Monday, June 14, 2010

14 June 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

At Least 117 People Killed in Kyrgyzstan; An Estimated 80,000 Uzbeks Have Fled
The interim government has accused former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev of provoking the violence in order to destabilize the country ahead of a planned constitutional referendum later this month. Bakiyev was ousted from power in an uprising this April. On Sunday, he issued a statement from exile in Belarus saying he had played no role in the violence. For more, we’re joined in New York by Scott Horton. He’s a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine and a founding trustee of the American University in Central Asia in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. He has just returned from a visit to Kyrgyzstan, where he met with several members of the interim government. [includes rush transcript]

Stephen Kinzer on the History of BP/British Petroleum and Its Role in the 1953 Iran Coup
Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, looks at the role of the Anglo Iranian Oil Company’s role in the 1953 CIA coup against Iran’s popular progressive prime minister, Mohammad Mossadegh.

Stephen Kinzer: "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future"
We turn now to America’s role in a changing Middle East. Israel has set up an internal inquiry into its deadly attack last month on the Gaza-bound flotilla of humanitarian aid ships. The attack left eight Turks and one Turkish American dead. Meanwhile, Turkey, along with Brazil, negotiated a nuclear fuel swap agreement with Iran and then voted against a UN Security Council resolution last week that imposed another round of sanctions on Iran. Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Stephen Kinzer is out with a new book that looks back into history to make sense of some of these shifting alliances in the Middle East and to chart a new vision for US foreign policy in the region.

Headlines

Red Cross: Israel Blockade of Gaza Is Illegal
Israel Forms Inquiry into Flotilla Attack
Turkey: We Have No Trust in Israeli Probe
Iran Reportedly Sends Aid Ship to Gaza
Mossad Agent Arrested in Poland
Report: US Discovers $1 Trillion in Afghan Mineral Deposits
Obama Heads to Gulf for 4th Time Since BP Spill
Chevron Oil Pipeline Ruptures in Utah
Arizona Considers Denying Citizenship to Children of Immigrants
Five New Orleans Officers Indicted in Post-Katrina Killing
ICC Adds Aggression to List of Court’s Prosecutable Offenses
27 Anti-Torture Activists on Trial in Washington


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