Saturday, April 18, 2009

Talk Nation Radio headlines update Saturday April 18, 2009

News of interest to Talk Nation Radio listeners
From Dori


In his April 5th report about Israel's disclosure of an air strike in Sudan, Gideon Levvy of Haaretz raised questions of propaganda from Israel. The report indicated an Israeli drone had attacked an "aid" convoy from Iran headed for Gaza by way of Sudan. He writes: "This is how the propaganda machine intensifies the danger and enhances the achievement. Thus it brainwashes everyone about the Israel Defense Forces' great, never-ending feats."

US Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell was in Jerusalem where he, "strongly dismissed the arguments against establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel," according to Haaretz. The Israeli newspaper is also reporting that the Obama administration is, "preparing a Middle East peace process that will include simultaneous bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and between Israel and Syria."


The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Georgia has ruled against Troy Anthony Davis by a 2 to 1 decision in the matter of his gaining a new trial.

Judge Rosemary Barkett dissented, and according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution she said, “To execute Davis, in the face of a significant amount of proferred evidence that may establish his actual innocence, is unconscionable and unconstitutional.”

The defense will now decide on another appeal to the US Supreme Court. The defense and the Davis family will no doubt issue new directions for their long time supporters in getting Davis a new trial.

It may be time for US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., to bring his expertise on the application of the death penalty in America to the case of Troy Davis. Holder has objected to the way the death penalty has been applied.

Click here to listen to a Talk Nation interview with former Georgia prosecutor Spencer Lawton, who prosecuted Davis at his original trial. Our review of the case is here and a good overview of the drama surrounding the 11th Circuit case is here by Connecticut journalist David Morse.

Coming up on Talk Nation Radio and Pacifica's Sprouts
'Tea Partying with Fox Network and GOP bloggers

Interviews with reporter Thomas MacMillan of the New Haven Independent, Media Matters, and a feature on former Republican Congressman Rob Simmons of Connecticut. We look at Simmons candidacy for the US Senate, which FOX helped him launch, and his appearances at Connecticut 'Tea Parties". See more here at County Fair.

And Connecticut says good bye to former Speaker of the House Irving Stolberg, story by Christine Stuart in CTNEWSJUNKIE.COM.