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Why Are Incarcerated Women Battling California Wildfires for as Little as $1 a Day?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:51:05 -0400

As raging wildfires in California scorch more than 200,000 acres—roughly the size of New York City—more than 11,000 firefighters are battling the blazes, and a number of them are prisoners, including many women inmates. We speak to Romarilyn Ralston with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners-Los Angeles Chapter, who is the program coordinator for Project Rebound at Cal State University. Romarilyn experienced 23 years of incarceration, and while she was incarcerated, she was a fire camp trainer and a clerk for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Reporter Jaime Lowe also joins us to discuss her New York Times Magazine report, "The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California's Wildfires."

Rosa Clemente on Puerto Ricans Drinking Toxic Water & San Juan Mayor's Message to the Diaspora

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:40:20 -0400

In Puerto Rico, residents desperate for drinking water have begun pumping water from the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site—a hazardous waste Superfund site. The EPA warns the water contains chemicals that cause liver damage and an increased risk of cancer. We speak with Rosa Clemente, just back from Puerto Rico, where she joined other independent journalists in documenting conditions for a project called PR on the Map, including at the Dorado site. She also interviewed San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz about her message for the Puerto Rican diaspora.

Freed Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera on U.S. Colonialism After Hurricane Maria

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:31:14 -0400

One month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we hear from longtime Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was released in May and is now in San Juan to visit with community members affected by Hurricane Maria. Until earlier this year, Rivera had been in federal prison for 35 years—much of the time in solitary confinement—after he was convicted on federal charges of opposing U.S. authority over the island by force. President Obama commuted his sentence in January.

As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Exposé Reveals Vulture Firms Who Own Its $74 Billion Debt

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:14:43 -0400

One month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a major new investigation examines the looming question of what will happen to the island's $74 billion debt as it faces an estimated $95 billion in storm-related damage. We speak with reporters at the Center for Investigative Journalism and In These Times who spent five months digging through court filings and documents from financial firms and much more in order to put together the most up-to-date list of 10 of the largest financial firms that are now scrambling to get billions out of the bankrupt island as it tries to rebuild. Several of the funds were complicit in past financial crises in other parts of the world.

Headlines for October 18, 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Federal Judge Halts Most of President Trump's Latest Travel Ban, Senate Deal Would Stabilize Health Insurance Markets for Two Years, Trump to Widow of Soldier Killed in Niger: "He Knew What He Signed Up For", Trump Doubles Down on False Claim About Gold Star Families and Obama, Somalia: Accused Bomber May Have Wanted Revenge over Deadly U.S. Raid, Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan Kill 80 and Injure 300, Kenyan Opposition Leader Calls Off Protests Amid Mounting Deaths, Israeli Army Raids Media Outlets Across Occupied West Bank, Israel Approves 31 New Housing Units in Hebron Settlement, Newly Released Documents Reveal U.S. Approval of Indonesian Genocide, Drug Czar Nominee Rep. Tom Marino Withdraws over Opioid Scandal, Los Angeles: Chevron Oil Refinery Fire Sends Smoke into Neighborhoods, California: Wildfire Erupts in Santa Cruz Mountains as Death Toll Reaches 41, Texas: Trump Administration Blocks Undocumented Teen from Getting Abortion, New California Law to Introduce Third "Nonbinary" Gender on State IDs, Chechnya: Openly Gay Russian Man Describes Torture by Police, The New Yorker: Trump Joked VP Pence "Wants to Hang" All Gays, Minnesota Judge to Allow "Necessity Defense" at Trial of Climate Activists

Meet Tarana Burke, Activist Who Started "Me Too" Campaign to Ignite Conversation on Sexual Assault

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:42:44 -0400

Amid the ongoing fallout from sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, a former contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice" has subpoenaed Donald Trump's presidential campaign for all documents relating to her and any other women who have accused the U.S. president of unwanted sexual contact. We look at how this has reignited a conversation about sexual assault with women using the #MeToo hashtag, and speak with activist Tarana Burke, who started the campaign about a decade ago. "'Me Too' is so powerful, because somebody had said it to me, and it changed the trajectory of my healing process," Burke says. We also speak with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics.

