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April 12 2010

Democracy Now! - 20100412 - "This Is How These Soldiers Were Trained to Act" - Veteran of Military Unit Involved in 2007 Baghdad Helicopter Shooting Says Incident Is Part of Much Larger Problem

We speak with a former member of Bravo Company 2-16, the military unit involved in the 2007 helicopter shooting of Iraqi civilians that killed twelve people, including two Reuters employees, as seen on the military video released by WikiLeaks. “The natural thing to do would be to instantly judge or criticize the soldiers in this video,” says Josh Stieber. “Not to justify what they did, but militarily speaking, they did exactly what they were trained to do…If we’re shocked by this video, we need to be asking questions of the larger system, because this is how these soldiers were trained to act.” [includes rush transcript]

November 24 2008

Democracy Now! | Noam Chomsky: "What Next? The Elections, the Economy, and the World"

... President-elect Obama and Vice-President elect Joe Biden are holding a press conference in Chicago today to formally announce their team of economic advisors and their plans to rebuild the faltering economy. But as Obama assembles his cabinet and prepares to take over the reins from President Bush, more questions are being raised about the kind of change he will bring to Washington and the world. Progressives who supported Obama"s candidacy and celebrated his historic victory are dismayed by his consideration of Clinton-era figures as his key advisors, many of whom championed financial deregulation and are hawkish on foreign policy.

September 06 2008

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