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"We Are Proud Boys": Far-Right Gang Normalized Political Violence, Embraced by GOP as Legit Discourse
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 08:35:15 -0400
As the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection is set to hold its first fall public hearing, we look at one of the key groups that helped plan and carry out the attack as part of their goal to normalize political violence, with HuffPost journalist Andy Campbell, author of the new book, “We Are Proud Boys: How a Right-Wing Street Gang Ushered In a New Era of America.” He says, “They’ve been on a parade of violence at the behest of Trump and the GOP for six years now.” Campbell recently obtained a document that gives rare insight into how the Proud Boys “meticulously” plan their rallies and how they were going to carry out a march in New York City on January 10. He says GOP rhetoric, parroted by the right-wing media, is normalizing the political violence committed by the Proud Boys and, in effect, “sanitizing them for the rest of the country.”

Fascism Returns in Italy: Giorgia Meloni Claims Victory, Allied with Right-Wing Parties Across Europe
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 08:17:12 -0400
Italy’s first far-right leader since Benito Mussolini, Giorgia Meloni, has declared victory. Her Brothers of Italy party is allied with Spain’s far-right Vox party, Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice party and the Sweden Democrats party, which emerged out of its neo-Nazi movement. We look at “the return of fascism in Italy” with professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present,” who says that Meloni, a self-declared conservative, “really sees her party as carrying the heritage of fascism into today.” Ben-Ghiat also describes why Meloni is part of a “transnational design” to create a far-right political culture across Europe.

Headlines for September 26, 2022
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Death Toll in Iran Protests Climbs to 41, Giorgia Meloni Set to Become Italy’s Most Far-Right Leader Since Mussolini, Arizona Judge Reinstates 158-Year-Old Abortion Ban, “Catastrophic Consequences”: U.S. Warns Russia Against Using Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine, 730 Antiwar Protesters Arrested Across 32 Russian Cities, China Calls for Peace Talks to End Russia’s War on Ukraine, 13 Killed in Mass Shooting in Central Russia, 97 Refugees Drown as Boat Sinks Off Syria’s Coast, Typhoon Noru Slams Philippines, Killing 6 and Leaving Millions Without Power, Remnants of Hurricane Fiona Carve Path of Destruction in Eastern Canada, Puerto Rican Farmers Hit Hard by Hurricane Fiona at Harvest Time, Florida Governor Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Ian Approaches, Vanuatu’s President Calls for Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty, “Fridays for Future” Protesters Demand Climate Action in 450 Locations Worldwide, Video Shows Train Hitting Colorado Police Car Holding Woman Handcuffed in Back Seat, ACLU Demands Closure of For-Profit ICE Jail After Asylum Seeker Dies by Suicide, Kushner-Owned Company Settles Lawsuit over Unfair Rental Practices and Rodent-Infested Apartments

"Model America": Family of Phillip Pannell, Killed by White NJ Cop in '90, Still Struggles for Justice
Fri, 23 Sep 2022 08:41:18 -0400
A new series examines how protests that erupted over a police killing three decades ago offer important lessons for the Black Lives Matter movement today. We speak to the family of Phillip Pannell, a 16-year-old Black boy who was fatally shot in the back in 1990 by a white police officer later acquitted for the killing. Pannell is the subject of “Model America,” a new four-part series by MSNBC that looks at the racial divide in the U.S. through the lens of the small town of Teaneck, New Jersey, where the shooting took place. “Here we are 32 years later, and it’s still happening,” says his sister, Natacha Pannell. His mother Thelma Pannell-Dantzler says the police officer, Gary Spath, lied on the stand about the shooting and “should be prosecuted” for perjury. We also speak with the series’s co-director, Dani Goffstein, who was raised in Teaneck and says he became interested in the story after noticing parallels with the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.

