Sep 09 2013
Daily News Flash with Rose Aguilar on Afghanistan Drone Attack, Prisoner Hunger Strike, And AFL-CIO Convention
Uprising’s guest expert Rose Aguilar, op-ed writer for Al Jazeera English and host of Your Call on KALW in San Francisco, analyzes today’s news headlines:
The Afghan government is reporting that US drone strikes killed 16 civilians over the weekend, increasing tensions between the US and Afghan governments. The drone strike reportedly happened on Saturday in Kunar Province in Afghanistan. US and NATO officials are claiming the strike killed 10 so-called insurgents and that they were not aware of any civilians killed. Click here for a New York Times article about the story.
The historic prisoner hunger strike in California has been suspended after 2 months. What started out as at least 20,000 prisoners fasting for their rights, dwindled down to several dozen who risked starving themselves to death. The LA times reported a rate of about 10 prisoners a day requiring medical care from going hungry. Click here to read a PS Magazine article about the story.
The largest American labor federation, the AFL-CIO, began its annual convention here in Los Angeles yesterday. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka announced that it would collaborate more closely with non-union members in an effort to revive labor’s lagging political power. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) just a week ago voted to dis-affiliate itself with the AFL-CIO based on, among other things, the labor federation’s cow-towing to Democrats. Click here to read an Al Jazeera America article about the story.