Wednesday, September 16, 2009

16 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

UN Inquiry Finds Israel "Punished and Terrorized" Palestinian Civilians, Committed War Crimes During Gaza Assault
A United Nations fact-finding mission has found Israel “punished and terrorized” civilians in its three-week assault on Gaza earlier this year and cited strong evidence that Israeli forces committed “grave breaches” of the Geneva Conventions. More than 1,400 Palestinians—about a third of them women and children—were killed in the assault. We get analysis from author and Israel-Palestine scholar Norman Finkelstein. [includes rush transcript]

"The Most Dangerous Man in America": New Documentary Chronicles Story of Daniel Ellsberg, Whose Leak of the Pentagon Papers Helped End Vietnam War
Daniel Ellsberg once faced espionage charges and possibly life in prison after leaking what became known as the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page classified history outlining the true extent of US involvement in Vietnam. Daniel Ellsberg’s actions directly contributed to the end of Nixon presidency and the Vietnam War. His story is chronicled in the new documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. We speak to Ellsberg, his wife Patricia, and the film’s co-director, Judith Ehrlich.

Headlines

UN Probe Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza
Military Chief Expects Troop Increase in Afghanistan
Obama Opposes Habeas Corpus for Bagram Prisoners
Admin Wants Renewal of Domestic Spying Methods
Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist Alleges Torture
Hondurans Mark Independence Day with Opposing Rallies
Greenpeace Protest Shuts Down Canadian Oil Sands Mine
Report: US, Europeans Divided on Climate Proposals
Admin Unveils New Fuel Economy Standards
Baucus Unveils Healthcare Bill
House Rebukes GOP Lawmaker for Speech Outburst
Carter: Racism Fuels Obama Attacks


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