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As Demonstrators Demand Nicaraguan President's Resignation, Government Accuses Opposition of Coup
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:48:12 -0400
The political crisis in Nicaragua is intensifying. More than 178 people have been killed since widespread demonstrations to oust Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April, when his government announced plans to overhaul and slash social security. Amnesty International has accused the Nicaraguan government of using "pro-government armed groups to carry out attacks, incite violence, increase their capacity for repression and operate outside the law." But the Nicaraguan government has blamed part of the violence on armed members of the opposition who are trying to overthrow the democratically elected government. We speak with Paul Oquist, senior minister for national policy in the Nicaraguan government.

Caged Children & Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes "Acts of Indecency" at Border
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:37:23 -0400
President Trump is continuing to blame Democrats for his administration's practice of separating at least 2,000 children from their parents in recent weeks. He also doubled down on the practice in an address Monday, ahead of his meetings today with Republicans to discuss compromise legislation on a hardline immigration bill. We speak with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat of Texas. She has represented the 18th Congressional District since 1995, which includes most of central Houston. She is just back from the Texas border with Mexico, where she joined a delegation of lawmakers who visited a processing center in McAllen, Texas, and the Southwest Key Programs' Casa Padre, which houses 1,500 children in Brownsville, Texas.

"Trump Creates Crises & Preys on Fear": Rep. Jayapal on Policy of Separating Kids from Parents
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:11:09 -0400
Outrage is growing over the Trump administration's separation of children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border. On Monday, ProPublica released audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10 years old are heard crying "Mama" and "Papi" after being separated from their parents. In another part of the audio, a Border Patrol agent is heard joking, in Spanish, "Well, we have an orchestra here. What's missing is a conductor." Video footage released by the U.S. Border Patrol Monday shows migrant children in concrete-floored chain link cages, in an old warehouse in McAllen, Texas. A new Quinnipiac Poll shows roughly two-thirds of U.S. voters oppose separating children from their parents at the border. About 7 percent of Democratic voters support the Trump policy, while 55 percent of Republicans support it. We speak with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Democratic congressmember from Washington state. She has just helped announce a march on Washington and cities nationwide on June 30 against family separation. She is vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. On June 9 she visited a detention center in her home state and spoke with some of the 200 asylum-seekers held at the Sea-Tac Bureau of Prisons facility.

Headlines for June 19, 2018
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Despite Outrage, Trump Defends Practice of Separating Immigrant Children from Parents, ProPublica Releases Audio of Separated Children Sobbing "Mama" and "Papi", Microsoft Facing Threats of Boycott for Collaboration with ICE, U.S. and South Korea Cancel Joint Military Exercises, After Trump's Meeting with Kim, Trump Directs Pentagon to Create Military Branch to Dominate Space, Afghan Peace Activists Finish 435-Mile March to Kabul, Demand Extension of Ceasefire, Judge Strikes Down Kansas Proof-of-Citizenship Voter ID Laws, Former CIA Software Engineer Accused of "Vault 7" Leak Indicted, Leftist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Challenging NY Rep. Joe Crowley in Next Week's Primary

"Civilian Lives No Longer Matter": Millions at Risk as Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Yemeni Port City
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:48:51 -0400
Hundreds of fighters have been killed and more than 4,000 civilians have fled their homes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah since the U.S.-backed coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, launched an all-out offensive last week. Coalition aircrafts bombarded Hodeidah's main airport Monday, wounding dozens and preventing aid organizations from reaching parts of the city. As humanitarian organizations warn of a catastrophe for a quarter of a million civilians living in Hodeidah amid a conflict that has already killed 15,000 civilians, we'll speak with Yemeni scholar Shireen Al-Adeimi, whose recent report is headlined "Attack on Yemen Port Shows U.S.-Backed Coalition Willing to Use Starvation as a Weapon."

With Spotlight on Migrant Families Separated at the Border, Will Democrats Push to Abolish ICE?
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:38:25 -0400
On Saturday, President Trump blamed the widely condemned family separation practice on Democrats, tweeting, "Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation." Trump is set to meet Tuesday with Republican lawmakers to discuss a so-called compromise immigration bill they claim would end family separation while lifting limits on how long families can be detained, and which also includes a promise of $25 billion for Trump's border wall. Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz discusses a history of family separation that has stemmed from previous legislative compromises with Democrats, and looks ahead to calls for them to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), if they gain control of the House in November.

