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Friday, August 15, 2008

  • Facing Years in US Prison, Iraq War Resister Jeremy Hinzman Ordered Deported from Canada

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    In 2004, Jeremy Hinzman became the first war resister to seek asylum in Canada instead of going to fight in Iraq. On Wednesday, Canada’s Border Services Agency ordered the twenty-nine-year-old Hinzman, his wife, son and baby daughter to leave the country by Sept. 23. We speak to Jeremy Hinzman from Toronto. [includes rush transcript]

  • Alfred Zappala, Peace Activist Who Lost Son in Iraq, Dies at 68

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    The peace activist Alfred Zappala has died at the age of sixty-eight after a battle with lung cancer. Zappala became a vocal critic of the war in Iraq in 2004 after his son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was killed in Baghdad. [includes rush transcript]

  • Russia-Georgia Conflict Fueled by Rush to Control Caspian Energy Resources

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    Human Rights Watch has accused both Russian and Georgian forces of killing and injuring civilians through indiscriminate attacks over the past week of fighting. Professor and author Michael Klare joins us to talk about how the Russian-Georgian conflict is largely an energy war over who has access to the vast oil and natural gas reserves in the Caspian region. [includes rush transcript]

  • Naomi Klein and Christian Parenti on How Beijing Olympics Highlight Globalization of Police State, Inequality

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    The equipment and integrated security systems used to detain Olympic protesters will remain long after the Olympics, to be used, many fear, on China’s own population. And some of the biggest beneficiaries of this surveillance boom are US hedge funds and corporations, including Cisco, General Electric and Google. We speak to journalists Naomi Klein and Christian Parenti, both of whom have recently reported from China. [includes rush transcript]