Friday, April 27, 2007

  • "The Most Lawless War of Our Generation"–Fmr. UN Spokesperson on Somalia


    In Somali, fierce clashes in Mogadishu are being described as some of the heaviest fighting in the city’s history. Some 329 people have been killed over the past ten days. This comes just three weeks after another series of battles claimed at least 1,000 lives. The United Nations says more people–over 350,000–have been displaced in Somalia in the past three months than anywhere else in the world. [includes rush transcript]

  • 750+ Immigrants Detained in "Operation Return To Sender" Raids


    Over the past month U.S. authorities have arrested and detained at least 750 immigrants in raids across the country. The sweeps are part of a program dubbed Operation Return To Sender run by the federal agency ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We speak with longtime labor journalist, David Bacon. [includes rush transcript]

  • Immokalee Tomato Pickers Win Campaign Against McDonalds, Set Sights on Burger King


    We speak with Gerardo Reyes-Chavez, a farm worker and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The coalition represents over 4,000 mostly immigrant workers who labor in the agricultural fields of Southwest Florida. The group recently waged a successful campaign against fastfood giant McDonalds over the price paid for tomatoes picked in Florida. In 2005, the group also won a campaign against Taco Bell. [includes rush transcript]