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Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or governm


TV Legend Norman Lear on the Black Panthers, Nixon's Enemies List & What Gives Him Hope

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:46:35 -0400

We continue our conversation with the 94-year-old legendary TV producer Norman Lear, the focus of the new "American Masters" documentary, "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You." We spoke to him in studio last week about how his work landed him on Richard Nixon's enemies list, the Black Panthers and what gives him hope.

"Just Another Version of You": The Life, Art and Activism of Legendary TV Producer Norman Lear

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:26:45 -0400

Ninety-four-year-old legendary TV producer and longtime political activist Norman Lear has led a remarkable life. He helped revolutionize sitcom television with a string of hit shows including "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times" and "Maude." In 1999, President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts, saying, "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it." Norman Lear is also a longtime activist, earning him a place on Richard Nixon's enemies list and the scorn of the Christian right. His life, art and social activism is the subject of the new "American Masters" documentary, "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You," which premieres tonight on PBS. We spoke with Norman Lear in studio last week.

Tom Hayden (1939-2016) on Vietnam War: We Must Challenge the Pentagon on the Battlefield of Memory

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:10:08 -0400

Legendary civil rights and antiwar activist Tom Hayden died Sunday in Santa Monica, California, after a lengthy illness. He was 76 years old. Hayden spent decades shaping movements against war and for social justice. In the early 1960s, he was the principal author of the Port Huron Statement, the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS. The statement advocated for participatory democracy and helped launch the student movement of the 1960s. In 1968, Tom Hayden became one of the so-called Chicago 8 and was convicted of crossing state lines to start a riot after he helped organize protests against the Vietnam War outside the Democratic National Convention. For more, we air a speech Tom Hayden gave last year at a conference in Washington, D.C., titled "Vietnam: The Power of Protest."

Headlines for October 25, 2016

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

New Threshold: 2015 Saw Average Carbon Dioxide Levels of 400 PPM, Canada: 99 Detained at Protest Demanding End to Tar Sands Pipelines, Iowa: Blockade Halted Dakota Access Drilling Under Mississippi River, Pakistan: 59+ Police Cadets Killed in Attack on Training College, France: Authorities Continue Demolishing Calais Refugee Camp, Elizabeth Warren: "Nasty Women" Have Had It with Donald Trump, Belgian Socialist Region Threatens to Block Major EU-Canada Trade Deal, Colombia: 279-Mile Peace Walk Arrives in Bogotá, Caravan Against Repression in Mexico Arrives in New York City, Harvard U. & Dining Hall Workers Reach Tentative Deal After 20-Day Strike

Legendary Antiwar Activist and SDS Organizer Tom Hayden Dies at 76

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:56:20 -0400

Tom Hayden has died at the age of 76. Hayden spent decades shaping movements against war and for social justice. He was the principal author of the Port Huron Statement, the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS. The statement advocated for participatory democracy and helped launch the student movement of the 1960s. In 1968, Hayden became one of the so-called Chicago 8 and was convicted of crossing state lines to start a riot after he helped organize protests against the Vietnam War outside the Democratic National Convention. We play an excerpt of an address by Hayden speaking about the antiwar movement he helped lead.

Josh Fox: Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline is a Threat to Democracy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:51:40 -0400

Award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox joins us to discuss the arrest of fellow filmmaker Deia Schlosberg, who is charged with three felonies for filming an act of civil disobedience in which climate activists manually turned off the safety valves to stop the flow of tar sands oil through pipelines spanning the U.S. and Canada. "These people are not accessories to the crime, they are the media," Fox says. "This is a constitutionally protected activity." Schlosberg was the producer of Fox's recent documentary, "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change."

Meet the Journalist Facing 45 Years in Jail for Filming Tar Sands Pipeline Protest in North Dakota

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:46:52 -0400

Are North Dakota authorities waging a war against the public’s right to know about the ongoing Standing Rock pipeline protests? We are joined by documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg, who was charged earlier this month with three felonies for filming an act of civil disobedience in which climate activists manually turned off the safety valves to stop the flow of tar sands oil through pipelines spanning the U.S. and Canada. The actions took place in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state. Schlosberg is an award-winning filmmaker and was the producer of Josh Fox's recent documentary, "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change." She was filming the action at a valve station owned by TransCanada in Walhalla, North Dakota. She was arrested along with the activists, and her footage was confiscated. Then she was charged with a Class A felony and two Class C felonies—which combined carry a 45-year maximum sentence.

