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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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Topics: EU, UN, afghanistan, bush, death penalty, elections, iraq, israel, kurds, military, palestine,...
Israeli Tanks Continue Invasion, Israeli Troops Fire on Journalists Israeli tanks entered new Palestinian territory, this morning tanks rolled into Tubas, a town of 20,000 in the West Bank where a 14-year-old Palestinian girl was killed by Israeli tank fire as she watched the scene from her balcony. In Nablus, smoke from burning cars and shops rose from the downtown area and frightened residents huddled in the innermost rooms of their apartments. At least 20 Palestinians were killed today in...
Topics: 9-11, bush, iraq, israel, military, palestine, rights, saddam hussein
Intensified Bombing in Iraq (3:51) The Bush Administration is attempting to exempt the Pentagon's controversial National Missile Defense System from operational testing which is legally required of every new weapons system in order to deploy it by 2004. This information was buried in the White House's proposed FY2004 budget. Meanwhile, as Iraq continues to destroy it's Al-Samoud missiles and has promised to deliver a detailed report on what happened to stocks of Anthrax and VX nerve gas agents...
Topics: attorney general, biological weapons, bush, drug companies, iraq, japan, korea, medicare, military,...
In this Thanksgiving week special, today we hear the stories of people living on the hidden side of America - in places known as "colonias" where they pursue their own vision of the American Dream. Kent Patterson in El Paso, Texas takes us on a journey to hear the stories and disappointments of communities old and new.
Topic: american dream
Central Park 5 Exonerated (5:12) The DA's office in NY City filed papers today completely exonerating the young men who have become known as the Central Pak Five, imprisoned for between 7 and 13 years for the rape of a jogger in NY's Central Park. Leslie George has the latest. Palestinian Houses to be Destroyed in Hebron (3:53) Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said today that Israel believes Al Qaida to be operating within Palestinian territories. Sharon also said that with the implementation of the...
Topics: bush, ethnic, israel, palestine, rights
FSRN EXCLUSIVE: Turkey to Invade Iraq The United States is preparing a rapid increase in its military strength in the Middle East, almost doubling the number of troops near Iraq. Defense officials in Washington are quoted as saying there are plans to move another 50,000 troops next month to join the 60,000 based in the Gulf and Turkey. Meanwhile, Free Speech Radio News has learned the Turkish Army has planned to invade and occupy a large part of Northern Iraq as part of a possible US War to...
Topics: iraq, military, saddam hussein, scotus, turkey, washington
Bin Laden Tapes As Secretary of State Colin Powell used yesterday's supposed Bin Laden tapes to bolster the Administration's claims that Saddam Hussein has strong links to Al Qaeda, what most of the corporate media failed to report was the fact that the voice on the tape also called the Iraqi president an "infidel". In fact, analysts say, when Powell testified before Congress yesterday, he misrepresented the content of the tape. As'ad AbuKhalil , author of "Bin Laden, Islam and...
Topics: EU, NATO, al-qaeda, bush, campaign finance, communism, democratic party, elections, france, india,...
US Says North Korea Has Nuclear Weapons(3:45) The Bush Administration yesterday released information that North Korea has admitted to having broken a 1994 agreement by conducting a nuclear-weapons development program. The 1994 agreement was brokered by the Clinton Administration promising that North Korea would be nuclear-free in return for economic assistance. US officials say they are unsure whether North Korea possesses biological or chemical weapons. Bill Mesler is a former editor of the...
Topics: 9-11, NATO, attorney general, bush, california, chemical weapons, elections, india, iran, iraq,...
Iraq Agrees to UN Inspectors(2:13) With the news that Iraq has agreed to allow weapons inspectors into the country as per last Friday's UN Security Council resolution, a UN team will leave for Iraq Monday. We are joined by correspondent Jeremy Scahill from Baghdad. Judicial Nominee Dennis Shedd Sparks Controversy(2:41) Democrats in the Senate appear to be bowing to the will of the incoming Republican regime already.Senate leaders say there may already be agreement on the Homeland Security Bill...
Topics: 9-11, brazil, california, democratic party, elections, immigration, iraq, military, protest,...
Haiti on Brink of Internationally Backed Coup?(4:00) The Haitian rebels are now in control of most of the northern half of the island nation, as gangs of thugs took over the city of Mirebalais, less than 60 kilometers from Port-au-Prince, just hours ago.Reports also indicate that looting has begun in the capitol. Haiti?s President Jean Bertrand Aristide warns that an attack on the capitol could turn into a blood bath. As we reported in the headlines, reports are coming in that there are up to...
