Thursday, February 15, 2007

  • "Vulture Fund" Company Seeks $40 Million Payment from Zambia on $4 Million Debt


    "Vulture fund" companies buy up the debt of poor countries at cheap prices and then demand payments much higher than the original amount of the debt, often taking poor countries to court when they cannot afford to repay. Investigative journalist Greg Palast reports on one company trying to collect $40 million from the government of Zambia after buying its debt for $4 million. [includes rush transcript]

  • 300,000 Rally in Lebanon on 2nd Anniversary of Slaying of Killing of Ex-PM Rafik Hariri


    An estimated 300,000 demonstrators rallied in Beirut Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. The rally came one day after a pair of bus bombings killed three people and wounded at least 20. We go to Lebanon to speak with columnist and author Rami Khouri. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Shut Up and Sing": Dixie Chicks’ Big Grammy Win Caps Comeback from Backlash over Antiwar Stance


    Perhaps no musical act has paid a bigger price for speaking out against war than the Dixie Chicks, the biggest-selling female music group of all time and the big winners at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. They have been largely blacklisted since the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. That’s when the group’s lead singer, Natalie Maines, said the group was against the war and ashamed that the President Bush is from Texas. Barbara Kopple joins us to talk about her new documentary, "Shut Up and Sing," which chronicles the period since. [includes rush transcript]