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New Dawn for Kenya (3:18) In what many are calling the beginning of a new era, Kenyans went to the polls today to elect a new leader.President Daniel arap Moi is stepping down after 39 years of what human rights activists call dictatorial rule.Uhuru Kenyatta is the handpicked successor of Moi, and the son of Kenya's founding president, Jomo Kenyatta. The only real opposition to Kenyatta is 71-year-old Mwai Kibaki. With the polls now closed in Kenya we go to human rights activist, journalist,...
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Around 15-hundred Palestinian political prisoners started an open-ended hunger strike in four Israeli jails yesterday. The prisoners say they are subject to unnecessary strip searches, want more access to family visits and telephones, and improve overall living conditions. Today Israeli prison authorities declared psychological war against the inmates. They threatened to force-feed the prisoners and began barbequing outside the walls of the prisons. The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says...
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Massive wildfire rages across tar sands region of Alberta, Canada Honduran authorities arrest four in connection to murder of activist Berta Cáceres Far-right, anti-immigrant Generation Identity seeks to galvanize nationalist French youth The Philippines holds nationwide elections Monday; hardline candidates polling strong Tensions escalate along border between Gaza Strip and Israel Another Aleppo hospital comes under fire; UN passes resolution affirming illegality of attacks on medical...
Topics: Alberta, wildfire, Berta Cáceres, Honduras, far-right extremism, France, Philippines, elections,...
US Justice Seeking 100s of Patient Records in Abortion Case The U.S. Justice Department is demanding that various hospitals around the nation turn over hundreds of patient medical records on certain types of abortions performed at the facilities. Investigators say they need the records as part of a lawsuit challenging the recently passed ban on what anti-abortion groups call partial-birth abortion. Ginger Otis reports from New York. UN Tries to Broker Iraqi Sovereignty and Elections United...
Topics: UN, bush, elections, iraq, islam, kurds, nuclear weapons, rights
Iraqi Massacre Over 85 bodies, killed in execution style shootings, have been found in Baghdad in the last day and a half. At least 27 bodies were stacked in a mass grave in a Shiite neighborhood. Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr is calling for calm and says his Mehdi Army would not retaliate. Some analysts are saying that only the rapid formation of a unity Iraqi government could ebb the hostility. So far that has been a difficult feat as the new government has delayed the inaugural session since the...
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Iraqi Referendum on Saddam Iraqi lined up to vote this morning in a referendum for which sitting President Saddam Hussein is the sole candidate for another seven year term. Nearly 12 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in today?s referendum and Iraqi officials say they expect 100% approval. The last referendum in 1995 resulted in 99.96% of the population voting yes. While the U.S. has indicated that it has plans to install an American military government in Iraq once Hussein is toppled, the...
Topics: argentina, brazil, elections, iraq, military, saddam hussein
Over 100,000 Protest Against Iraq War in DC (4:09)MN Celebrates Life of Wellstone - Anti- War Protests (2:42)Americans in Iraq Protest Bush's War (2:23)Lula Wins Presidential Race in Brasil (3:08)Russian President Takes Steps to End Terrorism (3:49)Mumia Speaks to Anti-War Protestors (2:19)
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Texas Executes Napoleon Beazley Napoleon Beazley, an African American man convicted by an all white jury for killing a white man in an attempted car-jacking, was executed Tuesday night by the state of Texas. Amnesty International called the execution ?cruel and arbitrary? while South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who wrote to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles petitioning on Beazley?s behalf said: "I am astounded that Texas and a few other states in the United States take children...
Topics: EU, afghanistan, bush, death penalty, drug companies, iraq, mexico, south africa, washington
Report from Jenin Israel's National Student Unionbanned all Arab political activity across the country's universities today. The Israeli Government said said it made its decision following what it called unprecedented "intolerable" acts by the students, including donation stands for Palestinians living in cities Israel invaded in the last two weeks. Hundreds of Palestinians continue to flee their homes in refugee camps under assault by the Israeli military, bearing horrifying accounts...
Topics: bush, israel, military, oil, palestine, rights, riots, south africa, suicide, unions, washington
Iraq Opens Doors To Inspectors Iraq is offering UN weapons inspectors unconditional access tothe country.The United States says it is a trick and continues to prepare for war, moving troops to the Persian Gulf area. On the international front, Russia's foreign minister said today that no new U.N. Security Council resolution was needed following Iraq's offer to allow in weapons inspectors. In a new estimate, the White House says it would cost between one hundred and two hundred billion dollars...
