Tuesday, May 18, 2004

  • First Amendment Rights At Stake in Ashcroft Case Against Greenpeace


    In Miami, a trial involving the Justice Department and Greenpeace begins today that could have a wide reaching impact on the future of protest in the country. The Justice Department is using an obscure 1872 law that forbids sailor mongering to prosecute Greenpeace for the actions of two of its members. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Other Middle East Occupation: Israel Launches Largest Offensive in Gaza Since 1967


    As Israel launches what may be the largest offensive in Gaza since the 1967 Middle East war, Democracy Now! hosts a roundtable discussion on the Israeli occupation. We go to Gaza City to speak with veteran Palestinian activist and political leader, Dr. Haider Abdel Shafi as well as the head of a Gaza community mental health services provider, Dr. Manal Awad. In Tel Aviv, we hear from renowned Israeli writer and Gush Shalom peace activist Uri Avnery. And in Rafah we speak with one of Israel’s leading journalists, Amira Hass, where Israeli forces have sealed off the city from the rest of Gaza and have demolished over 100 homes in the last week leaving thousands of Palestinians homeless. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Covert Campaign To Rig Our Tax System to Benefit The Super Rich–And Cheat Everybody Else


    We speak with Pulitizer Prize-winning New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston about his new book Perfectly Legal. Johnston argues that most Americans are "being duped into supplementing the incomes and extravagant lifestyles of the rich and powerful." [includes rush transcript]

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