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Friday, January 11, 2008

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  • Gareth Porter: Official Version of U.S.-Iranian Naval Incident Starts to Unravel


    The United States has lodged a formal diplomatic protest against Iran for its "provocation" in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday morning. But new information reveals that the alleged Iranian threat to American naval vessels may have been blown out of proportion. We speak to investigative historian Gareth Porter. [includes rush transcript]

  • On its Sixth Anniversary, Calls Resound Worldwide for Closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison


    Over 800 men and boys, so-called "enemy combatants," have been held without charge at Guantanamo since January 11, 2002. We speak to Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. We’re also joined by London-based writer Mogib Hassan. His cousin, Fawaz Mahdi, was jailed in Guantanamo for over five years. He was released in June but has been suffering severe psychological problems and has tried committing suicide several times. [includes rush transcript]

  • Guantanamo: A Look Back at Six Years of Imprisonment, Torture and Suicide


    Over the past six years, Democracy Now! has closely followed the story of illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay. We have interviewed former Guantanamo detainees and interrogators, dozens of attorneys, human rights activists and more. These are some their voices. [includes rush transcript]

  • Writers’ Strike Continues in Third Month of Impasse Over Internet Content


    The writers’ strike has entered its 68th day. Over 10,000 members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike November 5 over the refusal of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to pay writers for reruns of their work online and for original work written for the internet. We speak to Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America, East. [includes rush transcript]