Tuesday, August 12, 2008

12 Aug 2008: Today's Democracy Now!

Bolivian President Evo Morales Wins Critical Referendum on His Presidency
More than 63 percent voted to back Morales’ government—nearly ten points more than the 54 percent that elected him in December 2005. The recall pitted Morales against governors who have pushed for autonomy for their resource-rich provinces. [includes rush transcript]

Federal Judge Rules US Government Owes Group of Native Americans $455 Million for Unpaid Royalties on Drilling for Oil and Gas
We speak to Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in what was the largest class-action lawsuit against the US government. The Native American plaintiffs were seeking $47 billion, the total amount of lost royalties since 1887. [includes rush transcript]

China Deports 28 Members of Students for a Free Tibet for Staging Protests in Beijing
We speak to John Hocevar, founder of Students for a Free Tibet, and the citizen journalist Noel Hidalgo, aka noneck, both of whom were just deported by China. Hidalgo used his cell phone to film most of the footage of the protests shown across the world.

Chinese American Writer & Activist Helen Zia on the Olympic Games, the Role of Protest and President Bush's Visit to Beijing
In a piece called “Why I Will Carry the Olympic Torch,” Helen Zia wrote earlier this year, “A peaceful and better world is possible through friendly engagement and mutual understanding, not violent confrontation and polarization. It’s an Olympic message, a possible dream that our global civilization and everyone who is a part of it can aspire to—and for which I am proud to carry a torch.”

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