Wednesday, July 21, 2010

21 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Lead in Lipstick? Coal Tar in Shampoo? As New Bill Calls for Stricter Rules on Beauty Products, a Debate Between Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Founder and Cosmetics Industry Spokesperson
Do you know what’s in the personal care products that you use? Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced legislation Tuesday night that would toughen safety standards for beauty products and require regular government testing for hazardous ingredients. We host a debate between Stacy Malkan, founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, and John Bailey, chief scientist at the Personal Care Products Council and a spokesperson for the cosmetics industry. [includes rush transcript]

Skin Deep: Online Cosmetics Safety Database Rates 62,000+ Beauty Products
We speak with Jane Houlihan, vice president for research at the Environmental Working Group and the creator of Skin Deep, an online cosmetics safety database. The database provides safety ratings for more than 62,000 products on the market and receives about one million hits per month.

Actress and Cancer Survivor Fran Drescher Speaks Out in Support of New Bill Seeking Stricter Cosmetics Rules
Actress and cancer survivor Fran Drescher is speaking out in support of the bill introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D–IL) that would toughen safety standards for beauty products. Drescher is best known for her role as Fran Fine on the long-running former sitcom The Nanny. She is also a cancer survivor and the founder of the group Cancer Schmancer.

Killings in Kashmir by Indian Forces Spark Protests
Indian troops and police have killed fifteen people in Kashmir since June, sparking widespread protests. The Indian government has imposed a strict military curfew in the area as well as a media gag order on local journalists. The international community has remained silent on the human rights abuses in Kashmir. We speak with Kashmiri journalist Basharat Peer, author of Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir.


Probe Reveals BP Knew of Problems Ahead Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion
British PM Rejects Calls for Inquiry into BP’s Role in Release of Lockerbie Bomber
Democrats Break GOP Filibuster on Unemployment Aid Bill
Senate Committee Backs Kagan Supreme Court Nomination
USDA Reconsiders Firing of Black Official over NAACP Speech
US Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea
Report: US Forces Step Up Presence in Pakistan
Afghan Soldier Kills Two US Military Trainers
Ex-Head of MI5: Iraq War Increased Threat of Terrorism in Britain
Pentagon to Rescind Rules on Journalists at Gitmo
Two Utah State Workers Lose Jobs for Creating List of Undocumented Immigrants
Palestinian Guilty of Rape after Consensual Sex with Israeli Jew

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