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Thursday, February 14, 2002

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  • Olympics Protest

    As the country gathers in front of the TV night after night to watch the Utah 2002 Winter Olympic Games, othersgather outside Utah Olympic Park to demonstrate to the world that not all Utahns are thrilled about the "corporategames." The protesters range from animal rights groups demonstrating against the Olympic rodeo to welfare rightsgroups, who demand that the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on the Olympics go to education and community needs.Last night the Citizen Activist Network, a network of activist groups based in Salt Lake City, held a major march andrally against the corporate profiteering and patriotic cheerleading of the Olympic games. Here are some of the soundsof the demonstration.

  • Bitter Chocolate

    Today is Valentine’s Day, national Hallmark holiday of love, hearts, roses, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Milkchocolate, dark chocolate, caramel-filled chocolate, chocolate hearts, chocolate kisses. On Valentine’s Day,chocolate is the currency in which people are supposed to trade their love. Little do they know that the chocolatemight have been made with slave labor.

  • A Democracy Now! Exclusive Interview with Noam Chomsky in Istanbul, Turkey, Where Chomsky and His Turkish Publisher Stood Accused of Crimes Against the State

    We are going to spend the hour today looking at Turkey, where a court in Istanbul has just acquitted a Turkishpublisher who had been accused of producing propaganda against the unity of the Turkish state. The charges againstFatih Tas stem from his publishing of a book of essays and speeches of MIT professor Noam Chomsky. In its indictmentagainst Tas, the Turkish prosecutor cited statements and writings by Chomsky which detail the massive support theregime receives from Washington in its violent campaign against the country’s Kurdish minority. By some estimates,this campaign has resulted in the deaths of some 50,000 Kurds. In one essay in the book, Chomsky describes theUS-backed assault against the Kurds as "intensive ethnic cleansing."

  • Freedom of Thought Campaign in Turkey Defends Chomsky and Turkish Publisher

    Thousands of people in Turkey now plan to sign themselves up as co-publishers of future editions of the book that wasat the center of the charges against Fatih Tas and Noam Chomsky. It is part of a movement called the "Freedom ofThought" campaign, where activists sign on to projects under attack by the Turkish regime or which they believe willcome under attack.