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Democracy Now! Daily News Digest
February 12, 2013

North Korea Nuclear Test Sends Message to Washington One Week After U.S.-South Korean War Games

The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting today after North Korea conducted its third-ever nuclear test in defiance of U.N. orders. According to international monitors, the underground explosion was roughly twice as large as North Korea's last nuclear test in 2009. North Korea had vowed to conduct rocket launches and a U.S.-aimed nuclear test after the U.N. Security Council resolution tightened sanctions in response to a rocket launch two months ago. We speak with Tim Shorrock, an independent journalist who has covered Korea for more than 30 years. Watch/Listen/Read

After Pope Benedict, Progressive Catholics and Priest Victims Call for a More Inclusive Papacy

Speculation is mounting over who will become the next pope after Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic Church on Monday when he became the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years. Benedict's resignation comes as the Catholic Church is facing scrutiny over its handling of the widening priest sexual abuse scandal and its crackdown on liberal nuns. We're joined by Barbara Blaine of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic social justice group NETWORK, which was heavily criticized by the Vatican last year. Watch/Listen/Read

Remembering the Overlooked Life of Eslanda Robeson, Wife of Civil Rights Legend Paul Robeson

In a Black History Month special, we remember the lives of the legendary civil rights activist, singer and actor Paul Robeson and his wife Eslanda, whose story is not as well known. One of the most celebrated singers and actors of the 20th century, Robeson was attacked, blacklisted and hounded by the government for his political beliefs. Eslanda Robeson, known by her friends as "Essie," was an author, an anthropologist and a globally connected activist who worked to end colonialism in Africa and racism in the United States. We're joined by historian Barbara Ransby, author of the new biography, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson. Watch/Listen/Read

Today's Headlines

  • U.N. Security Council to Meet on North Korean Nuke Test
  • 2 Arrested in Shooting Death of Chicago Teen
  • Gun Violence Victims, Families to Attend SOTU Address
  • 3 Killed in Shooting at Delaware Courthouse
  • Rebels Seize Hydropower Dam; Regime Open to Talks Abroad
  • Clashes Break Out on Anniversary of Mubarak Fall
  • Yemenis Mark Uprising’s Second Anniversary
  • Israel OKs New Settlements Ahead of Obama Visit
  • Senate Dems to Vote on Hagel Bid; Sen. Graham Vows to Block Nominees
  • Pentagon Expands Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
  • Federal Judge Overturns Arizona Ban on Planned Parenthood

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