Thursday, July 31, 2008

Today's Democracy Now!


Raj Patel on the Collapse of the World Trade Organization Talks
Talks to expand the World Trade Organization have collapsed after a week of negotiations. The talks broke down in part because India and other developing nations demanded the right to protect their farming sectors against heavily subsidized imports. The U.S. refused to accept the protections, and insisted on giving U.S. corporations greater access to markets in India, China and other nations.

Plan Mexico and the U.S.-Funded Militarization of Mexico
We broadcast a report from Mexico produced by “Inside USA” (Al Jazeera English) on the U.S. role in Mexico’s growing drug war. And we speak about the Plan Mexico initiative with Avi Lewis, Laura Carlsen and John Gibler.

GOP Congressional Candidate Accuses Al Jazeera of Trying to Kidnap Him In Florida
Al Jazeera host Avi Lewis discusses the bizarre story of Allen West – a retired Army lieutenant and Congressional candidate who recently accused Al Jazeera of trying to kidnap him after a booker from the network asked him to appear on the show. “I don’t know if it was a kidnapping attempt,” West told The New York Daily News. “But I am not going to entrust Al Jazeera with my life. I said, ‘Cancel the interview!’”


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