Tuesday, June 2, 2009

02 Jun 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Ralph Nader and Labor Professor Harley Shaiken Discuss the Bankruptcy and Future of General Motors
Auto giant General Motors filed for Chapter 11 yesterday in one of the largest bankruptcy cases in US history. Shortly after the filing, GM said it would close fourteen more plants, including seven in Michigan, and cut up to 21,000 more jobs. More than 2,000 car dealerships will be shut down, as well. After the factory closings, GM will have fewer than 40,000 workers buildings cars in the United States, one-tenth of a workforce that numbered nearly 400,000 in the 1970s. [includes rush transcript]

Nader: Ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe Offered Bribe to Drop Out of 19 Battleground States in '04 Election
Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader accuses former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe of trying to bribe him to stay off the presidential ballot in nineteen so-called “battleground” states in 2004. McAuliffe is currently running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. [includes rush transcript]

Israeli Journalist Amira Hass on the Start of the UN's Probe into Possible Israeli War Crimes during Gaza War
The actions of the Israeli army during its twenty-two-day assault on the Gaza Strip earlier this year are back in the spotlight with the arrival of a United Nations delegation in Gaza this Monday. The fifteen-member team will be investigating possible war crimes and other violations of international law during Israel’s military assault. It’s headed by South African judge Richard Goldstone, who was the former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Israel opposes the investigation and denied the delegation visas, forcing them to enter Gaza through the Egyptian-controlled Rafah crossing.

Women’s Health Care Services Clinic in Wichita to Reopen Next Week
UN Enters Gaza for War Crimes Probe
Obama: US Must Be More “Honest” with Israel
Kidnapped Pakistani Students Rescued
Jimmy Carter Disagrees with Obama on Releasing Torture Photos
Cheney: Only Alternative to Guantanamo Is to Kill Terror Suspects
Number of Armed Contractors on Rise in Afghanistan and Iraq
Mauricio Funes Sworn In as New President of El Salvador
Baucus to Meet with Single-Payer Advocates
Protests Set for 200th Execution in Texas under Governor Perry
No More Deaths Activist on Trial in Arizona
Catholic Priest & Writer Thomas Berry, 1914-2009

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