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Is South Sudan Government Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing, Triggering Africa's Biggest Refugee Crisis?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:47:22 -0400

An ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by the South Sudanese government has triggered one of the biggest refugee crises in Africa. The United Nations has accused the government's Sudan People's Liberation Army, known as the SPLA, of committing atrocities including mass rape and torture, as well as burning down entire villages. A U.N. report published in May says the abuses may amount to war crimes. We speak with journalist Nick Turse, a reporter with The Investigative Fund. He spent six weeks in South Sudan and refugee camps in neighboring countries.

Support Grows for Single-Payer Medicare-for-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:40:04 -0400

Health experts say, given the shortcomings of both the Affordable Care Act and Republican proposals, now is the time to move forward with a simple Medicare-for-all system, known as single payer. In 2015, even Donald Trump appeared to come out in favor of a form of single-payer health insurance. About 20,000 U.S. physicians now support single-payer healthcare, and National Nurses United, the biggest nursing union in the country, is also pushing for the program that would guarantee universal coverage. We speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a key advocate for Medicare for all.

By Defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans Would Reduce Services That Make Abortion Unnecessary

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:32:29 -0400

The healthcare bill proposed by Senate Republicans would reduce key benefits for millions of Americans and defund Planned Parenthood for a year, making breast cancer screenings and basic reproductive services more difficult for women to secure. We get response from Dr. Willie Parker, a physician, abortion provider and the board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health. "The Affordable Care Act expanded access to the preventive services of contraception and family planning," Parker notes. "It strikes me as odd that the people who are ideologically driven to reduce abortion in this country are going to reduce the very services that make abortion unnecessary. So, hundreds of thousands of women got their birth control through Medicaid coverage because it was a preventive service, and as a result of that, we've seen the lowest number of abortions in this country since it became legal."

Republican Healthcare Bill Gives Tax Cuts to the Rich by Gutting Safety Net for Poor & Middle Class

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:14:35 -0400

After weeks of secret deliberations, Republican senators released a healthcare proposal that would remove millions of low-income and disabled people from Medicaid, prompting protests on Capitol Hill that are expected to continue throughout the country. The bill would also cut subsidies to purchase health insurance, allow states to effectively eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and defund Planned Parenthood for a year. It was negotiated behind closed doors between 13 Republican male senators. We get response from Harvard professor John McDonough, a chief architect of Romneycare who also worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act, and speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a key advocate for Medicare for All.

Headlines for June 23, 2017

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

GOP Senate Bill Would Slash Medicaid, Shower Tax Cuts on Wealthy, Protests Rage Against Senate Healthcare Plan, Trump Claims He Has No Taped Conversations with Fired FBI Director, NBC: Intel Chiefs Say Trump Urged Them to Refute Russia Collusion, White House Says Ban on Cameras in Press Briefing "Not Reportable", Lawsuit Claims White House Violating the Presidential Records Act, ACLU Lawsuit Claims D.C. Police Sexually Abused Anti-Trump Protesters, United Nations: Cholera Cases in Yemen Could Soon Surpass 300,000, Iraqi Prime Minister Predicts Imminent ISIS Defeat in Mosul, Syria: Civilian Deaths Reported Amid Heavy Fighting, British Government to Inspect Hundreds of High-Rises After Tower Fire, Trump Administration to End Protections for Yellowstone Grizzly Bears, President Trump Proposes Solar Panels on U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, U.N. Meteorologists: 2017 "Another Exceptionally Warm Year", Scientists Race to Sample Glaciers as They Melt from Global Warming

Austerity & Neglect Blamed as 79 Die in U.K. Apartment Fire Housing Immigrants & Low-Income Workers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:31:18 -0400

Protests are continuing in London over last week's devastating apartment fire that killed 79 people. On Wednesday, around 200 protesters, including survivors of the fire, marched from West London to Parliament to protest the government's handling of the fire. Last week's fire occurred at a 24-story apartment building called Grenfell Tower located in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of West London. Many of the residents of the building are low-income workers and recent immigrants. The company that recently renovated the building admitted over the weekend it used highly flammable—and less expensive—cladding during construction. The cladding is banned from use in the U.S. and European Union, but allowed in Britain. The building's residents say the renovation was largely aimed at making aesthetic improvements to the exterior of the building in order to make it blend in with the new luxury high-rises in the area. We speak to Mustafa Almansur, the principal organizer of the Grenfell protests. He began organizing after learning a family friend died in the blaze.

