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Trump's DOJ Demands Personal Info on 1.3M Visitors to "DisruptJ20" Inauguration Protest Website

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:50:57 -0400

The Justice Department is demanding web hosting provider DreamHost turn over 1.3 million IP addresses of people who visited the website DisruptJ20.org, which was used to organize the protests against President Trump's inauguration. The Justice Department is also seeking names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and other information about the owners and subscribers of the website. More than 200 protesters were arrested during the Inauguration Day protests and are now facing decades in prison on trumped-up charges. We are joined by Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. His group is assisting DreamHost in its opposition to the government’s search warrant.



Nephew of Fascist Who Marched in Charlottesville & Former Neo-Nazi on Confronting Racists

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:28:28 -0400

We feature Part 2 of our discussion with a former neo-Nazi and the nephew of a white supremacist who marched in the Charlottesville, Virginia, protest. Christian Picciolini is co-founder of Life After Hate, a nonprofit helping people disengage from hate and violent extremism. He was a leading neo-Nazi skinhead gang member and far-right extremist in the 1980s and 1990s. We also speak with Jacob Scott, the nephew of Peter Tefft, who was disowned by his father, Pearce Tefft, in a letter published in a local newspaper. Scott discusses what it means for the family to speak out.



Anne Frank Center: Trump's Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:13:00 -0400

President Donald Trump continues to face outrage over his response to last weekend's deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where racism and anti-Semitism were on clear display. We speak with Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which is calling on Twitter to suspend Trump's personal account, after branding him an accomplice to domestic terrorism.



Headlines for August 18, 2017

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

"We Are Not Afraid": Thousands Take to Streets of Barcelona After Van Attack Kills 14 People, After Barcelona, Trump Revives Debunked Myth of Executing Muslims with Bullets Dipped in Pigs' Blood, From GOP Senators to Murdochs, Criticism of Trump Grows, Trump Praises "Beautiful" Confederate Statues as Protests Escalate, In Wake of Charlottesville, ACLU Rethinks Defending Armed Hate Groups, Report: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Kill 59 Since Monday in Raqqa, Despite Protests from China, U.S. & S. Korea to Stage Massive Joint Military Drill, Three Hong Kong Student Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced to Jail, Settlement Reached In Landmark Torture Suit Against Psychologists, Racial Gerrymandering Ruled Unconstitutional in Texas, KKK Members Who Worked as Prison Guards Convicted of Plotting to Kill Black Prisoner, ExxonMobil Escapes Responsibility for Role in Massive Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Spill, Solidarity on the Gridiron: White NFL Player Embraces Teammate Giving Black Power Salute, NBA Star Kevin Durant on Trump: "I Don't Respect Who's in Office", Resistance Grows in Puerto Rico over Dumping of Toxic Coal Ash



"Vile, Hateful & Racist": A Fargo Family Disowns White Supremacist Relative After Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:54:01 -0400

One of the participants in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was a man named Peter Tefft. He was outed by the Twitter group "Yes, You're Racist," which had been posting screenshots of participants in an effort to expose them. His father, Pearce Tefft, has come out and publicly denounced his white supremacist son in an open letter published in The Forum, a newspaper in Fargo. The letter read, in part, "I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son's vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions. We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home." We speak with Jacob Scott, the nephew of Peter Tefft.



Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:41:29 -0400

Heather Heyer is the latest casualty in a number of deaths at the hands of white nationalists. Foreign Policy recently published an FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin that concluded white supremacist groups were "responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016...more than any other domestic extremist movement." Despite these findings, the Trump administration recently slashed funds to organizations dedicated to fighting right-wing violence. One group, Life After Hate, which works to help white nationalists and neo-Nazis disengage from hate and violent extremism, was set to receive a grant under the DHS's Countering Violent Extremism program, approved by the Obama administration. When Trump DHS policy adviser Katharine Gorka released the final list of grantees in June, Life After Hate had been eliminated. Gorka is the wife of Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, who has been linked to a Hungarian far-right, Nazi-allied group. We speak with Christian Picciolini, co-founder of Life After Hate and former neo-Nazi skinhead gang member.



