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A new book by two Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters provides fresh details on former President Trump's response to the pandemic, his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results, and the events surrounding the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The book, "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year," details how the country's top general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, feared Trump would wage a coup after losing the November election, among other revelations. We speak with co-authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, who say their reporting unearthed "a lot of things that made our jaws drop to the ground." In an interview for the book, Trump said his only regret during his last year in office was not deploying the military against Black Lives Matter protesters. "He wanted to use active-duty troops on the streets of America's cities to combat American protesters who were exercising their First Amendment rights," says Rucker.
Posted: August 3, 2021, 12:41 pm
The Israeli Supreme Court this week offered Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah a compromise in their ongoing fight to block Jewish settlers from forcibly expelling them from their own homes. The high court proposed that Palestinian families could stay in their homes for now if they begin paying rent to the Jewish settler group that claims ownership over the properties — a deal the families rejected, insisting they are the legal owners. The planned evictions in East Jerusalem helped spark the last war in Gaza in May and have galvanized international support for Palestinians facing dispossession from settler groups and the state. The United Nations has described the planned evictions as a possible war crime. Palestinian writer and poet Mohammed El-Kurd, whose family is among those facing eviction in Sheikh Jarrah, says the Israeli Supreme Court is "evading its responsibilities" by refusing to make a ruling, offering a face-saving compromise instead that will not ultimately benefit the families. "We would be living at the mercy of settlers, paying rent to live in our own homes and dealing with all kinds of arbitrary policies," he says.
Posted: August 3, 2021, 12:26 pm
The number of refugees trying to reach European soil continues to grow due to worsening poverty, violence and the climate crisis, and over 1,100 refugees have perished crossing the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the United Nations. We speak with Laurence Bondard of SOS Méditerranée, a humanitarian group that rescues migrants at sea, who says there is a severe shortage of search-and-rescue resources in the area to address the crisis. "The people that are actually fleeing via the sea that are on tremendously unseaworthy dinghies — most of the time without life jackets, without enough food or water — are in extreme danger, and they cannot always be rescued," Bondard says.
Posted: August 3, 2021, 12:12 pm
Louisiana Orders Mask Mandate as U.S. Logs Highest Coronavirus Toll Since February, Federal Employees Must Show Proof of Vaccination or Face Regular Tests, U.S., U.K. Say Afghan Taliban Massacred Civilians in Spin Boldak, State Department Offers to Resettle Thousands of Afghans Who Worked with U.S. , Refugee Advocates Sue as Biden Admin Continues Trump-Era Border Policy, HHS Watchdog to Probe Reports of Dire Conditions at Migrant Youth Detention Camp , Progressives Blast White House for Allowing Eviction Moratorium to Expire, 200+ Arrested at D.C. Protest Demanding End to Filibuster, Voting Rights, Study: Gerrymandering Could Win Republicans House Majority in 2022, Two More Officers Who Responded to January 6 Capitol Insurrection Die by Suicide, 5 Miami Beach Police Officers Face Criminal Charges over Brutality Caught on Video, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Questioned for 11 Hours on Sexual Harassment Allegations, Palestinian Families in Occupied East Jerusalem Reject Israeli Court Offer to Delay Evictions, Brutal Heat Wave Threatens to Topple Europe's All-Time Temperature Record, Water Protectors Shot with "Less Lethal" Police Munitions at Line 3 Pipeline Protests, Zürich Protesters Block Entrances to Swiss Banks That Finance Climate Crisis
Posted: August 3, 2021, 12:00 pm
We look at a groundbreaking new documentary on the climate crisis and the global food system, "The Ants and the Grasshopper," which follows the journey of a Malawian farmer as she tries to end hunger and gender inequality in her village, and tackle climate change in the United States. "In this film, what we're trying to do is decolonize the view of how it is that we fix the climate crisis and the health crisis by foregrounding the wisdom of peasants from around the world, whether they're in the United States or from Malawi," says co-director Raj Patel.
