Thursday, July 19, 2007

  • Dems End Debate on Iraq Partial Withrawal Bill After Failing to Overcome GOP Filibuster


    Senate Republicans have blocked a Democratic proposal to begin a partial withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Fifty-two senators voted to support the pull-out measure proposed by Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Jack Reed, but the Democratic leadership failed to get the needed 60 votes to break the Republican filibuster. [includes rush transcript]

  • Despite Reports Showing Nearly Half of Foreign Militants in Iraq are Saudi, White House and Lawmakers Keeping Sights on Iran


    The Los Angeles Times is reporting nearly half of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops in Iraq have come from Saudi Arabia — one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East. U.S. officials have so far refused to publicly criticize Saudi Arabia’s role in Iraq, focusing instead on Iran. We go to Baghdad to speak to L.A. Times correspondent Ned Parker. We’re also joined by Toby Jones, a former Persian Gulf analyst with the International Crisis Group and history professor at Rutgers University. [includes rush transcript]

  • Sami al-Hajj and Bilal Hussein: Their Names Mostly Unknown in U.S., Jailed Journalists Have Spent Combined Six Years in U.S. Military Prisons Without Charge


    We take an in-depth look at the case of two reporters whose imprisonment by U.S. forces has gone largely ignored in the corporate media. Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj has been jailed without charge at Guantanamo for the past five-and-a-half years. Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein has spent more than a year in a U.S. military prison in Iraq, also without charge. U.S. officials haven’t made public any evidence of wrongdoing. We speak with Rachel Morris, author of a new article detailing al-Hajj’s ordeal, and Scott Horton, a lawyer specializing in international law and human rights who’s closely followed Hussein’s case. [includes rush transcript]