Friday, October 9, 2009

09 Oct 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

As US Continues Afghan, Iraq Occupations and Quashes Accountability for Gaza Assault, Critics Decry Awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to Obama
President Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, less than nine months after taking office. The award comes despite Obama’s continuation of the Iraq war and escalation of the US occupation of Afghanistan. We get reaction from author and journalist Naomi Klein and London-based author and commentator Tariq Ali. [includes rush transcript]

Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup on Pacific Island
The United States is planning an enormous $15 billion military buildup on the Pacific island of Guam. The project would turn the thirty-mile-long island into a major hub for US military operations in the Pacific in what has been described as the largest military buildup in recent history. We speak with Julian Aguon, a civil rights attorney from the Chamoru nation in Guam.

Forcibly Exiled Nearly 40 Years Ago, Diego Garcia Natives Fight to Return to Island Home Now Used as Key US Military Outpost
We turn now to another island that is a key military outpost for the United States. Located in the Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia has often been used for strikes on Iraq and Afghanistan and played a critical role in the US extraordinary rendition program. Unlike Guam, Diego Garcia has no inhabitants resisting the US military. All of the island’s residents were forcibly removed in the early 1970s. For the last four decades, former residents of Diego Garcia and their descendants have been fighting for the right to return. We speak with Olivier Bancoult, a leader of the exiled people of Diego Garcia and president of the Chagos Refugees Group; and David Vine, author of the book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the US Military Base on Diego Garcia.

Study: Foreclosure Crisis Worsened by Scarcity of Legal Assistance for Struggling Homeowners
A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice concludes the national foreclosure crisis is also “a legal crisis. Many homeowners are losing their homes because they lack the ability to navigate the landscape of our lending laws…and too few people are ever able to obtain qualified legal guidance.” We speak to report co-author and attorney Melanca Clark.

Headlines

Obama Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Afghan Assessment Includes Troop Request Exceeding 60,000
41 Killed in Pakistan Bombing
Zelaya Camp: No Progress in Coup Talks
House Modifies Gitmo Trials
House OKs Matthew Shepard Act on Hate Crimes
Senate Panel Votes to Extend PATRIOT Surveillance Powers
House Panel Backs Low-Power FM Radio
Geithner Had 80 Contacts with Top Bank Execs in 7 Months
Review: Gas Drilling Could Contaminate New York Watershed
Interior Dept. Blocks Bush Admin Utah Wilderness Sale
7 Arrested Outside CIGNA Offices in Chicago
Peace Activists Accuse Rochester Police of Excessive Force


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