Democracy Now! April 16, 2003

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Democracy Now! April 16, 2003
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The unexploded bombs of Baghdad: Christian Science Monitor reporter Scott Peterson reveals how cluster bombs are still killing Iraqis; When you add up the corruption, moral, and human costs (of war) they far out weigh the dollar costs, and the dollar costs are astronomical : former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney speaks out on the unseen costs of war.

8:00-8:01 Billboard 8:01-8:10 Headlines 8:10-8:11 One Minute Music Break 8:11-8:25: A two-inch-long black cylinder hangs on a white "stabilizer" ribbon from the branch of a lemon tree, a deadly fruit in a leafy Baghdad neighborhood. It's one of the unexploded cluster bombs fired by US forces last week that still litter several residential areas of the city. On this street alone, residents say the controversial bomblets have killed four men. About 100 unexploded cylinders lie under bushes and in the gutters of houses in the district of Al Khouarneq, according to US bomb disposal experts who were encasing them in plaster Tuesday or blowing them up. Those are the opening lines to a piece in today s Christian Science Monitor co-authored by Scott Peterson. The article is titled Baghdad s Unexploded Bombs. Scott joins us now from Baghdad * Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor reporter in Baghdad 8:20-8:21 One Minute Music Break 8:25-8:58: The London Observer reported this weekend that the US multinational corporation DynCorp has won a multi-million dollar contract to police Iraq. DynCorp began recruiting for a private police force last week. But the corporation faces accusations of human rights violations around the world. A British tribunal recently forced Dyncorp to pay compensation to an employee who blew the whistle on colleagues involved in a sex ring in Bosnia- where the company was policing. Ecudorians have filed a class action law suit against the company for spraying herbicides that killed legitimate crops, caused illness and killed children. Former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney spoke last week about DynCorp as well as the various costs of war at an event hosted by PeaceAction in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This speech was recorded by Guiseppe Quinn and Zoom Productions in Santa Fe, New Mexico * Rep. Cynthia McKinney, former Congressmember from Georgia 8:40-8:41 One Minute Music Break 8:41-8:58 McKinney cont d 8:58-8:59 Outro and Credits Abdel Kouddous, Angie Karran, Ana Nogueira and Elizabeth Press with help from Noah Reibel. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer.

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April 16, 2003
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April 16, 2003
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59 min.
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