Thursday, December 31, 2009

31 Dec 2009: Today's Democracy Now!


2009 in Perspective: Glenn Greenwald on the Five Wars US Is Fighting in Muslim Countries
As 2009 comes to a close, today we begin by taking a step back and putting this year of war in perspective. Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald discusses US foreign policy, including the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, drone strikes on Pakistan, cruise missile attacks on Yemen, operations in Somalia, the ongoing operation in Iraq, and much more. [includes rush transcript]

"The Era of Tolerance Is Over" - Iran Warns over Opposition Protests
Iran’s police chief has warned anti-government protesters to stay off the streets and threatened, “The era of tolerance is over. Anyone attending such rallies will be crushed.” Hundreds of prominent activists have been arrested since Sunday’s mass street protests, and between eight to thirty-seven people have been killed. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of government supporters turned out Wednesday for state-sponsored rallies in cities across the country. We speak with Iranian-Canadian journalist, Maziar Bahari, and Baruch College professor, Ervand Abrahamian. [includes rush transcript]

Haitian Community Activist Jean Montrevil Faces Deportation
On Wednesday morning, Jean Montrevil was attending a regular immigration check-in when he was detained by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE. He now faces deportation to Haiti for a twenty-year-old drug conviction, for which he has already served eleven years in prison. He has not broken any laws since then. Montrevil is married to an American citizen and is the father of four US citizen children. Montrevil is a longtime community leader in New York City and active in a number of immigrant rights groups, including Families for Freedom, the NYC New Sanctuary Movement, and Detention Watch Network. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

Suicide Bomber Hits CIA Base in Afghanistan, 8 Dead
Roadside Bombing Kills Four Canadian Troops and Canadian Journalist
Afghan Investigators Accused Int’l Forces of Killing Schoolboys
Canadian PM Harper Accused of Shutting Down Torture Probe
Dutch Court OKs Nigerian Suit Against Shell
Egyptian Police Beat Protesters from Gaza Freedom March
Treasury Announces Another Bailout of GMAC
Memphis Sues Wells Fargo over Mortgage Lending Practices
Report: Malaria Risk to Increase in Kenya Due to Climate Change
EPA Criticizes New York State Plan for Natural Gas Drilling


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