Topics: bush, california, disease, islam, military, nigeria, rebellion
TEXACO ON TRIAL ChevronTexaco is in an Ecuadoran court today facing aone billion-dollar lawsuit The trial - brought on behalf of 30,000indigenous Ecuadoreansaccuses the company of polluting the country's rainforest and water resources.Plaintiffs also say the company's activities led to an increased risk of cancer among the local population. Shannon Wright with Amazon Watch says that scientific studies prove that toxicity levels of carcinogens are still excessive. She explains what the outcome...
Topics: UN, amazon, bush, iraq, israel, japan, mexico, military, oil, palestine, rights, suicide
Spanish Troops Return Home International reports confirm that the Spanish Defense Ministry said today that the last of Spain?s 1,400 soldiers who took part in the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, returned home. UN Appeals for Dialogue Meanwhile, at the United Nations, with US troops poised for an all out assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, the United Nations is appealing for dialogue. Susan Wood has more from the UN. Call for Nader to Back Out The Congressional Black Caucus told the National...
Topics: 9-11, UN, bush, cheney, elections, iraq, military, scotus, washington
Israeli Army Says it is Pulling Back from Rafah The Israeli military is partially pulling back from its incursion into Rafah. More from the International Middle East Media Center in Bethlehem. US Military Personnel Exempt from Criminal Court Bush administration diplomats are moving forward to extend the exemption of U.S. military personnel from prosecution in the International Criminal Court. Haider Rizvi reports from the United Nations. Concientous Objector Found Guilty of Desertion A military...
Topics: UN, bush, detainees, india, iraq, israel, military, riots
Nader Won't Run Green Today a Green Party official announced that Ralph Nader is not running for President, at least as a Green.However, the consumer advocate may consider running as an independent.Democrats blame Nader for spoiling the election for Vice President Al Gore?s bid for the White House in 2000.Greens spokespersons were unclear about Nader?s reasons behind the decision.Nader aids say he wants to run a serious campaign and is trying to figure out how to best do that. US Soldiers Can...
Topics: UN, argentina, biological weapons, bush, communism, death penalty, democratic party, elections,...
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Great Lawn Off Limits for RNC Activists have lost another battle with the courts to peacefully demonstrate in New York City during the Republican National Convention. The groups, the ANSWER coalition along with the National Council of Arab-Americans, fought New York City officials? denial of their permit to gather on Central Park?s great lawn. The city claims they want to protect the grass and recommends another site along the West Side highway. Protestors reject that offer saying the location...
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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and center-left opposition leader Shimon Peres have agreed to team up in promoting a unilateral plan to withdraw from the occupied Gaza Strip. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza City. At the United Nations, the Palestinian ambassador formally criticized the wall being built by the Israeli goverment and condemned by the International Criminal Court. Haider Rizvi has more from the U.N. Further evidence surfaced over the weekend that US House Majority Leader Tom...
Topics: UN, al-qaeda, argentina, bush, california, elections, iraq, israel, john kerry, mexico, oil,...
U.S. Weapons Sale to Taiwan U.S. Congressmen are asking Bush administration officials to remove the block against a multi-billion dollar weapons sale to Taiwan.Victoria Jones reports from D.C. China-Taiwan Relations Small cracks are showing in the strong stances taken by Taiwanese and Chinese officials as two state funerals take place.Severine Bardon reports from Beijing. First Kashmir Elections in 27 Years The first elections in 27 years for local government officials are taking place in...
Topics: 9-11, UN, bill clinton, bush, china, elections, france, india, iraq, israel, kurds, palestine,...
ATTACK ON SHELL FACILITES CONTINUE IN NIGER DELTA Armed groups continue their attacks on oil installations in Nigeria's Niger Delta region. Sam Olukoya reports from Lagos. The oil facility targeted in yesterday's attack is a flow station belonging to the Anglo Dutch oil company Shell Petroleum. The company says "The attackers invaded the flow station in speedboats, burnt down two staff accommodation blocks, damaged the processing facilities and left." Some reports indicate that more...
Topics: EU, FEMA, NSA, bush, elections, hamas, india, islam, israel, jihad, military, new orleans, nigeria,...
