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Memorial Day Massacre: Chicago Cops Killed 10 During 1937 Steel Strike, Then the Media Covered It Up
We look at the largely forgotten 1937 Memorial Day Massacre, when police in Chicago shot at and gassed a peaceful gathering of striking steelworkers and their supporters, killing 10 people, most of them shot in the back. It was a time like today, when unions were growing stronger. The workers were on strike against Republic Steel, and the police attacked them with weapons supplied by the company. The tragic story is told in a new PBS documentary. “The mass media, right up to The New York Times, was supporting the police story that they had no choice but to open fire on this mob,” says Greg Mitchell, who directed the new PBS documentary, Memorial Day Massacre: Workers Die, Film Buried, and edited a companion book that is the first oral history on the tragedy. The film can be viewed at PBS.org and was produced by Lyn Goldfarb.
Posted: May 26, 2023, 12:47 pm
May 19 marked what would have been the 98th birthday of Malcolm X. The director Spike Lee gave the keynote address at an event marking the day at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, which is housed in the former Audubon Ballroom in New York where Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965. Lee discussed the challenges of making his acclaimed 1992 biopic of Malcolm starring Denzel Washington, and how he overcame funding shortfalls and studio indifference to get the film made. “We knew that we had to keep going,” Lee said.
Posted: May 26, 2023, 12:27 pm
As attacks on the teaching of Black history escalate in Florida and other states, we hear from The New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on “The 1619 Project.” She spoke on May 19 at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, which is housed in the former Audubon Ballroom in New York where Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965, and talked about the impact Malcolm X’s writing had on her life, as well as the importance of teaching the full history of the United States. “What we commonly call history is actually memory, and that memory in the United States has been shaped too often by white men in power who want us to remember the history of a country that never existed,” she said.
Posted: May 26, 2023, 12:22 pm
Stewart Rhodes, founder of the far-right Oath Keepers group, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. It is the longest sentence handed down so far to any participant in the January 6 insurrection, when thousands of Trump supporters stormed the halls of Congress to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory. One of Rhodes’s associates, Kelly Meggs, who led the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison. A jury had convicted both men of seditious conspiracy in November. The sentences are a “substantial win for democracy,” says Kristen Doerer, who reports on right-wing extremism and followed the case.
Posted: May 26, 2023, 12:11 pm
GOP Pushes for Steep Cuts to Domestic Programs, Environmental Protections as Debt Default Looms, U.S. and South Korea Hold Largest-Ever Live-Fire War Games, French Police Attack Climate Activists Protesting TotalEnergies’ Annual Investor Meeting, Supreme Court Guts Clean Water Act, Indiana Medical Board Disciplines Doctor Who Provided Abortion to 10-Year-Old Rape Survivor, Oath Keepers Founder Gets 18 Years in Prison for Role in Jan. 6 Insurrection, Minneapolis Remembers George Floyd 3 Years After His Murder Set Off Historic Protests, NYC Activists Demand End to NYPD’s Strategic Response Group 3 Years After BLM Uprising, Police Officer Shoots 11-Year-Old Mississippi Boy After He Called 911 for Help, Vessel Carrying Hundreds of Europe-Bound Migrants Goes Missing in Mediterranean
Posted: May 26, 2023, 12:00 pm
A new Oxfam analysis released as the leaders of the Group of 7 nations met in Hiroshima, Japan, shows G7 countries collectively owe poor nations in the Global South more than $13 trillion in development and climate assistance. But instead, these countries are saddled with daily debt repayments of $232 million, deepening the global chasm of inequality. That debt burden “is essentially the money that could have been invested in education, in health, in gender justice programs, in ensuring safe drinking water, in climate resilience,” says Amitabh Behar, the interim executive director of Oxfam International, speaking from New Delhi.
Posted: May 25, 2023, 12:52 pm
As calls grow for an end to the war in Ukraine, a number of recent developments indicate the war could instead be expanding beyond Ukraine’s borders. Russia has signed an agreement with Belarus to begin deploying tactical nuclear weapons there, and a group of pro-Ukrainian fighters from Russia has attacked sites in the Russian region of Belgorod using what appears to be U.S.-made armored vehicles and Humvees. This cross-border raid was carried out in part by the Russian Volunteer Corps, a group that includes self-avowed neo-Nazis. For more, we speak to Gregory Afinogenov, a professor of Russian history at Georgetown University, and Denis Pilash, a Ukrainian political scientist, historian and member of the Ukrainian democratic socialist organization Sotsialnyi Rukh.
