Thousands are expected to protest in Michigan today as Republican Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to sign a pair of anti-union bills that would make his the 24th so-called "right-to-work" state in the country. Pushed through before Democrats gain five House seats in the new legislature next month, opponents call the effort an organized attack against labor that will suppress wages and weaken collective bargaining rights. "He’s decided to support the most divisive piece of legislation that’s ever come forward in Michigan," says Democratic Michigan State Representative Brandon Dillon. "You’ll see by the people gathering at the capitol today that he’s tearing the state apart."
Egypt is bracing for new protests today over President Mohamed Morsi’s hotly contested effort to hold a referendum on a controversial draft constitution. Ahead of today’s rallies, masked gunmen attacked opposition protesters camped out in Tahrir Square overnight, injuring more than a dozen. At least seven people have died in clashes and hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets since Morsi unilaterally expanded his powers last month. Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous files a report from Cairo.
Veteran journalist Charles Glass joins us to discuss his recent trip to Syria and its largest city, Aleppo. Addressing U.S.-led warnings that the Assad regime could deploy chemical warfare, Glass says: "I think it is pretty clear the Syrians have never used chemical weapons, that there is no advantage to them using chemical weapons. ... The areas where there is fighting are areas where people who support them are living, and their own soldiers would themselves be vulnerable to inhaling chemical gases. It sounds to me pretty much like the propaganda that was used prior to the invasion of Iraq, where chemical weapons were held up as an excuse to bring about Western intervention — ultimately when it wasn’t true." A former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent, Glass’ book on Syria, "Tribes with Flags," was reissued this year.
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