Wednesday, October 31, 2007

  • EXCLUSIVE: Hours Before Beginning 4-Year Jail Sentence, Animal Rights Activist Jonathan Paul in First Interview Since Arrest


    One of the best-known animal rights activists in the Pacific Northwest is heading to prison today to begin a 51-month sentence. Jonathan Paul was arrested almost two years ago as part of the so-called Green Scare, when federal agents detained 10 activists connected to the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front. His sister Caroline Paul recently summarized his activism like this: "He crept into animal laboratories to free dogs. He dismantled corrals to release wild mustangs. He impersonated a fur buyer to film the treatment of minks. He put himself between whales and whalers despite warnings that his boat would be impounded and that he would be jailed." [includes rush transcript]

  • Ralph Nader Files Lawsuit Accusing Democratic Party of Conspiring to Block Presidential Run


    The lawsuit accuses the Democratic Party of "groundless and abusive litigation" to bankrupt Ralph Nader’s campaign and force him off the ballot in 18 states. We speak with Nader attorney Carl Mayer. [includes rush transcript]

  • New Evidence Suggests Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Played Role in 1998 Murder of Human Rights Activist Bishop Juan Gerardi


    General Otto Pérez Molina is slightly trailing in polls ahead of Sunday’s run-off election in Guatemala. The acclaimed Guatemalan novelist Francisco Goldman joins us to talk new evidence linking Gen. Pérez Molina to the 1998 murder of a beloved Guatemalan human rights activist. Goldman writes about the case in his first book of non-fiction, "The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?" [includes rush transcript]

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