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Democracy Now! (6 am) – August 2, 2005

Dozens Die in Khartoum Riots Following Death of Sudanese VP Garang

Sudan’s Vice President and former leader for the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement, John Garang de Mabior, died Saturday in a helicopter crash, sparking riots between southerners and northerners in the capital. We speak with Reuters correspondent for Sudan Opheera McDoom, who reports on the death toll and ongoing clashes in Khartoum and whether the recent peace agreement negotiated by Garang is doomed to unravel.

Death in the House of Saud: King Fahd 1921-2005

The death of Saudi Arabia’s ruler King Fahd and the recent appointment of Prince Turki as the new Saudi ambassador to the United States highlight long-standing connections to the bin Ladens and the Bush dynasty. We speak with As’ad AbuKhalil of the Angry Arab News Service.

"John Bolton is to Diplomacy as Jack the Ripper was to Surgery"

After a five month deadlock, President Bush used his Presidential powers to appoint John Bolton as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the first business day of the Congressional recess. Opponents charged Bolton with trying to manipulate intelligence and intimidate intelligence analysts to support his hawkish views as the top State Department diplomat for arms control. We speak with Ian Williams, U.N. correspondent for the Nation Magazine, about the future of the United Nations with Bolton at the helm of the U.S. mission.

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