Posted: August 2, 2021, 12:51 pm
We speak with Missouri Congressmember Cori Bush, who is formerly unhoused, about why she has been sleeping on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with others since Friday night to protest her colleagues' decision to adjourn for August recess without passing an extension to the federal eviction moratorium, which expired July 31, as millions are behind on rent. Bush tells Democracy Now! she could not "walk away from this situation and go on vacation" knowing that millions of people could end up on the streets. "This isn't easy. This is not performative in any way. I would rather be at home, but I understand the urgency and the need of this crisis right now," Bush says.
Posted: August 2, 2021, 12:30 pm
As much of the world struggles to cope with the pandemic and its impacts, we speak with Dr. Rupa Marya and Raj Patel, co-authors of the new book, "Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice," which examines the social and environmental roots of poor health. "Inflammation is the body's appropriate response to damage, or the threat of damage," says Marya, a physician and co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition. "We're learning that the social structures around us, the environmental, political structures around us, are tuning the immune system to sound out the full range of inflammation." Patel adds that "capitalism primes bodies … for sickness."
Posted: August 2, 2021, 12:15 pm
Millions Could Face Eviction as Congress Fails to Extend Moratorium, "Things Are Going to Get Worse": Fauci Warns Nation as COVID Cases Surge, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan Battle Delta Variant, Eight Die in Southwestern Turkey as 100 Wildfires Burn, Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Displaced By Mass Flooding in Bangladesh, U.S.: 91 Large Wildfires Burn in Western States, Trump to DOJ: "Just Say the Election was Corrupt + Leave the Rest to Me", Rep. McCarthy: "It Will Be Hard Not to Hit" Pelosi With Gavel, Taliban Launches Attacks on Three Afghan Provincial Capitals, Iran Denies Responsibility For Attack on Israel-Linked Oil Tanker, Mexico, Russia & Bolivia Send Aid to Cuba as U.S. Announces New Sanctions, 700 Refugees Rescued Off Coasts of Libya and Malta, New Zealand Apologizes for Anti-Migrant Raids in 1970s, Head of Burmese Military Junta Names Himself Prime Minister, Washington Post: Police Fatally Shot 1,021 People In 2020, Highest in Years, Ecuadorian Father Granted Temporary Reprieve After 2 Years in Connecticut Church, U.S. Olympic Medalist Probed For Displaying "X" Gesture to Protest Oppression, Belarusian Athlete Seeks Political Asylum in Poland's Embassy in Tokyo, Bread and Puppet Co-Founder Elka Schumann, 85, Dies
Posted: August 2, 2021, 12:00 pm
We go to Guatemala to speak with an opposition lawmaker and a Maya K’iche’ leader who joined Thursday’s major national strike demanding the resignation of right-wing President Alejandro Giammattei and other government officials facing allegations of corruption. Major highways were blocked for hours as protesters marched through Guatemala City and in rural communities denouncing corruption, a worsening economic crisis and the government's catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic. The demonstrations are the “third chapter of our history in the fight against corruption, which started in 2015,” says Lucrecia Hernández Mack, Guatemalan physician and a member of the Guatemalan Congress with the political party Movimiento Semilla who was the first woman to lead the country’s Ministry of Health. “People here in Guatemala are just outraged.” Indigenous governments and people across Guatemala united in leading the call for the mass mobilization, adds Andrea Ixchíu, Maya K’iche’ leader, journalist and human rights defender in Totonicapán, Guatemala. “We are tired [of] how in the midst of the pandemic the Guatemalan government is stealing the money from the vaccines and militariz[ing] the country.”
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:44 pm
Israel has launched what has been described as a maximum pressure campaign against Ben & Jerry's and its parent company, Unilever, after the iconic ice cream brand announced it would halt sales in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel has asked 35 U.S. governors to enforce state laws which make it a crime to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. The founders of Ben & Jerry's, who no longer have operational control of the company, have defended the company's decision. A number of Jewish groups, including J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now, all of whom oppose BDS, have defended Ben & Jerry's decision and rejected accusations that the company's decision was antisemitic. "What we are seeing is an aggressive, over-the-top, full-court press from senior officials in the Israeli government ... to target Ben & Jerry's simply for the fact that they made a principled decision to respect the distinction between the state of Israel and the territory that it occupies beyond the Green Line," says Logan Bayroff, vice president of communications of J Street. "These anti-boycott laws aren't just posing issues under the First Amendment, they're actually punishing companies that do the right thing by ending their complicity in human rights abuses," adds Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch.