Exclusive: Stonewall Jackson's Great-Great-Grandsons Call for Removal of Confederate Monuments

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:15:41 -0400

As President Trump faces growing outrage over his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we bring you an exclusive: an interview with the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. At least 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy can be found in public spaces across the country. But now a number of the monuments are coming down. Calls for the removal of the statues are even coming from the descendants of the leaders of the Confederacy. We speak with two of the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Jack and Warren Christian have just written an open letter to the mayor of Richmond calling for the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond. They write, "Our sense of justice leads us to believe that removing the Stonewall statue and other monuments should be part of a larger project of actively mending the racial disparities that hundreds of years of white supremacy have wrought."



Headlines for August 17, 2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Mourners Honor Heather Heyer, Killed by Neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, VA, Charlottesville Man Beaten by White Nationalist Suffers Stroke, Protesters Injured by Neo-Nazi Terrorist Sue "Unite the Right" Organizers, Thousands March Against Hate in Charlottesville, Philadelphia and Berlin, President Trump Isolated over Response to Charlottesville Violence, Trump Disbands Advisory Councils as CEOs Resign over Charlottesville Response, U.S. Military Leaders Condemn Racial Hatred, Trump Adviser Katharine Gorka Helped Defund Anti-Hate Group, Lawmakers Call for Firing of Trump Aides over White Supremacist Views, Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Assails Rivals in American Prospect Interview, Greensboro, NC Apologizes over Its Role in 1979 Killings by Neo-Nazis, Jeff Sessions Condemns Racism While Cracking Down on Sanctuary Cities, Syria: At Least 29 Civilians Die in U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes, Gaza: ISIS Strikes at Border as Palestinians Suffer Electricity Shortages, NAFTA Renegotiations Open as Mexican Farmers Protest, Philippines Police Kill Scores in Drug War's Bloodiest Week Yet, Seattle Seahawks Star Michael Bennett Sits Out National Anthem in Protest



Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:45:08 -0400

President Trump is facing widespread criticism for his latest comments on the deadly white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Speaking at Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump said the violence was in part caused by what he called the "alt-left." President Trump's comment were widely decried. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter, "No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes." We look at one of the groups who confronted the white supremacists in the streets: the anti-fascists known as antifa. We speak to Mark Bray, author of the new book, "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook." "Watch Part 2 of Interview With Mark Bray":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/16/part_2_antifa_a_look_at



Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:24:55 -0400

Bree Newsome sparked a national debate in 2015 on Confederate monuments and symbols and their place in modern American society when she scaled a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina and removed the Confederate flag from state Capitol grounds. Her action followed the massacre of nine African-American parishioners by a white supremacist at a Charleston church in South Carolina. As police yelled for her to come down, she grabbed the Confederate flag and said, "You come against me with hatred … I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today." Footage of the event went viral and was seen around the world. The next month, state legislators voted to remove the Confederate flag permanently, following mounting pressure. We speak with artist and activist Bree Newsome about renewed efforts around the country to remove Confederacy symbols following this weekend's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white nationalists and members of alt-right groups had gathered to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.



Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:10:38 -0400

A crowd of activists toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, just two days after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. As the crowd shouted "We are the revolution," a college student named Takiyah Thompson climbed up a ladder, looped a rope around the top of the Confederate Soldiers Monument in front of the old Durham County Courthouse and then pulled the statue to the ground. She was arrested the following day on two charges of felony inciting a riot and three misdemeanor charges, including defacing a statue. Thompson was released last night on a $10,000 unsecured bond. We speak with Thompson about her actions before her scheduled court hearing this morning.