Meet the Migrant Child Detention Center Whistleblower Speaking Out Against Family Separations
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:22:06 -0400
A youth care worker who quit his job at a Tucson detention center for unaccompanied minors is speaking out about inadequate facilities, untrained staff and inhumane policies, after witnessing the devastation of family separations firsthand. Antar Davidson says he quit after he was forced to tell children who were separated from their mother not to hug one another. The facility is run by Southwest Key, a nonprofit that operates 27 facilities and has signed a lease to detain hundreds of separated children, including many who are a younger than 12 years old, in a "baby jail" in a former warehouse and homeless shelter in Houston. For more, we speak with Antar Davidson.

Democratic Lawmakers Join Family Separation Protests at Detention Centers from Texas to New Jersey
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:12:00 -0400
Protests have erupted nationwide against the Trump administration's new policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Most of the parents apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol are now charged with criminal entry—and, in many cases, criminal re-entry—then taken to jails or prisons to serve their time before they are sent to immigrant detention centers. In the meantime, their children are being sent to shelters and foster care programs around the country. The Associated Press reports that between April 19 and May 31, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents. Hundreds of protesters also met at a family processing center in McAllen, Texas, where nearly half of all children have been removed from their parents. And in New Jersey, a group of Democratic lawmakers visited a private immigrant detention facility in the town of Elizabeth to speak with asylum-seeking parents held there after they were separated from their children. Meanwhile, on Sunday, in Houston, people marched in the rain outside a former warehouse and homeless shelter where the government plans to detain hundreds of separated children, including many who are a so-called tender age—children who are younger than 12 years old.

Headlines for June 18, 2018
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Father's Day Protests Demand End to Practice of Separating Children from Parents, Afghanistan: Taliban & Gov't Soldiers Celebrate Historic 3-Day Ceasefire over Eid, Yemen: Thousands Flee U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Offensive on Hodeidah Port City, Nigeria: 31 People Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Attacks, Report: India Facing Worst Water Crisis in Its History, Colombia: Right-Wing Politician Iván Duque Wins Presidential Runoff, 600 Refugees Disembark in Spain After Being Blocked by Italy, Israel Pushes Bill to Criminalize Filming IDF Soldiers, Political Cartoonist Rob Rogers Fired After Making Fun of Trump, Thousands Gather in Detroit for 20th Year of Allied Media Conference, NYC: Sixth Taxi Cab Driver Dies by Suicide in Recent Months, MOVE Member Debbie Africa Freed After Nearly 40 Years in Prison

Rev. William Barber: Jeff Sessions Using Religion to Justify Family Separations Is "Biblical Heresy"
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:55:14 -0400
More than 300 Catholic bishops have blasted the Trump administration's immigration policies, calling for an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents and condemning Attorney General Jeff Sessions's policy of ending the right of domestic violence survivors to seek asylum in the United States. On Thursday, Sessions quoted the Bible to justify his department's immigration policies. Sessions was speaking to an invitation-only crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes," stated Sessions. Critics seized on his reference to Romans 13, noting it was a favorite passage of defenders of the Confederacy used to justify slavery. We speak to the Rev. William Barber.

Rev. William Barber: U.S. Policies on Healthcare, Poverty Are Immoral & a Threat to Democracy
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:47:22 -0400
The release of the U.N. report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amid a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign began in March, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. We speak with Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the new Poor People's Campaign.

Blistering U.N. Report: Trump Administration's Policies Designed to Worsen Poverty & Inequality
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:34:05 -0400
A group of top Democrats are demanding the Trump administration present a plan to Congress to address growing poverty in the United States, following an excoriating report by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston. Alston slammed the Trump administration's policies for worsening the state of poverty in the United States. The report details how 40 million Americans live in poverty, and 18.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty. It also details how the United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries and one of the lowest rates of intergenerational social mobility. We speak with Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty. He will be presenting his report next week in Geneva.