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:31 pm
Human Rights Watch is calling on the International Criminal Court to open a probe into apparent Israeli war crimes committed during its recent 11-day assault on Gaza that killed 260 Palestinians, including 66 children. We discuss a major report HRW released this week that closely examines three Israeli strikes that killed 62 Palestinians civilians in May. U.S.-made weapons were used in at least two of the attacks investigated. Human Rights Watch concluded Israel had committed apparent war crimes. "You had people's entire lives — their homes, their businesses, their wives, their children, their husbands — gone in a flash," says Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, who helped lead the investigation. "The international community focuses on Gaza maybe when there are armed hostilities. But two months later these families continue to deal with the aftermath of the devastation wrought upon their lives."
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:12 pm
Biden Announces New Federal COVID Mandates, CDC Finds Delta Variant Just as Transmissible in Breakthrough Infections, More Contagious Than Flu, House Weighing Bill to Extend Eviction Moratorium Hours Before Expiration, Half of Burma Could Contract COVID, Pakistan Enacts New Restrictions, Haiti Hospitals Overwhelmed, Congress Passes Emergency Funding Bill for Capitol Security, Resettlement of Afghan Interpreters, Report: Over 80 Afghan Troops Killed in Insider Attacks During Taliban Offensive, Dozens Killed in Flash Floods in Rural Afghanistan, U.S. Will Return 17,000 Looted Archaeological Treasures to Iraq, U.S. Weighing New Sanctions on Iran as Nuclear Deal Hangs in Balance, Israeli Soldiers Kill 20-Year-Old Palestinian at Funeral for Slain 12-Year-Old, First Protester Tried Under Hong Kong's National Security Law Receives 9 Years, Greenland Lost Enough Ice in One Day to Cover Florida in Two Inches of Water, Ex-Archbishop of D.C. Theodore McCarrick Charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor, Rep. Cori Bush Unveils Bill to Protect Rights of Unhoused People, Brooklyn Mutual Aid Group Attacked by NYPD While Serving the Community, NYPD Arrest 11 People Protesting City's Plan to Evict Unhoused People from Hotels, Alabama Coal Miners Bring Strike to BlackRock Offices in NYC, Carl Levin, Michigan Democratic Senator Who Fought Against Wall Street Criminality, Dies at 87, Lummi Nation Totem Pole Arrives in Capital After Lengthy Cross-Country Journey
Posted: July 30, 2021, 12:00 pm
Senate Democrats have announced that they have joined with 17 Republicans to vote in favor of taking up a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal. The plan includes new spending on climate and environment measures, but critics say it falls far short of what is needed. Democrats say they hope to include additional climate measures in a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that could advance without being blocked by a Republican filibuster if it is backed by all 50 Democrats. Climate and energy policy researcher Leah Stokes says the bipartisan bill does include positive measures but nowhere near enough. "There are some good investments and important things, but they are in many cases cents on the dollar," she says.
Posted: July 29, 2021, 12:44 pm
The highly contagious Delta variant is causing a rise in cases around the world, from the Olympics in Tokyo to Russia, Indonesia and the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines suggesting that people resume wearing masks indoors, but state and local officials are not legally required to implement CDC guidelines. Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and former Baltimore health commissioner, says she supports the new CDC guidelines because an "honor system" of trusting people to wear masks unless they were vaccinated clearly did not work. "We know that we can't trust the unvaccinated," she says. She also discusses global vaccine inequity, how to overcome vaccine hesitancy, and her new memoir, "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health."
