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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

  • Fidel Castro Resigns as Cuban President


    Fidel Castro announced today he is resigning as Cuban president, ending forty-nine years in office. In a statement, the eighty-one-year-old Castro wrote, "It would betray my conscience to take up a responsibility that requires mobility and total devotion, that I am not in a physical condition to offer." We speak to Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive. [includes rush transcript]

  • Democratic Race Heats Up as Wisconsin Holds Deadlocked Primary


    John Nichols of The Nation magazine joins us from Wisconsin, where voters go to polls today in possibly the tightest contest in the Democratic race since Super Tuesday. Sen. Hillary Clinton is hoping to end Sen. Barack Obama’s string of eight straight victories over the past two weeks. [includes rush transcript]

  • Outspoken Niece of Benazir Bhutto Accuses Aunt’s Party of Fraud in Pakistani Elections


    In Pakistan, voters have handed President General Pervez Musharraf’s ruling party an overwhelming defeat in the country’s parliamentary elections. We go to Pakistan to speak to columnist Fatima Bhutto, the niece of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Fatima has been critical both of Bhutto’s party, which she says committed fraud in Monday’s vote, and of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. [includes rush transcript]

  • Kosovo’s Independence: Genuine Liberation or Front for US-NATO Expansion?


    Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on Monday. The move was welcomed by the United States, Turkey and some European Union countries Monday, even as it was sharply condemned by Serbia, Russia, China and Spain. While supporters have welcomed the decree as an act of liberation, critics call the move a front for advancing US-NATO aims. We host a debate between George Szamuely, a New York-based writer and longtime commentator on the Balkans, and Isa Blumi, professor of Middle East and Balkan history and a former member of the Kosovar provisional government. [includes rush transcript]