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Paltalk News - The Health Reform Bill
Paltalk News - The Health Reform Bill 2010/03/18, 01:57
Paltalk News - The Health Reform Bill
Paltalk News - The Health Reform Bill
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) today both dropped their opposition to the health reform bill that the White House and the Democratic congressional leadership so desperately want to pass in the next several days.<br><br>Joining us to talk about the legislation and the need for real health reform was Dr. Michael Pryce, a practicing physician and an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio.
Paltalk News - Status Of Women Around The World, Obama Pitches Health Care & Mexican Hit Squad Attacks Americans
Paltalk News - Status Of Women Around The World, Obama Pitches Health Care & Mexican Hit Squad Attacks Americans 2010/03/16, 01:13
Paltalk News - Status Of Women Around The World, Obama Pitches Health Care & Mexican Hit Squad Attacks Americans
Paltalk News - Status Of Women Around The World, Obama Pitches Health Care & Mexican Hit Squad Attacks Americans
The 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women has just been completed at the United Nations.<br><br>The commission met to review implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. While more women may be in power than ever before - internationally - gender inequality creates a serious gap. Hundreds of millions of women and girls in developing nations have fewer employment opportunities and lag behind their male counterparts in human rights and even in medical care.<br><br>Joining us on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network to talk about the efforts to close the gender was Judith Van Unen of JERA International. JERA, Justice Equality Rights Access International, works for gender equality in the workplace.<br><br><br>Talk Radio News Service White House correspondent Victoria Jones also reported on President Obama's trip to Strongsville, Ohio to push for passage of a health care bill.<br><br>And we discussed the killings in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico of a pregnant American employee of the U.S. consulate, her husband and the husband of a Mexican State Department employee.
Paltalk News - Obamacare
Paltalk News - Obamacare 2010/03/12, 01:14
Paltalk News - Obamacare
Paltalk News - Obamacare
The White House announced today that President Obama is postponing his scheduled Asian trip to be close to the action as the legislation on health reform heads down the final stretch in Congress. But does Obamacare stand a chance?<br><br>That was the question posed during today's News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network - including a live report from the White House from Talk Radio News Service correspondent Victoria
Paltalk News - The Iraq Elections
Paltalk News - The Iraq Elections 2010/03/12, 01:14
Paltalk News - The Iraq Elections
Paltalk News - The Iraq Elections
Iraqi voters refused to be intimidated despite insurgent attacks designed to keep them away from polling places this past weekend. At least 36 people were killed. Ten million voters showed up at 10,000 polling places to vote for over 6,000 candidates in Iraq’s general election, a 62 percent turnout according to the BBC. For comparison, voter turnout in the U.S. for the 2008 presidential election was 56.8 percent.<br><br>Anbar, a mainly Sunni province had a 61 percent voter turnout, significant because there were fears that Sunnis might not show up to vote due to previous feelings of hostility.<br><br>Many Sunnis reportedly cast their ballots for former secular (and Shiite) interim Iraqi leader Ayad Allawi's faction. Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s State of Law Coalition is expected to win most of the seats but it is unlikely that one party will form a government alone.<br><br>The final results are not expected until the end of March.<br><br>Does this indicate that Iraq is embracing Democracy? And once Iraq establishes a democratic government, will it then pressure the United States to keep troops there longer, or to withdraw more quickly?<br><br>Carl Conetta, co-director of the Project on Defense Alternatives and author of Should We Stay or Should We Go? The U.S. Debate on Exiting Iraq answered these and other questions as our guest on today's News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network.
Paltalk News - The state of journalism in this troubled economy
Paltalk News - The state of journalism in this troubled economy 2010/03/11, 07:52
Paltalk News - The state of journalism in this troubled economy
Paltalk News - The state of journalism in this troubled economy
Eric Williams, an award winning reporter from New York, now based in Australia, will discuss the state of journalism in this troubled economy on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network at 5 PM New York time Wednesday March 10.<br><br>News organizations were already under criticism for abrogating their responsibilities before the economy declined. Now, with fewer resources, their ability to properly investigate the stories they bring to us is hampered further. The public suffers.<br><br>There are attempts on the Internet to fill the void left by a declining mainstream news media. But how does one determine which of these voices represent credibility?<br><br>Williams, formerly of Pacifica Radio’s WBAI-FM Evening News in New York City is currently based in Australia from which he covers the Pacific-Asian region for the Paltalk News Network. He previously extensively covered the United Nations.
