Tuesday, July 6, 2010

  • Scientist Working with Government Says BP Restricting Access to Study Gushing Oil Well


    As the BP oil disaster enters its seventy-seventh day, we speak to a scientist leading a team of researchers trying to get access to the well to better study what is happening at the site. Dr. Ira Leifer, who’s on the federally appointed Flow Rate Technical Group, says BP is restricting his access to study the gushing oil well. [includes rush transcript]

  • Environmentalist Facing 3-Year Prison Sentence for Unfurling Banners in Senate Office Building


    Environmentalist Ted Glick will be sentenced today and faces up to three years in jail for hanging two banners inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill that read "Green Jobs Now" and "Get to Work." Glick was convicted in May of two misdemeanors: displaying a banner in a federal building and disorderly conduct, each of which carries a six-month jail sentence. But the US Attorney’s Office has asked the judge to triple Glick’s sentence because of his two previous convictions, both of which also related to nonviolent protests. [includes rush transcript]

  • Plaintiff in ACLU Suit Challenging Government No-Fly List Describes Struggle, First Against Deportation, Then to Be Allowed to Board a Plane


    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against top Justice Department and FBI officials on behalf of ten Americans and legal residents on the government’s no-fly list. We speak with one of the plaintiffs, twenty-two-year-old Adama Bah, who’s lived in the US since she was two years old. She got political asylum from Guinea to prevent her undergoing genital mutilation. We also speak with ACLU attorney Ben Wizner. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Promised Land"–New Doc Follows Struggles over Land in South Africa


    A new film premiering tonight on PBS called Promised Land follows two legal struggles over land in contemporary South Africa. In 1994, the African National Congress-led post-apartheid government promised to redistribute a third of the land within ten years, but the struggle for economic justice continues. We speak with filmmaker Yoruba Richen. [includes rush transcript]

  • Puerto Rican Attorney, Historian & Analyst Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua, 73, Dies


    The well-known Puerto Rican attorney, political analyst and historian Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua has died at the age of seventy-three. After his death on Friday, Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño declared three days of mourning. Passalacqua was a regular guest on Democracy Now! We last spoke to him in 2009 after President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. [includes rush transcript]

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