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Democracy Now! (6 am) – February 16, 2005

Robert Fisk on the Beirut Bombing, U.S.-Syrian Relations and the Iraqi Elections

Longtime foreign correspondent Robert Fisk joins us from his home in Beirut. He is the author of "Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon." He arrived at the scene of the assassination of former Prime Minister on Monday just moments after the explosion and describes what happened.

McLibel: British Activists Sued for Distributing McDonald’s Flyers Win Court Case

Two activists sued by McDonalds in Britain won their case against the British government, in a case that could change UK libel law forever. The European Court of Human Rights said the UK legal system breached the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression. Activists David Morris and Helen Steel were sued by McDonalds in 1990 for handing out leaflets called "What"s Wrong with McDonald’s", accusing the company of paying low wages, cruelty to animals used in its products and dozens of other malpractices.

McDonald’s To Pay $8.5 Million For Misleading Public About Use of Trans Fat

McDonalds has settled a lawsuit over its use of trans fats, a dangerously unhealthy oil. The hamburger chain must pay $8.5 million for advertising claims that it cut trans fat from its French fries. The company announced the switch to healthier oil in September 2002, but five months later said there was a delay.

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