Friday, August 21, 2009

21 Aug 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

"Astroturf Activism": Leaked Memo Reveals Oil Industry Effort to Stage Rallies Against Climate Legislation
A leaked memo reveals the American Petroleum Institute is asking oil companies to recruit employees, retirees and contractors to take part in rallies against climate change legislation. We speak with Greenpeace USA research director Kert Davies.

Influential Puerto Rican Activist Group the Young Lords Marks 40th Anniversary
This weekend marks the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the revolutionary community organizing group the Young Lords. The group called for self-determination for all Puerto Ricans, community control of institutions and land, freedom for all political prisoners and the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam, Puerto Rico and other areas. The Young Lords would also play a pivotal role in spreading awareness of Puerto Rican culture and history, leaving a legacy still felt today. We play excerpts of the documentary Palante, Siempre Palante!: The Young Lords and speak to three of the group’s original members: Luis Garden Acosta, Mickey Melendez, and Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez.

Headlines

12 Die in Suspected US Drone Strike
Report: Blackwater Involved in CIA Drone Program
CIA to Release Torture Report
Lithuania Hosted Secret CIA Prison
Military Lawyers Questioned for Seeking to Identify CIA Torturers
Ridge: Bush Admin Tried to Raise Alert Level Before ’04 Vote
40 Killed in Iraq Violence
26 Afghans Die in Election Day Attacks
Thousands March in Honduras for Zelaya’s Return
Iran Allows Inspections at Nuclear Sites
Families Urge Iran to Free Jailed Americans
Scotland Frees Libyan Jailed for Lockerbie Bombing
Iraq, Afghan War Veteran in Murder-Suicide
Judge: US Wrongly Froze Assets of Muslim Charity
FCC to Probe Wireless Industry


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