Headlines for August 16, 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Trump Repeats Claim "Both Sides" to Blame for Charlottesville Violence, Trump Tweets, Then Removes Cartoon of Train Running Over CNN Figure, More Members of Trump Advisory Council Quit over Charlottesville Response, Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues as National Movement Grows, Durham, NC Police Execute Warrants for Protesters Who Toppled Confederate Statue, CBO: Trump Plan Would Raise Health Insurance Premiums 20 Percent in 2018, South Korea: Thousands Rally Against Trump's Nuclear War Threats, Sierra Leone: Over 600 Missing in Freetown Following Landslide, Heavy Rain Brings Deadly Flooding to Nepal, India, Bangladesh, NASA: July 2017 was the Hottest July on Record, Topping 2016's Record, 27 Arrested at White House Sit-In Protest in Support of DACA, Houston, TX: No Charges for Officers over Public Body Cavity Search



Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:53:36 -0400

The white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend came after thousands of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the city's plan to remove a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee. The effort to remove this statue was spurred in part by the African-American city Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, who convinced his fellow city councilmembers not only to vote to remove the statue, but also to create a "reparations fund" for Charlottesville's African-American residents. For more, we speak with award-winning author and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who in 2014 penned the influential piece for The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations." *Related Segments* "Ta-Nehisi Coates: Given Trump & GOP History of Racism, Violence in Charlottesville was Predictable":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_with_a_racist "We Were 8 Years in Power: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of 'Good Negro Government'":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/we_were_8_years_in_power "Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_i_would_like "Full Interview: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Charlottesville, Trump, the Confederacy, Reparations & More":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/full_interview_ta_nehisi_coates_on



Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:35:37 -0400

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is himself named after Confederate leaders, is now tasked with investigating the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which killed one person and injured dozens. But few have any confidence this investigation will bring justice, given Sessions himself has a long history of making racist comments and defending white supremacist policies. The violence is escalating calls for Trump's resignation, including from award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. *Related Segments* "Ta-Nehisi Coates: Given Trump & GOP History of Racism, Violence in Charlottesville was Predictable":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_with_a_racist "We Were 8 Years in Power: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of 'Good Negro Government'":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/we_were_8_years_in_power "Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_on_how_cities "Full Interview: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Charlottesville, Trump, the Confederacy, Reparations & More":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/full_interview_ta_nehisi_coates_on



"We Were 8 Years in Power": Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of "Good Negro Government"

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:33:24 -0400

After the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, which killed one person and injured dozens more, we spend the hour with award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates to understand the roots of this racial terror. His new book of essays about the Obama presidency has just been published, titled "We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy." *Related Segments* "Ta-Nehisi Coates: Given Trump & GOP History of Racism, Violence in Charlottesville was Predictable":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_with_a_racist "Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_i_would_like "Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_on_how_cities "Full Interview: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Charlottesville, Trump, the Confederacy, Reparations & More":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/full_interview_ta_nehisi_coates_on



Ta-Nehisi Coates: Given Trump & GOP History of Racism, Violence in Charlottesville was Predictable

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:17:25 -0400

The nation continues to grapple with the fallout from this weekend's violence after a Nazi sympathizer drove into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring 19. President Donald Trump finally condemned white supremacists on Monday for the bloodshed this weekend, after initially failing to directly blame the group. The move followed mounting pressure and severe backlash from nationwide street protests and corporate CEOs who resigned from Trump's American Manufacturing Council over his failure to quickly condemn the deadly violence. Meanwhile, a Foreign Policy report revealed that an FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin concluded that white supremacist groups were responsible for more homicides "than any other domestic extremist movement." Despite these findings, the Trump administration recently slashed funds to organizations dedicated to fighting right-wing violence. To discuss all these developments, we speak with award-winning acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates in his first major interview since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. He is the author of a forthcoming book, due out in October, "We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy." *Related Segments* "We Were 8 Years in Power: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of 'Good Negro Government'":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/we_were_8_years_in_power "Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_i_would_like "Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/ta_nehisi_coates_on_how_cities "Full Interview: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Charlottesville, Trump, the Confederacy, Reparations & More":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/15/full_interview_ta_nehisi_coates_on



