Friday, March 20, 2009

20 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Israel Promises Internal Probe After Soldiers Describe Civilian Killings, Lax Rules of Engagement in Gaza Attack
The Israeli Military Advocate General has for the first time called for criminal inquiries into the conduct of Israeli troops in Gaza. The request came in response to soldiers’ testimonies that described loose rules of engagement, troops firing on unarmed civilians, and troops intentionally vandalizing property during the three-week assault on Gaza. We speak to Gaza-based journalist Amira Hass of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. [includes rush transcript]

Palestinian Doctor, Peace Advocate Recounts Israeli Attack on Home that Killed 3 Daughters, Niece
Palestinian gynecologist and peace advocate Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish speaks to Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat and Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films in his home in Jabaliya, Gaza, where Israeli shells killed three of his daughters and a niece two months ago. Walking through his daughters’ room, he points out the remnants from the attack: blood stained walls, books, clothes, hand-drawn pictures, gaping holes that were once windows, burned out bits of computers, twisted pieces of metal, destroyed cupboards, shattered glass, and shrapnel. [includes rush transcript]

Protest Planned Outside NY Immigration Office to Stop Deportations of 30,000 Haitians
Haitian organizations are calling for a demonstration today outside the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement here in New York to call on the Obama administration to immediately grant Temporary Protected Status to the 30,000 undocumented Haitians in the United States who are currently threatened with deportation back to Haiti. We speak with author, activist and TransAfrica founder, Randall Robinson. His most recent book is An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President.

Seeking Return of AIG Payouts, House OKs Tax on Bonuses
Geithner Admits Requesting Bonus Protection Provision
AIG Sues for Return of $300M in Taxes
Probe: Bailout Firms Owe $220M in Taxes
Obama Releases Videotaped Overture to Iran
Obama Admin Seeks to Double Afghan Forces
Israeli Soldiers Recount Killings of Unarmed Palestinians
UN Human Rights Investigator Accuses Israel of War Crimes
Bush Admin Aide: US Knowingly Jailed Innocents Seized in Afghanistan
El Salvador, Costa Rica Renew Cuba Ties
Protests Mark 6th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion

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