Thursday, January 15, 2009

15 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Ex-Officer Charged in Oakland Killing of Unarmed Black Passenger
A former transit officer in Oakland, California has been arrested on murder charges in connection to the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed African American man who was shot dead while he was lying face down on the ground on the train platform. The shooting gained international attention after cell phone videos of the killing were posted on YouTube by train passengers. The killing sparked a series of protests in what has been described by some as the Oakland rebellion. [includes rush transcript]

As Shinseki Vows to Transform VA, a Look at "Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans"
President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, retired Army General Eric Shinseki, vowed to transform the VA during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. We speak with journalist Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle against America’s Veterans. [includes rush transcript]

Israel Pounds Gaza: Shells Crowded Hospital, UN Compound and Building Housing Media Organizations
Israeli forces are continuing to pound Gaza City, hitting civilian targets, including a UN building, a hospital and a building housing several media organizations, in some of the heaviest shelling in nearly three weeks. Israeli troops backed by helicopter gunships, tanks and heavy guns have pushed deep into densely populated neighborhoods. We go to Gaza City to speak with retired physician Dr. Moussa El-Haddad, and we speak with Christopher Gunness, the spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency.

US Rabbis Urge Obama to Push for Gaza Ceasefire
A coalition of American rabbis and other religious, cultural and community leaders bought a full-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and for President-elect Barack Obama to convene an international Middle East peace conference. The initiative was led by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine. [includes rush transcript]


Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Headlines for January 14, 2009
Leading Israeli Scholar Avi Shlaim: Israel Committing “State Terror” in Gaza Attack, Preventing Peace
White Phosphorous and Dense Inert Metal Explosives: Is Israel Using Banned and Experimental Munitions in Gaza?
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Headlines for January 13, 2009
“An Unconscionable Legacy”–Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas on the Bush Presidency
Pro-Israel Supporters Praise Gaza Assault as Justified Despite Mounting Civilian Death Toll
“Catastrophically Misguided and Incomprehensible Policy”–Renowned Jewish Playwright Tony Kushner Speaks Out Against Israel’s Assault on Gaza
Gaza Suffers Most Intense Bombardment of 18-Day Israeli Assault

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