Actor Shailene Woodley on Her Arrest, Strip Search and Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:36:35 -0400

At least 27 people, including Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley, were arrested during the Standoff at Standing Rock on October 10, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, while attempting to blockade the Dakota Access pipeline construction at two separate worksites. Footage of Woodley's arrest was streamed live to roughly 40,000 viewers on her Facebook page. She was later strip-searched in jail. She says her dedication to protest with indigenous people who are at the forefront of the fight remains strong: "Every time we allow another pipeline … we are endorsing the fossil fuel industry and only prolonging the time it is going to take to switch to renewable energy." Woodley recently starred in the new Edward Snowden film, "Snowden." She has appeared in the TV series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and has also starred in films including "The Divergent Series" and "The Fault in Our Stars." She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Alex King in "The Descendants."

North Dakota: Water Protectors Erect New Frontline Camp Directly in Path of Dakota Access Pipeline

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:28:25 -0400

On Sunday, hundreds of water protectors erected a new frontline camp of several structures and tipis directly on the proposed path of the Dakota Access pipeline. The new frontline camp is just to the east of North Dakota State Highway 1806, across from the site where on September 3, over Labor Day weekend, Dakota Access security guards unleashed pepper spray and dogs against Native Americans trying to protect a sacred tribal burial ground from destruction. The water protectors also erected three road blockades that stopped traffic for hours on Highway 1806 to the north and the south of the main resistance camp and along County Road 134. The group cited an 1851 treaty, which they say makes the entire area unceded sovereign land under the control of the Sioux. The blockades were dismantled late Sunday. We speak with Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. She is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation.

Standing Rock: Police Arrest 120+ Water Protectors as Dakota Access Speeds Up Pipeline Construction

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:17:06 -0400

We go to North Dakota for an update on the ongoing Standoff at Standing Rock, where thousands of Native Americans representing more than 200 tribes from across the Americas are resisting the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which is slated to carry oil from North Dakota's Bakken oilfields through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois. On Saturday, over 100 people, who call themselves protectors, not protesters, were arrested at a peaceful march after they were confronted by police in riot gear, carrying assault rifles. They say police pepper-sprayed them and then arrested them en masse, and discharged rubber bullets to shoot down drones the water protectors were using to document the police activity. We are joined by Sacheen Seitcham, media activist with West Coast Women Warriors Media Cooperative who was arrested Saturday along with more than 80 other protesters and journalists at a construction site for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

Headlines for October 24, 2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

North Dakota: Police Arrest Over 100 Water Protectors, Pennsylvania: 55,000 Gallons of Gasoline Spill in Susquehanna River, Iraq: Turkey Fires on Mosul as Pentagon Chief Pledges Air Support, Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Torture Lawsuit Against CACI, California National Guard Orders Veterans to Return Bonuses, Syria: Three-Day Ceasefire Ends with No Humanitarian Gains, French Police Begin Evacuation of "The Jungle" Refugee Camp in Calais, AT&T Agrees to Purchase Time Warner in $85 Billion Deal, Trump Claims Female Support as 11th Woman Claims Sexual Assault, Poll: Half of Republicans Would Reject Hillary Clinton Election, WikiLeaks: Clinton Charity Took Millions from Moroccan King in Exchange for Appearance, Cyber-Attack Harnesses "Internet of Things" to Shut Down Websites, Venezuela: President Maduro’s Opponents Push Ouster, Washington State Police Shoot, Kill Pregnant Mother of Three, National Anthem Protests Continue to Target Racial Injustice, Tom Hayden, Civil Rights and Antiwar Leader, Dies at 76

Shaun King: Black Lives Matter is Not a Carbon Copy of Black Panther Party, Our Time is Different

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:53:59 -0400

On the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, some are comparing the party to the Black Lives Matter movement. We get response from Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter activist and senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, who has recently spent time with the party's co-founder, Bobby Seale. "If you look at where we are now versus where the Black Panther Party was at the same time, I think we're doing well," King says. Still, he notes, "The Black Lives Matter movement is not a carbon copy of what the Black Panther Party did. How we do what we do will be uniquely different. Our time is different."

Former Bernie Sanders Supporter Shaun King Now Backs Hillary Clinton, Says She Has "Evolved"

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:49:14 -0400

With the election just 18 days away and three presidential debates behind them, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are campaigning across the country. Clinton is scheduled to spend Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she will be joined by the Mothers of the Movement—women who lost their children to police-involved incidents and gun violence. We discuss the election with former Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. "We learned a lot of tough lessons" from the Sanders campaign, King says. But, he adds, "I think [Clinton] has evolved, and we'll have to see, if she is elected, what that evolution means in terms of policy and practices."

Shaun King on Colin Kaepernick: He is Enormously Courageous and Has Sparked a Movement Among Athletes

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:46:20 -0400

Shaun King, Black Lives Matter activist and the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, discusses NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who continued his protest Sunday against racial oppression and police brutality by kneeling on one knee during the pre-game national anthem ahead of his first game of the year for the San Francisco 49ers. His actions have sparked similar protests across the country among professional, college and even high school and middle school athletes.