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR'S GOVERNMENT HAS ORDERED A LONDON NEWSPAPER TO STOP PUBLISHING ARTICLES ABOUT AN ABANDONED U.S. PLAN TO ATTACK THE HEADQUARTERS OF ARAB SATELLITE TV STATION AL JAZEERA. From London, Naomi Fowler reports: In Chile, A judge has indicted former dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges on charges of fraud, forgery, and corruption. From Santiago, Jorge Garretn has more: In the Chinese City of Harbin, nearly four million people have had their water shut off as a massive...
Topics: al-qaeda, bush, china, epidemic, france, islam, israel, mexico, military, new orleans, oil,...
CAR BOMB IN NAJAF In Iraq, at least 13 people are dead and dozens are wounded after a car bomb exploded today in the holy city of Najaf. The blast reportedly occurred near one of the world's most important sites for Shiite Muslims; the Imam Ali shrine. Today's incident comes amid ongoing sectarian tensions, sparked by the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra. MASS GRAVES DISCOVERED NEAR KIRKUK Saddam Hussein was indicted earlier this week on charges of genocide for military campaigns carried...
Topics: argentina, bush, cheney, elections, environment, france, genocide, immigration, india, iraq, islam,...
Just the headlines are up here (there was a mix up in the headlines on the first KU feed, we fed yesterday's headlines by mistake, the refeeds (at 4:45, 5:30 and 6pm EDT) will be correct. And, of course, the MP3s and the Real Audio files are correct too.) US Bombs Wedding Party in Afghanistan(1:57) According to the London Independent and other news sources, US forces dropped a B-52 bomb on an Afghan wedding party early yesterday.Reports vary, but it appears that the US attack came in response...
Topics: afghanistan, death penalty, detainees, environment, immigration, israel, mexico, military,...
Pentagon Says DU Safe According to a Pentagon sponsored report, depleted uranium is ?lethal but safe.? Dolores Bernal has more from D.C. Trial Begins of NY Doctor Who Sent $$ to Iraq The trial of an upstate New York doctor charged with breaking U.S. sanctions by sending money to Iraq begins this week. Catherine Komp has the story from Syracuse. Chicago Area College Strike For the first time in almost three decades, teachers and support staff at seven Chicago City Colleges have struck, in a...
Topics: EU, NATO, argentina, elections, iraq, nicaragua, nuclear power, pentagon, uranium
AFGHAN REFUGEES (6:47) Pratap Chatergee talks with Verna Avery Brown about the serious refugees situation in and around Afghanistan.He is currently monitoring the humanitarian aid moving from Uzbekistan into Afghanistan. BUSH'S BUDGET (3:41) President Bush announced that due to the government's war on terrorism he may not even try to submit a balanced budget, contrary to the standard conservative rhetoric about fiscal responsibility and the economic health of the nation.Meanwhile, he is also...
Topics: afghanistan, bush, elections
Labor Day Special In the United States, Welfare has been under attack for the past decade, culminating in the 1996 regressive TANF legislation that essentially put families on strict 5 year life time limits, ended education programs, and mandated many to work for below minimum wage to "earn" their welfare checks.Around the world welfare states have also been attacked by conservative governments, while in poor countries, already devastated social nets have worsened due to global...
Topics: argentina, mexico, palestine
Israelis Protest Withdrawl Tens of thousands of mostly religious Jews stood across the 56 mile stretch from Gaza to Jerusalem to protest plans to remove their colonies from the occupied territories.  Laila Al-Haddad reports from Gaza. UN on Sudan Crisis Hoping to curb the human devastation in Sudan, the United Nations Secretary General announced African nations will meet on Thursday to discuss possible resolutions.  Haider Rizvi reports on the proposal now before the Security Council on the...
Topics: UN, bush, democratic party, elections, iraq, israel, palestine
U.S. aerial gunships are spraying the city of Fallujah at deadline. Resistors are fighting back with rocket-launched grenades. Earlier today, U.S. military forces raided a number of mosques in the city saying that armed resistors to the occupation were using the buildings as cover. Pentagon officials said this afternoon that the cease fire in Fallujah was still in effect. We'll have more on Iraq later. Hundreds of Haitians are taking their chances by boat and fleeing to Jamaica. The Jamaican...
Topics: EU, UN, bush, california, cheney, elections, iran, iraq, military, nicaragua, pentagon, rights,...