Climate Strike: Mikaela Loach on How Capitalism, Colonialism & Imperialism Fuel Climate Crisis
Fri, 23 Sep 2022 08:27:06 -0400
Climate activists, led by Fridays for Future, are holding a global climate strike today to pressure world leaders to do more to address the crisis. We speak to Mikaela Loach, who has helped lead the fight against developing the Cambo oil field off the coast of Scotland and who describes the importance of seeing antiracism and climate activism as linked. “We’re in this crisis because fossil fuels and nature have been completely extracted and destroyed to make profit and to continue expansion of economies, in the Global North in particular,” says Loach.

Report from Moscow: Antiwar Protests Grow as Thousands Flee Russia to Avoid Being Drafted into Army
Fri, 23 Sep 2022 08:13:14 -0400
Antiwar protests are flaring up in Russia after President Vladimir Putin announced what he called a partial military mobilization to add 300,000 troops into its armed forces. Over 1,300 protesters have been arrested at antiwar demonstrations, with one prominent rights group saying some protesters are being forced to enlist or face heavy jail time. We go to Moscow for an update with Anna Dobrovolskaya, the former executive director of the Memorial Human Rights Center in Moscow, which was shut down by the government last year. She says some people who are drafted without any military experience are publishing their stories, and thousands more have fled Russia to avoid being forced to enlist. “People will be trying to save their lives with any tools they can,” says Dobrovolskaya.

Headlines for September 23, 2022
Fri, 23 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Russia Holds Annexation Referendums in Occupied Ukrainian Territories, Russian Antiwar Protesters Conscripted After Mass Arrests, Russian Foreign Minister Storms Out of U.N. Security Council Debate on Ukraine, Hurricane Fiona Swipes Bermuda, Barrels Toward Canada’s East Coast, Nigeria Suffers Worst Flooding in Years, Exacerbating Food Crisis, 11 Climate Activists Arrested at Sit-In Protest of Sen. Joe Manchin’s “Dirty Side Deal”, Iran Cuts Internet Access as Death Toll from Protests Rises, Republican Senators Block Bill to Require Disclosure of “Dark Money” Donors, CREW: Secret Service Knew of Neo-Nazi Threat on Jan. 6, Failed to Respond, Trump Openly Embraces Far-Right QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Neo-Fascist Party Founded by Mussolini Supporters Poised to Take Power in Italy, Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family Files Complaint Against Israel at International Criminal Court, Boeing Will Pay $200 Million to Settle SEC Probe into 737 MAX Crashes

Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister on U.S. Embargo, Gay Marriage & Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:44:01 -0400
We speak to Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío about U.S.-Cuba relations, sanctions and more. He is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where countries are expected to vote again in favor of lifting the 60-year economic blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba. “The aim of the United States policy since 1960 has been to make life as difficult and as unbearable as possible for the people of Cuba with the ambition that that would lead to the overthrow of the government,” says Fernández de Cossío. He also discusses Cuba’s abstentions in U.N. votes critical of Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, saying that while Cuba “cannot and does not support” a violation of another country’s sovereignty, the U.S. still bears “huge responsibility” for the conflict because of its push to expand NATO into Eastern Europe.

Azerbaijan's Deadly Attack on Armenia Inflames Decades-Long Conflict in South Caucasus
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:32:20 -0400
An attack by Azerbaijan on Armenia left more than 200 people dead before a ceasefire was called last Wednesday. It was the latest round of fighting between the two neighbors in the South Caucasus, which have fought a series of wars over territory. For more, we speak with Armenia-based reporter Roubina Margossian, who has reported from the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh that is at the center of the conflict.

Women Burn Hijabs in Iran as Protests Escalate over Killing of Mahsa Amini by "Morality Police"
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:20:25 -0400
Protests in Iran continue after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in custody of the so-called morality police. Mahsa Amini died last week after being detained for allegedly leaving some of her hair visible in violation of an Iranian law requiring women to cover their heads. Witnesses said Amini was severely beaten by police, but authorities claim she died of natural causes. Thousands of people, often led by young women, have taken to the streets in outrage over Amini’s death, chanting slogans against the morality police and the government, with some burning their headscarves in a show of defiance. “This anger against the morality police and the violence they are committing on the streets has been building up for years,” says Iranian American journalist Negar Mortazavi.

