Thursday, October 21, 2010

21 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

6 Months Since BP Oil Spill, Writer and Environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams Asks "Where Is Our Outrage?"
Six months ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and triggering the worst oil spill disaster in US history. More than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf, polluting coastlines in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. To mark the six-month anniversary, we speak to acclaimed writer and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams, who spent two weeks traveling the Gulf Coast this summer. [includes rush transcript]

Anti-Gay Fervor in Uganda Tied to Right-Wing US Evangelicals
Human rights activists in Uganda are warning that the lives of gay people are in danger after a newspaper published a front-page story featuring the names and photographs of what it called Uganda’s 100 "top" gays and lesbians alongside a yellow banner that read "Hang Them." We look at the ties of the anti-gay movement in Uganda to the far-right evangelical movement here in the United States with Jeff Sharlet, author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. [includes rush transcript]

Chicago Parents Occupy Elementary School Building to Prevent Demolition
A preliminary deal has been reached between Chicago Public Schools and a group of parents who have occupied a field house at Whittier Elementary School for thirty-seven days to prevent its demolition. The Chicago Public Schools have agreed to build a library and scrap plans to demolish the field house and lease it to the local parents’ association instead. We get a report from Democracy Now!’s Jaisal Noor and speak to Chicago community organizer Cecile Carroll. [includes rush transcript]


•Appeals Court Reinstates Military Ban on Gays, Lesbians
•Report: Banks, Attorneys General Meet in Foreclosure Probe
•New York Court Orders New Foreclosure Vetting
•Wells Fargo: Foreclosure Practices "Sound and Accurate"
•US Confirms $60B Saudi Weapons Deal
•Obama Launches 4-Day Swing Ahead of Midterms
•US Soldier Charged with Killing 2 Troops
•No Charges for Ex-Blackwater Operative in Iraq Killing
•Afghanistan Invalidates 1.3 Million Votes
•Israeli Settlers Build Over 600 New Homes
•Environmental Suit Accuses BP of Endangering Wildlife
•NPR Fires Analyst over Comments on Muslims
•Ex-Fox News Employee Claims Firing After Racial Complaint

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