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Fears are growing of another U.S. government shutdown as soon as October 1, with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy unable to overcome opposition from far-right lawmakers in his own party to pass spending measures to keep the government funded. For more on what’s happening on Capitol Hill, we speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California, who says the chaos of a shutdown will hurt many ordinary people as federal workers go unpaid and public services suffer. “McCarthy has just failed to do the most basic function of a speaker of the House: keep the government open and functioning.” Khanna also discusses the UAW strike against the Big Three automakers and growing tension between Canada and India over the alleged assassination of a Sikh leader on Canadian soil by Indian agents.
Posted: September 22, 2023, 12:49 pm
President Biden has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House later this year after the two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations this week. The invitation is a major victory for Netanyahu and comes as his far-right government guts the power of the judiciary and moves closer to full annexation of the West Bank, with Israeli forces killing hundreds of Palestinians so far this year. We speak with Palestinian American analyst Yousef Munayyer, a scholar at the Arab Center Washington DC, as well as journalist Alex Kane, whose latest piece for Jewish Currents is headlined “Biden’s Legacy Will Be Apartheid.” The article looks at the decades-long Biden-Netanyahu relationship and how reluctant the U.S. administration has been to impose consequences despite Israel’s growing extremism. “When Biden says his support for Israel is ironclad, it basically means that his support for Israel is unconditional even as it consolidates an apartheid rule in the Occupied Territories and escalates ethnic cleansing processes that are going on right now,” says Kane. Munayyer adds that Biden’s push for normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel — a key goal for his administration — will further legitimize Israeli repression.
Posted: September 22, 2023, 12:34 pm
As billionaire Rupert Murdoch announces he will resign as head of his media empire, we speak with Angelo Carusone, president and CEO of the watchdog group Media Matters for America, about the right-wing mogul’s influence on journalism and politics over the last seven decades. The 92-year-old Murdoch will step down as chair of Fox Corporation and News Corporation in November, with his son Lachlan to head both companies that control Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and more. Carusone says as the elder Murdoch steps back, it’s important to “make sure that his legacy doesn’t get sugarcoated, that we are really cognizant of the scale of damage that he’s created,” which includes climate denialism and the growing influence of the far right in politics. Carusone also warns that Lachlan Murdoch is more conservative than his father, with a “nihilist” worldview that could make Fox News and other properties even more extreme.
Posted: September 22, 2023, 12:12 pm
As Government Shutdown Looms, McCarthy Says GOP Hard-Liners Want to “Burn the Whole Place Down”, Ukraine’s Zelensky Visits Washington, D.C., Seeking Additional Aid to Counter Russia, Brazil’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Indigenous Communities’ Land Claims, Guatemalan President-elect Rallies Supporters as Prosecutors Seek to Ban His Party, U.S. to Grant Temporary Protected Status to 472,000 Venezuelans in U.S., 3-Year-Old Child Dies in Rio Grande Near Deadly Border Buoys Installed by Texas Governor, India Suspends Visas for Canadians After Trudeau Accuses Modi Government of Killing Sikh Leader, Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Leader of Right-Wing Media Empire, Hands Power to Son, Rights Groups Slam Arrest of Reporter Who Exposed French Role in Killings of Civilians in Egypt, Baton Rouge Police Officers Accused of Torturing Civilians in Unmarked Warehouse, Ex-White House Aide Says Giuliani Groped Her; Ex-NYC Mayor Sued by Law Firm for Unpaid Fees, Alabama Auto Workers Strike for Livable Wages as UAW Prepares to Escalate Strike Against “Big 3”
Posted: September 22, 2023, 12:00 pm
Colombian President Gustavo Petro says the U.S.-backed coup in Chile 50 years ago, when General Augusto Pinochet deposed socialist President Salvador Allende, left a lasting scar across Latin America. Many progressives took up arms against corrupt governments, often led by “Nazis,” Petro says, fueling decades of conflict that is only now beginning to fade. “Today, having closed out that cycle of weapons and violence, we need to rethink democracy,” Petro told Democracy Now! in an exclusive interview this week at Colombia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. He also discussed how the U.S. war on drugs exacerbated violence in countries including Colombia throughout the Cold War and beyond.
