September 12, 2005

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Headlines (6:44)
For the first time in 38 years, the last Israeli soldiers left the Gaza Strip earlier this morning. And Palestinians got their first glimpses of what lay inside the fortified territory. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza.

Hard-line Protestants in Norther Ireland blocked the streets during this evening’s rush hour – increasing the possibility that a third day of riots could erupt between the protestors and Irish police and British troops. During the last two days of riots, bullets and rocks injured 50 police. Police and government officials blame The Ulster Defense Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force for leading in the riots.

Peter Hain, Britain’s Northern Ireland secretary, had this to say in an interview with Sky news:


The riots began when Norther Ireland outlawed a parade by the Orangemen near a hard line Catholic area of West Belfast

One day after he won overwhelmingly, the special parliamentary elections, Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi said he will move forward on his plans to privatize the postal system, the major aspect to revamping his economic policy. His Liberal Democratic Party won a majority of the 480 Parliament seats, the first time in 15 years, which solidifies his popularity with voters and should give him the votes to overhaul Japan Post, which holds 3 trillion dollars in assets.

A passenger plain was taken hostage in Bogota, Columbia, carrying 24 passengers. Chip Mitchell has more on this developing story.

The UN will begin it’s 3 day world summit to advance its world agenda on poverty reduction, security, and terrorism this week, but the meeting is in danger of falling apart. Haider Rizvi has more from the UN.

Violence against human rights workers continues to increase in Guatemala. Jill Replogle reports from Guatemala

Around 300 Aceh Monitoring Mission today arrive in Aceh and begin observing the decommissioning of rebel weapons and the withdrawal of government troops. The mission members consist of civilians and Thailand troops. While GAM members today march to Aceh Capital Banda Aceh to celebrate ceasefire. From Jakarta Meggy Margiyono reports the development of Aceh peace process.

Roberts Hearing, Inside (3:44)
Supreme Court nominee John Roberts appeared before the Senate Judiciary committee today, accompanied by his wife and their two young children. with opening statements, the 18 senators on the committee staked out their positions on Roberts’ nomination in the role of judges in contemporary US society. Darby HIckey reports from Capitol Hill

Roberts Hearing, Outside (2:11)
Meanwhile, protestors from both side of the political spectrum gathered outside the hearing. Correspondent Ryme Kakhouda reports:

Katrina Evacuees Blast FEMA (3:24)
Nearly 150 people crowded into north Houston church this weekend for a town hall meeting which discussed the continuing unmet needs of Katrina survivors. Roughly half of the attendees were the evacuees themselves. Syria Boyd reports from Houston.

9-11 Four Years Later
This weekend marked the 4 year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. today we hear from commemorations in the Untied States, as well as from Jordan, where Arab reflected on how those events forever changed their lives. In Oregon, various communities joined the second annual global Portland festival on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary. The event was held to bring the cities diverse communities under one banner, “Hope Begins when fear ends.” with world music, dance, workshops, and forums. FSRN’s Miae Kim reports. (1:24)

In commemoration of the September 11th attacks on the US, the new haven peace community staged a dramatic reading last night in a local theater based on the blood “What I heard about Iraq.” Melinda Tuhus reports. (1:46)

The Arab world remembered the attacks on 9-11 with sadness, anger, and self-accountability. As Oula Farawati reports from Jordon, many Arabs feel the attacks have changed the Arab world forever. (2:37)

Herndon Day Labor Center Opposed (3:50)
As farm towns-turned-suburbs grapple with demographic changes, day laborers, many of whom are Latin American immigrants have become beacons of controversy. The DC metropolitan area includes some areas in which day laborers have been arrested and deported, while local government in other areas have cooperated with the laborers to build supportive worker centers. Fueled by the area’s construction boom, the presence of day laborers in Herndon, VA led the town council to vote 5-2 last month to approve a new center to get workers off the street. Now, conservative watch dog groups has sued the city for allegedly supporting undocumented immigration. FSRN’s Kristy Li Puma Herrera and Darby Hickey report.

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