Mogadishu Massacre: Hospitals Run Out of Blood, Antibiotics for Victims in Mass Bombing Killing 300+

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:15:52 -0400

Rescue operations continue in Mogadishu, Somalia, after two massive truck bombs exploded Saturday, killing at least 300 in the country's deadliest attack since the rise of the al-Shabab militant group a decade ago. The disaster is being referred to as the "Mogadishu massacre," and some are calling it "the 9/11 of the Somali people." The explosions came after the Trump administration stepped up a U.S. campaign against al-Shabab in Somalia. We speak with Somali scholar Abdi Samatar and journalist Amanda Sperber, who splits her time between Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Headlines for October 17, 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn't Contact Gold Star Families, Somalis Mourn Twin Bombings as "The 9/11 of the Somali People", U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty to Desertion Charges, Rep. John McCain Warns of Trump's "Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism", Drug Czar Nominee Led Effort to Undermine Opioid Abuse Fight, Syria: U.S.-Backed Fighters Seize Raqqa as ISIS Fighters Surrender, Iraqi Army Tightens Control Over Kirkuk as Kurdish Forces Withdraw, Malta: Car Bomb Kills Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Spain: Two Catalan Independence Leaders Arrested, Ireland: Post-Tropical Storm Ophelia Lashes Island, Killing 3, At Least 40 Dead as Wildfires Rage in Spain, Portugal, Pope Francis Warns U.S. over Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord, NYPD, Scotland Yard Investigating Harvey Weinstein over Sex Assault Charges, Security Flaw Leaves Most Wi-Fi Devices Vulnerable to Hackers, Charlottesville Police Arrest Corey Long, Who Defended Anti-Fascist Protesters, Pennsylvania: 23 Arrested in Lancaster County Anti-Pipeline Protest

COINTELPRO 2? FBI Targets "Black Identity Extremists" Despite Surge in White Supremacist Violence

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:47:38 -0400

A leaked FBI counterterrorism memo claims that so-called black identity extremists pose a threat to law enforcement. That's according to Foreign Policy magazine, which obtained the document written by the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit. The memo was dated August 3, 2017—only days before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis killed one anti-racist protester, Heather Heyer, and injured dozens more. But the report is not concerned with the violent threat of white supremacists. Instead, the memo reads: "The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence." Civil liberties groups have slammed the FBI report, warning the "black identity extremists" designation threatens the rights of protesters with Black Lives Matter and other groups. Many have also compared the memo to the FBI's covert COINTELPRO program of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, which targeted the civil rights movement. We speak with Malkia Cyril, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice as well as a Black Lives Matter Bay Area activist.

"Everything was on Fire": CA Resident Describes Fleeing 30-Foot-High Flames Surrounding Her Ranch

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:39:33 -0400

In California, at least 100,000 people have been forced to evacuate, with about 75,000 people still displaced. Some residents had to flee for their lives, as drought conditions and powerful, erratic winds have contributed to the explosive spread of the fires. Among those who had to flee was Jan Hoyman, a pottery artist who narrowly escaped the fire in Mendocino County last week. We speak to her from her studio in Ukiah, California.

Scientist Daniel Swain on "Unprecedented Climate Conditions" Contributing to Deadly CA Wildfires

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:31:59 -0400

In California, at least 40 people have died, hundreds are missing, and thousands of homes have been destroyed by uncontrollable wildfires. More than 11,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires, with the support of hundreds of fire engines and dozens of helicopters and airplanes. Many of the firefighters are prisoners, who are working for as little as $1 a day. Among the victims of the wildfires were elderly residents of Sonoma County, where authorities say their bodies were so charred, the only way to identify some of them was by the serial numbers on artificial joints or other medical devices. We speak with Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and author of Weather West, the California Weather Blog.

