Friday, June 28, 2013

  • At Zimmerman Murder Trial, Defense Tries to Discredit Friend Who Heard Trayvon Martin’s Final Pleas

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    The Florida trial of George Zimmerman is wrapping up its first week of testimony. The neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, last year. The prosecution’s star witness, 19-year-old high school student Rachel Jeantel, testified over the course of two days on her phone conversation with Martin right before he died. A reluctant witness, Jeantel came under aggressive questioning from Zimmerman’s attorneys, who raised issues of her comprehension of English and manner of speaking. We discuss Jeantel’s appearance and the case’s progression so far with Danielle Cadet, editor of Huffington Post Black Voices.

  • Senate Bill Creates Path for Undocumented Immigrants, But at Cost of Radically Militarized Border

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    The Senate has approved a long-awaited immigration reform bill that creates a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants while imposing unprecedented new measures for border security. It would spend $46 billion to nearly double the number of border agents to 40,000, expand the use of drones, and construct around 700 miles of border fencing. Republicans introduced the border amendment in a bid to win their colleagues’ support, prompting criticism from a number of immigrant rights groups who say the added "security" requirements are so extreme they undermine the bill overall. We’re joined by two guests: Lorella Praeli, director of advocacy and policy at the United We DREAM Coalition; and Fernando Garcia, founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights. Garcia was arrested earlier this week outside the Democrats’ headquarters in Dallas to protest the party’s approval of increased border militarization.

  • Horace Campbell: Obama Takes "Imperial Tour" of Africa as World Honors Ailing Mandela

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    President Obama’s three-nation tour of Africa moves from Senegal to South Africa today before wrapping up in Tanzania. Obama’s stated goals are to raise investment opportunities for U.S. businesses, address development issues such as food security, and promote democracy. His visit to South Africa comes at a time of tremendous uncertainty as former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in the hospital. We discuss Obama’s trip to Africa with Professor Horace Campbell, a professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University who has written extensively on African politics. His recent article for CounterPunch is "The Imperial Tour: Militarism and Plunder."

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