Lawyer: Jeff Sessions' Attacks on Migrant Domestic Violence Survivors Drags U.S. Back to "Dark Ages"
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:15:41 -0400
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that domestic and gang-related violence will generally no longer be grounds for asylum, a far-reaching shift that could affect thousands of people, particularly women from Central America fleeing gender-based violence. This decision reverses the Board of Immigration Appeals' grant of asylum to a Salvadoran domestic violence survivor known as A.B., who fled to the U.S. for her life after surviving 15 years of beatings, rape and death threats from her husband. In ruling against A.B., Sessions also overturned a groundbreaking precedent from 2014 in which the immigration appeals court affirmed that domestic violence survivors are deserving of protection. We speak with Karen Musalo, professor of law and the director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is of the attorneys representing Ms. A.B.

Headlines for June 15, 2018
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Republicans Draft Immigration Bill That Would End Family Separations, U.S. Catholic Bishops Blast "Immoral" Trump Immigration Policy, AG Sessions Quotes Scripture to Justify Immigration Policies, White House Press Secretary Confronted over Family Separations, Texas Children's Detention Center Features Trump Mural, Quote, New York Sues Trump Foundation over "Repeated Self-Dealing", DOJ Inspector General: Comey Mishandled Clinton Email Probe, Nicaragua: General Strike Called Amid Mounting Violence Against Protests, Russian Police Arrest British LGBT Protester as World Cup Opens, Argentine Lawmakers Advance Bill to Decriminalize Abortions, Bill Clinton: Norms Have Changed on "What You Can Do to Somebody Against Their Will", American Medical Association Demands Gun Control, Divests from Fossil Fuels, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King Retweets Neo-Nazi, U.S. to Repatriate Remains of Native Children Who Died in Boarding Schools, Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton, Who Advised MLK, Dies at 88

As Detention Centers Hit Capacity, Trump Eyes Tent Cities on Military Bases to Jail Migrant Children
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:50:11 -0400
The Trump administration is reportedly planning to build tent cities on military bases near the U.S.-Mexico border to accommodate the increasing numbers of migrant children being held in detention centers. According to McClatchy, Department of Health and Human Services officials are due to visit Fort Bliss, an Army base near El Paso, Texas, in the coming weeks to look at the land where they're considering building a tent city. HHS detention shelters are 95 percent full and hold more than 10,000 children. The number of migrant children in custody has recently surged by over 20 percent, and a tent city could temporarily accommodate an additional 1,000 to 5,000. In Washington, D.C., we speak with the reporter who broke the story, Franco Ordoñez. He is the White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau.

Residents on Both Sides of the Border Try to Help Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by U.S. Gov't
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:38:41 -0400
Under President Trump's new "zero tolerance" policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for people seeking asylum to follow the law and go to official ports of entry to request help. But asylum seekers at international bridges across the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have been blocked by Border Patrol agents who say they are unable to process them. In some cases, asylum seekers—including women and young children—have been told to wait for days and even weeks on international bridges over the border, often in extreme heat. Residents on both sides of the border have responded by bringing food, water and clothing to people as they wait to be processed. Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz followed some of them as they delivered aid, and interviewed Jennifer Harbury, a human rights lawyer who has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for over 40 years, about the significance of the United States rejecting legal requests by asylum seekers, detaining them at length, and in some cases deporting them after separating them from their children.

Trauma at the Texas-Mexico Border: Families Separated, Children Detained & Residents Fighting Back
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:14:59 -0400
We look at growing outrage over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families who cross the U.S.-Mexico border, many fleeing dangerous conditions and seeking asylum. At least 600 immigrant children were removed from their parents last month, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new rule. On Wednesday, 10 members of Congress protested by blocking the entrance to the headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency tasked with carrying out the forced removal of children from their parents. More protests in at least 60 cities are planned today by the group Families Belong Together, which formed in response to the new policy. We go to the epicenter of this "zero tolerance" crackdown, the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where more than half of all migrant families and children have been apprehended by Border Patrol agents since mid-May, for a special report by Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz, who spoke with residents taking action in response to the widely condemned practice of separating families.

