June 23, 2004

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The Bush Administration has suffered a diplomatic defeat in its efforts to shield U.S. servicemen and others from the reach of the International Criminal Court. Susan Wood reports from the United Nations.

Today, the Congressional Black Caucus called on the U.S. government to do more to stop the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Allison Koler reports from D.C.

10 Palestinian groups are objecting to the latest proposal that would place Egypt and Jordan security forces in Palestine.  Laila al-Haddad reports from Gaza.

Broad racial disparities in state and federal criminal justice systems are highlighted in a report by the American Bar Association Justice Kennedy Commission.  Jenny Johnson has the story from D.C.

The Greens opened their convention today in Milwaukee to decide who will be the party’s nominee for President.  From the Worker’s Independent News Service, Sarah Turner reports.


Documents Intended to Distance Bush from Torture Scandal Beg More Questions (4:04)
Last night the Pentagon and the White House released several hundred pages of internal documents concerning interrogation procedures of detainees. The White House claims the documents prove that President Bush never approved torture. However, critics say the unveiled documents raise more questions than they answer. Mitch Jeserich reports.

EPA Understates Toxic Emissions (4:04)
A report released yesterday by the DC-based Environmental Intergrity Project and the Galveston-Houston Association for Smog prevention reveals the nation’s database for toxic pollution is severely underestimating emissions from chemical plants and refineries across the country.  From KPFT in Houston, Erika McDonald reports that actual emissions were found to be four to five times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory or TRI listings.

Nuclear Talks in Beijing (4:05)
The nuclear crises opened in October 2002, when North Korea quit the Non proliferation treaty and expelled international inspectors, still has to find its solution. The six-party talks, initiated by the Chinese government and involving China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Russia, opened their third session in Beijing today. Severine Bardon reports from Beijing.

Mistrial in Murder of Transgendered Teen (3:51)
The murder trail of three 24-year-old California men accused of killing transgender teenager Gwen Araujo ended in a mistrial after the judge described the jury as hopelessly deadlocked. Gay and transgendered activists across the nation followed the case, which was prosecuted as a hate crime. Prosecutors say two of the defendants had sex with Araujo and plotted to murder the teen after they learned that Araujo was biologically male. The defendants, Jason Cazares, Michael Magidson and Jose Merel were facing 25 years to life if convicted. Brian Garcia has more

Sickle Cell Anemia in India (4:19)
The world is coming to terms with new diseases like SARS. But very few know that there are more alarming and fatal diseases facing the world’s indigenous people. Some say more alarming than AIDS — since it is genetically inherited – sickle cell anemia. FSRN Correspondent Binu Alex visits central and western Indian regions where the autochthonous people of India are affected.

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