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Democracy Now! - August 31, 2005 at 6:00am
Report from Inside New Orleans Hospital: "Who is Left Behind?...The Sickest, The Oldest, The Poorest, The Youngest" As the devastation left in the wake of hurricane Katrina continues to unfold, we go to New Orleans to speak with law professor Bill Quigley of Loyola University. Quigley, who is volunteering at Memorial Hospital, said, "The people who are in New Orleans are - in all honesty - dying and there could be a lot more casualties unless there's a lot of help, real fast." Journalists Under Fire in Iraq: Reuters Chief Debates Pentagon Over Slain and Detained Media Workers In the latest assault on media workers in Iraq, U.S. forces shoot dead a Reuters new agency soundman and order a Reuters cameraman to be held without charge for six months in Abu Ghraib. We host a debate with David Schlesinger, Global Managing Editor of the Reuters News Agency and Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, spokesperson for the U.S. military in Iraq and Director of Combined Press Information Center. The Day Casey Died: Cindy Sheehan, Journalist and Wounded Soldier Remember the Battle of Sadr City On the last day of Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside President Bush's estate in Crawford, we look back at the day her son, Casey, died. We speak with a U.S. army soldier who was wounded on the same day Casey was killed, an independent journalist who visited the area shortly afterwards and Cindy Sheehan.

Democracy Now! - August 30, 2005 at 6:00am
Dozens Dead as Hurricane Katrina Slams into Gulf Coast: A Look at Extreme Weather, Oil Development and Who Gets Hit the Hardest Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast with devastating force Monday morning leaving at least 55 people dead and more than a million people in three states without power. We speak with David Helvarg of the Blue Frontier Campaign about extreme weather and Damu Smith about who gets hit the hardest. Environmental Pollution Along the Mississippi: From the Headwater to the Delta We speak with Robert Shimek of the Indigenous Environmental Network about the toxic pollution of the Mississippi River with various industries using it as a "sewer dump" to get rise of dioxins, PCBs and various heavy metals. Environmental Racism: How Minority Communities Are Exposed to "Toxic Soup" We speak with Damu Smith, founder of Black Voices for Peace and executive director of the National Black Environmental Justice Network about environmental racism. Smith says, "People, black and white and Latino, who live in these [heavy industrial] areas are exposed to toxic soup of chemicals regularly released into the air, into the soil, into the water." Katrina Rescue Operations: Are National Guard and Equipment Stretched Thin by Iraq War? With search and rescue operations underway in multiple states and many communities facing massive reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, state governments are relying significantly on aid from the National Guard. But with the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of Guard members available at home has been slashed. Juan Cole on U.S.-Saudi Relations We play Part 2 of our discussion with Middle East expert Juan Cole looking at U.S.-Saudi relations. Cole is a Professor of History at the University of Michigan and runs a widely-read blog called "Informed Comment."

Democracy Now! - August 29, 2005 at 6:00am
Is Global Warming Causing More Devastating Hurricanes Worldwide? Hurricane Katrina forced a mass evacuation of New Orleans and may leave up to a million people homeless. As this unprecedented storm deluges the South, we look at new evidence that human-induced global warming is causing the increased strength of tropical storms. Two Thousand Bush Supporters Rally in Crawford The last weekend of Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside President Bush's property in Crawford drew ever more supporters. Also in Crawford were two thousand counter protesters. We hear from a pro-Bush military mother and the owner of a Bush memorobilia store in Crawford. [includes rush transcript] Military Mothers and Veterans Call for Troop Pullout on Last Weekend of Camp Casey Cindy Sheehan and other military families spoke at a mass rally during the last weekend of Bush's vacation - and the last weekend of Camp Casey. We hear from Cindy, mothers Amy Branham and Jane Bright, and a Marine veteran. The Posada Files: El Paso Judge to Determine Whether Bay of Pigs Was Terrorist Act Cuban-born former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles is facing a deportation hearing El Paso today. The judge will look at Posada's record to determine whether he should get asylum in the United States. Protests around the U.S. and Canada are calling for Posada's extradition to Venezuela for masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner.