CA Rep. Khanna: "We Can't Control Environmental Catastrophes Caused by Extreme Climate Conditions"

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:25:58 -0400

In California, raging wildfires fueled by climate change have killed at least 40 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and scorched more than 200,000 acres—roughly the size of New York City. The fires are now the deadliest in California since record keeping began. At least 100,000 people have been forced to evacuate, with about 75,000 people still displaced. Some residents had to flee for their lives, as drought conditions and powerful, erratic winds have contributed to the explosive spread of the fires. The fires have also contributed to a housing crisis, leaving thousands homeless in neighborhoods of California where rental prices were already sky-high before the blazes. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California.

"Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen": Rep. Ro Khanna on Growing Opposition to U.S.-Backed War

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:14:38 -0400

The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war and naval blockade in Yemen has sparked a cholera epidemic that has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern world history. There are expected to be a million cases of cholera in Yemen by the end of the year, with at least 600,000 children likely to be affected. The U.S. has been a major backer of the Saudi-led war. But in Washington, opposition to the U.S. support for the Saudi-led war is growing. Lawmakers recently introduced a constitutional resolution to withdraw all U.S. support for the war. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Congressmembers Ro Khanna, Walter Jones and Mark Pocan wrote that they introduced the resolution "in order to help put an end to the suffering of a country approaching 'a famine of biblical proportions.' … We believe that the American people, if presented with the facts of this conflict, will oppose the use of their tax dollars to bomb and starve civilians." We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California.

Headlines for October 16, 2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Somalia: Twin Truck Bombs in Mogadishu Kill 300, Injure Hundreds, Trump Refuses to Certify Iran Nuclear Deal, Undermining Agreement, Secretary of State Tillerson Rebuffs Senator's Claim Trump "Castrated" Him, California: Hundreds Still Missing as Wildfire Death Toll Rises to 40, Ireland: Remnants of Hurricane Ophelia Make Landfall, Climate Denier Kathleen Hartnett White Named White House Environmental Adviser, Louisiana: 7 Injured and 1 Missing as Oil Rig Explodes Near New Orleans, Puerto Rico: Official Hurricane Death Toll at 48, Likely to Be Much Higher, States Sue over President's Move to Destroy Affordable Care Act, Iraq Begins Offensive to Seize Kirkuk After Kurdish Independence Vote, Yemen: Cholera Epidemic Now the Worst Outbreak in History, Guatemala: Former Dictator Efraín Ríos Montt Back on Trial for Genocide, More Women Bring Rape Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein, Amazon Studios Suspends Chief Roy Price over Sexual Harassment Charge, Donald Trump's Campaign Subpoenaed over Sexual Assault Charges, Unsigned QB Colin Kaepernick Charges NFL Owners Colluded Against Him

Robert Jay Lifton on the Apocalyptic Twins of Nuclear and Climate Threats & Reflections on Survival

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:38:41 -0400

We spend the bulk of the hour with Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, a leading American psychiatrist and author of more than 20 books about the effects of nuclear war, terrorism and genocide. As NBC News reports President Trump has called for a nearly tenfold increase in the United States' nuclear weapons arsenal, and as he threatens to attack North Korea and decertify the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Lifton examines what he calls the "apocalyptic twins: nuclear and climate threats." His new book is titled "The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival."

Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton on Duty to Warn: Trump's "Relation to Reality" is Dangerous to Us All

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:23:34 -0400

As Vanity Fair reports some of President Trump's closest aides and advisers say he is "unstable" and "unraveling," and that the White House is increasingly consumed by chaos, we speak with Robert Jay Lifton, a leading American psychiatrist and author of more than 20 books about the effects of nuclear war, terrorism and genocide.

