Wednesday, November 25, 2009

25 Nov 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Philippines Declares State of Emergency After 57 People Killed in Politically-Linked Massacre
The death toll from the Philippines’ worst politically-linked massacre has risen to fifty-seven. The victims were abducted as they were travelling to nominate an opposition candidate for governor in upcoming elections.The dead include 18 Filipino journalists from regional newspapers. It’s believed to be the highest number of reporters killed in a single attack anywhere in the world. We speak with Walden Bello, an Akbayan Representative in the Filipino Congress.

Ahead of Key Global Conference, U.S. Announces Continued Rejection of Land Mine Ban
The Obama administration has announced it won’t sign an international convention banning land mines. This is the first time the Obama administration has publicly disclosed its position on the Mine Ban Treaty, which bans the use, stockpiling, production or transfer of antipersonnel mines. We speak to Stephen Goose of Human Rights Watch’s arms division and a co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

As U.S. Probes Radiation at Three Mile Island, Christian Parenti on Enduring "Zombie Nuke Plants" Nationwide
Federal officials have launched an investigation of a radiation leak at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania on Saturday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said about 175 workers were sent home when the contamination was detected. We speak to journalist Christian Parenti, who says “Zombie Nuke Plants” like Three Mile Island should have been closed long time ago, but continue to operate.

Obama to Announce Afghan Escalation Plan Dec. 1st
Administration officials say President Obama will unveil his decision on sending tens of thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan next week. Obama is expected to announce the plan in a prime-time address next Tuesday night. At the White House yesterday, Obama said he intends to “finish the job” in Afghanistan.

Headlines

Scientists: Climate Change “Accelerating Beyond Expectations”
Poll: Less Americans Believe in Global Warming
U.S. Won’t Sign Land Mine Treaty
Obama to Announce Afghan Escalation Plan
Report: Afghan Army Has 25% Turnover Rate
Kashmiri Protesters Rally Outside White House
Admin Official Involved in Gitmo Closure Resigns
Fed: High Unemployment Expected Through 2012
Bank Loans Fall to 25-Year Low
Japan to Probe Secret U.S. Nuclear Deal
UK Officials: Iraq War Planning Predated 9/11 Attacks
Hague Trial Begins for Congolese Warlords
Washington Post Shutters Remaining U.S. Bureaus
Appeals Court Affirms Eminent Domain for Proposed Brooklyn Stadium


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