"Art of the Steal": Trump Faces Greatest Legal Peril Yet as NY AG Sues Trumps & Docs Probe Resumes
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:11:02 -0400
Former President Donald Trump is facing his greatest legal peril yet, as New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against Trump, three of his children and his family business for widespread financial fraud. The suit alleges they overvalued assets by billions of dollars in order to secure more favorable financial arrangements, then deflated those values to pay less in taxes. If the lawsuit is successful, the Trump Organization could be barred from conducting business in the state of New York. “He’s gotten away with this for decades. Now he’s going to have to answer in civil court,” says award-winning reporter David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump for years. Also on Wednesday, a three-judge federal appeals panel, including two who were appointed by Trump, allowed the Justice Department to continue reviewing the documents seized by the FBI from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Headlines for September 22, 2022
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
New York AG Sues Donald Trump and His Children for “Staggering” Financial Fraud, Appeals Court Will Allow DOJ to Resume Use of Documents Seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Ginni Thomas Agrees to Be Questioned by Jan. 6 Committee, 203 Republicans Vote “No” as House Approves Bill to Prevent Stolen Elections, Nearly 1,400 Arrested as Antiwar Protests Erupt Across Russia, Russia and Ukraine Agree to Swap Prisoners, At U.N. General Assembly, Biden and Zelensky Condemn Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Senate Votes to Phase Out Use of Refrigerants That Contribute to Climate Crisis, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin Unveils Bill to Speed Permitting of Energy Projects, Ex-Minneapolis Cop Thomas Lane Gets Three Years in Prison for Manslaughter of George Floyd, Progressives Warn Fed’s Interest Rate Hikes Will “Throw Millions of Americans Out of Work”

"The American Dream & Other Fairy Tales": Disney Heiress Tackles Inequality, Family Legacy in New Film
Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:41:40 -0400
Half of full-time workers in the United States cannot make ends meet. Thousands of them work for the Walt Disney Company. One of them reached out to the dissident heiress Abigail Disney, whose grandfather Roy Disney built what is often called the “happiest place on Earth.” Now she’s made a documentary about how the family business exploits its workers: “The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales.” The film follows workers who have difficulty making ends meet despite the lofty claims of the Disney conglomerate. “This is a phenomenon that’s happening across this country in corporations and even around the world,” says Disney, who co-directed the film with Kathleen Hughes. Employees who agreed to be filmed “had a hope that if they could change Disney from within, Disney could lead the way for other corporations,” notes Hughes.

Adnan Syed Freed After 23 Years in Prison. Same Flaws in His Murder Case Plague Thousands of Others
Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:25:24 -0400
Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular podcast “Serial,” was released Monday after a Maryland judge vacated his murder conviction due to evidence withheld during the trial that might have helped exonerate him. Syed spent 23 years in prison after being convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee as a teenager in 1999. He has not been declared legally innocent, and prosecutors could decide to retry the case, but that appears unlikely. We speak with Syed’s first attorney, Doug Colbert, who says Brady violations, in which prosecutors fail to disclose evidence to the defense, happen “much too often.” He argues, “There are many other people innocent of their crimes who should not have been convicted.”

COVID, Climate & Conflict Fueling Global Hunger as World Leaders at U.N. Urged to Take Action
Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:12:24 -0400
An open letter signed by over 200 humanitarian groups calls on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to urgently take action on world hunger, citing that one person dies of hunger every four seconds. We speak with Abby Maxman, president and CEO of Oxfam America, one of the letter’s signatories, who just returned from Somaliland, where a famine may be declared as early as next month. Climate change, COVID and conflicts such as the war in Ukraine are largely to blame for rising hunger, she says, and “those who are the least responsible are suffering its worst impacts.”