Democracy Now! - August 26, 2005 at 6:00am
20 Massacred in Port-au-Prince Soccer Stadium, Jailed Jean-Juste Mulls Presidential Run As reports emerge of a massacre of at least 20 civilians at a soccer stadium in Port-au-Prince, we go to Haiti for the latest as well as get an update on the condition of jailed Haitian priest, Father Gerard Jean-Juste, who is considering a run for the presidency. Military Mothers Rally Around Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey We play a press conference from Camp Casey held by members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out with mothers and wives from around the country speaking about their opposition to the war and to President Bush's policies in Iraq. 50 Years After the Murder of Emmett Till, the Investigation Continues This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Emmett Till. He was beaten and shot near Money, Mississippi after he allegedly whistled at a white female store clerk. We speak with filmmaker Keith Beauchamp who produced "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" and University of Missouri-Columbia professor Clenora Hudson-Weems. Bob Dylan Performing "The Ballad of the Emmett Till" on Pacifica Radio's WBAI in 1962 In May 1962 the legendary folksinger Bob Dylan came by the WBAI studios in New York to perform his rarely heard tribute to Emmett Till. This is one of the earliest known live recordings of Bob Dylan.

Democracy Now! - August 25, 2005 at 6:00am
Bush Rejects Calls for Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq as Approval Rating Plummets to New Low President Bush mounted a major defense of the war in Iraq this week as he faces the lowest approval rating of his presidency. In his address in the Republican stronghold of Idaho, Bush rejected calls for an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and played up the case of a military mother who supported the Iraq war in what seemed a direct contrast to Cindy Sheehan. Cindy's Crawford: Sheehan Returns to Camp Casey for Remaining Days of Bush's Vacation Cindy Sheehan both returned to Crawford, Texas Wednesday evening to rejoin the internationally-known vigil she began two weeks ago. We play an excerpt of an address Sheehan gave at Camp Casey where she says, "[Bush] put our kids in another person's country, and Casey was killed by insurgents. He wasn't killed by terrorists. He was killed by Shiite militia who wanted him out of the country." Exclusive: Joan Baez Performs "Joe Hill" at Camp Casey Legendary folk singer Joan Baez took to the stage Wednesday evening to perform before a crowd gathered at at Camp Casey. Democracy Now! was there to record the event. Iraq Veterans, Military Mothers and Peace Activists Discuss Bush and Iraq As President Bush and Cindy Sheehan both return to Camp Casey, we speak with one of the other founders of Gold Star Families for Peace, Celeste Zappala, a peace activist in Idaho, where President Bush just addressed the National Guard as well as a marine who's recently returned from Iraq. From Death Row: Texas Set to Execute First African-American Woman Since Civil War The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Frances Newton on September 14. Supporters say the courts should grant her another trial based on new evidence, especially given that infamous defense attorney Ron Mock originally represented her. We hear from Frances Newton herself and speak with her attorney David Dow.

Democracy Now! - August 24, 2005 at 6:00am
The Cannon of Christianity: Pat Robertson Calls for the Assassination of Hugo Chavez Christian televangelist Pat Robertson set off an international firestorm this week when he called for the assassination of Venezuela's democratically elected president Hugo Chavez. We speak with journalist and author Chris Hedges and attorney Michal Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Hybrid Cars: How Alternative Technologies Are Shaping the Future of Car Travel We take a look at sustainable energy solutions as gas prices skyrocket, focusing on the increasingly popular hybrid cars. We speak with the founder of hybridcars.com and go to an interview with an activist from the alternative energy movement. [includes rush transcript]