Is Trump Slashing Healthcare Subsidies for the Poor to Decimate Obamacare & Cut Taxes for the Rich?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:20:46 -0400

As President Trump moves to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in an executive order, and the White House announces it will stop paying billions of dollars in federal subsidies to insurance companies to help cover low-income people's healthcare plans, we get response from Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez, who says Trump's dismantling of the ACA is an attempt to balance the budget. "It's no coincidence that their next move is to give a tax break to the wealthiest in this nation," Gutiérrez notes.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez: Trump Wants to Own Puerto Rico But Not Help Those Dying After the Hurricane

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:11:43 -0400

As President Trump threatens to withdraw federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million U.S. citizens, residents of the island and their supporters respond with outrage and disbelief. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz called Trump the "hater-in-chief." We get response from Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez.

Headlines for October 13, 2017

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Trump Threatens to Withdraw FEMA from Puerto Rico, Amid Humanitarian Crisis, Death Toll from California's Wildfires Surges to 31, 50 Killed and Tens of Thousands Displaced by Flooding in Vietnam, Report: More Than 150 Land Defenders Murdered So Far This Year, In Twin Blows, Trump Moves to Dismantle Affordable Care Act, Trump Expected to Decertify—But Not Scrap—2015 Iran Nuclear Deal Today, Trump Admin Withdraws from UNESCO, Claiming "Anti-Israel" Bias, London & NYC Police Launch Investigations into Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Assault, "When Will My Organs Fail?": Hunger-Striking Gitmo Prisoners Say Guards Have Stopped Force-Feeding, Echoing Slavery & Chain Gangs, Louisiana Sheriff Laments Release of Prisoners Who Work in Jails, Portland, OR: Six Arrested Blocking ICE Bus Carrying Immigrants to For-Profit Prison, WA: 2 Anti-Trump Protesters Convicted After Judge Rejects Necessity Defense

NBC Reportedly Axed the Harvey Weinstein Story as Hollywood Made Rape Survivors the Butt of Jokes

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:47:48 -0400

As part of a roundtable discussion on the rape and sexual assault allegations against disgraced and now-fired movie producer Harvey Weinstein, we speak with journalist Irin Carmon, who wrote an essay titled "Women shouldn't trust the men who call themselves allies." We are also joined by two women who are survivors of assaults by Weinstein: Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology at Colorado College, and Louise Godbold, executive director of Echo Parenting & Education.

Louise Godbold: "My Encounter with Harvey Weinstein and What It Tells Us About Trauma"

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:27:02 -0400

We continue our look at two shocking investigations by The New Yorker and The New York Times, which revealed a slew of rape and sexual assault allegations against disgraced and now-fired movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who had been one of the most powerful men in Hollywood for decades. We speak with Louise Godbold, who recently wrote a blog post titled "My Encounter with Harvey Weinstein and What It Tells Us About Trauma." Now executive director of Echo Parenting & Education, Godbold calls on others to believe and support survivors of sexual assault and harassment, saying, "We need to educate everyone about trauma."

Tomi-Ann Roberts on Her Encounter with Harvey Weinstein & the Shame Women Feel After Assault

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:10:51 -0400

As movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is fired by his own company and more women come forward accusing him harassment, sexual assault and rape, we speak with Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology at Colorado College, about her "petrifying" encounter with Harvey Weinstein in 1984, when she was an aspiring actress. Today, her academic research includes the psychological consequences of the sexual objectification of women and girls.

Headlines for October 12, 2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

California: Death Toll from Wildfires Hits 23, as Fires Continue to Spread, Trump Threatens NBC License over Nuclear Weapons Report, Report: Trump's Aides Call Him "Unstable," as Bannon Predicts He Won't Last Full Term, World Leaders & Senior U.S. Officials Pressure Trump Not to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal, Weinstein Company Knew About Sexual Assault Payoffs for Two Years, U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, Trump to Nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security Secretary, Boy Scouts to Accept Girls Next Year, On Eve of Execution in Texas, Robert Pruett Maintains His Innocence

DREAMer: Trump's Deal to Preserve DACA But Escalate Deportations is a "Toxic Deal We Cannot Accept"

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:50:50 -0400

President Trump said Sunday he will not restore DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—that protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation—unless lawmakers agree to expand the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and move to keep out thousands of children fleeing gang violence in Central America. We get response from Cesar Vargas, who is himself a DACA recipient. He's the co-director of DREAM Action Coalition and New York state's first openly undocumented attorney.