Headlines for September 21, 2022
Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Putin Announces Partial Mobilization of Russia’s Reserve Forces, Russian-Occupied Areas of Ukraine to Hold Referendum on Annexation, At U.N., Germany’s Scholz Denounces Russian Invasion as “Imperialism”, U.N. Secretary-General Warns World Is in Peril, Colombia’s Gustavo Petro Calls for End to War on Drugs, Chilean President Gabriel Boric Voices Support for Palestinians in U.N. Speech, “No Fascist Dynasties”: Protests in NYC Denounce Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Protests in Iran Spread to Dozens of Cities over Death of Mahsa Amini, One Person Dies from Hunger Every 4 Seconds While Number of Super Wealthy Individuals Soars, Venezuelan Asylum Seekers Sue DeSantis After Being Sent to Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico Remains Without Power; Lin-Manuel Miranda Calls for More Help for Island, Palestinian Authority Arrests Men Wanted by Israel, Sparking Uprising in Nablus, Eritrea Accused of Full-Scale Offense in Tigray Region of Ethiopia, Seattle Teachers Agree to New Contract After 5-Day Strike

Reverse Freedom Rides: Flying Migrants North, Florida Gov. Steals Page from Segregationists 60 Years Ago
Tue, 20 Sep 2022 08:43:31 -0400
As human rights advocates denounce efforts by Republicans to send dozens of buses full of asylum seekers to sanctuary cities across the United States, we look at the related history of the Reverse Freedom Rides of 1962, when Southern segregationists bused Black families to the North to antagonize Northern liberals and civil rights activists. Mwalim Peters, English and Black studies professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, recounts the little-known story of the Reverse Freedom Rides and says the strategy to humiliate liberals is “basically identical to what’s happening now in Martha’s Vineyard” and other sanctuary cities, where Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are sending asylum seekers under false pretenses of free housing and jobs. Instead, they find themselves being used as a media stunt and stranded. “We’re looking at any number of, basically, potentially criminal infractions, let alone just moral and ethical,” he adds.

Is the Pandemic Over? Public Health Advocates Decry Biden's Claim as Thousands Still Dying from COVID
Tue, 20 Sep 2022 08:18:03 -0400
President Biden declared that “the pandemic is over” during an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday, despite data collected by Johns Hopkins showing COVID-19 killed 13,000 people across the U.S. over the past month as 2.2 million new infections were reported. “I think it’s very premature to say that we see the end is in sight with this pandemic,” says Steven Thrasher, author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide.” He adds that the sentiment from the nation’s leader is dangerous because it discourages people from wearing masks and seeking booster vaccinations, which are still vital to prevent the virus’s spread.

Juan González: Hurricane Fiona Damage Shows Puerto Rico Still Hampered by U.S. Colonial Control
Tue, 20 Sep 2022 08:13:08 -0400
Democracy Now! co-host Juan González says people are showing resilience in the face of Hurricane Fiona in his native Puerto Rico, where the power grid crashed across the entire island due to the storm. Many who learned from 2017’s Hurricane Maria are dipping into their personal water reserves and using power generators, he says. “Puerto Rican people ... have actually been able to recognize the fact that the government, when it comes to these crises, is inept, and many people have been able to develop their own ability to survive,” says González.

