Wednesday, March 2, 2011

02 Mar 2011: Today's Democracy Now

Prof. Horace Campbell: Peace & Justice Movement Should Oppose U.S.-Led Intervention in Libya

Forces aligned with Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi have launched new assaults to regain control of several towns captured in a popular uprising over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, two U.S. warships have moved through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea toward Libya under orders by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. As talk of potential Western military intervention grows, we speak to Horace Campbell, a professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University. [includes rush transcript]
U.N.: More than 140,000 Have Fled Libyan Clashes

Reports have emerged of a dire situation on Libya’s borders with Tunisia and Egypt, where tens of thousands have fled to evade the clashes. We speak to Elizabeth Tan of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. [includes rush transcript]
U.S. Silent on Deadly Iraqi Gov’t Crackdown on Protests; 300 Arrested in Sweeps Targeting Dissidents

While the United States has sharply criticized the Libyan government for brutally cracking down on opposition protesters, it has remained noticeably silent on the recent attacks against Iraqi dissidents. On Friday, tens of thousands of people participated in Iraq’s largest protest in years. Although the protests were largely peaceful, authorities fired water cannons, sound bombs and live bullets to disperse crowds as Iraqi army helicopters buzzed overhead, killing an estimated 29 people. Then, on Sunday, U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces detained about 300 people, including prominent journalists, artists and lawyers, who had taken part in the rallies. [includes rush transcript]
Labor Protests Spread: Thousands Rally Against Anti-Union Bill in Ohio

Labor protests are continuing across the country from Idaho to Indiana as Republican state lawmakers attempt to push through legislation aimed at crushing public employee unions. In Ohio, 20,000 workers and protesters rallied in Columbus on Tuesday to oppose a bill to end collective bargaining rights for state employees. Harvey Wasserman, editor of the Ohio-based The Free Press, spoke to Democracy Now! from the rally. [includes rush transcript]
As Demonstrators Remain Locked Out, Wisconsin Gov. Walker Unveils Budget to Slash Education, Gov’t Aid

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has unveiled a budget slashing aid to schools and local districts, cutting an estimated 12,000 jobs. Critics say the plan would devastate Wisconsin’s public education system. As Gov. Walker spoke, thousands of protesters were being denied entry to the State Capitol despite a court order to open the building to the public. We speak with Mary Bottari of the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy’s Real Economy Project. [includes rush transcript]
Indiana Dems Vow to Remain in Illinois to Stall Anti-Union Bill

Mirroring their Wisconsin counterparts, 35 Democratic members of the Indiana Assembly have fled to Illinois to deny Republicans quorum for a vote on a similar anti-union bill. We speak to Indiana State Rep. Matt Pierce from Illinois. [includes rush transcript]
Idaho Students Stage Walkout to Oppose Teacher Layoffs, Collective Bargaining Curbs

Hundreds of high school students in Idaho have walked out of classes to protest a plan to lay off public school teachers and curtail their collective bargaining rights. We speak to student activist Jonny Saunders of Timberline High School in Boise. [includes rush transcript]


•Thousands Protest Anti-Union Bill in Ohio
•Wisconsin Gov. Proposes Drastic Spending Cuts to Districts, Education
•Gaddafi Forces Launch New Attacks
•U.S. Warships Head Toward Libya
•Venezuela Accuses U.S. of "War Mongering"
•Yemenis Protest Saleh in Largest Protests to Date
•Thousands Join Anti-Gov’t Protests in Iran
•Pakistani Minister Who Opposed Blasphemy Laws Slain
•House Avoids Shutdown with Short-Term Budget Measure
•Supreme Court Rejects Privacy Rights for Corporations in FOIA Cases
•Report: Tax Cuts Could Cost 19 States $5.3 Billion
•Untreated Radioactive Wastewater from Hydrofracking Dumped in Rivers, Streams
•Dems Urge Probe of Firms Linked to Chamber of Commerce

See also:

Tuesday, March 01, 2011
•Terror in Tripoli: Libyan American Describes Country in State of Fear, But Hopeful of Gaddafi’s Ouster
•Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa on Egypt’s Revolution, His Potential Presidential Candidacy and Middle East Uprisings
•Labor Organizers Consider General Strike in Wisconsin as Gov. Scott Walker Refuses to Negotiate over Anti-Union Bill
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Monday, February 28, 2011
•Voices from the 100,000-Strong Protest for Workers’ Rights in Wisconsin
•Defying Gov. Walker, Wisconsin Protesters Refuse to Leave Capitol Building
•Libyans in "Liberated" Eastern Cities Balance Self-Government with Supporting Tripoli Resistance: Anjali Kamat Reports
•Libyans Organize Citizen Councils to Run Cities Liberated from Pro-Gaddafi Loyalists
•As Death Toll Grows, 100,000 Flee Libyan Violence
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