Tuesday, September 29, 2009

29 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Internal Pressure Forces Honduran Coup Regime to Reverse Civil Liberties Crackdown, But Repression Continues
The Honduran coup regime has been forced to reverse a harsh crackdown on civil liberties amidst growing protests for the restoration of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya. But Honduran forces still blocked a large protest march and shut down two media outlets that have criticized the coup regime. Meanwhile, a top US diplomat criticized the coup regime’s decision but then turned around to issue a harsh condemnation of ousted Zelaya. We go to Honduras to speak with AndrĂ©s Conteris from inside the embassy where Zelaya is hiding and speak to Luther Castillo, a Honduran doctor who is in Washington to speak with US lawmakers. [includes rush transcript]

Fmr. UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Warns Against "Politically Motivated Hype" on Iran Nuke Program
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter joins us to discuss what he calls “politically motivated hype” over Iran’s nuclear program. The Obama administration has warned of sanctions unless Iran allows inspections of a newly disclosed nuclear site. Iran insists the site has been used for peaceful purposes. The row comes just after Iran’s test-firing of medium- and long-range missiles and before Iranian officials are due to hold talks with the US and five other nations in Geneva.

As Senate Panel Debates Public Option, Groups Take Direct Action to Promote Single Payer
As debate continues over healthcare reform on Capitol Hill, we hear from two groups taking action to call for a single-payer system: Mad As Hell Doctors, who have been driving across the country in the lead-up to a rally tomorrow in Washington, DC, and Mobilization for Health Care for All, which is launching “Patients Not Profit” sit-ins at insurance company offices nationwide.

Headlines

Honduran Coup Leaders Block Protest, Close Media Outlets
Admin Admits It Could Miss Gitmo Closure Deadline
Dozens Killed in Guinea Protest
30 Afghan Civilians Die in Roadside Bombing
15 Killed in Iraq Violence
Hamas Backs Egyptian Proposal on Palestinian Unity
Media Group Urges Journalist Protections in Mexico
US Income Disparity Grows
World Bank President Warns on US Currency, Fed Powers
US Chamber of Commerce Loses Members over Climate Stance
Senate Dems Unveil Telecom Immunity Repeal Bill


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