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"The Facility": Meet the Former Prisoner Who Details Fight for His Life Inside ICE Jail During COVID
Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:44:14 -0500
We go inside a notorious ICE jail at the height of the pandemic to see how people held there spoke out against dangerous conditions, and faced retaliation before they were ultimately released with no notice. Their story is captured in a new documentary called "The Facility." It investigates the inhumane conditions at Irwin County Detention Center using footage from video calls, where cameras installed in cell blocks to enable pay-per-minute video calls "functioned almost like a portal for a moment in and out of a place meant not to be seen in this way," says director, Seth Freed Wessler. "How can your own government be doing this to you?" asks Nilson Barahona-Marriaga, one of the people featured in interviews with Wessler in the eye-opening footage from inside the jail.

Haitian Asylum Seekers Held Under Del Rio Bridge Now Face Inhumane Conditions in New Mexico ICE Jail
Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:35:38 -0500
The world was shocked by images of Haitians whipped by U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback as they sought refuge. Thousands were soon deported, but dozens are now detained in an ICE jail in New Mexico where they face inhumane conditions and lack access to legal services. We speak with a lawyer who describes medical neglect, deteriorating mental and physical health, and poor treatment by the staff. "They cannot get the basic tools and have the basic human contact that they need to save their own lives," says immigration attorney Allegra Love of the El Paso Immigration Collaborative.

From Abortion Bans to Anti-Trans Laws, a Christian Legal Army is Waging War on America
Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:14:37 -0500
As the Supreme Court looks poised to uphold Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade, we speak to The Nation's Amy Littlefield about her investigation into the Christian legal army behind the Mississippi law as well as anti-trans laws across the country. She also critiques the mainstream pro-choice movement's failure to center the poor and people of color. "There is a change coming within the movement because of its reckoning with these past missteps including, frankly, the failure to adequately protect Black women and to stand up for the safety of the people whose rights were eroded first," says Littlefield.

Headlines for December 3, 2021
Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:00:00 -0500
Biden Administration to Reinstate and Expand Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Amid Record COVID-19 Surge, Germany to Exclude Unvaccinated From Public Life, Biden Says Lockdowns Not Needed to Combat Looming Winter Surge of COVID-19, Omicron Variant Traced to Manhattan Anime Convention Attended by 50,000+, Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Bill After GOP Threatens Shutdown Over Vaccine Mandates, Rep. Peter DeFazio Becomes 19th House Democrat to Retire Ahead of Midterms, Groups Call on U.N. to Relaunch Yemen War Crimes Probe Which Ended Amid Saudi and UAE Pressure , HRW: Burmese Military Planned Attack That Killed At Least 65 Anti-Coup Protesters , Heatwave In Northern U.S., Canada Breaks Temperature Records, Sets Montana Fields on Fire, Plans for Oregon Pipeline and Export Terminal Dropped After Intense Community Pushback , Shell Pulls Out of Cambo Oil Field Project in Europe's North Sea , Biden and Putin Expected to Hold Talks Over Escalating Tension on Russia-Ukraine Border, U.S. Shuts Down International Calls to Ban "Killer Robots", Michigan Schools Shut Down Amid Fears of Copycat Attacks as New Details Emerge on Teen Shooter, Martha "Marty" Nathan, Activist and Greensboro Massacre Survivor, Dies at 70

As France Honors Black Artist Josephine Baker, Far-Right Pundit Éric Zemmour Launches Presidential Bid
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:44:20 -0500
On the same day France celebrated the induction of American-born singer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker into the Pantheon, far-right xenophobic writer and pundit Éric Zemmour announced he will run for president of France in the upcoming April 2022 election. Many have pointed out the contradiction in these opposing events, even in President Emmanuel Macron's speech that painted Baker as a model of colorblind unity, when in reality she was outspoken about racial justice. "Celebrating Josephine Baker who was an immigrant ... while making things difficult for immigrants of today to access to France is a contradiction," says French journalist Rokhaya Diallo. "France attempts to use the fact that it has been very welcoming to African Americans throughout the 20th century to picture itself as an open and welcoming country."

