Tuesday, June 9, 2009

09 Jun 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Shell to Pay Out $15.5 Million to Settle Landmark Lawsuit over Death of Nigerian Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa
The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay a $15.5 million settlement to avoid a trial over its alleged involvement in human rights violations in the Niger Delta. The case was brought on behalf of ten plaintiffs who accused Shell of complicity in the 1995 executions of Nigerian writer and environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others. We speak to Ken Wiwa, the son of Ken Saro-Wiwa, and attorney Judith Brown Chomsky. [includes rush transcript]

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Nurses Union Leader Rose Ann DeMoro Urge Obama to Embrace Single-Payer Healthcare System
President Obama is expected to host a group of Democratic Congress members at the White House later today. The meeting comes one week after Obama said he would consider supporting a mandate-based approach to healthcare and the creation of a public insurance option.

CIA: Keep Documents from Bush Era Sealed
Shell Pays $15.5 Million in Niger Delta Case
Peruvian Indigenous Leader Seeks Asylum
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Supreme Court Justices Delay Sale of Chrysler
Court: Judges Must Avoid Appearance of Bias
Court Declines to Hear Case to Save Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks
Former Guantanamo Prisoner Describes Being Abused
NY Times Criticized over Report “1 in 7 Detainees Rejoined Jihad”
First Guantanamo Inmate Transferred to US for Trial
FBI Defends Use of Informants Inside Mosques
Cuba Rejects Offer to Rejoin Organization of American States
Top UN Official Calls for Global Ban on Plastic Bags


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