Democracy Now! - August 23, 2005 at 6:00am
Juan Cole's 10-Point Plan for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq More than two years after the US invaded Iraq, there is a debate in this country that is increasingly dominating the public discussion on the occupation: the issue of withdrawing US troops. We speak one of the most respected independent Iraq analysts, Juan Cole, who released a 10-point plan, outlining what he calls a responsible stance toward Iraq. Draft Constitution May Strip Iraqi Women of Basic Human Rights Iraq's parliament received a draft of the country's constitution but delayed a vote for three days on the highly contested document to win support from Sunni leaders. The document stipulates Islam is the official religion of Iraq, and is a fundamental source for legislation. We go to Baghdad to speak with Iraqi feminist Yanar Mohammed. Rev. Joseph Lowery: "The Mothers in Iraq Call Us the Terrorists" As the antiwar vigil at Camp Casey continues outside President Bush's estate in Crawford, we speak with the Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Democracy Now! - August 22, 2005 at 6:00am
Cindy's Crawford: Camp Casey Continues to Grow Despite Sheehan's Absence Hundreds of supporters converged on Camp Casey outside Bush’s Crawford estate this weekend. Although Cindy Sheehan had to leave temporarily to care for her ailing mother, other military families delivered a letter to the gates of the presidential property. Pro-Bush Demonstrators Mount "I Give a Sheet" Campaign Bush supporters also made their way to Crawford this weekend. About fifty people delivered sheets with messages of support written on them, a local business-owner started a pro-Bush camp, motorcyclists rode past Crawford to show support for the president, and mainstream media commentators continued to attack Cindy Sheehan. "If Bush Is Right, Martin Luther King Jr. Was Wrong" - Activist Rev. Peter Johnson Speaks at Camp Casey We play a speech by longtime activist and former SCLC staffer, the Rev. Peter Johnson who says, "War is not the answer. Only love can conquer hate. If Bush is right, then Marvin [Gaye] was wrong. If Bush is right, then Mohandas Gandhi was wrong. If Bush is right, Henry David Thoreau was wrong. If Bush is right, Martin Luther King Jr. was wrong. If Bush is right, Jesus of Nazareth was wrong." Mother of First Soldier from Georgia Killed in Iraq Also Demands to Speak with Bush We speak with Patricia Roberts, her son Jamaal Addison was killed in Iraq in 2003. He was the first soldier from Georgia killed in Iraq. She says, "[Bush] goes about choosing which parents he talks to because I don't know why I haven't gotten the opportunity to talk to him." Former Homeless Veteran Describes How Horrors of War Continues to Plague Soldiers at Home We hear a speech by former homeless veteran Ed Boyd. He says, "When the parade ends, and the military person takes off that uniform, and the horrors of war are still deep within them, and they can't get help because the Veterans Administration has got a $2 billion shortfall, they enter into a world of real terror, drug abuse, alcoholism, violence." Military Wife Speaks Out on Eve of Husband's Deployment Tammara Rosenleaf came from Montana to join other military families at Camp Casey. Her husband is about to be deployed to Iraq. Brother of First Pennsylvania National Guardsman Killed in Combat in 60 years Speaks at Camp Casey We hear from Dante Zappala, whose brother, Sherwood Baker, was killed in Iraq in 2004. He was the first member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to die in combat since 1945. Mother of Soldier Serving in Iraq Calls Continued U.S. Troop Presence a "Moral Sin" We hear a speech by Andrea Hackett speaking at Camp Casey. Her daughter just returned from serving in Iraq. She says, "Let's make this a huge movement so that [Bush] has to either answer or go back to the White House and hide. We'll meet him there on September 24th, though."

Democracy Now! - August 19, 2005 at 6:00am
Crawford Vigil Is Not Over Exclusive Interview with Cindy Sheehan After Mother's Stroke: "I Want to Get Back As Soon As Possible" Broadcasting on location from Crawford, Texas, Democracy Now! brings you the voices of military families and anti-war activists who are speaking out against the occupation of Iraq. Cindy Sheehan left Crawford last night to attend to her sick mother, but we caught up with her on her way out of Texas. Army Vet Ann Wright Running "Field Operations for Peace, Not War" Ann Wright spent 26 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. She was a diplomat in the State Department for 15 years before resigning in March 2003, protesting the then-impending invasion of Iraq. Mother Nadia McCaffrey Showed the World a Casualty of the Iraq War Nadia McCaffrey’s son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June 2004. His death received national attention after Nadia invited the press to Sacramento International Airport to record images of his flag-draped coffin returning home, contravening U.S. military policy. State Senator Becky Lourey Lost Her Son in Iraq, Now She’s Fighting Against the War Minnesota State Senator Becky Lourey lost her son Matt in Iraq earlier this year. She has been one of the foremost voices working against the war in Minnesota. Navy Officer Charlie Anderson: "We Don't Need Yellow Ribbons, We Need Help, We Need Jobs" Navy Officer Charlie Anderson participated in the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. He is at Camp Crawford to ask questons about how the Bush administration managed the invasion and to challenge the post-invasion policies. Mom Protests War on Eve of Son's Deployment to Iraq Mimi Evans came to Camp Casey from Massachusetts because her son is soon to be deployed to fight a war she doesn't believe in. F.B.I. Whistle-Blower Colleen Rowley Says No to Occupation Colleen Rowley was named the “Time” person of the year. She went from F.B.I informant to F.B.I. whistleblower. She spoke out on the war in Iraq and visits Camp Casey from her home in Minnesota. Crawford Peace House Supports Camp Casey The activist community center, Crawford Peace House is hosting Camp Casey. We speak with Peace House spokesperson Hadi Jawad.