Headlines for September 20, 2022
Tue, 20 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Hurricane Fiona Hits Dominican Republic; Puerto Rico Remains Without Power and Tap Water, World’s Fossil Fuel Reserves Hold 3.5 Trillion Tons of Potential Greenhouse Gases, U.N. General Assembly Opens with Appeals on Poverty, Hunger and Climate, Ukraine Exhumes Bodies from Mass Grave in Territory Reclaimed from Russia, Russian Separatists in Donbas Accuse Ukraine of Shelling Civilians , China and Russia Begin Joint Naval Patrols; U.S. Sends Carrier Battle Group to Korean Peninsula, WaPo: Pentagon Orders Review of Psyops Program over Fake Social Media Accounts, U.S. Arrests at Southern Border Top 2 Million, Surpassing Last Year’s Record Total, Texas Sheriff to Probe Whether Asylum Seekers Were Illegally Lured to Martha’s Vineyard, U.N. Panel Says Ethiopia May Have Committed Crimes Against Humanity in Tigray, Major Earthquake Shakes Mexico on Anniversary of Two Previous Temblors, U.S. Releases Taliban Prisoner in Exchange for American Mark Frerichs, Global Tel Link Will Pay $67 Million to Settle Claims It Seized Funds from Prisoners , Adnan Syed, Subject of “Serial” Podcast, Freed from Prison as Judge Vacates Murder Conviction

"Racism Is as British as a Cup of Tea": Kehinde Andrews Says Many Black Britons Don't Mourn the Queen
Mon, 19 Sep 2022 08:44:49 -0400
As Monday’s state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of a national period of mourning in Britain, we speak with the U.K.'s first professor of Black studies, Kehinde Andrews, about the generational difference in perceptions of the queen within his Jamaican family, which he lays out in his recent essay, “I Don't Mourn the Queen.” He also describes the brutal legacy of the British slave trade and the British Empire, which makes the monarchy a symbol of white supremacy that should not be mourned, but rather abolished. “This is an old institution — deeply racist, deeply classist, deeply patriarchal. It just needs to go. And this is the perfect time to discuss when it should end,” says Andrews.

Stronger & Wetter: Michael Mann on How Climate Change Makes Storms Worse & Why We Must Cut Emissions
Mon, 19 Sep 2022 08:34:39 -0400
Climate Week kicks off this week in New York City as more than 150 world leaders gather for the U.N. General Assembly and as Hurricane Fiona rips through Puerto Rico, Typhoon Nanmadol slams southern Japan, and Typhoon Merbok floods parts of western Alaska. We speak to climate scientist Michael Mann about how climate change has changed the pattern of tropical storms, and what needs to happen to address the crisis. He says rising global temperatures have worsened the effects of storms like these, and more aggressive climate legislation from Congress is needed. “We are experiencing devastating consequences of past climate inaction, and it really drives home the importance of taking action now,” says Mann.

Blackout in Puerto Rico: Whole Island Loses Power Amid Hurricane Fiona as Privatized Grid Collapses
Mon, 19 Sep 2022 08:16:57 -0400
More than 1.5 million people are in the dark after Hurricane Fiona knocked the power out across all of Puerto Rico Sunday, triggering floods and landslides. We go to San Juan for an update from Democracy Now! correspondent Juan Carlos Dávila, who describes how privatization of the island’s electrical grid coupled with a legacy of U.S. colonialism “has really caused the crisis.” We also speak with former San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz as President Biden has declared a national emergency and federal aid pours in. “The distribution has to be robust and has to be people-centered and community-centered,” notes Cruz.

Headlines for September 19, 2022
Mon, 19 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Puerto Rico Plunged into Darkness as Hurricane Fiona Knocks Out Power Grid, Alaska’s Strongest Storm in Half-Century Cuts Off Rural Communities, 9 Million Ordered to Evacuate as Typhoon Nanmadol Hits Japan, Climate Week Opens in New York as World Leaders Gather for U.N. General Assembly, United Kingdom Holds State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, “Not My King”: Protester Confronts British Monarch over Wealth Inequality, White House Condemns GOP Governors for Sending Asylum Seekers to Liberal States, India’s Modi Criticizes Putin over Ukraine Invasion, Ukraine Says Mass Grave in Territory Liberated from Russia Contains 400 Bodies, Ceasefire Halts Fighting Between Azerbaijan and Armenia That Killed 200, Nearly 100 Killed in Border Clashes Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Israel Bombs Damascus Airport in Syria, Biden Repeats Vow to Defend Taiwan from China’s Military, Biden Claims “The Pandemic Is Over” Despite 3,000+ U.S. Deaths Per Week, West Virginia Governor Signs Near-Total Ban on Abortion into Law, Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Merriam-Webster over Gender-Inclusive Edits

