Tuesday, March 24, 2009

24 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Thomas Geoghegan on "Infinite Debt: How Unlimited Interest Rates Destroyed the Economy"
The Obama administration unveils its $1 trillion dollar plan to buy toxic assets from banks and restore the financial system. But should we return to the way it was? We speak with Chicago lawyer Thomas Geoghegan about his new Harper’s magazine cover story, “Infinite Debt: How Unlimited Interest Rates Destroyed the Economy.” Geoghegan writes, “We dismantled the most ancient of human laws, the law against usury, which had existed in some form in every civilization from the time of the Babylonian Empire to the end of Jimmy Carter’s term.”

20 Years After Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Alaskan Coastline Remains Contaminated, Residents Still Struggle For Justice
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The Exxon Valdez spilled 11 millions gallons of crude oil into the fishing waters of Prince William Sound. The spill contaminated more than 1,200 miles of Alaska’s shoreline and killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds and marine animals. It also dealt a staggering blow to the residents of local fishing towns, and the effects of the disaster are still being felt today. We speak with Riki Ott, a community activist, marine toxicologist, former commercial salmon fisherma’am and author of two books on the spill. Her latest is “Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Spill.”

Senate Dems Delay Vote to Tax Bank Bonuses
AIG Executives to Return $50 Million in Bonuses
Report: Geithner Changed Plan After Pressure from Hedge Funds
EPA: Greenhouse Gases Pose Danger
UN Official Accuses Israel Of War Crimes in Gaza
PLO Official Assassinated in Lebanon
UN: Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi Violates International Law
U.S. Tried to Silence Binyam Mohamed With Plea Bargain
South Africa Bars Dalai Lama From Peace Conference
Sen. Sanders Attemps To Block Obama Nominee
Vermont Senate Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Labor Union UNITE-HERE Splits
Canadian Seal Hunt Faces Criticism
Study: Lots of Red Meat Increases Mortality Risk

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