Japan Will Strike North Korea First Japanese government officials have announced their intentions to launch pre-emptive strikes against North Korea if they discover North Korean plans of a missile attack against Japan.Japan's defense minister, Shigero Ishiba, declared that Japan is ready to strike first against North Korea calling the possible strike "defensive" not "preemptive." And while the Bush Administration hasexpressed strong concern about North Korea making a...
Topics: 9-11, bush, california, courage, iraq, japan, korea, medicaid, military, oil, palestine, privacy,...
Luring Africa's Youth Toward Lung Cancer (22:27)In this documentary Sam Olukoye explores the issue of transnational tobacco companies trying to get African youth hooked on cigarettes.(The newscast also contains 5 minutes of headlines.)
Topic: tobacco
War Coverage ? The Latest News As US troops are quickly advancing on Baghdad, the past 24 hours has seen the bloodiest fighting of the five-day US-led war against Iraq. Deepa Fernandes reports. Turkish Border Delays A US special envoy has failed to reach an agreement with Turkey today over whether Turkish troops should go into Northern Iraq. The US opposes any Turkish intervention, as Washington says their presence in Northern Iraq could lead to friendly fire incidents with U.S. forces and...
Topics: bush, india, iraq, kurds, protest, rights, saddam hussein, turkey, washington
ANTI-TORTURE AMENDMENT The White House agreed today to accept Senator John McCain's amendment to ban torture of detainees held by U.S. forces. Darby Hickey reports from Washington DC. The Bush administration has been resisting the Senate-approved anti-torture amendment, proposed by Senator John McCain. Calling for an exemption from the rule for CIA interrogators, the President was dealt a blow yesterday when the House overwhelmingly passed a non-binding measure in support of the McCain...
Topics: EU, NATO, argentina, bush, california, detainees, elections, environment, hurricane, india, iraq,...
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Congress Considers BanningDiscrimination Against Gays, Lesbians The Employment Non Discrimination Act could soon be on its way to the Senate floor. The bill would expand current law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion and disability to include sexual orientation. Free Speech Radio News correspondent Joshua Chaffin attended a Senate hearing on the bill this morning. Bush Pushes More Welfare "Reform," Democrats Follow President Bush's goals for...
Topics: bush, california, china, courage, democratic party, india, nigeria, pakistan, washington
War Round-Up (5:00) Today the British government released what it called the plan to get the new UN resolution adopted by at least 9 of the 15 Security Council members. The plan involvesIraqi President Saddam Hussein declaring on television that he will give up what the British government called his ?hidden weapons of mass destruction? as one of six conditions to avoid war as well as allow for Baghdad to allow scientists to be questioned abroad before a set deadline. This as yesterday 40 more...
Topics: EU, bush, death penalty, elections, iraq, kurds, pentagon, rights, saddam hussein, turkey
CA Recall In Progress Long lines greeted poll workers at key locations in California as other election officials braced to count millions of absentee ballots in the hyped recall election. Max Pringle reports from KPFA in Berkeley. Chicago Garbage Collectors on Strike Chicago?s garbage is piling up as more than 3,000 private trash collectors continue their strike. Tom Robb with WZRD reports from Chicago. Turkey Approves Troops to Iraq The Turkish parliament approved a resolution to send troops...
Topics: bush, california, detainees, elections, iran, iraq, israel, kurds, military, palestine, saddam...
Iraq: Instability and Demonstrations Today, Chief UN arms Inspector, Hans Blix released a report that states that while UN inspectors were in Iraq, they did not discover evidence of the continuation or the resumption of " weapons of mass destruction" programs. While visiting troops in Qatar, President Bush stated that he would uncover the truth about weapons of mass destruction. And later, he flew in an Air Force One jet, for an hour over Iraq on his way back to the United States. On...
Topics: bush, california, elections, hamas, hiphop, iraq, israel, marijuana, military, palestine, washington
Grid Failure - We Need a Better System Nicaraguan Troops Sent to Iraq - Nan McCurdy Microsoft's Patch Insuffient? - Leigh Robartes Physicians Push for Universal Health Care - James Collum A Power-less North East(2:57) Complete power outages throughout the north east, which hit yesterday around 4.30pm, threw NYC and many other major centers including Detroit, Michigan, Cleveland, Ohio, and north to Canada into complete darkness for a minimum of 15 hours. Many areas are still without power. The...
