Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Michigan GOP Push Through Anti-Union, Elite-Backed "Right-to-Work" Law Before House Majority Shrinks


    Thousands are expected to protest in Michigan today as Republican Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to sign a pair of anti-union bills that would make his the 24th so-called "right-to-work" state in the country. Pushed through before Democrats gain five House seats in the new Legislature next month, opponents call the effort an organized attack against labor that will suppress wages and weaken collective bargaining rights. "He’s decided to support the most divisive piece of legislation that’s ever come forward in Michigan," says Democratic Michigan State Representative Brandon Dillon. "You’ll see by the people gathering at the Capitol today that he’s tearing the state apart." [includes rush transcript]

  • "Protest Here is Vigorous": Unrest, Polarization Before Egypt’s Referendum


    Egypt is bracing for new protests today over President Mohamed Morsi’s hotly contested effort to hold a referendum on a controversial draft constitution. Ahead of today’s rallies, masked gunmen attacked opposition protesters camped out in Tahrir Square overnight, injuring more than a dozen. At least seven people have died in clashes, and hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, since Morsi unilaterally expanded his powers last month. Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous files a report from Cairo. [includes rush transcript]

  • Charles Glass on Syria’s Mutual Destruction and the Unconvincing Fears of Assad’s Chemical Weapons


    Veteran journalist Charles Glass joins us to discuss his recent trip to Syria and its largest city, Aleppo. Addressing U.S.-led warnings that the Assad regime could deploy chemical warfare, Glass says: "I think it’s pretty clear that the Syrians have never used chemical weapons, that there is no advantage to them to use chemical weapons. The areas where there is fighting are areas where people who support them are living, and their own soldiers would themselves be vulnerable to inhaling chemical gases. ... It sounds to me pretty much like the propaganda that was used prior to the invasion of Iraq, where the chemical weapons were held up as an excuse to bring about Western intervention, ultimately, when it wasn’t true." A former ABC News chief Middle East correspondent, Glass’s book on Syria, "Tribes With Flags," was reissued this year. [includes rush transcript]

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