Tuesday, November 17, 2009

17 Nov 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Why Are We Destroying Public Education? University of California Students and Staff Prepare for System-Wide Strike to Protest Cuts
The governing body of the University of California system, the Board of Regents, is preparing to vote on a major tuition hike for both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate tuition would rise an average 32 percent, while some graduate schools would begin charging thousands of dollars for programs that are currently tuition-free. The Regents are meeting Thursday at UCLA, where students from across the state are converging for what organizers have dubbed a “Crisis Fest,” including mass protests, civil disobedience and teach-ins.

Obama Nominates Pesticide Executive to Be Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative
President Obama’s nominee for the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the office of the US Trade Representative, Islam Siddiqui is currently a vice president at CropLife America, a coalition of the major industrial players in the pesticide industry, including Syngenta, Monsanto, and Dow Chemical. He was previously a lobbyist for CropLife and also served in the US Department of Agriculture under President Clinton and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. A coalition of over eighty environmental, family farm and consumer advocacy organizations have sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee urging them to reject his nomination.

Raj Patel on America's Growing Hunger Crisis and the UN Summit to Fight Hunger in Rome
More than 49 million Americans—or one in seven—struggled to find enough to eat last year, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture released Monday. That’s the highest total since the federal government began keeping track of food insecurity. Meanwhile, leaders from most of the world are gathered in Rome to tackle hunger on a global scale at the UN World Food Summit, but leaders of the world’s richest countries were largely absent from the summit. We speak with Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System.


World Leaders: No Binding Deal on Climate Change Until 2010
Gov’t Report: Quarter of All US Children Went Hungry Last Year
Percentage of Delinquent Mortgages Reach New High
NAACP, AFL-CIO Call on Obama to Do More to Create Jobs
Gov’t Audit Criticizes Handing of AIG Bailout
Palestinians Threaten to Form Independent State
US to Attend ICC Meeting as Observer
Gates Blocks Release of Torture Photos
Biotech Lobbyists Write Statements for Dozens of Lawmakers
Drug Industry Raises Prescription Drug Prices
Nation’s Oldest Gay and Lesbian Newspaper Shuts Down
Holder Urged to Probe Possible Puerto Rican Hate Crime
FBI Tracked Studs Terkel for 45 Years
KPFA Programmer Andrea Lewis, 52, Dies

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