New York Mayor Apologizes for Police Killing of Mentally Ill Woman, But Will Accountability Follow?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:36:45 -0400

New Yorkers are protesting yet another fatal police shooting after 66-year-old African American Deborah Danner was killed by a New York Police Department sergeant Tuesday. Danner had mental health issues, including schizophrenia. Police say she was shot and killed in her own home in the Bronx, after a neighbor called 911. When police arrived, they found Danner naked in her bedroom holding a pair of scissors. Authorities say Sergeant Hugh Barry fatally shot her after she picked up a baseball bat. Mayor Bill de Blasio said her death "should never have happened." We get response from Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. "It wasn't just a mistake," King says. "A woman who deserved treatment and compassion was shot and killed. We're talking about a crime."

Chicago Cops Who Broke "Code of Silence" to Report Police Drug Gang Face Deadly Retaliation

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:11:06 -0400

Two Chicago police officers say they have faced retaliation and suffered from PTSD since they blew the whistle on a gang of their fellow cops who were demanding bribes from drug dealers in the housing projects of Chicago. We speak with one of the whistleblowers, Shannon Spalding, and with reporter Jamie Kalven, who documented their ordeal in a major investigation for The Intercept called "Code of Silence."

Headlines for October 21, 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Trump: I Will Accept Election Results…If I Win, Trump Booed at Catholic Charity Dinner in New York, Tenth Woman Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted by Donald Trump, ISIS Attacks Kills 16 in Kirkuk as U.S.-Backed Mosul Offensive Continues, U.N.: Aleppo Siege & Strikes Constitute "Crimes of Historic Proportions", South Africa & Burundi Move to Pull Out of International Criminal Court, Honduran Security Forces Fire Tear Gas & Water Cannons at Protesters, Philippines Announce "Separation" from U.S., New Nuclear Reactor Goes Online in Tennessee, Two Arrested for Locking Themselves Inside Bank Protesting Dakota Pipeline, Feds to Charge NSA Contractor Under Espionage Act, EPA Criticized for Waiting to Warn Residents of Flint, Michigan, Britain to Pardon Men Convicted Under Laws Criminalizing Homosexuality

From Palestine to Black Lives Matter: Alicia Garza & Phyllis Bennis on Issues Ignored at the Debates

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:43:48 -0400

In our special broadcast of the final 2016 U.S. presidential debate, we asked Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza what the major-party candidates should have addressed in their exchange: "I want to see more conversation about what it is going to take to preserve the quality of life of black people in this country, who are being systematically murdered, incarcerated, and otherwise marginalized and disenfranchised."

Bruce Springsteen: Donald Trump is a "Flagrant, Toxic Narcissist"

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:39:54 -0400

In an interview with Channel 4 in Britain, the legendary musician Bruce Springsteen shared his thoughts on the race. "[Donald Trump]'s going to lose, and he knows that. He knows he's going to lose. And he's such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes," Springsteen said. "And the words that he's been using over the past several weeks really are an attack on the entire democratic process."

Historian Eric Foner: Trump is Logical Conclusion of What the GOP Has Been Doing for Decades

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:31:37 -0400

For a historical perspective on the 2016 race, we speak to Eric Foner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and professor at Columbia University. His books include “Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.”

In Warmest Year Ever, Climate Change Ignored Again at Debate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:29:29 -0400

The presidential and vice-presidential debates have concluded without a single question about climate change, even though 2016 is on pace to be the warmest year on record. We speak to May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action.

Trump Calls Clinton Foundation "Criminal Enterprise" & Denounces Haiti Earthquake Response

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:22:40 -0400

In Wednesday's debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked Hillary Clinton about allegations of "pay-to-play" corruption involving Clinton Foundation donors during Clinton's time as secretary of state. Trump called the Clinton Foundation's actions in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake "a disgrace."

In Final Debate, Trump Pledges to Deport "Bad Hombres," Calls Clinton "A Nasty Woman"

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:12:07 -0400

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off at the third and final debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wednesday night. In one of the most extreme statements of the night, Donald Trump said he might not accept the results of the November election, instead saying, "I will keep you in suspense." He also repeated his call to build a massive wall along the Mexican border. "We have some bad hombres here, and we're going to get them out," Trump said.

Chris Hedges vs. Eddie Glaude: Should Progressives Vote for Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:47:07 -0400

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, debate the issue of strategic voting and the role of third-party candidates.

Green Party's Jill Stein on "Donald Trump's Psychosis and Hillary Clinton's Distortions"

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:39:36 -0400

After Wednesday's debate, Democracy Now! spoke to Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party's presidential nominee. She and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson were excluded from the debate under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties.