Posted: May 25, 2023, 12:22 pm
Ron DeSantis officially launched his presidential campaign Wednesday, pitting the Florida governor against his former ally Donald Trump and at least five other Republicans in a fight for their party’s 2024 nomination. His formal announcement came in a Twitter audio stream hosted by the company’s billionaire owner, Elon Musk, and was beset by technical problems. As governor of Florida, DeSantis has signed a slew of bills targeting reproductive rights, immigrant rights, the transgender community, and diversity programs in schools. He has also recently signed legislation to weaken the power of public sector unions. For more, we speak with Alphonso Mayfield, president of SEIU Florida Public Services Union. “People are hurting. … And instead of dealing with those issues directly, he’s punching down and focusing on the most marginalized aspects of our community and the people who are actually working and trying to create a better life for their families and their communities,” says Mayfield.
Posted: May 25, 2023, 12:12 pm
Anti-Kremlin Militia That Staged Attacks in Russia Used U.S.-Made Armored Vehicles, Fighting Punctures Ceasefire in Khartoum as U.N. Warns 1.3M Have Fled Sudan, U.N. Appeal for Aid to Drought-Stricken Horn of Africa Falls Far Short of Goal, After Battering Guam, Typhoon Mawar Heads Toward Philippines as Category 5 Storm, German Police Stage Nationwide Raids Against “Last Generation” Climate Action Group, Watchdog Says 90% of Chevron’s Carbon Offsets Are “Junk”, Rep. Matt Gaetz Admits Republicans Are Holding U.S. Economy “Hostage” over Debt Limit, Ron DeSantis Launches 2024 Presidential Bid in Glitch-Plagued Twitter Announcement, Texas Families and Teachers Mark First Anniversary of Uvalde School Massacre, BBC Faces Defamation Charges in Indian Court for Documentary Critical of PM Narendra Modi, Australian Police Officer Charged After Death of Tased 95-Year-Old Nursing Home Woman, Elmhurst Hospital Doctors End Strike After Tentative Deal to Increase Pay in Line with Peers, Tina Turner, International Musical Sensation and Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Dies at 83
Posted: May 25, 2023, 12:00 pm
Kissinger at 100: New War Crimes Revealed in Secret Cambodia Bombing That Set Stage for Forever Wars
A bombshell new investigation from The Intercept reveals that former U.S. national security adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was responsible for even more civilian deaths during the U.S. war in Cambodia than was previously known. The revelations add to a violent résumé that ranges from Latin America to Southeast Asia, where Kissinger presided over brutal U.S. military interventions to put down communist revolt and to develop U.S. influence around the world. While survivors and family members of these deadly campaigns continue to grieve, Kissinger celebrates his 100th birthday this week. “This adds to the list of killings and crimes that Henry Kissinger should, even at this very late date in his life, be asked to answer for,” says The Intercept’s Nick Turse, author of the new investigation, “Kissinger’s Killing Fields.” We also speak with Yale University’s Greg Grandin, author of Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman.
Posted: May 24, 2023, 12:31 pm
The United States faces a default on its debt in early June if a deal on the debt ceiling is not reached between the Biden administration and Republicans in Congress before then. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is pushing for sweeping budget cuts and new work requirements for recipients of government programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and SNAP. Notably, however, neither Republicans nor Democrats are proposing cuts to one of the biggest drivers of the nation’s debt: the massive U.S. military budget. “We’ve got to get this military-industrial lobby under control, but it’s hard to do, because it’s a bipartisan affair,” says our guest, economist Jeffrey Sachs, whose recent article is headlined “America’s Wars and the US Debt Crisis.”
