Friday, January 28, 2011

28 Jan 2011: Today's Democracy Now!

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Uprising in Egypt: "This is the Biggest Political Challenge the Regime Has Yet to See from the Streets"

Protests have erupted across Egypt again today with the largest and most widespread anti-government demonstrations seen so far. In an unprecedented display of popular protest, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are gathering in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Mansoura, Sharqiya and elsewhere. Intense confrontations are taking place with state security forces. The protests come amid a vast security clampdown. Earlier, the government blocked the internet, mobile phone and SMS services, with the hope of disrupting demonstration planning. We go to Cairo to speak with Ahmad Shokr, an editor at the Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm. [includes rush transcript]
Juan Cole: "Egypt is a Praetorian Regime"

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets across Egypt today in the fourth day of unprecedented protests against the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. We speak with University of Michigan professor of history Juan Cole. "The Arab world has seen, in the last three decades, a series of Arab nationalist regimes, relatively secular, which have become increasingly sclerotic," Cole says. [includes rush transcript]
Global Call to Release Imprisoned Indian Human Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen

An Indian high court is hearing arguments to release the nation’s most famous political prisoner on bail and suspend his conviction. Last month, a trial court sentenced renowned physician and human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen to rigorous life imprisonment on the basis of an archaic colonial-era sedition law. Dr. Sen, along with two others, were found guilty of sedition and criminal conspiracy by a court in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on allegations of helping a banned group of Maoists. On Sunday, Dr. Sen’s supporters around the world will mark a global day of protest against his conviction. Democracy Now!’s Anjali Kamat traveled to Chhattisgarh and filed this report on what lies behind the targeting and conviction of Dr. Sen.

Headlines

•Egyptian Protests Escalate Amidst Gov’t Crackdown
•U.S. Continues to Back Mubarak
•Tens of Thousands Protest Yemeni Gov’t
•48 Killed in Iraq Car Bombing
•Inquiry: Financial Crisis "Avoidable," Causes Still Intact
•Dems, GOP Overhaul Senate Rules
•Journalist Tapped to Replace Gibbs at White House
•Anti-Drone Activists Convicted for Nevada Protest
•Jury Renders Verdict in Penn. Cover-up of Immigrant Beating Death
•FBI Targets Alleged WikiLeaks Supporters in Cyberattack Case
•Mandela Released from South African Hospital
•Funeral Held for Slain LGBT Rights Activist in Uganda
•Chile to Probe Allende’s Death in U.S.-Backed Coup
•New Ariz. Proposal Could Revoke U.S. Citizenship of Immigrant Children

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