Democracy Now - 07 jun 2011

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Headlines for Jun 07, 2011

- Japan Doubles Estimate of Radiation Leaked From Nuke Plant
- Report: Yemen President Suffered Burns On 40% Of Body, Collapsed Lung
- Syria Threatens To Intensify Crackdown After Alleged Deaths Of Security Personnel
- Bahrain Charges Scores of Medical Officials Who Treated Protesters
- Libya: NATO Warplanes Strike State TeleTV vision Headquarters, Military Barracks
- Gates, Petraeus Urge Obama To Reject Substantial Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
- Pelosi Calls For Investigation of Rep. Weiner Over "Inappropriate" Online Conversations
- Global Climate Change Talks Underway in Bonn, Germany
- Canadian Activist Loses Senate Page Position Over Unprecedented Protest
- Chicago Millionaire Pays His Way Out of Jail Time in Deadly Hit And Run
- Wisconsin: Thousands March To Protest Controversial "Budget Repair" Bill, 8 People Arrested

Special reports

- Trapped in Gaza: Rafah Crossing Closed to Palestinians Soon After Egyptian Pledge to Reopen It

In the Gaza Strip, the Hamas government has asked Egypt to drop restrictions on the Rafah border crossing, just days after the checkpoint opened last week. In a major policy shift, Egypt's transition government had unsealed the Rafah border after years of closure under ousted Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. But less than a week later, Egypt imposed a cap of 400 people per day, turning back busloads of people that had been cleared for passage. On Saturday, the border was sealed completely, causing angry Palestinians to storm the gates in protests. Democracy Now!'s Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were one of the few teams of foreign journalists to witness the scene at the Rafah border and they file this report from the Gaza Strip.

- Eve Ensler on Gender Violence in Congo: "There is a Women's Spring Beginning"

A newly published study in the American Journal of Public Health estimates more than two million women have been raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2006. But women's advocates say there is also positive news coming from the DRC. The group V-Day, a global movement to stop all forms of gender-based violence, recently held the opening ceremony for the City of Joy, a groundbreaking new community that will be run by women survivors of gender violence in the Congo. We speak with V-Day founder, Eve Ensler, the best-selling author and playwright behind The Vagina Monologues about gender violence in DRC. We are also joined Christine Schuler Deschryver, director of V-Day Congo and the City of Joy, about the growing number of rape prosecutions in DRC. "The Congolese women are taking their power because we told them they do not have to be ashamed for these rapes. The ones who are doing it have to be ashamed," says Schuler Deschryver. We also ask Ensler about the growing rate of violence against women in Haiti and get her reaction to the sexual assault charges filed against former International Monetary Fund director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.