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From Attica to South Carolina: Heather Ann Thompson on the Roots of the Nationwide Prison Strike
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:49:52 -0400
Prisoners in at least 17 states are expected to strike today in a mass mobilization demanding improved living conditions, sentencing reform, the right to vote and the end of "prison slave labor." The weeks-long strike begins on the 47th anniversary of the killing of Black Panther George Jackson, who was shot and killed by guards during an escape attempt from San Quentin prison. It will end on September 9, the 47th anniversary of the deadly Attica prison uprising. For more, we speak with Heather Ann Thompson, American historian, author and activist. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy." She is a professor of history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We also speak with prison strike organizer Amani Sawari.

National Prison Strike Begins: Prisoners in 17 States Demand End to "Slave Labor" Behind Bars
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:32:37 -0400
Prisoners across the country are set to launch a nationwide strike today to demand improved living conditions, greater access to resources and the "end of modern day slavery." Prisoners in at least 17 states are expected to participate in the coordinated sit-ins, hunger strikes, work stoppages and commissary boycotts from today until September 9—the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising. For more, we speak with Amani Sawari, a prison strike organizer working on behalf of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, a network of prisoners who are helping organize the nationwide strike. We also speak with Cole Dorsey, a formerly incarcerated member of the IWW's Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee who is helping coordinate with prisoners on the prison strike.

Sister Simone Campbell: Catholic Sex Abuse Stems from "Monarchy" & Exclusion of Women from Power
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:11:56 -0400
For the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope has addressed a letter to the entire population of 1.2 billion Catholics on the topic of sex abuse by clergy. In the scathing 2,000-word letter, Pope Francis wrote, "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them." Last week in Pennsylvania, a grand jury report revealed how more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused 1,000 children, and possibly thousands more, over seven decades and that the church leadership covered up the abuse. More than 1,000 Catholic theologians, educators and parishioners have called on all Catholic bishops to resign. We speak with Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, an advocacy group for Catholic social justice which organizes the Nuns on the Bus campaign. She's the author of "A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community."

Headlines for August 21, 2018
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
In Historic Letter, Pope Condemns Catholic Church Sex Abuse and Cover-Up, Trump to Announce Massive Rollback of Obama-Era Coal Regulations, In Racist Comment, Trump Says Hispanic Border Agent "Speaks Perfect English", Taliban Fires Rockets at Afghan Presidential Palace, India: Death Toll Rises to 400 in Kerala's Historic Flooding, French Oil Company Total Withdraws from Iran in Wake of U.S. Sanctions, Microsoft: Russian Hackers Targeting Conservative Think Tanks, Michigan Health Director Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Trial over Flint Water Crisis, NYT: #MeToo Leader Asia Argento Paid Off Her Sexual Assault Accuser, Musicians & Entertainers Slam President Trump During VMA Awards, NYT: Michael Cohen Being Investigated for Business Loans & Campaign Finance Violations, UNC Students Topple "Silent Sam" Confederate Statue, Colorado Immigrant Rights Leader Sandra Lopez Leaving Sanctuary Today, Prisoners Launch Nationwide Strike Demanding "End of Modern Day Slavery"

In Memoriam: David McReynolds, the Gay Socialist Pacifist Who Twice Ran for President, Dies at 88
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:37:17 -0400
Longtime pacifist and socialist David McReynolds died Friday at the age of 88. Known to historian Howard Zinn and many others as a "hero of the antiwar movement," McReynolds was a staff member with the War Resisters League from 1960 to 1999. There, he focused on counter-recruitment and helped organize one of the first draft card burnings. He went on to play a key role in some of major demonstrations against the Vietnam War and campaign for nuclear disarmament. McReynolds ran for president in 1980 and 2000 as an openly gay man. For more, we speak with two of his close friends. Ed Hedemann worked with McReynolds for decades at the War Resisters League. Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist and co-founder of The Intercept.

Horror at TX Detention Center: ICE Guards Separate Fathers & Sons After They Had Just Been Reunited
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:23:31 -0400
In Texas, armed guards forcibly removed 16 fathers from the Karnes County detention center, where they were being held with their sons after the families were separated at the border and then reunited. Authorities appear to have reseparated the parents and sons as retaliation for organizing a nonviolent protest. Many of the imprisoned fathers said they had been tricked into signing deportation agreements in English that ICE told them were reunification papers. 
The families have now been reunited, and some have been released. For more, we speak with Casey Miller and Manoj Govindaiah
 with RAICES, a Texas-based legal aid group for immigrants.

