Friday, March 9, 2007

  • Protests Sweep Latin America as Bush Begins Five-Nation Tour


    Protests have broken out across Latin America as President Bush begins a five-nation tour. In Brazil, over 30,000 people took to the streets of Sao Paulo Thursday with more underway in Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. We go to Uruguay for a report. [includes rush transcript]

  • Colombian Opposition Leader Gustavo Petro Defies Threats to Challenge Ties Between Death Squads and U.S.-Allied Colombian Government


    Colombian President Alvaro Uribe — the closest U.S. ally in Latin America — has been mired in scandal. Eight lawmakers from Uribe’s party and his former domestic intelligence chief have recently been jailed for having ties to right-wing paramilitary death squads. We speak with Gustavo Petro, the leader of Colombia’s main opposition party, the Democratic Pole. He is a Senator in Colombia and has been leading efforts to investigate ties between paramilitary death squads and top politicians. [includes rush transcript]

  • Council on Hemispheric Affairs’ Larry Birns on Bush’s Trip to Latin America: "A Matter of Low Expectations and Utter Despair"


    To talk more about President Bush’s visit to Latin America, Council on Hemispheric Affairs director Larry Birns joins us in Washington. COHA calls the trip "a matter of low expectations and utter despair." [includes rush transcript]

  • As Bush Admin Keeps Kidnap, Torture Victim Maher Arar on "No-Fly List," New Play Brings Arar’s Ordeal to the Stage


    Despite his exoneration by the Canadian government, the Bush administration is keeping Maher Arar on a terrorist watchlist despite requests from the Canadian government to remove him. Arar was seized by U.S. officials during a stopover flight in New York and sent to Syria where he was repeatedly tortured over the course of nearly a year. Meanwhile, "Arrivals," a play here in New York, is putting Maher Arar’s ordeal on the stage. "Arrivals" actor Michael Gabriel Goodfriend joins us in the firehouse studio. We’re also joined by ACLU staff attorney Steven Watt for the latest on Arar’s case. [includes rush transcript]

  • Tacoma Peace Activists Stage Blockade of Stryker Vehicles Headed for Iraq


    Peace activists in Tacoma, Washington, have launched a campaign to prevent the military from shipping 300 Stryker armored vehicles to Iraq. The protests are expected to intensify this weekend as activists are planning to engage in acts of civil disobedience to prevent the Stryker vehicles from leaving the port. [includes rush transcript]