Posted: September 21, 2023, 12:41 pm
In Part 3 of our interview with leftist Colombian President Gustavo Petro, he describes how hard-line U.S. policies are preventing the Americas from addressing issues like migration, calling on the Biden administration to “open up a plural dialogue” to bring the region closer together. He notes many people moving through Latin America to seek asylum in the United States are from Venezuela, a country that has been devastated by U.S. sanctions. He calls for an end to punitive economic sanctions against both Venezuela and Cuba, both to slow migration and to address historic injustice. “The scars of history — the invasions from before, the old imperialism, the old domination — continue to weigh against humanity.”
Posted: September 21, 2023, 12:29 pm
In Part 2 of our interview with Colombian President Gustavo Petro, he says climate change is a “vital matter” the world must address collectively. But unlike world trade, which is governed by a set of common rules, there is no organizing rubric for decarbonizing the world economy in time to prevent catastrophe. “There’s no courts for this. There’s no justice. So everybody can just slip by,” Petro says. He says the amount of money rich countries have provided to hasten the clean energy transition falls far short of commitments made in the 2015 Paris Agreement and is a drop in the bucket compared to what is being spent on the war in Ukraine.
Posted: September 21, 2023, 12:19 pm
Colombian President Gustavo Petro joins Democracy Now! for an exclusive broadcast interview after his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he spoke of the need to end wars and stop the climate crisis. Petro is the first leftist to ever govern Colombia. He was elected in 2022 after campaigning to fight inequality and poverty, increase taxes on the wealthy, expand social programs, restore peace and end Colombia’s dependence on fossil fuels. He is a former M-19 guerrilla who went on to become the mayor of Bogotá and a senator before rising to the presidency. In Part 1 of the interview, Petro discusses his position on the war in Ukraine, the occupation of Palestine and the need for consistent international norms. “We’re neutral in any war, not because we don’t believe that there is an occupation [in Ukraine], but because, basically, we don’t believe in those who are inviting us to participate in war,” says Petro, “because many of the countries of Latin America … have suffered invasions by the same countries that today are extending an invitation to reject the invasion of Ukraine.”
Posted: September 21, 2023, 12:10 pm
U.N. Chief Warns Climate Ambition Summit, “Humanity Has Opened the Gates of Hell”, Biden Announces Climate Corps as Activists Demand He Declare Climate Emergency, Study Finds Climate Change Made Libya Flood Catastrophe 50 Times More Likely, U.N. Warns Fighting Between Sudan’s Rival Military Factions Is Sickening and Killing Children, CNN: Ukraine Likely Behind Drone Strikes on Wagner-Backed Paramilitary in Sudan, Nagorno-Karabakh Residents Seek Security Guarantees as Peace Talks Get Underway, Patients Billed Up to $190 for COVID-19 Shots That Insurance Plans Are Required to Cover, Senate Confirms Top Military Officer, Circumventing Anti-Abortion Protest of Sen. Tuberville, Merrick Garland Defends Justice Department Handling of Hunter Biden Case in Combative Hearing, Trial Opens for Colorado Officers Whose Violent Arrest of Elijah McClain Led to His Death, School Book Bans Surged 33% Over Prior Year with Florida Leading the Charge
Posted: September 21, 2023, 12:00 pm
A Minnesota judge has dismissed criminal charges against three Indigenous water protectors who were arrested for protesting oil extraction on treaty-ceded Anishinaabe land. Winona LaDuke, Tania Aubid and Dawn Goodwin were arrested in January 2021 after police saw video shared on social media of the three women singing, dancing and praying near construction crews for Canadian energy company Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline. In a landmark opinion, Judge Leslie Metzen affirmed the protesters’ free speech rights, writing that “to criminalize their behavior would be the crime.” We go to the White Earth Indian Reservation to speak to Winona LaDuke, an Anishinaabekwe enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Ashinaabeg and a longtime environmental activist, about the case and the ongoing protests against Line 3. “I’m glad to not be in jail,” says LaDuke. “I’m not a criminal, and Enbridge is.”
Posted: September 20, 2023, 12:47 pm
A delegation of Australian lawmakers has arrived in Washington, D.C., to urge the Biden administration to halt its prosecution of WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange. More than 60 members of Australia’s Parliament from across the political spectrum have called for Assange’s release. We speak to Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who co-founded the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group, about the growing Australian movement to free Assange and its implications for U.S.-Australia relations. Whish-Wilson warns that Assange’s extradition to the U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges is “something you would expect from a totalitarian regime” and would set a dangerous precedent for press freedoms around the world.
