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Democracy Now! - July 29, 2005 at 6:00am
Roberts' Record on Civil Rights Enters Battle Over Supreme Court Nomination In the ongoing controversy over the Supreme Court nomination of John Roberts, questions are being raised over Roberts’ role in the civil rights debates of the 1980s. During his tenure as Deputy Assistant General under Reagan, Roberts advocated a narrow interpretation of a variety of civil rights laws, and presented a defense of congressional efforts to strip the Supreme Court of jurisdiction over busing, abortion and school prayer cases. We speak with Ralph Neas of People for the American Way and Reverend Jesse Jackson. Irish Republican Army Announces End to Violence The Irish Republican Army Thursday called for all of its volunteers to disarm, effectively ending a 36-year guerilla campaign against the British government. We’ll look at whether this move will really change the fate of Northern Ireland. CAFTA Voting Irregularities After Congress passes CAFTA by one vote in a midnight count, questions are being raised about the process. We speak with the Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch about the GOP leaders' round-up of House votes to approve trade agreement.
Democracy Now! - July 28, 2005 at 6:00am
AFL-CIO Convention Results in Major Split The AFL-CIO labor convention in Chicago this week has seen the largest rupture in the US labor movement for more than fifty years. Democracy Now! co-host and New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez talks about the implications. Subway Shakedowns: Necessary Security or Unconstitutional Violation? New York City police are now conducting random searches of subway passengers in a program of stepped-up security following the London subway and bus blasts earlier this month. Civil liberties groups say the searches are unconstitutional and ineffective. We host a debate. Lynching Reenactment in Georgia Dramatizes Call for Indictments in 59-year-old Case Civil rights activists in Georgia reenacted a 59-year-old lynching this month to push for indictments in the murder of four African Americans, two men and two women, one of whom was seven-months pregnant at the time. No one was ever prosecuted in the case. We speak with the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, which organized the reenactment. Amnesty International Declares Father Jean-Juste a "Prisoner of Conscience" Haitian Priest Gerard Jean-Juste has been declared a "prisoner of conscience" by Amnesty International after his recent arrest and incommunicado detention. We speak with Amnesty International about his case and the ongoing violence in Haiti on the 90th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Haiti. [includes rush transcript]
Democracy Now! - July 27, 2005 at 6:00am
Latin America's "Bin Laden" Denied Bail, Judge Cites Posada's Terror Record Leading anti-Castro terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is denied bail in his Texas immigration trial. We speak with a U.S. immigration lawyer who has been retained by the Venezuelan government to represent it in the case as it continues to demand his extradition as well as the Chair of the National Lawyers Guild's Cuba Subcommittee. Rove's Backers Use "CounterSpy Defense" in CIA Leak Case We speak with veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry, who writes that Karl Rove's defenders are rebutting accusations about the White House aide's leaking of a CIA officer's identity by using an argument that parallels a rationale cited by leftists who defended CounterSpy after a CIA officer exposed by the magazine in 1975 was gunned down in Greece. FLASHBACK: Renegade CIA Officer Phillip Agee Calls Outing of Valerie Plame "Dirty Politics" Whoever in the White House exposed Valerie Plame could be charged under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. We rebroadcast an interview with former CIA officer Phillip Agee, for whom, many believe, the Act was written. Wife of Guatemalan Rebel Killed by CIA Asset Says CIA Operatives Engaged in Criminal Acts Should be Exposed Is it ever justified to blow a CIA operative's cover? We speak with human rights attorney Jennifer Harbury - her husband was a Mayan leader who was killed by a CIA asset in Guatemala.
Democracy Now! - July 26, 2005 at 6:00am
The Federalist (Society) Papers: John Roberts and the Right’s Move to Take Control of the Judiciary There is growing focus on an organization that Supreme Court justice nominee John Roberts claims he cannot remember if he joined or not: the Federalist Society. We speak with Alfred Ross of the Institute for Democracy Studies who uncovered John Roberts' membership in the right-wing organization. Triple Sharm El Sheikh Bombing Comes on Anniversary of 1952 Egyptian Revolution As the investigation continues into the triple bombing at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh that killed dozens, we go to Egypt to speak with journalist Jonathan Steele, senior foreign correspondent for the London Guardian. New Latin American Television Network Telesur Officially Launched Some are calling it Latin America's al Jazeera. This weekend, a coalition of leftist governments, media outlets and movements, led by Venezuela, officially launched Telesur - a new Latin America-wide satellite TV network. We go to Caracas to speak with Andres Izarra, Venezuela's communications minister and president of Telesur as well as attorney Eva Golinger. Unholy Alliance? The AFL-CIO and the National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela As two of the country's largest unions leave the AFL-CIO, we talk to a labor journalist about what he calls an unholy alliance: the AFL-CIO and the National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela.
