Newscast for Tuesday, September 13, 2011
- Year: 2011
- Length: 29:06 minutes (26.65 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
President Obama is in Ohio today, promoting his plan to create jobs and boost the economy. But some say the proposal doesn’t go far enough, especially in light of new Census data showing an increasing number of Americans falling into poverty. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, which presented its own jobs proposal, says theirs will put more people back to work. From Washington, FSRN’s Matt Laslo reports.
Forty years ago today, state troopers and police launched tear gas and opened fire on prisoners at the Attica State Prison in upstate New York. The prisoners had taken control of the facility on September 9, demanding basic reforms such as adequate food, shelter and medical attention. Four days later, the assault began. After the smoke cleared, New York law enforcement had killed 29 inmates and 10 hostages. Inmates had killed one guard - bringing the death toll to 40.
For more on what happened four decades ago and the legacy for today, we speak to Teresa Miller. She’s a law professor at the University of Buffalo and lead organizer for a conference taking place today on campus in New York.
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, local police departments across the country started working with the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies. Joint terrorism task forces started to multiply as a way to gather more intelligence on communities. In many areas, including California, civil rights groups continue to oppose these surveillance methods, saying law-abiding citizens are being profiled and monitored. FSRN'S George Lavender reports.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Cabinet has approved a plan that would relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens from their homes. The move has raised the ire of Bedouin communities throughout Israel, who say that it infringes on their basic rights. FSRN’s Jillian Kestler-D’Amours has more from Jerusalem.
The problem of human trafficking is growing and in Thailand, one of the centers of trafficking in the Southeast Asia region, government efforts to combat the problem are failing. That’s according to The United Nations special rapporteur on human trafficking after an official visit to the country. FSRN’s Ron Corben reports.