Monday, December 1, 2008

  • Toll from Deadly Coordinated Mumbai Attacks Tops 170, Two Top Indian Officials Resign, Tensions Rise Between India and Pakistan


    We host a roundtable discussion on the attacks in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, that has left nearly 200 people dead and hundreds wounded. Indian officials claim that as few as ten gunmen coordinated attacks that began late Wednesday night on multiple targets, including a crowded railway station, two luxury hotels, a popular cafe, a Jewish center, a hospital, and a movie theater. India’s top domestic security official, the Home Minister Shivraj Patil, resigned Sunday over his failure to contain the attacks. The State Chief Minister and his deputy have also offered to quit. We speak with South Asian history professor Vijay Prashad, New York City-based activist Biju Mathew, veteran journalist and commentator Tariq Ali, and award-winning activist and journalist from Mumbai Teesta Setalvad. [includes rush transcript]

  • Wal-Mart Worker Crushed to Death in Early Morning Stampede of Shoppers on Black Friday


    A Wal-Mart employee in Long Island, New York died after being trampled to death by a mob of shoppers on Friday, the traditional first day of the holiday shopping season. The thirty-four-year-old worker, Jdimytai Damour, was killed after a crowd of 2,000 broke down store doors and ran over him shortly before the store’s schedule 5:00 a.m. opening. Four shoppers were injured in the stampede. Nassau County police were trying to determine what happened during the stampede, but said it was unclear if there would be any criminal charges. [includes rush transcript]

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