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Monday, April 6, 2009

  • UN Security Council Fails to Reach Agreement on North Korea Rocket Launch

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    An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council Sunday failed to agree to a joint statement regarding North Korea’s rocket launch over the weekend. The United States, Japan, South Korea and the European Union accused the North Korean regime of breaching UN resolutions that ban the country from carrying out ballistic missile activity and called for a strong and unified response. Speaking in the Czech Republic Sunday, President Obama said North Korea had "broken the rules" and called for new United Nations sanctions. [includes rush transcript]

  • "A Ponzi State"–Univ. of South Florida Professor Examines the Economic Crisis in Florida

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    Florida has been hit particularly hard by the recession. It’s facing its worst unemployment rate since 1976, with nearly one in ten people out of work, and it has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country. Florida has also been described as one of the birthplaces of the financial crisis. We speak with University of South Florida Professor Gary Mormino, who describes the state’s economy as a giant Ponzi scheme. He’s the author of Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida. [includes rush transcript]

  • Land of Ruins: A Special Report on Gaza’s Economy

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    Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat files a report on the state of the Gazan economy, where unemployment and poverty rates are among the highest in the world. Despite international pledges of over $5.2 billion to rebuild Gaza, in the four months since Israel’s assault the siege has not been lifted and only one truck carrying cement and other construction materials has been allowed entry into the Gaza Strip. [includes rush transcript]