Tuesday, July 6, 2010

06 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Scientist Working With Government Says BP Restricting Access to Study Gushing Oil Well
As the BP oil disaster enters its 77th Day we speak to a scientist leading a team of researchers trying to get access to the well to better study what is happening at the site. Dr. Ira Leifer, who’s on the federally appointed Flow Rate Technical Group, says BP is restricting his access to study the gushing oil well.[includes rush transcript]

Environmentalist Facing 3-Year Prison Sentence For Unfurling Banners in Senate Office Building
Environmentalist Ted Glick will be sentenced today and faces up to three years in jail for hanging two banners inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill that read, "Green Jobs Now" and "Get to Work." Glick was convicted in May of two misdemeanors—displaying a banner in a federal building and disorderly conduct—each of which carries a six-month jail sentence. But the U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked the judge to triple Glick’s sentence because of his two previous convictions, both of which also related to non-violent protests.[includes rush transcript]

Plaintiff in ACLU Suit Challenging Government No-Fly List Describes Struggle, First Against Deportation, Then To Be Allowed to Board a Plane
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against top Justice Department and F.B.I. officials on behalf of 10 Americans and legal residents on the government’s no-fly list. We speak with one of the plaintiffs, 22-year old Adama Bah, who’s lived in the U.S. since she was two years old. She got political asylum from Guinea to prevent her undergoing genital mutilation. We also speak with ACLU attorney, Ben Wizner.

"Promised Land"–New Doc Follows Struggles Over Land in South Africa
A new film premiering tonight on PBS called "Promised Land" follows two legal struggles over land in contemporary South Africa. In 1994, the African National Congress-led post-apartheid government promised to redistribute a third of the land within 10 years but the struggle for economic justice continues. We speak with filmmaker Yoruba Richen.

Puerto Rican Attorney, Historian & Analyst Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua, 73, Dies
The well-known Puerto Rican attorney, political analyst and historian Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua has died at the age of 73. After his death on Friday, Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño declared three days of mourning. Passalacqua was a regular guest on Democracy Now. We last spoke to him in 2009 after President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.[includes rush transcript]

Headlines

Oil From BP Spill Reaches Texas
2007 Memo: Danger of Offshore Oil Drilling Spill A "Low-Probability" Event
BP Still Has Nearly $1 Billion Pentagon Fuel Contract
Israel Partially Eases Gaza Blockade Ahead of White House Meeting
B’Tselem: Jewish Settlements Control 42 Percent of West Bank Land
Tax-Exempt Funds Aid Settlements in West Bank
Justice Dept To Sue Arizona Over Immigration Law
GOP Chair Steele: Afghanistan is "War of Obama’s Choosing"
Costa Rica Approves Plan to Give Access to U.S. War Ships
Syrian Human Rights Attorney Sentenced to Three Years in Jail
Greenpace Accuses of Paper Firm of Destroying Indonesian Rain Forests
Thousands Attend Funeral of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah


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