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BILLBOARD: South Africa attempts to forge a
compromise over language on Israel and Palestine at
the UN World Racism Conference as fallout continues
over the US withdrawal from the conference. We
talk to Reverend Jesse Jackson and Actor and civil
rights activist Danny Glover; and a speech by South
African Bishop Desmond Tutu on religion, racism, and
reconciliation. All that and more on Democracy Now in
exile.

9:01-9:06 HEADLINES

BIG ROCKS THROWN AT CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS IN BELFAST,
IRELAND RECALL LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

Protestants mounted a noisy protest today as scores of
Catholic girls walked a gauntlet of hatred for a
fourth day to enter a Belfast school. Hundreds of
Protestants, separated from the children by a tight
cordon of police in full riot gear, blew whistles and
horns and turned their backs to make clear the girls
were not welcome in the Protestant street leading to
the front gate of their Catholic school.

But there was no repeat of the hurling of the pipe
bomb or of the rock and stone throwing which erupted
on Wednesday as the girls, some as young as four,
walked with their parents to school behind the police
lines.

Protestant leaders said they were pleased there was no
violence on Thursday, after images of weeping and
terrified schoolgirls shocked the world.

GUEST: SUSAN BREEN, reporter, Irish Times

9:06-9:07 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK

9:07-9:26 SOUTH AFRICA OFFERS COMPROMISE ON MIDDLE
EAST LANGUAGE AT WORLD RACISM CONFERENCE

South Africa has drafted a proposed document
circulating at the UN world racism conference today
which called for the recognition of the plight of the
Palestinian people but stripped out language which US
officials say brands Israel as a racist state.

The revised resolution was an attempt to bridge
yawning gaps between the European Union and Arab
states over language on the Middle East situation. The
United States and Israel quit the conference on Monday
over what they said was anti-Israeli language in a
first draft document.

The document recognized the right of the Palestinian
people to self-determination and the establishment of
an independent Palestinian state.

The proposed draft also said the Jewish Holocaust
should never be forgotten.
European diplomats gave their cautious backing to the
revised text but conference sources said it is unclear
if it will be supported by Arab states.

Meanwhile the fallout continues over the US withdrawal
from the conference, which ironically has left
grassroots activists as the de facto representatives
of the U.S. in Durban. The continuing opposition of
the US and European governments to language
apologizing for slavery has likewise left Africans and
African Americans wondering, why is it so hard for
whites to apologize for and accept some responsibility
for slavery and its legacy?

GUEST: REVEREND JESSE JACKSON, long time civil rights
activist

GUEST: DANNY GLOVER, actor and civil rights activist


9:26-9:27 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK

9:27-9:46 JESSE JACKSON AND DANNY GLOVER, CONT'D

9:46-9:47 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK

9:47-9:58 ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU SPEAKS AT WORLD
CONFERENCE
AGAINST RACISM

Yesterday, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke for the
Ecumenical Caucus at the World Conference Against
Racism. The Ecumenical Caucus, which has been meeting
throughout the conference, includes of delegations
from the World Council of Churches, South Africa
Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation,
the United Methodist Church (U.S.), the United Church
of Christ (U.S.), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.), and
others.

The Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu is internationally
reknowned for his non-violent campaign against the
apartheid government of South Africa.

In 1975 he was appointed Anglican Dean of
Johannesburg, the first black person ever appointed to
that position. In 1984 he was awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize, in recognition of his nonviolent campaign
to limit international trade and investment in South
Africa. He established the Southern African Refugee
Scholarship Fund with his Nobel Peace Prize Fund.

The Archbishop has also received dozens of honorary
doctorates and peace from all over the world. His
publications include "Crying in the Wilderness", "Hope
and Suffering" and "The Rainbow People of God".

After retiring as Archbishop in 1996 he became
Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
in South Africa, and presided over the traumatic
revelation of the secrets of apartheid. He has now
taken up a position as Visiting Professor at the
Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the
USA.

He continues to speak out against injustice and
oppression everywhere. Here is what he had to say
yesterday, at the World Conference Against Racism in
Durban.

TAPE: ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU

9:58-9:59 OUTRO AND CREDITS

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