ICE Arrests Husband Taking Pregnant Wife to Hospital to Give Birth, Forcing Her to Drive Alone
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:13:05 -0400
In San Bernardino, California, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested a man driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth last Wednesday, sparking widespread outrage. The ICE agents detained Joel Arrona-Lara when he stopped at a gas station, forcing his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, to drive herself to the hospital for her scheduled C-section. The couple has lived in the United States for more than 10 years and has five children, including their newborn baby. For more, we speak with Joel Arrona-Lara's lawyer Russell Jauregui, staff attorney at the San Bernardino Community Service Center.

Headlines for August 20, 2018
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
CNN: Bomb That Killed 40 Yemeni School Children Was Made by U.S. , California: ICE Arrests Man Driving His Wife to the Hospital to Give Birth, ICE Agents Forcibly Reseparate Fathers from Sons at Karnes Detention Center , Ex-CIA Director John Brennan May Sue Trump over Stripped Security Clearances , NYT: White House Counsel Donald McGahn Cooperating with Mueller Probe , Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinians and Injure Hundreds More During Friday's Protests, Longtime Israeli Peace Activist Uri Avnery Dies at 94 , Afghan President Offers Conditional Ceasefire with Taliban , U.N.: Brazil Can't Bar Lula from Running in October Presidential Elections , Nigeria: Cholera Outbreak Kills 186 People , Trump Speechwriter Fired After Revelations of His Links to White Nationalists , Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan Dies , David McReynolds, "Hero of the Antiwar Movement," Dies at 88

Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin "Will Forever Animate Our Collective Sense of Desire for Change"
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:44:41 -0400
Aretha Franklin became the voice of the civil rights movement in 1967, when her cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" became an international sensation. Franklin was a steadfast supporter of the civil rights movement throughout her long and remarkable career. She sang at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral after his assassination in 1968. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Franklin anonymously helped fund the movement for decades. He said, "When Dr. King was alive, several times she helped us make payroll. ... Aretha has always been a very socially conscious artist, an inspiration, not just an entertainer." For more, we speak with Angela Davis, author, professor and activist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. We also speak with Farah Jasmine Griffin, professor of English and comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University, and Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke professor of African & African American studies at Duke University.

Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin Offered to Post Bail for Me, Saying "Black People Will Be Free"
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:35:32 -0400
In 1970, Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis, who was jailed on trumped-up charges. Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine in 1970, "My daddy says I don't know what I'm doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I'm going to stick by my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free. I've been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can't get no peace. Jail is hell to be in. I'm going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she's a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people. I have the money; I got it from Black people—they've made me financially able to have it—and I want to use it in ways that will help our people." We speak with activist and scholar Angela Davis about what Aretha Franklin meant to her.

Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, an Icon of the Civil Rights & Feminist Movements
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:14:59 -0400
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at her home in Detroit at the age of 76. For decades, Aretha Franklin has been celebrated as one of the greatest American singers of any genre, who helped give birth to soul and redefined the American musical tradition. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She held the record for the most songs on the Billboard Top 100 for 40 years. Rolling Stone ranked her the greatest singer of all time on its top 100 list, calling her "a gift from God." Her hit single "Respect" became part of the soundtrack to the civil rights movement, which she also supported behind the scenes. We speak with professors Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University and Farah Jasmine Griffin of Columbia University.

Headlines for August 17, 2018
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Pope Expresses "Shame and Sorrow" over Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Case, New Special Representative on Iran to Enforce Hardline U.S. Policies, Boston Globe Reports Bomb Threat as President Trump Assails the Paper, Former National Security Officials Blast Trump over Security Clearance Revocations, Pentagon Delays Plans for Trump's Military Parade, In New Tape, Lara Trump Offers Omarosa Manigault Newman "Hush Money", Aretha Franklin, the Legendary Queen of Soul, Dies at 76, India: Floods from Monsoon Rains Leave At Least 164 Dead, Philippines: Wave of Garbage Floods Manila After Heavy Rains, China: Typhoon Rumbia Makes Landfall in Shanghai, Court Orders New Environmental Review for Keystone XL Pipeline, Court Reverses Trump Admin Rollback of Clean Water Rule, 1,400 Google Workers Protest Plans for Censored Chinese Search Engine, Argentina: After Senate Rejects Pro-Choice Law, Woman Dies from Banned Abortion, Louisiana: Shreveport Mayoral Candidate Threatened with Lynching, Children of Deported Parents Plan Protest at U.S.-Mexico Border