U.S. Tied to Torture in Network of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:22:16 -0400

Human Rights Watch and the Associated Press have just published explosive new reports on a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates and Yemeni forces. Dozens of people, including children, have been "arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, tortured, and abused" in these prisons, according to Human Rights Watch. American forces reportedly participated in interrogations of detainees who were abused, a potential violation of international law. For more, we speak to Kristine Beckerle of Human Rights Watch.

From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:18:06 -0400

More than 10,000 people have died amid the ongoing U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has also destroyed the country's health, water and sanitation systems, sparking a deadly cholera outbreak. The cholera death toll has risen to 1,054. The United Nations warns some 19 million of Yemen's 28 million people need some form of aid, with many of them at risk of famine. We speak to Kristine Beckerle of Human Rights Watch.

As Yemen War Rages On, Saudi King Elevates the War's Architect—His Own Son—to Be Crown Prince

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:12:40 -0400

As the U.S. moves ahead with a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Saudi's king has deposed his nephew as crown prince and has replaced him with his son—the same man presiding over the devastating U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen. The move comes a month after President Donald Trump signed a series of arms deals with Saudi Arabia totaling a record $110 billion during a visit to Riyadh. The arms deal includes tanks, artillery, ships, helicopters, missile defense systems and cybersecurity technology. We speak to Kristine Beckerle of Human Rights Watch.

Headlines for June 22, 2017

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Senate Republicans to Unveil Healthcare Bill Crafted in Secret, At Iowa Rally, President Trump Defends Wealthiest Cabinet in History, RNC Trove of Personal Data on U.S. Voters Left Exposed Online, Videos Show Psychologists Defending CIA Torture Program, AP: U.S. Military Participated in Torturous Interrogations in Yemen, U.N.: South Sudan No Longer in Famine, But Crisis Persists, Israel Further Cuts Electric Power to Gaza Strip, Trump Adviser Jared Kushner Visits Israel Amid New Settlement Construction, China Invites Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to Visit Beijing, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Jury Acquits Officer in Shooting Death, Minnesota: Video Shows 4-Year-Old Consoling Mother After Police Shooting, Arizona: Prisoners Held in Outdoor Jail Amid Record Heat Wave, Tropical Storm Cindy Brings Heavy Rains to Gulf Coast, Senate Approves New FEMA Administrator 151 Days into Trump Presidency, Detroit, MI: Judge Dismisses Charges Against "Homrich 9" Activists

Can Brooklyn's Little Pakistan Survive Trump? Inside One Family's Fight to Stop Their Deportation

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:53:47 -0400

A new piece in The New Yorker titled "Fighting for the Immigrants of Little Pakistan" looks at how a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Brooklyn is coping with the presidency of Donald Trump, who, just seven days after taking office, issued a controversial travel ban targeting predominantly Muslim countries. Trump's presidency also ushered in a rise in immigrant deportations and arrests. We speak with the author of the piece, Jennifer Gonnerman, who looks in part at the story of Shahid Ali Khan and his family, who are facing possible deportation. We also speak with Mohammad Razvi, founding executive director of Council of Peoples Organization (COPO), a community group serving Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.

Media Malpractice? As GOP Moves to Strip Healthcare from Millions, Press Remains Focused on Russia

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:42:35 -0400

As Senate Republicans draft their repeal of Obamacare behind closed doors, we speak to The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel about secret bills, single-payer healthcare and the media's coverage. Her latest article is titled "On Trump, the Media's Malpractice Continues." In it, she critiques what she calls the mainstream media's "prevailing focus on palace intrigue and White House scandals," which comes at the expense of substantive policy coverage. Vanden Heuvel points to the Republican healthcare bill, drafted entirely in secret, as a prime example of important issues that have been overlooked.

Katrina vanden Heuvel Cautions Against Overreading into Ossoff's Loss in Georgia Special Election

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:38:55 -0400

As we continue to look at Tuesday's special election in Georgia, we speak to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation and columnist for The Washington Post.

As Jon Ossoff Loses Georgia Special Election, Where Do Democrats Go from Here in Challenging GOP?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:14:21 -0400

In the most expensive congressional race in history, Republican Karen Handel has defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special election in Georgia. We go to Atlanta for response and look at the role of gerrymandering in shaping the outcome of the race. We speak to Georgia state Senator Nan Orrock and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the chair of the New Georgia Project, which conducts voter registration and outreach to the state's growing population of color. He is also the senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which was the spiritual home of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Headlines for June 21, 2017