Posted: July 29, 2021, 12:16 pm
Senate Votes to Open Debate on $1.2T Infrastructure Bill, WTO Fails to Agree on Waiving IP Rights for COVID Vaccines, Vaccination Mandates Expand Across the Nation, Report: Pandemic Aid Helped Poverty Fall by 45%, But Gains May Be Just Temporary, Pelosi Argues Against Broad-Based Student Debt Cancellation, Peru: Pedro Castillo Sworn In, Vows to Be Champion of the Poor, Israeli Forces Shoot Dead 12-Year-Old Palestinian Boy in West Bank, Israel Launches Campaign Against Ben & Jerry's, But Some U.S. Jewish Groups Back Ice Cream Maker, Macron: Polynesians Owed "Debt" for French Nuclear Tests, U.S. and Russia Hold Nuclear Talks in Geneva, Whistleblowers: Migrant Children Are Being Mistreated at Fort Bliss, Acetic Acid Leak in Texas Kills Two, 30 Hospitalized in Texas, Voting Rights Activists Begin Selma-to-Montgomery-Style March in Texas, Virginia Cop Sent Back to Jail on Jan. 6 Charges After Ordering 37 Guns, Jailed Gymnastics Coach Spent $10K on Himself in Jail While Just $8 a Month to Victims, Black Agenda Report Founder Glen Ford, 71, Dies
Posted: July 29, 2021, 12:00 pm
More than 1,400 workers in West Virginia are set to lose their jobs this week when the Viatris pharmaceuticals plant in Morgantown shuts down and moves operations overseas to India and Australia. Workers say they've had no response to their urgent requests for help from their Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, who is often called the most powerful man in Washington. Viatris was formed through a merger between two pharmaceutical companies, Mylan and Upjohn. Mylan's chief executive, Manchin's daughter Heather Bresch, got a $31 million payout as a result of the corporate consolidation before the new company set about cutting costs, including the closure of the Morgantown plant. Joseph Gouzd, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 8-957 and a worker at the plant, says Viatris has given little reason for the closure except to say the company is looking to "maximize the best interests of the shareholders." We also speak with investigative journalist Katherine Eban, who says moving pharmaceutical production overseas contradicts the recommendations of numerous reports that have found major safety lapses in drug manufacturing abroad, as well as concern from lawmakers about keeping a key industry within the United States. "This is pure insanity," Eban says. "It seems like it is both pharmaceutical and national security suicide to close this plant."
Posted: July 28, 2021, 12:34 pm
We look at the life and legacy of civil rights icon Bob Moses, who recently died at the age of 86, with NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who formerly headed the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, where Moses served as field secretary for SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and helped register thousands of voters across the state. "Bob Moses was one of the most profound strategist leaders of the civil rights movement across the country," says Johnson. "He understood that the local fight had both national and global implications."
Posted: July 28, 2021, 12:27 pm
We speak with Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, about emotional testimony from four police officers who were attacked by violent and racist Trump supporters while defending the Capitol. At the opening of the House select committee hearing on the January 6 insurrection, the officers described facing down the rioters, being beaten with fists and makeshift weapons, as well as being called racial slurs and accused of treason by the pro-Trump crowds. "The fact that you had law enforcement officers from all backgrounds and walks of life who were being … treated in that manner is another example of white supremacy," says Johnson.
Posted: July 28, 2021, 12:12 pm
U.S. House Cmte. Hears Harrowing Testimony from Officers Who Responded to Capitol Insurrection, CDC Says Vaccinated People Should Wear Masks Indoors in High-Risk Areas Amid Delta Spread , Tanzania Receives 1 Million J&J COVID Vaccines, Whistleblower Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months for Exposing U.S. Drone Program, North and South Korea Restore Communications Hotline, U.S. Suspends Cooperation with Guatemala AG After Ousting of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympic Competition, Citing Mental Health, Atlanta-Area Mass Murderer Sentenced to Life in Prison, Still Faces Death Penalty, Man Sentenced to Life for Murder of South Carolina Student Who Mistook His Car for Uber, Democratic Donor Ed Buck Found Guilty in Death of Two Men He Injected with Drugs, AP: KKK Member Who Worked in Florida Jail Plotted to Kill a Black Former Prisoner, Immigration Prosecutors Continue to Deport Immigrants Who Gov't Memo Says Should Not Be Expelled, Nina Turner Racks Up Endorsements Ahead of Ohio Special Election, Texas GOP Voters Reject Trump Candidate in Special U.S. Congressional Election
Posted: July 28, 2021, 12:00 pm
As the United States imposes new Cuba sanctions, citing human rights abuses, we look at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a notorious gulag that President Biden himself has called an "advertisement for creating terror." This month, the first Guantánamo Bay prisoner to be released under the Biden administration, ​​Abdul Latif Nasser, returned to his home country of Morocco after nearly two decades of being held without charge even though he was cleared for release in 2016. There are 39 other prisoners still at Guantánamo, nearly two decades after the start of the U.S. war on terror. To discuss efforts to close the notorious prison and repatriate the remaining detainees, we are joined by Nasser's lawyer Mark Maher of Reprieve and Gary Thompson, lawyer for former Guantánamo prisoner Ravil Mingazov, who is currently being held in a UAE prison after being released from Guantánamo in 2017, where he was held without charge for 15 years. "If there was ever a right and just time to be releasing these men, this is the time to do it," says Maher.
