Tuesday, March 17, 2009

17 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Report: Communities of Color Bear Heaviest Burden in Recession
As the rage around AIG bonuses continues to grow, underscoring again the question of who benefits in an economic meltdown, we look at who is hurt the worst: communities of color around the country. A new report by the Center for Social Inclusion finds that communities of color continue to be disproportionately deprived of infrastructure spending, job creation and other key government services. The report’s authors call for the government to use some of the billions in federal stimulus money to focus on the needs of communities of color. [includes rush transcript]

"Engaging the Muslim World" - Middle East Analyst Juan Cole on US Policy in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and Beyond
Juan Cole, a longtime analyst of US-Mideast affairs and a professor of history at the University of Michigan, takes an in-depth look at US foreign policy under the Obama administration, from the plan for withdrawal from Iraq, to the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, the continued US drone attacks inside Pakistan, US policy toward Israel and the Occupied Territories and much more. Cole joins us on the first day of the publication of his new book, Engaging the Muslim World.

Lawyers Group Urges Bush Be Arrested or Barred from Canada in First Trip Abroad Since Leaving Office
As former President George W. Bush heads to Canada today for his first trip abroad since leaving the White House, a group of Canadian lawyers are trying to block Bush’s entry into their country. Lawyers Against the War says Bush should be either barred or detained for condoning the use of torture at overseas jails. If Canadian officials won’t deny Bush entry, the lawyers say Bush should be arrested and tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Outrage Grows over AIG Bonuses
Andrew Cuomo Subpoenas AIG over Bonuses
Treasury Report: Banks Decrease Lending After Bailout
Tristan Anderson Remains in Critical Condition in Israeli Hospital
Protesters Condemn Israeli Military for Shooting US Activist
UN Urged to Investigate War Crimes Committed in Gaza
Netanyahu Offers Foreign Ministry Post to Far-Right Politician
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Becomes Web-Only Newspaper
Report: 3% Of Washington, D.C. Population Has HIV or AIDS
Legal Group Campaigns to Have Attorney Linked to Torture Memos Disbarred
Khatami Withdraws from Iranian Presidential Race
Record Number of Immigrants Being Held in US
Richard Aoki, Former Black Panther, 1938-2009

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