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election, South Carolina: Republicans Narrowly Win Election to Fill Mick Mulvaney's Seat, Jeff Sessions Hires Personal Lawyer Amid Widening Probe of Trump Ties to Russia, NYT: Officials Worried Flynn was Blackmail Risk, But Still Told Him CIA Secrets, Republicans to Reveal Secret Healthcare Bill on Thursday, Syria: In Latest Escalation, U.S. Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone, Saudi King Deposes Nephew and Replaces His Son as Heir to Throne, Yemen: Officials Say U.S.-Backed Saudi Airstrike Killed 25 Civilians in Market, State Dept. is Confused About Saudi Move to Cut Ties with Qatar, Secretary of State Tillerson Meeting with Chinese Officials Today, Somalia: 15 Killed in Suicide Car Bombing in Mogadishu, 2,000 Refugees Have Died This Year Attempting to Cross Mediterranean, Hungary: 4 Men on Trial over Deaths of 71 Refugees Suffocated in Truck, U.N.: Militia Linked to DRC Committing Human Rights Abuses in Kasai, Honduran Journalist and Congressional Candidate Víctor Fúnez Murdered, Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns Under Pressure from Investors, Dash Cam Video Released Showing Police Officer Killing Philando Castile, Parents of Michael Brown Settle Wrongful Death Suit with City of Ferguson, MO

Arundhati Roy on Upcoming Meeting Between Indian PM Modi & Trump at White House

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:50:35 -0400

Next week, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the United States and meet with President Trump. Modi was once banned from the United States on charges he did not intervene in a massacre against Muslims in 2002 in the Indian state of Gujarat. Trump has praised Prime Minister Modi, while Hindu nationalists have been big supporters of Trump, even throwing him a birthday party celebration earlier this month. For more on Modi's visit to Washington, D.C., we speak with award-winning Indian novelist, journalist and writer Arundhati Roy, whose new novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," has just been published. While critics often compare Modi to Trump, Roy says there are important distinctions between the two, referring to Modi as the "opposite of an outlier."

Acclaimed Novelist Arundhati Roy on Telling the Truth of the Atrocities in Kashmir Through Fiction

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:34:52 -0400

For decades, Kashmir has been one of the most militarized zones in the world. It's also a territory that, according to acclaimed Indian writer Arundhati Roy, is nearly impossible to capture in nonfiction writing. But Roy has not shied away from writing about Kashmir in her second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which has just been published.

Arundhati Roy Reads from Her Acclaimed New Novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness"

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:23:38 -0400

Twenty years ago, Indian writer Arundhati Roy published the groundbreaking novel "The God of Small Things." It won the Booker Prize and catapulted Roy to international fame. But her readers have had to wait 20 years to read Roy's next novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which was just published. This is Arundhati Roy reading an excerpt from her acclaimed new novel.

Arundhati Roy on Returning to Fiction, Redefining Happiness & Writing About Worlds Ripped Apart

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:13:35 -0400

Today we spend the hour with the acclaimed Indian writer Arundhati Roy. It has been 20 years since her debut novel, "The God of Small Things," made her a literary sensation. While the book won the Booker Prize and became an international best-seller, selling over 6 million copies, Roy soon turned away from fiction. Now, two decades later, Roy has returned to fiction and has just published her second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness."

Headlines for June 20, 2017

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Syria: Russia Threatens to Target U.S. Aircraft After U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Warplane, Airwars: U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Reportedly Kill Parents & Children in Raqqa, Iraqi Journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad Killed in Mosul, Report: One-Third of World's Population Now Exposed to Deadly Heat Waves, Heat Wave Shatters Records in California & Grounds Flights in Phoenix, 64 Killed by Raging Fires in Portugal, Republicans Drafting GOP Healthcare Bill in Secret Closed-Door Meetings, Supreme Court to Consider Whether Partisan Gerrymandering is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Disparaging Trademarks, Voters Head to the Polls Today for Georgia's Special Congressional Race, Student Otto Warmbier Dies, Following 17-Month Imprisonment in North Korea, Vermont: ICE Arrests 2 Farmworker Activists with Group Migrant Justice, Seattle Police Kill Pregnant African-American Mother Charleena Lyles, Report: Mexican Gov't Spying on Human Rights Activists & Journalists, Cuba Calls Trump's New Cuba Policy a "Grotesque Spectacle", India: Police Arrest More Than 70 at Protest Against LNG Terminal in Kerala, Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion, NBC: Nixon Planned Physical Attack on Peace Activists in 1972

Egyptian Writer Omar Robert Hamilton: Saudi's Bankrolling of Egypt Is Tied to Internal Crackdown

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:53:20 -0400

In Egypt, dozens of activists have been arrested in a series of sweeping raids in recent days. The arrests came as Egyptians took to the streets to protest an agreement to hand over control of two islands to Saudi Arabia. Critics say the islands belong to Egypt and that their transfer is linked to the billions of dollars the Saudis have given to support Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's government. The arrests and raids come amid a nationwide crackdown against human rights activists and press freedom advocates. We speak with Egyptian filmmaker and writer Omar Robert Hamilton, who says Saudi Arabia's strategy is to counteract democratic movements in countries surrounding it.

Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:48:19 -0400

In Egypt, seven men are facing imminent execution based on confessions that human rights activists say were extracted under torture. Six of the men are recent college graduates who were arrested in 2014 along with more than a dozen others. While their testimony was captured on camera, the men say they were beaten, shocked with electricity and hung in painful positions and then provided with written testimonies they were forced to read. They were sentenced to death last month on terrorism charges after a military trial. In other news from Egypt, dozens of activists have been arrested in a series of sweeping raids in recent days. The arrests and raids come amid a nationwide crackdown against human rights activists and press freedom advocates. Over the past few weeks, the Egyptian government has blocked access to at least 93 news sites, including Al Jazeera, Huffington Post's Arabic website, the self-publishing platform Medium and the local independent news site Mada Masr. We speak to the Egyptian film director and writer, Omar Robert Hamilton. In 2011, he co-founded the Cairo-based Mosireen media collective, which worked to film and document the Egyptian revolution. Hamilton's debut novel is just out, titled "The City Always Wins."

Advisers Resign En Masse from Trump's HIV/AIDS Council: Trump "Simply Does Not Care" About HIV

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:35:52 -0400

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned over President Donald Trump's handling of the HIV epidemic. In a joint article published in Newsweek, the six advocates say they no longer feel they can effectively do their jobs under a president "who simply does not care." Trump took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website when he took office, and has not appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. The resignations come as the Trump administration is seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a move which advocates say will especially hurt those affected by HIV/AIDS. We speak to one of the six individuals who resigned, Scott Schoettes. He is the HIV project director at Lambda Legal, a national legal organization serving people living with HIV.

Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile's Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death Sentence

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:22:55 -0400

Black Lives Matter protests are continuing in the Twin Cities after a Minnesota police officer was acquitted Friday in the killing of Philando Castile, an African-American man who was shot five times during a traffic stop last year. His girlfriend filmed the aftermath and streamed it live on Facebook. We speak to civil rights lawyer Nekima Levy-Pounds, the former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, who is now running for mayor of Minneapolis.

"Philando Can Be Any of Us": Black Lives Matter Protests Acquittal of Officer in Minnesota Killing

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:13:45 -0400

In Minnesota, protesters took to the streets Sunday for a third straight day after a St. Anthony police officer was acquitted Friday in the killing of a black motorist he shot five times during a traffic stop last year. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on charges of manslaughter for killing Philando Castile, an African American who worked as a school nutrition services supervisor for the Saint Paul Public Schools. The shooting made international headlines after Castile's girlfriend documented the aftermath of the shooting by broadcasting live on Facebook from the car moments after Castile was shot. In the video, Officer Yanez is seen pointing a gun at her and her 4-year-old daughter. About 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside Minnesota's state Capitol in St. Paul on Friday evening, and a series of speakers demanded justice for people of color in the judicial system and police accountability. Several protesters blocked a main interstate between St. Paul and Minneapolis Friday night, resulting in 18 arrests. Peaceful demonstrations continued throughout the weekend. Protesters also gathered in New York on Saturday. Democracy Now!'s Sam Alcoff filed this report.

Headlines for June 19, 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

1 Dead, 8 Injured as Driver Targets Muslims in London Terror Attack, Virginia: Muslim Teenager Kidnapped, Murdered After Ramadan Prayers, Minnesota: Officer Acquitted in Killing of Philando Castile, Bodies of 7 Sailors Recovered from Wrecked U.S. Naval Destroyer, Iraq: U.S.-Led Coalition Begins Assault on Mosul's Old City, Syria: 200,000 Civilians Trapped as Raqqa Assault Intensifies, Trump Attorney Denies Trump Under Investigation, Then Contradicts Himself, Presidential HIV Advisers Resign, Saying Trump Doesn't Care About HIV, Trump Reverses Obama's Relaxation of Cuban Embargo, U.S. Civil Rights Commission to Investigate Trump Administration, Protesters Storm London Town Hall Demanding Justice over Fire Deaths, Prosecutors Will Retry Bill Cosby for Sexual Assault After Mistrial, Arizona: Border Police Raid "No More Deaths" Medical Encampment

Democrats Launch "Resistance Summer" Focused on Healthcare, Education & Social Security

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:56:13 -0400

As President Trump goes to Miami today to announce the closing down of the opening of the relationship between Cuba and the United States, that President Obama started, after 50 years, we get response from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI), who says Trump is "dragging us back to the failed past, that didn't work." Ellison says opposition to Trump's policies will be the focus of a so- called Resistance Summer announced by the Democratic National Committee.