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Defend the Constitutional Right to Vote & Expand Automatic Voter Registration

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:40:52 -0400

Rev. Jesse Jackson joins us in studio to discuss how his Rainbow PUSH Coalition has set up its own commission of scholars and activists to look into voter suppression. This comes as President Trump convened an Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to look into his allegations of voter fraud during the 2016 presidential election. Jackson is also on a tour of college campuses to register voters.

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Colin Kaepernick is a "Martyr" & Deserves the Right to Play Football

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:32:32 -0400

We speak with Rev. Jesse Jackson about how Vice President Mike Pence flew to Indianapolis to stage a walkout of an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts, after players on both teams held a protest against racial injustice during the national anthem. Pence tweeted he was there, but used an old photo, and the incident is being condemned as an expensive stunt.

Weeks After Hurricane, Puerto Rico Lacks Water, Working Hospitals, Electricity & Considers Solar

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:21:21 -0400

Three weeks after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, President Trump asked Congress for $4.9 billion loan to help the island pay government salaries and other expenses. This comes as he allowed a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act to lapse, restricting shipments of food, fuel and medicine from foreign-flagged ships as nearly half of the island still lacks clean water and nearly 90 percent lacks electricity. This comes as military security firms continue to patrol the streets of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan, and Academi, formerly known as Blackwater, has a pending bid to provide security services for water transportation. Meanwhile, solar companies and nonprofits say they could help Puerto Rico regain power. We get an update from Democracy Now!'s Juan González and speak with Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader and the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, who helped to gather aid to send to Puerto Rico, and has written a column published around the country this week titled "How to put Puerto Rico back on its feet."

As Deadly Wildfires Rage in California, a Look at How Global Warming Fuels Decades of Forest Fires

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:10:48 -0400

In California, powerful winds and bone-dry conditions are fueling massive wildfires. A state of emergency has been declared in northern areas as the fires have left at least 17 people dead, destroying whole neighborhoods and forcing 20,000 people to evacuate their homes. The wildfires come after the U.S. Forest Service warned last year that an unprecedented 5-year drought led to the deaths of more than 100 million trees in California, setting the stage for massive fires. Climate scientists believe human-caused global warming played a major role in the drought. We speak with Park Williams, bioclimatologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and co-author of a 2016 report showing that global warming is responsible for nearly half of the forest area burned in the western United States over the past three decades.

Headlines for October 11, 2017

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

California: Death Toll From Wildfire Hits 17; Blocks Reduced to Ashes, Puerto Rico: Health System in Dire Condition, 3 Weeks After Hurricane Maria, Officials: Trump Called for Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Weapons Arsenal, More Women Accuse Harvey Weinstein of Rape, Assault & Harassment, Lawmakers Push for End to U.S. Backing for Devastating War in Yemen, Spain Moves to Suspend Catalonia's Autonomy, Philadelphia: Javier Flores Leaves Sanctuary After Winning Immigration Hearing

New Yorkers Call for Indigenous Peoples' Day & Removal of Columbus Statue

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:54:48 -0400

More than 50 U.S. cities celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday in place of the federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who massacred and enslaved Arawak indigenous people while opening the door to the European colonization of the Americas. In New York City, protesters called for the city to make the second Monday of each October Indigenous Peoples' Day. Democracy Now! joined demonstrators for an Anti-Columbus Day Tour at the American Museum of Natural History. Special thanks to producer Andre Lewis.

