Friday, May 30, 2008

Today's Democracy Now!

* Alleging War Crimes, British Activist, Writer George Monbiot Attempts Citizen's Arrest on Former UN Ambassador John Bolton *

John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, escaped a citizen's arrest Wednesday night as he addressed an audience in Britain. We speak to George Monbiot, the British activist and columnist who tried to arrest Bolton. Monbiot says Bolton is a war criminal for his role in helping to initiate the US invasion of Iraq.


* IndieBound: Independent Booksellers Join Forces to Promote Localism, Independence in Book Trade *

More than 30,000 people representing eighty countries are in Los Angeles this weekend for BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual three-day gathering. Among the groups is the American Booksellers Association, or ABA, the national trade association for independent booksellers. We speak to former ABA president Russ Lawrence.


* Three Former Gitmo Prisoners to Address US Audience in Historic Event *

This weekend, three former Guantanamo prisoners will talk for the first time to a US audience about their prison experiences. We speak to Almerindo Ojeda, UC Davis professor and principal investigator with the Guantanamo Testimonials Project, a UC Davis-based effort to catalog accounts of prisoner abuse.


* Veteran Journalist Robert Scheer on "The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America" *

Over the past four decades, veteran reporter Robert Scheer has built a reputation as one of the leading journalists in this country, from his time as a war correspondent during Vietnam to his widely read columns today. Over the years, he has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Clinton. He is the author of seven books. His latest is The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.


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