Thursday, July 29, 2010

29 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

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On Eve of Major Protests, Federal Judge Blocks Key Provisions of Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law
A federal judge in Phoenix blocked key provisions of Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law on Wednesday, hours before it was scheduled to take effect. US District Judge Susan Bolton ruled a partial injunction would apply to the portion of the law that requires police officers to stop and interrogate anyone they suspect is an undocumented immigrant. The law sparked mass protests across the country and a boycott of Arizona. We speak with Isabel Garcia, co-chair of the Tucson-based Coalition for Human Rights. [includes rush transcript]

Patrick Cockburn on Missing Billions in Iraq and Soaring Cancer & Infant Mortality Rates in Fallujah
In Iraq, an official audit by the US Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction found that the Pentagon cannot account for almost $9 billion taken from Iraqi oil revenues between 2004 and 2007 for use in reconstruction. Meanwhile, a new medical study has found dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004. We speak with Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the London Independent. [includes rush transcript]

In Historic Vote, UN Declares Access to Water a Fundamental Right
The United Nations General Assembly has declared for the first time that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. In a historic vote Wednesday, 122 countries supported the resolution, and over forty countries abstained from voting, including the United States, Canada and several European and other industrialized countries. There were no votes against the resolution. We speak with longtime water justice activist, Maude Barlow. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

Federal Judge Blocks Part of Arizona Immigration Law
US Seeks Access to More Internet Data Without Court Order
House Reduction of Drug Sentencing Disparity
EPA Blasted over Handling of Michigan Oil Spill
Coast Guard’s Role in Fighting BP Oil Rig Fire Scrutinized
Texas Launches Probe of Toxic Release of BP Refinery in Texas City
Local Afghan Media Outlets Paid to Run US Propaganda
Pakistan Declares Day of Mourning After Plane Crash
2000-2009 Marked Warmest Decade on Record
Israel Refuses to Pay Medical Bills for Emily Henochowicz
Peace Activist Art Gish, 70, Dies



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