Topics: NATO, china, drug companies, elections, epidemic, iraq, rights, russia, unions, washington
China Announces New Leader In China, it has been decided: Huo Jintao will be the next Communist Party First Secretary. But as correspondent Alain Lewkowicz reports, in the street of Beijing, nothing has changed much, except one thing. Congress on Homeland Security: For the Children or Big Business? Democrats harnessed the anti-abortion passion of House Republicans early this morning to kill the bankruptcy bill - a bill that had nothing otherwise to do with abortion.But the bill to create a new...
Topics: china, communism, democratic party, drug companies, elections, immigration, iran, mexico, washington
Protests and Resignations in Bolivia Four Bolivian cabinet ministers resigned today as the vice president accused the leadership for using excessive force against demonstrators. Bolivians have been filling the streets for weeks in the nation?s capitol protesting government plans to sell natural gas to the United States and Mexico. Demonstrators have been saying that the gas be used for internal use before it is sold on the open market. Dozens of people have been killed in the protests that...
Topics: UN, bush, california, democratic party, elections, iraq, mexico, washington
Hirosima Survivors Petition Smithsonian Today the Japan Confederation of A and H Bomb Sufferers Organization handed in petitions to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum over a new display they say covers the real consequences of the atomic bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima.Keiko Ogura is the Director of Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace.She was eight years old and living in Hiroshima when Enola Gay dropped the bomb. The director of the air and space museum has refused to meet...
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NM County Grants Same Gendered Marriage Licenses 20 marriage licenses have been issued to same sex couples in Sandoval County, New Mexico, just north of Albuquerque, according to a county clerk. After asking for an opinion from the county?s attorney, County Court Clerk Victoria Dunlop said there is no legal reason to withhold them. State law in New Mexico defines marriage as a civil contract between parties without making mention of gender. Clerks in Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties cited a...
Topics: FEMA, bush, california, elections, environment, federal government, iran, mexico, military, riots,...
A U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi prisoners has been sentenced to 8-years in prison. Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick received the toughest sentence to date of the three soldiers now convicted of abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison. Prisoners on the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba must be allowed to talk with their lawyers in private according to a federal judge. Katie Murray reports from D.C. Britain's Defense Secretary today confirmed that Britain has agreed to a Bush...
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Bush on Cuba Today George W. Bush announced he received the recommendations from his so-called Commission for the Assistance of a Free Cuba. Details of the proposed policy have yet to be released but, Bush?s comments point to a pre-emptive policy in Cuba. Bush to Curb Money to Cuba Reports suggest the Bush administration wants to curb the flow of money Cuban immigrants send to their families in Cuba, insure U.S. government sponsored Radio Marti is received by Cubans, and generally take a more...
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Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the aggravated child molestation conviction and the 10-year prison sentence of the 18-year-old student, Marcus Dixon for having consensual sex with a younger classmate. The court ruled that Dixon should have been prosecuted with the lesser charge of misdemeanor rape than aggravated child molestation. Dixon had planned to attend university on a football scholarship, but the funds were revoked after his arrest. This week, The US military filed...
Topics: UN, afghanistan, bush, detainees, elections, india, iraq, israel, mexico, military, palestine,...
Middle East Summit Arab and Muslim Foreign leaders meeting in Istanbul today voiced opposition to a US war on Iraq but put the onus for peace squarely on Iraqi soldiers. Meeting in an Ottoman Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus, the foreign ministers of Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iran asked Hussein to comply fully with UN Weapons inspectors to avoid a war. Aaron Glantz has more from Amman. Venezuela Anniversary Today in Venezuela millions of people took to the streets to...
Topics: EU, elections, india, iran, iraq, islam, israel, kennedy, palestine, turkey
Conscientious Objector Facing Military Prosecution - Sara Olson UN Petition to Stop Pushing Poor Nations into Bad Trade Deals - Haider Rizvi President Bush Signed into Law the Prison Rape Elimination Act - Renee Feltz U.S. Senate Takes Step Towards Curbing the New Media Ownership Rules - Craig Murphy A Pay Raise for Congress(3:43) After a closed Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz confirmed recent reports that the further occupation of Iraq is going to...