Posted: September 20, 2023, 12:34 pm
At the United Nations General Assembly this week, multiple world leaders voiced support for the imprisoned founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, including Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Colombian President Gustavo Petro. We air an excerpt of Democracy Now!'s exclusive interview with Petro, who calls Assange's continued incarceration “the greatest mockery of freedom of press … brought to bear by the country that built the concept.”
Posted: September 20, 2023, 12:29 pm
We speak to Arjun Sethi, a Sikh community activist, civil rights lawyer and professor at Georgetown Law, about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s public accusations that the Indian government arranged the assassination of a prominent Sikh leader and Canadian citizen outside a Sikh temple in British Columbia in June. India has denied the allegations. Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a prominent leader in the Khalistan movement, a Sikh separatist movement that advocates for the formation of an independent Sikh homeland in the northwest Indian state of Punjab. He had been designated a terrorist by India’s Hindu nationalist government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has long been accused of targeting Sikh leaders at home and abroad. Sethi says that India’s extension of minority group persecution to foreign soil shows the world “just how emboldened the Modi administration is.”
Posted: September 20, 2023, 12:12 pm
Ceasefire Announced in Nagorno-Karabakh After Azerbaijani Military Operation Kills 100, Israelis Kill at Least 5 Palestinians in Last 2 Days as Gaza Blockade Tightens, Biden Meeting with Netanyahu in New York as U.S. Pushes for Saudi-Israeli Normalization, Houthi and Saudi Negotiators Wrap Another Round of Talks on Possible End to Yemen War, Volodymyr Zelensky Warns Russian War on Ukraine Threatens the World, Iranian President Calls on U.S. to Recommit to Nuclear Deal, Says “Americanization” of World Failed, Latin American Nations Challenge Old World Order at UNGA and G77, Gov’t Shutdown Inches Closer as McCarthy Faces Hard-Right Revolt, Fails to Advance 2 Spending Bills, Pennsylvania Automates Voter Registration; Lindsay Powell Wins Election, Keeping PA House Blue, Conservative Group Sues West Point over Affirmative Action Policy, Climate Activists Take Aim at Bank of America over Its Funding of Fossil Fuel Projects
Posted: September 20, 2023, 12:00 pm
As climate activists from around the world gather in New York for the annual Climate Week, which coincides with the new session of the United Nations General Assembly, an estimated 75,000 people marched on the U.N. headquarters Sunday with a demand for President Biden to “end fossil fuels.” They escalated their demands by targeting financing for fossil fuel projects, with a series of direct actions at major U.S. financial institutions and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. We get an update from two of the protest organizers: Renata Pumarol, with Climate Defenders, and Alicé Nascimento, campaign director at New York Communities for Change, who was arrested at Monday’s protest. “Climate chaos is not in some distant future,” says Pumarol. “It will only get worse if we do not stop the fossil fuel industry, and the only way to stop the fossil fuel industry is to stop the financing of fossil fuels.”
Posted: September 19, 2023, 12:50 pm
Congress is almost certainly headed for another government shutdown due to Republican infighting that is preventing budget measures from being passed, says Ryan Grim, the D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept. The revolt is led by far-right members who oppose Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. “What they’re fighting for, whether they win, whether their situation actually gets worse as a result, is secondary to the kind of emotional release people want from seeing a clash unfold in Washington,” says Grim.
Posted: September 19, 2023, 12:41 pm
The Biden administration helped Pakistan get a controversial new bailout from the International Monetary Fund after Pakistan agreed to secretly sell arms to the United States for the war in Ukraine, according to a new blockbuster report by The Intercept. The deal allows Pakistan to sell some $900 million in munitions while keeping IMF loans flowing to the government in Islamabad amid a spiraling economic crisis, which is driven at least partly by the austerity measures imposed by the IMF loan. Pakistan’s position on the war in Ukraine has shifted significantly since Russia’s invasion and the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was removed from office in 2022 under pressure from U.S. diplomats who objected to his “aggressively neutral” stance on the war. Khan is now imprisoned in Pakistan on corruption charges. Meanwhile, the caretaker government backed by Pakistan’s powerful military has delayed planned elections, widely seen as an attempt to block Khan’s supporters from power. “When the United States has a primary foreign policy objective, in particular when it’s a war, everything else falls away. That’s what you’re seeing in Pakistan now,” says The Intercept’s Ryan Grim.
