Monday, November 30, 2009

  • Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned about Speech...and 2010 Olympics


    While traveling to Vancouver, Canada, to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. She was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give, their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. The armed interrogators were particularly interested in whether she would be speaking about the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. [includes rush transcript]

  • WTO Chief Pascal Lamy: Free Trade and Interdependence Help Promote Freedom, Human Rights and Civil Liberties


    The World Trade Organization convenes today in Geneva for its seventh ministerial. Investigative journalist Greg Palast files a report from Geneva, where he interviews WTO director-general Pascal Lamy to see how much the organization and its priorities have changed over the past ten years. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Battle of Seattle 10 Years Later: Organizers Reflect on 1999 Shutdown of WTO Talks and the Birth of a Movement


    Ten years ago, on November 30, 1999, tens of thousands of people from across the country and the world shut down the World Trade Organization talks in Seattle. Police responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Hundreds were arrested. On this tenth anniversary, we speak with two organizers of the protests: David Solnit, co-author of The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle, and Ananda Tan of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. [includes rush transcript]