Friday, February 12, 2010

12 Feb 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Climate Scientist: Record-Setting Mid-Atlantic Snowfall Linked to Global Warming
As record snowfall crippled the mid-Atlantic this week, many Republicans used the blizzard-like conditions to argue that global warming is a hoax. We speak to climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who argues the extreme weather is in fact a part of global warming. [includes rush transcript]

Vancouver Activists Greet Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony With People’s Summit, Protest
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are opening today in Vancouver. Large-scale protests are planned over the weekend. The Olympics Resistance Network has organized a people’s summit to coincide with the Games’ opening ceremonies. Franklin Lopez of the Vancouver Media Co-op filed this report.

Author Steven Hill on “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age”
Despite fears of the Euro’s future amidst Greece’s economic collapse, author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation argues the United States still has much to learn from Europe’s social and economic policies. We speak to Hill about his new book, “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age.”

“China’s Unnatural Disaster”: Oscar-Nominated Doc on Sichuan Earthquake Brings World Attention to Chinese Crackdown on Dissidents
Chinese courts are cracking down on dissident activists. Liu Xiaobo lost his appeal Thursday and now faces 11 years in prison for advocating political reform. Earlier this week another prominent writer and activist, Tan Zuoren, was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Zuoren had been campaigning on behalf of thousands of parents whose children were killed when shabbily built schools collapsed in the massive Sichuan earthquake two years ago. To discuss China’s crackdown, we’re joined by two guests behind an Oscar-nominated film on the earthquake, “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”: co-director and DCTV founder Jon Alpert, and co-producer and Hunter College professor Peter Kwong.

Headlines

Top Insurers Post Record Profits While Dropping 2.7M Policyholders
Improved Corporate Profits Not Leading to Job Growth
Survey: Quarter of Job Losses Will Be Permanent
Labor Dept. Reverses Bush-Era Farmworker Regulations
Legislation Seeks to Curb Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate Electioneering
Ending Family Era, Rep. Kennedy Announces Retirement
US Sets May 1st Target for Sheltering Haitians, Long After Rainy Season Begins
US Dismisses Iranian Claims on Uranium Enrichment
Iranian Forces Arrest Opposition Leaders, Disrupt Protests
European Lawmakers Reject Financial Data-Sharing with US
Report: 700 Military Bases in Afghanistan
US Army to Discharge Single Mother Who Refused Deployment
Poll: 75% Support Openly Gay Men and Lesbians in Military
Iraq War Vet Faces Court-Martial for Song Criticizing Forced Redeployment


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