Topics: bush, california, environment, iraq, japan, korea, military, nicaragua, nuclear power, oil, wal-mart
Latest of War on Iraq The U.S. today sent some 12,000 extra troops to the Persian Gulf, this as the war enters its second week and the numbers of civilian casualties is growing. Overnight around 1,000 US paratroopers landed in an airfield near the Kurdish city of Arbil as the invasion from the north has begun. And as President Bush and PM Blair today told the UN to resume the Oil for Food program, Nadja Middleton reports that the carnage and destruction from the war is mounting. Turks Against...
Topics: bush, california, heart disease, iraq, kurds, military, oil, pentagon, protest, riots, turkey,...
CANADIAN ELECTIONS Canadians are voting today in a special election. Today's election comes after a no-confidence vote caused the collapse of Prime Minister Paul Martin's government last November. Opinion polls predict the Conservative party will win by a comfortable margin. SENATE DEMS INVESTIGATE HALLIBURTON Senate Democrats are conducting a hearing today into allegations that Halliburton failed to provide safe water to U.S. Troops in Iraq. Zachary Jarvinen reports from Washington DC. Details...
Topics: 9-11, NATO, NSA, UN, brazil, bush, cheney, democratic party, elections, ethnic, halliburton, india,...
Students End Hunger Strike Georgetown University students ended their 9-day hunger strike after university officials agreed to an immediate wage and benefit increase for school employees.Ingrid Drake reports from the D.C. Radio Coop. Canada Denies Refugee Status to US Soldier A U.S. conscientious objector has lost the first round in his bid to receive asylum in Canada.Kristen Schwartz has more from CKLN. Pinochet Granted Immunity Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has again been granted...
Topics: UN, argentina, california, mexico, military, protest, rights, torture
G8 Meeting in Alberta(3:43) For the last two days, foreign ministers from the G8--the group of 8 most-industrialized nations--met in Whistler, British Columbia to prepare for the G8 summit in Alberta. Their closed-door meetings covered many foreign-policy issues from Afghanistan and Korea, to water conflicts and counter-terrorism laws. A modest protest Wednesday morning greeted the opening session. The stand-out issues were the situation in India and Pakistan and arms control, which as Thatcher...
Topics: 9-11, afghanistan, california, democratic party, elections, india, islam, japan, korea, military,...
9-11 Hearings In testimony before the 9-11 commission this morning, a former FBI translator said she was offered a raise to keep her quiet about security problems. Karen Mitchell reports from Capitol Hill. EU Fines Microsoft The European Union has fined Microsoft a record $611.8 million for violating anti-trust laws in a bid to crush competition. Naomi Fowler Reports from London. Palestinians Mourn Assasignation of Hamas Leader Palestinians around the world are expressing their anger and grief...
Topics: 9-11, EU, NATO, UN, afghanistan, attorney general, bush, civil disobediance, environment, hamas,...
ATENCO PRISONERS CHARGED WITH ORGANIZED CRIME The Attorney General's office of Mexico state has filed charges against townspeople arrested in last week's raid of San Salvador Atenco. Some 190 people are charged with organized crime and disrupting a public road. A handful of people, identified as leaders of the People's Front in Defense of the Land, have also been charged with kidnaping. Some of their family members are now in hiding to avoid arrest. CHILEAN DEPORTEE TO CHALLENGE MEXICO...
Topics: EU, UN, argentina, attorney general, brazil, elections, environment, hamas, hurricane, iraq, islam,...
Carribean Leaders Want Haiti Investigation Carribean leaders are calling for a full-scale investigation into the departure of Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide.Patrick Scudder reports from Jamaica. Bus Strike in Twin Cities Public transport in Minneapolis-St. Paul ground to a halt today as 2,200 drivers, mechanics, bus cleaners and clerical workers with the Twin cities' Metro Transit walked out on strike. With the Workers Independent News Service, John Hamilton reports. CA Loses Big...
Topics: UN, afghanistan, biological weapons, brazil, bush, california, detainees, disease, elections,...