——Planned Parenthood CEO: If SCOTUS Restricts Abortion Access, Marginalized People Will Be Hurt Most
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:36:46 -0500
We speak to Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, about the Supreme Court hearing Wednesday, in which the conservative majority on the court seemed to indicate that they support upholding the restrictive Mississippi law that bans abortion starting at just 15 weeks of pregnancy, and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. Justice Amy Comey Barrett suggested during questioning that giving up children for adoption would resolve the pro-choice argument that anti-abortion laws force women into motherhood. "Our very right to determine when and if we become pregnant, our self determination, is predicated on our ability to be seen as free and equal citizens in this country," says Johnson. She says if the ban is upheld, the people most impacted will be "low income, Black, Brown and Indigenous communities, people who are trans and nonbinary, people who might not have support at home."

Abortion Under Attack: Supreme Court Hints It Will Uphold Mississippi's Ban, Threatening Roe v. Wade
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:14:53 -0500
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court indicated it would uphold a restrictive Mississippi law that bans abortion starting at just 15 weeks of pregnancy. The case threatens to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. We feature excerpts from the two hours of oral arguments and speak with lawyer and bioethics professor Katie Watson. "The statute itself simply says abortion after 15 weeks is 'barbaric.' What's barbaric, in my opinion, is forced childbearing," says Watson. "There's no explanation why, at any point, the potential interest of the fetus or the state's interest in that fetus ... would supersede the actual person in which it lives."

Headlines for December 2, 2021
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:00:00 -0500
Supreme Court's Conservatives Signal Support for Mississippi Anti-Abortion Law , U.S. Detects Omicron Coronavirus Variant in California, U.N. Chief Blasts "Travel Apartheid" as Nations Deny Entry to Africans Over Omicron Variant, Russia Expels Some US Ambassadors as Blinken Warns Russia Against Invading Ukraine, Burmese Military Helicopters Attack Villagers in Region Where Resistance to Coup Remains Strong, Women's Tennis Association Suspends Tournaments in China Over Peng Shuai Case, 15-Year-Old Suspect in Michigan High School Shooting to be Tried as an Adult, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams to Run for Governor in Possible Rematch Against GOP's Brian Kemp, Andre Dickens Elected Atlanta Mayor in Runoff Election, January 6 Committee Recommends Contempt Charge for Former Trump DOJ Official, House Votes in Favor Of Bill Requiring Judges to Report Financial Investments, House Dems Call for Release of Jailed Environmental Lawyer Steven Donziger, Major League Baseball Enacts Player Lockout, Leading To First Work Stoppage Since 1994

"The Viral Underclass": COVID-19 and AIDS Show What Happens When Inequality and Disease Collide
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 08:48:25 -0500
As December 1 marks World AIDS Day, we look at the pandemic that preceded COVID-19 and how recorded deaths of complications from the coronavirus this year have surpassed those of HIV/AIDS in the United States. The head of UNAIDS has warned the COVID-19 pandemic may result in an increase in infections and deaths from HIV and AIDS. Both viruses disproportionately impacted vulnerable minority communities. Although treatment rollout for HIV/AIDS was uniquely inhibited by homophobia, racism, and sexism, it was also plagued by corporate greed and U.S. exceptionalism. "We're seeing very similar dynamics again now with COVID-19," says Steven Thrasher, professor at Northwestern University in the Medill School of Journalism and the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. "We have the vaccines, we have medications that are very effective, and they're again being held from the Global South to protect the profits of pharmaceutical corporations."

"Farewell to British Colonial Rule": Barbados Breaks From the Queen as Calls Grow For Reparations
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 08:31:29 -0500
Barbados has become the world's newest republic breaking ties with Queen Elizabeth 55 years after it became an independent nation, saying it was time for Barbados to break from its colonial past. The move comes as calls grow for the United Kingdom to pay reparations for enacting a regime of slavery in Barbados. While it was an occasion for celebration, it was also "55 years overdue" and should have happened when Barbados won its independence in 1966, says David Comissiong, Barbados's ambassador to the Caribbean Community and the Association of Caribbean States. "Barbados was a center of British power. You don't get rid of the imprint of that history so easily."

Amazon Workers in Alabama Get New Shot at Union After NLRB Rules Company Broke the Law in 1st Vote
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 08:13:29 -0500
Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama may soon get another chance to decide whether to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Amazon violated U.S. labor law while waging an aggressive anti-unionization campaign against warehouse workers earlier this year in Bessemer, Alabama. This comes as Amazon workers worldwide from Bangladesh to Germany campaigned on Black Friday for fairer working conditions under the banner, "Make Amazon Pay." "If Amazon is trying to eat the world, it's also bringing many disparate sets of workers and activists and communities together to fight against them," says Alex Press, staff writer at Jacobin.

