Wednesday, June 24, 2009

24 Jun 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Pakistani Opposition Politician Imran Khan on U.S. Drone Attacks, the "Massive Human Catastrophe" in the Swat Valley and the Escalation of War in Afghanistan
At least 60 people have reportedly died in the South Waziristan region of western Pakistan after a U.S. drone attack Tuesday. The attack came as the Pakistani army and airforce expanded their military operations from Swat into South Waziristan. We speak with Pakistani opposition figure and cricketing legend Imran Khan, the leader of the political party known as the Movement for justice. Khan has been an outspoken critic of both U.S. drone attacks as well as the Pakistani military’s offensive against the Taliban.

Hamid Dabshai on Iran Protests: "This is Not Another Revolution. This is a Civil Rights Movement"
In Iran, supporters of opposition leader Mir Hussain Mousavi have called for another protest in Tehran today in defiance of the government ban. At least 19 demonstrators have been killed in the 10 days since the election of June 12th. The government continues to detain journalists and activists and has set up a special court for demonstrators. We speak with Columbia University professor, Hamid Dabashi. He writes, “I see the moment we are witnessing as a civil rights movement rather than a push to topple the regime.”

Actress Daryl Hannah, Climate Scientist James Hansen Among 30+ Arrested Protesting Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia
More than 30 people were arrested on Tuesday–including NASA climate scientist James Hansen and actress Daryl Hannah–protesting mountaintop removal in West Virginia. The protesters were charged with obstructing officers and impeding traffic after they sat down in the middle of the road outside of the facility run by Massey Energy. It was the latest protest in a growing civil disobedience campaign against mountaintop removal. We speak with actress Daryl Hannah and community activist Bo Webb.

US Drone Attack Kills 60 in Pakistan
Defying Ban, Iranian Opposition Calls for Mass Protest
Obama Defends Public Health Plan, But Signals Willingness to Drop It
Group: Dem Proposal Could Hurt Low-Income Job Seekers
U.S. Rules Out Panel’s Call for 40% Emissions Cut
House to Vote on Climate Bill
Iraq to Auction Oil Contracts to Foreign Companies
Kyrgyzstan Reverses Move to Close U.S. Military Base
Report: Israel Authorizes 300 New Settlement Homes
U.S. to Return Ambassador to Syria
Veterans of Kenyan Anti-Colonial Struggle Sue Britain
31 Arrested at West Virginia Anti-Coal Protest
Obama Admin Drafts Safeguards for Transgender Federal Employees
Study Finds Tenuous Claims in Most “Green” Consumer Products
D.C. Transit Officials Were Warned on Subway Cars Before Fatal

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