Friday, March 13, 2009

13 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Obama Signals Readiness to Further Militarize Drug War with Potential Deployment of National Guard to Mexico Border
President Obama is considering deploying National Guard troops along the border with Mexico in response to the escalating drug war. More than 7,000 people have been killed in Mexico in drug-related violence in the last year. Much of the drug-related violence in Mexico has been fueled by the ability of drug cartels to purchase AK-47 assault rifles and other arms in the United States. We host a roundtable discussion with Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy, NYU professor and author Greg Grandin, and Paul Helmke of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. [includes rush transcript]

El Salvador Holds National Elections Amidst Renewed GOP Threats Against Electing FMLN
Two Republican lawmakers have issued threats over the outcome of Sunday’s national elections in El Salvador. On Thursday, Republican Congress members Trent Franks of Arizona and Dan Burton of Indiana said Salvadorans living in the US could lose their immigration status and the right to send remittances home if the leftist FMLN party wins the vote. Polls indicate the FMLN will beat the right-wing ARENA party, which has long had close ties to Washington. [includes rush transcript]

Business, Labor Groups Clash Over Legislation to Ease Workers' Barriers to Forming Unions
A fierce battle is brewing between labor unions and business groups over the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to form a union. If passed, the Employee Free Choice Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act to allow workers to form a union if a majority of them signed a card or petition. We host a debate between Stewart Acuff of the AFL-CIO and James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation. [includes rush transcript]

Madoff Jailed After Guilty Plea
Fed: US Families Lost Record 18% of Wealth in 2008
Report: Global Warming Inaction Could Cost 1/3 of World GDP
US Restores Funding to UN Population Fund
Spending Bill Moves US Toward Cluster Ban
US Attack Kills 18 in Pakistan
Defying Crackdown, Pakistanis Begin Protest March
Hamas Criticizes Rocket Attacks
Doctors Without Borders Withdraws Remaining Darfur Aid Workers After Kidnapping
US Opposes Harm Reduction at UN Drug Talks
GOPers Threaten Salvadorans over Election Outcome
RNC Chair Apologizes for Apparent Pro-Choice Stance
Study: Half of Infant Products Contain Carcinogens


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