Archive - Mar 2013
29:08 minutes (26.68 MB)
- Global arms treaty blocked at UN by Syria, Iran, North Korea
- EPA’s plan for cleaner fuels draws fierce lobbying from oil, gas industry
- Georgia passes immigration bill that could restrict access to driver's licenses, marriage documents
- Same-sex couples, activists call for full equality during historic week in Washington, DC
5:30 minutes (5.04 MB)
- Military maneuvers provoke tension in Korean Peninsula
- Suicide bombing kills at least seven in Pakistan
- Deadly car bomb attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk
- Good Friday liturgy calls for an end to deportations dividing families
- Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay continue hunger strike
- EPA finds poor conditions for aquatic life in more than half US rivers and streams
5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)
Despite overwhelming support for the historic UN Arms Trade Treaty, Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked the measure, preventing consensus among the 193 member states. The treaty is meant to regulate the global trade of conventional arms and while the final draft did prompt some objections, most countries were willing to vote for it. Proponents of the treaty still hope it will be passed by a two-thirds majority in the UN General Assembly. FSRN's Salim Rizvi reports from the United Nations.
4:36 minutes (4.21 MB)
The US Environmental Protection Agency released a plan today to cut down on sulfur and nitrogen oxides in gasoline, which it calculates will significantly reduce air pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, and make new cars and trucks sold in the country more efficient. But oil and gas corporations are mobilizing a lobbying blitz to delay or kill this and other environmental regulations. In Washington, D.C., FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.
6:09 minutes (5.64 MB)
State lawmakers in Georgia passed a bill Thursday that will modify certain aspects of a controversial law on immigration, called HB 87, that drew criticism and court challenges after it was signed into law in 2011. Georgia’s House and Senate both voted to approve Senate Bill 160. Representative Dustin Hightower, who sponsored the bill in the House, said it aims to respond to state agencies that said that the two-year old law made it difficult to process public benefits, including professional licenses, to immigrants.
4:35 minutes (4.19 MB)
This week was a historic one in the movement for LGBTQ rights. The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative that banned same-sex couples from getting married. Wednesday the Justices were presented with cases for and against the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages that are legal in nine states and the District of Columbia.
29:10 minutes (26.71 MB)
- Gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi defends himself in a Washington DC court
- Chicago teachers and parents protest Mayor Emanuel's plans to close dozens of schools
- At World Social Forum in Tunisia, local activists call for gender equality, internet freedom and greater representation in politics
- Undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows to protest US deportation and detention policies