Headlines for August 15, 2017

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Durham, NC: Activists Topple Confederate Statue Amid Nationwide Protests Against White Supremacy, CEOs Resign from Trump Advisory Board over White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, VA, Trump Begrudgingly Condemns White Supremacist Violence But Fails to Fire Bannon, U.N. Condemns White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, VA, Nazi Sympathizer & Charlottesville Suspect James Alex Fields Denied Bond, Far-Right Extremists & White Supremacists Plan Slew of Upcoming Rallies, ACLU of Virginia Board Member Resigns over ACLU Defense of White Supremacists, New England Holocaust Memorial Vandalized on Monday for Second Time This Summer, Trump Says He's Considering Pardoning Notorious Racist AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, DOJ Demanding 1.3 Million Visitor IP Addresses for DisruptJ20.org Website, Syria: 30+ Civilians Reportedly Killed by U.S.-Led Airstrikes and Shelling in Raqqa, North Korea Holding Off on Guam Strike, Waiting to See What "Foolish Yankees" Will Do, Tens of Thousands of Residents Protest U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, Japan, Venezuela: Thousands Attend Anti-Imperialist March as U.S. Threatens Military Intervention, Sierra Leone: More Than 300 Killed in Mudslides as Thousands Remain Missing, Israel Releases 5 Palestinian Journalists in West Bank and Gaza



Rev. Traci Blackmon: The Trump Administration Is Giving Permission to Hate

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:53:31 -0400

On Saturday, President Trump addressed reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, blaming the violence in Charlottesville on "many sides." We get response from Rev. Traci Blackmon, executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ. "What is happening under this current administration is permission to hate," Blackmon says.



UVA Prof on UVA's Historical Ties to KKK & White Nationalist Alums Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:44:26 -0400

Jalane Schmidt, an organizer with the local Black Lives Matter movement and an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, describes the school's history of connections to the KKK and its alumnus, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.



Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:36:29 -0400

We continue our roundtable discussion on violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend as thousands of neo-Nazis, KKK members and other white nationalists began descending on the city to participate in the "Unite the Right" rally. Thousands of counterprotesters met in Charlottesville, including clergy, students, Black Lives Matter activists, and protesters with the anti-fascist movement known as "antifa." We are joined by two clergy members and a local Black Lives Matter activist who helped organize the demonstration. Rev. Traci Blackmon is executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ. During a live interview with MSNBC at the march on Saturday, she was forced to flee as counterprotesters were attacked around her. Cornel West was also on site and describes the scene. We also speak with Jalane Schmidt, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia.



Survivor of White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville: There's No Question, This was Terrorism

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:15:46 -0400

We spend the hour examining the "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend that erupted into violence, resulting in three deaths. After a torchlit march of hundreds on the University of Virginia campus Friday night, more than 1,000 white nationalists descended on the city on Saturday to oppose a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. They were met by anti-racist counterdemonstrators, and fights broke out before the rally began. Witnesses report police did little to intervene. Shortly after the protest began, a man later identified as James Alex Fields drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterdemonstrators in what many are calling an act of terrorism. A local paralegal named Heather Heyer was killed in the attack, and at least 19 others were injured. Two Virginia state troopers also died Saturday when their helicopter crashed en route to the scene of the violence. On Saturday, Trump addressed reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, blaming the violence in Charlottesville on "many sides." We begin our roundtable discussion with Brandy Gonzalez, who survived the car rampage, and Lisa Moore, a registered nurse who assisted a victim of the car attack.



Headlines for August 14, 2017

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Thousands March Nationwide to Condemn Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville, VA, White Supremacists Kill 1, Injure Dozens, During Ku Klux Klan Rally in Charlottesville, VA, Trump Refuses to Explicitly Condemn White Supremacist Violence, Afghanistan: Local Officials Say U.S. Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians, Syria: Nearly 1,000 Civilians Reportedly Killed During U.S.-Led Offensive in Raqqa, Pakistan: ISIS Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 15 in Quetta, Latin America Outraged by Trump's Threat of U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela, Bolivia: Indigenous Nations Protest as Morales Signs Law Paving Way for Amazon Highway, Israel: Thousands Protest Corruption Amid Netanyahu Bribery Investigation, Kenya: Police Kill 11 During Post-Election Demonstrations, Burkina Faso: 20 Killed After Gunmen Open Fire in Restaurant, Nepal and India: Nearly 100 Killed in Flash Flooding and Mudslides, Des Moines, Iowa: FBI Raid Catholic Worker House Where DAPL Sabotage Activists Live, NYC Becomes First U.S. City to Guarantee Lawyers for Poor Tenants Facing Eviction



