Wednesday, December 8, 2010

  • Attorney: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Endangered by Bail Denial in London; Still No Charges Filed in Sweden

    Justice-for-sign

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will remain in custody until at least December 14th, when a British court will take up a Swedish request for extradition. Assange hasn’t been charged with a crime but is wanted for questioning in Sweden on allegations of unlawful sexual contact with two women. Assange has maintained his innocence and called the case a political witch-hunt that has intensified with WikiLeaks’ release of secret U.S. diplomatic cables. We speak with his attorney, Jennifer Robinson. [includes rush transcript]

  • Youth Activists Protest Exclusion from U.N. Climate Summit in Cancún

    Walkout

    Protests against the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún are growing as civil society groups are frozen out of the talks. Yesterday, indigenous and youth groups demonstrated both inside and outside the summit to call for their inclusion in the negotiations. On Tuesday, activists from Youth for Climate Justice led a walkout inside the heavily guarded conference halls. [includes rush transcript]

  • Thousands March in Cancún at La Via Campesina’s "Global Day of Action for Climate Justice"

    Protest

    At the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún, La Via Campesina—the world’s largest federation of peasant and smallholder farmers—held what they called the "1,000 Cancún Global Day of Action for Climate Justice." Several thousand people took to the streets to march in protest of the summit. Democracy Now!’s Mike Burke filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Countries Least Responsible for Climate Change are the Ones Most Threatened by It": Island States Urge Binding Emissions Cuts at U.N. Climate Summit

    Stephen

    Inside the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún, one of the most moving speeches on Tuesday was by Marcus Stephen. He is president of Nauru, the world’s smallest island nation, covering just eight square miles in the South Pacific. Stephen is the leader of the Pacific Small Island Developing States at the climate change talks. Johnson Toribiong, president of the island state of Palau, also spoke. [includes rush transcript]

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