Friday, January 30, 2009

30 Jan 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Long Cleared of Terrorism Charges, Uyghurs Languish in Gitmo Prison and Albanian Exile
Uyghur prisoners at Guantanamo have long been determined to be not guilty of terrorism. But seventeen of these ethnic Muslim Chinese are still imprisoned at Guantanamo after almost eight years. Five were forcibly resettled in Albania, isolated and away from their families. We speak with their lawyer, Sabin Willett, and PBS FRONTLINE reporter Alexandra Poolos, who has followed their story for a new report. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Obama Continues Bush Policy of Deadly Airstrikes in Pakistan
In Pakistan, outrage continues to mount over a U.S. military attack approved by President Obama. Last Friday unmanned US Predator drones fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, killing as many as 22 people, including at least 3 children. We speak to Pakistani scholar Sahar Shafqat.

Despite Pledge to Limit Role, Lobbyists Still a Presence in Obama White House
Despite President Obama’s pledge to restrict former lobbyists in the White House, several are set to play key roles in his administration. The National Journal is reporting 14 of the 112 White House staffers that Obama has named had been registered as lobbyists at some point since 2005.

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Obama Denounces “Shameful” Wall Street Bonuses
Lobbyists Grossed Record $3.2B in 2008
Senate Backs Child Healthcare Expansion
Blagojevich Removed from Office in Unanimous Impeachment
Israeli Peace Offer Would Maintain 230,000 West Bank Settlers
Israeli FM Promises “Maximum Settlers” on Palestinian Land
French Workers Hold Nationwide Strike
Army Suicides at Record High
RNC Protester Accuses Informant of Entrapment
10 Arrested Blocking AIPAC Gala

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