Posted: July 27, 2021, 12:43 pm
After rare anti-government protests in Cuba, Cuban Americans are speaking out to demand the U.S. government end its blockade of the island. But President Joe Biden has responded with new sanctions. We speak with Cuban American Carlos Lazo, who just led a march from Miami to the White House with Puentes de Amor, or Bridges of Love, and says President Biden promised during the 2020 presidential campaign to undo Trump sanctions and return to a more constructive relationship with Cuba. "After seven months, he did nothing," says Lazo. "We get tired of waiting." We also speak with Latin American affairs scholar William LeoGrande, professor of government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., who says, despite official U.S. rhetoric, almost every president going back to Dwight Eisenhower has found areas of mutual interest with the Cuban government. "There's a long history of negotiation and cooperation just under the surface of the very real hostility that the United States has had toward Cuba," says LeoGrande.
Posted: July 27, 2021, 12:18 pm
California & New York City to Require Workers to Get Vaccine or Weekly Tests, CDC: Florida Accounts for One in Five of All U.S. COVID Cases, Study: Lifting of Eviction Moratoriums Resulted in Over 10,000 COVID Deaths, Tokyo Reports Record Number of COVID Cases as It Hosts Olympics, Protesters Denounce "Coup" as Tunisian President Expands Power Grab, U.S. Troops to Remain in Iraq, But Biden Says "Combat Mission" Is Ending, 57 Feared Dead as Migrant Boat Capsizes Near Libya, Human Rights Watch Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza Assault, Lebanese Billionaire Tapped to Be Next Prime Minister, U.S. Sends Over 2 Dozen F-22 Fighter Jets to Guam as Tensions Rise with China, Filipino Police Shot Dead Activists Who Spray-Painted "Oust Duterte" Sign, Haiti Makes More Arrests in Moïse Assassination Probe, Nicaragua Arrests More Opposition Candidates; Ortega Accuses U.S. of Meddling, Six Rohingya Refugees Die in Mass Flooding at Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp, 85 Wildfires in U.S. Burn Over 1.5 Million Acres of Land as Drought Spreads, Biden Administration to Expedite Removal Proceedings of Migrant Families, House Select Committee Begins Probe of January 6 Insurrection at the Capitol, Tom Barrack Pleads Not Guilty for Secretly Lobbying for UAE, Mary Simon Becomes Canada's First Indigenous Governor General, Revs. Jesse Jackson & William Barber Arrested at Sit-In at Sen. Sinema's Office, Frito-Lay Workers Win a Day Off After 19-Day Strike, Steven Donziger, Who Sued Chevron over Amazon Oil Spills, Blasts Contempt of Court Conviction, Naomi Osaka Eliminated from Olympics; Simone Biles Pulls Out of Team Finals
Posted: July 27, 2021, 12:00 pm
We remember the life of Bob Moses, the civil rights leader who left his job as a New York City high school teacher to register Black voters in Mississippi in the 1960s, facing down horrific violence and intimidation to become one of the icons of the movement. He died Sunday at age 86. Moses spent his later years as an advocate for improved math education, teaching thousands of students across the United States through the Algebra Project, the nonprofit he founded. Moses spoke to Democracy Now! in 2009, on the first day of the Obama presidency, recalling the 1964 fight for Black representation within the Democratic Party, the struggle against Jim Crow in the South and his passion for education. "In our country, I think we run sharecropper education," Moses said, warning that unequal educational opportunities would continue racial disparities in the country. "We need a constitutional amendment, something which simply says every child in the country is a child of the country and is entitled to a quality public school education."