Headlines for June 14, 2018
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
White House Will Back House Immigration Bills Condemned by Advocates, Canada Appeals to U.S. Senators to End Trump's Trade War, Journalist's Lawsuit Against Federal "Kill List" to Proceed, Antarctic Ice Melt Speeding Up, Threatening Coastal Cities Worldwide, Harvard Scientists Warn Trump's EPA Policies Could Kill 80,000+ Per Decade, Yemen: U.N. Warns of Catastrophe Amid Saudi-Led Assault on Port City, U.N. General Assembly Condemns Israel's Massacre of Gaza Protesters, West Bank Palestinians Protest PA Sanctions Against Gaza Strip, Mexican Congressional Candidate Assassinated After Debate, Bolivian Police Crack Down on Protests Calling for Education Funding, Argentina Lawmakers Debate Bill to Decriminalize Some Abortions, Trump Says North Korea Not a Nuclear Threat, Praises Kim Jong-un, Democratic Leaders Blast Trump for Halting Korea War Games, Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma Executives over OxyContin Deaths, L.A. Prosecutors Looking into Sylvester Stallone Rape Allegations, Texas: No New Trial for Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Illegal Voting, Protests Erupt as Jersey City Confiscates Indypendent Newspaper Boxes

Religious Leaders Shackled, Held in Jail Overnight, After Praying in Protest Outside Supreme Court
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:52:25 -0400
Nine religious leaders were arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday in Washington, D.C., after participating in a national day of action for the new Poor People's Campaign. They were handcuffed for five hours and jailed overnight in cells with cockroaches before being brought into court in ankle irons. The religious leaders were among 100 people arrested in Washington, D.C., Monday as part of the protests against poverty and racism. We speak with Rev. Liz Theoharis, who was one of the nine arrested Monday.

Special Report: In the Streets with the New Poor People's Campaign Against Racism and Poverty
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:28:34 -0400
Demonstrators descended on Washington Monday in the latest protest staged by the new Poor People's Campaign, which organizers say is the most expansive wave of nonviolent direct action in the U.S. this century. Campaign organizers Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis and around 100 others were arrested for protesting a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to voting rights by upholding Ohio's controversial voter purge law. At least 300 people were arrested nationwide. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign launched, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Carla Wills were in the streets of Washington, D.C., covering the action.

"Relic of Jim Crow Era": Ari Berman on Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold Ohio's Voter Purge
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:19:21 -0400
The Supreme Court has ruled 5 to 4 to uphold Ohio's aggressive purging of voters from the rolls. The ruling means that states can remove people from voter rolls if they miss a few elections and then fail to respond to notices from election officials. One survey found nearly 150,000 people were removed from the voting rolls in recent years in Ohio's three largest counties alone. Critics say the court's decision is yet another victory for conservatives trying to restrict voting rights. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute. His latest article is headlined "The Supreme Court Is Helping Republicans Kill a Key Voting Rights Law."

A Humanitarian Catastrophe: U.S.-Backed Forces Attack Key Yemeni Port Imperiling Millions
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:08:40 -0400
In Yemen, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has launched an all-out offensive against the key port city of Hodeidah. The offensive is expected to be the biggest battle in the ongoing 3-year war between the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels. The war has already killed 15,000 civilians, sparked the world's worst cholera epidemic and pushed the country to the brink of famine. Humanitarian organizations have warned the offensive could be a catastrophe for a quarter of a million civilians living in the port city, and for the rest of the Yemen, which is highly dependent on aid that travels through this port. For more, we speak with Congressmember Ro Khanna in Washington, D.C. He recently co-authored a bipartisan letter calling for Defense Secretary James Mattis to help prevent an attack on Hodeidah.

Headlines for June 13, 2018
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Judge Approves AT&T's $85 Billion Merger with Time Warner, U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Launches Offensive Against Yemen's Key Port City, Afghanistan: More Than a Dozen Killed in Taliban Attacks on Eve of Ceasefire, Israeli Police Again Question Netanyahu over Corruption Scandal, Maine Gov. Threatens Not to Certify Primary Results over Ranked-Choice Voting, South Carolina: Republican Mark Sanford Loses Primary, After Criticizing Trump, Corey Stewart Wins VA Republican Senate Primary on Anti-Immigrant, Pro-Confederate Platform, McClatchy: U.S. Considering Housing Immigrant Children in Tent Cities on Military Bases, Hundreds Gather in Orlando to Honor 49 People Killed in Pulse Nightclub Massacre

