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Monday, December 28, 2009

  • Crackdown in Iran: Up to 12 Dead, Hundreds Arrested in Opposition Protests


    In Iran, police opened fire into crowds of protesters Sunday, killing as many as twelve people, including the nephew of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Security forces have also arrested hundreds of people, including a number of prominent opposition figures. We speak with Hadi Ghaemi of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. [includes rush transcript]

  • Palestinian Journalist Remembers Israel’s Assault on Gaza


    One year ago this weekend, Israel began its twenty-two-day assault on the Gaza Strip. Dubbed "Operation Cast Lead," 1,400 Palestinians and thirteen Israelis were killed in what was Israel’s deadliest attack on Palestinians. We look back on Operation Cast Lead with Palestinian journalist Sami Abu Salem, who was in Gaza during the assault. [includes rush transcript]

  • "The Man Who Conned the Pentagon"


    In December 2003, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned of "near-term attacks that could either rival or exceed what we experienced on September 11." He claimed the information came from "credible sources." But a new report in the latest issue of Playboy by investigative journalist Aram Roston shows that the source was a man who convinced the military and the Bush administration that the TV network Al Jazeera was transmitting secret messages to al-Qaeda sleepers. [includes rush transcript]

  • Dennis Brutus (1924-2009): South African Poet and Activist Dies in Cape Town


    Renowned South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus died in his sleep Saturday in Cape Town. He was eighty-five years old. Brutus was a leading opponent of the apartheid state and was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. We hear highlights of an interview with Brutus on Democracy Now! and speak with his close friend and colleague, Patrick Bond. [includes rush transcript]