TIJ journalists interview Mohamed Amrouni, age 23, a captured Islamic State member jailed in Syria for the past year and a half. He shifts nervously in his plastic chair in front of a camera as he expresses “deep regret. ” Award-winning TIJ journalist Lindsey Snell produces a story about his radicalization in his home country Tunisia in 2013 until his capture and sheds light on the saga around the fate of thousands of Islamic State fighters locked up in Syria and Iraq as ISIS loses ground. Lindsey Snell knows his family in Tunisia and kept in touch with him online despite his assertions then that he ‘loves’ killing Kufars–nonbelievers and that he would kill Snell too.
For close to two decades, Venezuela has been on a precipitous decline, suffering economically, freedoms being vanquished, and the rule of law spiraling into chaos. 56 countries, mostly from Europe and the West, now recognize democratic reformer Juan Guaidó as president – while the rest of the world still supports Venezuela’s dictator – Nicolás Maduro. The struggle for the future of this country; two visions, one democratic, the other kleptocratic has one distinct population group wedged in the middle – Venezuela’s refugees, including over 1 million children. To discuss the situation of the only failed state in the Western Hemisphere, the Investigative Journal is joined by: Francisco Santos Calderón, Colombia Ambassador to the United States, from Washington DC., Brian Fincheltub, Embassy of Venezuela to the United States, Chief of Staff to Deputy Chief of Mission from New York City and Dr. Shelly Whitman, Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, Executive Director from Halifax, Nova Scotia)