Democracy Now! October 14, 2002

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Democracy Now! October 14, 2002
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Iraq Journal: Democracy Now correspondent Jeremy Scahill talks with British MP George Galloway on the streets of Baghdad; Bali bombing: After 200 are killed in Indonesia car bombing, Bush calls for expansion of the war on terror. Professor Jeff Winters of Northwestern University talks about the Indonesian military and its involvement with terrorist groups; Indigenous Peoples Day: From Colorado to Chiapas, tens of thousands protest new era of corporate colonialism on the 510th anniversary of Columbus discovery of the Americas; Cherokee scholar Ward Churchill, speaks on the eve of Denver Columbus Day protests where more than 60 were arrested

9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:04 Headlines 9:04-9:15: In this Democracy Now exclusive report from Baghdad, our correspondents Jeremy Scahill and filmmaker Jacquie Soohen spend a day talking with George Galloway. The British MP is one of the leading international politicians who has traveled to Iraq in recent weeks. Galloway met last week with Iraqi officials who told him that Iraqi forces were preparing for a possible US ground invasion. In this segment Jeremy talks with British MP George Galloway as they walk through the streets of Baghdad. Phone: Jeremy Scahill, Democracy Now! correspondent in Baghdad Links: 9:15-9:25: On Saturday a huge car bomb ripped through two bars packed with foreign tourists on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. At least 190 people died and hundreds more were injured. World leaders, including President George W. Bush and Britain's Tony Blair, described the explosion as a terrorist attack and Bush has called for the battle against terrorism to be stepped up since the incident. No one has admitted carrying out the attack. One suspected group is Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiyah group, which may have ties to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. A leader of Jemaah Islamiyah denied any involvement and said he believed the bombing was engineered by the United States. Phone Guest: Prof. Jeff Winters, professor of Political Economy at Northwestern University and author of "Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State." Lower third: Northwestern University 9:20-9:22 LIVE IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE BY JUAN AVILA AND BARRY LYNN STEMLEY Guests: Juan Avila & Barry Lynn Stemley Links: 9:22-9:30: On Saturday dozens of demonstrations were simultaneously held all over the United States, Mexico and Central America to protest the 510th anniversary of Columbus s discovery of the Americas. Thousands of indigenous activists and supporters from Colorado to Chiapas, blocked borders, closed highways and conducted various direct actions to demand basic human rights for all native peoples. They called for an end to the new era of corporate colonialism made manifest by projects such as the Plan Puebla Panama and free trade agreements such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas that continue the exploitation of native communities and their lands. We are joined on the phone today by several people who participated in diverse actions across the continent. Brendan O Neill of Action for Community and Ecology in the Regions of Central America (ACERCA), which coordinated actions in over 24 US cities, Luz Ruiz of the Chiapas Indymedia center and Michael Guerrero, Co-Director of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice. Luz was at the road blocks in Chiapas on Saturday and this past weekend, Michael joined hundreds of people who gathered from both sides of the El Paso border to draw attention to the degrading social, economic and environmental conditions at the U.S./ Mexico border. Phone guest: Brendan O' Neill, Action for Community and Ecology in the Regions of Central America. ACERCA is a collective that organizes against environmental and human rights abuses in the Central American region. Phone Guest: Luz Ruiz, Chiapas Independent Media Center Phone Guest: Michael Guerrero, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice. He joined hundreds of people who gathered from both sides of the El Paso border to draw attention to the degrading social, economic and environmental conditions at the U.S./ Mexico border. Links: Action for Community and Ecology in the Regions of Central America: Latin American Solidarity Coalition: Chiapas Indymedia: 9:35-9:40:Phone Guest: John Ross, author of The War Against Oblivion: The Zapatista Chronicles The mayor of Mexico City announced Friday that Giuliani Associates, the former mayor of New York s consulting firm, had been contracted to help the largest city on earth implement a zero tolerance for crime policy. The consulting fee has not been disclosed but Giuliani Associates would work closely for one year with the police department to implement Compstat, a computer modeling system which combines electronic maps with police records and can monitor down to the number of people washing car windows at every street corner. 9:40-9:41 Live in-studio performance by Juan Avila and Barry Lynn Stemley 9:41-9:58: In the United States large demonstrations were held on Indigenous People s Day in New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio and demonstrations led by representatives of the American Indian Movement took place in Washington DC and in Denver, Colorado. On Friday night Cherokee scholar and activist Ward Churchill spoke in Denver. He is a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado and a leader of the Colorado Chapter of the American Indian Movement. He is also the author of many books including "The COINTELPRO Papers," "Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret War Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement " and "From A Native Son." Tape: Ward Churchill, Cherokee scholar and activist Links: 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits

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October 14, 2002
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October 14, 2002
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59 min.
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