"I'm Bringing My Bullhorn to Congress": Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim Congresswoman
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:46:29 -0400
Detroit Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib is poised to become the first Palestinian-American woman and first Muslim woman to serve in Congress, after winning the Democratic primary for John Conyers's old House seat in Michigan last week. Tlaib is a Democratic Socialist who supports the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution, Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing ICE. The child of immigrants, she has spoken out against the Trump administration's travel bans. We speak with Rashida Tlaib about her historic victory and her plans for Congress.

"This Church Is a Criminal Enterprise": Former Priest & Survivor Speak Out on PA Catholic Sex Abuse
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:22:14 -0400
A shocking new Pennsylvania grand jury report has revealed that more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused 1,000 children, and possibly thousands more, over a span of seven decades. The church leadership covered up the abuse, lying to communities, transferring predator priests rather than firing them, and locking abuse complaints away in what the church called a "secret archive." For more, we speak with Shaun Dougherty, a survivor of sexual abuse by a Pennsylvania priest. His story was included in Tuesday's grand jury report. He was molested by a priest from the Altoona-Johnstown diocese in Pennsylvania for three years, starting when he was 10 years old. George Koharchick, the priest responsible, has been defrocked. Even though the FBI determined he was a child predator, Koharchick cannot be tried as such because of an expired statute of limitations. We also speak with Bob Hoatson, a former Catholic priest and the co-founder and president of Road to Recovery, which assists victims of sexual abuse.

Catholic Church Cover-up: 300 Priests Sexually Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:12:00 -0400
In Pennsylvania, a grand jury report has revealed that more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused 1,000 children, and possibly thousands more, over seven decades, and that church leadership covered up the abuse. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro described harrowing accounts of priests raping young girls and boys, including one priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had her tonsils out. Another priest impregnated a young girl and then arranged for her to have an abortion. The report reveals that the church orchestrated a massive, systematic cover-up to conceal the abuse, including lying to the community about why a priest was removed from a parish, transferring predator priests rather than firing them, and locking abuse complaints away in what the church called a "secret archive."

Headlines for August 16, 2018
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Violence Roils Afghanistan as Taliban Cracks Down on Red Cross, Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Ex-CIA Director, a Major Critic, Security Clearance Flap Comes Amid Mounting White House Scandals, Trump's Lawyer Prepared to "Unload" on Mueller "Like a Ton of Bricks", Hundreds of Media Outlets Condemn Trump's Attacks on the Free Press, Turkish Court Releases Jailed Amnesty International Chair, Brazil: Lula Registers from Prison as Presidential Candidate, Malta Allows Migrant Ship to Dock After 5 Days Stranded at Sea, ACLU Says ICE "Trapped" Immigrant Spouses at Green Card Interviews, CDC Says Record 72,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdoses Last Year, GOP to Withhold Documents on Kavanaugh from Public and Most Lawmakers, Puerto Rican Officials Say Electricity Fully Restored After 11 Months, Puerto Rican Teachers Hold 1-Day Strike to Oppose Education Cuts

Military Cover-Up? 100s of Migrants Feared Dead in Mass Grave at AZ's Barry Goldwater Bombing Range
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:51:56 -0400
As the Trump administration continues an immigration crackdown at the border, asylum seekers are being told to wait for days or weeks on end before being allowed entry into the United States. This practice is leading more and more immigrants to risk their lives on dangerous journeys through the desert to enter the country instead, says investigative reporter John Carlos Frey. We speak with the Marshall Project reporter about the Barry Goldwater bombing range in Arizona, a vast swath of land across the border from Nogales, Mexico. The area is part of an incredibly dangerous migrant path, but aid workers are not allowed access to the site. Frey estimates hundreds of immigrants could have died there in recent years but that their bodies have not been recovered.