Did Trump Violate Emoluments Clause from Day One by Receiving Payments to Trump Hotels, Trademarks?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:54:14 -0400

We speak with Congressmember Keith Ellison, who is among nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers who are suing President Donald Trump, accusing him of violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting millions of dollars in payments from foreign governments to his companies while serving as U.S. president. The suit alleges that Trump accepted foreign payments which benefit him directly, without first obtaining consent from Congress.

Keith Ellison: GOP Is Pushing "Tax Cut Wrapped in Veneer of a Healthcare Bill" Under Extreme Secrecy

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:51:01 -0400

President Trump and top Republican lawmakers are continuing their push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act under extreme secrecy, and some senators say they have no idea what the new version of Trumpcare will include. It is "essentially a tax cut wrapped in the veneer of a healthcare bill," argues our guest, Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democratic congressmember and co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus. He’s the first Muslim member of Congress. "Call your senator. Get involved, because this thing is probably going to go quick once it starts."

Rep. Ellison Responds to Scalise Shooting: Wild West Atmosphere of Firearm Regulation is Ridiculous

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:43:15 -0400

On Wednesday, a rifle-wielding man opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a congressional baseball practice, wounding Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others. The assailant, James Hodgkinson, died after officers in Scalise's security detail fired back at him. The attack has reignited the debate over gun control. Scalise has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, which opposes gun-control measures. We speak with Congressmember Keith Ellison, who has been slammed by the NRA as an "Anti-Second Amendment Radical," but he says he has been mischaracterized.

Standing Rock Sioux Launch Wind & Solar Renewable Energy Projects After Winning Henry Wallace Award

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:37:17 -0400

We speak with Dave Archambault II, 45th chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Nick Tilsen of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, who are in New York City for the Standing Rock Sioux to receive the inaugural Henry Wallace Award, which comes with a $1 million investment in renewable energy projects, like wind and solar, from the Wallace Global Fund. "What would be a dream or goal is to have all 12 communities powered off of renewables," says Archambault. "At the community level, then at the national level, if tribes, Native tribal nations can say we are 100 percent powered and 100 percent that we consume renewable energy, that builds awareness for other communities and then maybe the nation."

Standing Rock Sioux Chair on Militarized Repression & Ongoing Lawsuit to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:12:21 -0400

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has won a major legal victory in federal court which may have the power to force the shutdown of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. District Judge James Boasberg ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration failed to conduct an adequate environmental review of the pipeline, after President Trump ordered the Army Corps to fast-track and greenlight its approval. The judge requested additional briefings next week on whether the pipeline should be shut off until the completion of a full review of a potential oil spill’s impacts on fishing and hunting rights, as well as environmental justice. The pipeline faced months of massive resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, members of hundreds of other indigenous tribes from across the Americas, as well as non-Native allies. We speak with Standing Rock Sioux Chair Dave Archambault II and Nick Tilsen, executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Headlines for June 16, 2017

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Rep. Steve Scalise Remains in Critical Condition After 3 Surgeries, Pence Hires Private Lawyer Amid Widening Probe of Trump Admin. Ties to Russia, Pentagon Planning to Deploy Nearly 4,000 More U.S. Troops to Afghanistan, Trump Slated to Roll Back Relations with Cuba Today in Miami, London: Outrage Grows over Fire at Public Housing Building as Death Toll Rises to 30, Russian Military Says It May Have Killed ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Egypt: Dozens of Activists Arrested in Raids Ahead of Planned Protests Today, Trump Admin. Rescinds Deferred Action for Parents of Americans Program, Pennsylvania: Jurors Deadlocked in Sexual Assault Trial of Bill Cosby, Trump Taps His Family's Wedding Planner to Run Largest HUD Office in U.S., Ithaca: 28-Year-Old Transgender Woman Kendra Marie Adams Murdered, Ferguson, MO: Reverend Carlton Lee, Mike Brown Sr.'s Pastor, Dies at 34, Egypt: 6 Men Sentenced to Death Based on Testimonies Extracted Under Torture

Rep. Barbara Lee: In Expanding Global Wars, Trump Is Creating More Havoc and Chaos & Has No Strategy

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:54:31 -0400

U.N. investigators say U.S.-led bombing has killed 300 Syrian civilians over the last three months in the city of Raqqa. A U.S.-led bombing campaign in Mosul has also reportedly killed dozens of Iraqi civilians over the last week alone. For more, we speak with Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California. In 2001, she was the lone vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force after the September 11 attacks.