"The Myth of Normal": Dr. Gabor Maté on Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture
Fri, 16 Sep 2022 08:14:50 -0400
In an extended interview, acclaimed physician and author Dr. Gabor Maté discusses his new book, just out, called “The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture.” “The very values of a society are traumatizing for a lot of people,” says Maté, who argues in his book that “psychological trauma, woundedness, underlies much of what we call disease.” He says healing requires a reconnection between the mind and the body, which can be achieved through cultivating a sense of community, meaning, belonging and purpose. Maté also discusses how the healthcare system has harmfully promoted the “mechanization of birth,” how the lack of social services for parents has led to “a massive abandonment of infants,” and how capitalism has fueled addiction and the rise of youth suicide rates.

Headlines for September 16, 2022
Fri, 16 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Texas Gov. Abbott Buses Asylum Seekers to VP Kamala Harris’s Home, “We Are Not a Sanctuary State”: Florida Governor Sends Asylum Seekers to Martha’s Vineyard, U.N. to Investigate Mass Graves in Territory Reclaimed from Russia by Ukraine, Russia Warns U.S. Arms Shipments to Ukraine Could Prompt “Direct Military Clash”, Vladimir Putin Meets Xi Jinping, Acknowledges “Questions and Concerns” over Ukraine, Pakistan Suffers Surge of Waterborne Disease as Floodwaters Recede, “An Unprecedented Global Crime”: House Hearings Probe Oil Companies’ Climate Denial, Judge Blocks Proposed Petrochemical Plant in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”, Federal Court Rules Enbridge Trespassed on Indigenous Land to Build Line 5 Pipeline, Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Jackson, Miss., After Nearly 7 Weeks, Patagonia Founder Gives Away $3 Billion Company to Fight Climate Crisis, WHO Says End of Coronavirus Pandemic “Is in Sight” as Deaths Fall to Lowest Rate Since 2020, Federal Judge Names Special Master and Orders DOJ to Delay Review of Documents Held by Trump, Senate Democrats Won’t Hold Vote on Congressional Stock Trading Ban Before Midterm Elections, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele Says He’ll Seek Reelection Despite Prohibition, Mexico Arrests Retired General over 2014 Disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa Students

"Infuriating": A Third of Pakistan Is Underwater. Calls Grow for Climate Reparations and Debt Cancellation
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 08:46:30 -0400
Nearly 1,500 people have died and tens of millions have been displaced in Pakistan, where catastrophic flooding has left a third of the country underwater, washing away homes, farmlands, bridges, hospitals and schools. “People have lost everything,” says Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a Pakistani artist and the grandson of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Bhutto says the flooding has caused an epidemic of malaria and dengue fever, and calls on the International Monetary Fund to cancel the country’s debts and commit to climate reparations.

"In the Shadow of Invasion": Artist Molly Crabapple & Ukrainian Journalist Anna Grechishkina Document Ukraine War
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 08:26:48 -0400
Ukraine has accused Russia of bombing a dam in the southern city of Kryvyi Rih — where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was born — forcing evacuation in parts of the city due to flooding. The bombing is the latest Russian attack on civilain infrastructure since Ukrainian forces recaptured over 3,000 square miles of territory from Russia during a counteroffensive this past week. For more, we speak with New York-based artist and author Molly Crabapple, who just published a series of sketches documenting her recent travels across Ukraine alongside Ukrainian journalist and motorcyclist Anna Grechishkina. “I wanted to see with my own eyes how Ukrainians were writing and defining their own future,” says Crabapple. Her new piece is titled “In the Shadow of Invasion.”

