Thursday, April 19, 2007

  • Blackwater Plans for New Military Facility Near San Diego Draws Fire from Residents, Peace Activists and Local Congressmember


    The private security firm Blackwater USA is planning to build a new military training center on an 800-acre ranch near Potrero, a tiny rural town east of San Diego. The project, known as Blackwater West, is being opposed by a growing coalition of local residents, environmentalists and peace activists. We speak with Rep. Bob Filner, who is exploring legislation to block the project, as well as one of the local organizers and journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army." [includes rush transcript]

  • Supreme Court Upholds Late-Term Abortion Ban


    The Supreme Court has handed down what is being called one of the biggest setbacks for the abortion rights movement in years. On Wednesday, the court voted 5-4 to uphold a ban on late-term abortion. The ruling marks the first time justices have agreed that a specific abortion procedure can be banned. [includes rush transcript]

  • Mass Immigrant Rights Rally Planned for May Day 2007 One Year After Record Day of Protest


    May Day is less than two weeks away. Last year, more than a million and a half immigrant rights supporters turned out for what was considered the largest day of protest in U.S. history. We take a look at the state of the immigrant rights movement and the plans for May Day 2007. [includes rush transcript]

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