Friday, March 5, 2004

  • Caribbean Nations Call For UN Investigation on Ouster of Aristide In Haiti


    South Africa has also expressed concerns. The country’s foreign affairs minister said if the U.S. did kidnap Aristide it will "have serious consequences and ramifications for the respect of the rule of law and democracy the world over." [includes transcript]

  • How to Overthrow A Government Pt. 1: The 1953 U.S. Coup in Iran


    New York Times reporter Steven Kinzer discusses how the U.S. overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran. Kinzer says "I think it was the success of the Iran coup and the Guatamalan one the folllowed that sent the US off on this direction of covert action and regime change." [includes transcript]

  • How to Overthrow A Government Pt. 2: The 2002 Attempted Coup in Venezuela


    In April 2002, a team of Irish filmmakers were in Caracas, Venezuela working on a documentary about president Hugo Chavez. They got more than they expected: they captured on film an attempted coup of the Venezuelan government and highlighted the role of the media in the coup. We play an excerpt from "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

  • Nuyorican Poet Pedro Pietri 1944-2004


    Pedro Pietri died on Wednesday at the age of 59. We hear him reading his work in 1968 and Democracy Now co-host Juan Gonzalez reads Pietri’s epic poem "Puerto Rican Obituary."

  • New Paltz, NY Mayor Arrested For Solemnizing Same Sex Marriages


    Mayor Jason West talks about why he feels it is his constitutional duty to continue solemnizing same sex marriages even though he was arrested Wednesday for breaking the state’s marriage law. [includes transcript]

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