"30 Years in the Making": U.S. Rail Strike Averted by Tentative Deal as Workers Decry Grueling Conditions
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 08:11:27 -0400
Railroad workers have reached a new tentative union contract with rail companies, averting a potential strike set to start on Friday that could have shut down rail service across the United States. The deal, which has yet to be released in writing and ratified by union members, is said to grant one paid sick day to workers, allow workers to attend medical appointments without being subject to attendance policies, and give a “semblance of a schedule” to rail workers, who are currently on call to work 24/7. Locomotive engineer Ron Kaminkow, the organizer for Railroad Workers United, says the railway crisis is “30 years in the making,” and describes how resentment has grown among workers as rail company executives slash resources for their employees while raking in record profits.

Headlines for September 15, 2022
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
U.S. Rail Workers Win Tentative Union Contract, Averting Nationwide Strike, 15,000 Minnesota Nurses Return to Work After 3-Day Strike over Pay and Staffing Levels, U.S. Transfers $3.5B in Frozen Afghan Central Bank Funds to Swiss Trust, Reports of Russian Torture Emerge in Territory Reclaimed by Ukraine , U.N. Secretary-General Warns Ukraine Ceasefire Is “Nowhere in Sight” , Indiana Abortion Ban Takes Effect; Ohio Judge Temporarily Halts 6-Week Ban, Woman Whose Fetus Lacked Skull Travels to NYC for Abortion After Louisiana Bans Procedure, R. Kelly Found Guilty of Child Pornography Charges, Sex Trafficked Teen Who Killed Alleged Rapist Ordered to Pay His Family $150,000, Andrew Cuomo Sued by Former Aide Charlotte Bennett for Sexual Harassment, Sweden’s New Government Will Be Led by Far-Right Party Founded by Neo-Nazis

"The Storm Is Here": War Reporter Luke Mogelson on U.S. Right-Wing Militias, Violence, Jan. 6 & Trump
Wed, 14 Sep 2022 08:38:58 -0400
We speak with The New Yorker’s award-winning war correspondent Luke Mogelson about his new book, “The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible.” The book gives an eyewitness account of right-wing extremism and growing civic unrest in the U.S. since 2020, starting with anti-lockdown protests in Michigan and culminating in the January 6 insurrection. Mogelson, who filmed the attack on the U.S. Capitol, says many of the right-wing rioters viewed the insurrection “not as a political act but as something taking place in a more timeless, kind of cosmic spiritual framework.”

"Major Step Towards a United Ireland": As Britain Mourns Queen, Northern Ireland Considers Its Future
Wed, 14 Sep 2022 08:15:13 -0400
We speak with journalist and activist Eamonn McCann about Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy in Ireland and the impact of her recent death on the prospects of Irish unification. This comes as King Charles III visited Northern Ireland Tuesday on his national tour commemorating his mother, whose reign oversaw more than 3,600 deaths over three decades in Northern Ireland in fighting between the Irish Republican Army and forces backed by Britain. “There is a great confidence among nationalist and republican leaders in Northern Ireland that we are now moving inexorably towards a united Ireland,” says McCann, a former member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Headlines for September 14, 2022
Wed, 14 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Ukraine Claims It Has Recaptured 3,000 Square Miles of Territory from Russia, Sen. Lindsey Graham Introduces Nationwide 15-Week Abortion Ban, West Virgnia Lawmakers Approve Near-Total Ban on Abortion, Pro-Trump Don Bolduc Wins NH GOP Senate Primary, Mary Peltola Sworn In as First Alaskan Native to Serve in Congress, Report: 97 Members of Congress Sold or Bought Stock Related to Committee Work, Mourners Pack Streets of London for Procession Carrying Coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, Biden Administration Works to Prevent Major Railway Strike, Seattle Teachers Suspend Five-Day Strike After Tentative Agreement Reached, William Ruto Sworn In as Kenya’s New President, Toll from Pakistan Flood Rises as Survivors Lack Clean Drinking Water, Former Twitter Security Chief Warns Congress About Major Security Flaws, Alex Jones on Trial Again for Spreading Lies About Sandy Hook Massacre, Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, 76, Dies