Posted: September 19, 2023, 12:31 pm
As the Biden administration and Tehran carry out a prisoner swap that also includes the unfreezing of $6 billion in Iranian oil revenue, we look at the state of U.S.-Iran relations with journalist Negar Mortazavi, host of The Iran Podcast. The deal represents a major diplomatic breakthrough between the two countries since the end of the Iran nuclear deal, from which the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew in 2018. The prisoner swap came just after the anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody last year, which set off nationwide protests against the Iranian government. “What we saw over the past year after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini was nothing short of a mass movement and also, essentially, a cultural revolution,” says Mortazavi, who notes the protests have led to a loosening of social restrictions despite the government crackdown. “I don’t think the government can push it back to where it was before the killing of Mahsa Amini.”
Posted: September 19, 2023, 12:13 pm
Justin Trudeau Accuses Indian Government of Involvement in Killing of Sikh Leader in Canada, Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Reaches “Mind-Blowing” Record-Low Winter Level, Scores Arrested as Civil Disobedience Protesters Demand Wall Street End Support for Fossil Fuels, MN Judge Rejects Charges for Pipeline Protesters: “To Criminalize Their Behavior Would Be the Crime”, Five U.S. Citizens Return Home After Prisoner Swap with Iran, U.N. General Assembly Opens with Calls for Action on War, Climate, Poverty and Hunger, NYTimes: Errant Ukrainian Missile Likely Caused Deadly Marketplace Blast , Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto Granted Asylum in U.S. After 15-Year Appeal, UAW President Challenges Biden to Support Auto Workers as Strike Enters Fifth Day, Australian MPs Urge U.S. to Halt Prosecution of Julian Assange
Posted: September 19, 2023, 12:00 pm
During the rally at Sunday’s March to End Fossil Fuels in New York City, activists decried President Joe Biden’s continued investment in fossil fuels and his refusal to declare a national emergency over the worsening effects of climate change. Louisiana climate justice activist Roishetta Ozane said Biden is “personally accountable” for climate change-fueled natural disasters, while 16-year-old Fridays for Future organizer Helen Mancini proclaimed, “There is not enough time to put this off another term.” Both emphasized the role of impacted communities — from those living in the shadow of toxic production plants to youth facing the prospect of an increasingly uninhabitable planet — in demanding climate action, a call echoed by Teamsters Local 808’s Chris Silvera, who declared that the fight for climate justice “is a workers’ fight.”
Posted: September 18, 2023, 12:47 pm
We continue our coverage of the March to End Fossil Fuels, where protesters noted the United States is projected to account for more than one-third of planned global oil and gas expansion from today through 2050. It is the top oil and gas producer in the world, one of just 20 countries that will be responsible for 90% of new fossil fuel production over the next few decades. We feature speeches from Sunday’s rally by Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They were among more than 75,000 attendees of what was the largest climate mobilization in the world since 2020. “We call upon countries, and in particular the United States, to end new development of fossil fuels that are destroying livelihoods and lives, because we cannot eat coal and we cannot drink oil,” said Nakate, while Ocasio-Cortez said ongoing grassroots mobilization “too big and too radical to ignore” is needed to end fossil fuels and begin a just transition to a green economy.
Posted: September 18, 2023, 12:31 pm
Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of midtown Manhattan Sunday to send a clear message to the world and leaders coming to the city for the U.N. General Assembly this week: End fossil fuels. As part of more than 200 actions around the world leading up to the first-ever United Nations Climate Ambition Summit this Wednesday, more than 700 grassroots groups together called on President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency, stop all federal approvals for new fossil fuel projects, phase out production of fossil fuels on federal public lands, and build a new clean energy future. Speakers at the massive march’s rally included New York Democratic Congressmember Jamaal Bowman, environmental justice activist Sharon Lavigne, former Irish President Mary Robinson, actor Susan Sarandon and climate scientist Peter Kalmus. “Every little bit of fossil fuel we burn makes the planet a little hotter,” warned Kalmus, while Bowman and Robinson condemned fossil fuel investment as “subsidizing” the planet’s “own self-destruction.” Added Kalmus, “This is a task of cosmic importance. … We are on the brink of losing absolutely everything.”
