Thursday, March 12, 2009

12 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Reduce the Rate: Rev. Jesse Jackson Joins Movement Against Crippling Rates on Student Loans
Amid massive government bailouts of the nation’s banks, we speak to the Reverend Jesse Jackson about “Reduce the Rate,” his new campaign urging the Obama administration to slash the interest rates on crippling student loans. We also speak with Alan Collinge, founder of Student Loan Justice and author of The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History—and How We Can Fight Back. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Rev. Jesse Jackson on Attorney Gen. Holder's "Nation of Cowards" Speech, Education Reform, and Sen. Roland Burris
We get Rev. Jackson’s reaction to Attorney General Eric Holder’s branding of the US as a “nation of cowards,” a comment that drew a rebuke from President Obama. Rev. Jackson also talks about Obama’s plans to boost support for charter schools and his thoughts on the ongoing controversy surrounding Illinois Senator Roland Burris.

Michael Parenti: Economic Crisis the Inevitable Result of "Capitalism’s Self-inflicted Apocalypse"
Michael Parenti is a longtime political analyst and author of twenty books, including Democracy for the Few and Superpatriotism. Parenti writes, “Free-market corporate capitalism is by its nature a disaster waiting to happen.”

Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist Sentenced to 3 Years
Pakistan Arrests Activists, Bans Gathering Ahead of Anti-Gov. Protest
Obama Conditions Palestinian Aid on Recognizing Israel’s “Right to Exist”
Obama Seeks $100B for Global IMF Assistance
Hersh: Bush Admin Ran “Executive Assassination Ring”
Italy Court Dismisses Evidence in CIA Kidnap Trial
Obama Issues 1st Signing Statement
Foreclosures Rose 6% in February
Opening Door to Dismissal, Judge Faults Prosecutors on Al-Arian Plea Deal
Emphasizing Treatment, Obama Picks Seattle Police Chief for Drug Czar
Morales Calls for Decriminalizing Coca Leaf
Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Probe of Arizona Sheriff

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