Judge Denies Bail to Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner, Citing Her Admiration for Snowden & Assange

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:51:32 -0400

Last Thursday, a federal judge denied a second request for bail from Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency contractor who is accused of violating the Espionage Act. Winner allegedly passed a top-secret document to The Intercept that claimed Russian military intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company just days before the 2016 election. Federal Judge Brian Epps of Augusta, Georgia, said his decision to deny bail was based in part on social media comments by Winner that she "admires Edward Snowden and Julian Assange."

Julian Assange on Roger Stone & Accusations About WikiLeaks and Trump Campaign Ties to Russia

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:37:45 -0400

Microsoft has joined Facebook in saying it is investigating whether Russian operatives paid for "inappropriate" pro-Trump ads on its Bing search engine and other platforms. Social media giant Facebook has said a Russian company placed thousands of ads on their network at a cost of more than $100,000, including some that targeted states crucial to Trump's victory. Last week, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said it reached the conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Meanwhile, CIA Director Mike Pompeo has blasted Wikileaks as a hostile intelligence service that is often abetted by state actors like Russia, and Trump adviser Roger Stone declined to confirm to the House Intelligence Committee that he was directly in contact with WikiLeaks about damaging information on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. We get response from Julian Assange, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange Marks 5.5 Years Inside Ecuadorean Embassy as UK & US Refuse to Confirm Arrest Warrant

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:31:49 -0400

As we speak with WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, he shares an update on when he may be able to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has sought refuge and political asylum for more than five years. Earlier this year, Swedish prosecutors have dropped an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Assange, which he denies and calls a pretext for his ultimate extradition to the United States to face prosecution under the Espionage Act.

As Catalonia Plans Independence from Spain, Julian Assange Advises Organizers on Secure Messaging

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:13:09 -0400

Barcelona's Mayor Ada Colau is calling for Spain to remove thousands of state police who have been deployed to Catalonia ahead of tonight's expected declaration of independence by regional President Carles Puigdemont, possibly triggering intervention by Spanish forces. We speak with WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has been advising those pushing to secede on how to communicate securely even as the state pushes back.

Headlines for October 10, 2017

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Mass Evacuations in California as Wildfires Kill at Least 10, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Repeals Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule, Puerto Rico: FEMA Chief Dismisses San Juan Mayor's Criticism as "Political Noise", At Least 23 Rohingya Refugees Die as Boat Capsizes, Afghanistan: Red Cross to Pull Staff Amid Mounting Attacks, Syria: Airstrike in Idlib Province Kills 11 Civilians, French Public Employee Unions Strike over Job Cuts, Sick Pay, Google Says "Suspected Russian Agents" Bought Political Ads in 2016, Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Mulls Wyoming Senate Primary Challenge, Deandre Harris, Beaten by White Supremacists in Virginia, Faces Felony Charge, ESPN Suspends Anchor Jemele Hill After She Tweets Support for NFL Protests, 50+ Cities Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day as New Yorkers Protest Columbus

World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:32:01 -0400

Ai Weiwei has been called the most powerful artist in the world—and the most dangerous man in China. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he spent his childhood and youth in a hard labor camp in the Gobi Desert in remote northwest China. As a student at Beijing Film Academy, he first became involved in art and activism. He spent his twenties in New York City and then returned to China. In 2008, after a massive earthquake in Sichuan, China, Ai Weiwei launched a citizen investigation to collect the names of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died, partially as a result of the highly shoddy government construction of the schools. While his citizen investigation catapulted him to international fame, it also enraged Chinese government officials. In 2009, his popular blog was shut down. A few months later, police broke into his hotel room and attacked him, punching him in the face and causing cerebral hemorrhaging. In 2010, Ai Weiwei was placed under house arrest, after the Chinese government demolished his studio. Then, in 2011, he was arrested at the Beijing airport and held for 81 days, without any charges. Chinese authorities seized his passport and refused to return it until 2015. For more on the remarkable life of this world-renowned dissident and artist, we speak with Ai Weiwei.