Posted: July 26, 2021, 12:49 pm
At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, whistleblower Daniel Hale faces at least nine years in prison for leaking classified information about the U.S. drone and targeted assassination program. During his time in the Air Force from 2009 to 2013, Hale worked with the National Security Agency and the Joint Special Operations Task Force at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he helped identify targets for assassination. He later worked as a contractor for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. In March, Hale pleaded guilty to one count of violating the World War I-era Espionage Act for leaking documents exposing the drone program. "This has been an odyssey that has occupied most of the better part of his adult life for basically committing the truth," says Jesselyn Radack, an attorney for Daniel Hale. "The U.S. has never contested any of Daniel's disclosures," Radack adds. We also speak with Noor Mir, Daniel Hale's close friend and part of his support team, who describes him as a compassionate person willing to make sacrifices to do the right thing. "I know that when he's out, he will remain committed to ending suffering in all forms," Mir says.
Posted: July 26, 2021, 12:30 pm
Six months into the Biden administration, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the United States and around the world, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. Meanwhile, as vaccinations stall in the United States, much of the world is still "desperate" for COVID-19 vaccines, says Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves. "We should be exporting vaccines rather than sitting on them and hoarding them," he says. "If we don't stop the virus all around the world, we're not going to stop it anywhere."
Posted: July 26, 2021, 12:12 pm
France Approves COVID Health Pass; Germany Considers Restrictions for Unvaccinated People, COVID Cases Skyrocket in Southeast Asia, with Children Making Up 12.5% of Indonesian Death Toll, Fauci Says U.S. "Going in the Wrong Direction"; St. Louis Reintroduces Indoor Mask Mandate, 4,000 Homebound Detainees Could Be Sent Back to Prison After Pandemic Emergency Order Lifted, Tunisia's President Sacks Prime Minister, Suspends Parliament Following Protests, Afghanistan Sees Record Number of Casualties in 2021; U.S. Could Continue Airstrikes Beyond August, U.S. Launches Second Drone Strike in Somalia in Under a Week, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teen, Injure Hundreds Protesting Illegal West Bank Settlement, Sierra Leone Abolishes Colonial-Era Death Penalty, Protests Demand Resignation of Guatemalan President After Firing of Top Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Mexico Sends Food and Medical Supplies to Cuba, Condemns U.S. Blockade, Monsoon Floods Kill 135 People in India, Dixie and Bootleg Wildfires Rage in West as Another Heat Wave Settles Across Much of U.S., Pelosi Adds Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Trump Critic, to House Insurrection Committee, Mississippi Urges Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Immigrant Communities Rally in NYC to Demand Pathway to Citizenship, Bob Moses, Civil Rights Leader and Educational Pioneer, Dies at the Age of 86
Posted: July 26, 2021, 12:00 pm
Nearly 100 women from around the United States were arrested outside the Supreme Court as they marked the 173rd anniversary of the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls with a protest calling for voting rights and economic justice. We speak with Reverend Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and one of those who was arrested. She says Congress needs to scrap the filibuster, pass voting rights legislation and pass a "bold infrastructure bill" that addresses economic inequality, as well as the climate. She also discusses the work of her father, historian Athan Theoharis, who recently died after a lengthy career dedicated to exposing FBI misconduct.
Posted: July 23, 2021, 12:50 pm
Nearly 600 water protectors have been arrested during ongoing protests in Minnesota against the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline at the Shell River, which the partially completed pipeline is set to cross in five places. On Monday, authorities arrested Indigenous leader Winona LaDuke and at least six others. She was just released from jail yesterday and joins us after three nights in jail. LaDuke describes how the Canadian multinational corporation Enbridge, which is building the pipeline, has funded more than 40 police squads from around the state to crack down on protests, saying, "It is a civil crisis when a Canadian multinational controls your police force." LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth. She says Enbridge's efforts to finish construction come as investors are increasingly pulling out of the fossil fuels sector. "Who wants to have the last tar sands pipeline? It's the end of the party."