John Carlos Frey: Deported Parents Say Trump Administration Is Still Separating Families at Border
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:42:42 -0400
Nearly three weeks after the court-imposed deadline for reuniting families forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration has admitted that 559 children remain in government custody. More than 360 of these children are separated from parents who have been deported by the U.S. government. Most of the families separated at the border were seeking asylum from violence in their home countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Instead, the parents were charged in federal court with a crime for illegally crossing the border, then held in jail and detention. The children, some still breastfeeding, were sent to shelters around the country. Judge Dana Sabraw, who ruled the Trump administration must reunite all separated families, said, "For every parent who is not located, there will be a permanent orphaned child, and that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration." For more, we speak with John Carlos Frey, award-winning investigative reporter with The Marshall Project and special correspondent with "PBS NewsHour." He is recently back from reporting trips in Guatemala and Nogales, Mexico, where he spoke with asylum seekers waiting for days and even weeks to enter the United States.

Parents of Murdered Parkland Student Joaquin Oliver on Using Art to Demand End to Gun Violence
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:10:12 -0400
Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, return to class today, amid heavy security, after summer break. It was six months ago Tuesday when a former student, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15, gunned down 17 students, staff and teachers in just three minutes. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. After the horrific attack, many of the students who survived the shooting became leading activists for gun control. 
Among the students killed at Stoneman Douglas High School was Joaquin Oliver. On Tuesday, Democracy Now! spoke to Joaquin's parents, Manuel and Patricia Oliver, who have started a new nonprofit called Change the Ref to promote the use of urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of gun violence.

Headlines for August 15, 2018
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Pennsylvania Priests Abused 1,000 Children and Covered Up the Abuse, Christine Hallquist Becomes First Transgender Major-Party Gubernatorial Nominee, In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar Is Poised to Be First Somali American Elected to Congress, Keith Ellison Wins Democratic Primary for Minnesota Attorney General, Jahana Hayes Poised to Be Connecticut's First Black Woman in Congress, Kansas: Jeff Colyer Concedes to Kris Kobach in Republican Primary for Governor, In Sexist & Racist Attack, Trump Calls Omarosa "Crazed" and a "Dog", Italy: 39 Killed in Bridge Collapse in Genoa, Yemen: 13 Reportedly Killed by Airstrikes in Hodeidah Province, Gaza: Israeli Blockade Forces Doctors to Halt Chemotherapy for Cancer Patients, Thousands Rally in Tunisia to Demand Equal Inheritance Rights for Women, Nebraska Executes Death Row Prisoner Using Fentanyl for First Time in U.S. History

AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:50:35 -0400
The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has repeatedly cut secret deals with al-Qaeda, even paying its fighters to retreat from towns or join the coalition, a bombshell Associated Press investigation has revealed. The AP probe accuses the United States of being aligned with al-Qaeda in the fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, despite claiming to be fighting the extremist group in the region. One senior tribal leader told the AP, "Al-Qaeda wasn't defeated. It didn't fight in the first place." We speak with Maggie Michael, one of the three reporters for the Associated Press who broke the story, headlined "U.S. Allies Spin Deals with al-Qaida in War on Rebels."

40 Yemeni Children Dead by U.S.-Made Bomb? Outrage Mounts over U.S. Role in Airstrike on School Bus
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:42:11 -0400
Thousands of mourners gathered in Yemen's northern city of Saada Monday for the funerals of 51 people, including 40 children, who were killed in a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus last week. The massacre of school boys between the ages of 6 and 11 was one of the worst attacks on children in the history of Yemen's brutal war. Images posted online suggest a U.S.-built Mark 82 bomb was used in the bombing. We speak with Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni scholar and activist and an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Her latest piece for In These Times is titled "Fine Print in Defense Bill Acknowledges U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Will Go On Indefinitely."

How Monsanto Plants Stories, Suppresses Science & Silences Dissent to Sell a Cancer-Linked Chemical
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:27:37 -0400
As Monsanto comes under scrutiny for allegedly hiding the dangers of its weed killer Roundup, we talk to a reporter who says the company attempted to censor and discredit her when she published stories on their product that contradicted their business interests. Carey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist and author of "Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science."

Historic Ruling Against Monsanto Finds Company Acted with "Malice" Against Groundskeeper with Cancer
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:10:29 -0400
California jurors have awarded $289 million in a historic verdict against Monsanto in the case of a school groundskeeper who developed cancer after using its weed killer, Roundup. We speak with Brent Wisner, the lead trial counsel for Dewayne Lee Johnson, who has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Doctors say he is unlikely to live past 2020. Johnson's was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Filed in 2016, it was fast-tracked for trial due to the severity of his illness.