"Human Flow": World-Renowned Artist & Activist Ai Weiwei on His Epic New Documentary on Refugees

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:15:45 -0400

The United Nations says there are now more refugees worldwide than at any time since World War II. The journey and struggle of these 65 million refugees is the subject of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei's epic new documentary. It's called "Human Flow." For the documentary, Ai Weiwei traveled to 23 countries and dozens of refugee camps. We speak to world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Headlines for October 9, 2017

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Republican Sen. Bob Corker Warns Trump Taking U.S. Toward "World War III", Trump Threatens War on North Korea, Saying, "Only One Thing Will Work!", Trump Demands Wall Funds, Migrant Crackdown in Exchange for Action on DREAMers, Hurricane Nate Brings Power Outages and Flooding to Gulf Coast, Canadian Government Settles Suit by Indigenous Children Forced into Adoption, Hundreds of Thousands Rally in Barcelona Against Catalan Independence, Russian Police Arrest Hundreds at Banned Rallies Demanding Democracy, Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian Women March for Peace, Mexico: Edgar Daniel Esqueda Assassinated, 11th Journalist Killed in 2017, Ghana: Gas Explosion in Accra Kills Seven, Injures Over 100, Weinstein Company Fires Harvey Weinstein over Sexual Harassment Reports, Protesters Outside White House Loop Footage of Trump's Sex Assault Boasts, Charlottesville, VA: White Nationalists Return 8 Weeks After Violent Protests, Leaked FBI Report Cites "Black Identity Extremists" as Terror Threat, Utah: No Murder Charge for SLC Cop Who Shot Black Cyclist in the Back, Vice President Mike Pence Stages Walkout Amid NFL Player Protests

Special Report: Puerto Ricans in Vieques Cope with Devastation & Fear Toxic Contamination from Maria

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:50:15 -0400

We end today's show where we began the week: in Puerto Rico. Doctors say the island's health system remains crippled two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, leaving more than 90 percent of the island without electricity and half of its residents without drinking water. That's at least according to statistics published by FEMA on Wednesday. But on Thursday, FEMA removed data about access to drinking water and electricity in Puerto Rico from its website. Democracy Now!'s Juan Carlos Dávila is on the ground in Puerto Rico, and this week he managed to make it to the island of Vieques to speak with residents of the area that the U.S. Navy used as a bombing range for decades. Since the 1940s, the Navy used nearly three-quarters of the island for bombing practice, war games and dumping old munitions. The bombing stopped after a campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience, but the island continues to suffer. The Navy says it will take until 2025 to remove all the environmental damage left by more than 60 years of target practice. Juan Carlos filed this report from Vieques in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Will the NRA Use Regulation of "Bump Stocks" as Excuse to Avoid "Real Action" on Gun Control?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:44:32 -0400

On Thursday, the National Rifle Association said it would support additional regulation on the gun accessory known as "bump stocks." Investigators believe the device was used in Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white man, killed 59 people, including himself, and injured nearly 500 people. Authorities say Paddock bought at least 12 bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic rifles to act like machine guns, capable of firing hundreds of rounds a minute. But many say the "bump stocks" regulations do not go far enough to prevent future mass shootings. We go to Las Vegas, where we are joined by Annette Magnus-Marquart, executive director of the Nevada-based Battle Born Progress, which advocates for gun control.

Are Trump's Efforts to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal a Precursor for U.S. War with Iran?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:30:00 -0400

Amid news of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, we turn now to look at whether President Donald Trump is trying to sabotage the Obama-brokered nuclear agreement with Iran and seek a war with Iran. According to The Washington Post, Trump is expected to announce next week the deal is not in the United States' national interest, and will move to "decertify" the deal. If this happens, Congress will decide whether or not to reinstate harsh economic sanctions against Iran, potentially tanking the landmark deal. The move comes despite the fact the Trump administration begrudgingly certified that Iran has complied with its obligations under the agreement earlier this year, as has the International Atomic Energy Agency, which closely monitors Iran's activities.

