire to have all citizens walk around constantly with hand-held devices that would give authorities the ability to know every citizen's location at all times and...

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A History of 'Fear'

(8) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 9:01 PM

Despite the deep embarrassment and outrage caused by continuing revelations of the National Security Agency's abuse of power, meaningful reform is unlikely because, at heart, the Edward Snowden story is about money -- and political power. And Snowden has threatened both.

President Obama is considering adopting some NSA reforms recommended by...

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Turkey: CHP Leader Says He Would Consider Stepping Aside for Sarigul

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:44 AM

The head of Turkey's leading opposition party said he might consider stepping aside for a more charismatic leader to better challenge the ruling party of Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, who is reeling from high-profile arrests of his party insiders on corruption charges.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader since 2010 of...

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Snowden's Common Law Defense

(55) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 1:30 PM

The U.S. Senator who divulged the Pentagon Papers in Congress says Edward Snowden and other citizens with access to classified information should have the same immunity as members of Congress to make public secret documents exposing government wrongdoing.

Before Daniel Ellsberg, American's most important whistleblower until Snowden, leaked the Pentagon...

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Inauguration Shouldn't Be a Coronation

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Americans fought an eight-year war of liberation against not only the most powerful monarchy on Earth in 1775 but against monarchy itself. Yet once the dust settled and it was time to write a Constitution, compromises left America a legacy of monarchy now gone from most of Europe.

Among the...

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The Second Amendment: An Irrelevant Relic

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 10:17 AM

The Second Amendment was written after a war in which a new nation without a standing army defeated the biggest standing army on the planet. To defend itself, the new country relied on citizens arming themselves in civilian militias.

Ever since Britain had permanently garrisoned troops in Massachusetts to put...

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Why Israel Didn't Want to Invade Gaza

(10) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 5:53 PM

A former commander-in-chief of Israel's Navy said Israel was hesitant to launch a ground war in Gaza after learning a painful lesson four years ago about the diplomatic consequences of killing Palestinian civilians.

Ami Ayalon said the harsh international reaction to Israel's military conduct in Gaza in Operation Cast Lead...

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Democracy on the Ballot

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 12:43 PM

With opinion polls heading into Tuesday's election a dead heat, the result could come down to a controversial counting of ballots in a replay of Florida 2000. That could put the focus on how Americans vote, a story that has so far been a subtext to this presidential race.

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Why Palestine Is Already a State (Part One)

(16) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 7:41 PM

A combination of mistakes -- whether through ignorance or design -- and significant omissions of fact have left the American public misinformed about why the Palestinians have gone to the United Nations and what they are trying to achieve.

The biggest error repeated across the media in hundreds of headlines...

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"Time and Space" for Libyan Rebels

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 3:45 PM

The most important line in President Obama's Libya speech, missed by most analysts, was this: "With the time and space that we have provided for the Libyan people, they will be able to determine their own destiny, and that is how it should be."

This one line contains the kernel...

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Seven Points Obama Could Make Tonight

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 5:47 PM

Given the past decades of direct European control in Africa and the Middle East, and the more recent US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, it is more than understandable that Africans and Middle Easterners are highly suspicious of the precise motives for the NATO intervention in Libya.

President Obama...

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Inside Tahrir Square

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 7:10 PM

CAIRO, Egypt -- I was sitting in a hotel room in Amman, Jordan staring at Omar Suleiman's grim face on television as he read his 20-second statement on Friday night that Hosni Mubarak had at last been deposed. As the screen showed the throng going nuts in Tharir Square, I...

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Letter From Cairo

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 2:12 PM

CAIRO, Egypt -- I was sitting in a hotel room in Amman, Jordan staring at Omar Suleiman's grim face on television as he read his 20-second statement on Friday night that Mubarak had at last been deposed. As the screen showed the throng going nuts in Tharir Square, I booked...

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Specter of Past African Genocides Haunts U.S. in Sudan

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 12:22 PM

Washington's failed attempts to stop two African genocides in the past 16 years has influenced a so-far successful U.S. drive to prevent a new war and mass killings in south Sudan, according to current and former U.S. officials.

On Sunday, southerners in Sudan began a week-long referendum to vote for...

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China's Sudan Predicament

(8) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 2:26 PM

The age of ideology in China may soon be ending. Caught between its longstanding opposition to independence movements worldwide and its expanding economic interests, Beijing finds itself remarkably choosing to court a separatist government in south Sudan.

The south is scheduled to vote on January 9 on independence from Khartoum...

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Dealing with Dick Holbrooke's Considerable Charms

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 2:45 PM

I covered Richard Holbrooke for the Boston Globe when he was U.N. ambassador from 1999 to early 2001. I've covered about a dozen U.S. ambassadors at the U.N. since 1990. Holbrooke was the most engaging of them all.

One afternoon he invited me for lunch at his residence in...

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