Tuesday, December 1, 2009

  • Hondurans Divided After Coup Backer Wins Presidential Election Boycotted by Zelaya Supporters


    The Obama administration is moving further away from its stated support for the reinstatement of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya. On Monday, the State Department praised this weekend’s Honduran elections, which saw coup backer and wealthy landowner Porfirio Lobo emerge victorious with 55 percent of the vote. Zelaya’s supporters boycotted the election, and many Latin American countries have refused to recognize its outcome. [includes rush transcript]

  • In Third Week of Hunger Strike, Ailing Western Saharan Human Rights Activist Aminatou Haidar Demands Moroccan Authorities Allow Her Return to Occupied Homeland


    A Western Saharan human rights activist is in the third week of a hunger strike after being deported against her will by Moroccan authorities occupying her homeland. Aminatou Haidar, known as the "Sahrawi Gandhi," is at the airport on the Canary Islands and is demanding that she be allowed to return home. Morocco has occupied most of Western Sahara since 1975. We go to the Lanzarote airport to speak with Spanish actor Guillermo "Willy" Toledo, who is at Haidar’s side. We also speak with Mouloud Said, the Washington, DC representative of the Sahrawi independence movement, the Polisario Front, and with University of San Francisco Professor Stephen Zunes, co-author of the forthcoming book Western Sahara: Nationalism, Conflict, and International Accountability. [includes rush transcript]

  • Study: In Afghan Debate, Few Antiwar Op-Eds in Nation’s Two Leading Newspapers


    President Obama has issued orders for a major escalation of the US occupation of Afghanistan by sending 34,000 additional troops. Has the media helped beat the drum for war? A new study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting reveals pro-war voices outnumbered antiwar ones by a huge margin in the op-ed pages of the nation’s two leading newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post. [includes rush transcript]