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Monday, April 20, 2009

  • More Countries Join US, Israel Boycott of UN Racism Conference

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    A growing number of Western countries are joining the United States and Israel in boycotting the United Nations World Conference on Racism, which opened today in Geneva, Switzerland. Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and New Zealand all announced they would boycott the conference soon after the US announced its formal decision not to attend Saturday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening session he was "profoundly disappointed" at the boycotts. We go to Geneva to get the latest. [includes rush transcript]

  • Gov. Richardson, Activists Honored in Rome After New Mexico Repeals Death Penalty

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    New Mexico became the second state in the country to repeal the death penalty last month. After years of struggle by campaigners, the repeal was approved by the New Mexico Senate in February and the House in March. Governor Richardson and the state’s leading campaigners were honored at a ceremony at the Colosseum in Rome last week and met with the Pope. We speak with two anti-death penalty campaigners just back from Italy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Longtime Anti-Nuclear Activist John Dear Arrested 75+ Times Protesting War and Nuclear Weapons

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    We speak with longtime anti-nuclear activist and Jesuit priest, Father John Dear, who coordinates the annual Hiroshima Day peace vigil at Los Alamos on August 1st. Dear has been arrested more than seventy-five times for acts of civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons, including last week while protesting the US drone warplanes at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. He has written over twenty-five books, and his most recent book is his autobiography, A Persistent Peace. Last year, Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. [includes rush transcript]