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Thursday, June 26, 2008

  • Supreme Court Slashes Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Fine to One-Tenth of Original $5 Billion Ruling

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    The Supreme Court handed corporate America a major victory this week when it sharply reduced the amount of money Exxon Mobil has to pay in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. An Alaskan jury had initially ruled Exxon should pay $5 billion in punitive damages, but in 2006 the 9th US Circuit Court cut the award of punitive damages in half. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court cut the amount of punitive damages again and ordered Exxon Mobil to pay just $500 million in punitive damages — one-tenth of the original jury’s ruling. [includes rush transcript]

  • Haditha Massacre Victims’ Kin Outraged as US Marines Go Free

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    A US military judge last week dismissed charges against another marine connected to the massacre of twenty-four unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha. Of the eight marines originally charged in the case, only one still faces prosecution. Criminal charges have been dismissed against six of the marines, and a seventh marine was acquitted. We speak with McClatchy’s Baghdad bureau chief, Leila Fadel, who recently traveled to Haditha to interview survivors of the massacre. [includes rush transcript]

  • Zimbabwe and the Question of Imperialism: A Discussion

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    In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe has come under widespread criticism for refusing to cancel a runoff election scheduled for Friday. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round of elections in March but withdrew from the runoff late last week. He has sought refuge in the Dutch embassy in Harare out of what he says is concern for his life. We host a discussion on Zimbabwe with University of Houston professor Gerald Horne, author of From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980, and Syracuse University professor Horace Campbell, whose latest article is titled "Pan-Africanists: Our Collective Duty to Zimbabwe." [includes rush transcript]

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