Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – May 17, 2005

Is there another Hugo Chavez in Latin America? An Exclusive Interview with Ecuador’s New President

In a Democracy Now exclusive, investigative reporter Greg Palast reports from Ecuador where he interviews the country’s new president, Alfredo Palacio, and takes a look at whether he will join the popular leftist movements in Latin America or will continue the neoliberal program of his predecessor.

Natural Gas Issues Ignite Mass Antigovernment Protests in Bolivia

Tens of thousands of protesters in Bolivia marched on the capital La Paz after President Carlos Mesa’s attempt to push through a law giving large corporations and investors greater control of the country’s significant natural gas resources.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions

We play an interview with, John Perkins – author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" – who says he says he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then taking over their economies.

Investigative Journalist Recalls Leaving CBS After Encountering Fierce Resistance to Re-Air Expose on Nike Labor Practices

We play a speech by Roberta Baskin, the executive director of the Center for Public Integrity. For years, Baskin was an investigative journalist working for CBS. She eventually left after she encountered fierce resistance to re-air her story on Nike’s labor practices in Vietnam. And we hear response from a senior official of CBS’s owner Viacom.

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