Topics: bush, courage, india, iraq, military, pakistan, rebellion, rumsfeld, unions, wolfowitz
Another newly appointed Iraqi official was assassinated today in Iraq.The Interior Ministry?s Brigadier General Ibrahim Khamas was shot dead by four gunmen as he rode through Baghdad.Iraqi officials say they will increase security around government leaders. Palestinian elections in the Gaza Strip may be tossed out for noted irregularities.Manar Jibreen reports from the International Middle East Media Center. Today the Republican leadership brought President Bush?s controversial judicial...
Topics: UN, brazil, bush, elections, environment, halliburton, hamas, iraq, mexico, palestine, privacy,...
US Senate Keeps Canadian Beef Out The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would prevent Canadian beef from entering the United States.By a slim margin, the Senate will overrule the US Food and Drug Administration?s plan to reopen the border to beef on Monday March 7th.Due to fears of passing along mad cow disease, Canadian beef has been kept out of the United States for two years. Canadian officials blame the ban on the heavily funded and protectionist US beef industry. Yesterday a federal...
Topics: EU, NATO, bush, california, democratic party, detainees, disease, halliburton, iraq, military, oil,...
Bhopal activists still seeking retribution from Dow Chemicals are seething over a new deal the corporate leviathan has made with the Indian government. Binu Alex has more from Ahmedebad. The government of Brazil is reeling from a corruption scandal that some say is proving to be more than just embarrassing for the President. Natalia Viana reports from Sao Paulo. United Nations officials are cautiously warning the Zimbabwe government that causing 200-thousand people to be homeless is a violation...
Topics: 9-11, NSA, UN, brazil, detainees, elections, environment, highschool, immigration, india, iraq,...
The Oregon state Supreme Court has tossed out close to 3-thousand marriage licenses issued to same sex couples in one county.Judges ruled that even if a county has questions about the constitutionality of the state?s marriage laws officials have no authority to change them.Last year, Multnomah county officials handed out marriage licenses to nearly 3-thousand same sex couples until a judge ordered them to stop.Oregon voters opted to approve a constitutional amendment to make marriage in the...
Topics: EU, NSA, bush, elections, environment, genocide, individuality, mexico, oil, rights, scotus,...
Unconstitutional to Execute Minors in US In a major victory for death penalty opponents, the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution forbids the execution of people who were under 18 when they commit their crimes. Selina Musuta of the DC Radio Co-op has more. Delay Trial Begins in TX Three associates of US House Majority Leader, Tom Delay, are on trial in Texas for allegedly using corporate money to secure state offices for Republicans. From KFPT in Houston, Renee Feltz reports. Lebanese...
Topics: UN, death penalty, detainees, elections, immigration, iraq, military, pentagon, protest, rights,...
Bombs in Spain Bombs exploded in seven more cities throughout the Basque region of Spain today. The separatist group known as ETA claims responsibility for the blasts that wounded 5 people. But, analysts say the relatively low level explosives and warning phone calls indicate that ETA, banned from the mainstream political scene by the Spanish government wants to negotiate. Today, most Spaniards had the day off, celebrating Spanish Constitution Day. Activists Arrested in OH Two activists were...
Topics: 9-11, bush, elections, iraq, islam, israel, military, nigeria, oil, palestine, privacy, protest,...
Sibel Edmonds Exonerated FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has been partially exonerated by a report released by the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General. The unclassified version of the report confirms that Ms. Edmonds' allegations had merit and deserved further investigation. It also supports criticism made by government watchdog groups that Attorney General John Ashcroft invoked the rarely used state secrets privilege to hide FBI failures rather than protect national security secrets....
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Federal Court Over-Turns Louima Conviction (3:45) A federal court of appeals overturned the conviction of three police officers in the Abner Louima torture case today saying there was insufficient evidence they obstructed justice. Louima, a black Haitian immigrant, was tortured in a police station bathroom following his arrest outside a Brooklyn nightclub Aug. 9, 1997. Louima's attorney says he's calling on the federal government to reopen the prosecution. As Geoff Brady reports from New York,...
