The Daily Beat

Premiere DateFeb 18, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:47 Top Story
01:45 Black Lips Mr. Driver
04:24 World News
05:42 PROMO
05:57 In Other News
08:18 Gardens and Villa Cruise Ship
11:22 Finish

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The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.

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According to the AP, New York City spent at least $20 million over the course of the school bus strike.
Colleen Long writes:

The city spent roughly $20.6 million in transit cards, taxis and gas mileage to get tens of thousands of stranded students to school during the monthlong bus strike, but some still didn’t get there at all, schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said today.


According to the AP, Anglo American Platinum says nine South African miners were injured today when its guards opened fire with rubber bullets to stop a fight between rival unions.

Turning to Cameroon, Human Rights Watch recently launched a campaign urging the government of Cameroon to immediately take action against a series of death threats made over the last four months to two lawyers who represent clients accused of homosexual conduct.


Phoebe Greenwood of The Guardian reports:

An Israeli soldier has sparked outrage by posting a photograph appearing to show the back of a Palestinian boy’s head in the crosshairs of his sniper rifle on a social networking site.

Also, Pat Garofalo of Think Progress recently dug up an old New York Time’s article by David Leonhardt regarding Carnival Cruise Line’s tax records.

David Leonhardt writes:

Over the last five years, [Carnival] has paid total corporate taxes — federal, state, local and foreign — equal to only 1.1 percent of its cumulative $11.3 billion in profits. Thanks to an obscure loophole in the tax code, Carnival can legally avoid most taxes.

And finally, The Raw Story reports the use of hidden microphones to eavesdrop on lawyers’ meetings with clients during the Guantanamo trials.

Chris McGreal of the The Guardian writes:

The battered credibility of the Guantanamo trials has been further dented by revelations of hidden microphones, intelligence service interference with court proceedings and protests from lawyers who say the US military is preventing a proper defence of the alleged organisers of the 9/11 attacks.

The increasingly chaotic pre-trial hearings for the alleged mastermind of the attacks on the World Trade Center and four co-accused have slowed progress toward the full trial, to the point where it will now not start until at least 2014. But the latest developments also further undermine confidence in a military court whose legitimacy has long been questioned.