Monday, November 5, 2007

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Pakistani Police raided the homes of opposition party leaders, lawyers were taken into custody, police confiscated the equipment of journalists covering the raid and ordered them to leave the premises, and all independent television news stations remained off the air for a second straight day on Sunday after Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution.

Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulating Authority has banned the media from making any reports "that defame or bring into ridicule" President Pervez Musharraf, his administration or the military. If you are an editor and you violate this order you can spend a year in jail or get fined $83,000.

The US is disappointed at Musharraf’s decision of emergency rule and urges him to keep to his word of holding free elections next year and step down as chief of army staff.

Pakistani PM Shaukat Aziz is saying that Pakistani leadership is still committed to democracy and elections but there might be a bit of a time difference as to when they could take place.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto feels that this move by Musharraf is going to help extremists and lead to confrontations between the regime and the people.

Yesterday, Condi Rice said that the US would have to review the billions of dollars of aid that they give to Pakistan due to Masharraf’s declaration of a state of emergency and the suspension of the constitution. Pakistan is scheduled to receive about $800 million in economic and military assistance.

The WH sent out a “White House Iraq Update” but edited out portions of what was originally reported.

Here is Bill Moyers Journal from this past Friday about the real-world consequences of media policy through the lens of how it affects minority media ownership in America.

The impeachment of Dick Cheney for High Crimes and Misdemeanors will be brought to the House floor by Dennis Kucinich as a privilege vote tomorrow.

Another cave-in: Schumer and Feinstein back Mukasey.

John Bellinger, who is the top legal adviser within the US state department, refused to rule out waterboarding as a torture technique even if that meant it would be used by foreign intelligence services on US citizens.

Us officials continue to say that there is no evidence that Iran is working on a nuclear program, despite Bush’s talk of WWIII.

In a recent Washington Post / ABC poll, there does not seem to be a clear, runaway GOP leader in the race for President.

Reruns and Reality Shows! Film and TV writers from the east and west coasts went on strike last night.

These stories, your calls and much more on today’s Randi Rhodes Show

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