Yemeni Student is Among Thousands to Win U.S. Visa, Only to Have It Effectively Denied by Travel Ban

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:40:07 -0400

Thousands of Yemenis and other nationals from countries covered by Trump's travel ban are currently stranded in different parts of the world as the State Department refuses to honor the fact that they won a U.S. government immigration lottery. Many of the winners have already sold their homes and cars, left their jobs and even relocated in anticipation of their move to the United States. Their eligibility to receive green cards under the program will end only three days after the travel ban is slated to expire on September 27, meaning their applications will likely not be processed in time, which lawyers say operates as an effective ban. We are joined by Hamed Sufyan Almaqrami, 29-year-old Yemeni Ph.D. student in applied linguistics who was awarded a diversity visa in 2016. Due to Trump's travel ban, he is now stranded in India. We also speak with his attorney, Yolanda Rondon of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Stephen Pattison, a U.S. immigration attorney who spent nearly three decades with the State Department.



On Guam, Resistance Grows to US Military Presence as N. Korea Threatens Missiles Off Island's Coast

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:13:46 -0400

The front page of Guam's Pacific Daily News reads "14 Minutes!" That's how long it would take missiles fired from North Korea to reach the U.S. territory in the western Pacific if there is an escalation of the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea. On Thursday, Trump again threatened North Korea, saying if it were to carry out an attack on Guam, the U.S. would retaliate with military action. The Pentagon controls about a third of all the land on Guam, which is home to 163,000 people and a sprawling complex of U.S. military bases, including the Air Force base where many of the United States' B-2 bombers take off from before flying over the Korean Peninsula. For decades, residents of Guam have resisted the militarization and colonization of their homeland by the United States, which has now put them in the crosshairs of a possible nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea. We go to Guam to speak with LisaLinda Natividad, president of the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice and a member of the Guam Commission on Decolonization, and with David Vine, author of "Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World."



Headlines for August 11, 2017

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Elected Officials Condemn Trump's Nuclear Threats Against North Korea, Trump Attacks Senate Leader McConnell over Legislative Failures, Double-Digit Premium Hikes to Follow Republican Healthcare Effort, Minnesota Lawmaker Condemns Trump's Silence over Mosque Bombing, Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Calls Mosque Attack a False Flag, President Trump Ramps Up North Korea "Fire and Fury" Threats, U.S., Canadian Diplomats in Cuba Suffer Deafness from Covert "Sonic Device", Russia: Journalist Jailed over Calls for Political Accountability, Central American LGBTQ Activists Arrive at U.S.-Mexico Border, Seeking Asylum, Yemen: Human Smugglers Intentionally Drown African Migrants at Sea, Ethiopia: Intense Drought Has Millions on Brink of Starvation, NOAA Climate Report Confirms 2016 was Hottest Year on Record, Greenland: Defrosting, Drying Tundra Burns in Unprecedented Wildfires, Nebraska: Over 460,000 Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline in Public Comments, New York: 5 Arrested Protesting Goldman Sachs Fossil Fuel Conference



Former DOJ Civil Rights Head: Jeff Sessions Is Implementing an Anti-Civil Rights Agenda

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:42:28 -0400

It's been six months since Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn in as head of the Department of Justice. In that time, Sessions has managed to undo nearly every aspect of Obama's civil rights legacy. We look at how Sessions is using the Justice Department to roll back decades of progress on civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights and police reform. We speak with Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She is the former head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.



Andrew Bacevich: Trump's Handling of N. Korea, His First National Security Crisis, is Very Troubling

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:34:49 -0400

On Tuesday, President Trump shocked the world by hinting the U.S. could carry out a nuclear strike on North Korea. Hours after he spoke, North Korea threatened to strike the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. China has warned that a "war of words" between the U.S. and North Korea could spiral out of hand. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of international relations and history at Boston University. He is a retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran.



Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations?  

