Thursday, October 23, 2008

23 Oct 2008: Today's Democracy Now!

Leading Pollster Predicts Obama Wins with 344 Electoral Votes
As the presidential race enters its final days, what do the polls say about the election outcome? We speak to Nate Silver, whose website has become a must read for hundreds of thousands of political junkies. [includes rush transcript]

Report: McCain Suppressed Info on Fellow Vietnam POWs Left Behind
We speak to Pulitzer-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg about how the “war hero” candidate Sen. John McCain buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam. Writing for The Nation magazine, Schanberg reveals that McCain “worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home.”

Indigenous Colombians Begin 10,000-Strong March Against Uribe Government
More than 10,000 indigenous Colombians have begun a protest march against President Alvaro Uribe. Marchers are protesting the militarization of their territories, the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, and the failure of Uribe’s administration to fulfill various accords with the indigenous communities. We speak to Rafael CoicuĂ©, an indigenous leader who lost sight in his left eye when he was assaulted by masked gunmen in his home, and Mario Murillo, a US journalist and professor currently in Colombia.

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