Posted: July 23, 2021, 12:38 pm
As the Summer Olympics begin in Tokyo after the International Olympic Committee pushed forward during a pandemic despite widespread opposition in Japan, we speak with a protester outside the Olympic stadium and former Olympic athlete Jules Boykoff. "The people have been frustrated actually ever since the awarding of the Olympics in 2013," says Satoko Itani, associate professor of sports, gender and sexuality at Kansai University. "The vast majority of Japanese people don't want these games." Boykoff argues the "saga in Tokyo has exposed an International Olympic Committee that openly disrespects the will of locals, that brushes off inconvenient facts from experts … And the IOC tends to prioritize its profits over all else."
Posted: July 23, 2021, 12:12 pm
Tokyo Olympics Kick Off Amid COVID Surge, Protests; Italy Unveils New Pass for Vaccinated People, Missouri Hospital Worker Warns COVID Surge Will Get Worse; 20% of L.A.'s Cases Are Vaccinated People , U.S. Imposes New Cuba Sanctions as 400+ Noted Activists, Political Figures Call for End to Embargo, Rep. Hank Johnson, Prominent Black Voting Rights Advocates Arrested at Pro-Democracy Demonstration, Indian Farmworkers Renew Protests Against Neoliberal Agricultural Reforms, South Africa Updates Death Toll from Unrest to at Least 337 People, 20 Refugees Likely Dead After Mediterranean Shipwreck, U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Afghanistan; House Votes to Issue More Special Visas for Afghans, Senate Cmte. Votes in Favor of Upping Military Budget by $25 Billion, Protesters Condemn UAE Plan to Extradite Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner, Demand Justice for All Detainees, Labor and Healthcare Advocates Call on Biden to Stop Closure of Largest U.S. Generic Drugs Plant, House Cmte. Considers AOC's Public Banking Proposal to Democratize Financial Services, UNESCO Refrains from Listing Great Barrier Reef as "In Danger" Despite Major Climate-Induced Damage
Posted: July 23, 2021, 12:00 pm
As the impacts of the climate emergency continue to be felt around the globe, white men overwhelmingly dominate the airwaves on climate coverage. We speak with co-editors of the new book "All We Can Save," an anthology of essays by 60 women at the forefront of the climate justice movement. "We are simply not seeing very much climate coverage at all in the mainstream media," says Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist and co-founder of the Urban Ocean Lab. Katharine Wilkinson, visiting professor at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, emphasizes women and girls around the world are "disproportionately impacted by climate change" and must lead the search for solutions. "There is a growing body of research that centering women's leadership on climate is not just something that sounds nice. It's actually a critical strategy for how we win," Wilkinson says.
Posted: July 22, 2021, 12:42 pm
As the world’s richest man flies his Blue Origin rocket into suborbital space, here on Earth calls are growing to tax the rich and let Amazon unionize. Billionaire Jeff Bezos has faced strong criticism after Tuesday’s flight, for which he thanked Amazon workers and customers who "paid for all of this." Bezos traveled to the edge of space just days after another billionaire, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, took a similar trip on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft. "The richest and most powerful people in the world are turning their eyes away from the planet and to the stars," says Paris Marx, a writer and host of the podcast "Tech Won't Save Us." "We need to question whether we should be dedicating so much resources to this kind of grand vision of a future that may never arrive," Marx says. We also speak with journalist Peter Ward, author of the book "The Consequential Frontier: Challenging the Privatization of Space," who says billionaires who have monopolized large sectors of the economy are seeking to do the same for space infrastructure. "It's not the worst thing to have the private sector involved. It's just it can't be where they have complete control," Ward says.