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

The war of words between the U.S. and North Korea continues to intensify, with North Korea threatening to strike the U.S. territory of Guam, while Defense Secretary General Mattis warned North Korea's actions could result in the "destruction of its people." This came after Trump vowed to strike at North Korea with "fire and fury." Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council recently imposed a new round of sanctions against North Korea over its test launches of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. We speak with journalist Tim Shorrock, who recently returned from South Korea.



Headlines for August 10, 2017

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Mattis Warns N. Korea Could Face "Destruction of Its People" as Tillerson Downplays Rhetoric, North Korea Military Announces Plan to Fire Missiles into Sea Off Guam, Peace Activists Protest Outside White House Calling for Negotiations with N. Korea, FBI Raids Home of Trump's Former Campaign Chair Paul Manafort, Five Die in Kenya as Protests Continue over Presidential Election, U.N.: $1 Billion Needed to Restore Basic Services to Mosul, Report: More Than 2,400 Have Died in 2017 Crossing Mediterranean, Migrant Helper in France Gets Suspended Four-Month Sentence, Canada Erects Camp on U.S. Border to Process Asylum Seekers, Four Palestinians Injured in Israeli Airstrikes Targeting Gaza, IDF Soldier Begins Prison Term for Executing Wounded Palestinian Man, Criminal Investigation Casts Doubts on Benjamin Netanyahu's Future, Farmworker Dies in Washington State After Being Denied Medical Help, Puerto Rican Protests Call for Investigation into PR's Debt



A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin's Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:47:00 -0400

From Attorney General Jeff Sessions to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, many of Trump's key administration members are far-right-wing figures who are seeking to dismantle the very agencies that they have been picked to head. For more on this right-wing revolution, we speak with longtime activist and journalist Allan Nairn. *Related Segments with Allan Nairn* "Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/forget_russia_is_provoking_a_nuclear "Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration's Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/journalist_allan_nairn_on_trump_administrations "Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/at_urging_of_blackwater_founder_trump



Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:40:00 -0400

The White House is considering an unprecedented plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan at the urging of Erik Prince, founder of the now-defunct private mercenary firm Blackwater. Prince told USA Today the plan would include sending 5,500 private mercenaries to Afghanistan to advise the Afghan army. It would also include deploying a private air force—with at least 90 aircraft—to carry out the bombing campaign against Taliban insurgents. The plan's consideration comes as a federal appeals court has overturned the prison sentences of former Blackwater contractors who were involved in a 2007 massacre in Nisoor Square in central Baghdad, killing 17 civilians when they opened fire with machine guns and threw grenades into the crowded public space. For more, we speak with longtime investigative journalist and activist Allan Nairn. *Related segments with Allan Nairn* "Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/forget_russia_is_provoking_a_nuclear "Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration's Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/journalist_allan_nairn_on_trump_administrations "A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin's Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/a_rightist_revolution_allan_nairn_on



Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration's Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:34:14 -0400

As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, the U.S. government is particularly ill-equipped to carry out effective diplomacy, thanks to the Trump administration's efforts to dismantle the State Department. The U.S. currently has no ambassador to South Korea, no secretary of Asian Pacific affairs and no secretary of East Asian affairs. For more on the dismantling of the U.S. government, we speak to longtime journalist and activist Allan Nairn. *Related Segments with Allan Nairn* "Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/forget_russia_is_provoking_a_nuclear "Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/at_urging_of_blackwater_founder_trump "A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin's Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/a_rightist_revolution_allan_nairn_on



Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:15:24 -0400

Tension between the U.S. and North Korea escalated sharply Tuesday after President Trump suggested he was prepared to start a nuclear war, threatening to unleash "fire and fury" against North Korea. Hours later, North Korea threatened to strike the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. Guam is home to 163,000 people as well as major U.S. military bases. For more, we speak with longtime investigative journalist Allan Nairn. *Related Segments with Allan Nairn* "Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration's Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/journalist_allan_nairn_on_trump_administrations "Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/at_urging_of_blackwater_founder_trump "A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin's Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/a_rightist_revolution_allan_nairn_on



