News & Public Affairs05/31/05
Dr. Sidney Wolfe is Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group. He's also the author of the recent book- BEST PILLS, WORST PILLS. Wolfe says despite well-known safety problems, some pills such as Vioxx and Crestor have conitinued to be sold. The federal FDA, he says, is under tremendous pressure to continue to allow these prescription drugs to be sold; and a dangerous drug is only taken off the market only after many people have been injured or worse. In 2003 he says 100,000 people di...Be the first to comment
AfterDowningStreet- a coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups announced a campaign last Thursday to urge that the U.S. Congress launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. The campaign focuses on evidence that recently emerged in a British memo containing minutes of a secret July 2002 meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security officials.
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Most members of congress are currently in their home districts for a weeklong Memorial Day break. When they head back to Washington next week, there will only be 49 days remaining in the legislative session, and for President Bush, one of his most daunting tasks will be trying to convince congress that his plans to overhaul the nations social security system should be adopted. In the meantime, Grassroots groups here in Florida are using the congressional recess to lobby against Bush privati...Be the first to comment
On this Memorial Day five military veterans (all members of Veterans for Peace) joined WMNF's Rob Lorei to discuss their experiences, their thoughts about war and how veterans are treated once they return. Our guests: Deb Hedding is a Vietnam vet and a former Centcom public affairs officer; Bill Hines served in the Air Force from 1951-1971, is a Korean War veteran and former recruiter; Anita Stewart was in the military from 1981-1985 doing intelligence for SAC; Jesse Kerns is a Korean War vet...Be the first to comment
Mary discussed the history of Memorial Day and various issues of peace and war in words and music. Among others, words of Seymour Hersh, June Jordan and Molly Ivins. For music, see playlist for May 28th Women's Show.Be the first to comment
Katha Pollitt, columnist, The Nation. Katha Pollitt is well known for her sharp and provocative analyses of popular culture and politics. Her Ã¢â¬ÅSubject to DebateÃ¢â¬? column began in January 1994 and appears every other week in The Nation. Mary began talking with Katha about her latest column on the HPV vaccine Ã¢â¬â and they continued on to many other issues affecting women today. www.thenation.comBe the first to comment
Thursday was the one-year anniversary since President Bush signed the Central American free trade agreement, or CAFTA, BUT ITS STILL HASNT BEEN RATIFIED BY CONGRESS.. Grassroots groups around the country, and throughout the state of Florida have increased their efforts to oppose the trade agreement, and as congress goes on a Memorial Day break, the chances for the passage of CAFTA seem to be dwindling.
ACT-Morris Ã¢â¬Åthe growers are opposed to CAFTA, the big unions, the unions, ...Be the first to comment
When the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation was passed in November of 2002, the idea was to get so called Ã¢â¬Ësoft moneyÃ¢â¬? out of politicsÃ¢â¬âthe large financial donations by corporations and wealthy individuals. It was unclear how the legislation would work and how. A new report finds that McCain Feingold legislation has decreased the amount of money, which ends up in the hands of state political parties, which has translated to less advertisements on TV and rad...Be the first to comment
Every year here in the bay area and around the country the National Conference for Communities and Justice sponsors a fee program called "Anytown". It brings together about fifty teenagers from diverse backgrounds for a week at a local camp to discuss and work on issues of diversity, tolerance and co-operation. In this segment we were joined by Mike Trepper, the local director of education and community initiatives at NCCJ.Be the first to comment
Our guest was David L. Phillips.
In LOSING IRAQ: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco, Phillips, former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State, provides an insider's story on why plans for a peaceful transition to a democratic Iraq after Saddam Hussein went so far astray. Contrary to widespread criticisms, the problem was not a lack of planning by the Bush administration, which believed that U.S. troops would be welcomed with flowers and open arms as liberators. Instead, prob...Be the first to comment