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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

  • Army Conscientious Objector Camilo Mejia Witnessed Torture of Iraqi Detainees in May 2003

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    Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia faces court martial today for refusing to return to Iraq. He eventually applied for conscientious objector status in part because of the abuse of detainees he witnessed in Iraq, not in Abu Gharib but in another facility–Al Assad. We speak with his aunt Norma Castillo en route to the court martial proceedings in Fort Stewart, Georgia. [includes rush transcript]

  • Arundhati Roy On the Indian Elections, Her Support for the Iraqi Resistance & the Privatization of War

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    As India’s Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi stuns the country by deciding to turn down the post of prime minister we go to India to speak with acclaimed Indian author and activist about elections in the world’s largest democracy and occupation in the Middle East. [includes rush transcript]

  • Many Palestinians Die as Israeli Gunships Attack Protest March in Rafah

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    We go inside a Palestinian hospital minutes after an Israeli gunship bombed a demonstration in Rafah where Israel has been launching one of its largest offensive ever. [includes rush transcript]

  • Civil Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart Faces Her Own Trial

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    A case starting today that pits the Justice Department against New York civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart is being closely watched by defense attorneys who fear the government aims to limit their freedom to fight for unpopular clients. Stewart is accused of providing assistance to her imprisoned client–radical Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. [includes rush transcript]

  • Malcolm X’s Birthday: "The Ballot or the Bullet"

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    Malcolm X was born 79 years ago today. He was shot to death in 1965 at the age of 39. We hear an excerpt of a speech he gave in Detroit just a year before he was gunned down. It is known as 'The Ballot or the Bullet.' [includes rush transcript]