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Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or government funding. Our programming shines a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lifts up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. Democracy Now! is live weekdays at 8am ET and available 24/7 through our website and podcasts.

Russia has announced it will formally annex four areas of occupied Ukraine on Friday, after organizing referendums in the regions widely denounced by Ukraine and its allies as a sham. We speak with Ukrainian journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk, who explains how armed Russian soldiers went to the houses of Ukrainians in the occupied territories, forcing them to vote. She also describes widespread abuses committed by Russian forces, including mass graves and suspected torture chambers. Meanwhile, more than 200,000 Russians have fled the country over the past week following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial military mobilization to draft at least 300,000 people. Gumenyuk says she hopes the draft will “create some disturbance within Russia” now that the war is impacting middle-class Russians.
Posted: September 29, 2022, 12:42 pm
As millions of Florida residents in the path of Hurricane Ian were ordered to evacuate, advocates pushed authorities to also evacuate what they say are as many as 176,000 people incarcerated in prisons, jails and immigrant detention centers. Now the storm has left millions without power and many without water. “We’re worried about the conditions in the days and weeks following, with no AC, lack of sanitation and water, lack of food, lack of appropriate staff and access to health,” says Angel D’Angelo, a member of Restorative Justice Coalition and Fight Toxic Prisons.
Posted: September 29, 2022, 12:34 pm
Authorities say hundreds may be dead after Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday along Florida’s southwestern coast as a powerful Category 4 storm, one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the continental United States. We get an update from Tampa and look at links between the climate crisis, rising sea levels and intensifying storms. “It’s just been devastating, and we don’t know the full extent of the damage yet,” reports Seán Kinane, WMNF news and public affairs director. “We are seeing these storms that aren’t otherwise stressed just exploding in intensity,” says Harold Wanless, professor in geography and urban sustainability at the University of Miami.
Posted: September 29, 2022, 12:16 pm
Hurricane Ian Carves Path of Destruction Along Florida’s Gulf Coast with 150 MPH Winds, 20 Cuban Migrants Missing and Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes Off Florida Coast, DHS Lifts Shipping Restrictions to Allow Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico to Import Fuel, Russia’s Putin Set to Announce Annexation of Occupied Ukrainian Territories, Germany Warns Nord Stream Pipeline Disaster Could Be Among Worst Gas Leaks in History, Finland to Close Its Border with Russia Amid Mass Exodus of Military-Age Men, Kamala Harris Visits Demilitarized Zone, Warning North Korea Over Nuclear Program, Israeli Raid on Jenin Refugee Camp Kills Four Palestinians and Wounds Dozens, Gunman Remains at Large After Wounding 6 Adults at Oakland School for Immigrants, Highland Park Mass Shooting Survivors Sue Smith & Wesson, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Protecting Farmworker Union Rights, Alabama Prisoners Stage Work Stoppage to Protest Squalid Conditions, New Images Reveal Shocking Conditions in New York’s Rikers Island Jail, Right Livelihood Foundation Announces 2022 Award Winners, Truthout Columnist and Antiwar Activist William Rivers Pitt Dies at 51
Posted: September 29, 2022, 12:00 pm
We speak with Dahlia Lithwick, who covers the courts and the law for Slate, about women who fought the racism, sexism and xenophobia of Trump’s presidency. She profiles many of them in her new book, “Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America.” “Law is slow and takes a long time, but at its best, it really can make us all freer and safer and restore dignity to those that have been harmed,” says Lithwick.
Posted: September 28, 2022, 12:44 pm
NASA successfully crashed a robotic spacecraft into an asteroid this week, a first-of-its-kind test of technology that could prevent a comet or asteroid from hitting the Earth, though the chances of such a catastrophe are low. We speak with NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus, who calls the successful mission “bittersweet.” “We’re doing these amazing missions like redirecting asteroids, and yet with all that technology, with all that knowledge, somehow it’s not translating into stopping what is clearly the biggest threat facing humanity, which is global heating,” says Kalmus.
Posted: September 28, 2022, 12:31 pm
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin abandoned his own energy permitting proposal Tuesday that would have fast-tracked the federal review of energy projects, including the contested Mountain Valley Pipeline. Following intense pressure from a range of climate justice and Appalachian organizers, Manchin asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to drop the permitting reforms from a funding bill after it became clear he did not have the votes to pass the proposal. 350.org founder Bill McKibben says Manchin may try to partner with the GOP to revive the proposal later this year, but still says the news represents an “impressive win by grassroots environmentalism.”
Posted: September 28, 2022, 12:21 pm
As Hurricane Ian is set to strengthen into a Category 4 or 5 storm and make landfall Wednesday afternoon south of Tampa Bay, the storm already knocked out power in Cuba and killed at least two people Tuesday. Communities across Central Florida are preparing for a “very strong storm,” says Seán Kinane, news and public affairs director at Tampa community radio station WMNF, and many acknowledge the strength of the hurricane is “definitely impacted by climate disruption.”