Posted: September 18, 2023, 12:13 pm
U.N. Revises Death Toll from Libya Floods as Recovery Efforts Continue, 75,000 March to End Fossil Fuels in NYC as Hundreds of Thousands Worldwide Demand Climate Justice, Striking Workers Warn U.S. Automakers They May Expand Work Stoppage, Zelensky to Visit D.C. as Congress Debates Billions of Additional Dollars for Ukraine, Military Juntas in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso Sign Mutual Defense Pact, Office High-Rise Burns in Sudan’s Capital Amid Fierce Fighting by Rival Factions, Iran and U.S. Finalize Prisoner Swap, Father of Mahsa Amini Arrested on First Anniversary of Her Death in Police Custody, Rights Groups Condemn Egyptian Court’s Sentencing of Journalist and Activist Hisham Kassem, Russell Brand Accused of Rape, Sexual Assault, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Removes Rolling Stone Magazine’s Jann Wenner over Racist, Sexist Comments
Posted: September 18, 2023, 12:00 pm
For the first time in U.S. history, the Justice Department has criminally charged the child of a sitting president. Federal prosecutors have indicted President Biden’s son Hunter Biden on felony charges of illegally possessing a handgun and making false statements in order to obtain a revolver in 2018. Special counsel David Weiss brought the charges after a Trump-appointed federal judge in July rejected a deal that would have seen Hunter Biden plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts in order to avoid jail time. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000. This comes as Republican lawmakers have opened an impeachment inquiry of President Biden. “Maybe this will become the norm … to impeach the president if the president is from the opposite party,” says Ryan Grim, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept, who adds that Republican infighting is threatening House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership and likely to lead to a shutdown of the federal government. “It does seem like they are headed for a shutdown of their own making.”
Posted: September 15, 2023, 12:50 pm
New York University announced it plans to divest from fossil fuels in an August letter addressed to Sunrise NYU. We speak with co-founders of the campus climate group, Alicia Colomer and Dylan Wahbe, about the university finally divesting after decades of pressure from student advocates. “I would encourage every single student to get organized and join the movement,” says Wahbe, who says a broad coalition of student groups and university unions ultimately forced the board of trustees to move on this issue. “Stop the fossil fuel money from coming and polluting our universities in the first place so that universities can become real climate leaders,” says Colomer, who is also managing director of Fossil Free Research, which works to end the fossil fuel industry’s influence on higher education and climate research.
Posted: September 15, 2023, 12:43 pm
Ahead of a March to End Fossil Fuels in New York City on Sunday, some 400 scientists endorsed the demands of the march in an open letter to President Biden, blasting him for claiming he would “listen to the science,” while his policies “fail to align with what the science tells us must happen to avert calamity.” We speak with Rose Abramoff, an Earth scientist and one of the signatories, who was arrested last week blocking construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. “We feel like the science has come to such a complete consensus, and we just want fossil fuels to stop,” says Abramoff. “I wouldn’t feel the need to risk my job with activism, to risk felony-level charges by locking myself to a pipeline drill, if I felt like the voice of the scientific community was being properly heard.”
Posted: September 15, 2023, 12:32 pm
For the first time in history, the United Auto Workers has launched a strike against the Big Three U.S. automakers — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler — all at once. UAW President Shawn Fein announced targeted strikes at three facilities: a General Motors plant in Wentzville, Missouri; a Stellantis complex in Toledo, Ohio; and a Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan. The action could grow to more locations in the coming days to ramp up pressure on the companies. “The members are fired up, and we’re ready, and we’re united,” says electrician Marcelina Pedraza, a member of UAW Local 551 at a Ford assembly plant in Chicago. “This is an important moment in history for us to win back a lot of the things we’ve lost in these past few years.” As the three auto companies made a combined $21 billion in profits in the first six months of 2023, the UAW is looking to take back contract benefits they conceded in the 2008 financial crisis so manufacturers would not go bankrupt. “That partnership was a poison pill for workers. The UAW new leadership knows that,” says labor reporter Alex Press, who sees this strike as the labor movement “not just clawing back concessions, but going on the offensive.”