Topics: bush, environment, federal government, india, islam, oil, riots, torture, unions, washington
!-- Read entire transcript of the newscast -- What Price Freedom?; Sexual Assault in the US Armed Forces In this4th of July Independence Day Special, "What Price Freedom?" Free Speech Radio News reporter, Martha Baskin, takes us on a journey to the dark side of patriotism. In any war living with combat related trauma, comes with the territory. Less understood, is another kind of trauma, perpetrated by an enemy within - fellow American soldiers who commit sexual assault. Return to...
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Senate Republicans put Affordable Care Act under the knife Senate committee probes allegations of Russian meddling in 2016 election Law professors ask Congress to oppose Trump pick for U.S. Attorney General Former U.S. attorney supports clemency for Leonard Peltier Mexican gas price hike kicks off 2017 with protests, economic anxiety Depression-era Mexican repatriation holds lessons on mass deportations Download Audio Senate Republicans put Affordable Care Act under the knife Weeks before...
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After the Bush administration promised new incentives for US textile companies in the southern states, several keyRepublican House lawmakers have changed their position and now say they support the Dominican Republic Central American Free Trade Agreement.This shift in position has many on Capitol Hill believing that the House may pass the controversial free trade agreement by the end of the week.The Senate has already approved it. Mitch Jeserich reports.Historic Split in AFL-CIO(3:35) The...
Topics: NSA, bush, california, elections, labor movement, lebanon, rights, scotus, unions, washington
PRESIDENT BUSH GOES TO CHINA (2:56) US President George W. Bush has arrived in Shanghi on his first official visit to China and his first trip abroad since the September 11th attacks on the United States. The ultra modern Chinese port city is this week hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum or APEC. Trade and forign affairs ministers from Pacific rim countries today expressed solidarity with the US's declaired fight against global terrorism, but as Tony Cross reports from Shanghi...
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Netanyahu back peddles; U.S. still to reevaluate backing Israel at UN Netanyahu reelection raises concerns in Gaza and renews calls for unity among Palestinans Regional elections in Spain will be first test for anti-austerity Podemos House Oversight Committee grills FCC regarding internet rule change Wrongful arrest leads TV producer to become law enforcement reform advocate Top Mexican journalist fired on heels of whistleblower platform’s launch Download Audio Netanyahu back peddles; U.S....
Topics: Un, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza, Spain, anti-austerity, FCC, internet regulation, wrongful...
Report from Jenin In Jenin, attention is now focusing on the rescue and salvage efforts asIsraeli officials desperately scramble to explain the alleged war crimes committed in the Jenin refugee camp as the international anger over the devastation rose to new heights yesterday.With this report from Jenin is International Peace Observor Kristen Shurr. Fascists Rise in France The far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen snatched second place in the French presidential election yesterday, eliminating the...
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The Bush Administration is winning Congressional votes for far right nominees after months of threats and compromises by Democrats.Kelly Giddens reports from D.C. The US House expands temporary nuclear holding plants around the country anticipating an unlimited approval process for the Yucca Mountain facility. Leigh Robartes reports from Moscow, Idaho. Hundreds of teamsters in Connecticut join more than a thousand in California for protests against the Coca Cola Corporation.Melinda Tuhus...
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Blix: No Weapons of Mass Destruction (4:54) Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix spoke today before the UN Security Council. His message was clear -- Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction. Blix also directly questioned some of the intelligence that Secretary of State Powell delivered to the Security Council last week, citing the two satellite images shown in Powell's presentation and saying they did not prove that Iraq was clearing the site of forbidden munitions. Deepa Fernandes reports. Iraqis...
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**DUE TO TECH DIFFICULTIES, ONLY LOW-FI NEWCAST AVAILABLE ON THE TWO LINKS ABOVE, SORRY** Congress Resumes The 108th U.S. Congress reconvened today after a month long recess.With just a month before the new fiscal year begins, Congress will have to deal with 13 appropriations bills that will shape Government spending for 2004.Today the Senate debated spending on Education in which Senate Democrats say President Bush?s No Child Left Behind Act is not being fully funded for disadvantaged...
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Activists Respond to State of the Union Address President Bush gave his highly anticipated State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress last night dedicating the large portion of his speech to his plans for faltering economy and other domestic issues. Although in the speech there was no announcement of military action President Bush sounded like he was marching the country off to war From Washington, DC, WPFWs Matthew Bradley brings you some of Bush's statement and some of...
