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Thursday, May 24, 2007

  • Seymour Hersh: U.S. Indirectly Backed Islamist Militants Fighting Lebanese Army

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    Islamist militants entrenched in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon are facing an ultimatum to surrender or face further military action. The Lebanese government accuses Fatah al-Islam of having ties with al-Qaeda and the Syrian government. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh joins us to talk about another theory of who is backing the militant group — the Lebanese government itself, along with the United States. Last March, Hersh reported the U.S. and Saudi governments are covertly backing militant Sunni groups like Fatah al-Islam as part of an overarching foreign policy against Iran and growing Shia influence. [includes rush transcript]

  • The View from Lebanon: Scholar, Ex-Diplomat Speak Out on Current Crisis

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    We go to Lebanon to speak with Rania Masri, an assistant professor at the University of Balamand in Lebanon, currently in the Beddawi refugee camp in northern Lebanon. And from Beirut we’re joined by Alastair Crooke, founder of the Conflicts Forum. He is a former British intelligence agent and former special Mideast adviser to European Union High Representative Javier Solana. [includes rush transcript]

  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Democratic Leadership Failing U.S. Citizenry on War

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    On Capitol Hill, the House is expected to agree today to give President Bush $96 billion to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a major victory for the Bush administration, the Democratic leadership abandoned its effort to include a nonbinding timetable for withdrawal from Iraq in the war spending bill. Congressmember and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich of Ohio says the Democratic leadership is failing the U.S. citizenry. [includes rush transcript]

  • In Annual Human Rights Report, Amnesty International Says U.S. "Unrepentant About Global Web of Abuse"

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    Amnesty International is accusing the United States of turning the world into a global battlefield in the so-called war on terror. That charge appears in Amnesty’s new report on the state of human rights around the world. The authors of the Amnesty report write, "The U.S. administration’s double speak has been breathtakingly shameless. It is unrepentant about the global web of abuse it has spun in the name of counterterrorism." We speak with Amnesty International USA executive director Larry Cox. [includes rush transcript]