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North Korea Nuclear Test Sends Message to Washington One Week After U.S.-South Korean War Games 12.2.2013 Democracy Now!
The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting today after North Korea conducted its third-ever nuclear test in defiance of U.N. orders. According to international monitors, the underground explosion was roughly twice as large as North Korea's last nuclear test in 2009. North Korea had vowed to conduct rocket launches and a U.S.-aimed nuclear test after the U.N. Security Council resolution tightened sanctions in response to a rocket launch two months ago. "North Korea has been saying for years they would like to have a peace agreement to formally end the [Korean] war, and they would like to have negotiations directly with the United States," says Tim Shorrock, an independent journalist who has covered Korea for more than 30 years. "The only way out of this for the United States is to hold direct negotiations and talks with North Korea on stopping its nuclear program and stopping its missile program." [includes rush transcript]
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After Pope Benedict, Progressive Catholics and Priest Victims Call for a More Inclusive Papacy 12.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Speculation is mounting over who will become the next Pope after Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic Church on Monday when he became the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years. Benedict's resignation comes as the Catholic Church is facing scrutiny over its handling of the widening priest sexual abuse scandal and its crackdown on liberal nuns. We're joined by Barbara Blaine of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic social justice group NETWORK, which was heavily criticized by the Vatican last year. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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Remembering the Overlooked Life Eslanda Robeson, Wife of Civil Rights Legend Paul Robeson 12.2.2013 Democracy Now!
In a Black History Month special, we remember the lives of the legendary civil rights activist, singer and actor Paul Robeson, and his wife Eslanda, whose story is not as well known. One of the most celebrated singers and actors of the 20th century, Robeson was attacked, blacklisted and hounded by the government for his political beliefs. Eslanda Robeson, known by her friends as "Essie," was an author, an anthropologist and and a globally connected activist who worked to end colonialism in Africa, and racism in the United States. We're joined by historian Barbara Ransby, author of the new biography, "Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson." [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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Donald Kerwin: Fix the Immigration Detention System 12.2.2013 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Detention reform would be cost-effective, but more importantly it would reduce the vulnerability of men and women who are cut off, alone, and exposed to perhaps the most historically troubled feature of our nation's immigration regime.
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Investigation Confirms Rampant Torture in Afghan Prisons 11.2.2013 CommonDreams.org Headlines
The use of torture within prisons controlled by Afghan security forces trained by the US military is still rampant in the country, according to the results of a two-week "fact-finding mission" by an internal Afghan government commission. The findings, released Monday, confirm a U.N. report released last month that exposed widespread abuses among Afghan forces. read ...
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The Hanging of Afzal Guru is a Stain on India's Democracy 11.2.2013 Commondreams.org Views
Arundhati Roy

Spring announced itself in Delhi on Saturday. The sun was out, and the law took its course.

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Headlines for February 11, 2013 11.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Pope Benedict to Resign over Health Concerns, Obama to Unveil Cuts to Nuclear Arsenal, LAPD Re-Opens Dorner Case as Manhunt Continues, Northeast Blizzard Kills 9; Tornadoes Hit South, Fighting Escalates in Syrian Capital; 5,000 Fleeing Per Day, Allen Steps Down as NATO Commander, Israeli Military Dismantles Palestinian Encampment in West Bank, Bahrain Holds First Reconciliation Talks Since July 2011, Over 100,000 March in Anti-Austerity "Lift the Burden" Protest in Ireland, First Lady Among Mourners at Chicago Funeral for Slain Teen, 4 Wounded in Mardi Gras Shooting, Action-Film Star Steven Segal Trains Armed "Posse" at Arizona School, Kerry: Keystone XL Decision Coming in the "Near Term", Intel Estimate: Cyber-Attacks Threaten U.S. Economy
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Wanted for Killing 3, Christopher Dorner's Claims of Racism, Corruption Resonate With LAPD's Critics 11.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Wanted for Killing 3, Christopher Dorner's Claims of Racism, Corruption Resonate With LAPD's Critics
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Despite Offer of Direct Talks, U.S. Intensifies "Sanctions-Centric" Economic War Against Iran 11.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Despite Offer of Direct Talks, U.S. Intensifies "Sanctions-Centric" Economic War Against Iran
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Michael Moore, Chris Hedges on Challenging NDAA Indefinite Detention and the "Corporate Coup d'etat" 11.2.2013 Democracy Now!
The ability of the U.S. government to jail people without charge or trial is now back in court. A group of reporters, scholars and activists are suing the Obama administration over the controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, saying it could allow for the indefinite detention of journalists and others who interact with certain groups. On Wednesday, the Justice Department asked an appeals court to reverse a judge’s earlier decision blocking indefinite detention, saying the ruling would hamper its ability to fight terrorism. On the same day, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore and the case's lead plaintiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, took part in a panel featuring some of those who were in the courtroom opposing the NDAA. We air excerpts of their remarks. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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Worse Than Obama's Kill List? American Support for It 11.2.2013 CommonDreams.org Headlines

The headline introducing a new poll conducted on behalf of The Hill newspaper reads: Voters: Obama no better than Bush on security vs civil liberties.

