Show rundown for 12/23/2003

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Russia to Forgive Portion of Iraq Debt

Russia says it will write off more than half of the $8 billion debt that Baghdad owes Moscow. President Putin said Russian companies are ready to invest in Iraq and that Russian companies are eager to resume oil and other contracts with Iraq.

Loya Jirga Debates Constitution

We check in on the ninth day of the Loya Jirga where delegates are debating a draft Constitution from the government of President Hamid Karzai. Karzai, the American- backed leader, is pushing for a strong presidency.

Immigration Violation Databank

The Department of Homeland Security has started adding immigration violations to a national FBI crime databank. Immigration groups have filed a lawsuit to try to block the move.

Carol Mosely Braun

We speak with a Democratic candidate for president.

Worker Deaths

New York Times reporter David Barstow talks about his series on worker deaths in the United States and how few of them actually result in criminal charges.

Java Log

An environmentally-friendly way to burn a log in a fireplace.

William Butler Yeats

Author R.F. Foster talks about his biography of William Butler Yeats.

This program aired on December 23, 2003.

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