Monday, May 17, 2010

17 May 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Denied Entry: Israel Blocks Noam Chomsky from Entering West Bank to Deliver Speech
On Sunday afternoon, Noam Chomsky was stopped by Israeli border guards at the Allenby Bridge border crossing from Jordan. After over three hours of questioning, Chomsky’s passport was stamped with "Denied Entry." He was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah and was scheduled to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. No reason was initially given for the decision, but the Interior Ministry later told Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz that officials were now trying to get clearance from the Israel Defense Forces. Noam Chomsky joins us now from Amman, Jordan. [includes rush transcript]

Afghans Protest Deadly Nighttime Raid: "If the Americans Do This Again, We Are Ready to Shed Our Blood Fighting Them"
Mourners continued to gather on Saturday in the small farming village of Koshkaky, in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, where an early Friday morning raid by US and Afghan Special Forces left eight people dead. The military issued a statement saying that their forces came under attack, and in the firefight a Taliban subcommander and seven militants were killed. They reported that no civilians were harmed. But residents here tell a different story. Independent journalist Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films was at the scene and filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

Student Strike at University of Puerto Rico Enters 28th Day
In Puerto Rico, an ongoing strike by students at the University of Puerto Rico is coming to a head. Riot police have surrounded the main gates of the university’s main campus and are trying to break the strike by denying food and water to students who have occupied the campus inside. The strike began nearly four weeks ago in response to budget cuts at the university of more than $100 million. On Thursday, a mass assembly of more than 3,000 students voted overwhelmingly to continue the strike. The next day, riot police seized control of the main campus gates. We go now to Puerto Rico, inside the occupied campus at the university. [includes rush transcript]


Iran-Turkey Nuclear Fuel Deal Reached
35 Die in Thailand in Bangkok Clashes
Large Oil Plumes Found in Gulf of Mexico
Obama Calls Testimony of Oil Execs "A Ridiculous Spectacle"
Israel Blocks Noam Chomsky from Entering West Bank
Military Running Private Spy Network in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Detroit Police Kill 7-Year-Old Girl in Her Own Home
Euro Hits Four-Year Low
Spanish Judge Garzón Suspended over Franco Probe
Report Blames Sri Lankan Military on Mass Slaughter
Episcopal Church Ordains Lesbian Bishop
Massey Energy Facing Criminal Probe
First Arab American Wins Miss USA 2010 Pageant

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