Fariba Nawa reports on US troops in Afghanistan. (1:41) Tony Cross reports on Bush and Chinese President Jiang Zemin's meeting. (2:28) Mitch Jeserich reports on the effect of the 9-11 attacks on immigrants in California. (4:33) Kata Mester reports from DC on patents for anthrax medication. (2:55) Verna Avery Brown went to Black Voices for Peace and files this report. (6:44)
Topics: 9-11, afghanistan, biological weapons, bush, california, china
Tony Cross reports on the APEC meeting in Shanghai.(4:00) Verna Avery Brown spoke to Fariba Nawa, a journalist in Pakistan.(5:28) Sputnik Kilambi reports from India. (4:44) Aimee Pomerloau reports on the thousands who came out to support Oakland Congresswomen Barbara Lee in her lone vote against giving Bush the power to go after terrorists however he liked. (6:30 including some music, 5:02 without it)
Topics: bush, elections, india, pakistan
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION: OIL, GAS, AND ENRON 4:14 How influential was the Texas based- energy trading giant, ENRON, in the White House? As the Department of Justice and members of Congress investigate ENRON?s collapse, critics are scrutinizing the relationships other big energy companies have with the Bush Administration?Kata Mester has more in Washington:: HOW SOUTHER SUDANESE FEEL ABOUT THE U-S BOMBING KARTHOUM 3:04 Despite a stated ceasefite brokered between the Sudanese government and rebel...
Topics: 9-11, bush, china, death penalty, india, israel, military, oil, pakistan, palestine, rebellion,...
The Bush Administration Refuses to Turn Over Documents (3:40)Kata Mester reports from WashingtonThe World Social Forum and the Palestinians (5:00)Tim Russo and Luz Ruiz report from Porto AllegeIndia Snuggles Up to Israel (4:28)Sputnik Kilambi reports from New DehliMumia Abu Jamal Commentary: Police and Protesters (4:24)
Topics: bush, india, israel, palestine, protest, washington
Environmental Groups Sue US Government The United States has received much criticism at the UN Earth Summit underway in Johannesburg. Today US Congressman Dennis Kucinich lay into the Bush Administration for their environmental policies and, in a surprising move, Greenpeace yesterday joined forces with the corporate lobby to attack the United States for ditching the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Meanwhile here in the US, Greenpeace has joined with more traditional ally, Friends of the Earth...
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G8 & African AIDS Drugs The Group of Eight concluded its two-day summit by endorsing the New Partnership for Africa's Development, or NEPAD, offering billions of dollars in aid to nations that embrace capitalism.Activists called the G8 agreement a revised version of the old model of foreigners dictating what others must do, backed by vague promises of aid that never materializes. Critics also say the G8 plan fails to emphasize the AIDS pandemic in Africa and that the only initiative...
Topics: UN, afghanistan, bush, capitalism, china, elections, federal government, india, military, missile...
Senate Passes Syrian Accountability Act(3:51) A leaked C.I.A. report warns that a growing number of Iraqis are supporting the U.S. resistance in the occupied country. The report indicated that more Iraqis are beginning to believe that U.S. lead forces can be defeated.This comes as today President Bush announced he is sending the top U.S. administrator in Baghdad Paul Bremer back to Iraq to develop a plan to expedite establishing an Iraqi government. Meanwhile spending on the military continues...
Topics: EU, brazil, bush, federal government, iraq, military, missile defense, rights, wal-mart, washington
Hurricane Ivan Leaves Grenada Heads for Jamaica Hurricane Ivan is being blamed for the death of 16 people in Grenada.Almost 30 people?s deaths and dozens of injuries are being attributed to the storm from Tobago to as far south as Venezuela.The island nation of Grenada, populated by 90-thousand reportedly has been 85 percent destroyed. According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency, all utilities, water and electricity, have been knocked out.Limited communications have been...
Topics: attorney general, bush, california, detainees, disease, france, highschool, hurricane, military,...
Seven Israeli soldiers were killed in a blast in the Gaza Strip this morning after a bomb exploded under an armored vehicle. As many as 100 people have been injured. The military wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad claim responsibility for the action that they say is in response to the Israeli military?s current incursion. Salif Nasser, a Community Leader in the Gaza Strip describes the Israeli militaries most recent action in the occupied territory. SOUND BITE. Israeli military spokespersons say...
Topics: NSA, UN, afghanistan, al-qaeda, bush, california, detainees, elections, environment, ethnic, hamas,...
Iraqi Constitutional Signing Collapsed The Iraqi constitutional signing ceremony collapsed today when 5 Shi'ite members of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council walked out over the issue of Kurdish autonomy.Aaron Glantz reports from Arbil, Iraq. Venezuela Quiet After Week of Violence As many as seven people are dead in Venezuela after a week of violent clashes between opposition demonstrators and National Guard troops ended today.Greg Wilpert reports from Caracas. Mexico's Fox to Bush's...
Topics: biological weapons, bush, california, chemical weapons, environment, iraq, kurds, mexico, military,...