"All Fiction": Trump Dismisses Claims of Accusers, Saying They Want "Fame" & Work for Clinton

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:26:42 -0400

Following the release of a 2005 video in which Donald Trump brags to TV host Billy Bush about sexual assault, Trump’s campaign is reeling from a series of accusations of sexual assault from nine different women. In Wednesday night's third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump denied the accusations, saying his nine accusers are either looking for "fame" or work for Clinton's campaign. "Nobody has more respect for women than I do," Trump insisted.

Trump Says Appointing Anti-Choice Judges Will "Automatically" Overturn Roe v. Wade If He's Elected

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:21:30 -0400

In Wednesday night's third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sparred over abortion access and the future of Roe v. Wade. Trump claimed Roe v. Wade would be "automatically" overturned if he is elected, pledging to appoint anti-choice judges and saying that Roe v. Wade would eventually be decided by states. Trump also claimed, incorrectly, that some late-term abortions terminate pregnancies "as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth." Clinton responded, "That is not what happens in these cases."

"I'll Keep You in Suspense": Trump Refuses to Say He Will Accept Election Results

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:11:42 -0400

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off Wednesday night in Las Vegas in the final debate before the November 8 election. Trump continued to claim the election has been rigged, and said he would not commit to accepting the outcome of the vote if he loses. Trump’s comment sparked an outcry, even from within his own party. We air part of the debate and get response from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Headlines for October 20, 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton Squared Off in Final Debate, Las Vegas: Vendors Build "Wall of Taco Trucks" to Protest Trump, California AG Investigating Wells Fargo for Criminal Identity Theft, Syria: Turkish Jets Attack U.S.-Backed Syrian Kurdish Fighters, Honduras: Two Campesino Leaders Assassinated, Egypt: American Citizen Aya Hijazi Imprisoned Without Trial for 900 Days, Flint: Lawsuit Accuses School System of Failing Lead-Exposed Kids, Shailene Woodley Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to Pipeline Protest, Iowa: Landowner Arrested Blocking Dakota Access Trucks on Her Farm, Iowa: $2 Million Worth of Dakota Access Pipeline Machinery Burned, NYC: Residents Protest Fatal Police Shooting of Elderly Black Woman, NYC: Federal Trial Begins for The Bronx 120, Report: Law Enforcement Has Facial Recognition Data for 117M Americans, Lawsuit Accuses Another Samsung Smartphone Model of Exploding, Argentina: Thousands Strike to Protest Gender Violence

"The Police Killings No One Is Talking About": Native Americans Most Likely to be Killed by Cops

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:45:45 -0400

A new investigation by In These Times explodes myths about who is most likely to die at the hands of police by revealing that, compared to their percentage of the U.S. population, Native Americans were more likely to be killed by police than any other group, including African Americans. It also found that cases of African-American police deaths tend to dominate headlines, while killings of Native people go almost entirely unreported by mainstream U.S. media. We speak with reporter Stephanie Woodard, who wrote the article, "The Police Killings No One Is Talking About," and with James Rideout, the uncle of Jacqueline Salyers, a 32-year-old pregnant mother and member of the Puyallup Tribe who was killed by police earlier this year in Tacoma, Washington. Watch Part 2: "Native Americans Most Likely to be Killed by Police Than Other Groups, Investigation Reveals":

The Real Vote Rigging: Republicans Make It Harder for Millions to Vote in 2016 Election

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:31:19 -0400

As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump urges his supporters to be vigilant against widespread voter fraud and a rigged election outcome, we speak with Ari Berman, who argues in The Nation, "This Election Is Being Rigged—But Not by Democrats." He says the true danger to American democracy stems from Republican-led efforts to make it harder to vote. This comes as the 2016 presidential election is the first in half a century to take place without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.

"Ramshackle" Battle to Retake Mosul from ISIS Led by U.S. Despite Obama Vow Against Boots on Ground

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:11:31 -0400

The fight to retake the last stronghold of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq has entered its third day with a U.S.-led coalition force of about 30,000 that includes Iraqi security personnel, Kurdish fighters, Sunni Muslim Arab tribesmen and Shia Muslim paramilitaries. The Pentagon says U.S. special forces are on the ground in Iraq and taking part in the battle, despite President Obama's pledge against having boots on the ground. They face an estimated 5,000 Islamic State fighters in and around Mosul. Meanwhile, humanitarian workers say some 200,000 people may need shelter during the offensive. We speak with Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, where he writes that Mosul is bracing for its next bloody chapter after being ravaged by 13 years of war.

