Wednesday, September 2, 2009

02 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Iraqi Journalist Detained for a Year Without Charge by US Forces Despite Iraqi Court Order to Release Him
A year ago today, US and Iraqi forces raided the home of Iraqi journalist Ibrahim Jassam, a freelance photographer working for Reuters. Soldiers seized his computer hard drive and cameras. He was led away, handcuffed and blindfolded. For the past year the US military has held Jassam without charge. Ten months ago, the Iraqi Central Criminal Court ordered his release for lack of evidence, but the US military refused to release him, claiming he was a “high security threat.”

"American Casino" - Doc Investigates Roots of the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown and Tells the Stories of Its Victims
The subprime mortgage meltdown was at the heart of what’s been called the Great Recession of 2008. It caused more than a million Americans to lose their homes and brought Wall Street to its knees. A new documentary opening today in New York takes on the subprime crisis, tracking its roots on Wall Street and Washington and profiling some of its victims, mainly African American families who lost their homes. We play highlights and speak with filmmakers Leslie and Andrew Cockburn.

Headlines


CIA Won’t Release Docs on Bush Admin Role in Torture, Secret Prisons
Afghan Deputy Intel Chief Among 23 Killed in Mosque Bombing
Firm Protecting US Embassy in Kabul Accused of Widespread Misconduct
Study: Contractor Use at Record High in Afghanistan
Report: US Plans 14,000 Additional Combat Troops in Afghanistan
Report: US Extends Blackwater Contract in Iraq
Iraq Deaths at Highest Level in 13 Months
3 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Attacks on Gaza, West Bank
Zelaya to Meet Clinton in Washington
Chile Seeks Mass Arrests for Abuses under Pinochet
Ex-Guatemalan Military Official Convicted for Junta-Era Disappearances
Chevron Accuses Ecuadorian Judge of Corruption in Amazon Case
Study: Low-Wage Workers Subject to Routine Violations
Wall Street Execs Reaped Windfall from Market Rebound
Labor, Environmental Groups Challenge Wal-Mart
EPA to Designate CO2 a Pollutant; Senate Delays Climate Bill


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