Headlines for August 14, 2018
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Economists Fear Turkish Financial Crisis Could Spread, Thousands Attend Funeral of 40 Yemeni Children Killed in Saudi Airstrike, Car Drives into Security Barrier at U.K. Parliament, Three Injured, Trump Signs $716 Billion Military Spending Bill, Includes $21 Billion for Nuke Program, State of Virginia Confirms Immigrant Teenagers Were Strapped to Chairs with Bags Over Their Heads, Stephen Miller's Uncle: My Nephew Is an "Immigration Hypocrite", U.N. Official: Trump's Attacks on Press Are "Very Close to Incitement to Violence", Firefighter Dies Battling Mendocino Complex Fire, DNC Lifts Ban on Fossil Fuel Company Donations, Poll: More Democrats Have Positive View of Socialism Than Capitalism, FBI's Peter Strzok Fired After Months of Republican Attacks, Nebraska Prepares to Carry Out First Execution in U.S. with Fentanyl, Facebook Takes Down Page for Latin American Broadcaster Telesur, Voters Head to Polls in Four States for Primaries

Interior Sec. Zinke Blames "Radical Environmentalists," Not Climate Change, as 100+ Wildfires Rage
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:52:44 -0400
As more than 100 fires rage in the western United States, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote an op-ed last week in USA Today about forest management on public lands that blamed "radical environmentalists" for the fires. "Most Americans get it, that climate change is no longer something that they can just wish away in this administration," responds Joel Clement, who served as director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department until July of 2017 and worked at the Interior Department for seven years. We also speak with Ben Lefebvre, an energy reporter for Politico who has done a series of stories on Zinke's alleged ethics violations.

Meet the Two Protesters Who Confronted Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke over Corruption & Climate Change
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:37:15 -0400
We go to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to speak with Sallie Holmes and Jesse Brucato, who interrupted a speech by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday. Zinke has faced 14 federal misconduct investigations since joining President Trump's Cabinet. The protesters asked Zinke about his alleged ethical lapses and questioned why he refuses to acknowledge the role of climate change in the wildfires raging across the western United States. We are also joined by Politico reporter Ben Lefebvre, who broke the stories linking Zinke to a real estate deal with energy giant Halliburton's chairperson David Lesar.

Former Iranian Ambassador: Trump's Reimposed Sanctions Against Iran Are an Act of Warfare
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:09:54 -0400
Tensions are escalating between the U.S. and Iran after the Trump administration reimposed economic sanctions against Iran last week. This news followed Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has threatened other countries seeking to trade with Iran, tweeting, "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States." Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the sanctions as "psychological warfare," saying last week he would not begin negotiations until the sanctions are withdrawn. We speak with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served as spokesperson for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the European Union from 2003 to 2005.

Headlines for August 13, 2018
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Korean Leaders to Meet Next Month in Pyongyang, On Anniversary of Charlottesville, White Supremacist Rally in D.C. Fizzles, Baltimore Police Officer Resigns After Videotaped Repeatedly Punching Man, Trump to Sign $716 Billion Military Spending Bill with Over $21 Billion for Nuclear Weapons, Afghanistan: Over 200 Killed After Taliban Attacks Critical City of Ghazni, Israeli Forces Shot Dead Gazan Medic Armed with "Bandages & Surgical Masks", U.N.: China Is Detaining Over 1 Million Uyghurs in Massive Internment Camp, Maduro Welcomes FBI to Come to Venezuela to Help Probe Assassination Plot, White House Looks to Stop Former Staffer from Releasing Audio Recorded in West Wing, Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million After Groundskeeper Got Cancer from Roundup Exposure, Seattle Airport Worker Dies After Crashing Stolen Plane, Rep. Keith Ellison Denies Abusing Ex-Girlfriend, Egyptian-Born Marxist Economist Samir Amin, 86, Dies

"All For One": U.S. and Russian Filmmakers with Disabilities Collaborate in Powerful New Documentary
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:45:06 -0400
While tensions between the U.S. and Russia continue to heat up, one group of filmmakers has found a way to strengthen ties between the two countries through a common bond: their disabilities. A new film premiering tonight in New York follows the Media Enabled Musketeers, American and Russian filmmakers with disabilities, as they make original films to tell their stories. "All For One" tells the story of 35 Russians and 13 Americans who collaborated to create films about everyday issues to empower themselves, educate the public and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. These include films about accessibility, finding love, confronting prejudice and following dreams. For more, we speak with Jon Alpert, co-founder of Downtown Community Television Center, or DCTV, the country's oldest community media center. He is the co-director of the Media Enabled Musketeers project. We also speak with Jon Novick and Ben Rosloff, filmmakers with Media Enabled Musketeers.

