Tuesday, September 22, 2009

22 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Report from Honduras: Ousted President Manuel Zelaya Returns to Honduras in Defiance of Coup Government
We go live to the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, where Manuel Zelaya has sought refuge. After Zelaya’s dramatic return, the coup government ordered a curfew, but thousands of Zelaya supporters defied the ban and rallied outside the Brazilian embassy. Earlier this morning police fired tear gas outside the embassy to disburse the crowd. We hear Zelaya speak from inside the embassy and speak to Andres Conteris and Mark Weisbrot. [includes rush transcript]

Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Speak at UN Amid Row over Iranian Nuclear Program
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is headed to the United States for a speech tomorrow to the United Nations General Assembly. His visit comes against a backdrop of widely diverging accounts around Iran’s nuclear activities. Last month, a controversy erupted when the Associated Press reported the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, had concluded Iran possesses the capability for a nuclear bomb and had worked on a missile system to carry an atomic warhead. The IAEA has denied the report and says it has no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

FCC Chair Proposes Net Neutrality Rules to Protect a Free and Open Internet
The Federal Communications Commission has announced a new set of proposals to prevent internet service providers from curbing or blocking online services. On Monday, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski unveiled a plan that would make permanent existing safeguards that ensure open access to websites and other online content. The new rules would also extend to barring companies from limiting certain kinds of data, such as free internet phone services and file-sharing applications. The safeguards would also apply to wireless phone carriers for the first time. Supporters call the proposals a major step forward in the campaign for net neutrality.

Obama Administration Seeks Renewal of Three Key Parts of PATRIOT Act
The administration has asked lawmakers to extend powers allowing the government to collect a wide range of financial and personal records, as well as monitor suspects with roving wiretaps. The methods were authorized under the USA PATRIOT Act and are set to expire at year’s end. The call for renewing the PATRIOT Act provisions comes as Democratic lawmakers and civil liberties groups want to revisit its broader powers. Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin has proposed a new bill that would overhaul the PATRIOT Act and other surveillance laws to include more privacy safeguards.

Headlines

Ousted Honduran President Zelaya Returns
Report: US Considers Increasing Drone Attacks in Pakistan
World Leaders Hold Climate Summit at United Nations
EU Accuses US Senate of Holding Up Global Agenda on Climate Change
China to Announce Plans to Significantly Cut Carbon Emissions
Study: US Gave $72 Billion in Fossil Fuel Subsidies Since 2002
Judge Restores Protections for Grizzlies Near Yelllowstone
HHS to Investigate Humana for Mailer to Seniors
California Police Tase Wheelchair-Bound Man with No Legs
MacArthur Foundation Announce Genius Grant Recipients
The Yes Men Distribute Fake New York Post


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