Nuclear Ban Group ICAN Wins Nobel Peace Prize as Trump Threatens to End Iran Deal & Nuke North Korea

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:15:21 -0400

As the Nobel Committee made their announcement today in Oslo, President Trump is expected to "decertify" the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal next week. We speak with Tim Wright, the Asia-Pacific director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and go to Tehran and Washington to get response.

Headlines for October 6, 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prize, WaPo: Trump to Decertify Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal, Trump Issues Cryptic Threat: "The Calm Before the Storm", Tropical Storm Nate Kills 22 in Central America, Tesla's Elon Musk Proposes Solving Puerto Rico Electrical Crisis with Solar Power, NRA & Lawmakers Support Regulation for Gun Devices "Bump Stocks", Ivanka & Kushner Rerouted Emails to Trump Organization Servers, White House: John Kelly's Personal Cellphone May Have Been Hacked, Mueller's Investigators Met with British Intelligence Agent Christopher Steele, NYT Reveals Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein, Anti-Abortion Rep. Tim Murphy Resigns After Lover Reveals He Pressured Her to Have Abortion, Trump Admin to Limit Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage, Interior Department Official Joel Clemente Resigns in Protest, Pakistan: Suicide Bombing at Shiite Mosque Kills 20, Red Cross Warns of Harrowing Spike in Violence Across Syria, In Rebuke to Trump, California Adopts "Sanctuary State" Law

"It Was an Insult": Rep. Nydia Velázquez on Trump's Visit to Puerto Rico, Attacks on San Juan Mayor

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:46:54 -0400

We get response from Puerto Rican-born Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) to President Trump's visit to the island two weeks after Hurricane Maria, and his comments that he would help the U.S. territory wipe out its $73 billion debt to help it recover from the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney later walked back the remarks.

Masha Gessen: Trump Doing "Incredible Damage" to Democracy While Media is Obsessed with Russia Probe

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:31:50 -0400

As the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says it has reached the conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and CNN reports a number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Trump's victory in November, we speak with Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen. "We don't know if there was a conspiracy," Gessen says of allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. "But even if there was, we should do our best to try not to engage in conspiracy thinking. … It lends itself to this idea that once we discover that Trump colluded with the Russians, that we'll magically get rid of Trump." She says it is unlikely the investigation will produce the kind of evidence of collusion that could be used as a legal basis for impeachment, and argues impeachment is unlikely while Republicans have control of both houses of Congress.

Russian Journalist Masha Gessen on Trump & Putin's Autocracy and Media's Refusal to Call Out Lies

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:13:03 -0400

As the Senate Intelligence Committee says Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, we discuss Russia and Trump with Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen. Her new book, "The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia," has just been shortlisted for the National Book Award and offers a warning to the United States today as she points to the similarities between Trump and Putin, and warns of the threat of autocracy under a Trump presidency.

Headlines for October 5, 2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Budget Director Walks Back Trump's Comments on Forgiving Puerto Rico Debt, Las Vegas Shooter Stockpiled Dozens of Firearms & 12 Devices to Turn Rifles into Machine Guns, Senate Intelligence Committee Hasn't Ruled Out Collusion Between Russia & Trump, Report: Ivanka & Donald Jr. Were Nearly Charged with Felony Fraud in 2012, Tillerson Denies He's Considered Resigning over Conflicts with Trump, Iraqi Military Says It's Seized Control of Hawija from ISIS, Egypt Launches Widening Crackdown Against LGBT Community, First Syrian Regime Soldier Convicted of War Crime, Israeli Military Seals Off West Bank & Gaza for 11 Days, Aung San Suu Kyi Stripped of Freedom of Oxford Award over Crackdown on Rohingya, House Passes Bill to Criminalize Abortion After 20 Weeks, St. Louis: 140+ Arrested Blocking I-64 over Acquittal of White Cop for Killing Anthony Lamar Smith, Prisoner Rights Advocate John Thompson Dies at 55