Posted: May 24, 2023, 12:15 pm
South Carolina GOP Passes 6-Week Abortion Ban, Sends Bill to Republican Governor’s Desk, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Warns Social Media Poses “Profound Risk” to Kids and Teens, Ron DeSantis to Launch 2024 Bid on Twitter Live Stream with Elon Musk, Florida School Bans Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Poem After Parental Complaint, Elmhurst Doctors on Strike in Queens, Demand Parity with Manhattan Counterparts, New York Times and Unionized Reporters Reach “Groundbreaking” Tentative Deal, Illinois Investigation Finds Nearly 2,000 Children Abused by Catholic Church Clergy Since 1950, U.K. Regulator Orders Meta to Sell Giphy; U.S. Judge Dissolves American Airlines-JetBlue Partnership, Julian Assange’s Family Says His Release Could Be Closer Than Ever as Australia Ups Diplomatic Push, India’s Kashmir Crackdown in Spotlight as China, Saudi Arabia Boycott G20 Meeting in Disputed Region, The Earth Nears Sixth Mass Extinction in First Such Event Caused by Human Activity, New Reports Sound the Alarm on Increasing Human Risks Posed by Extreme Heat, U.S. and EU Lawmakers Call for Removal of Oil Company Chief as President of U.N. Climate Conference, Activists Take Over London Shell Shareholder Meeting as Climate Groups Stage Protests Across Europe, Guam Residents Face Strongest Storm in Decades as Typhoon Mawar Lashes the Island
Posted: May 24, 2023, 12:00 pm
Florida's "Terrifying" Anti-Immigration Crackdown Sets Stage for Gov. Ron DeSantis's Presidential Run
A sweeping anti-immigrant crackdown is underway in Florida by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to enter the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination this week. SB 1718 is set to take effect July 1, but has already led to walkouts by immigrant workers. It bans people who are undocumented from using driver’s licenses issued in other states, and prohibits state ID cards to be issued to them. It also requires hospitals that accept Medicaid to ask about citizenship during intake, and expands requirements for employers to use the federal E-Verify system to check the immigration status of their workers. “SB 1718 has been the harshest immigration bill that we have seen,” says Florida immigration attorney Andrea Reyes. We also speak with historian Geraldo Cadava, who says DeSantis’s policies may not “translate nationally,” given Florida’s unique demographics and gerrymandered political system. Reyes is featured in a new piece for The New Yorker by Cadava, “Florida’s Right Turn on Immigration.”
Posted: May 23, 2023, 12:41 pm
"After Uvalde": Maria Hinojosa on Guns, Grief & Community Outrage 1 Year After Texas School Shooting
Wednesday marks one year since an 18-year-old gunman armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle entered his former elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and shot dead 19 children between the ages of 9 and 11 and two of their teachers, as nearly 400 officers rushed to Robb Elementary School but took 77 minutes to confront the gunman. Investigators later found officers “failed to prioritize saving innocent lives over their own safety.” More than 1,000 incidents involving firearms have shaken America’s schools since 2018 — a dramatic increase over any similar period since at least 1970, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database. We discuss this uniquely American epidemic with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, the founder of Futuro Media and host of Latino USA. She anchors the upcoming Frontline, Futuro Media and Texas Tribune co-production, After Uvalde: Guns, Grief & Texas.
Posted: May 23, 2023, 12:15 pm
McCarthy Rules Out Repealing Tax Cuts for the Rich After White House Talks Fail to Secure Deal on Debt Ceiling, Anti-Putin Militias Launch Cross-Border Raid on Russia’s Belgorod from Ukraine, U.N. Finds Wagner Mercenaries Led Massacre on Village in Mali in 2022, India Issues Heat Alerts as Temperatures Top 113 Degrees Fahrenheit, Alberta Wildfires Scorch Millions of Acres and Trigger Air Quality Alerts, Western States Reach Deal to Conserve Water from Colorado River, Nevada Lawmakers Approve Bill Protecting Out-of-State Abortion Patients, Sen. Tim Scott Enters Race for 2024 Republican Presidential Nomination, E. Jean Carroll Seeks Further Damages from Trump over CNN Remarks, Special Counsel to Probe Trump’s Foreign Ties in Mar-a-Lago Documents Investigation, Driver Who Crashed Into White House Barriers Had Nazi Flag in Truck, Border Patrol Agents Shoot and Kill Tohono O’odham Artist in Arizona, Mother Says Agents Denied Medical Care to 8-Year-Old Girl Who Died in CBP Custody, Autopsy Finds Lashawn Thompson Died of Homicide Due to Severe Neglect of Fulton County Jailers, “Pay Your Writers!”: Warner Bros. CEO Booed at Boston University Commencement, Transgender Youth Hold First-Ever “Trans Prom” Celebration on National Mall
Posted: May 23, 2023, 12:00 pm
Ecuador’s conservative President Guillermo Lasso has dissolved the opposition-led National Assembly in a move widely seen as an effort to block efforts to impeach him, and came as the body held its first hearing into corruption and embezzlement allegations against Lasso. Lasso used a constitutional power that has never been used in Ecuador before, allowing him to rule by decree until new elections are held. That vote is likely to come in August, and Lasso told The Washington Post he does not plan to run again. For more on the political crisis in Ecuador, we speak with Andrés Arauz, the Ecuadorian politician and economist who ran against Lasso for president in 2021. He previously served as director of Ecuador’s Central Bank and then minister of knowledge and human talent under the administration of former leftist President Rafael Correa. He’s also a senior research fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Posted: May 22, 2023, 12:48 pm
We speak with PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel about the resignation of journalist Masha Gessen from the free expression group’s board following the cancellation of a Russian writers panel at the recent PEN World Voices Festival after Ukrainian writers threatened to boycott. “It’s unfortunate,” Nossel says, but notes Gessen plans to remain a PEN member and work on its project to archive Russian independent media.