Rep. Ro Khanna: If U.S.-North Korea Summit Happened Under Obama, Democrats Would Be Cheering
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:50:07 -0400
As President Trump prepared for his historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats penned a letter last week threatening to maintain or even strengthen sanctions against North Korea if Trump did not ensure that the country completely dismantle all of its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The lawmakers wrote, "Any deal that explicitly or implicitly gives North Korea sanctions relief for anything other than the verifiable performance of its obligations to dismantle its nuclear and missile arsenal is a bad deal." Progressives have blasted the letter for its hardline stance. Fifteen Democratic congressmembers, including Ro Khanna of California, penned a letter to President Trump, writing, "diplomacy is the only path to resolve the tensions between our countries." In Washington, D.C., we are joined by Rep. Ro Khanna.

Prof. Bruce Cumings: U.S. Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:43:34 -0400
President Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un follows another historic meeting only weeks earlier between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, where the two leaders agreed to work to formally end the Korean War. After Tuesday's summit in Singapore, Trump called the Korean War "an extremely bloody conflict" and expressed hope that the war would soon formally end. For more, we speak with University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings, author of several books on Korea, including "Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History" and "North Korea: Another Country."

A New Day for the Korean Peninsula: Christine Ahn Hails Denuclearization Pledge & New Peace Process
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:33:52 -0400
On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sat down for two hours in private, with only their two interpreters, for a historic summit held in Singapore. In a joint statement following the meeting, Trump and Kim pledged to recover the remains of American prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War. The commitment was one of four plans outlined by the leaders after their historic summit, where they promised to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. For more, we're joined by Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

Trump Vows to End "Provocative" War Games on Korean Peninsula After Historic Summit with Kim Jong-un
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:13:11 -0400
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have wrapped up a historic summit pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, with President Trump announcing the end of U.S.-South Korean war games. The summit marked the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. For more, we speak with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock in Singapore.

Headlines for June 12, 2018
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
In Historic Summit, Trump & Kim Jong-un Pledge to Pursue Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, Jeff Sessions: Domestic & Gang-Based Violence Will No Longer Be Grounds for Asylum, Honduran Asylum Seeker Who Died by Suicide After Being Separated from Child Was Fleeing Violence, "Systemic Traumatization": Psychologists Slam Policy of Separating Families at Border, Supreme Court Rules 5-4 to Uphold Ohio's Decision to Purge Voting Rolls, Dozens Arrested Nationwide at 5th Week of Poor People's Campaign Protests, Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Earned $82M While Working at White House Last Year, Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Doctors Without Borders Cholera Clinic, Syria: Nearly 1 Million People Internally Displaced During First 4 Months of 2018, Vietnam: Over 100 People Detained Protesting Special Economic Zones, Naples Mayor Condemns Italy's Decision to Turn Away Refugee Boat as "Crime Against Humanity", Education Dept. Probing Handling of Sexual Abuse Claims Against USC Gynecologist

Michael Eric Dyson on NFL Protests, Malcolm Jenkins & Listening to Black Americans on Issues of Race
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:54:31 -0400
Last week Donald Trump abruptly called off a planned visit by the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, tweeting, "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" While not a single Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem in the 2017 season, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins did protest by raising a fist during the national anthem, in what has become one of the most enduring images of the protests. Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins silently held up a series of signs to reporters in a team locker room in response to their questions about the cancellation of the team's White House visit. For more, we speak with Michael Eric Dyson, professor, political analyst and author. His latest book is "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America."

"What Truth Sounds Like": Michael Eric Dyson on New Book About RFK, James Baldwin & Race in America
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:34:51 -0400
This month marks 50 years since the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. On June 5, 1968, Kennedy was shot dead shortly after winning the California Democratic primary, a major boost in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. His death came just two months after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and five years after the assassination of his own brother, President John F. Kennedy. We speak with Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson about his new book that looks at Kennedy's evolution on civil rights. It is titled "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America."

