Friday, February 18, 2011

18 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!


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As Tens of Thousands Protest Anti-Public Sector Bill, Wisconsin Lawmakers Exit State to Stall Vote

Some 30,000 students and public sector workers rallied at the Wisconsin State House in Madison Thursday to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bid to eliminate almost all their collective bargaining rights and slash pay and benefits. Public schools in Madison are closed for a third day in a row today as teachers continue to protest. A vote on the measure was delayed after Democratic senators refused to show up and fled the state—leaving the Republican-controlled State Senate without quorum. We speak to John Nichols of The Nation magazine, Madison teacher Susan Stern, and Wisconsin Democratic State Senator Chris Larson.
"A Celebration, Not a Protest": Massive Crowd Packs Cairo’s Tahrir Square to Mark One Week Since Mubarak’s Ouster

Tens of thousands have gathered for a victory march through Cairo’s Tahrir Square today to celebrate the overthrow of longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Democracy Now! Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Cairo.
"It’s Time to Push the Borders of Freedom": Egyptian Students Defiantly Publish Newspaper Without Government Permission

Seventeen-year-old Egyptian high school student Sanaa Seif is helping to publish a newspaper in defiance of rules requiring government permission. So far, the publication has focused on the voices of Tahrir Square.
Egyptian Uprising Fueled by Striking Workers Across Nation

Since the popular uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, thousands of employees across Egypt have walked out on strike. Their demands range from rising wages to removing corrupt officials affiliated with Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat speaks to Khaled Ali, a labor lawyer with the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights.
Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Beaten, Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech

This week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a major address calling for Internet freedom around the world. As Clinton condemned the Egyptian and Iranian governments for arresting and beating protesters, former U.S. Army and CIA officer Ray McGovern was violently ejected from the audience and arrested after he stood up and turned his back in a silent protest of America’s foreign policy. Ray McGovern joins us from Washington, D.C.

Headlines

•Egyptians Mark Week Since Mubarak’s Ouster
•U.S. Pledges Aid for Egyptian Transition
•Bahrainis Hold Funerals for Slain Pro-Democracy Protesters
•Bahraini Gov’t Calls Attack on Protesters "Proportional"
•U.S. Raises "Concerns" Over Bahraini Crackdown
•Up to 50 Protesters Killed in Libya
•Yemeni Protests Enter 2nd Week
•Iraq Asks U.S. for $1 Billion in Damages
•Congress Extends PATRIOT Act
•Both Sides Challenge Chevron Ruling in Ecuador

Recent Shows:

Thursday, February 17, 2011
•Defiant Student Protesters Force Withdrawal of Puerto Rican Police from Restive Campus
•“People Are Bleeding in the Streets:” Bahrain Police Wage Brutal Overnight Attack on Hundreds of Pro-Democracy Protesters
•“The Genie Is Out of the Bottle”: Assessing a Changing Arab World with Noam Chomsky and Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara
•“Democracy Uprising” in the U.S.A.?: Noam Chomsky on Wisconsin’s Resistance to Assault on Public Sector, the Obama-Sanctioned Crackdown on Activists, and the Distorted Legacy of Ronald Reagan
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
•"A War on Women": DN! Exclusive with Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on GOP Bills Targeting Abortion and Reproductive Rights
•As Mideast "Rolling Revolution" Grows, U.S. Denounces Iranian Crackdown — But Stays Silent on Key Ally Bahrain
•"The Regime is Running Scared:" Algerian Forces Crack Down on Pro-Democracy Protests
•Defying Government Repression, Yemeni Protests Continue for 6th Day

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