Democracy Now! June 10 , 2002

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Democracy Now! June 10 , 2002
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Date: June 10, 2002 9:00-9:01 Billboard: Tribal leaders pour into Kabul to begin the loya jirga process that will determine Afghanistan?:<-110>s future?:<-123> Then, marking 35 years of occupation: Israeli troops surround Yasser Arafat?:<-110>s compound as President Bush meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon And, as the Venezuelan media sows rumors of another coup, a conversation with investigative reporter Greg Palast. All that and more coming up. 9:01-9:06 Headlines: 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break MUSIC: NO JUSTICE; NO PEACE - One World Tribe Unity and Diversity (814/451-love)20: NOT IN MY NAME - Saul Williams (EXCLUSIVE TO DN!) 40: BUSH IT - Daryl Cherney and the Chernobles Bush it! - send George Bush a Pretzal. ( End: THE INTERNATIONALE - Ani DiFranco & Utah Phillips 9:07-9:20 MARKING 35 YEARS OF OCCUPATION: ISRAELI TROOPS SURROUND ARAFAT?:<-110>S COMPOUND AS PRESIDENT BUSH MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON TO DISCUSS A NEW PEACE PLAN Israeli tanks, armor, and troops moved into Ramallah before dawn today, surrounding Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound and arresting more than 20 men. The Israelis placed the whole city under curfew, conducting house-to-house searches. Loudspeakers issued warnings that anyone leaving their homes would be shot. The latest Israeli incursion came just hours before Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was to meet President Bush at the White House. But Sharon has already rejected the peace plan drawn up this weekend by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and President Bush. The plan calls for Israel to withdraw to the borders it held before the 1967 Middle East War. Today?:<-110>s military action came a day after Arafat juggled his cabinet, cutting the ministries of the Palestinian Authority by a third. Arafat appointed a new interior minister and chose a former World Bank official to oversee the authority's murky finances. Palestinian police arrested a senior Islamic Jihad leader in the Gaza Strip today. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing last Wednesday that killed 17 Israelis. But this weekend, peace activists marked the 35th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza with peace rallies across Israel. Guest: Adam Keller, Israeli peace activist, and spokesperson for Gush-Shalom. Contact: Guest: Robert Fisk, reporter for the Independent of London, speaking from Beirut 9:20-9:21 One Minute Music Break 9:21-9:30 20 MARKING 35 YEARS OF OCCUPATION, cont 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:31-9:58 AS THE VENEZUELAN MEDIA SOWS RUMORS OF ANOTHER COUP, A CONVERSATION WITH INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GREG PALAST The Venezuelan media is once again sowing rumors of a coup to overthrow President Hugo Chavez. The latest rumor was sparked last week, when local television broadcast a video of ten masked men in combat fatigues claiming to be officers opposed to Chavez's rule. The men praised the failed April 12th coup and warned of civil war and violence against Chavez supporters. President Chavez responded to the tape this weekend by calling for unity within the military and accusing the media of trying to provoke an uprising. The media is owned by the same business forces that briefly ousted Chavez in April, and many believe it played an instrumental role in the coup. The television stations broadcast regular anti-Chavez propaganda in the days leading up to the coup, encouraging Venezuelans to head into the streets to protest. But they never once reported the massive pro-Chavez demonstrations that sprang up throughout the country. The day Chavez was restored to power, not a single paper printed news of his return. But the media fabrications were not limited to Venezuela; the bias seeped across national boundaries, and up into the US as well. The State Department issued a press statement commending the coup within hours of Chavez's ouster. And The New York Times printed an editorial endorsing the coup shortly thereafter. The editorial rejoiced: "Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator...[because] the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader." Guest: Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and an investigative reporter who writes for the BBC, the British Guardian and the British Observer. IN STUDIO ontact: 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits

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June 10, 2002
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June 10 , 2002
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59 min.
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