Posted: July 22, 2021, 12:16 pm
WHO: Global COVID Cases Jumped 12% Over Past Week, Pelosi Rejects GOP Reps. Jordan & Banks for Jan. 6 Select Committee, Armed DEA Agent Arrested for Taking Part in Jan. 6 Insurrection, Republicans Block $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Opioid Crisis: States Reach $26 Billion Settlement with J&J and Drug Distributors, Four Colombian Mercenaries Tied to Moïse Assassination Were Trained at Fort Benning in U.S., U.S. Launches First Drone Strike on Somalia Under President Biden, Biden Administration Seeks 9-Year Sentence for Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale, Argentina Issues Gender-Neutral ID Cards in First for Latin America, Federal Courts Block Anti-Trans Laws in Arkansas and West Virginia, Israel Asks U.S. States to Probe Ben & Jerry's for Violating Anti-BDS Laws, Report: Government Informants Played Key Roles in Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor, Texas Starts Jailing Immigrants on State Charges After Crossing U.S. Border, Biden Taps Leading Antitrust Attorney to Key DOJ Post, Head of U.N. Climate Talks: Nations "Must Consign Coal Power to History", 3 Die in Iran Protests Sparked by Historic Drought, Toronto Police Arrest 26 While Evicting Unhoused Residents at Encampment, Tokyo Olympic Committee Fires Director of Opening Ceremony over Holocaust Joke, Spanish Swimmer Slams Olympic Rules Preventing Her from Breastfeeding Son During Games
Posted: July 22, 2021, 12:00 pm
Two weeks after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, Ariel Henry has been sworn in as Haiti's new prime minister, after acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced he was relinquishing power. Henry is a neurosurgeon who was appointed by President Jovenel Moïse shortly before he was assassinated, but not formally sworn in. Both Joseph and Henry had claimed power following Moïse's death. Over the weekend, the United States and other members of the so-called Core Group threw their support behind Henry, who will become Haiti's seventh prime minister in four years. Monique Clesca, a Haitian pro-democracy advocate based in Port-au-Prince, says despite the polarization and turmoil in the country, it is ultimately up to Haitians to find a political solution. ​​"It is not up to the United States State Department to tell us who should be the prime minister of Haiti," Clesca says. "It is offensive. It should not be done. It is unacceptable."
Posted: July 21, 2021, 12:50 pm
The role of Colombian mercenaries in the assassination two weeks ago of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has come under scrutiny after The Washington Post reported some of the Colombians received U.S. military training while they were part of the Colombian armed services. One of the mercenaries has been identified as former special commando Grosso Guarín, who was once assigned to a secretive elite military detachment of Colombia's Urban Anti-Terrorist Special Force group that carried out kidnappings and assassinations. Another Colombian mercenary arrested in Haiti was Francisco Eladio Uribe Ochoa, who was once investigated for his role in executing civilians in Colombia and then disguising them as combatants — a practice known as false positives. The Colombian military has been accused of killing over 6,400 civilians in this way. Joining us from Bogotá, Colombia, reporter Mario Murillo says the involvement of Colombian mercenaries stems from the "hyper-militarization of the country," rooted in decades-long counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations that have doubled the size of the Colombian military. "We're talking about thousands of soldiers who have been going around the world," he says, calling them highly trained "artists of war."
Posted: July 21, 2021, 12:45 pm
We go to Colombia for an update on anti-government protests in several cities on the country's Independence Day, when right-wing President Iván Duque presented a new tax reform bill to Congress. The last tax proposal failed in April after it prompted a general strike and massive demonstrations that focused on deepening economic inequality and human rights abuses. The latest demonstrations came after some of the organizers were arrested and harassed over the weekend and protesters have faced intense crackdowns and brutality from Colombian police forces in recent months. "It was amazing that it took place, notwithstanding the fear tactics that were being used by the government leading up to the July 20th mobilizations," says award-winning journalist Mario Murillo, in Bogotá. We also speak with Colombian activist María del Rosario Arango Zambrano in Cali, a city with a long history of activism and resistance. "The repression has been especially brutal here, not only by security forces but also by paramilitary groups," she says.
Posted: July 21, 2021, 12:30 pm
COVID-19 cases in the United States have tripled over the past month as the highly contagious Delta variant rapidly spreads across the country, particularly in areas with low vaccination rates. Deaths from COVID-19 have increased by nearly 50% over the past week, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Delta variant is now responsible for 83% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. "Things are much worse than people might realize," says Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic who has been reporting on the Delta variant's spread in Missouri, one of the hardest-hit areas in the U.S. "The more we let this pandemic linger on, rage on around the world, the less protected any of us will be — including those of us who currently luxuriate under the umbrella of vaccination." Yong recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his coverage of the pandemic.
Posted: July 21, 2021, 12:12 pm
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Posted: July 21, 2021, 12:00 pm