Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – October 13, 2005


Liberia’s First Election Since the Civil War: High Turnout and High Hopes

Liberia holds its first elections since the end of the 14-year civil war two years ago, drawing 1.3 million voters. The first official results show former soccer player George Weah and former World Bank economist Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as the leading figures in the race. We speak with Liberian Emira Woods, of the Institute for Policy Studies, about voters’ hopes for the country’s future and challenges stemming from the past.


Top Al-Jazeera Reporter Yousri Fouda On the Media and His Interviews with Al Qaeda Leaders

Investigative reporter Yousri Fouda from Al-Jazeera, the Arabic satellite television station, talks about his interviews with the al Qaeda members behind 9/11 and the danger al-Jazeera correspondents risk in light of the U.S. bombings of networks stations, the killing of correspondents, and the jailing of al-Jazeera reporters. Fouda speaks about the international attitude towards the network as it grows.


Democrats Chant “Shame” in Congress After Bills Pass Benefiting Big Businesses

In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, legislation in the Senate and House has been criticized as beneficial to corporations while sidelining the victims of the disaster. Recently, House Republican leaders pushed through a bill to make it easier for oil companies to build new domestic refineries.

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