Rep. Barbara Lee: Trump Should Keep Open Relations with Cuba, Not Reinstitute Failed U.S. Policy

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:52:07 -0400

On Friday, President Trump is expected to announce plans to roll back some of the United States' new diplomatic and commercial relations with Cuba, which were brokered under the Obama administration. Bloomberg News reports the changes may include curbing travel between the U.S. and Cuba. Other changes may include reinstating restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba and bringing back famous Cuban goods, like cigars and rum. Officials also say Trump might demand the extradition of people who have received political asylum in Cuba, like Assata Shakur. For more, we speak with Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California.

Rep. Barbara Lee on Shootings: We Must Reduce the Hate in This Country

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:42:48 -0400

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana remains in critical condition this morning, after he and four other people were wounded Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. The lawmakers were practicing for tonight's charity congressional baseball game when Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was shot in the hip. The gunman, who was shot dead by Capitol Hill police, has been identified as a 66-year-old white man named James Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois. He has a history of being arrested for domestic violence and has also made violent threats online. In one recent Facebook post, he wrote, "Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co." Hodgkinson received a license to have a gun earlier this year despite being arrested in 2006 for domestic battery and discharge of a firearm. For more on the Virginia shooting - as well as Wednesday's shooting deaths of three UPS workers in San Francisco - we speak with Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California.

Rep. John Conyers: Why I Am Suing President Trump

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:34:32 -0400

Nearly 200 Democratic congressmembers are suing President Trump, accusing him of violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting millions of dollars in payments from foreign governments to his companies while serving as U.S. president. The attorneys general of Maryland and D.C. have filed a similar lawsuit against the president. For more, we speak with the longest-serving member of Congress, Democrat John Conyers of Michigan. He has served in Congress since 1965.

Greg Palast: How Racist Voter Suppression Could Cost Jon Ossoff the Georgia Election

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:23:05 -0400

The race for the 6th District in Georgia is the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history. On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to fill the seat left vacant after Tom Price resigned to become secretary of health and human services. Polls show Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel in a virtual tie. But civil rights leaders fear that racist voter suppression tactics could cost Ossoff the election. For more, we speak with investigative reporter Greg Palast and air a report he produced in Georgia.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) in Critical Condition After Being Shot at Congressional Baseball Practice

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:14:25 -0400

Capitol Hill remains in shock after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four other people were wounded on Wednesday, when a gunman opened fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. The lawmakers were practicing for a charity congressional game that will take place tonight. Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was shot in the hip and remains in critical condition.

Headlines for June 15, 2017

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Rep. Steve Scalise in Critical Condition After Shooting at VA Baseball Field, Man Opens Fire, Killing 3, at UPS Facility in San Francisco, President Trump Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice, U.N.: U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Have Killed 300 Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, Airwars: U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Reportedly Kill Dozens of Iraqi Civilians, U.S. Agrees to Sell $12 Billion Worth of Boeing F-15 Fighter Jets to Qatar, Michigan: 5 Officials Charged with Manslaughter over Deaths from Flint Water Crisis, Standing Rock Sioux Wins Major Legal Victory Against Dakota Access Pipeline, Israeli PM Netanyahu Vows Occupation of West Bank Will Continue Indefinitely, Somalia: 19 Killed in Al-Shabab Attack on Restaurant in Mogadishu, Death Toll from London Apartment Fire Rises to 17; Safety Warnings Were Ignored, Lawsuits: Wells Fargo Changed Mortgage Terms Without People's Knowledge, Tennessee: Robert Doggart Sentenced to 20 Years over Plot to Massacre Muslims, Argentina: Thousands of Unionized Workers March Against Austerity, Mexican Journalists Commemorate One-Month Anniversary of Javier Valdez's Murder

Oliver Stone Interviews Putin on U.S.-Russia Relations, 2016 Election, Snowden, NATO & Nuclear Arms

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:25:15 -0400

The Senate is slated to vote today on whether to impose a spate of new sanctions against Russia over allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The vote comes only one day after the much-anticipated testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee. For more, we speak to three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone about his new TV special, "The Putin Interviews," which is airing on Showtime this week. The series is based on more than 20 hours of interviews Stone conducted with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the past two years.

