Wednesday, August 30, 2006

  • Congressmember Murtha: "I’m Disappointed" by Hillary Clinton’s Refusal to Endorse Troop Withdrawal Plan


    Democracy Now! interviews Congressmember John Murtha (D–PA) about his position on the Iraq war, the Haditha massacre and Sen. Hillary Clinton’s refusal to endorse his troop withdrawal plan. On Clinton, Murtha says, "I’m disappointed. I’m not sure why that’s happened...I don’t know what the reason is she’s decided not to endorse my position. [includes rush transcript]

  • Congressmember Weiner Gets It Wrong On Palestinian Group He Tried To Bar From U.S.


    Democracy Now! interviews Congressmember Anthony Weiner (D–NY) about his attempt to bar the Palestinian delegation at the United Nations. In May, Weiner infamously stated the delegation "should start packing their little Palestinian terrorist bags." Weiner says Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does not represent the PLO and that the group is listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department. Author and Professor Norman Finkelstein says he’s wrong on both counts. [includes rush transcript]

  • Lebanon Considers Suing Israel for War Crimes


    The Lebanese government is considering possible legal procedures to sue Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity. We speak with Lebanese parliament member Ghassan Moukheiber who is leading the charge in the case. Moukheiber is an attorney and a member of Lebanon’s parliamentary human rights committee. [includes rush transcript]

  • "We Don’t Want War"–Leading Iranian Dissident and Former Political Prisoner Akbar Ganji


    Renowned Iranian investigative journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji discusses why he recently declined an invitation to the meet with President Bush in the White House. Recently released from prison, Ganji discusses human rights abuses in Iran, the nuclear issue and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rise to power. [includes rush transcript]

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