Wednesday, September 23, 2009

23 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

With Copenhagen Summit Approaching, Leading Polluters US and China Undercut Hopes of Substantial Pollution Cuts
World leaders gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday for a one-day global summit on climate change. But with little on specifics and emerging signs the world’s biggest polluters will try to determine their own emissions reductions, poorer nations most threatened by global warming are warning they’re being left behind. We speak with award-winning New York Times reporter Andy Revkin, environmental activist Ted Glick, and Anna Pinto, an indigenous rights activist from India who’s traveled to Pittsburgh to call on G-20 leaders to tackle global warming. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Federal Judge Dismisses Police Harassment Claims by Activist Groups at Pittsburgh's G-20
Thousands of additional security forces have been brought into Pittsburgh ahead of the G-20, and tall steel fencing now runs along the the convention center in this former steel town. On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled against two protest groups who accused the Pittsburgh police of harassment. Seeds of Peace and Three Rivers Climate Convergence claim the police used illegal searches, vehicle seizures, raids and detentions to discourage them from taking part in protests later this week.

Obama Admin Urges Israeli-Palestinian Final-Status Talks But Abandons Insistence on Israeli Settlement Freeze
The Obama administration has abandoned a demand that Israel freeze settlement expansion before the resumption of peace talks. President Obama signaled the shift on Tuesday as he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. We speak to Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and former legal adviser to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and Israeli historian Avi Shlaim, a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford, author of several books, including his latest, Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations.

Headlines

Admin to Unveil Curbs on “State Secrets Privilege”
Dozens Arrested, Wounded in Honduras Standoff
China to Link Emissions Cuts to Economic Growth
Morales Calls on Rich Nations to Pay “Climate Debt”
US Drops Demand for Israeli Settlement Freeze
Hamas Renews Backing of Palestinian State Within ’67 Borders
Bulgarian Diplomat Elected UNESCO Head
Mass. Senate Approves Kennedy Succession Bill
ACORN Defunding Bill Could Also Target Military Firms
Shootout Prompts Closure of US-Mexico Border Crossing
Senate Finance Panel Takes Up Baucus Bill
Insurance Costs At Least Triple Inflation Rates over Last Decade
Ahmadinejad to Seek “Maximum Leniency” for Jailed US Hikers
Yes Men Unveil Global Warming “Survivaball”


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