Jeff Sessions Said "I Don't Remember" or "I Don't Recall" 26 Times During Senate Intel Testimony

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:11:44 -0400

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come under fire for repeatedly refusing to answer questions during his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee about alleged Russia meddling in the 2016 election. We air highlights and speak to Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Headlines for June 14, 2017

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise & Congressional Aides Shot Playing Baseball, Sessions Under Fire for Refusing to Answer Questions During Senate Testimony, 200 Democratic Congressmembers Suing Trump for Violating Constitution, Senate Votes to Approve $500M Sale of Precision-Guided Munitions to Saudi Arabia, Yemen: More Than 900 Have Died in Ongoing Cholera Outbreak, U.N. Officials: U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Raqqa Causing "Staggering Loss of Civilian Life", Iraq: 800 Refugees Sickened by Contaminated Food Provided by British Charity, Trump Gives Pentagon New Power to Decide Number of Troops in Afghanistan, 150 Die in Landslides in Bangladesh and Northeast India, Egypt Blocks Access to 48 News Sites, Including Al Jazeera & Huffington Post, College Student Returns to U.S. in Coma After Detention in North Korea, The Guardian: Abuse & Low Pay at Ivanka Trump Indonesian Clothing Factory, London: 6 People Die and 20 More Are Wounded in Raging Apartment Building Fire, Pakistan: Journalists Protest Assassination of Bureau Chief Bakhshish Elahi, Trump Meets with Top Republican Lawmakers to Discuss GOP Healthcare Plans, Michigan: More Than 100 Iraqis Facing Deportation After Mass Roundup, New York: Classmates Demand Release of HS Student Arrested by ICE on Prom Day, Uber: CEO Takes Leave & Board Member Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal, Virginia: Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie Wins Narrow Victory in Governor Primary, Five Men Now Hold as Much Wealth as Half of the World's Population Combined

"A Transformative Vision": Naomi Klein on Platforms for Racial, Health & Climate Justice Under Trump

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:50:04 -0400

Since President Trump's inauguration, the United States and the world have been rocked with a series of massive nationwide days of action, including the Women's March, the People's Climate March, the March for Science and the March for Truth. Just this weekend, more than 4,000 people joined the People's Summit in Chicago. For more on the resistance to Trump, we speak with best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein. Her new book, out this week, is "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."

Naomi Klein: Climate Movement Is Growing Even More Ambitious as U.S. Goes Rogue & Exits Paris Accord

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:43:14 -0400

The United States has refused to sign on to a G7 pledge saying the 2015 landmark Paris climate accord is "irreversible." On Monday, the U.S. said it would not join the six other member nations in signing on to the pledge. This comes after President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the historic accord. For more on Paris, the climate and the Trump administration, we speak with best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein, whose new book is "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."

Naomi Klein on Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders & Youth-Led Grassroots Progressive Insurgencies

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:28:36 -0400

Over the weekend, more than 4,000 people gathered for the People's Summit in Chicago. Among those who spoke was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who called the Democratic Party's strategy an absolute failure and blamed the party for the election of President Trump. This comes after the Labour Party in Britain won a shocking number of new seats in the British election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is now poised to possibly become the next British prime minister. For more on these insurgent progressive politicians, we speak with best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein, whose new book is "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."

Naomi Klein: Trump is the First Fully Commercialized Global Brand to Serve as U.S. President

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:17:09 -0400

A decade after Naomi Klein published her now-iconic book "The Shock Doctrine," the best-selling author and activist reflects on how President Trump represents a form of continuous shock and how he ran a branding campaign—more than a political campaign—in order to capture the presidency. Naomi Klein's latest book is "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."

"No Is Not Enough": Best-Selling Author Naomi Klein on Challenging Trump's Shock Doctrine Politics

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:11:13 -0400

As President Trump is sued by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., for "unprecedented constitutional violations" and as another federal appeals court rejects Trump's Muslim ban, we spend the hour with best-selling writer Naomi Klein, author of the new book, "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."

Headlines for June 13, 2017

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Report: U.S.-Led Coalition Killed More Syrian Civilians Than ISIS or Assad in May, Appeals Court Deals Another Blow to Trump's Muslim Travel Ban, Attorney General Sessions Slated to Testify to Senate Intel Committee Today, Trump's Friend Chris Ruddy: Trump May Fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, Trump Cabinet Members Pledge Loyalty to President in Bizarre Meeting, Trump to Announce Rollback to U.S. Relations with Cuba in Miami Friday, Bernie Sanders: Democratic Party Strategy is "Absolute Failure", Greg Gianforte Sentenced to Community Service After Body-Slamming Reporter, Russia: 1,000 Protesters Arrested Amid Nationwide Anticorruption Demonstrations, India: Farmers Protest for Debt Forgiveness; Police Kill 5 Amid Crackdown, Hunger-Striking Asylum Seekers in CA Detention Center Say GEO Group Guards Violently Attacked Them, Delta & BofA Pull Out of Public Theater's Play Because of Trump-Like Julius Caesar

