Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – April 7, 2005

Iraq’s New President Jalal Talabani: Ally of CIA, Iranian Intelligence and Saddam Hussein
Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani is named president of Iraq, becoming the first non-Arab president of an Arab country. Veteran Middle East journalist Dilip Hiro talks about Talabani’s ties to the CIA, Iranian intelligence and Saddam Hussein.

Washington’s Trojan Horse in the New Iraqi Government: Vice President Abdel Mahdi
Outgoing finance minister Adel Abdel Mahdi was named by the Iraqi parliament to be one of the country’s two vice presidents. We speak with author and activist Antonia Juhasz about Abdel Mahdi’s ties to neo-liberal institutions and his plans to privatize Iraq’s oil.

Washington’s Neocon in Baghdad? Zalmay Khalilzad Nominated as U.S. Ambassador

Zalmay Khalilzad, the current U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan prepares to head to Iraq. We look at his history from supporting the mujahadeen in the 1980s, his relationship to big oil and his role in the Project for the New American Century.

DeLay Under Scrutiny Again for Ethics Violations

Pressure mounts on House majority leader Tom DeLay to resign after several more scandals come to light. We’ll speak with Texas journalist Lou Dubose, author of "The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress."

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