Friday, January 9, 2009

09 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Did Obama Aide Admiral Dennis Blair Lie to Congress?
President-Elect Obama is expected to name his intelligence team today, Leon Panetta for the CIA, John Brennan as a key White House adviser, and Admiral Dennis Blair as director of National Intelligence. Blair, as Allan Nairn reported on Democracy Now!, was implicated in backing the perpetrators of church massacres in East Timor in 1999. Award-winning investigative reporter Allan Nairn reveals new information that indicates he may have lied to Congress.

As Obama Issues Dire Warning on Economy, a Look at "The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them"
For the 50 million Americans with 401(k) retirement plans, 2008 is a year many wish they could forget. Workers saw their 401(k) plans lose between 20 and 30 percent of their value as the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst year since the Great Depression. We speak with Teresa Ghilarducci, director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, about her new book, “When I’m Sixty-Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them.”

Nothing to Fear: Adam Cohen on "FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America"
The current economic crisis has often been cited as the worst the country has seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took his oath of office in March 1933, over 10,000 banks had collapsed, following the stock market crash of 1929. One-quarter of American workers were unemployed, and people were fighting over scraps of food. We speak with Adam Cohen, author of “Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America.”

Israel Continues Gaza Attack as Security Council Calls for Ceasefire
Palestinian Toll Reaches 778; At Least 200 Children Killed
UN, Red Cross Suspend Relief Work After Lethal Israeli Attacks on Aid Convoys
WHO: 21 Palestinian Medical Workers Killed in Gaza Attack
UN: 30 Died in Israeli Shelling of Crowded Home
Carter: Israel Broke Gaza Truce
Protests Worldwide Decry Gaza Attack
Senate Affirms Support for Attack on Gaza
Kucinich Calls for Probe on U.S.-Supplied Weapons to Israel
Report: Obama to Hold Talks With Hamas
Brennan Appointed Obama Counter-Terror Advisor
105 Arrested Protesting Oakland Police Shooting of Unarmed Man

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