Democracy Now! - August 18, 2005 at 6:00am
Conyers Calls For Investigation Into Ashcroft's Role In CIA Leak Case Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is calling for an investigation into the role of former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Conyers' call comes after a new report by investigative journalist Murray Waas that a special prosecutor was appointed in the case in large part because FBI investigators had begun to specifically question the veracity of accounts provided to them by Karl Rove. We speak with Conyers and Waas. Media Culpa: Should The New York Times and Time Magazine Have Exposed Karl Rove's Role in the Outing of Valerie Plame? In an article in Vanity Fair, columnist Michael Wolff criticizes those in the mainstream media - particularly Time Magazine and The New York Times - who knew of Karl Rove's role in the outing of Valerie Plame, but refused to expose him. We host a debate with Wolff and investigative journalist Murray Waas. Conflict of Interest? Roberts' Interviews with White House Officials Prior to Gitmo Ruling Raise Questions About Impartiality New details have emerged concerning the timing of John Roberts' interviews for his Supreme Court post with senior Bush administration officials which call into question his impartiality in a crucial case concerning military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. We speak with Georgetown University law professor David Luban and Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Democracy Now! - August 17, 2005 at 6:00am
Israel Begins Forced Removal of Jewish Settlers From Gaza as Deadline Expires Israeli troops began the forced evacuation of thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza strip Wednesday after a deadline for them to leave expired last night. We go to Gaza to speak with Chris McGreal, correspondent with the London Guardian, who reports from the settlement of Neve Dekalim. As Unarmed IDF Soldiers Evacuate Settlers, A Look at the Israeli Bulldozing of the Palestinian Home that Killed Rachel Corrie As the Israeli pays millions of dollars to Gaza settlers and prepares to demolish their homes after the evacuation, we look back at another home demolition that came with no compensation. American activist Rachel Corrie was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer as she tried to protect a Palestinian home. We speak with the family that lived in that home and Rachel Corrie's mother. Debate on Gaza Withdrawal: Palestinian Sociologist vs. the Zionist Organization of America As Israeli troops began the forced evacuation of thousands of Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip, we host a debate between Morton Klein, the head of the Zionist Organization of America and Rabab Abdulhadi, the head of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Democracy Now! - August 16, 2005 at 6:00am
Jewish Settlers Receive Hundreds of Thousands in Compensation for Leaving Gaza While Palestinians Working for Them Get Nothing As Israel's disengagement from Gaza enters Day 2, we go to Gaza City to speak with leading Israeli journalist Amira Hass. A majority of the Jewish settlers have accepted a compensation package - in between $150,000 to $400,000 - from the Israeli government in return for leaving Gaza. Hass reports that the thousands of Palestinians working for the settlers are receiving nothing. Voices in the Wilderness Ordered to Pay $20K for Bringing Aid to Iraq A federal judge has ordered the human rights group Voices in the Wilderness to pay $20,000 for violating the sanctions against Iraq. A decade ago, Voices in the Wilderness began openly violating the sanctions, bringing in symbolic amounts of medical, educational and humanitarian aid to Iraq on a regular basis. We speak with the group's founder, Kathy Kelly. Groups Launch "People's Petition for an Iraq Peace Plan" Anti-war groups in the United States are announcing a campaign today to build support for a peaceful exit strategy from Iraq. We speak with the primary author of the "People's Petition for an Iraq Peace Plan," longtime activist Tom Hayden. Media Giant John H. Johnson Paved the Way for Black-Owned Press On Monday, thousands mourned the death of publishing and entrepreneurial pioneer John H. Johnson. He founded Ebony and Jet magazines and seared the image of the brutalized Emmett Till into the nation's consciousness. We speak with the editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation's only black daily newspaper.