Headlines for December 1, 2021
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 08:00:00 -0500
Omicron Detected in Europe Days Before South Africa Reported Variant; FDA Endorses Merck COVID Pill, Michigan High Schooler Kills 3 Other Students in Shooting Rampage, Mark Meadows to Testify Before House Jan. 6 Cmte, Panel Pursues Jeffrey Clark Contempt Charges , U.S. Removes FARC From Terror Blacklist, HRW: Taliban Have Killed or Disappeared 100+ Ex-Afghan Security Forces Since August, German Court Convicts Ex-Member of Islamic State For Genocide of Iraq's Yazidi Community, France Inducts Josephine Baker into Pantheon As Far-Right, Racist Pundit Announces Presidential Bid, Rep. Ilhan Omar Shares Violent, Islamophobic Threats Received Since Boebert's Racist Comments, SCOTUS Hears Argument in Mississippi Abortion Case Which Threatens to Undo Roe v. Wade, CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo For Helping Then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo Handle Sexual Misconduct Reports, Trial of Kimberly Potter, Who Shot and Killed Daunte Wright, Gets Underway in Minnesota, NYC Opens Safe Injection Sites In Bid to Combat Record Overdose Deaths, Phil Saviano, Survivor-Turned-Whistleblower of Catholic Church Child Sex Abuse, Dies

Get Off Our Territory: Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders Condemn Canadian Police Raid on Pipeline Protest
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:50:50 -0500
Canadian police continue to arrest Indigenous land defenders blocking construction of Coastal GasLink, a 400-mile pipeline that would carry natural gas through Wet'suwet'en land. Police arrested two people Monday for blockading an access road, less than two weeks after arresting more than 30 in a violent raid on Coyote Camp and elsewhere that ended a 56-day blockade of a drilling site. We get an update from Wet'suwet'en land defender Molly Wickham, also known as Sleydo', just released from jail. "This is the third time they have come in and raided Wet'suwet'en territory," says Wickham. "We've never signed any documents to cede our land."

As NATO Weighs Expansion in Eastern Europe, Russia Amasses Military on Ukraine Border
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:38:40 -0500
As U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Latvia for a meeting of NATO foreign secretaries, is war on the horizon? The meeting comes as tension continues to mount between Russia and Ukraine, while how to resolve the countries' differences remains an open question. Russia has reportedly amassed 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, and aggressions have also recently intensified in eastern Ukraine between Moscow-backed separatists and government forces. "Russia is just trying to send a message of its absolutely inflexible opposition to NATO membership for Ukraine and is also trying to extract concessions from Ukraine and more importantly, Washington," says Anatol Lieven, senior fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

"A Moment of Hope": Xiomara Castro's Likely Win in Honduran Election Ends Years of Right-Wing Rule After Coup
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:13:52 -0500
We go to Honduras, where thousands took to the streets to celebrate the leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro's lead in the polls ahead of the right-wing National Party candidate Nasry Asfura. The historic election saw a record voter turnout and could signal the end of the 12-year brutal regime under the conservative National Party, which rose to power after a coup backed by the U.S. in 2009 overthrew democratically-elected leftist President Manuel Zelaya. Castro, who is Zelaya's wife, would become the first woman to serve as president of Honduras if her victory is confirmed. "It's brought hope to the entire country," says Faridd Sierra, a high-school teacher in Comayagua, Honduras. Years of corruption and conservative law-making "showed the Honduras people just how cruel the [National] Party was and ... they voted in response," adds Honduran scholar Suyapa Portillo. Castro's likely win "is a testament to bottom-up organizing," she says.

Headlines for November 30, 2021
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:00:00 -0500
World Health Organization Warns of "Very High" Risk Posed by Omicron Variant, Nurses Demand COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver; China Pledges 1 Billion Doses for Africa, Centers for Disease Control Strengthens Vaccine Booster Recommendation for Adults, Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers in 10 States, Pentagon to Investigate U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria, Iran Demands Sanctions Relief as Talks on Revived Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna, Majority of Australian Parliament Workers Face Bullying, Sexual Harassment or Assault, Ghislaine Maxwell Sex Trafficking Trial Gets Underway in New York, CNN to Review Records Detailing How Chris Cuomo Helped His Brother Discredit and Smear Accusers, Rep. Ilhan Omar Hangs Up on Rep. Lauren Boebert, Who Joked Omar Was Suicide Bomber, Amazon Violated Labor Law in Alabama Union Drive, NLRB Rules, Setting Stage for New Election, Pioneering Black Former Congressmember Carrie Meek Dies at 95, Advocates Say Haitian Refugees Face Neglect and Mistreatment at New Mexico ICE Jail, Thousands of Bolivians Rally in La Paz in Defense of Socialist President Luis Arce, Barbados Removes British Monarch as Head of State, Becoming a Parliamentary Republic

