Thursday, November 19, 2009

19 Nov 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Shunning Dissidents, Obama Leaves China Without Firm Pledges on Trade, Climate
President Barack Obama’s first official trip to China resulted in no firm agreements and has been criticized as being tightly scripted by Beijing. We discuss Obama’s visit and the future of US-Chinese relations with British author and journalist Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order. [includes rush transcript]

Iraq Vote in Limbo with Veto of Election Law
Plans for Iraq to hold elections in January are up in the air after Iraq’s vice president vetoed part of an election law over the allocation of seats to Iraqis displaced by the US invasion and occupation. Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is Sunni, said he objected to Article One of the election law approved by parliament this month because it did not give a voice to Iraqis abroad. We speak to Iraqi political analyst Raed Jarrar. [includes rush transcript]

As Wall Street Posts Record Profits and US Hunger Rate Grows, Robert Scheer Asks: "Where Is the Community Organizer We Elected?"
A pair of new government reports released this week paint a startling picture more than a year after the economic meltdown. On Tuesday, the New York Comptroller Office said Wall Street profits are set to exceed the record set three years ago. The four largest firms took in $22.5 billion in profits through September. Meanwhile, far more people are going hungry in the United States than previously thought. The Department of Agriculture estimates 50 million Americans, including a quarter of all children, struggled to get enough to eat last year. We speak to veteran journalist Robert Scheer.


Reid Unveils Senate Healthcare Reform Bill
Study: House Measure Will Reduce Abortion Availability
Obama: US Won’t Meet Deadline for Gitmo Closure
Report: Blackwater Could Avoid Criminal Charges with Fines
CIA Prison Uncovered in Lithuania
Karzai Sworn In to New Term
17 Killed in Pakistan Bombing
US Observes International Criminal Court Session
Food Summit Ends with Vague Pledge on Hunger
GOPers Block Debate on Credit Card Rate Freeze
UC Regents to Approve 32% Tuition Hike
Charges Filed in Slaying of Gay P.R. Teen

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