But is that the real takeaway from the survey?

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The Courage and Vision of Medgar Evers 9.2.2013 Commondreams.org Views
Marian Wright Edelman

Medgar Evers on a picket line in Jackson, Miss.

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Headlines for February 8, 2013 8.2.2013 Democracy Now!
CIA Pick John Brennan Defends Drone Strikes, Targeted Killings, CODEPINK Protests Force Delay to Brennan Hearing; 8 Arrested, Tunisia: Tens of Thousands Mass for Burial Procession of Assassinated Opposition Leader, Iraq Bombings Kill 31 in Seventh Consecutive Friday Attack, U.S. Media Agreed to Cover Up Location of Secret Saudi Drone Base, Manhunt Continues for Ex-LAPD Cop Wanted for Shootings, California Lawmakers Introduce New Gun Control Measures, Panetta: Top Officials Backed Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels, Bangladeshi Man Arrested in FBI Sting Pleads Guilty to Fed Reserve Bomb Plot, Autopsy: Mexican Teenager Shot Multiple Times from Behind by Border Patrol, North Dakota Senate Passes Measure Threatening Abortion Access, Northeast Prepares for Massive Blizzard, Horsemeat Found in British Beef Lasagna, Pulled from Shelves
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Jeremy Scahill: Assassinations of U.S. Citizens Largely Ignored at Brennan CIA Hearing 8.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Jeremy Scahill: Assassinations of U.S. Citizens Largely Ignored at Brennan CIA Hearing
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CODEPINK Repeatedly Disrupts Brennan Hearing Calling Out Names Of Civilians Killed in Drone Strikes 8.2.2013 Democracy Now!
CODEPINK Repeatedly Disrupts Brennan Hearing Calling Out Names Of Civilians Killed in Drone Strikes
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“He Was The Agency”: Ex-CIA Analyst Questions Brennan Claim He Couldn't Stop Waterboarding, Torture 8.2.2013 Democracy Now!
CIA nominee John Brennan was repeatedly questioned about torture at his CIA confirmation hearing, including the use of waterboarding and enhanced interrogation techniques. He refused to say waterboarding was a form of torture, but said he has come to oppose the technique. Under George W. Bush, Brennan served as deputy executive director of the CIA and director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center. “Remember he was the cheerleader for some of these onerous policies -- particularly renditions and extraordinary renditions. So for John Brennan, today, to say he read the Senate committee intelligence report on torture and he learned things he never knew before and that he was shocked with what he learned -- this is a case of incredible willful ignorance,” says Melvin Goodman, former CIA and State Department analyst. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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Brennan Refuses To Say Whether Waterboarding Is Torture 8.2.2013 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
CIA nominee John Brennan refused to say whether he believes the controversial practice of waterboarding constitutes torture, insisting he is not a legal scholar and...
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Headlines for February 7, 2013 7.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Obama Admin Agrees to Share Assassination Memos After Uproar, Wyden Vows to Press Brennan on Assassination Program, Justice Dept. Argues Appeal of NDAA Ruling, DREAM Activists Call for Citizenship to All Undocumented Immigrants, Obama Rejects Calls to Stop Record Deportations, "Undocumented and Unafraid" DREAM Activists Disrupt GOP Immigration Hearing; Cantor Shifts Stance, Iranian Leader Rejects Talks After U.S. Expands Sanctions, U.N. Warns of "Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis" in Syria as Dozens Killed, RBS to Pay $612 Million Fine for Libor Rigging, Senate Panel Delays Vote on Hagel Bid, Obama Taps Sally Jewell for Secretary of Interior, Outcry Prompts Delay of Colorado Drilling Auction, Boy Scouts Put Off Decision on Ending Gay Ban
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Globalizing Torture: Ahead of Brennan Hearing, International Complicity in CIA Rendition Exposed 7.2.2013 Democracy Now!
As counter-terrorism czar John Brennan appears on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing to head the CIA, a new report provides a detailed look at global involvement in the agency's secret program of prisons, rendition and torture in the years after 9/11. In "Globalizing Torture," the Open Society Justice Initiative says 54 countries helped the CIA detain 136 people, the largest tally to date. The report's author, Amrit Singh, joins us to discuss her findings, and Brennan's role in the expansive program she's documented. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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Radio Ambulante: Spanish-Language Radio Program Showcases the Untold Stories of the Americas 7.2.2013 Democracy Now!
The new Spanish-language radio program “Radio Ambulante” gathers voices from around Latin America and the United States to showcase the untold human stories behind issues such as immigration and kidnappings. Using a network of journalists from around the Americas, the monthly program fills a gaping hole in the radio landscape for Spanish speakers. We're joined by Radio Ambulante executive producer Daniel Alarcón, the acclaimed author of the novel "Lost City Radio"; and by Annie Correal, a Radio Ambulante producer who tells her family's story of using radio to convey messages to her kidnapped father in Colombia. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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