Meet Gustavo Petro, Colombian Former Guerrilla & Leftist Who Mounted Historic Campaign for Presidency
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:11:18 -0400
In Colombia, right-wing politician Iván Duque has been sworn in as Colombia's new president. Duque was handpicked by former right-wing President Álvaro Uribe and has vowed to roll back key parts of Colombia's landmark peace deal with FARC rebels. Just before Duque's inauguration, Democracy Now! spoke to Gustavo Petro, who placed second in this year's presidential race, receiving 8 million votes in his attempt to become Colombia's first leftist president. In the 1980s, Petro was jailed and tortured for being a member of the M-19 guerrilla movement. He later went on to lead efforts in Colombia's Congress to investigate ties between paramilitary death squads and top politicians.

Headlines for August 10, 2018
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Puerto Rican Government Admits At Least 1,427 People Died After Hurricane Maria, Judge Threatens to Hold Sessions in Contempt of Court over Asylum Seekers' Deportation, Trump Admin Has Still Not Reunited 559 Separated Children with Their Parents, Trump Travel Ban Preventing Iranian Woman from Seeking Life-Saving Treatment in U.S., Melania Trump's Parents Become U.S. Citizens Through Process Trump Wants to Eliminate, Fox's Laura Ingraham Faces Backlash After Going on Racist Tirade, Pence Calls for Military Space Force to Maintain "American Supremacy" in Outer Space, New Details Emerge About U.S.-Backed Bombing of Schoolchildren in Yemen, APA Rejects Proposal to Reverse Rules Barring Psychologists from Interrogations, In Leaked Audio, Rep. Nunes Talks About Protecting Trump from Mueller Probe, New Town, ND: March Demands Justice for Olivia Lone Bear and Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Common Application Will No Longer Ask Students About Criminal Histories, NFL Preseason Kicks Off with Protests Against Police Brutality, This Weekend Marks First Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Rally

73 Years After U.S. Dropped Atom Bomb on Nagasaki, Survivor Warns About Threat of Nuclear Warfare
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 08:45:45 -0400
Seventy-three years ago today, on August 9, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing 74,000 people and forever changing the lives of those who survived the nuclear attack. The bombing came just three days after the U.S. dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing some 140,000 people. For more, we speak with two guests who traveled from Japan to New York City on the Peace Boat—an international boat that sails around the world campaigning for nuclear disarmament and world peace—last month. Terumi Kuramori is a hibakusha—that's the Japanese word for a survivor of the atomic bomb—and Tatsuya Yoshioka is the co-founder and director of the Peace Boat.

$1 an Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor?
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 08:31:34 -0400
California relies on thousands of prisoners, including many women, to battle the wildfires burning statewide. Prisoner firefighters gain training and earn time off of their sentences for good behavior, typically two days off for each day served. But critics of the program say the state is exploiting prisoners' eagerness to earn time for early release. While salaried firefighters earn an annual mean wage of $74,000 plus benefits, inmates earn just $2 per day with an additional $1 per hour when fighting an active fire. According to some estimates, California avoids spending about $80-$100 million a year by using prison labor to fight its biggest environmental problem. For more, we speak with Romarilyn Ralston, a member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, L.A. chapter, and the program coordinator for Project Rebound at Cal State University, Fullerton. Ralston was imprisoned for 23 years, during which time she worked as a fire camp trainer. We also speak with Deirdre Wilson, who was imprisoned for three-and-a-half years and worked as a landscaper at a women's fire camp in San Diego.

Experts: If We Don't Stop Climate Change, CA Fires "Will Seem Mild in Comparison to What's Coming"
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 08:09:29 -0400
The Mendocino Complex fire in Northern California is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California's history. It started burning in July—the state's hottest month on record. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, 15 have occurred since 2000. This year's fires have already burned nearly three times as many acres as the same time last year. Experts say climate change has increased the length of fire season. In Oakland, California, we speak with Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club. We also speak with Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University and author of "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial
 Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy."

