Tuesday, June 22, 2004

  • Seymour Hersh: Israeli Agents Operating in Iraq, Iran and Syria


    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reports that Israel warned the US last year it would not be able to bring stability or democracy to Iraq. Now, hundreds of Israeli agents, including members of Mossad, are conducting covert operations in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Iran and Syria.[includes transcript]

  • Bill Clinton Loses His Cool in Democracy Now! Interview on Everything But Monica: Leonard Peltier, Racial Profiling, Iraqi Sanctions, Ralph Nader, the Death Penalty and Israel-Palestine


    Former President Clinton’s memoirs have hit bookstores across the country. All three editions of the 1,000-page book — the abridged, the large print and the regular version — are in the top-ten bestseller list of online bookseller Amazon.com.

    The cable networks have already begun their orgy of Clinton-bashing with Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky their main thrust.

    A one-hour appearance on Sunday on CBS’s 60 Minutes kicked off the media extravaganza. The interview was promoted for days with a clip about Lewinsky, and the program was watched by an estimated 15.4 million viewers.

    In an interview airing tonight with Britain’s BBC television, Clinton reportedly loses his temper with host David Dimbleby when he is repeatedly quizzed about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton’s outrage at the line of questioning is being billed as the first time that the former president has been seen to publicly lose his temper in an interview.

    But it did happen before: four years ago in an interview for Democracy Now! We rebroadcast that interview Amy Goodman conducted on Election Day 2000 with the then-sitting president. They discussed many topics you won’t likely hear raised this week: Leonard Peltier, racial profiling, the Iraqi sanctions, the death penalty, Ralph Nader and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At one point Clinton accused Amy of being "hostile and combative." The next day, the President’s aides threatened to ban Amy from the White House. Amy and her brother David Goodman wrote about the interview in their new book, The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them. [includes rush transcript]