Wednesday, September 10, 2008

  • Haiti Struggles with Humanitarian Disaster in Aftermath of Deadly Storms


    In Haiti, as many as 1,000 people have died and an estimated one million left homeless after the impoverished country was hit by four major storms and hurricanes in less than a month. We speak to the renowned physician Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, a group that provides free medical care in Haiti. After visiting Gonaives over the weekend, Dr. Farmer wrote, "After 25 years spent working in Haiti and having grown up in Florida, I can honestly say that I have never seen anything as painful as what I just witnessed." [includes rush transcript]

  • Following Disparaging Comments at RNC, Community Organizers Respond to Republican Attacks on Their Profession


    During their speeches at last week’s RNC, both vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani mocked Sen. Barack Obama’s background as a community organizer. We speak to John Raskin, one of the founders of the newly formed Community Organizers of America. [includes rush transcript]

  • Gareth Porter: Bush Admin Ignored Warnings Against Pakistani Air Strikes


    In Pakistan, twenty-five people, including several women and children, are now reported to have been killed in Monday’s US drone attack on a compound in western Pakistan. A new article by investigative journalist Gareth Porter reveals that the Bush administration ignored warnings against such raids from the American intelligence community. They said that such raids could benefit the Taliban and destabilize the Pakistani military. [includes rush transcript]

  • As US Announces Withdrawal of 8,000 Troops from Iraq, Leaked US-Iraqi Draft Agreement Envisions Indefinite Occupation


    On the heels of President Bush’s announcement of the withdrawal of 8,000 US troops from Iraq by February of next year, we speak to Iraqi blogger and political analyst Raed Jarrar. He has translated a recently leaked draft of an Iraqi-US agreement that outlines the long-term status of US forces in Iraq. Jarrar says the agreement does not set a deadline for the withdrawal of non-combat US troops in Iraq. [includes rush transcript]