Posted: September 28, 2022, 12:12 pm
Florida Braces for Hurricane Ian as Winds Reach 155 MPH, Hurricane Knocks Out Power to All of Cuba, EU Says Leaks to Nord Stream Pipelines Caused by Sabotage, Russia Expected to Annex Occupied Areas of Ukraine After Referendums, Report: Nearly 200K Russians Have Fled Since Putin Mobilization Order, MBS Named Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Giving Him Immunity to Khashoggi Lawsuit, Oath Keepers Seditious Conspiracy Trial Begins, Trump Supporter Sentenced to 7+ Years for Assaulting D.C. Officer on Jan. 6, In Climate Victory, Manchin Drops Proposal to Ease Energy Permitting Rules, Mastriano in 2019: Women Should Face Murder Charges for Violating Abortion Bans, Thousands of Students Walk Out in Virginia to Oppose Youngkin’s Anti-Trans Policies, California Gov. Newsom Signs 13 Abortion Protection Bills & Outlaws “Pink Tax”, IMF Warns U.K. over Plan to Cut Taxes as Value of Pound Plummets, Meredith Tax, Longtime Feminist & Socialist, Dies at 80
Posted: September 28, 2022, 12:00 pm
We speak with Bishop William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign to get an update on the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, where tens of thousands of residents are still without clean tap water. “It’s an immoral and sinful violation of equal protection under the law and human rights,” says Barber, who led a rally Monday outside the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson demanding the state reverse decades of disinvestment in the majority-Black capital. “Everything we’re talking about was created by bad policy, therefore it can be fixed by good policy.”
Posted: September 27, 2022, 12:52 pm
Low-income Black and Brown housing activists in Philadelphia are fighting to stop the displacement of residents who live in an affordable housing complex in the largely gentrified neighborhood of University City. The complex, known as University City Townhomes, was built to provide affordable housing to low-income residents, many of whom are elderly and disabled, but the property owner has since announced plans to redevelop the property, which is near the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. We speak with University City Townhomes residents Rasheda Alexander and Sheldon Davids, who have held months of encampments and protests alongside William Barber, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. “It was always about greed and money and racism,” says Barber, who notes the move to redevelop the complex is part of a larger assault on poor people and housing services in the United States.
Posted: September 27, 2022, 12:36 pm
A property management company partly owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has agreed to pay a $3.25 million fine to the state of Maryland and to reimburse potentially tens of thousands of tenants in Baltimore. The state of Maryland sued the Kushner-owned company after ProPublica published a 2017 investigation that exposed how the company hounded low-income tenants with a barrage of lawsuits, eviction notices and late fees — even when residents had the legal right to continue living there. We speak with Alec MacGillis, the author of the 2017 ProPublica report, who describes how Kushner was the leading architect in the housing scandal that left many residents paying for uninhabitable units riddled with pests and sewage issues. He says while the settlement is a “relative pittance” for Kushner, it has delivered some “solid form of accountability” for his company’s wrongdoings, and the money will likely make a difference in the lives of those tenants who were harmed.
Posted: September 27, 2022, 12:28 pm
Dozens of people in Iran have been killed in a series of escalating women-led protests demanding justice for Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died in the custody of the so-called morality police. Amini was detained on September 13 for allegedly leaving some of her hair visible in violation of Iran’s hijab law. Iranian American writer Hoda Katebi calls the protests “exciting and beautiful,” bringing together women from across economic and ethnic backgrounds and opening up conversations about the policing of women’s bodies. She says the government is using the protests to “advance nationalist ideas,” crack down on Kurdish communities and propel a false narrative of an uprising against Islam. Katebi’s recent piece for the Los Angeles Times is titled “Iranian women are rising up to demand freedom. Are we listening?”
Posted: September 27, 2022, 12:11 pm
Russian-Held Parts of Ukraine Hold Final Day of Voting on Whether to Join Russia, Russian Military Mobilization Prompts Mass Exodus of Draft-Age Men, Hurricane Ian Lashes Western Cuba with Sustained 125-Mile-Per-Hour Winds, Hundreds of Thousands Ordered to Evacuate Florida’s Gulf Coast as Hurricane Ian Approaches, Puerto Rico’s Governor Calls on Biden to Waive Shipping Restrictions in Aftermath of Hurricane, Hurricane Ian Forces NASA to Delays Test Launch of New Moon Rocket, NASA Crashes Spacecraft into Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test, Protesters Rally at Mississippi Governor’s Mansion to Demand Clean Water for Jackson, Russia Grants Citizenship to NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden, Thousands Protest Outside State Funeral for Japan’s Assassinated Former Leader Shinzo Abe, Two-Thirds of Cuban Voters Approve Referendum on Marriage and Gender Equality
Posted: September 27, 2022, 12:00 pm
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.”
Posted: September 26, 2022, 12:35 pm
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.
Posted: September 26, 2022, 12:17 pm
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
Posted: September 26, 2022, 12:00 pm
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.
Posted: September 23, 2022, 12:41 pm
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.
Posted: September 23, 2022, 12:27 pm
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.
Posted: September 23, 2022, 12:13 pm
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
Posted: September 23, 2022, 12:00 pm
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.
Posted: September 22, 2022, 12:44 pm
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.
Posted: September 22, 2022, 12:32 pm
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.
Posted: September 22, 2022, 12:20 pm
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.
Posted: September 22, 2022, 12:11 pm
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”
Posted: September 22, 2022, 12:00 pm
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.
Posted: September 21, 2022, 12:41 pm
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.”
Posted: September 21, 2022, 12:25 pm
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.”
Posted: September 21, 2022, 12:12 pm
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
Posted: September 21, 2022, 12:00 pm
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.
Posted: September 20, 2022, 12:43 pm
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.
Posted: September 20, 2022, 12:18 pm
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.
Posted: September 20, 2022, 12:13 pm
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
Posted: September 20, 2022, 12:00 pm
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.
Posted: September 19, 2022, 12:44 pm
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.
Posted: September 19, 2022, 12:34 pm
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.
Posted: September 19, 2022, 12:16 pm
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
Posted: September 19, 2022, 12:00 pm
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