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Int. Security Conference Disputes Bush(4:09) As the nation and the world prepare for president Bush's State of the Union address tonight, the media are predicting yet another threat of war on Iraq.....in the administration's efforts to protect the homeland, critics say the the White House's offensive approach is counterproductive. At the THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REDEFINING GLOBALIZATION--recently convened IN MEXICO--panelists came up with other ideas.Leslie Clark reports. Israeli...
Topics: argentina, brazil, bush, elections, iraq, israel, mexico, military, palestine, state of the union
South Koreans Protest APEC Several thousand South Koreans, many of them rice farmers, demonstrated at the two-day summit of the Asia-Pacifica Economic Cooperation in Busan. The summit is an attempt to restart talks on free trade agreements in the region. Demonstrators clashed with police who used water cannons to drive the protesters back. Many of the rice farmers say that free trade would be a death blow to their industry and livelihood. South Korea Partial Withdrawal from Iraq Meanwhile, the...
Topics: FEMA, NATO, california, death penalty, elections, iran, iraq, john kerry, korea, military, new...
Bush to CIA: Oust Hussein(3:42) The Washington Post reported yesterday that earlier this year, President Bush signed an intelligence order directing the CIA to conduct covert operations to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The covert program included authorization to use lethal force to capture the Iraqi president. Free Speech Radio News correspondent, Jeremy Scahill, has been reporting from Iraq over the past month. Activist Fined for Bringing Medecine to Iraq(3:25) As the Bush...
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BAGHDAD BOMBINGS - Ahmed al-Rawi A series of bombings in Baghdad today killed 34 people and injured many others. Ahmed Al-rawi was at the International Red Cross when one of the explosions happened. WALMART - John Hamilton A crackdown on undocumented immigrant workers by federal officials at Wal-Mart stores last week may have been just the beginning. John Hamilton has more. EPA CHIEF - Mitch Jesserich Today in the U.S. Senate, Republicans will try to bust a Democratic hold on the nomination of...
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Questions of accountability and long term effects loom over Flint water crisis Massive gas leak continues to spew methane into Southern California skies DOI to assess coal mining on federal lands for first time in three decades U.S. Supreme Court due to hear potential landmark case on abortion access in Texas U.S.-Iran prisoner swap, sanctions and more: a conversation with Sarah Shourd Download Audio   Questions of accountability and long term effects loom over Flint water crisis A public...
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Trump kicks off first week with controversial - though promised - executive orders Executive orders open diplomatic rift with Mexico; as economic crisis spirals U.S. cities prepare to resist Trump’s immigration policies Trump signs executive orders to restart work on Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines White House pushes Pompeo confirmation, Senate debates ahead of vote tonight Questions about qualifications and ethics persist for other nominees Confirmation for ‘the most important...
Topics: Trump's first week in office, executive orders, diplomatic rift, Mexico, Mike Pompeo, confirmation...
International Community Meets on Tsunami The international community agreed to set up an early warning system in Southeast Asia in the event of another tsunami. Haider Rizvi has more from the U.N. Icebergs Off New Zealand Coast Icebergs have been sighted off the coast of New Zealand for the first time since 1948.Some of the 15 measure more than two miles wide.Scientists say they came from a break up of the vast ice sheets at the South Pole and are now about 400 miles south east of New Zealand...
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Corporate Accountability Law on the Books(3:55) In a ceremony involving members of congress, the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the new so called financial crimes "swat team," President Bush today signed legislation to restore investor confidence in American corporations. The new corporate accountability package increases the penalties for securites fraud.Vice President Cheney's old company Halliburton is under investigation for securities fraud,...
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France has deported two radical Moslem preachers and says it will kick outmore by the end of the month, as governments across Europe tightensecurity in the wake of last month's London bombings.Tony Cross reports from Paris. Iran says they will restart work at a main nuclear plant today because ofa missed deadline by the European Union to offer incentives for Iran todismantle their nuclear program.The European Union says they will offera package in the next couple of days. The United States say...
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Powell Sites Plagiarized Document "My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.... "I would call my colleagues' attention to the fine paper that the United Kingdom distributed yesterday which describes in exquisite detail Iraqi deception activities." -- Secretary of State Colin Powell to the United Nations Security Council, Feb. 5 And as...
