The Nation: Immigration Agents Holding US Residents in Unlisted, Unmarked Facilities

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Dec. 24, 2009

The Nation: Immigration Agents Holding US Residents in Unlisted, Unmarked Facilities

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is holding an untold number of people in secretively maintained detention facilities all over the United States. That’s according to an explosive report that’s the cover story of the latest issue of The Nation magazine. They also report that ICE agents regularly impersonate civilians and rely on other illegal tricks to arrest longtime US residents who have no criminal history. We speak with the author of the two-part investigation, Jacqueline Stevens. [includes rush transcript]

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James Hansen: Pleased the Copenhagen Summit Failed, “Cap and Fade,” Climategate and More

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Dec. 22, 2009

Leading Climate Scientist James Hansen on Why He’s Pleased the Copenhagen Summit Failed, “Cap and Fade,” Climategate and More

We speak with the nation’s leading climate scientist, James Hansen. He wasn’t at the Copenhagen climate summit and explains why he thinks it’s ultimately better for the planet that the talks collapsed. We also speak with with Dr. Hansen about his new book, Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, and much more. [includes rush transcript]

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Hugo Chavez: We Must Go From Capitalism to Socialism

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Dec. 21, 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on How to Tackle Climate Change: “We Must Go From Capitalism to Socialism”

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We speak with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez about climate change, the Copenhagen summit and President Obama. Chavez accuses calls the COP15 summit undemocratic and accuses world leaders of only seeking a face-saving agreement. “We must reduce all the emissions that are destroying the planet,” Chavez says. “That requires a change in the economic model: we must go from capitalism to socialism.”

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Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More than Two Degrees Celsius + Evo Morales: Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity

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Dec. 17, 2009

Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More than Two Degrees Celsius

A leaked internal document from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change states that current targets on emissions reductions from countries around the world will cause global temperatures to rise above two degrees Celsius. According to the UNFCCC document, current emissions reduction targets could lead to a three degree Celsius rise. We speak to French journalist Jade Lindgaard. [includes rush transcript]

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Jade Lindgaard, journalist with the French news website Mediapart.

Naomi Klein, Author and journalist. She is blogging from Copenhagen for The Nation. Her recent articles include “Climate Rage.”

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Bolivian President Evo Morales on Climate Debt, Capitalism, Why He Wants a Tribunal for Climate Justice and Much More

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Hugo Chavez: If the climate was a big capitalist bank, you would have already saved it

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Bolivia, Venezuela call for more aid

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Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are also in Copenhagen to attend the Climate Change Conference. Both are urging industrialized nations to help developing countries fight climate change.

Bolivian President Evo Morales says climate change has largely been caused by developed nations during their industrialization processes. He’s demanding that those countries help developing nations fight climate change, and “green” their economies.

Evo Morales, Bolivian President, said, “The budget of the United States is 687 billion dollars for defense. And they want to, for climate change — to save life, to save humanity — they want to put up 10 billion dollars. This is shameful.”

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has also blasted the actions of industrialized countries.

Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President, said, “In the streets they are saying the following: if the climate was a bank, you would have already saved it. And I think that’s true. If the climate was a big capitalist bank, you would have already saved it. You, the rich governments.”

A formal summit of more than 120 world leaders will be held on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to break the deadlock on which nations should cut greenhouse gas emissions, by how much, and who should pay what.

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Using Controversial Law, Danish Police Preemptively Arrest Over 1,000 Protesters and more on Democracy Now! from Copenhagen

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Dec. 14, 2009

Indigenous Leaders at the Front Line of Climate Change, at the Front of the Historic Climate March in Copenhagen

On Saturday, over 100,000 people marched in Copenhagen calling on world leaders to agree to a just climate policy. Leading the march was a delegation of indigenous leaders from communities on the front lines of climate change. Democracy Now’s Anjali Kamat and Elizabeth Press speak to indigenous activists at the march and at the Danish National Museum. [includes rush transcript]

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“We’re Trying to Provide the Armies that They Lack” – Bill McKibben on Supporting Poor, Vulnerable Nations with Mass Protest Movements
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Naomi Klein on the Danish Text + The Price of Climategate Emails

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Democracy Now!
Dec. 9, 2009

“This Text Is an Extremely Dangerous Document for Developing Countries”: G77 Chief Condemns Secret US-Danish Climate Deal

The UN climate talks are in disarray here in Copenhagen after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations. Moments before we went on the air, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese chair of the group of 132 developing countries known as G77, condemned the leaked document. [includes rush transcript]

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Democracy Now! is the only daily global TV, radio news hour broadcasting from Copenhagen

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Dec. 7, 2009

Climate Countdown: Largest Climate Summit in World History Opens in Copenhagen

Democracy Now! broadcasts live from Copenhagen from inside the Bella Center, where thousands of delegates from over 190 countries are gathering for the largest climate summit in history. Over the next two weeks, 100 world leaders are expected to attend the UN conference that has been described by some scientists as the most important the world has ever seen. We play highlights from the opening ceremony with the mayor of Copenhagen, Ritt Bjerregaard; Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, speaking on Sunday. [includes rush transcript]

Ritt Bjerregaard, mayor of Copenhagen.

Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Dennis Kucinich: We’re Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire

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Dec. 2, 2009

Rep. Kucinich on Afghanistan War: “We’re Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire”

As President Obama unveils his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Ohio Congressmember Dennis Kucinich. “The United States is going deeper and deeper into debt,” says Kucinich. “We have money for Wall Street and money for war but we don’t have money for work…for healthcare. We have to start asking ourselves, ‘Why is it that war is a priority but the basic needs of people in this country are not?’”[includes rush transcript]

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Nir Rosen: We Managed to Make the Taliban Look Good

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Dec. 2, 2009

Nir Rosen: “We Managed to Make the Taliban Look Good”

Nir Rosen, independent journalist and fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, responds to President Obama decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Rosen has covered both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. His latest articles cover the current state of the US occupations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.[includes rush transcript]

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Andrew Bacevich: The President Has Drawn the Wrong Lessons From His Understanding of the History of War

30,000 Wrongs Won’t Make it Right by Cindy Sheehan

Pepe Escobar: Obama’s Vietnam-lite + Obama’s “empire”

This Is Absolutely Insane! Michael Moore Responds To President Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

The World’s Least Powerful Man – The Obama Puppet By Paul Craig Roberts

Rep. Kucinich: Congress has responsibility, too + Rep. Maxine Waters + Kucinich vs O’Reilly

Andrew Bacevich: The President Has Drawn the Wrong Lessons From His Understanding of the History of War

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Dec. 2, 2009

Vietnam Vet, Scholar Andrew Bacevich on Obama War Plan: “The President Has Drawn the Wrong Lessons From His Understanding of the History of War”

Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and a Vietnam war veteran who spent twenty-three years in the US Army, responds to Presidnt Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and the author of “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.” [includes rush transcript]

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Bill Moyers Journal: LBJ’s Path to War

30,000 Wrongs Won’t Make it Right by Cindy Sheehan

Pepe Escobar: Obama’s Vietnam-lite + Obama’s “empire”

This Is Absolutely Insane! Michael Moore Responds To President Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

The World’s Least Powerful Man – The Obama Puppet By Paul Craig Roberts

Rep. Kucinich: Congress has responsibility, too + Rep. Maxine Waters + Kucinich vs O’Reilly

James Hoggan on “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming”

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October 20, 2009

PR Executive James Hoggan on “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming”

The Yes Men aren’t the only group accused of pulling off a hoax in the debate over climate change legislation. In August, the American Petroleum Institute—the oil industry’s top lobbying group—was found to have asked member oil companies to help recruit employees, retirees and contractors for anti-climate bill rallies around the country. Critics said the API was trying to fake a grassroots movement to give a false impression of widespread public opposition to tackling global warming. Our next guest, James Hoggan, has just published a new book on corporate efforts to mislead the public on human-driven climate change. It’s called Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. [includes rush transcript]

James Hoggan, author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. He is president of the award-winning PR firm Hoggan & Associates. He is chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian chapter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project. He also runs DeSmogBlog.com

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Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech…and 2010 Olympics by Amy Goodman

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Democracy Now!
Nov. 30, 2009

Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech…and 2010 Olympics

While traveling to Vancouver, Canada to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. The armed interrogators were particularly interested in whether she would be speaking about the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.[includes rush transcript]

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Obama to Announce Afghan Escalation Plan Dec. 1st

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Nov. 25, 2009

Obama to Announce Afghan Escalation Plan Dec. 1st

Administration officials say President Obama will unveil his decision on sending tens of thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan next week. Obama is expected to announce the plan in a prime-time address next Tuesday night. At the White House yesterday, Obama said he intends to “finish the job” in Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]

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Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Operating in Pakistan Under Covert Assassination and Kidnapping Program

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Democracy Now!
Nov. 24, 2009

Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan: Jeremy Scahill Reveals Private Military Firm Operating in Pakistan Under Covert Assassination and Kidnapping Program

In an explosive new article in The Nation magazine, investigative journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill reveals the private military firm Blackwater is part of a covert program in Pakistan that includes planning the assassination and kidnapping of Taliban and Al-Qaeda suspects. Blackwater is also said to be involved in a previously undisclosed U.S. military drone campaign that has killed scores of people inside Pakistan. The article says the program has become so secretive that top Obama administration and military officials have likely been unaware of its existence. In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Scahill joins us for his first interview since the story broke.[Includes rush transcript]

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