Tuesday, April 28, 2009

28 Apr 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Injured War Zone Contractors Fight to Get Care from AIG and Other Insurers
The bailed-out insurance giant AIG has come under intense criticism for handing out hundreds of millions in bonuses to top executives and billions in payments to other financial firms, all while receiving taxpayer aid. But new disclosures on its handling of insurance claims add a fresh angle to the ongoing scrutiny of AIG. According to the investigative website ProPublica, AIG and other top insurance companies have routinely denied medical benefits to civilian contractors wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many workers have returned home to face long, grinding battles for basic medical care, artificial limbs and psychological counseling.

Gold Star Father John Scripsick Remembers His Son Killed in Iraq
The Obama administration is mulling plans to delay withdrawing troops from urban areas by July 1st if renewed violence continues to grow. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement during a surprise visit to Iraq this weekend. Troops will now likely remain in Mosul and Baghdad after the deadline. Clinton’s comments come as over 155 Iraqis have died in recent days in a series of suicide attacks. Friday’s killing of more than sixty people at a Shiite shrine in Baghdad was Iraq’s deadliest bombing since last June. We speak to John Scripsick, an Oklahoma farmer, whose son Bryan was killed on September 6, 2007, while serving in Iraq.

Why Are Record Numbers of US Soldiers Committing Suicide?
The US military is grappling with a record number of soldier suicides. At least thirteen soldiers took their lives last month. That’s down from the twenty-four military suicides in January and eighteen in February, but still in line with the most number of suicides since record keeping began. As many as 143 soldiers reportedly took their own lives last year. We speak with Emma Prophet, an investigator at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

Davis Joyce, Author of "Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State”
Historian Davis Joyce looks back at the Tulsa race riots and the significance of Oklahoma in US history. He is a Professor Emeritus of History at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. His books include An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History and Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State.

Government Might Become Majority GM Shareholder
Report: UAW to Own 55% of Chrysler under Restructuring Deal
WHO Raises Pandemic Threat Level over Swine Flu Fears
CDC Dismisses EU Travel Advisory
380 Same-Sex Couples Marry in Iowa
91 Disability Rights Activists Arrested Outside White House
Five Members of Congress Arrested at Sudanese Embassy
Seven Greenpeace Activists Arrested
Blackwater Training Site in Illinois Picketed; 22 Arrested
30,000 Pakistanis Flee Fighting in Northwest Region
Sri Lanka Blocks UN Aid Mission
Obama Admin Seeks Reversal of Mountaintop Mining Rule
Report: Israel Built 9,000 Homes in Occupied Territories under Olmert
Group: 2008 Was Deadliest Year for Palestinians since 1948
Detained Iranian American Journalist Continues Hunger Strike

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