Archive - Apr 2013
29:07 minutes (26.66 MB)
- Government transparency at stake after Supreme Court opinion, anti-corruption advocates say
- Conscientious objector, Kimberly Rivera, sentenced to military prison after service in Iraq
- Workers at Fukushima nuclear plant struggle to contain rush of contaminated water
- Media workers in Mexico assess one-year-old law aimed at protecting journalists, human rights workers from violence
6:01 minutes (5.51 MB)
- President Obama still want to close Guantanamo Bay
- Syria: explosions in central Damascus continue; more claims of chemical weapons
- Israeli drone kills Palestinian man; Israeli settler stabbed to death in West Bank
- Guatemalan genocide trial back in session; new counsel appointed for defendants
- Four-year-old child raped in India dies
5:24 minutes (4.95 MB)
A unanimous US Supreme Court opinion this week could have major implications for government transparency. The decision upholds Virginia’s right to deny Freedom of Information Act requests from non-state citizens. As news reports surface of an FBI investigation into Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s gifts from wealthy donors, open government advocates say this court decision could impede the public’s ability to access important information and keep tabs on government corruption. In Washington, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.
3:39 minutes (3.34 MB)
War resister Kimberly Rivera pleaded guilty to desertion this week. She was sentenced to 14 months in military prison, though under a pretrial agreement that was reduced to 10. After serving as a Private First Class in Iraq for a year, Rivera sought asylum in Canada in 2007 when faced with a second tour of duty. She was denied refugee status but won a stay of removal that enabled her to remain in Canada until last September, when a Canadian Federal Court judge ordered her deportation. Rivera was arrested three days later upon re-entering the United States.
6:31 minutes (5.96 MB)
At the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, workers are struggling to contain a rush of highly radioactive wastewater. It’s flowing at the rate of 75 gallons per minute, according to the New York Times. Officials with the Tokyo Electric Power Company say they are considering clearing a nearby forest site in order to make more room for storage tanks. It’s the latest in a series of ongoing issues at the site. Earlier this month operators had to shut down the cooling of a spent fuel pool after rodents damaged an electrical line.
Media workers in Mexico assess one-year-old law aimed at protecting journalists, human rights workers from violenceTue, 04/30/2013 - 09:13
4:50 minutes (4.43 MB)
In Mexico, lawmakers recently passed a measure to allow federal authorities to investigate and prosecute cases of murdered journalists, taking it out of the hands of state authorities, who are historically more corrupt. The bill, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, will implement a constitutional amendment passed in 2012. This comes as journalists have stepped up nationwide demonstrations to protest ongoing attacks against media workers as the country marks the one-year anniversary of a law intended to protect both journalists and human rights defenders.
28:58 minutes (26.52 MB)
- California family, immigration advocates rally to stop deportation of Jagmohan Singh, father of three
- Supreme Court dismisses case on right to speedy trial for defendant
- Plunge in funding for pre-Kindergarten education could affect low-income children, special needs students
- Ohio students, community protest for teacher fired after disclosing sexual orientation
- Hundreds still missing in Bangladesh building collapse as calls rise for accountability in garment industry