Thursday, April 21, 2005

  • Remembering Humanitarian Aid Worker & Activist Marla Ruzicka


    On Saturday 28-year-old Marla Ruzicka was killed in a car bombing. She was the founder of the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict. Since the launch of the so-called war on terror, Marla spent most of her time in Iraq and Afghanistan documenting and recording the casualties of war. [includes rush transcript]

  • Haiti’s Aristide Calls For His Restoration to Power


    We hear excerpts from a rare public appearance by ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. We also talk to Rep. Maxine Waters and Kate Orlovsky, student director at the Hastings Human Rights Project for Haiti. The group has just filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Haiti’s former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune. [includes rush transcript]

  • U.S. Funding Iraqi Militias Led by Baathists As Part of Counter-Insurgency Operation


    We talk to Arun Gupta of The Indypendent on the proliferation of illegal militias in Iraq. The U.S. government is not only aware of these militias but is arming, training and funding them for use in their counter-insurgency operations. [includes rush transcript]

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