Democracy Now! - August 15, 2005 at 6:00am
Israeli Settlers Resist Gaza Pullout, Palestinians Call for Withdrawal from West Bank Thousands of settlers are refusing to leave their homes in Gaza settlements today as Israeli soldiers and police order them to move out. The pullout is seen by some as a strategy by the Israeli state to consolidate its hold over the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Others see it as a necessary step in the roadmap to peace in Israel-Palestine. We speak with a resident of Gush Katif who is resisting the pullout, the director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a journalist who spent time with soldiers and settlers and the founder of Electronic Intifada. Aceh Peace Agreement Leaves Indonesian Military in Place A peace accord is signed between the Indonesian government and the Acehnese rebels. The deal disarms only one side, leaving the Indonesian military in place. We speak with award-winning journalist and activist Allan Nairn.

Democracy Now! - August 12, 2005 at 6:00am
Women, Oil and the Role of the U.S. in Iraq's New Constitution The Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution called for the creation of an autonomous Shiite Region in Southern Iraq. We speak with activist and author Antonia Juhasz about the draft Constitution that is due to be released on Monday. Protest on the Range: Cindy Sheehan Calls for Mass Demos at Bush's Crawford Ranch Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed last year in Iraq, is finally getting major media coverage after months of protesting George Bush’s policies in Iraq. We go live to Crawford, Texas to speak with Cindy Sheehan. FDR’s Grandson: At 70-Years-Old, Social Security Will Be "Successful Right Through The 21st Century" This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The program remains the most successful social program of the century. We speak with FDR's grandson. The Fire This Time: The Watts Rebellion at 40 This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Watts Uprising in Los Angeles. Today, many of the same economic inequalities persist for African American residents of South Central. We speak with Gerald Horne, author of "Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s."

Democracy Now! - August 11, 2005 at 6:00am
Psychological Warfare? A Debate on the Role of Mental Health Professionals in Military Interrogations at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and Beyond As the American Psychological Association kicks off its national convention, a debate is raging in the mental health community over the role of psychologists in military interrogations. We host a debate with the director of ethics at the APA Stephen Behnke, British medical ethicist Michael Wilks, and renowned psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton.

Democracy Now! - August 10, 2005 at 6:00am
Landmark Decision Overturns Cuba 5 Convictions A federal appellate court in Atlanta overturned the convictions of the Cuba 5 and ordered a new trial on the basis that the men could not get a fair trial in the right-wing Cuban exile stronghold of Miami. The five were accused of spying for Cuba. We speak with Leonard Weinglass, one of the lawyers for the Cuba 5. Maher Arar Fights to Keep Torture Suit Against U.S. Government Alive Canadian torture victim Maher Arar is the first person to mount a civil suit challenging the U.S. government policy of extraordinary rendition. Now his attorneys are fighting the Justice Department's motion to dismiss the case. We speak with David Cole, the lead lawyer for Maher Arar. Did Speaker Hastert Accept Turkish Bribes to Deny Armenian Genocide and Approve Weapons Sales? Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds is accusing the FBI of covering up improper contacts and financial dealings between certain Turkish nationals and the office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. We speak with Sibel Edmonds and Vanity Fair journalist David Rose.

Democracy Now! - August 9, 2005 at 6:00am
Energy Bill: Fueling Corporations/Depleting Native Lands The recently signed energy bill means more benefits for energy companies and a revival for the nuclear power industry. Also included is a provision changing how energy development decisions are made on Native American lands. We speak with Karen Wayland with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Clayton Thomas-Muller with the Indigenous Environmental Network. Nagasaki at 60: The Bombers and the Bombed Sixty years ago today, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. We hear from a survivor of the bombing and the men who flew the B-29 bomber that dropped the bomb. Leading Cigarette Expert: “The Tobacco Industry Helped Kill Peter Jennings” Peter Jennings died of lung cancer over the weekend. He was one of five million people globally who die each year of smoking-related diseases. We speak with longtime tobacco industry critic Dr. Stan Glantz and Anna White of Essential Action.