Headlines for August 9, 2017

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Threat of Nuclear War Escalates as Trump Warns North Korea of "Fire and Fury", War Crimes Expert Quits U.N. Syria Inquiry Citing Lack of Political Will for Justice, Syrian-Palestinian Internet Activist Bassel Khartabil Killed by Assad Regime, White House Considering Unprecedented Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan, Red Cross "Extremely Alarmed" by U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen, Report: Trump Receives Daily Folder with Positive News Stories—About Himself, Trump Retweets Fox News Article Based on Leaked Classified Information, Google Engineer's Sexist Manifesto Sparks Industrywide Outrage, ACLU Sues Maine Governor for Deleting Critical Comments from His Facebook Page, Kenya: Early Election Results Show President Kenyatta Leading Challenger, U.N. Warns of Early Signs of Genocide in Central African Republic, Opposition in Democratic Republic of the Congo Launches General Strike, Demands Elections, Tunisian Fishermen Block Anti-Immigrant European Ship from Docking at Port, Bolivia: Indigenous & Environmentalists Protest Gov't Plan to Build Highway in Amazon, Ferguson Residents Build Memorial for Mike Brown on 3rd Anniversary of His Killing by Police, Mexican Cartoonist Eduardo del Río, known as Rius, Dies at 83



Head of Bombed Minnesota Mosque Denounces Trump for Stoking Hate & Violence Against Somali Community

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:51:43 -0400

Governor Mark Dayton has condemned as terrorism Saturday's attack on the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The explosive device was thrown through the mosque office's window around 5 a.m. as people were gathering for morning prayers. No one was injured, but the bombing damaged the office. The FBI has taken over the investigation, but so far President Donald Trump has not commented on the attack despite having sent over 25 tweets since the blast. Islamophobic attacks against Muslims and mosques nationwide have been on the rise since Trump was elected. We speak with Mohamed Omar, executive director of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center.



Formerly Jailed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama's War on Leaks

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:35:43 -0400

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the FBI has formed a new team focused on investigating potential leaks to the press. During a press conference on Friday, Sessions said that leak investigations have tripled since President Donald Trump took office. Civil liberties groups criticized Sessions's remarks. Ben Wizner of the ACLU said, "A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy as a whole." We speak with John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who exposed the Bush-era torture program and became the only official jailed in connection with it.



Meet the Senior Federal Official Blowing the Whistle on Trump's Suppression of Climate Science

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:13:25 -0400

Is the Trump administration trying to silence government scientists from working or talking about climate change? According to news reports, as many as 50 senior Interior Department officials have been reassigned since Ryan Zinke became head of the department. We speak with Joel Clement, a senior official at the Interior Department. Up until recently, he focused on the dangers that climate change poses to Alaska Native communities in the Arctic. But, without explanation, Clement was recently transferred to an unrelated job within the Interior Department—he now collects royalty checks from oil and gas companies. Clement believes he was targeted for speaking out about climate change. He went public with his concerns in the pages of The Washington Post, where he wrote a piece titled "I'm a scientist. I'm blowing the whistle on the Trump administration."



Headlines for August 8, 2017

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Landmark Gov't Reports Says Impacts of Climate Change Already Being Felt in U.S., After Trump Took Office, Agriculture Dept. Told Staff Not to Use Words "Climate Change", Report: 6.5% of World's GDP Funneled into Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Pentagon Weighing Plan to Bomb ISIS in Philippines, Report: U.S.-Led Bombing, Artillery Strikes Kill 18 Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, North Korea Blasts U.N. Sanctions, Accuses U.S. of Pushing Peninsula to War, Trump's Nominee for Agriculture Dept.'s Top Scientist Called Progressives "Race Traitors", Amid Nationwide Campaign, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez Wins Stay of Deportation, Yemenis Who Won U.S. Immigration Lottery Stranded by Trump's Travel Ban, Kenyan Voters Head to Polls in Presidential Election, Russia: Two Members of Pussy Riot Briefly Arrested at Demonstration, India: Police Arrest Medha Patkar & 11 Other Activists Fighting Sardar Sarovar Dam, Climate Activists Blockade Oil Train in Vancouver, Washington, Puerto Rico: Control Board to Slash Pensions & Cut Workdays, Judge Clears Way for Trial Against Military Psychologists Who Designed Bush Torture Program



Charlottesville VA Backs "Reparations" Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:46:39 -0400

In Charlottesville, Virginia, the city is preparing for a white nationalist rally on Saturday protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. The "Unite the Right" event is expected to draw several thousands of people, including counterprotesters. White nationalist Richard Spencer has organized similar protests earlier this year. City officials are reportedly scrambling to find ways to halt the event. At least 60 publicly funded Confederacy symbols have been removed or renamed since the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina, church by a self-described white supremacist, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. We speak with Wes Bellamy, vice-mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the youngest person to ever be elected to the Charlottesville City Council and has been leading the opposition to a Robert E. Lee statue in the city.



