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Monday, June 27, 2005

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  • Conservative Tehran Mayor Wins Upset Victory in Iran Run-Off Presidential Election


    Tehran’s conservative mayor won an upset victory in Iran’s run-off presidential election on Friday. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad garnered 62 percent of 28 million votes, beating reformist former-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. We speak with Baruch College professor Ervand Abrahamian and Norman Solomon of the Institute for Public Accuracy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Italy Judge Orders Arrest of 13 CIA Agents For Illegally Kidnapping Cleric in Milan


    The agents are accused of seizing the cleric–without permission from Italian officials–and then sending him to Egypt where he was reportedly tortured. This marks the first time a foreign government has filed criminal charges against US citizens involved in counter-terrorism work abroad. [includes rush transcript]

  • World Tribunal on Iraq Condemns U.S. and Britain, Recognizes Right of Iraqis to Resist Occupation


    The World Tribunal on Iraq wrapped its three-day session today in Istanbul, Turkey. The tribunal investigated various issues on Iraq including the legality of the war, the role of the United Nations, war crimes and the role of the media, as well as the destruction of the cultural sites and the environment. We play excerpts of addresses by human rights attorney Barbara Olshansky and Indian writer Arundhati Roy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Beyond Marriage: A Progressive Gay Rights Agenda


    As the religious right puts gay marriage at the center of national politics, we look at a broader agenda for the progressive queer rights movement. As the government cuts back on social spending, the family unit has to pick up the slack and therefore marriage is enshrined as never before even as fewer households have access to its benefits. We speak with Richard Kim of the Nation Magazine. [includes rush transcript]