Trump Associate & "Slumlord" Tom Barrack Resigns One Day After Probe of Housing Crisis

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:51:35 -0400

We end today's show looking at the real estate dealings of another one of Donald Trump's closest associates: Thomas Barrack. Last week, the reporter Aaron Glantz of the investigative news site Reveal exposed how Barrack profited off the housing crisis by buying 31,000 single-family homes—mostly foreclosures—then bumped up the rents and in many cases allowed the properties to fall into disrepair. Glantz reported that Barrack's actions as head of Colony Starwood Homes made him tantamount to a modern-day slumlord. On Friday—one day after Glantz's piece was published—Barrack sold all of his stock in Colony Starwood Homes and resigned his position as co-chair of its Board of Trustees.

The Beleaguered Tenants of "Kushnerville": Jared Kushner Accused of Slumlord Practices in Baltimore

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:43:22 -0400

"The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville.'" That's the headline of a recent piece in ProPublica about the real estate dealings of Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. The piece looks at how Kushner's former company Kushner Companies has acted as a "neglectful and litigious" landlord of low-income housing units in Baltimore. ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis chronicles how Kushner Companies hounded low-income tenants with a barrage of lawsuits, eviction notices and late fees—even when the tenants were in the right. Tenants also described terrible maintenance practices, which created nearly unlivable conditions for some families.

Freed Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera Joins Tens of Thousands at NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:35:09 -0400

Tens of thousands took part in Sunday's National Puerto Rican Day Parade here in New York. Marchers at the parade included Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was imprisoned for about 35 years. This year's organizers chose to honor López Rivera as the parade's first "National Freedom Hero." But after a boycott campaign was organized by a right-wing conservative group funded by donors close to both President Trump and to Breitbart News, Oscar López Rivera announced he would march not as an official honoree but as a humble Puerto Rican and a grandfather. Democracy Now!'s Juan González was at the parade on Sunday with videographer Nicole Salazar.

Puerto Rico Backs Statehood in Referendum Boycotted by Opposition Groups

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:32:50 -0400

Tens of thousands turned out Sunday for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade here in New York. The parade came on the same day when Puerto Rico held a controversial referendum on political status. Ninety-seven percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state, but just 23 percent of eligible voters took part. Many Puerto Rican opposition parties called for a boycott of the vote.

Cholera Death Toll Tops 859 in War-Torn Yemen as U.S.-Backed Saudi Assault Continues

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:16:34 -0400

In Yemen, a civilian is dying nearly every hour from a massive cholera outbreak, as the ongoing U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign and naval blockade has devastated the country's health, sanitation and water systems. The World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has now reached 101,820 and continues to rise, accounting for 859 deaths. Yemen's healthcare system is also on the verge of collapse as many hospitals have shut down because of the ongoing U.S.-backed Saudi war. Only 45 percent of Yemen's hospitals are still operational. We speak to guests Dr. Mariam Aldogani and Anas Shahari of Save the Children Yemen.

Headlines for June 12, 2017

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Yemen: More Than 859 People Die from Cholera as U.S.-Backed War Continues, Reports: U.S.-Backed Troops Used White Phosphorus in Raqqa, Reports: U.S. Troops Kill 3 Civilians, Including Two Children, in Afghanistan, Iraq: 21 Killed in a Suicide Attack in Baghdad Market, Pentagon Carried Out Drone Strike in Somalia Against Al-Shabab, Pentagon: U.S. Special Operations Troops Supporting Philippines Army, Maryland & D.C. AGs Suing President Trump over Foreign Payments to Hotel, New York AG Investigating Eric Trump Foundation After Forbes Exposé, Dianne Feinstein to Senate Committee: Investigate Trump for Obstruction of Justice, Chelsea Manning in First TV Interview: "I Have a Responsibility to the Public", Statehood Wins Puerto Rico Referendum After Opposition Parties Boycott Vote, Oscar López Rivera and Thousands More March in NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade, Trump Considering Canceling State Visit to Britain Amid Fears of Mass Protests, Demonstrators Shout Down Islamophobic Protesters in a Dozen U.S. Cities, Asylum Seekers Launch Hunger Strike Inside GEO Group's Adelanto Detention Center, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Facing Possible Forced Leave of Absence Amid Scandal, Activists Disrupt D.C. Pride Parade to Protest Sponsors Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Orlando: Hundreds Gather for Vigil on Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Massacre, Tony Awards: Actress Cynthia Nixon Honors Those Who Are Resisting Trump, U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Dies at 84