Monday, September 21, 2009

21 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Ralph Nader on the G-20, Healthcare Reform, Mideast Talks and His First Work of Fiction, "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us"
As the United States prepares to host the Group of Twenty nations summit in Pittsburgh later this week, we speak with longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic, author and presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Nader discusses Congress’s failure to pass any meaningful financial reform on Wall Street over the past year and critiques Obama’s healthcare reform proposal. Ralph Nader also talks about his first work of fiction, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! Nader describes the book in terms of a practical utopia, a fictional vision that could become a new reality.

Iraqi Labor Leaders Denounce US Occupation & Iraq's Anti-Labor Laws
A group of Iraqi labor leaders are here in the United States trying to bring international attention to the lack of a basic labor law in Iraq guaranteeing the right to unionize without repression. Although the United States has scrapped several Saddam Hussein-era laws since the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, a 1987 law banning unions in all public-sector workplaces remains in place. Last week the AFL-CIO adopted a resolution defending Iraqi labor rights. We speak to Iraqi labor leaders Rasim Awadi and Falah Alwan.

Headlines

McChrystal: More US Troops Needed in Afghanistan
CIA Expands Presence in Afghanistan
Ex-CIA Chiefs Calls for Torture Probe to Be Dropped
Obama to Meet with Netanyahu and Abbas
UN Body Urges Israel to Allow Nuclear Inspections
Somali Militant Calls for Attacks on AU Forces
Three Arrested in Terror Probe for Making False Statements
FCC to Propose Net Neutrality Rules
Unemployment Rate in California Reaches 12.2%
Life Expectancy for Blacks in New Orleans Under 70 Years
Fox News Producer Caught Rallying Anti-Obama Protesters
Oil Trader Pays $49 Million for Illegal Dumping in Ivory Coast
Ghana Marks 100th Anniversary of Birth of Kwame Nkrumah


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