Friday, April 23, 2004

  • Return of the Dead: Photos of Soldiers’ Coffins Revive Controversy


    For the first time since the invasion of Iraq began, photos of returning flag-draped coffins have begun appearing in the press. The Pentagon enacted a ban on such a photos on the eve of the war. The Seattle Times first ran a photo Sunday taken by an employee of Maytag Aircraft, who was later fired. Newspapers across the country are now running photos of returning caskets taken by the military that were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. [includes rush transcript]

  • With the June 30 Handover Approaching, Neocons Try To Sabotage UN Role in Iraq


    UN reporter Ian Williams exposes how the neocons are trying to turn an Iraq scandal over the oil-for-food program into a reason why the UN should stay out of Iraq. Tariq Ali examines the growiing anti-occupation resistance in Iraq. [includes rush transcript]

  • Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Pressed to Improve Depleted Uranium Testing


    Earlier this month, a New York Daily News special investigation by Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez found the first confirmed cases of inhaled depleted uranium exposure from the current Iraq conflict. At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers was questioned by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) about depleted uranium testing policies .

  • The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communications Politics in the 21st Century


    We speak with University of Illinois professor Robert McChesney about his new book, The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communications Politics in the 21st Century. McChesney is the author of eight books and is the co-founder of Free Press organized which last November’s National Conference on Media Reform. [includes rush transcript]