Posted: May 22, 2023, 12:43 pm
As we speak with Professor Kellie Carter Jackson, who teaches Africana studies at Wellesley College and joined a teach-in in Florida over the weekend, we ask about the new Netflix documentary series African Queens: Njinga, which she is featured in and tells the story of the 17th century warrior queen who fought the Portuguese slave traders. The series is executive produced and narrated by Jada Pinkett Smith. Jackson calls it a “major contribution to understanding slavery and the slave trade” and notes it is “readily available” online “if students cannot get this in Florida in their classroom.”
Posted: May 22, 2023, 12:39 pm
With Ron DeSantis expected to formally announce his run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination this week, we look at his controversial record as governor of Florida, which has been marked by attacks on LGBTQ rights, immigrants, public education, antiracism initiatives and more. The NAACP recently issued a travel advisory for Florida, deeming the state to be “openly hostile” to Black Americans and other minority groups. Meanwhile, PEN America, the book publishing company Penguin Random House and several authors and parents are suing the Pensacola, Florida, school board for banning books on race and LGBTQ issues from school libraries for violating the First Amendment. The censorship “runs counter to the very role and purpose of public schools in a democracy,” says Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America. We also speak with Kellie Carter Jackson, an associate professor of Africana studies at Wellesley College, who recently participated in a Florida teach-in to push back against DeSantis’s censorship. “We can’t discuss major events, major turning points, without talking about Black people, without talking about women, without talking about LGBTQ people,” she says.
Posted: May 22, 2023, 12:23 pm
The G7 summit wrapped up Sunday in Hiroshima, where much of the summit focused on the war in Ukraine and China. While in Japan, President Biden and other world leaders paid tribute to the victims of the world’s first nuclear attack — the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 — laying wreaths at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and planting a tree. But President Biden did not issue an apology for the attack, which killed an estimated 140,000 people and seriously injured another 100,000. For more, we speak with Setsuko Thurlow, who survived the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and devoted her life to nuclear disarmament. In 2017, she was chosen to accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Posted: May 22, 2023, 12:12 pm
Ukraine Says It’s Still Fighting for Bakhmut After Russia Claims Control, Zelensky Appears at G7 in Hiroshima; Biden OKs Training for Ukrainian Pilots on F-16 Jets, Conservative Party of Greek PM Mitsotakis Claims Bulk of Votes But Falls Short of Outright Victory, NYT Video Shows Greek Authorities Stranding Migrants at Sea, Including 6-Month-Old Infant, Israeli Forces Kill Another 3 Palestinians in West Bank; Extremist Minister Ben-Gvir Visits Al-Aqsa, Sudan’s Warring Parties Sign One-Week Ceasefire, Agree to Allow Aid Workers to Operate, Bahrain and Lebanon to Restore Diplomatic Ties, U.S. Signs Security Pact with Papua New Guinea Amid Rising Tensions with China, Brazil’s Palm Oil Companies Face Scrutiny After Indigenous Leader Is Shot in Head, Meta Fined $1.3 Billion by European Regulators for Violating Data Privacy Rules, Nebraska Republicans Ban Abortions at 12 Weeks and Gender-Affirming Care for Youth, FBI Abused Mass Surveillance Database to Spy Unlawfully on U.S. Residents, D.C. Police Lieutenant Indicted for Warning Proud Boys Leader of Impending Arrest, Protesters Shut Down New York’s Brooklyn Bridge to Demand Fair Housing, Jordan Neely, Beloved Street Performer Choked to Death on NYC Subway, Laid to Rest
Posted: May 22, 2023, 12:00 pm
Malcolm X was born 98 years ago today, on May 19, 1925, and assassinated at age 39 on February 21, 1965, as he spoke before a packed audience in the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. We end today’s show remembering his life and legacy with an excerpt of a speech Malcolm X gave at the Audubon Ballroom about half a year earlier called “By Any Means Necessary.”