Headlines for August 9, 2018
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Saudi-Led Airstrike in Yemen Hits Bus Carrying Children, Killing Dozens, U.S. Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills a Dozen Afghan Soldiers "By Mistake", Israeli Airstrikes Kill Three in Gaza, Including Mother and Her Toddler, In Colombia, Nikki Haley Escalates Anti-Venezuela Rhetoric, U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia, Senate Committee Asks Julian Assange to Testify About Russian Meddling in Election, Virginia & Charlottesville Under States of Emergency Ahead of White Supremacist Rallies, Longtime DRC Leader Joseph Kabila Will Not Run for Re-election, Argentine Senate Rejects Legislation to Legalize Abortion, NY Congressmember Chris Collins Charged with Insider Trading, Tribune Media Pulls Out of Proposed Merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Pennsylvania Rookie Cop Charged with Manslaughter for Killing Unarmed Man, New York Becomes First Major U.S. City to Crack Down on Uber and Lyft, Japan Marks 73rd Anniversary of U.S. Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, Who Fought U.S. Military Bases, Dies at 67

Meet Debbie Africa: First MOVE 9 Member to Be Freed in 40 Years & Now Reunited with Her Son, Mike
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:34:40 -0400
Today marks the 40th anniversary of a massive police operation in Philadelphia that culminated in the siege of the headquarters of the black radical group known as MOVE. The group was founded by John Africa, and all its members took the surname Africa. It was August 8, 1978, when police tried to remove members of MOVE from their communal home with water cannons and battering rams, even as some continued to hide in the basement with children. During the siege on MOVE's house, gunfire was exchanged, and a police officer named James Ramp was killed. Two years later, nine MOVE members were convicted of third-degree murder in Ramp's death. They were sentenced to 30 to 100 years in prison and became the MOVE 9. We speak with Debbie Africa, the first of the nine to be released from prison, and her son Mike Jr. At the time of Debbie's arrest, she was 8-and-a-half months pregnant with her son, who was born inside prison. They were reunited on June 16 after nearly four decades separated.

Madison, Wisconsin "Shaken" by Shooting at Community Radio Station WORT-FM
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:31:28 -0400
It's been three days since a masked gunman opened fire on a Madison community radio station early Sunday morning, injuring one person. A station DJ who was shot in the buttocks was taken to the hospital and later discharged. No arrests have been made. WORT-FM is a member-controlled community radio station broadcasting to South Central Wisconsin that has been on the air since 1975. The Madison police say they do not believe the attack was motivated by hatred of the media. We speak with political writer John Nichols on the community response to the shooting.

Do Historic Victories & Tight Races in Primaries Mean Dems Could Retake Senate & House in November?
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:09:53 -0400
Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a special election in Ohio and primaries in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Washington. A special election in Ohio's 12th Congressional District remains too close to call, but Republican Troy Balderson has already claimed victory over Democrat Danny O'Connor to serve the remainder of former Republican Congressmember Pat Tiberi's term. Balderson leads by just 1,754 votes, and thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still need to be counted. O'Connor is hoping to pull off a major upset. President Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of more than 11 percent. In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic primary for John Conyers's old House seat. She could now become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. In Washington, D.C., we speak with Zaid Jilani, staff reporter at The Intercept. In Madison, Wisconsin, we speak with John Nichols, political writer for The Nation.

Headlines for August 8, 2018
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Tight Races in Ohio & Kansas Remain Too Close to Call, Judge Certifies Class-Action Suit Against GEO Group over Wage Theft, Court Rules Family of Mexican Teen Killed by Border Patrol Can Sue Agent, Colombia: Right-Wing President Iván Duque Sworn Into Office, Ethiopian Gov't Signs Deal to End Hostilities with Oromo Liberation Front, Bangladeshi Authorities Arrest Photographer Shahidul Alam for Covering Protests, California Youth Arrested at Sit-in in Gov. Brown's Office Demanding Climate Action, Puerto Rico Proposes Transporting 3,200 Inmates to Prisons on U.S. Mainland, Tennessee: Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Stay Execution of Billy Ray Irick, New York Becomes First Major U.S. City to Make Jail Calls Free

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