Headlines for October 19, 2016

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Iraq: U.S.-Led Coalition Fight to Retake Mosul from ISIS Enters 3rd Day, Yemen: 72-Hour Ceasefire Slated to Take Effect at Midnight Tonight, Las Vegas: Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump Face Off in Final Debate, Tonight: Tune in to DN! to Watch Final Debate Live from 8 to 11:30 P.M., Georgia Sees Record-Long Lines for Early Voting, Ecuador Confirms It Cut Off Assange’s Internet Access in Embassy, #VivasNosQueremos: Women to Strike Across Americas Today to Protest Gender Violence, ND: WI Sheriff Deputy Called In to Police #NoDAPL Arrested After Passing Out in His Car, Seattle: 2,000 Teachers to Wear #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool T-Shirts Today, PA: 5,000 Faculty Members to Strike at 14 State Universities Today, France: Court Rejects Bid to Stop Demolition of Calais Refugee Camp

Charges Dropped Against Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Member; Surveillance of DAPL Resistance Continues

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:55:20 -0400

We speak with Cody Hall of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who had a warrant issued for his arrest for two misdemeanors of criminal trespass for land defense actions related to the Dakota Access pipeline and was arrested in a dramatic traffic stop that he says involved at least 18 law enforcement officials. On Monday, he learned the charges were dropped, but says he is still under surveillance.

Midwives at Dakota Access Resistance Camps: We Can Decolonize, Respect Women & Mother Earth

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:46:10 -0400

Thousands of people have flocked from across the United States, Latin America and Canada to join the resistance camps opposing the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Most are Native Americans representing hundreds of tribes from across the Americas. The ongoing encampment is considered one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in decades. People have set up multiple kitchens, a school that teaches Lakota languages and other subjects, and medical services to care for the thousands who come to join the resistance to the pipeline. On Monday, a group of indigenous midwives posted online that the first baby was born in the camp. When Democracy Now! was in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, this weekend, we spoke with women and midwives about the importance of reproductive healthcare at the resistance camps.

Standing Rock Sioux Pediatrician: Threat from Fracking Chemicals is "Environmental Genocide"

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:29:44 -0400

In an extended interview with one of the first people arrested in the resistance movement against the Dakota Access pipeline, Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle explains, "as a physician, I'm very aware of what the health effects could be of a pipeline spill … among our communities." Jumping Eagle is a pediatrician and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Why Is North Dakota Strip-Searching Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Charged with Misdemeanors?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:26:30 -0400

Resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline has been met by an ongoing crackdown on water and land protectors by the Morton County Sheriff's Department. In recent weeks, there has been widespread use of strip search in the Morton County jail. Democracy Now! spoke with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II about whether he had been strip-searched after he was arrested at a protest and with Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle, a pediatrician and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who also says she was strip-searched after she was arrested on August 11, taken to Morton County jail and charged with disorderly conduct.

"We're Going to Call That a Win": Water Protectors Promise More Protests as Felony Charges Dropped

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:16:43 -0400

At the Morton County Courthouse in North Dakota on Monday, authorities dropped or rejected multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against water protectors involved in the ongoing resistance to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, including a felony charge against Marcus Frejo Little Eagle, known by his artist name Quese IMC. "Water is what's going to bring our people back together," he says. "This destructive unnatural force that is trying to destroy this water is the same force that dismantled our homes back in the day during the Indian wars." The state also dropped a felony charge against Little Eagle's nephew, Morgan Frejo. Misdemeanor charges against water defender Cody Hall were also dropped.

Press Freedom Victory: Riot Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman Over Dakota Pipeline Coverage

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:11:55 -0400

We're just back from North Dakota, where on Monday District Judge John Grinsteiner refused to authorize "riot" charges against Amy Goodman for reporting for Democracy Now! on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters. The judge did not find probable cause to justify the charges filed on Friday, October 14, by State's Attorney Ladd R. Erickson, which were presented after Erickson had withdrawn an earlier charge against Goodman of criminal trespass. After the judge's decision, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said, "After consulting with the Morton County States Attorney, I am assured charges are being considered against these individuals. Let me make this perfectly clear, if you trespass on private property, you will be arrested." Ladd Erickson, state prosecutor, told The New York Times: "I believe they want to keep the investigation open and see if there is any evidence in the unedited and unpublished videos that we could better detail in an affidavit for the judge. The 'Democracy Now' video that many people have seen doesn't have much evidence value in it." After the decision was announced, Goodman's attorneys Reed Brody and Tom Dickson joined her in speaking outside the Morton County Courthouse, where hundreds gathered to show support for more than a half-dozen water protectors who were facing charges related to the ongoing resistance to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