More on Tsunami Aftermath Aid agencies said they were forced to airdrop food and other assistance into flood ravaged areas of Indonesia devastated by Sunday?s tsunami. Remote areas of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India are still unreachable. Official estimates of those who have lost their lives is now surpassing 100-thousand people. We?ll have more on the recovery efforts and living in the aftermath coming up. Update on Iraq Iraqis determined to thwart elections with violence faced off with Iraqi...
Topics: NSA, UN, al-qaeda, bush, california, communism, elections, environment, hamas, india, iraq, islam,...
In Uzbekistan a clash between protesters and government forces is simmering on the brink of open rebellion.Last night protesters stormed a jail in the eastern city of Andizhanto release 23 businessmen the government accuses of being involved with a banned Islamic group. They also freed all the prisoners there-nearly 2000 in total-took some soldiers hostage, and occupied an administrative building in the city. Today soldiers opened fire on a crowd of 4,000 protesters there, with estimates of the...
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Media Consolidation Regulations Weakened The Federal Communications Commission today approved sweeping new rules by three votes to two that will weaken media consolidation rules, despite fears about reducing the diversity of viewpoints expressed at town hall meetings and protests across the country. This vote also lifted a ban that prevents a company from owning both a newspaper and a television or radio station, except in the smallest markets. James Collum reports from Washington DC. G8...
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Free Speech Radio News US showdown over International Criminal Copurt -- Sputnik Kilambi The Pentagon's latest surveillance program -- Renee Gorman New Jersey disolves post of Nobel Laureate -- Simba Rousseau Ex-Eli Lily exec named to head AIDS fund -- Pamela Barnett Israeli Troop Withdrawal Begins?(3:54) According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, today the Israeli Military withdrew tanks and armored personnel carriers from the streets of Bethlehem and handed over law enforcement duties to the...
Topics: NATO, epidemic, israel, mexico, military, palestine, pentagon, privacy, tobacco
Palestinian Prime Minister Invited to Washington - Mohammed Ghalayini Protestors Rally outside of Dell Computers - Erika MacDonald Undocumented Immigrants Face Legislation that would Beef Up Border Security - John Anderson Attorney General John Ashcroft to Meet with Anti-Terrorism Task Forces - Andrew Stelzer Public is Getting a Glimpse of Controversial Dick Cheney Energy Documents - James Cullum Blair in Washington DC(4:09) Reporters from the New York times and the Nation magazine allege that...
Topics: attorney general, bush, cheney, china, democratic party, iraq, korea, oil, palestine, protest,...
Philippine Troops Leave Iraq Today, troops from the Philippines started to leave Iraq.U.S. and Australian officials have criticized the move saying the Philippine government is caving into pressure by terrorists.A Filipino man, Angelo de la Cruz is being held hostage in Iraq.His captors say they will execute him unless the Philippines withdraws the 50 people from Iraq who are mostly engaged in ?humanitarian? assistance.Spain, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras have already decided...
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Iraq Update Witnesses say a U-S warplane has bombedthe Iraqi city of Fallujah.They say the plane dropped at least two bombs.The U-S military isn't commenting.Today's report follows a Wednesday raid by U-S tanks and warplanes, which hospital officials say killed at least four people. In Najaf today, representatives for cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gave the keys to the Imam Ali shrine to an aide for Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and fighters left among thousands of Iraqis who flocked to the sacred...
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TALIBAN: IF YOU STOP BOMBING WE?LL GIVE YOU OMAR (2:46) Supporters of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar have agreed to hand him over to Afghanistan?s new government if the US stops bombing their country. Taliban commander Abdul Ahad told Agance France Press Omar he would also surrender along with his force of up to 1,500 men. But at a Pentagon Press briefing this afternoon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shrugged off talk of an end to US bombing and said the Bush Administration refuses to...
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Israel Kills Hamas Leader and 14 Others in Missile Attack(3:26) Israel today killed Salah Shehada, the commander of the military wing of Hamas as well as 14 other Palestinians, including eight children, in an air raid on Shehada?s home that also wiped out a crowded city block. At least 145 other Palestinians were wounded in the missile strike launched by an F-16 warplane. The youngest dead was a two month old baby. A journalist for Reuters reported lumps of flesh piled in a local morgue that...
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?Zinni Arrives in the Middle East (1:59) U.S. special envoy Anthony Zinni arrived today in the Middle East and met immediately with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. As Zinni arrived, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer ordered a gradual pullback of Israeli troops from the West Bank town of Ramallah, where fighting earlier in today killed four Palestinians. Ben-Eliezer provided no details on the timing or extent of the withdrawal. Palestinian Authority officials say they will not take part...