Paltalk News - 3,000+ Days Of The War In Afghanistan Topic On Paltalk
Paltalk News - 3,000+ Days Of The War In Afghanistan Topic On Paltalk 2010/03/10, 01:14
Paltalk News - 3,000+ Days Of The War In Afghanistan Topic On Paltalk
Paltalk News - 3,000+ Days Of The War In Afghanistan Topic On Paltalk
According to the Defense Department, more than 1,000 U.S. soliders have died in Afghanistan - nearly 44-hundred more in Iraq over the past eight years. The number of civilian deaths may never really be known.<br><br>The United States has a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq. President Obama wants to begin sending troops home from Afghanistan within the year. But at the same time he's sending more troops in. And after 3,000 plus days in Afghanistan, many people are questioning the objectives of the war.<br><br>Joining us on Tuesday March 9 at 5 PM New York time on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network to discuss the future of Afghanistan will be Masha Hamilton.<br><br>Hamilton worked as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press for five years in the Middle East, where she covered the Intifada, the peace process and the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. Then she spent five years in Moscow, where she was a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a newspaper column, &ldquo;Postcard from Moscow,” and reported for NBC/Mutual Radio. She wrote about Kremlin politics as well as life for average Russians under Gorbachev and Yeltsin during the coup and collapse of the Soviet Union.<br><br>Hamilton traveled to Afghanistan in the spring of 2004 to report on the changing situation for women in prison, child brides, war widows and others. In 2006, she traveled in Kenya to research The Camel Bookmobile and interview drought and famine victims in the isolated northeast near the border with Somalia.
Paltalk News - Jesse Ventura
Paltalk News - Jesse Ventura 2010/03/09, 01:22
Paltalk News - Jesse Ventura
Paltalk News - Jesse Ventura
Former wrestling champion and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was the guest on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network today..<br><br>Ventura talked about conspiracies that have abounded in U.S. history - from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, to that of JFK and - he believes - the attacks of September 11, 2001.<br><br>Ventura has authored a new book, appropriately entitled American Conspiracies, in which he argues, in documented detail, that government conspiracies have and continue to occur.
Paltalk News - The Cell-phone Phenomenon
Paltalk News - The Cell-phone Phenomenon 2010/03/06, 01:16
Paltalk News - The Cell-phone Phenomenon
Paltalk News - The Cell-phone Phenomenon
It wasn't too long ago that, if we wanted to phone somebody, we had to use a land-line phone from a residence, or workplace, or phone booth. Only. And.........we just called the apparatus a "telephone", not a "land-line phone". Nowadays, folks can always keep in touch....anytime and anywhere. Now....with the great invention of the "cell phone". Ohh...the convenience of modern technology. But I wonder if the cell phone is a blessing or a curse. ???<br>The cell phone is a great invention, but when the people who are using them are rude or careless........it's not so great.
Paltalk News - Security Council Split On Iran
Paltalk News - Security Council Split On Iran 2010/03/05, 01:40
Paltalk News - Security Council Split On Iran
Paltalk News - Security Council Split On Iran
In the end, it could be the failure of the UN Security Council to reach agreement on Iran that leads to war.<br><br>The United States is pushing for passage of a draft resolution that would increase sanctions on Iran - directed primarily at the leadership of the Revolutionary Guard. Over fears that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.<br><br>France is in agreement that something should be done. So is the UK. But China and Russia are arguing for more time for negotiations. More time that gives Iran the opportunity to forge ahead with its nuclear program.<br><br>The failure of the permanent five members of the Security Council to be of one mind sends a dangerous message to Iran. That message is: don't worry. No one is going to try to force anything on you.<br><br>It's like parents giving mixed messages to their children. It doesn't work.<br><br>Here's the real danger in all this.<br><br>There are those in the Middle East, and not just Israel, who are very nervous about the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran. If the Security Council members themselves can't agree, and if Israel in particular becomes convinced that Iran is proceeding with making a nuclear weapons, expect a preemptive strike.<br><br>Of course, if that happens, the UN will suddenly wake up and condemn Israel. But if that happens, the resolutions of condemnation should really be directed at the Security Council.<br><br>Perhaps talking is the best course of action. Perhaps additional sanctions should be imposed. Or maybe a combination of the two. But one thing's clear. If the world wants to get any kind of verifiable compliance out of Iran, the Security Council has to get its act together first.
Paltalk News - The Debt Diva
Paltalk News - The Debt Diva 2010/03/04, 01:12
Paltalk News - The Debt Diva
Paltalk News - The Debt Diva
New credit card rules, designed to keep the card companies from charging excessive interest raters and from harassing and pressuring customers, are now in effect in the United States. But there are still major loopholes.<br><br>Clarky Davis, the Debt Diva, was my guest on today's News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network with advise on how to avoid the pitfalls and how to get out of debt.