As Downtown Detroit Gentrifies, Longtime Black Residents Fight Illegal Tax Foreclosures

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:33:14 -0400

In Detroit, a recent study found that one in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure between 2011 and 2015—many of which may have been illegal. As downtown Detroit becomes increasingly gentrified, thousands of the city's longtime residents—mostly African-American families—have lost their homes to foreclosure. For more, we speak with Bernadette Atuahene, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She co-authored the study "Stategraft."



Houston PD Chief: Trump's Support of Police Brutality Reinforces View of Officers as "Neanderthals"

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:30:04 -0400

President Donald Trump continues to face widespread criticism from police chiefs across the country following a speech he gave to police officers in Long Island, New York, that appeared to openly endorse police brutality. Commenting on the need to crack down on gang members, Trump suggested that police officers have license to use excessive force on suspects. For more, we speak with Houston's police chief, Art Acevedo. *Related Segment* "Meet the Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas’ Anti-Immigrant 'Show Me Your Papers Law'":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/7/meet_the_latino_police_chief_standing



Meet Houston's Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas's Anti-Immigrant "Show Me Your Papers" Law

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:15:43 -0400

Is a new "show me your papers" law in Texas hurting public safety even before it takes effect on September 1? Senate Bill 4 makes it a Class A misdemeanor for local law enforcement officials to limit cooperation with federal immigration agents. The law requires police to comply with detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and also allows officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone they detain. Law enforcement leaders say the crackdown on immigrants has already led to a decrease in Latino victims reporting crimes. A judge could decide as early as this week whether to put SB 4 on hold due to constitutional violations. We speak with Houston's first Latino police chief, Art Acevedo, who has already seen a decrease in Latino victims reporting rape—even as rapes reported by non-Latinos increased, and with reporter and Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz. *Related Segment* "Houston PD Chief: Trump's Support of Police Brutality Reinforces View of Officers as 'Neanderthals'":https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/7/houston_pd_chief_trump_s_support



Headlines for August 7, 2017

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

South Asia: Heat Waves Could Make 1.5 Billion People's Homes Uninhabitable by 2100, Minnesota Mosque Bombed Saturday Before Morning Prayers, Court Overturns Sentences for Blackwater Contractors in 2007 Massacre, U.N. Imposes New Round of Sanctions on North Korea over Missile Tests, Rod Rosenstein Says Mueller Can Investigate Any Crimes Uncovered in Probe of Trump, Sessions Launches Administration-Wide Crackdown on Leaks, Trump Considering Naming Stephen Miller as Communications Director, Civil Rights Groups to Sue Trump Admin for Barring Trans People from Military Service, Chicago Sues Trump Admin for Withholding Funding to Sanctuary Cities, Afghanistan: Up to 50 Killed by Taliban and ISIS Militants, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike Kills 12 Civilians, Including Children, Syria: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Reportedly Kill 6 Civilians in Raqqa, Venezuela: Maduro Condemns Right-Wing Paramilitary Attack as Terrorism, Human Rights Groups Denounce Israel's Plan to Shut Down Al Jazeera, Third Fox News Host Suspended over Accusations of Sexual Harassment, Nebraska: Hundreds Rally to Protest Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline, UAW Condemns Nissan Scare Campaign, After Unionization Bid Fails, NFL Legends Speak Out Against Racism at Football Hall of Fame Ceremony, NYC Mayor de Blasio Proposes Tax on Rich to Pay for Subway Upgrades, Martin Shkreli, "Most Hated Man in America," Convicted of Financial Fraud