Posted: May 19, 2023, 12:54 pm
We hear from civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit this year on behalf of the family of Malcolm X against the FBI, the CIA, New York City and state, the NYPD and the District Attorney’s Office for concealing evidence of their involvement in Malcolm X’s 1965 assassination.
Posted: May 19, 2023, 12:47 pm
We dedicate the show to remembering Malcolm X on what would have been his 98th birthday Friday. We begin with an address by world-renowned abolitionist, author and activist Angela Davis on Malcolm’s legacy, attacks on the teaching of Black history by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and more. “This is a time to reflect deeply on the long struggle for liberation,” Davis said. “And Malcolm asked us to keep our eyes on the future, future worlds, radical democratic futures for all beings who inhabit this planet.”
Posted: May 19, 2023, 12:12 pm
Biden Won’t Apologize for 1945 Nuclear Attacks on Japan as G7 Leaders Gather in Hiroshima, Russia and Ukraine Agree to Extend Black Sea Grain Deal, Pentagon Says Accounting Error Will Allow U.S. to Send $3 Billion in Additional Arms to Ukraine, Family of Syrian Killed in U.S. Drone Strike Says He Had No Ties to al-Qaeda, Bashar al-Assad Joins Arab League Summit for First Time Since Start of Syrian Civil War, Israeli Flag Day Marchers Chant “Death to Arabs” and Attack Palestinians and Journalists, Democrats Mull 14th Amendment Workaround as Republicans Stonewall on Debt Limit, New Details Reveal Gravity of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Health Problems , Medicare for All Act Reintroduced with Record 120+ Congressional Backers, New Bill Would Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory for Most U.S. Workers, 8-Year-Old Girl from Panama Dies in Border Patrol Custody, Supreme Court Tosses Republican-Led Effort to Revive Title 42, Cori Bush Unveils Reparations Bill to Address Slavery and Its Enduring Effects on Black Americans
Posted: May 19, 2023, 12:00 pm
AI Expert: We Urgently Need Ethical Guidelines & Safeguards to Limit Risks of Artificial Intelligence
In a dramatic hearing Tuesday, the CEO of the startup behind ChatGPT warned Congress about the dangers of artificial intelligence — his company’s own product. We discuss how to regulate AI and establish ethical guidelines with Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Center for AI and Digital Policy. “We don’t have the expertise in government for the rapid technological change that’s now taking place,” says Rotenberg.
Posted: May 18, 2023, 12:47 pm
The Center for Policy and Research has just published a new report titled “American Torturers: FBI and CIA Abuses at Dark Sites and Guantánamo,” which compiles a series of 40 drawings by Guantánamo Bay prisoner Abu Zubaydah that chronicle the horrific torture he endured since 2002 in CIA dark sites and at Guantánamo Bay, where he has been detained without charge since 2006. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a new call for the United States to release him immediately. We speak with one of his attorneys, Mark Denbeaux, and CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed the Bush-era torture program and was the only official jailed in connection to it.
Posted: May 18, 2023, 12:22 pm
Calls are growing for the Justice Department to investigate Donald Trump’s attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for allegedly plotting to sell presidential pardons during the Trump administration, after his former employee Noelle Dunphy filed a $10 million lawsuit against Giuliani accusing him of sexual assault and other misconduct. The complaint alleges Giuliani “asked Ms. Dunphy if she knew anyone in need of a pardon, telling her that he was selling pardons for $2 million, which he and President Trump would split.” Dunphy is not the first person to publicly reveal this scheme; CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou has previously divulged that he was among those asked to pay up in return for a clean slate. “This lawsuit is the first that I heard that money was supposed to be split with President Trump,” he tells Democracy Now! Kiriakou, who did not ultimately get a pardon, says he was told by a Giuliani aide not to bother with a formal application and that it would be handled informally. “It was all supposed to be hush-hush,” he says.