123 Deaths a Day: Inside the Public Health Crisis of Rising Suicide Rates in the United States
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:10:56 -0400
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the U.S. suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two decades. Topping the list was North Dakota, where suicides have risen by 57 percent from 1999 levels. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. For more, we speak with Dr. J. John Mann about this public health crisis. He is a psychiatry professor at Columbia University, a division director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a past president of the International Academy of Suicide Research and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Headlines for June 11, 2018
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump and Kim Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Historic Summit, Trump Slams Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau After G7 Summit, Israeli Troops Kill 4 Palestinians & Wound 600 More in Crackdown on Nonviolent Protest, Pentagon: U.S. Special Operations Soldier Alexander Conrad Killed in Somalia, Reports: Dozens Killed in Russian and Syrian Gov't Bombing in Idlib Province, Red Cross Evacuates 71 Staff Members from Yemen, Honduran Asylum Seeker, Separated from His Wife & Child, Dies by Suicide in Texas Jail, Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Separating Immigrant Mothers and Children Is Horrific, Judge Halts Deportation of NYC Delivery Worker Pablo Villavicencio, Pope Francis Warns Oil Company Executives Climate Change Threatens Humanity, India Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastics by 2022, Women March Across United Kingdom to Celebrate 100 Years of Female Suffrage, Philippines: Journalist Dennis Denora Killed in Mindanao, Robert De Niro Slams President at Tony Awards

Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan: Destitution, Unemployment & Hunger Must Be Addressed to Achieve Peace
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:53:32 -0400
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban to last until June 20. The ceasefire comes after Muslim clerics in Afghanistan issued a fatwa—or religious ruling—against suicide bombings, after an attack Monday, claimed by ISIS, killed 14 people who had gathered for a clerics' peace summit in Kabul. This comes as the BBC is reporting that the number of bombs dropped by the U.S. Air Force has surged dramatically since President Trump announced his Afghanistan strategy and committed more troops to the conflict last August; new rules of engagement have made it easier for U.S. forces to carry out strikes against the Taliban. We speak to Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. She has made many trips to Afghanistan and just returned from a trip this week.

After Trip to Gaza, Anthony Bourdain Accused World of Robbing Palestinians of Their Basic Humanity
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:51:07 -0400
Celebrity chef and television presenter Anthony Bourdain has died by suicide. The 61-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was filming an episode of his CNN program "Parts Unknown." During one episode of his show, he traveled to Gaza. In 2014, he won an award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council. In his acceptance speech, he said, "The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity."

Israeli Military Pushes Misleading Video in Attempt to Smear Slain Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:33:15 -0400
In Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have resumed protests against the Israeli blockade. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 119 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 more since the Palestinians' nonviolent Great March of Return protests began on March 30. A week ago today, Israeli forces shot dead Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar as she was helping evacuate wounded Palestinians at a protest near the separation fence between Israel and Gaza. At the time of her killing, she was wearing a white medical coat and a medical ID card. The following day, thousands of people poured into the streets of Gaza to attend her funeral. Her killing has also sparked international outrage. Earlier this week, the Israeli military said Israeli snipers had not intentionally shot at Razan. But the Israeli military is now facing widespread criticism after it released a short video Thursday, that was heavily edited, in efforts to claim the slain medic was acting as a "human shield" for Hamas when she was shot dead by an Israeli sniper exactly one week ago. We speak to Muhammad Shehada, writer and activist from the Gaza Strip and a student of development studies at Lund University in Sweden.