Self-Defense? After Rittenhouse, Calls to Drop Murder Charges Against Black Teen Chrystul Kizer
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:46:24 -0500
Since Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted under claims of self-defense for fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during racial justice protests last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, another case in the city is drawing new national attention. Human rights advocates are calling for charges to be dropped in the case of Chrystul Kizer, who faces homicide and other charges for killing her white sex trafficker in 2018 after he drugged her and tried to rape her when she was just 17-years-old. Court records show police knew Randall Volar had a history of sexually abusing underage Black girls. Although the court initially ruled Kizer could not use a self-defense argument, an appellate court reversed the decision and the Wisconsin Supreme Court will now consider the ruling. "It has huge ramifications for her, but it also has a huge potential impact for other victims of trafficking," says reporter Anne Branigin. "We have a very clear case where we are not receiving the same support, the same outcry from folks who got behind Kyle Rittenhouse to defend this young Black woman," says Wisconsin state representative David Bowen. "She was trying to defend herself to get out of the sex trafficking she was being abused with."

BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza: Ahmaud Arbery Should Still Be With Us; Biden Must Condemn Vigilantes
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:24:25 -0500
After a Georgia jury reached a verdict of "guilty" in the closely watched trial of three white men who chased and fatally shot 25-year-old unarmed Black man Ahmaud Arbery, many activists and racial justice advocates following the case have expressed some relief in hearing the conviction. We speak with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, who says while it might feel important that the murders were held accountable for their actions, "justice would be that Ahmaud Arbery would still be with us today." Garza also discusses the broader context of other trials of white supremacists, like Kyle Rittenhouse, and the role the federal government can play. "Unfortunately, I think the Biden-Harris administration could have been a lot stronger in their condemnation of this kind of behavior and activity," says Garza. "But what we saw was actually more of a milquetoast response, which is especially concerning in this political context of white nationalism and a rise in vigilantism."

Health Justice Advocates Say Vaccine Equity, Not "Racist" Travel Bans, Will Stop the Omicron Variant
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:12:13 -0500
We go to Cape Town, South Africa, to speak with a leading health justice advocate about how scientists in the country have identified a new Omicron coronavirus variant, and the World Health Organization warns it could be more transmissible than previous variants. Against the advice of the WHO, several countries have closed their borders to foreign travelers. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized the travel bans and called on wealthy nations to help poorer nations gain greater access to COVID vaccines. The bans are "actually quite racist," says Fatima Hassan, founder and director of Health Justice Initiative. "We need to urgently ... vaccinate as many people in Africa as possible."

Headlines for November 29, 2021
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:00:00 -0500
South Africa Blasts Travel Bans As Countries Race to Curb Spread of Omicron Variant, Federal Govt Sends Health Workers to Michigan, Which Leads U.S. COVID Surge, Jury Finds Ahmaud Arbery's Three White Killers Guilty of Murder, Shipwreck Kills 27 Refugees in Largest Recorded Tragedy in English Channel, Opposition Leader Xiomara Castro Claims Victory After Record Turnout in Honduras Election, Ukraine's Zelensky Says He is Target of Imminent Coup as Allies Warn of Possible Russian Invasion, High Death Toll Reported as Ethiopian Soldiers Press Offensive in Afar Region, Oil Well Rupture Leaves Niger Delta Residents Hungry and Homeless, Police Use Violence to Suppress Protests Demanding Elimination of Violence Against Women, Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls on Congressional Leaders to Punish Rep. Boebert Over Anti-Muslim Remarks, Amazon Faces Climate Protests and Labor Actions on Black Friday