Headlines for October 18, 2016

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Pentagon: U.S. Special Forces on Ground in Battle for Mosul, Russia & Syria Temporarily Halt Airstrikes in Aleppo, Trump Repeats Claim of Rigged Election, Alleging Widespread Voter Fraud, Melania Trump Accuses Billy Bush of Egging Donald Trump On in Leaked Tape, Donald Trump: "When I Come Home at Night and Dinner’s Not Ready, I Go Through the Roof", State Department Official Accused of Pressuring to Declassify Clinton Email, Gen. James Cartwright Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to FBI, "Guantánamo Diary" Author Mohamedou Ould Slahi Released After 14 Years, NASA: Last Month was Warmest September on Record, U.N.: Climate Change Could Drive 122 Million into Extreme Poverty, ExxonMobil Asks Texas Court to Throw Out Subpoena over Climate Cover-up, Police Association Apologizes for "Historical Mistreatment of Communities of Color", British Bank Cuts Services to Russian-Backed RT Network, WikiLeaks Accuses Ecuador of Cutting Off Julian Assange's Internet Access, Amnesty Accuses Australia of Turning Nauru into Open-Air Prison for Refugees, NAACP Votes to Back Moratorium on Charter Schools

Dakota Excess Pipeline? Standing Rock Protectors Strip-Searched, Jailed for Days on Minor Charges

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:47:36 -0400

We discuss the crackdown on the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline with Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, and Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. Police have begun deploying military-grade equipment, including armored personnel carriers, surveillance helicopters, planes and drones. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple activated the National Guard in late September. Roughly 140 people have been arrested. Some report being strip-searched in custody at the Morton County jail and being held for days without bond, even when they are facing minor misdemeanor charges.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chair: Obama's Legacy Rests on Whether He Stops Dakota Access Pipeline

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:31:01 -0400

A federal appeals court recently rejected a bid by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to permanently halt construction on part of the Dakota Access pipeline, paving the way for the Dakota Access company to resume construction on private lands adjacent to Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. A decision on whether the pipeline can proceed under the river rests with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe argued that construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline is destroying cultural artifacts and sacred sites, including a sacred tribal burial ground that was bulldozed on September 3, Labor Day weekend, when Dakota Access pipeline's guards unleashed dogs and pepper spray on the Native Americans. Since then, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others have set up a permanent encampment across the street from the bulldozed burial ground. They call it the Sacred Ground Camp and say they’ll continue to fight the Dakota Access pipeline. We are joined by Dave Archambault II, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Report from Standing Rock: 100+ Militarized Police Deployed Against Native American Water Protectors

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:14:02 -0400

On Saturday, hundreds of people temporarily stopped work at multiple construction sites at the site of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. One person reportedly delayed work for up to six hours by locking to an excavator. At least 14 people were arrested. Democracy Now! began covering the action just after dawn, from the main resistance camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Amy Goodman Broadcasts from North Dakota Across from Court Where She Faces Riot Charge Today

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:11:35 -0400

We broadcast live from Mandan, North Dakota, across the street from the Morton County Courthouse, where more than a half-dozen people will appear in court today on charges related to the ongoing resistance to the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. At least three people are due in court today on felony charges after locking themselves to heavy construction equipment. Morton County also issued an arrest warrant for Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman on September 8, five days after we released our on-the-ground video report from Labor Day weekend showing the Dakota Access pipeline company’s security guards physically assaulting nonviolent, mostly Native American land protectors, pepper-spraying them and unleashing attack dogs, one of which was shown with blood dripping from its nose and mouth. The original charge against Goodman was criminal trespass, but due to lack of evidence, State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson has filed a new charge against Goodman: "riot." If Judge John Grinsteiner approves the new riot charge, she will be appearing in court today at 1:30 p.m. CT to challenge it.

Headlines for October 17, 2016

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Iraqi, Kurdish and U.S. Forces Launch Offensive to Recapture Mosul, Militia Members Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Mosque & Apartments in Kansas, Global Agreement Reached to Cut Back on HFC Greenhouse Gases, WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Told Pipeline & Fracking Critics to "Get a Life", Trump Claims Election Has Been Rigged by Clinton & Media, Ninth Woman Says Trump Inappropriately Groped or Kissed Her, Republican HQ in North Carolina Firebombed in "Attack on Our Democracy", U.S. & U.K. Threaten New Sanctions Against Assad as Siege of Aleppo Continues, NYT: Obama Has Escalated Clandestine War in Somalia, 25 Brazilians Die in Prison Riot, Mother of Kalief Browder Dies of a "Broken Heart", NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Continues Protest During National Anthem

Is Trump's Rise a Result of America Declaring War on Institutions That Make Democracy Possible?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:47:12 -0400

In his new book, scholar Henry Giroux examines "America at War with Itself." From poisoned water in Flint and other cities to the police deaths of African Americans to hatemongering on the presidential campaign trail, Henry Giroux critiques what he believes is a slide toward authoritarianism and other failings that led to the current political climate and rise of Donald Trump. Giroux is the McMaster University professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest.

ACLU & HRW Call to Decriminalize Drug Use & Possession After Documenting Arrests Every 25 Seconds

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:33:43 -0400

A new report on the devastating harm of policies that criminalize the personal use and possession of drugs finds that in 2015 police booked more people for small-time marijuana charges than for murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault combined. The report also showed African-American adults are more than two-and-a-half times as likely as white adults to be arrested for drug possession despite comparable rates of drug usage. This comes as four states have legalized recreational marijuana use and five more will vote to do the same next month. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released the findings Wednesday with a call for states and the federal government to decriminalize low-level drug offenses. We speak with Tess Borden, author of the report "Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States."

