Thursday, August 6, 2009

06 Aug 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Somali-Canadian Rapper K'naan on Journey from Civil War Refugee to Global Hip-Hop Artist, and the Devastating Effects of US Policy in Somalia
As Secretary Hillary Clinton meets with Somali President Sheikh Ahmed Sharif today, we turn to a different voice from the war-ravaged country of Somalia. K’naan is a Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist who moved away at a young age to escape the civil war that had engulfed his country. We speak to K’naan about on his life, his music, and the impact of US policy in Somalia.

British Anthropologist Jeremy Keenan on "The Dark Sahara: America's War on Terror in Africa"
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her seven-nation tour of Africa, we hear from British anthropologist Jeremy Keenan. He traces AFRICOM, the US military command in Africa, to a 2003 kidnapping of European tourists. The hostage taking was widely blamed on Islamic militants thought to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, but Keenan argues that the Bush administration and the Algerian government were the ones responsible.

Immigration Overhaul Includes End to Jailing Families at Hutto
Admin Assures Drug Companies on Opposing Price Negotiations
US Backs Off Zelaya Support as Anti-Coup Protests Rise
Chavez: US Bases in Colombia Could Spark “War”
Troop Request Could Still Follow Afghan Strategy Review
Afghan War Resister Sentenced to One-Month Term
Freed Journalists Return to US from North Korea
64th Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

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