Posted: September 15, 2023, 12:10 pm
UAW Launches Unprecedented Strike Against Big Three U.S. Auto Makers, Confirmed Death Toll from Libya Floods Tops 11,000 as U.N. Says Catastrophe Could Have Been Averted, Deaths from Phoenix Heat Wave Top 200, with Another 350+ Heat-Related Deaths Under Investigation, Exxon Leaders Secretly Undermined Science After Publicly Acknowledging Climate Crisis, Climate Activists Block Entry to NYC’s Citibank Ahead of Global Actions to #EndFossilFuels, Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges, Thousands of Asylum Seekers Arrive in Italy’s Lampedusa, Migrant Survivors Sue Greece over Shipwreck That Killed Hundreds, Wisconsin GOP Attempts to Oust Top Election Official Ahead of 2024 Presidential Vote, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood to Resume Abortions Next Week Amid Ongoing Legal Battles, Democrats Push for $16 Billion in Child Care Funding as Pandemic Relief Runs Out
Posted: September 15, 2023, 12:00 pm
We spend the hour with acclaimed journalist and author Naomi Klein, whose new book Doppelganger, out this week, explores what she calls “the mirror world,” a growing right-wing alternate universe of misinformation and conspiracies that, while identifying real problems, opportunistically exploits them to advance a hateful and divisive agenda. Klein explains her initial motivation for the book was her own alter ego, the author Naomi Wolf, for whom she has often been mistaken. Both Naomis entered public consciousness in the 1990s with books critiquing corporate influence, but in recent years Wolf has become one of the most prominent vaccine deniers and purveyors of COVID-19 misinformation — making the ongoing confusion about their identities a source of frustration. “It’s very destabilizing,” says Klein, who still urges people to seriously engage with the dangerous ideas propagated in mirror worlds, rather than simply look away. “It’s so hard to look at the reality that we are in right now, with the overlay of endless wars and climate disasters and massive inequality. And so, whether we’re making up fantastical conspiracy theories or getting lost in our own reflections, it’s all about not looking at that reality that is only bearable if we get outside our own heads and collectively organize.”
Posted: September 14, 2023, 12:15 pm
Mayor of Flooded Libyan City Says Death Toll Could Rise to 20,000, Environmental Damage Has Brought Earth Outside “Safe Operating Space for Humanity”, Morocco Rejects Offers of Foreign Aid as Earthquake Death Toll Nears 3,000, Human Rights Groups Accuse World Leaders of Failing to Act on Atrocities in Sudan, Ukraine Says Attack on Russian Black Naval Sea Fleet Struck Two Warships, Senate Subpoenas Saudi Wealth Fund as It Probes PGA-LIV Merger, New England and Eastern Canada Brace for Hurricane Lee, UAW on Cusp of Historic Strike as Automakers Fail to Meet Worker Demands Despite Massive Profits, “Inhumane and Shameful”: Bush-Appointed Judge Rules DACA Unlawful for Second Time, United Nations: U.S.-Mexico Border Has Become the Deadliest Land Migration Route, Wisconsin GOP Attempt to Impeach Liberal Judge Who Could Overturn Abortion Ban, Gerrymandering, Mitt Romney Will Not Seek Reelection, Says GOP Operates in “Shadow of Donald Trump”
Posted: September 14, 2023, 12:00 pm
We look at how Columbia University ignored women, undermined prosecutors and protected obstetrician Robert Hadden while he preyed on hundreds of his patients for more than two decades, as detailed in a new investigation from ProPublica and New York
magazine. Hadden was sentenced in July to 20 years in federal prison for sexually abusing his patients, but survivors say no one has been held accountable at Columbia, and are still demanding justice. We speak with a survivor who reported Hadden to police after he assaulted her during a supposedly routine pregnancy exam in 2012, leading to his arrest, but Columbia allowed him to go back to work, and he assaulted more women. We are also joined by Laura Beil and Bianca Fortis, who co-wrote the new report. Beil also hosts the podcast Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University
Posted: September 13, 2023, 12:29 pm
We get an update from Libya, where at least 6,000 are feared dead after a catastrophic cyclone hit the eastern city of Derna, causing two dams to burst and flooding whole sections of the city. Storm victims are being buried in mass graves as hope is dwindling for those who have been unable to locate friends and family members. Libya’s infrastructure has crumbled over years of civil war, NATO intervention and political instability; Derna’s dams have not been maintained since 2002. Ahead of the storm, the government did not declare an emergency or carry out evacuations. “It’s obviously our government’s fault,” says Libyan youth climate activist Nissa Bek in Tripoli. She notes Libya’s lack of investment in risk mitigation or climate adaptation means the scale of the disaster was not a surprise. “I’m hoping that this tragedy could be the turning point for all of this, and for them to actually take the climate crisis more seriously,” adds Bek.