Julian Aguon: U.S. Militarization of Guam Is "Nothing Less Than Cataclysmic"
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 08:47:24 -0400
The geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China is reshaping life in the U.S. territory of Guam, where the already-massive military presence is set to expand as the Pentagon builds up its capabilities in the Pacific. “We are directly in the line of fire,” says Julian Aguon, a CHamoru writer and human rights lawyer, who describes the build-up of U.S. troops and military infrastructure on Guam as “nothing less than cataclysmic” for the Indigenous people. Aguon also talks about the ongoing fight for independence in Guam, which he says the U.S. has thwarted for more than a century. “The U.S. is a country that prefers, routinely, power over strength and living over letting live.” Aguon is the author of several acclaimed books, including, “The Fire This Time: Stories of Life Under U.S. Occupation” and “What We Bury at Night: Disposable Humanity.” His most recent book, released Tuesday, is titled “No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies.”

Yanis Varoufakis on Europe's Energy Crisis, War in Ukraine & Crackdown on Dissent After Queen's Death
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 08:35:15 -0400
We look at how the Ukraine war is contributing to an energy crisis across Europe with Greek politician and economist Yanis Varoufakis. Last week Russia announced it would not resume sending natural gas to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, blaming Western sanctions for supposed maintenance delays keeping the gas shut off. Prior to the war, Russia supplied Europe with 40% of its natural gas, but now European nations must find ways to cope with fuel shortages and soaring energy prices as winter approaches. Varoufakis says a history of market liberalization and reliance on cheap Russian gas has left the continent scrambling, in turn pushing up energy costs in the Global South as richer European countries buy up other sources of energy. “Yet again, Europe is exporting misery to the rest of the world,” says Varoufakis, a member of the Greek Parliament and former finance minister. His latest piece for Project Syndicate is “Time to Blow Up Electricity Markets.”

Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda May Cut Ties to British Monarch; Renew Call for Reparations for Slavery
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 08:11:55 -0400
We look at how the death of Queen Elizabeth II is prompting former British colonies in the Caribbean to replace the British monarch as their head of state. Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister has vowed to hold a referendum soon on whether to become a republic, and Jamaica’s ruling Labour Party also plans a vote. The Caribbean at one point formed the heart of England’s first colonial empire in North America, with millions of enslaved Africans taken to the islands, where many were worked to death. Dorbrene O’Marde, chair of the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Commission, says he is not personally mourning Queen Elizabeth’s death because her reign helped to “cloak the historical brutality of empire in this veneer of grandeur and pomp and pageantry.” We also speak with renowned Jamaican poet and musician Mutabaruka, who says the British monarchy “represents criminal activity” and that the British state needs to make reparations to former colonies like Jamaica to redress the history of abuses. “Actions speak louder than words,” he says.

Headlines for September 13, 2022
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 08:00:00 -0400
Ukraine Retakes 6,000 Square Kilometers from Russia, Asks for More Weapons, Dozens Killed in Fresh Clashes Between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Justice Department Seizes Phones of Two Former Trump Aides, DOJ Accepts Raymond Dearie as Special Master to Vet Classified Documents Held by Trump, Pakistan Floodwaters Could Take Up to Six Months to Recede, Wildfire Smoke Brings Hazardous Air Pollution to Western U.S. and Canada, King Charles III Visits Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K. Police Arrest Protester Who Heckled Prince Andrew over Ties to Jeffrey Epstein, U.N. Report Warns 50 Million Worldwide Are Trapped in “Modern Slavery”, Minnesota Nurses Begin Largest Private Sector Nurses’ Strike in U.S. History, 115,000 Railroad Workers Prepare to Strike Friday to Demand Safer Working Conditions, Black Pastor Sues over Arrest by Alabama Officers While Watering Neighbor’s Flowers, French New Wave Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Dies at 91

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