As EPA Scandals Mount, Scott Pruitt Is Radically Reshaping Agency to Aid Polluters and Big Business
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:12:33 -0400
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is again facing a slew of ethics and spending scandals amid mounting calls for his resignation. On Thursday, The Washington Post reported Pruitt enlisted members of his $3.5 million security detail to pick up his dry cleaning and search for his favorite skin moisturizing lotion, even though federal rules prohibit public officials from receiving gifts from subordinates, including unpaid services. Meanwhile, Pruitt is continuing to radically reshape the EPA. The New York Times reports today the EPA has given the chemical industry a big victory by scaling back the way the federal government determines health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market. Pruitt has also been accused of radically reshaping the EPA rulemaking process and weakening Obama administration efforts to tighten fuel economy standards. We speak to Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Headlines for June 8, 2018
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
With Trump Isolated at G7, French President Suggests a New "G6", Trump May Invite North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to White House, Former Senate Aide Arrested in Leak Probe After Feds Seize NYT Reporter's Records, Trump Admin Won't Defend Affordable Care Act in Lawsuit by GOP States, With FCC Set to End Net Neutrality, Senate Democrats Urge House Vote, ICE to Transfer 1,600 Immigrants to Prisons in Unprecedented Move, Iowa Teenage DREAMer Murdered in Mexico After Losing DACA Status, ICE Arrests Immigrant Who Delivered Pizza to Brooklyn Army Base, Nicaragua: Mothers of Slain Protesters March for Justice, British High Court Says N. Ireland Abortion Ban Violates Human Rights, Canada: Doug Ford to Lead New Conservative Government of Ontario, Record Heat for U.S. in May as Temperatures Soared 5 Degrees Above Normal, Emmy-Winning TV Host and Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Dies by Suicide, CDC Reports U.S. Suicide Rate Up 25 Percent Since 1999

Mexican Court Orders Truth Commission to Oversee New Investigation of 43 Disappeared Students
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:52:54 -0400
A Mexican federal court has effectively thrown out the government's investigation into the disappearance of 43 college students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' school in 2014 and ordered a new investigation. A three-judge panel issued the ruling Monday after several people suspected in the disappearances asked the judges to review their cases. They said their confessions were extracted by torture. The judicial tribunal responded by issuing a unanimous and wide-ranging indictment of the entire case, saying it "wasn't quick, effective, independent or impartial." The judges also accused Mexico's Attorney General's Office of failing to follow up on key evidence, writing, "There is no sign that they even explored the lines of investigation that signaled participation of personnel from the Mexican army or the Federal Police." Amnesty International welcomed the ruling as an important advance in the search for truth and justice. For more, we speak with Anabel Hernández, Mexican investigative reporter. In her latest book, "The True Night of Iguala," she describes how Mexican soldiers were involved in the disappearance and apparent massacre of the 43 students.

The Country Is Crying: Nicaraguan Mother Demands Justice After Police Kill Her Son at Protest
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:41:40 -0400
More than 110 people have been killed, and thousands have been injured, in widespread anti-government demonstrations in Nicaragua. Activists are demanding that President Daniel Ortega be removed from office immediately amid the bloody police crackdown. We speak with Alba GarcÃa, who is demanding justice after her 22 year-old son Moroni López was shot and killed by police at a demonstration in Managua in April.

Students Push to Oust Nicaraguan President Ortega as Death Toll Rises Amid Bloody Police Crackdown
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:30:03 -0400
At least five people were killed over the weekend in Nicaragua amid escalating anti-government protests that have engulfed the country since mid-April. More than 110 people have been killed since widespread demonstrations to oust Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April, when his government announced plans to overhaul and slash social security. The protests, and the government's bloody repression, mark the biggest crisis since Ortega was elected 11 years ago. In Abuja, Nigeria, we speak with Alejandro Bendaña, former Nicaraguan ambassador to the United Nations and secretary general of the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry during Sandinista rule in Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990. In Managua, Nicaragua, we speak with Mónica López Baltodano, a human rights activist who is on the front lines of protests. We also speak with Stephen Hellinger, president of The Development Group for Alternative Policies.

Trump Frees Alice Johnson; What About Thousands Still Serving Life for Nonviolent Drug Offenses?
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:14:58 -0400
President Trump has commuted the life sentence of a woman who was imprisoned for a first-time nonviolent drug offense, after her cause was taken up by reality television star Kim Kardashian West. Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother from Memphis, was released Wednesday from federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama, where she had been serving her sentence for nearly 22 years. While Alice Marie Johnson has been released, thousands of other prisoners are still serving life without parole for nonviolent drug offenses. We speak with Jennifer Turner, who was part of the legal team representing Johnson in her application for clemency. She is a human rights researcher with the American Civil Liberties Union and author of the ACLU report titled "A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses."

