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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

  • Spill at Tennessee Coal Plant Creates Environmental Disaster

    Tvaweb

    Parts of Tennessee remain buried under toxic sludge today after a major disaster at a coal plant. A forty-acre pond containing toxic coal ash has collapsed, spilling out millions of gallons of coal ash. Environmentalists say the spill is more than thirty times larger than the Exxon Valdez, but the story has received little national attention. Greenpeace is calling for a criminal investigation. [includes rush transcript]

  • HRW Says US Intervention Worsening Somalia Crisis

    Somaliaweb

    This past year, Somalis have experienced the worst violence in a decade. In a new report, Human Rights Watch says the United States is only making the crisis worse. The report states, "The United States, treating Somalia primarily as a battlefield in the global war on terror, has pursued a policy of uncritical support for transitional government and Ethiopian actions, and the resulting lack of accountability has fueled the worst abuses." We speak to HRW’s Leslie Lefkow. [includes rush transcript]

  • Activist, Right Livelihood Winner Asha Hagi Fights for Women’s Role in Somali Peace Process

    Hagiweb

    Asha Hagi is the co-founder and current chair of the non-profit, Save Somali Women and Children. During the Somali peace talks in 2000, Hagi founded the Sixth Clan, the clan of women, to complement the traditional five male-dominated Somali Clans. This became the first time women were represented in a peace process in Somalia. Since the Ethiopian invasion two years ago, Hagi has been based in Kenya because of her vocal opposition to the US-backed invasion. [includes rush transcript]

  • Peace Women: A Look at the 11 Women to Win the Nobel Peace Prize

    Peaceprizeweb

    This year, the Norwegian diplomat Martti Ahtisaari won the Peace Prize. But in this season of peace, we look at the eleven women who have won the prize. We speak to Anne Ruffer, author of Peace Women. [includes rush transcript]

  • One Family’s Daring Experiment: Christmas Without All the Stuff

    Noimpactmanweb

    And finally, on this Christmas Eve, I’m joined by a man who makes a compelling environmental case for a non-consumptive Christmas. Colin Beavan is also known as the No Impact Man. Beavan, along with his wife, their two-year-old daughter and dog, spent a year attempting to minimize their ecological footprint while continuing to live in the heart of New York City. [includes rush transcript]