Posted: May 18, 2023, 12:13 pm
U.N. Warns Global Heating Is Poised to Set Records and May Exceed 1.5°C Within Five Years, Eight Killed as Torrential Rains Bring Massive Flooding to Northern Italy, Burma’s Government-in-Exile Says Death Toll from Cyclone Mocha Has Topped 400, Climate Activists at Africa Energies Summit in London Demand End to Fossil Fuel Projects, U.N. Appeals for $3 Billion in Emergency Aid to Sudan as Humanitarian Disaster Spirals, Accusations of Voting Issues in Turkey as Erdoğan’s Rival Appeals to Nationalists Ahead of Runoff, Florida Signs Draconian Anti-Trans Laws, as Texas GOP Advances Bill to Ban Trans Healthcare, SC House Passes Another 6-Week Abortion Ban; U.S. Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Abortion Pill Case, Montana Becomes First State to Ban TikTok, as Rights Groups Warn of Censorship and Sinophobia, Deutsche Bank Agrees to $75M Settlement for Epstein Survivors as JPMorgan Chase Faces Lawsuit, Ecuadorian President Dissolves National Assembly to Avoid Impeachment, Argentines Call Out Skyrocketing Prices and Austerity as Inflation Hits 109%
Posted: May 18, 2023, 12:00 pm
Reclaim Osage: Mike Africa Jr. on Push to Buy Back MOVE House 38 Years After Philly Police Bombed It
On May 13, 1985, police surrounded the home of MOVE, a radical Black liberation organization that was defying orders to vacate from 6221 Osage Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Police flooded the home with water, filled it with tear gas, blasted it with automatic weapons, and finally dropped a bomb on the house from a helicopter, setting it ablaze and killing 11 residents — six adults and five children. The fire ultimately burned the entire city block to the ground, destroying over 60 homes. We speak with second-generation MOVE member Mike Africa Jr., who has launched a “Reclaim Osage” campaign to repurchase the bombed MOVE house after the city previously used eminent domain to seize it and turn it into a police substation before selling it to developers.
Posted: May 17, 2023, 12:46 pm
More than a dozen former U.S. national security officials have released an open letter calling for a diplomatic end to the Russia-Ukraine war. The call for peace was published as a full-page ad Tuesday in The New York Times and organized by the Eisenhower Media Network. They called the war an “unmitigated disaster” that the U.S. should work to end before it escalates into a nuclear confrontation. We speak with Dennis Fritz, director of the Eisenhower Media Network and a retired command chief master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force. “The majority of my life has been in and out of the Pentagon, and this is probably the most fearful I’ve ever been with a nuclear escalation,” says Fritz.
Posted: May 17, 2023, 12:30 pm
"The Budget Farce": Robert Kuttner on Why Biden Admin Can't Give In to GOP Demands to Gut Safety Net
With the United States just two weeks away from a possible default on its debt for the first time ever, President Joe Biden has cut short a trip to Asia to continue negotiations with congressional leaders in Washington over lifting the federal government’s debt ceiling. Republicans are seeking major budget cuts, as well as new work requirements for recipients of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, but prominent Democrats are pushing the White House to stand firm. For more, we speak with The American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, who says the debt ceiling deadline and budget negotiations later this year are part of a larger effort by Republicans to shred the social safety net.
Posted: May 17, 2023, 12:14 pm
North Carolina Bans Abortion After 12 Weeks as GOP Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Bill to Ban Abortion & Ban Gender-Affirming Medical Care, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida Hold Elections, Talks over Debt Ceiling Remain Stalled as GOP Pushes Sweeping Cuts, Biden to Head to Hiroshima for G7 Summit But Cuts Rest of Asia Trip Short, Chinese Special Envoy Arrives in Ukraine to Push for War to End, Costs of War Project: Post-9/11 Wars Have Resulted in 4.5 Million Deaths, Ecuador: Guillermo Lasso Dissolves National Assembly to Block Impeachment Push, Biden Administration Grants Key Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline, Florida Investigates Teacher for Showing Disney Film with a Gay Character, Report: Black Community in U.S. Has Suffered 1.63 Million Excess Deaths over Past 20 Years, DOJ Pressured to Investigate Giuliani for Offering to Sell Presidential Pardons for $2 Million, Congressional Democrats Introduce Resolution to Expel George Santos After DOJ Indictment
Posted: May 17, 2023, 12:00 pm
Report from U.S.-Mexico Border as Title 42 Ends: Human Rights Violations, Funerals & Makeshift Camps
We host a roundtable discussion on the human rights crisis unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border and the impact of President Biden ending the Trump-era pandemic policy known as Title 42 last Thursday, after it had been used to expel nearly 3 million migrants without due process. Guerline Jozef is co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, an immigrant advocacy organization that provides humanitarian assistance to Haitians and other Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa; Erika Guevara-Rosas is a human rights lawyer and Americas director for Amnesty International; and Erika Pinheiro is an immigration attorney and the executive director of Al Otro Lado, a binational nonprofit helping immigrants on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Posted: May 16, 2023, 12:40 pm
A Neo-Nazi Working in Congress: Aide to Rep. Gosar Pledged Loyalty to White Supremacist Nick Fuentes
We look at a newly confirmed direct connection between a white supremacist leader and a staffer for one of Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress. The digital director for right-wing Arizona Congressmember Paul Gosar has been revealed as a prominent follower of neo-Nazi online influencer Nick Fuentes. Gosar himself is linked to organizers of the January 6 insurrection and was censured for posting an animated video on social media where he murdered Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacked President Biden. We speak with Talking Points Memo reporter Hunter Walker about his exclusive report, which he says “removes that veil of plausible deniability” from Gosar about his office’s ties to extremists.