Posted: September 13, 2023, 12:14 pm
Rescue Efforts Continue in Libya’s Inundated Derna as Bodies Line the Ground Outside Main Hospital, Kevin McCarthy, Under Pressure from GOP’s Far Right, Orders Impeachment Inquiry Against Biden, Kim Jong-un Vows “Unconditional Support” to Vladimir Putin as Leaders Meet in Russia, Hanoi Apartment Building Fire Kills at Least 30 People, Including Children, Filipina Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and Her News Site Rappler Cleared of Final Tax Evasion Charge, Child Poverty Rates Doubled in 2022 After GOP, Joe Manchin Allowed Child Tax Credit to Expire, Patients, Doctors Sue over Denial of Care Due to Abortion Bans in Idaho, Tennessee and Oklahoma, Five Ex-Memphis Officers Indicted on Federal Charges for Murder of Tyre Nichols, Family Demands Justice for Police Killing of Pregnant Black Mother Ta’Kiya Young, Justice Department’s Antitrust Case Against Google Opens This Week, New York University to Divest from Fossil Fuels After Years of Student Organizing, Indigenous Activists Gather in D.C. to Demand Release of Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier
Posted: September 13, 2023, 12:00 pm
As the COVID-19 era pause on federal student debt payments comes to an end and some 40 million Americans will resume payments next month, we speak with Debt Collective organizer Astra Taylor about Biden’s new Saving on a Valuable Education, or SAVE, plan and her organization’s new tool that helps people apply to the Department of Education to cancel the borrower’s debt. Taylor also discusses her new book, The Age of Insecurity: Coming Together as Things Fall Apart, in which she writes, “How we understand and respond to insecurity is one of the most urgent questions of our moment, for nothing less than the future security of our species hangs in the balance.” She notes organizing is about “the alchemy of turning our vulnerabilities, turning our oppression, turning our insecurities into solidarity so that we can change the structures that are undermining our self-esteem and well-being.”
Posted: September 12, 2023, 12:45 pm
On the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-backed military coup in Chile that deposed democratically elected socialist leader Salvador Allende, we discuss the U.S. contribution to the coup and declassified records obtained by the National Security Archive’s Chile Documentation Project with Peter Kornbluh. His book, The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability, has been revised and published in Chile for the first time. “There’s a lot known about the U.S. role in Chile, but there’s a lot to be reminded of, as well, and then there are the secrets that remain,” says Kornbluh, who says countries around the world must learn from Chile’s history to counter growing misinformation and authoritarianism today. “Very authoritarian voices are rising to dangerous levels that actually threaten our democracy.”
Posted: September 12, 2023, 12:29 pm
As the G20 met in India this weekend, invitations to dinners during the G20 used the name Bharat instead of India. Bharat is a Sanskrit term which is already India’s second official name but is not widely used internationally. Economics professor Jayati Ghosh speculates Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be moving toward the name Bharat as a “knee-jerk reaction” to a coalition of 26 opposition political parties called the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A.) ahead of 2024 elections. “It would be funny if it weren’t also so expensively ridiculous,” says Ghosh, who taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi for 35 years. “The immediate bringing in of this measure is really a panicky response to the fact that the opposition parties are coming together.”
Posted: September 12, 2023, 12:25 pm
We get an update on the G20 summit, which welcomed the African Union as a permanent member and took place for the first time in India as the country faces criticism for bulldozing slums near the site of the meeting. “What we are seeing is a period of significant realignments,” says economics professor Jayati Ghosh, who critiques the meeting for a lack of action and largely performative events such as a negotiated joint statement which stopped short of condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. “This G20 has done nothing for the major problems of our time,” says Ghosh, who calls on the group of world leaders to act on climate change and wealth inequality. “The G20 is a collection of potentially very powerful governments — that don’t necessarily represent the interests of their own people, I might add — but nonetheless, this collection has not done very much over the last 12 to 13 years.”
