Monday, September 14, 2009

14 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

No Celebration of Occupation: 1,500 Artists and Writers Sign Letter Protesting Toronto Film Festival Decision to Spotlight Tel Aviv
A protest at the Toronto International Film Festival has taken center stage after a group of artists and writers signed a letter of protest against the festival’s decision to spotlight the city of Tel Aviv. Activists say the TIFF spotlight plays into Israel’s attempt to improve its global image in the wake of the assault on the Gaza Strip and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian land. Over 1,500 people have signed the letter, called “The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation,” including Jane Fonda, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte. We speak with journalist and author Naomi Klein, who helped draft the letter. [includes rush transcript]

Naomi Klein on "Minority Death Match: Jews, Blacks and the 'Post-Racial' Presidency"
We speak with journalist Naomi Klein about her latest article for Harper’s Magazine, “Minority Death Match: Jews, Blacks and the ‘Post-Racial’ Presidency.” The piece examines the World Conference Against Racism that was held in Geneva this past April, a follow-up to the first racism conference in Durban, South Africa in 2001. There was a major boycott with the Obama administration refusing to attend, claiming the conference would unfairly target Israel. Critics say the controversy over Israel could have been an excuse to avoid dealing with the conference’s key issues, including addressing the legacy of slavery.

NYT Investigation Exposes Severity of Nationwide Water Contamination; Corporations Violated Clean Water Act Over 500,000 Times in Last Five Years
A major investigation by the New York Times has found that chemical companies have violated the Clean Water Act more than 500,000 times in the last five years. Most of the violations have gone unpunished, with state regulators taking significant action in just three percent of all cases. An estimated one in ten Americans has been exposed to drinking water that has dangerous chemicals or falls short of federal standards. We speak with Charles Duhigg, the New York Times reporter who carried out the investigation.

Headlines


US Agrees to Talks with Iran
Court Dismisses Torture Suit Against CACI International
Gen. McChrystal: No Large al-Qaeda Presence in Afghanistan
Karzai Accused of Using State Funds to Bribe Elders Ahead of Election
Right-Wing Activists Gather in Washington Against Obama
State Dept. Revokes Visa of Leader of Honduran Coup Government
Six Groups Sue to Gain Right to Protest at G20 in Pittsburgh
EPA to Review 79 Permits for Mountaintop Removal
Anti-Abortion Protester Shot Dead in Michigan
Six Activists and Journalist Arrested at Protest Against Army Experience Center
Hiroshoma Mayor Calls for Nuclear-Free World by 2020


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