Posted: May 16, 2023, 12:29 pm
As President Biden warned Saturday that white supremacy is the “most dangerous terrorist threat” facing the United States, and members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front marched Sunday on the National Mall, we look at how Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is under fire for expressing support for white nationalists in the U.S. military. Tuberville is a major backer of Donald Trump. In 2020, he defeated Democrat Doug Jones, who served in the Senate from 2018 to 2021 and was a U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted two members of the Ku Klux Klan involved in the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing that killed four girls. We get response to Tuberville from Jones and look at white supremacists in the military and more with Southern Poverty Law Center senior investigative reporter Michael Edison Hayden.
Posted: May 16, 2023, 12:10 pm
200,000 Fled Sudan in First Month of Fighting Between Rival Military Factions, Flooding in Somalia Kills at Least 22, Affects Nearly a Half-Million People, Heat Waves Bake China and West Coast of North America, House Republicans Reject Closing Tax Loopholes as June 1 Deadline on Debt Ceiling Looms, SCOTUS to Review South Carolina Congressional Maps Struck Down over Racist Gerrymandering, Trump-Era Special Prosecutor Faults FBI over Probe of Russian Interference in 2016 Campaign, Ex-Associate Sues Rudy Giuliani, Alleging Rape, Abuse and Harassment, 18-Year-Old with Assault Rifle Kills 3, Injures 6 in New Mexico, Vice Media Files for Bankruptcy Following Mass Layoffs of New Staff, San Francisco DA Won’t Bring Charges Against Guard Seen in Video Killing Banko Brown
Posted: May 16, 2023, 12:00 pm
Ongoing Catastrophe: Israel Threatens New Mass Expulsions as Palestinians, U.N. Mark 75th Nakba Anniversary
Palestinians across the globe are marking the 75th anniversary of the Nakba (“catastrophe” in Arabic), when some 700,000 Palestinians fled from or were violently expelled from their homes upon Israel’s founding in 1948. The occasion comes as five days of fighting, that killed 33 Palestinians in Gaza and two people in Israel, was brought to a stop this weekend after the Israeli army and the militant group Islamic Jihad agreed to a Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. Today the United Nations is holding its first-ever high-level special meeting to commemorate the Nakba. We host a roundtable discussion with Munir Nuseibah, a human rights lawyer and director of Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic in Jerusalem; Saleh Hijazi, a member of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee; and Peter Beinart, editor-at-large for Jewish Currents.
Posted: May 15, 2023, 12:33 pm
Turkey’s closely watched presidential election is headed to a May 28 runoff, as both incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his main rival fell short of the 50% needed to win outright in Sunday’s vote. Erdoğan is facing his toughest challenge since coming to power 20 years ago, as opposition candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu leads a broad coalition in a bid to unseat him amid criticism for his administration’s economic policies, weakening Turkey’s democracy and poor response to the deadly February earthquakes. Kılıçdaroğlu has vowed closer ties with NATO and the EU and to reinforce democratic institutions. We get an update from Istanbul with Turkish historian Kaya Genç, who says Erdoğan’s political survival was a “stunning comeback” that contradicted polls predicting a comfortable first-round victory for Kılıçdaroğlu. “This was a total shock for the Turkish establishment,” he says.
Posted: May 15, 2023, 12:15 pm
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Posted: May 15, 2023, 12:00 pm