Monday, January 12, 2009

12 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Fmr. Clinton Special Counsel Lanny Davis vs. Israeli Professor Neve Gordon: A Debate on the Israeli Assault on Gaza
Israel has poured thousands of reservists into Gaza as Israeli troops push deeper into Gaza City in the seventeenth day of fighting. Nearly 900 Palestinians have now died, including 275 children. Another 4,100 Palestinians have been injured. The Israeli death toll is at thirteen. We host a debate on the crisis with Lanny Davis, senior adviser to the Israel Project and the former special counsel to President Clinton, and with Neve Gordon, an Israeli professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. [includes rush transcript]

Kucinich Cites Arms Export and Control Act in Decision to Vote Against House Measure Supporting Israeli Offensive
Both the House and Senate passed non-binding resolutions last week overwhelmingly supporting Israel’s offensive in Gaza. On Thursday, the Senate passed the resolution by a unanimous voice vote. The House voted on a similar bill on Friday that passed by a vote of 390 for and five against. Twenty-two representatives voted “present.” We speak with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) who voted against the measure. [includes rush transcript]

Tens of Thousands Demonstrate Globally Against Israeli Actions, Jewish Women Among Those Leading Protests
Tens of thousands of people took to streets over the weekend in cities across the globe to demonstrate against Israel’s assault on Gaza. Some of the protests have been organized by Jewish groups who are speaking out against Israel’s actions. We speak with two Jewish women for peace: Dorothy Zellner, one of fifteen Jews who have signed a call for a protest in front of the Israeli consulate in New York, and Judy Rebick, who organized a sit-in comprised of Jewish Canadian women at the Israeli consulate in Toronto. [includes rush transcript]

Death Toll in Gaza Approaches 900
Israel Criticized for Using White Phosphorus in Gaza
Israel Admits Error in Bombing of UN School
Bush Rejected Israeli Request to Prepare for Iran Attack
Over 500,000 Lose Job in December; Official Unemployment Rate at 7.2%
Obama: Guantanamo Will Not Be Closed in First 100 Days
Obama Suggests No Prosecution for Bush Admin Crimes
Bush Admits OKing Torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Illinois House Votes to Impeach Blagojevich
Son of Charles Taylor Sentenced to 97 Years for Torture
Leonard Peltier to be Moved to New Prison
10,000 Gallons of Slurry Spills Out at Coal Plant in Alabama


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