Monday, October 19, 2009

19 Oct 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Six Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Suicide Bombing, Iran Blames US and Pakistan
Iran’s president is accusing Pakistani agents of involvement in a suicide bombing in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan on Sunday that left at least forty-two people dead and injured dozens more. According to state media, one or more suicide bombers targeted a group of Revolutionary Guard leaders who had arranged to meet tribal leaders in the Sunni region close to the Pakistani border. Some other Iranian officials are pointing the finger of blame at the United States. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said “US action” contributed to the attack. [includes rush transcript]

Department of Homeland Security Expands Controversial 287(g) Program Empowering Local Police to Enforce Immigration Laws
The Department of Homeland Security said Friday it plans to enter into new agreements with sixty-seven state and local law enforcement agencies. These agreements expand the existing 287(g) program, which delegates some federal immigration enforcement authority to certain state and local agencies. The 287(g) program has come under intense criticism in recent months, with over 500 organizations, including the ACLU and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, calling on the government to end the program. Many of the agencies involved have been accused of racial profiling, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix, Arizona is being investigated by the Justice Department. We host a debate between the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Center for Immigration Studies.

Island Nation of Maldives Holds Cabinet Meeting Underwater to Highlight Danger of Global Warming
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and eleven of his government ministers wore scuba gear and plunged nearly twenty feet into the Indian Ocean for a special cabinet session on Friday calling for concerted global action on climate change ahead of the Copenhagen conference. Maldives, the lowest-lying nation on earth, could be submerged by rising sea levels due to global warming. We air excerpts of a recent discussion between President Mohamed Nasheed and Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Headlines

Suicide Blast in Iran Kills 42, Including Six Iranian Commanders
With US Support, Pakistan Launches Offensive in South Waziristan
US Drone Attacks in Pakistan Rise Dramatically under Obama
Afghan Election Crisis Intensifies
House Panel Reduces Power of Proposed Consumer Agency
Goldman Sachs Exec Tapped to Top Post at SEC
Lawmakers Considers Overturning Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Exemption
Ex-Bush Official Jailed for Lying about Abramoff Ties
UN Human Rights Council Endorses Goldstone Report on Gaza
Maldives Holds Cabinet Meeting Underwater to Highlight Dangers of Global Warming
Report: Nigeria Considers Deal to Share Oil Revenue with Niger Delta
Latin American Leaders to Create New Currency


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