Central Park Five's Yusef Salaam: Donald Trump Needs to Be Fired from Running for President

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:14:29 -0400

In 1989, Yusef Salaam and four other African-American and Latino teenagers were arrested for beating and raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They became known as the Central Park Five. Donald Trump took out full-page ads in New York newspapers calling for their execution. Then, in 2002, their convictions were vacated after the real rapist came forward and confessed to the crime and his DNA matched. By then, the Central Park Five served between seven and 13 years in jail for the assault. The city settled with them for $41 million. But as late as last week Donald Trump still claimed they were guilty. We speak with Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, who writes in The Washington Post that "Donald Trump won't leave me alone."

Headlines for October 14, 2016

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Republican Donors Pressure GOP to Cut Ties with Trump, First Lady Michelle Obama Denounces Trump Comments on Women, Donald Trump Says Sexual Assault Allegations are "Made-Up Stories", The New York Times Responds to Trump's Threat to Sue over Accounts of Sexual Assault, Fox's Lou Dobbs Apologizes After Posting Jessica Leeds's Personal Information, New Jersey Judge Issues Summons for Gov. Chris Christie over Bridgegate, Alleged Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami Pleads Not Guilty from Hospital Bed, Autopsy Reveals Police Shot Keith Lamont Scott 3 Times, Once in the Back, Black Employees of NY Fire Dept. Sue over Alleged "Intentional Discrimination", Filmmaker Faces 45 Years in Prison for Documenting Pipeline Shutdown, Sheriff Removes Deputies Who Were Sent to Police Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance, Three Michigan Prisoners Die Within One Month Amid Crackdown on Prison Strike, Janitors in Minneapolis & St. Paul Win Union Recognition, International Monsanto Tribunal Kicks Off in The Hague

Journalist James Risen: CIA Torture Methods Caused Long-Term Psychological Harm to Former Prisoners

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:42:33 -0400

A New York Times investigation has found at least half of the 39 detainees who went through the CIA's so-called enhanced interrogation program have since shown psychiatric problems—some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, depression or psychosis. These detainees were subjected to torture techniques such as severe sleep deprivation, waterboarding, mock execution, sexual violations and confinement in coffin-like boxes in secret CIA prisons and at Guantánamo. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen and military psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Xenakis.

Surviving Torture in a CIA Secret Prison: Khaled al-Sharif of Libya Recounts Horrors

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:32:28 -0400

A shocking new report details how harsh American interrogation methods have led to devastating psychiatric disorders in former prisoners. The New York Times exposé is titled "How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds." It found at least half of the 39 prisoners who went through the CIA's so-called enhanced interrogation program have since shown psychiatric problems—some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, depression or psychosis. These prisoners were subjected to torture techniques such as severe sleep deprivation, waterboarding, mock execution, sexual violations and confinement in coffin-like boxes in secret CIA prisons and at Guantánamo. We air a video of Khaled al-Sharif speaking to New York Times correspondent Sheri Fink about how his two years in a secret CIA prison continues to haunt him today.

The White Helmets: As Syria Death Toll Mounts, Meet the Rescue Workers Saving Thousands of Lives

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:13:28 -0400

In Syria, renewed bombing has reportedly killed more than 150 people this week in rebel-controlled Aleppo. On Wednesday, at least 15 people died after airstrikes hit East Aleppo's biggest market. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least four children were killed and 10 wounded earlier today when shells landed near a school in western Aleppo, the area controlled by the government. On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued what has been described as his strongest appeal to date for an end to the fighting in Syria. We turn now to look at a group in Syria known as the Syrian Civil Defense, or the White Helmets. The group of some 3,000 volunteers has been credited with saving over 60,000 people from the rubble of buildings in war-torn Syria. Last month the group won a Right Livelihood Award, known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. We speak to Orlando von Einsiedel, director of the new documentary "The White Helmets."