Meet Mansoor Adayfi: I Was Kidnapped as a Teen, Sold to the CIA & Jailed at Guantánamo for 14 Years
Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:30:00 -0500
We speak with Mansoor Adayfi, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee who was held at the military prison for 14 years without charge, an ordeal he details in his new memoir, "Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo." Adayfi was 18 when he left his home in Yemen to do research in Afghanistan, where he was kidnapped by Afghan warlords, then sold to the CIA after the 9/11 attacks. Adayfi describes being brutally tortured in Afghanistan before he was transported to Guantánamo in 2002, where he became known as Detainee #441 and survived years of abuse. Adayfi was released against his will to Serbia in 2016 and now works as the Guantánamo Project coordinator at CAGE, an organization that advocates on behalf of victims of the war on terror. "The purpose of Guantánamo wasn't about making Americans safe," says Adayfi, who describes the facility as a "black hole" with no legal protections. "The system was designed to strip us of who we are. Even our names were taken."

Democracy Now! at 25: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of Independent News on the Frontlines
Thu, 25 Nov 2021 08:30:00 -0500
Democracy Now! first aired on nine community radio stations on February 19, 1996, on the eve of the New Hampshire presidential primary. In the 25 years since that initial broadcast, the program has greatly expanded, airing today on more than 1,500 television and radio stations around the globe and reaching millions of people online. We celebrate 25 years of The War and Peace Report with an hour-long retrospective, including highlights from the show's early years, some of the most controversial interviews, and groundbreaking reports from East Timor, Standing Rock, Western Sahara and more.

"The War Party": Jeremy Scahill on How U.S. Militarism Unifies Democrats & Republicans
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 08:42:58 -0500
As Democrats in Congress struggle to pass the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, there is large bipartisan consensus in the U.S. Congress to spend over $7 trillion over the next 10 years in military spending. The United States spends more each year on defense than China, Russia, India, the U.K., Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and Australia combined. "Democrats have to engage in theater about human rights and international law and due process, but they ultimately, at the end of the day, are just as aggressive as Republicans," says investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of the Intercept. His most recent piece is titled, "The War Party: From Bush to Obama, and Trump to Biden, U.S. Militarism Is the Great Unifier." We also speak with Scahill about the Biden administration's ongoing persecution of military whistleblowers, including Daniel Hale.

"Furious and Disgusted": Teen Survivor Speaks Out After Wealthy White Serial Rapist Gets Probation
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 08:27:14 -0500
The survivor of a serial rapist who received probation joins us to speak out after a New York judge sparked international outrage when he ruled it is inappropriate to jail the man who attacked her. Christopher Belter pleaded guilty to raping and sexually assaulting her along with three other teenage girls age 15 and 16, but he will avoid serving time in prison, and instead receive 8 years of probation. Belter is white, and from a prominent family who lives in a wealthy neighborhood near Niagara Falls. "This sentencing is telling rapists it's OK to rape and telling victims that there's no point in coming forward," says Mara. Her lawyer Steven Cohen of the HoganWillig law firm notes a non-white defendant who pleaded guilty to these crimes would "absolutely and appropriately be in prison."

"Why Are Ahmaud Arbery's Killers So Scared?": Self-Defense Claims by White Attackers Seen As Racist
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 08:21:37 -0500
**Update on Nov. 24:** _Jurors on Wednesday afternoon returned guilty verdicts against all three of the white men charged with killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020. Travis McMichael fired the fatal shots and was convicted on all counts, including the charge of malice murder. His father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan were convicted of felony murder and other charges._ As the jury deliberates in the trial of the three white men charged with hunting down and murdering 25-year-old Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, we speak with Nicole Lewis, Senior editor of Jurisprudence at Slate about her piece titled, "Why Are Ahmaud Arbery's Killers So Scared?" She says claims of self-defense from armed white people serve as a "racist dog whistle," and that it is inevitably a one-sided trial when "the McMichaels are the only ones [surviving] that get to claim they're scared."

Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 08:13:12 -0500
A federal jury has ordered a group of white supremacists to pay over $26 million in damages for their role in organizing the deadly 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Is bankrupting these organizations, is bankrupting these individuals enough to actually stop the growing threat ... of white supremacy and Nazism in the United States?" asks Slate senior editor Nicole Lewis. "I don't think so." Lewis also discusses the Ahmaud Arbery murder case and why claims of self-defense from armed white people serve as a "racist dog whistle." She says it's inevitably a one-sided trial when "the McMichaels are the only ones [surviving] that get to claim they're scared."

Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders & Journalists
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 08:10:25 -0500
We feature dramatic video footage just released that shows a violent raid Friday by Canadian federal police on one of the camps set up to keep Coastal GasLink out of sovereign Indigenous territory. Fifteen people in total were arrested, including two journalists. Wet'suwet'en land defender Sleydo', also known as Molly Wickham, has now been released. The new footage was filmed by documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano, who was also just released. The raid ended a 56-day blockade of the drilling site. The 400-mile pipeline within Wet'suwet'en land violates both Indigenous and Canadian laws.

Headlines for November 24, 2021
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 08:00:00 -0500
Jury Finds "Unite the Right" Organizers Responsible for Deadly Violence, House Cmte Subpoenas Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers Over Jan. 6 Insurrection, Georgia Jury Deliberates For Second Day In Murder Trial of Men Who Killed Ahmaud Arbery, Kevin Strickland Exonerated and Freed 43 Years After He Was Wrongfully Convicted by All-White Jury, Ethiopian State TV: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Has Gone to Battlefront in Escalating Conflict, Chun Doo Hwan, U.S.-Backed, Ex-Military Dictator in South Korea, Has Died, Portugal Shutters Last Coal-Fired Plant, U.S. and Other Nations To Tap Oil Reserves In Attempt To Lower Consumer Fuel Prices, Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Firm NSO Group, Federal Jury Finds CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Responsible For Fueling Ohio's Opioid Crisis, Survivors and Families of 2018 Parkland Massacre Settle For $130 Million With DOJ, New York City Poised To Expand Voting Rights to 800,000 Non-Citizen Residents in Local Elections, Malikah Shabazz, One of Malcolm X's 6 Daughters, Found Dead in NYC Home, Indigenous Activist Amber Ortega Faces Prison Time For Protecting Ancestral Lands

Is China Really a Threat? Noam Chomsky Slams Biden For Increasingly Provocative Actions in Region
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:51:15 -0500
We feature an excerpt from our recent interview with world-renowned scholar and political dissident Noam Chomsky about how the Biden administration is continuing a reckless foreign policy, despite taking a softer tone than the Trump administration. "The trajectory is not optimistic," Chomsky says. "The worst case is the increasing provocative actions towards China. That's very dangerous." Chomsky will join us on our 25th anniversary online celebration on the evening of December 7.

Nikole Hannah-Jones on "The 1619 Project," Teaching Critical Race Theory & White Supremacy on Trial
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:14:44 -0500
Amid a right-wing attack on teaching critical race theory, we speak in-depth with Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project, which reframes U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the foundational date for the United States. The project launched in 2019, and has been expanded into an anthology of 18 essays along with poems and short stories, even as several states have attempted to ban it from school curriculums. "We should all as Americans be deeply, deeply concerned about these anti-history laws because what they're really trying to do is control our memory and to control our understanding of our country," says Hannah-Jones. Hannah-Jones's new book that she co-edited is out this month, titled "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story," along with an adaptation of the 1619 Project for children, "Born On The Water." Hannah-Jones describes the role of her own teachers in opening her eyes beyond the usual curriculum that excluded the history she has now uplifted. She also discusses the trial of the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery, and how she felt when she won the Pulitzer Prize on the same day as one of her heroines, the formerly enslaved pioneering anti-lynching journalist, Ida B. Wells.

Headlines for November 23, 2021
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:00:00 -0500
Jury to Decide Fate of Three White Men Charged With Murdering Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery, Yemeni Protesters Condemn U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War and Blockade, Senators Move to Block Biden's Planned $650M Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia, U.S. COVID-19 Cases Surge Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday, Israel Arrests Relatives of Palestinian Man Behind Jerusalem Attack, El Salvador President Plans "Bitcoin City" as Government Cracks Down on NGOs, Driver of SUV That Plowed into Wisconsin Parade Has Record of Domestic Violence, Trump Allies Roger Stone and Alex Jones Subpoenaed by January 6th Panel, U.S. Added to List of "Backsliding Democracies" for First Time , Biden Renominates Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve Chair, NY Lawmakers Find "Overwhelming Evidence" Andrew Cuomo Sexually Harassed Women, Florida Exonerates Four Black Men Falsely Accused of Raping White Woman in 1949