Posted: September 12, 2023, 12:11 pm
Thousands Feared Dead in Libya as Torrential Rains Cause Dams to Collapse, Greece Warns of Infectious Diseases After Cyclone Brings Unprecedented Flooding, Death Toll from Morocco Earthquake Nears 3,000, U.S. Breaks Record for Billion-Dollar Climate Disasters, U.N. Human Rights Chief on Climate Inaction: “The Dystopian Future Is Already Here”, Ukraine Seizes Russian-Held Oil and Gas Platforms in Black Sea, NATO Plans Largest War Games Since Cold War; U.S. Launches Military Exercises with Armenia, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Arrives in Russia for Talks with Putin, France Defies Niger Coup Leaders’ Ultimatum to Abandon Military Bases, Biden Administration Will Unfreeze Iranian Oil Revenue as Part of Prisoner Swap, Former Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo Calls Israel an “Apartheid State”, FDA Approves New COVID-19 Booster Shots, Protesters Occupy House Speaker’s Office to Demand Renewed Funding for HIV/AIDS, Atlanta Officials Refuse to Process 116,000 Signatures for Public Referendum on Cop City
Posted: September 12, 2023, 12:00 pm
We look at the 50th anniversary of what is sometimes called the “other 9/11” — the U.S.-backed coup in Chile, when General Augusto Pinochet ousted President Salvador Allende and inaugurated almost two decades of brutal military rule. Allende died in the presidential palace on September 11, 1973, marking the end of Chile’s first socialist government. During Pinochet’s military dictatorship, more than 3,000 people were disappeared or killed, and some 40,000 more were tortured as political prisoners as Chile remained a close partner to the United States during the Cold War. “We’re still living in some sense under the shadow of Pinochet, and of course we’re living under the gigantic light … of Salvador Allende,” says renowned Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman, who served as a cultural adviser to Allende from 1970 to 1973 before going into exile following the coup. His latest novel, The Suicide Museum, explores the mystery around Allende’s death and whether it was a suicide or murder.
Posted: September 11, 2023, 12:34 pm
We get an update from Morocco, which has declared three days of mourning after the strongest earthquake to hit the region in at least a century. About 2,500 people died in the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Friday, with another 2,500 injured and the death toll expected to rise. The epicenter was in the High Atlas Mountains located about 44 miles from Marrakech, where many villages remain largely inaccessible and lack both electricity and running water. The earthquake also damaged parts of Marrakech, including its old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We speak with Moroccan scholars Abdellah El Haloui, in Marrakech, where he is head of the English Department at Cadi Ayyad University, and Brahim El Guabli, associate professor of Arabic studies at Williams College, originally from Ouarzazate, Morocco, which was hit by the earthquake.
Posted: September 11, 2023, 12:14 pm
6.8-Magnitude Quake Kills 2,500+ in Morocco as Rescuers Struggle to Reach Remote Areas, African Union Joins G20; U.S., EU, India Unveil Alternative to China’s “Belt and Road”, In Vietnam, Biden Denies Strengthening Ties with Vietnam Is an Effort to “Contain” China, Dutch Police Detain 2,400, Unleash Water Cannons on Massive Climate Protest, Activists Confront Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer over Climate Crisis Hypocrisy, Airstrike in Khartoum Kills 40+ Civilians Amid Ongoing Fighting Between Sudanese Army and RSF, At Least 4 Die as Fighting Resumes Between Rival Groups in Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon, Maldives Presidential Election Headed to Sept. 30 Runoff, Chile Marks 50th Anniversary of U.S.-Backed Military Coup That Overthrew Elected President, New York Medical Examiner Identifies Remains of Two More 9/11 Victims, Georgia Grand Jury That Indicted Trump and 18 Others Also Recommended Charging Sen. Lindsey Graham, Federal Court Orders Louisiana to Transfer Children from Angola Prison, Philly Cop Mark Dial Charged with Murdering Eddie Irizarry During Traffic Stop, Spanish Soccer Chief Luis Rubiales Resigns Amid Furor over Forcible Kiss of Jenni Hermoso, Coco Gauff Thanks Women’s Tennis Trailblazers After Winning US Open
Posted: September 11, 2023, 12:00 pm