Friday, May 11, 2007

  • "Hey, Ken Burns, Why Shun Latinos?"–Juan Gonzalez on PBS WWII Doc


    A coalition of Latino organizations have reached an agreement with the filmmaker Ken Burns on a forthcoming World War II documentary that had been criticized for ignoring the role of Latino soldiers. The 14-hour film, "The War," initially included no interviews with any Latino veterans even though over 500,000 Latinos served in the war. Democracy Now! co-host and New York Daily News columnist, Juan Gonzalez, discusses the controversy. [includes rush transcript]

  • British Author Tariq Ali on the Resignation of Tony Blair: "The Fact That He’s Leaving is Because He’s So Hated"


    British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced his plans to resign next month after more than a decade in power. British author Tariq Ali talks about Blair’s legacy, his fatal decision to follow the Bush administration into Iraq, and his likely successor, Finance Minister Gordon Brown. [includes rush transcript]

  • Pair Convicted for Leaking Infamous British Memo Detailing Bush’s Desire to Bomb Al Jazeera


    A pair of British men were sentenced to jail on Thursday for leaking a classified memo that revealed President Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair in April 2004 that he wanted to bomb the Doha headquarters of the Arabic television network Al Jazeera. They were convicted after a highly secretive trial. Davide Simonetti of the website BlairWatch joins us in London. [includes rush transcript]

  • Author and DN! Correspondent Jeremy Scahill Testifies in Landmark House Hearing on Defense Contracting


    There are over 120,000 private contractors currently deployed in Iraq and yesterday, a House panel put some of the harshest criticisms of this privatization of war into the congressional record for the first time. Democracy Now! correspondent and The Nation magazine investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill testified before a House appropriations hearing on defense contracting. Scahill is author of the book "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army." [includes rush transcript]

  • Harvard Students Stage Hunger Strike to Improve Pay, Working Conditions for Campus Security Guards


    A group of students at Harvard University have entered their ninth day of a hunger strike as part of a campaign to demand a pay raise and improved working conditions for campus security guards. The students want the university to intervene in salary negotiations between the security guards and their employer Allied Barton. Two of the hunger-striking students join us from Boston. [includes rush transcript]

  • Mother’s Day for Peace: A Dramatic Reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation


    We end today’s show with a Mother’s Day special. Filmmaker Robert Greenwald has just produced a short film titled Mother’s Day for Peace. It features a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation by Felicity Huffman, Christine Lahti, Fatma Saleh, Ashraf Salimian, Vanessa Williams and Alfre Woodard. [includes rush transcript]

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