Thursday, July 14, 2005

  • Dahr Jamail on Iraqi Hospitals Under Occupation, War Profiteering and the "Brain Drain" Out of Iraq


    As dozens of people are killed in suicide bombings and attacks in Iraq, we speak with independent journalist Dahr Jamail about his new report, "Iraqi Hospitals Ailing Under Occupation," the "brain drain" out of Iraq and the difference in the media’s coverage of the repeated attacks in Iraq and last week’s London bombings. [includes rush transcript]

  • Human Rights on the Border: A Debate on Undocumented Migration in Arizona


    Unauthorized patrol groups like the Minutemen are raising questions of who polices the U.S.-Mexico border. A new wave of anti-immigrant advocates in the Southwest and in Washington want a crackdown on undocumented migration. But the U.S. economy depends on migrant workers and migrants depend on U.S. jobs to support their families in Mexico and Central America. We host a debate on immigration. [includes rush transcript]

  • Remembering Rainbow Warrior: How French President Mitterrand Personally Approved the Attack on Greenpeace 20 Years Ago


    Twenty years ago, the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was bombed by French government agents and sunk in a harbor in Auckland, New Zealand. The French newspaper Le Monde recently revealed that the late French President Francois Mitterrand personally approved the sinking of the ship. We speak with David Robie, an independent journalist who was on board the ship and wrote the book "Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior."

    Last weekend, the French newspaper Le Monde revealed that the late French President Francois Mitterrand personally approved the sinking of the ship. The paper obtained a handwritten account of the operation written by the former head of France’s spy agency, Steve Lacoste. Lacoste describes his meeting with Mitterrand two months before the attack. At that meeting, he asked Mitterrand for permission to conduct the bombing. Lacoste wrote that Mitterrand "gave me his consent while emphasizing the importance he placed on the nuclear tests."

    Two members of the 13 person French secret service team that carried out the bombing were arrested two days later. Dominique Prieur and Alain Marfart were sentenced to ten years in prison but were extradited to French Polynesia, where they served less than three. Others who carried out the bombing have apparently escaped punishment. The man who coordinated the operation, Louis Pierre Dillais- a former lieutenant-colonel in the French Secret Service, is now living in Washington D.C and working for the giant Belgian Arms Maker FH Herstal. The company sells weapons to the United States Special Forces and to New Zealand’s defense forces.

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