Wednesday, March 31, 2010

31 Mar 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Al Jazeera Chief Wadah Khanfar on Obama’s Expansion of the Afghan War, US Policy in the Middle East and the Role of Independent Voices in the Media
As US and NATO forces are preparing to launch a major military offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar this June, we speak with Wadah Khanfar, the Director General of Al Jazeera. “Bombing and killing will always increase the anger and frustration against the Americans, and it will always be in favor of the Taliban,” says Khanfar. We also look at the US military’s history of targeting Al Jazeera’s reporters, including Sami al-Hajj, who was held at Guantánamo for over six years without charge. [includes rush transcript–partial]

“We Are Tearing Down Our Mountains”: Photojournalist Antrim Caskey on West Virginia’s Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
The Environmental Protection Agency took a significant step last week toward blocking one of Appalachia’s largest and most disputed mountaintop removal coal mines. On Friday the EPA proposed a veto of the Clean Water Act permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia. Earlier this month, we interviewed Antrim Caskey, a photojournalist who has been chronicling the nonviolent fight against mountaintop removal coal mining. Her new book is Dragline. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

Obama Proposes Lifting Offshore Drilling Moratorium
Final Installment of Healthcare Bill Signed
Heath Insurance Companies Drop Plan to Exploit Loophole in Bill
12 Die in Pair of Blasts in Southern Russia
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teenager During “Land Day” Protest
Obama Calls for New Sanctions Against Iran
Report: Iranian Nuclear Scientist Defects to US
Haiti to Unveil Reconstruction Plan at UN Donors Conference
CodePink Protester Attempts to Make Citizen’s Arrest of Karl Rove
Father of Dead US Marine Ordered to Pay Anti-Gay Protesters
Report: Global Warming Skeptics Bankrolled by Koch Industries
UK Panel Clears “Climategate” Scientists
Northeastern States Declared Disaster Areas After Heavy Rains
Indonesian TV Station Cancels Nairn Interview Due to Military Pressure

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Headlines for March 30, 2010
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Monday, March 29, 2010
Headlines for March 29, 2010
Economist Dean Baker: Banks Could Be Big Winners of President Obama’s Foreclosure Prevention Program
As Obama Visits Afghanistan, Tavis Smiley on Rev. Martin Luther King and His Opposition to the Vietnam War
Dissident Female Catholic Bishop Calls for Pope to Resign over Sex Abuse Scandal


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