Monday, May 3, 2010

3 May 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

BP Oil Spill Worsens With No Solution in Sight, 210,000 Gallons a Day Spew into Gulf of Mexico
Federal authorities have banned commercial and recreational fishing in a large stretch of water in the Gulf of Mexico due to the massive oil spill caused by a BP-operated rig that exploded nearly two weeks ago. An estimated 210,000 gallons of oil a day is pouring into the Gulf in what might turn out to be the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history. We speak with Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and a former commercial salmon fisherma’am from Alaska who experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. [Includes rush transcript]

Chilean Author Isabel Allende on Her New Novel “Island Beneath the Sea,” From the Slave Uprising in Haiti to 19th Century New Orleans
Renowned Chilean novelist Isabel Allende joins us in our studio to talk about her new book, “Island Beneath the Sea”–her first novel in four years. The story takes readers back 200 years in time to the slave uprising that led to the creation of the world’s first independent Black republic–Haiti. Allende also discusses the new Arizona immigration law, the new Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, the earthquake in Chile and the rise of leftists leaders in Latin America. [Includes rush transcript]

Headlines

May Day Rallies Held To Protest Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law
Major League Baseball Union Urges Arizona to Repeal Law
Halliburton’s Role in Oil Rig Explosion Probed
EU and IMF Agree to $146 Billion Bailout of Greece
Pakistani Man Convicted For Role in 2008 Mumbai Attacks
New York Investigate Failed Times Square Car Bombing
Civilian Casualties Soar in Afghanistan
Student Strike Shuts Down University of Puerto Rico
Anesthesiologists Face Censure For Participating in Executions
Maoists In Nepal Launch General Strike
Bill Moyers Signs Off From PBS Show


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