Friday, January 16, 2009

16 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder Declares "Waterboarding Is Torture"
President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to be Attorney General, Eric Holder, has declared waterboarding to be a form of torture and has vowed to shut down Guantanamo Bay. At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder was questioned about torture, the pardoning of fugitive billionaire Marc Rich and the commutation of sentences of sixteen members of the Puerto Rican independence group the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known as FALN. We play highlights. [includes rush transcript]

Bloody Israeli Assault on Gaza Enters Fourth Week, Palestinian Death Toll Tops 1,100
It’s Day 21 of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Israeli warplanes attacked forty targets across Gaza overnight, as Israeli troops backed by tanks have pushed deep into the heart of Gaza City. Since Israel started its bombardment of Gaza, over 1,100 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 wounded. At least 700 civilians are among the dead, including more than 350 children. We speak with Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi. [includes rush transcript]

Palestinian Astrophysicist in US Recounts How His 11-Year-Old Son Died When Israeli Warplanes Bombed His Family's House
As the Palestinian death toll in Israel’s assault on Gaza climbs above 1,100, we take a look behind the statistics. Suleiman Baraka is a Palestinian astrophysicist working at Virgnia Tech with NASA. His eleven-year-old son Ibrahim was killed in an Israeli air strike on his house. His wife and three other children are now homeless in Gaza, along with seventeen members of his family. In his first broadcast interview in the US, Suleiman Baraka tells his story. We also speak with Suleiman’s brother, Sayed, who arrived at the house seconds after it was bombed. [includes rush transcript]

Amidst Ceasefire Talk, Israel Continues Gaza Bombing
Reports: Hamas Agrees to One-Year Truce
UN, Care Suspend Aid Delivery After Israeli Bombings
Israeli Human Rights Groups Urge Lifting of Gaza Blockade
“Free Gaza” Ship Returns to Cyprus After Israeli Threats
UN General Assembly Meets on Gaza Attack
Protesters Block Israeli Consulates in L.A., San Francisco
Senate Releases Remaining $350B in Bailout Money
Burris Sworn in to Senate
CIA Director: Obama Won’t Probe Bush Admin Torture
Concerns Raised for Health of Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist
FISA Court Orders Telecoms to Aid Gov’t Spying
US Settles Wrongful Death Case by Family of Iraq Veteran
Sri Lankan Editor, Government Critic Assassinated
Study: Segregation on Rise in US Schools

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