Headlines for October 13, 2016

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Woman Accuses Trump of Sexual Assault: "His Hands Were All Over Me", Miss USA Contestant Says Trump Barged in on Her in Dressing Room, People Magazine Reporter Says Trump Assaulted Her at Mar-a-Lago, Trump Made Lewd Comments About 10-Year-Old Girl in 1992 Video, NYC: Women Protest Trump's Misogyny and History of Sexual Assault, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Resigns Amid Bank Scandal, Yemen: U.S. Warship Fires Missiles into Houthi-Controlled Territory, Syria: 25 Reportedly Killed as Russia and Assad Resume Airstrikes, Honduras: 2 Leaders of COPINH Survive Assassination Attempts, Cleveland: Transgender Woman Brandi Bledsoe Found Dead, Oregon: 10 BLM Activists Arrested at Protest over Police Contract, Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, Iowa: Woman Locks Herself to Excavator, Delaying #DAPL Construction, DN! Returning to North Dakota to Continue Coverage of Dakota Access Pipeline

Women's Boat to Gaza: 13 Activists Detained by Israel, Weeks After U.S. OKs $38B in Military Aid

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:50:17 -0400

A flotilla bound for Gaza carrying food, medicine and other humanitarian aid was intercepted and seized last week by the Israeli Navy. The Women's Boat to Gaza had set sail from the Spanish port city of Barcelona in mid-September in efforts to break the ongoing Israeli blockade. Organizers say the Israeli military seized the boat and detained the 13 human rights activists aboard in international waters about 40 miles away from Gaza's shore. The Israeli military towed the boat to the Israeli port of Ashdod and detained the women for up to four days before deporting them. We speak to passenger Ann Wright, retired Army colonel and former U.S. diplomat. Her recent article is titled "Women's Boat to Gaza Participants See the Israeli Imposed Perpetual Darkness on Gaza." Wright spent 29 years in the military and later served as a high-ranking diplomat in the State Department.

Will Racist, Anti-Immigrant Trump Supporter Sheriff Joe Arpaio Be Jailed for Contempt of Court?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:43:54 -0400

In Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces the possibility of jail time, after federal prosecutors announced they are charging Arpaio for criminal contempt of court over his refusal to end unconstitutional immigration patrols in Arizona. Arpaio has long been under fire for his immigration policies, which have included racial profiling and detaining immigrants in a scorching outdoor Tent City jail, which Arpaio once referred to as his own "concentration camp." Arpaio has also been a key supporter of Donald Trump, appearing at rallies alongside the Republican presidential candidate, and where he's joked that both he and Trump have been key members in the "birther" movement, which refuses to acknowledge President Obama was born in the United States. Arpaio now faces up to six months in jail if he's convicted on contempt of court charges. Activists are also organizing for him to be voted out of office in this November's election. We speak to Carlos García, executive director of Puente Arizona, a grassroots human rights movement for migrant justice.

Climate Direct Action: Activists Halt Flow of Tar Sands Oil by Shutting Off Valves of Five Pipelines

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:29:37 -0400

Ten climate activists were arrested Tuesday for attempting to shut down all tar sands oil coming into the United States from Canada by manually turning off pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state. The group, which calls itself Climate Direct Action, includes five activists and five other supporters and videographers. They posted pictures and videos online that showed them cutting chains and turning the manual safety valves to stop the flow through the pipelines. The activists issued a statement on Tuesday saying the action was in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. They also called on President Obama to “use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe." While all 10 activists remain in jail, we speak Jay O'Hara, co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and Afrin Sopariwala, a member of Climate Direct Action and a part of Women of Color Speak Out, a climate justice collective.

Leaked Hillary Clinton Emails: Could Bernie Sanders Have Won Primary If Leak Occurred Earlier?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:11:49 -0400

On Friday, WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of John Podesta's emails, including excerpts of Hillary Clinton's paid remarks to Wall Street firms. The emails showed Clinton's closed-door remarks were starkly at odds with many of her public positions. In one speech to a housing trade group in 2013, Clinton spoke of needing "both a public and a private position" when crafting laws. In other speeches, Clinton largely absolved Wall Street firms for the crash of 2008 and said financial reform "really has to come from the industry itself." The leaked emails also show Clinton openly boasted about her support of fracking while secretary of state. In a speech to Deutsche Bank in 2013, she said, "I've promoted fracking in other places around the world." We speak to Lee Fang of The Intercept, co-author of the recent piece, "Memo Shows What Major Donors Like Goldman Sachs Want from Democratic Party."

Headlines for October 12, 2016

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Emails: Clinton State Dept. Prioritized "Friends of Bill" in 2010 Haiti Earthquake Contracts, Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Tops 30 in United States, Trump Declares War on GOP: "The Shackles Have Been Taken Off", Lawsuit Alleging Trump Raped 13-Year-Old Child Refiled in NY, Gore Campaigns for Clinton, Evoking His Own Contested Presidential Bid, 9 Activists Arrested After Cutting Off Flow of Tar Sands Oil, Iraq: 2 Kurdish Fighters Die After ISIS Drone Explodes, Afghanistan: 14 Die in Attack at Shrine Outside Kabul, Wells Fargo Whistleblowers Reported Fake Bank Accounts in 2005, Harvard: Cafeteria Workers Continue Strike into Second Week, The Advocate: 2016 Deadliest Year on Record for Transgender People, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Faces Jail Time for Criminal Contempt of Court