Anthony Huber Was a Hero: Victim of Kyle Rittenhouse Remembered for Trying to Save Lives At Protest
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:45:52 -0500
The parents of Anthony Huber, one of two men killed by Kyle Rittenhouse, say they are heartbroken and angry over the jury's Friday verdict, and argue it failed to deliver justice for any of Rittenhouse's victims. In a statement Friday, they said: "Make no mistake: our fight to hold those responsible for Anthony's death accountable continues in full force." Rittenhouse shot and killed 26-year-old Huber within seconds after Huber attempted to disarm the gunman by hitting him with a skateboard. "Anthony Huber stepped in to try to stop this person. And in almost any scenario we call that person a hero," says Anand Swaminathan, the attorney representing Huber's parents, who have filed a federal lawsuit against the ——Kenosha Police Department, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department as well as the sheriff and police chief.

"In Our DNA": Jacob Blake's Father & Uncle on the Family's Long History of Racial Justice Activism
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:36:02 -0500
Jacob Blake Sr., whose son was shot by Kenosha police in 2020 and left partially paralyzed, says the family is part of a larger movement fighting for victims of police violence and racial injustice. "We were always pro-Black activists and then after this happened to my son, we've become activists for everyone who's been affected," he says. The Blake family has a long history of activism going back to the civil rights movement and beyond. Justin Blake, Jacob Blake's uncle, says it's in the family's DNA. "We cannot sit down, we must make change."

Jacob Blake's Family Hails Rare Conviction of KC Police Officer Who Shot Dead Cameron Lamb in 2019
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:33:20 -0500
In Missouri, white Kansas City police detective Eric DeValkenaere was found guilty Friday of fatally shooting Cameron Lamb, a Black man, who was backing his truck into his garage in December of 2019. DeValkenaere, who had no arrest warrant nor evidence of a crime at the time of shooting, was convicted of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. The jury decision was unexpected and may set a precedent for future cases in Missouri. The jury system "worked in Kansas City for the first time in 147 years," says Jacob Blake Sr., who has been supporting Lamb's family. "We should have that national coverage because that's a victory."

The System is Broken: Jacob Blake's Dad & Uncle on Kyle Rittenhouse Acquittal for Vigilante Killings
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:16:16 -0500
Protests erupted nationwide after a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all five counts for fatally shooting two people and wounding a third last year during protests sparked by the police shooting that left Jacob Blake paralyzed. Kyle Rittenhouse claimed he acted in self-defense when he killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum with an AR-15-style rifle. The jury's decision was announced Friday afternoon after about 26 hours of deliberations. To discuss the significance of their verdict, we speak with Jacob Blake Sr. and Justin Blake, the father and uncle of Jacob Blake, who protested outside the trial of Rittenhouse everyday. "This is a tragedy and a slap in the face to all the families that are involved. It made a mockery of the judicial system," says Justin Blake. "The system of justice works if I look like Kyle Rittenhouse. It does not work if I look like Jacob Blake," says Jacob Blake Sr. The Blakes say their family had predicted a not guilty outcome. Jacob Blake Sr. also responds to the Biden's administration's decision to not seek federal charges against the police officer who shot his son.

Headlines for November 22, 2021
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:00:00 -0500
Wisconsin Jury Acquits Kyle Rittenhouse For Killing 2 People, Injuring a Third , Serial Rapist Who Pleaded Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 4 Teenagers Avoids Any Jail Time, White Missouri Police Detective Found Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Black Man, SUV Plows Through Christmas Parade in Waukesha, WI, Killing 5 People, Wounding At Least 40 , Europe Sees Massive Protests Against COVID Restrictions As Cases Surge, U.S. Regulators Approve COVID Boosters For All Adults as Officials Warn of Possible Winter Surge , Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok Reinstated As Teenager Killed in Ongoing Anti-Coup Protests , Chinese Tennis Star Peng Shuai Appears in Videos and Photos As Concerns Over Safety Remain , Chile Presidential Runoff Will Pit Far-Right Populist Against Progressive Student Protest Leader , Venezuelan Regional Elections Hand Victory to Party of President Nicolás Maduro , Haitian Criminal Gang Frees Two of 17 North American Missionaries Held Hostage , Somali Journalist Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled Killed by Suicide Bomber , Greek Court Delays Trial of Humanitarians Facing "Trumped-Up" Charges for Helping Refugees , House of Representatives Approves $2 Trillion, Ten-Year Build Back Better Bill , Denver Airport Janitors Win Big Wage Increases After Strike

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