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As international leaders address Syria, Iran at UN’s General Assembly, advocates call for protections for domestic workers

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:58

4:25 minutes (4.05 MB)

The international group at the Hague that oversees the treaty banning chemical weapons said today it could send inspectors to Syria as early as next week. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also considering a proposal from the US and Russia that calls for the completion of inspections and the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria by November. This comes after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council agreed Thursday on a draft resolution on Syria.

IPCC climate change report calls for “substantial” cuts to emissions, charts record warming

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:57

6:27 minutes (5.9 MB)

A major climate change report released today by UN scientists has found that human influence is the dominant cause of climate change and calls for “substantial and sustained reductions” in greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert serious consequences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report outlines alarming trends in warming oceans, increasing droughts and heat waves and rapid sea level rise. For more, we’re joined by Meena Raman, the climate change negotiations expert with the Third World Network.

Lawmakers seek to delay health care reform as government shut down looms

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:56

4:37 minutes (4.23 MB)

Today in Washington, the Senate narrowly passed a bill to keep the government funded through mid-December and restore funding to the Affordable Care Act that had been stripped out by the House earlier this week. Now, the House will either take up this bill or a competing one over the weekend. As the threat of a government shutdown looms next week, some lawmakers are still attempting to attach riders to the bills including deep cuts to government spending, the weakening of environmental protections and a one-year delay to the health care reform.

In Argentina, transgender people continue fight for rights more than a year after landmark bill

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:55

5:40 minutes (5.19 MB)

More than a year after Argentina passed a bill allowing transgender people to change their legal names and genders, many still experience obstacles to voting, health care and education. In Buenos Aires, Eilís O’Neill reports on the ongoing fight for these basic rights.

Senate bill would restrict NSA spying powers, open surveillance court to more oversight

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 14:58

4:26 minutes (4.06 MB)

In Washington today, the Senate Intelligence Committee questioned the leaders of the NSA and Office of National Intelligence about surveillance of US citizens and foreign nationals, conduct revealed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The hearing comes as a bipartisan coalition of US Senators introduces a bill to strip away some of the intelligence community’s powers to sweep up vast amounts of Americans’ data. On Capitol Hill, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.

California prisoners challenge solitary confinement in federal court

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 14:57

3:17 minutes (3 MB)

Lawyers representing a group of California prisoners are in an Oakland federal court today, in an attempt to win class action certification for a lawsuit challenging the state's use of solitary confinement. This comes just weeks after prisoners ended a two-month hunger strike protesting prison conditions. FSRN's Christina Aanestad reports.

Amid deadly sectarian attacks, Iraqis outline path of social justice, human rights at Baghdad forum

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 14:56

8:30 minutes (7.78 MB)

Today in Baghdad, local residents, youth, labor groups, women’s rights advocates and activists from across the region and the world gathered for the opening day of the first Iraqi Social Forum. The event is bringing people together at a difficult time for the country. Just today a series of bomb explosions hit public markets in and around Baghdad, killing more than two-dozen and wounding scores more. It’s the latest in a series of sectarian attacks that, according to the UN, has claimed some 4,000 lives in the past five months.

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