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Powell's Trip Ends In Failure (3:53) Us Secretary of State Colin Powell has wrapped up what the white house called a peace mission to the middle east. Before leaving Israel Powell told reporters he was departing without a cease-fire agreement. And as Jeremy Scahill reports, Powell?s visit is being seen widely in the Arab world as a boost to Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon. Civil Rights Group Sues Ashcroft (3:22) A class action lawsuit filed today by the Center for Constitutional Rights...
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NYPD Cop, Torturer Walks Free (2:33) Charles Schwartz, a former New York City police officers previously convicted in the torture of Abner Louima, is free on bail today. Louima was brutally beaten and sodomized in a police station bathroom following his arrest outside a nightclub in 1997. Last week, a federal appeals court ordered a new trial for the ex-officer after overturning his two earlier convictions. Ginger Otis reports from New York. Defense Presents Its Case in the Al Amin Murder Trial...
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Haitian Capitol Still in Dissarray The Haitian capitol is still struggling to reach a semblance of normalcy. Sylvio Juste reports from Port au-Prince. UN to Send Troops to Haiti A United Nations spokesperson says the UN will send a multifaceted peacekeeping mission to Haiti, but is silent for now on how President Aristide left the country. Susan Wood has more from the UN. Rallies Across Americas Over US Imperialism Tens of thousands rallied behind Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over the...
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Iraq Presents 12,000 Page Report The Iraqi government submitted its arms declaration to United Nations weapons inspectors Saturday, one day ahead of the deadline set by last month's Security Council resolution. Iraq says its 12,000 page report covers civilian activities that could have military uses. It denies having weapons of mass destruction, setting the stage for further confrontation with the Bush administration, which has said such denials could be grounds for war. Originally, no country...
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Interview with U.S. Activist in Palestinian Refugee Camp(3:39) Yasser Arafat today gave approval for an Israeli proposal that it would begin pulling its troops out of Palestinian areas in return for a Palestinian crackdown on militants. This as the Israeli army today arrested nine foreign activists, including three Americans as they were protesting the Israeli occupation. The demonstrators intended to march to Nablus to encourage residents to break the Israeli imposed curfew. Among those taken...
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Life-Long Detention? The White House is considering plans to build a permanent prison in Guantanamo Bay that would hold terrorist suspects for the rest of their lives. Selina Musuta reports from Washington, DC. Japan Increases Tsunami Relief Support The UN says the international community has pledged over two billion dollars in aid for tsunami stricken regions in South Asia. Japan initially promised some thirty million dollars but ahs since announced a dramatic increase. Miles Ashdown is in...
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Iraqis Prepare for War President Bush confirmed today that the US is drafting a new UN Resolution on Iraq, though the President also insisted that UN backing was not necessary for a US led war. Bush also said he was not deterred by the millions worldwide who took to the streets to protest his Administration?s push to war calling the protests all but irrelevant. Meanwhile as Jeremy Scahill reports from Baghdad as Iraqis are readying themselves for the almost inevitable military incursion. Human...
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Medicaid Scandal: $23 Billion Cut Accounting scandals across the nation rock the health industry, resulting in a proposed $23 billion dollar cut in Medicaid funding.Karen Mitchell explains from Capitol Hill. Aftermath of Spain Bombings The people and politics of Spain are still in flux days after the train bombings and power shifting elections.David Oancia reports from Madrid. Aristide Supporters Excluded from New Government Haiti?s newly appointed leaders installed a new government, avoiding...
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Some of the fiercest fighting broke out in Iraq today. Dave Enders files this report from Baghdad. That was Free Speech Radio News correspondent Dave Enders reporting from Baghdad. Journalists were finally allowed to attend tribunals being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba today. One man unidentified to the press, reportedly said through a translator that he surrendered to Americans because he believed Americans are for human rights. He confirmed that he was in a car with a...
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John Kerry Concedes- Bush Re-elected Senator John Kerry conceded the Presidential race at 2pm Eastern time today, before a Boston audience at Fanuel Hall. Kerry said the US suffers from deep divisions and must work towards unity. In America it is vital that every vote count, and that every vote is counted. But the outcome should be determine by voters, and not by a protracted legal process. I would not give up this fight, if there were a chance that we would prevail. But it is clear that even...