Headlines for June 7, 2018
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Afghan Government Announces Temporary Ceasefire with Taliban, Trump, Kim Jong-un May Hold Second Day of Talks in Singapore Summit, Trump Invokes War of 1812 in Call to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Dennis Rodman May Join Trump-Kim Summit on North Korea, AG Sessions Defends Policy of Tearing Infants from Mothers' Arms, Mexico: Parents Separated from Children in U.S. Gather for Forum, Mick Mulvaney Fires Advisory Board of Consumer Financial Watchdog, Judge Orders EPA Chief to Provide Evidence Backing His Climate Claims, Two Top Aides to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resign, Melania Trump Makes First Public Appearance in Nearly a Month, Trump Silent on PR Hurricane Deaths, Falsely Claims Coast Guard Saved 16,000, Ukraine PM Claims No Radiation Threat Following Fires Near Chernobyl, Guatemala Death Toll from Volcano at 99 as Hope Fades for the Missing, Spain: Women to Hold 11 of 17 Cabinet Posts Under New Prime Minister, Trump Commutes Life Sentence of Nonviolent Drug Offender Alice Marie Johnson, Mesa, AZ: Video Shows Officers Beating Unarmed Man Posing No Threat, WaPo Study Finds More Than Half of Urban U.S. Murders Go Unsolved, Philadelphia Eagles Star Malcolm Jenkins Protests After Trump Snub, Study Finds Plastic Waste and Toxics in Remote Parts of Antarctica, Ira Berlin, Who Chronicled History of U.S. Slavery, Dies at 77

Puerto Rico Is a "Playground for the Privileged": Investors Move In as Homes Foreclose & Schools Close
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:41:56 -0400
While healthcare, the public school system and infrastructure in Puerto Rico are flailing nine months after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, wealthy investors have descended on the island to turn a profit. We speak with Naomi Klein, author, journalist and a senior correspondent for The Intercept. Her new book is titled "The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists." We also speak with Katia Avilés-Vázquez, a Puerto Rican environmental activist and member of Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica, and Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE and co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance.

"The Battle for Paradise": New Intercept Doc Goes Inside Struggle over Puerto Rico's Future
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:32:05 -0400
Nearly nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island's residents and Wall Street investors are engaged in a pitched battle over who will control the future of the island. A new short documentary produced by Naomi Klein and The Intercept takes us inside this ongoing struggle for power. We play an excerpt of the documentary, "The Battle for Paradise."

Naomi Klein: 4,645 Deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria Were "State-Sponsored Mass Killing"
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:13:42 -0400
We look at Puerto Rico as it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island last September. Researchers at Harvard recently revealed the death toll from Hurricane Maria may be a staggering 70 times higher than the official count. The official death toll still stands at 64, but the new study estimates a death toll of at least 4,645, with some projections topping 5,700. The Harvard study found that "interruption of medical care was the primary cause of sustained high mortality rates in the months after the hurricane, a finding consistent with the widely reported disruption of health systems. Health care disruption is now a growing contributor to both morbidity and mortality in natural disasters." We speak with Naomi Klein, author, journalist and a senior correspondent for The Intercept. Her new book is titled "The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists." We also speak with Katia Avilés-Vázquez, a Puerto Rican environmental activist and member of Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica, and Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE and co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance.

Headlines for June 6, 2018
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Women Candidates Win Big as Eight States Hold Primaries, EPA Head Scott Pruitt Faces New Ethics Scandals, U.N.: United States' Policy of Separating Families at Border Violates International Law, ICE Detains 114 Immigrants at Raids on Ohio Landscaping Company, White House: Trump and Kim Jong-un Will Meet on Singapore's Sentosa Island, At "Patriotism Event," Trump Appears to Not Know Words to "God Bless America", India: Millions of Farmers on Strike Demanding Debt Relief and Higher Prices, Saudi Arabia Grants 10 Women Driver's Licenses, While Feminist Activists Remain Imprisoned, Guatemala: Hundreds Remain Missing After Fuego Volcano Eruption, European Union Court Rules Member Countries Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, Protests Disrupt Real Estate Conference over Private Prison Companies' Attendance, Miss America Says Competition Will No Longer Judge Contestants Based on Looks, Judge Aaron Persky Recalled After Giving Light Sentence to Stanford Rapist Brock Turner, Keith Ellison Running for Attorney General of Minnesota, The Last Poets' Jalal Mansur Nuriddin Dies at 73

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