Friday, October 23, 2009

23 Oct 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Amidst Uncertainty on US Role in Upcoming Climate Talks, 350.org Holds International Climate Action Day in 170 Nations
Seven weeks before the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference, the group 350.org is organizing an International Climate Action Day. More than 4,500 events are scheduled to take place in 170 nations. We speak to two of the major thinkers and writers tackling climate change: the writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben, co-founder and director of 350.org, and Australian scientist Tim Flannery, chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council and author of the international bestseller The Weather Makers. [includes rush transcript–partial]

New US Strategy for Sudan Rejects Hawkish Approach
After months of deliberation, the Obama administration unveiled a new strategy for Sudan on Monday. The White House plans to offer the Sudanese government a mix of incentives and pressure to urge Khartoum to end the crisis in Darfur and implement the 2005 peace deal between the north and the south. We get analysis from Columbia University professor Mahmood Mamdani, author of Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror.

Judge Rejects Blackwater Attempt to Dismiss Cases Filed by Iraqi Victims
A federal judge has rejected a series of arguments by lawyers for the private military contractor Blackwater who were seeking to dismiss five war crimes cases brought by Iraqi victims against the company and its owner, Erik Prince. We speak to award-winning investigative journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent, Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

Headlines

US Provides Drone Intel for Pakistani Offensive
US Urges Sri Lanka to Probe War Crimes in Tamil War
Goldstone Challenges Obama to Explain Gaza Inquiry Objections
Ethiopia Appeals for Emergency Food Aid
House Finance Panel Backs Consumer Protection Agency
Fed to Regulate Wall Street Pay
AIG Execs Evade Pay Curbs
Report: Pelosi Lacks Votes for “Robust” Public Option
55 GOPers Opposed to Public Option Covered by Medicare
Report: 2.3 Drug Lobbyists for Every Lawmaker
Unemployment Rises in 23 States
Musicians Protest Use of Recordings in Gitmo Torture
UN Investigator Probes US Housing Crisis


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