Topics: NATO, afghanistan, bush, democratic party, elections, federal government, john kerry, mexico,...
Senate Hearings on Iraq Attack In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, senators heard that it would be more effective--and less costly--if the US were to attack Iraq sooner rather than later.But questions remain about the credentials of some of today's witnesses.Critics of US policy toward Iraq--and some senators--complain the committee's witness list is stacked with those who favor renewed attacks.Joshua Chaffin reports from Capitol Hill A Trip Through No Fly Zones Although the Bush...
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A coalition of workers and civil society groups in Bolivia are calling for a national strike to begin Monday -- Josh Chaffin The head of Israel's air force, has issued an order against nine pilots who refuse to fly missions that would most certainly hurt civilians in the Occupied Territories. The city of Chicago has moved closer to formally opposing the so-called Patriot Act -- Tom Robb Levi?s Jeans has fired 100?s of workers, moving the operations out of the United States -- John Anderson Big...
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Headlines (4:56) TIMORESE PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS East Timor's Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said today that he is "ready to resign". The announcement marks the end of a political showdown between Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmao - who on Thursday had threatened to resign if the Prime Minister did not leave office. Alkatiri's decision to fire some 600 disgruntled soldiers earlier this year is widely seen as the catalyst for the country's currents political crisis. Fretelin, the...
Topics: East Timor, Sri Lanka, SCOTUS, capital punishment, surveillance, whistleblowers, weapons of mass...
GIVING UP SUICIDE ATTACKS? Israeli helicopter fire killed two children in the West Bank town of Hebron today. The helicopter was firing at a car, which the Israeli army thought was carring a leading activist in the militant group, Islamic Djihad. The attack came just a few hours after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejected a truce offer from Palestinian militant groups. On Sunday, a bomb exploded in the Israeli Port City, Haifa killing 10. But as Rafael Krafft reports from Ramallah,...
Topics: 9-11, islam, israel, jihad, military, palestine, rights, rumsfeld, suicide
Thai officials say thousands of teachers and residents are fleeing the country's far south because of almost daily violence.Since last January, more than 700 people have been killed indiscriminantly in that region.From Bangkok, Doualy Xaykauthao reports. A series of social cleansing crimes have swept through the highlands of Guatemala. Jill Replogle reports from Guatemala. A last minute executive session has been convenved in Brazil to discuss how to clear the country of a bribery scandal that...
Topics: anarchism, brazil, bush, elections, india, iraq, israel, pakistan, palestine, protest, rebellion,...
Billy Tauzin and Medicare It has been reported yesterday on the website CNN.com that Republican Representative Billy Tauzin of Louisiana, one of the 20 co-sponsors of the new 540 million dollar Medicare Prescription Bill, received an offer worth more than one million dollars, to represent the main pharmaceutical lobbying group, The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Ivy Fitgerald has more. Extortion leads to violence in Jamaica The Jamaican Town of Spanish Town is under siege...
Topics: afghanistan, bush, california, death penalty, drug companies, elections, iraq, louisiana, medicare,...
Marches Planned in Johannesburg This Weekend(3:13) As thousands of environmentalist activists prepare to march in Johannesburg this weekend to demand action to save the planet, negotiators at the UN Earth Summit are deadlocked on a blueprint some say will empower the desperately poor of the world and reduce mankind's ravages of the planet. The splits on 14 key issues in the 71-page "Plan for Implementation" pit rich countries against poor and the United States against Europe. The US...
Topics: EU, afghanistan, bush, china, environment, hamas, iraq, israel, military, pacifism, palestine,...
Iraq Update A British hostage in Iraq made an impassioned plea to Prime Minister Blair to help free him on a videotape broadcast today on Al Jazeera. Chained and squatting behind iron bars, Kenneth Bigley accused Blair of lying about the hostage crisis and urged the Prime Minister to meet his captors' demands to release Iraqi women from jail. Twelve other hostages from five countries were released yesterday. (((CUT FOR TIME))) U.S. and Iraqi forces raided suspected resistance hideouts in the...