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Corporate Crime Reform?(4:56) As the White House works to stop the bleeding from corporate crime scandals on Wall street, allegations surface daily that the administration itself has benefited from accounting fraud and insider trading. The Senate is working on corporate reforms lawmakers say would trump the president's. But do any of the proposals go far enough to curb corporate behavior threatening investor confidence, and the economy as a whole? Joshua Chaffin reports from Capitol Hill....
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No Power at Arab League Summitt Saudi analysts tell the Guardian of London that the US Air Force has begun preparations to move its Gulf headquarters from Saudi Arabia to Qatar to bypass Saudi objections to military action against Iraq. The independent Saudi Information Agency based in Washington reports that US military trucks have been seen leaving the base at al Kharj and arriving at the border with Qatar. The vast al-Udeid air base in Qatar has become increasingly important to the US air...
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300-Thousand People in Hong Kong Protest Anti-Subversion Laws United Nations Treaty Protects the rights of Migrant Workers - Susan Wood Police in Nigeria React to General Strike - Sam Olukoya New Generations of US Weapons - Pamela Barnett EPA censored Clean Air proposal - Ellen Ratner Aceh Situation Worsens (3:39) Reports are emerging today that the Indonesian army has begun aerial strikes on the province of Aceh where the population has been living under martial law for close to two months...
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target=_topListen to RealAudio (via webactive.com) New UN Resolution from US The US and Britain were expected to introduce another UN resolution today which would give Iraq what President Bush calls "one last chance" to disarm or face a US-led attack. The US and UK are acting in spite of fierce opposition from the 114 non-aligned nations, and from some key members of the UN Security Council. Josh Chaffin reports from DC. Bolivians Demand Answers The International Monetary Fund...
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Troops Unloading in Turkey Despite Saturday?s majority vote of NO by the Turkish Parliament to allow US troops into the country, today the U.S. military is unloading equipment and troops in Turkey, they say as part of an agreement to modernize the country's military bases. Correspondent Aaron Glantz joins us from Ankara, the Turkish Capital. Racism in US Military As US troops set up shop in Turkey against the wishesof the Turkish Parliament, there are now upwards of 250,000 men and women of the...
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Pickering Appointed by Bush President Bush has taken an extraordinary step and named Charles Pickering Sr. to the federal appeals court as a Congressional recess appointment. Senate Democrats sited Pickering as one of a handful of judges too right wing to appoint to the court. Their objections led to a 40-hour standoff last year. In 1959 he wrote an opinion later adopted by the Mississippi legislature in support of criminalizing inter-racial marriage. More recently, in 1993 he criticized the...
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The last place where gay and lesbian couples could marry in the United States will have to stop issuing marriage licenses. A Multnomah County judge ruled today that county officials must wait for the Oregon Supreme Court to decide the matter. Multnomah County started issuing licenses to same gendered couples on March 3rd after officials determined that to reject the applications would be against the state constitution. The judge says the Oregon constitution would likely allow civil unions or...
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Arab Response to State of Union George Bush?s State of the Union speech was watched around the world. Many in the Arab world were displeased by much of what they heard. Oula Al-Farawati reports from Amman. Lawyers Request Blair Investigated by ICC The International Criminal Court received papers asking for an investigation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes. Naomi Fowler reports from London. UN Back to Iraq There?s much uncertainty around how and when the United Nations will...
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The fourth hurricane in 6 weeks ripped thru Florida this past weekend, pushing the US death toll from the disasters to 102 - 15 billion dollars in property damage was done. Record breaking Hurricane Jeanne is on its way to Georgia, leaving 2 and half million homes and businesses without power in Florida. Meanwhile 100,000 undocumented workers are left without jobs and basic needs from destroyed agricultural lands. Both Florida vegetable pickers and migrant workers who come for the citrus...
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Al-Qaida said they killed the two-kindapped Algerian envoys to Iraq. On a website, Al-Qaida said they are punishing the Algeria for cooperating with the United States. Iraq will not be safe for God's enemies. Haven't we warned you against allying yourselves with America," the web site read. The Agerian government confirmed the deaths of their diplomats, Ali Belaroussi and Azzedine Belkadi. A case regarded as a cornerstone for the prosecution of ex-officials linked to crimes during Mexico's...
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