Democracy Now! - August 8, 2005 at 6:00am
Harry Belafonte, Stevie Wonder Speak/Sing Out for Voting Rights World renowned performers Harry Belefonte and Stevie Wonder speak at the Keep the Vote Alive march commemorating the 40th anniversary for the Voting Rights Act. 40th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act: Thousands March to Keep the Vote Alive Tens of thousands gathered in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend for the Keep the Vote Alive March. The march commemorated the 40th anniversary of the historic 1965 signing of the Voting Rights act and called for the Congress and the President to extend key provisions of the law which expire in 2007. NAACP Legal Defense Fund Responds to Supreme Court Nominee Roberts Push to Limit Voting Rights Act Newly released documents show that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts argued strongly against strengthening the Act in 1982 when he served as an aide in Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department. We speak with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund about the history and future of voting rights. SNCC Activist Ekwueme Michael Thelwell: "People Fought, Died And Bled for the Right to Vote" Former field secretary of SNCC, professor Ekwueme Michael Thelwell speaks on the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act at the Grassroots Radio Conference in Northampton, Massachusetts. He discusses today's struggle around strengthening provisions to the act and the role of grassroots media.

Democracy Now! - August 5, 2005 at 6:00am
Hiroshima Cover-up: Stripping the War Department's Timesman of His Pulitzer This weekend marks the sixtieth anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. William Laurence, the New York Times reporter who covered the bombings, was also on the US government payroll. Journalists Amy Goodman and David Goodman call for the Pulitzer Board to strip Laurence and his paper, The New York Times, of the undeserved prize. The Atomic Bombers Speak Colonel Paul Tibbets named his plane the Enola Gay after his mother. He bombed Hiroshima. Captain Kermit Beahan describes the bombing of Nagasaki. Long-Suppressed Nagasaki Article Discovered Defying US occupation forces, George Weller was the first reporter into Nagasaki after the US dropped the atomic bomb. His 25,000 word report did not get past the US military censors. Now dead, we speak with Weller's son who has just discovered the carbon copy of the long-suppressed article. Film Suppressed: The US Government Hides Hiroshima Nagasaki Footage For Decades Footage of the devastation after the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that was commissioned by the US occupying forces was suppressed for decades. Erik Barnouw reads the words of the Japanese filmmaker Akira Iwasaki. From Oak Ridge to Lawrence Livermore to Los Alamos: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered Activists around the nation are commemorating the 60th anniversary of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Grass-roots organizers speak about the ongoing nuclear weapons activity and community resistance. Hiroshima Survivor: No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis, No More War Sunao Tsuboi survived the bombing of Hiroshima. Speaking at an anti-nuclear weapons rally in New York, he said, "Even if you luckily survive you...suffer from psychological and physical disruption...until your life ends."

Democracy Now! - August 4, 2005 at 6:00am
Exclusive: New Information May Reveal Key Details on Judith Miller's Role in the Rove/CIA Scandal...

Democracy Now! - August 3, 2005 at 6:00am
Victory in Defeat? Anti-Bush Iraq War Vet Nearly Wins Republican District...

Democracy Now! - August 2, 2005 at 6:00am
Dozens Die in Khartoum Riots Following Death of Sudanese VP Garang...

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Democracy Now! - August 1, 2005 at 6:00am
Niger Faces Major Food Emergency The African country of Niger is rarely mentioned in this country. Among the only times you hear Niger mentioned is in relation to the Wilson/Plame/Rove scandal. But today in Niger, 3.3 million people, including almost a million children, are facing starvation after a drought and locusts wiped out last year's harvest. We go to Niamey, Niger for a report from Doctors Without Borders. The FDA Approves a Race-Specific Drug for the First Time in History. Will it Address the Real Health Issues Facing African-Americans? The Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the first drug specifically for African-Americans. The new drug BiDil has raised concerns among some doctors and medical ethicists. We host a debate about this new trend of race-based drug making and marketing. Activist Damu Smith: Fighting Colon Cancer and Systemic Racial Disparities in American Healthcare Longtime activist Damu Smith is the founder of Black Voices for Peace. He has fought war and racism for decades. Now he’s fighting for his life. He has colon cancer. We speak with Damu Smith about his struggle with cancer and for equitable healthcare in this country. [includes rush transcript]

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