Topics: 9-11, bush, elections, iraq, kurds, military, pentagon, riots, wal-mart, washington
In Gaza, Israeli police raided buildings that Israeli activists have been occupying to protest the Gaza evacuation plan.The protestors handcuffed themselves to each other and to furniture to resist orders to leave.The settlers' Yesha council demanded that the Israeli Defense Forces re-open the Gaza strip.Earlier in the day, Israel declared it a closed military zone, allowing no one to enter, including Israelis who live in the area. It is reported that many of the right wing activists traveled...
Topics: 9-11, bush, california, elections, israel, labor movement, mexico, military, palestine, privacy,...
More Recovery for Tsunami Nations Scientists and environmentalists are following the aftermath of the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia and killed more than 150-thousand people two weeks ago. Representatives from the United Nations Environment Program and the Nature Conservancy are concerned that the loss of mangroves and coral reefs, both already threatened by human development, may make feeding the people of nine nations tougher. And, financial recovery for a main local industry may be...
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An international conference on Iraq at the European Union's headquarters in Brussels has given its support to the current government, after calling for tighter borders to stop foreign fighters going in and for understanding on the country's debt. Tony Cross reports from Brussels One day after the tense summit between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the cease fire stands on shaky ground. Manar Jabreen reports for the Palestinian territory. Fighting...
Topics: EU, NATO, bush, detainees, elections, environment, global warming, iraq, israel, mexico, palestine,...
ELECTIONS IN LIBERIA Liberians went to the polls today to take part in the country's first general elections since the end of a Civil War in 2003. Voters began lining up before dawn to cast their ballots for legislative representatives and the presidential contenders. Although twenty-two candidates are running for president, the election is down to two top contenders -- a former soccer superstar and an ex-official from the World Bank. Both promise to restore running water and electrical...
Topics: EU, afghanistan, death penalty, elections, hiphop, india, mexico, nicaragua, pakistan, rights,...
VIOLENCE IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA Three Palestinians are dead after gunfights erupted in the wake of a bombing that killed a commander of the armed Popular Resistance Committees. Intense Israeli shelling in the Gaza Strip followed a suicide bombing in the West Bank. For the first time in years, an Israeli F-16 dropped a bomb on Gaza City last night. Manar Jibreen reports from the West Bank. Four Israelis died Thursday night when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near the entrance of the...
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President Bush Addresses the Nation(0:55) Earlier today, President Bush addressed the nation.He laid out his peace plan for two separate states to bring peace to the Middle East.Notably Bush referred to the actions of Israel as an occupation.Yet he went on to demand that Palestinians act first to end violence in the region. New Incursions by the IDF(4:05) Two Israeli helicopters killed six Palestinians in a missile strike in the southern Gaza Strip today. This latest operation followed an...
Topics: EU, algeria, bush, california, domestic violence, immigration, israel, military, palestine, suicide
Independent Investigation Into Prewar Intelligence?(4:08) Following President Bush's lead, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for an independent inquiry to investigate the quality of British intelligence over the dubious claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before last year's invasion.Reversing his opposition, Blair says the investigation will focus on whether the prewar information was accurate.Liberal Democrats in Parliament are calling the investigation incomplete...
Topics: NATO, bush, democratic party, elections, halliburton, india, iraq, john kerry, kellogg, military,...
The Venezuelan government arrested more than 80 Colombians they have accused of plotting to overthrow the administration of President Hugo Chavez. Greg Wilpert has more from Caracas. Texas state officials are set to execute a man who all agree is a paranoid schizophrenic. From KPFT in Houston, Erika McDonald reports. The U.S. Justice Department announced today they are reopening the murder case of Emmett Till, after a nation-wide, decades long campaign. Leigh Ann Caldwell has more....
Topics: 9-11, afghanistan, bush, detainees, elections, india, iraq, islam, john kerry, military, pentagon,...
Annan Says Iraq Invasion Illegal The United Nations Secretary General has come the closest to declaring the U.S. led invasion of Iraq illegal.Coalition members are criticizing the comments. Anastasia Kershaw reports from London. Bush Names Defense Contractor to Run Army George W. Bush has nominated a defense industry executive as the new Secretary of the Army. Mitch Jeserich reports from DC. CA Oil Co. Faces Human Rights Abuse Charges A California judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against...
Topics: 9-11, UN, bush, california, detainees, environment, iraq, military, oil, rights, south africa,...