Democracy Now! - July 25, 2005 at 6:00am
Two Unions Expected to Quit AFL-CIO in One of the Largest Shakeups Ever in the American Labor Movement Four of the nation's largest labor unions have announced they will boycott the AFL-CIO convention this week to protest the direction of the federation. Two of these unions - the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union - are expected to announce they are leaving the federation altogether. We go to Chicago to get a report from the convention. Hate Crimes Soar in Britain as Police Defend "Shoot to Kill" Policy A wave of anti-Muslim, Arab and South Asian hate crimes are sweeping Britain in the wake of the July 7th Subway and Bus bombings. Race and religion-based attacks are up 500% and communities of color are concerned that law enforcement authorities are also racially profiling targets in their anti-terrorism campaign. We go to London to speak with the Islamic Society of Britain. Bush Met With Judge Roberts One Day Before Crucial Ruling on Guantanamo Military Tribunals As the Bush administration refuses to hand over documents written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, we talk to Yale University professor Bruce Shapiro about Roberts' crucial ruling on military tribunals for Guantanamo detainees, his views on abortion and much more. Father Jean-Juste Arrested in Port-au-Prince, Held Incommunicado Haitian Priest Gerard Jean-Juste, a leader in ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas party, was arrested last week and charged with the assassination of journalist Jaques Roche even though he was in Miami at the time of the murder. Father Jean-Juste is now being held incommunicado. We go to his lawyer, Bill Quigley, who just returned to Louisiana from Port-au-Prince.
Democracy Now! - July 22, 2005 at 6:00am
Will the AFL-CIO Split? A Debate on the Future of Organized Labor...
Democracy Now! - July 21, 2005 at 6:00am
Day of Protest Decries Deaths in Haiti In Haiti violence continues two weeks after a UN raid in Cite Soleil may have left as many as 23 people dead. Today there are coordinated protests in Brazil and ten cities throughout North America. We go to Port-au-Prince to hear from Lavalas leader Father Gerard Jean-Juste. What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States As London prepares for the 2012 olympics in the aftermath of the July 7 bombings, we look at the history of crackdowns in olympic cities over the past century. Sports writer Dave Zirin chronicles a history of athletes who have stood up to war and racism in the United States, from Muhammad Ali to Pat Tillman. His new book is What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States.
Democracy Now! - July 20, 2005 at 6:00am
Bush Taps Conservative Appeals Court Judge John Roberts For Supreme Court President Bush has chosen appeals court judge John Roberts as his first nominee to the Supreme Court. Roberts is 50 years old and a solidly conservative Republican who has served in the administrations of George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan. For years, he worked as a top corporate attorney before being appointed in 2003 to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, which is widely considered the nation's second-highest court. We host a roundtable discussion with Nancy Northup, President of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Gary Marx of the Judicial Confirmation Network, Ralph Neas of People for the American Way, Jamin Raskin, author of "Overruling Democracy" and Art Eisenberg of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Democracy Now! - July 19, 2005 at 6:00am
Seymour Hersh: Bush Authorized Covert Plan to Manipulate Iraqi Elections Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports that President Bush authorized covert plans last year to support the election campaigns of Iraqi candidates and political parties with close ties to the White House. Hersh cites unidentified former military and intelligence officials who said the administration went ahead with the plan over congressional opposition. The NOC Program: A Look at Valerie Plame's "Nonofficial Cover" as a CIA Operative As pressure mounts for President Bush to fire senior adviser Karl Rove for his role in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, we take a look at her reported work as a "NOC" - "nonofficial cover". We speak with investigative journalist Bob Dreyfuss, the first American reporter to cover the CIA's Non-Official Cover program. Survivors of 1979 Greensboro Massacre Testify Before Truth and Reconciliation Commission We look back at the 1979 Greensboro Massacre, when forty Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. Five people were killed. No one was convicted. We speak with Paul Bermanzohn, a survivor of the massacre who testified before a Truth and Reconciliation Commission almost 26 years after the massacre.
Democracy Now! - July 18, 2005 at 6:00am
Over 150 Dead in Iraq in One of Deadliest Weekends Since U.S. Invasion This weekend marked one of the deadliest in Iraq since the U.S. invasion began more than two years ago. In three days of suicide attacks, more than 150 people have been killed with nearly 300 wounded. We go to Baghdad to speak with Patrick Cockburn of the London Independent. Three Women, Palestinian Christian, Muslim and Israeli Jew on Life Under Occupation As Israel prepares for a possible ground offensive in Gaza and Hamas says it will halt attacks, we speak with three women: Dr. Jumana Odeh, a Muslim Palestinian who lives in Jerusalem and is the Director of the Palestinian Happy Child Center; Michal Sagi, a Jewish Israeli who is active with Checkpoint Watch, a women's human rights monitoring group and Rana Khoury, a Christian Palestinian who is Deputy General Director of the International Center of Bethlehem.
Democracy Now! - July 8, 2005 at 9:00am
British Antiwar MP George Galloway: "London Has Reaped Blair's Involvement in Iraq"...
Democracy Now! - July 7, 2005 at 9:00am
London Subway and Bus Explosions Kill 37, Injure more than 100...
Democracy Now! - July 6, 2005 at 9:00am
Karl Rove Again Linked to Outting of CIA Operative Valerie Plame...
Democracy Now! - July 5, 2005 at 9:00am
After Sandra Day O'Conner: High Stakes Battle Over Supreme Court Gears Up in Washington...
Democracy Now! - July 1, 2005 at 6:00am
Critical Resistance Radio. Weyland talks to Ras K'dee about the new album he has coming out...