Friday, September 25, 2009

25 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Report: U.S.-Initiated WTO Rules Could Undermine Regulatory Overhaul of Global Finance
As the G20 meets in Pittsburgh, a new report from Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch warns that the World Trade Organization has long advanced extreme financial deregulation under the guise of trade agreements and could undermine the current push for increasing regulation. We speak to Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division.

G20 Summit in Pittsburgh Highlights Economic Decline of Former Steel Capital
Leaders and delegates for the G20 arrived in Pittsburgh Thursday evening under the shadow of a police crackdown on protesters. The city is no stranger to protests and has a long history of labor uprisings. We speak to longtime Pittsburgh resident, historian, and labor organizer Charles McCollester on the changing face of this former steel capital.

Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai: If U.S. Moves Forward on Climate Change, Rest of World Will Follow
A new overview of research on global warming has found climate change is happening faster and on a broader scale than scientists projected in 2007. The new findings come in a week where the issue of global warming is at the fore with a one-day UN summit on climate change and the G20 in Pittsburgh. We speak with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who was chosen to speak on behalf of international civil society at the UN summit.

At Historic Summit, Security Council Passes Resolution to Limit Nuclear Proliferation
The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a U.S.-drafted resolution aimed at shoring up the international commitment to limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. But critics say it failed to include mandatory provisions that would have required nuclear states to take concrete disarmament steps. We speak to John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy. He recently met with several UN missions of Security Council members regarding the nuclear vote.

Headlines

Iran Admits Existence of New Uranium Enrichment Plant
UN Security Council OKs Nuclear Proliferation Measure
5 US Troops Killed in Afghanistan
US Strike Kills 4 in Pakistan
Senate Finance Panel Rejects Curbs on Drug Costs
Jailed Suspect Charged in Terror Plot
Zelaya Rules Out Coup Regime Talks
White House Retracts Promise to Block Israel War Crimes Prosecution
Chavez Criticizes US-Colombia Base Deal
US Opens Burma Junta Talks
Study Warns of Global Temperature Rise
Patrick Appoints Interim Kennedy Successor
Thousands Protest Budget Cuts, Tuition Hikes at California Schools


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