Wednesday, December 5, 2007

  • What Did Bush Know on Iran, and When Did He Know It?


    President Bush continues to insist Iran threatens the United States despite the new National Intelligence Estimate refuting most of his key claims. This week’s consensus report from all sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies concludes Iran shut down its nuclear weapons program more than four years ago. News reports say the White House was briefed on the new intelligence assessment as early as July, but Bush says he didn’t find out the specifics until last week. We speak with investigative journalist Gareth Porter. [includes rush transcript]

  • Explosive Report by Indian Magazine Exposes Those Responsible for 2002 Gujarat Massacre


    An explosive report by Indian magazine Tehelka reveals important new information about those responsible for the massacre of 2,500 Muslims in the western Indian state of Gujarat in March of 2002. The expose was published after a reporter infiltrated a rightwing Hindu organization for six months. It reveals that the anti-Muslim violence was highly organized and premeditated. We speak with Tehelka’s editor-in-chief, Tarun Tejpal. [includes rush transcript]

  • FBI Statistics Show Anti-Latino Hate Crimes on the Rise


    New FBI statistics suggest anti-Latino hate crimes have risen by almost 35 percent since 2003. In California — the state with the largest number of Latinos — the number of hate crimes against Latinos have almost doubled. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the violence engulfing Latinos is part of a backlash over the immigration debate in this country. We speak with Mark Potok of the SPLC. [includes rush transcript]

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