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It’s been one year since the brutal murder of the Washington Post’s Jamal Khash-og-ji at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. On the next Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll speak with FRONTLINE’S Martin Smith about a two-hour PBS documentary that looks into the rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his ties to the killing.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about US foreign policy under the Trump administration.

  On this edition of Your Call’s Media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the war in Yemen. According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s population is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and millions face starvation. What will it take to end the US-backed Saudi war on Yemen?


On the next Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the alleged killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Mounting evidence points to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in Khashoggi’s gruesome killing.

On this week's media roundtable, we’ll examine the state of local news across the country, Tuesday’s primaries, and money in politics. What grabbed your attention this week?

On this week’s weekly media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the US. How are reporters covering the $12.5 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, and the US role in the deadly Saudi-led war on Yemen?

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Last weekend, Mohamad Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince and the architect of the devastating war in Yemen, ordered the arrests of some of the country’s top political and business elites. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing crackdowns in Saudi Arabia.

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll speak with McClatchy’s Ben Weider about why the United Arab Emirates is paying the parent company of the Steve Bannon-linked firm Cambridge Analytica $330,000 for a social media campaign against Qatar.

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The nearly two-year US backed Saudi military attack on Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people.

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On the September 8th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the recently declassified documents about ties between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi Arabian government.

  On the August 26th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the United States’ role in Saudi Arabia’s yearlong war on Yemen.

Your Call weekly kudos: April 22nd, 2016

Apr 22, 2016

It is our Friday Media Roundtable and we are discussing President Obama's latest visit to Saudi Arabia and the issues with New York's primaries. 

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For decades, media has treated the Saudi Arabian woman as the posterchild for female oppression. But changes in the Kingdom are now challenging that image.


Your Call: What's behind falling oil prices?

Feb 7, 2016


On the February 8th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the fluctuations in the oil market. In the past two years, the price of oil has fallen from $100 a barrel to a 13-year low of $27 a barrel.

Your Call Weekly Kudos: January 8th, 2016

Jan 8, 2016

Every week on Your Call's Friday Media Roundtable, we ask the journalists on our panel to recommend great reporting they've seen this week.


Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in Istanbul gave kudos to fellow panelist Lee Fang for his coverage of Saudi Arabia at the Intercept. Also, Borzou gave kudos to The Guardian's Kareen Shaheen and his coverage of Syria.

On the January 8th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government executed a prominent Shiite dissident.

On September 4th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week. President Obama became the first US president to visit the Arctic to draw attention to the impacts of climate change.

Your Call: Who are the Houthis?

Apr 7, 2015
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On the April 7th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with reporter Safa Al Ahmad about her FRONTLINE documentary The Fight for Yemen. Her on the ground and often dangerous reporting from Yemen takes a rare and close-up look at Houthis and their rise to power. How did the Houthis gain power? As violent feuds tear Yemen apart and the death toll rises, what are the prospects for its future? What questions do you have about Yemen? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


On the February 3rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Saudi Arabia’s domestic and regional policies. Following the death of King Abdullah, the kingdom has been hailed as "an Island of stability in a volatile region." How did Saudi Arabia react to recent popular uprisings in the Arab world? what drives its policies? And what’s in store for its US-Saudi relations? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.



The world is united in grief over recent attacks on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Meanwhile, Muslims are facing violence in the aftermath. Many have denounced it, including the family of a Muslim police officer killed by the gunmen. And many Muslims say what’s needed is a dialogue between civilizations to understand each other on a human level. One way to do that is through sharing ancient art.

We’re used to making movies here in California, but there are still places in the world where that art form is rare. Like in Saudi Arabia, which recently submitted an entry to the Foreign Film category of the Academy Awards for the first time ever.