Tuesday, July 20, 2010

20 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

US & G8 Funding Cuts for AIDS "Will Be Counted in Human Lives"–Stephen Lewis Blasts Obama, Rich Nations over AIDS Policy
A major international conference on global AIDS policy is underway in Austria this week, and there appears to be a growing rift over funding by rich nations. On Sunday, hundreds of people marched through the conference halls demanding rich nations meet their pledges to ensure universal access to AIDS treatment. We go to Vienna to speak with Stephen Lewis, the former special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and co-founder of AIDS-Free World. "It’s almost beyond the capacity of the mind to cope with that George Bush seemingly was more engaged in the battle against HIV than Barack Obama," says Lewis. [includes rush transcript]

EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill Cleanup
With BP having poured nearly two million gallons of the dispersant known as Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico, many lawmakers and advocacy groups say the Obama administration is not being candid about the lethal effects of dispersants. We speak with Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit. [includes rush transcript]

Gulf Coast Residents Outraged that Money Earned on Cleanup Might Be Subtracted from $20 Billion Claim Fund
Gulf Coast residents are outraged by a recent announcement that the $20 billion government-administered claim fund will subtract money cleanup workers earn by working for the cleanup effort from any future claims. Fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg says the ruling will apply to anyone who participates in the Vessels of Opportunity program, which has employed hundreds of Gulf Coast residents left out of work because of the spill. It’s seen as an effort to limit the number of lawsuits against BP. We speak with independent journalist Dahr Jamail. [includes rush transcript]

Prosecutors Charge White Man for Racially Motivated Shooting in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina, federal prosecutors have charged a white man with federal hate crimes for his role in the racially motivated shooting of three black men in the aftermath of the storm. The five-count indictment accuses Roland Bourgeois of plotting to defend his Algiers Point neighborhood in New Orleans from "outsiders" including African Americans and shooting and seriously wounding three men who were walking toward a temporary evacuation center. [includes rush transcript]


Karzai: Afghan Forces Will Take Control of Security By 2014
Rocket Fire Forces Diversion of Ban Ki-Moon’s Plane
Senate Democrats Hope to Break GOP Filibuster over Jobless Benefits
White House Confirms Seepage and Leaks Near BP Well
Marathon Oil Opens New Deepwater Well in Gulf
US National Guard to Arrive on Mexican Border on Aug. 1
US-Made Grenades Used in Mexican Drug War
Afro-Colombian Activist Assassinated
Homeless Pastor Dies in Denver Police Custody After Being Tasered
Maryland Man Could Face 16 Years in Jail for Videotaping Traffic Stop
Olympia Food Co-Op to Boycott Israeli Goods
Climatologist Stephen Schneider, 65, Dies

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