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Democracy Now
Dec 15, 2017

Psychiatrists 'Deeply Concerned' by Trump's Instability Call for Urgent Mental Health Evaluation
We continue our interview with someone who's led a discussion of mental health professionals who are deeply concerned about President Trump's psychological instability. Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine who organized the 'Duty to Warn' conference at Yale and edited the best-selling book, 'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.' _Dr. Bandy Lee declares that she is not representing the views of Yale University, Yale School of Medicine or Yale Department of Psychiatry._

Democracy Now
Dec 15, 2017

The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump, From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of Power
On Thursday, another Democrat endorsed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a resolution presented in November by a half-dozen Democrats accusing Trump of obstruction of justice and other offenses. Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire is the latest official to join the effort and is one of 12 House Democrats who represent a district won by Trump in 2016. This comes as a petition for impeachment launched in October by Democratic donor Tom Steyer has garnered more than 3.5 million supporters. At least 17 communities around the country are now on record calling for impeachment proceedings against Trump. 'It is not acceptable to say that we will simply kick the can down the road and wait until after an election cycle to lay the groundwork for the impeachment proceedings,' says constitutional attorney John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People. 'We need to be laying that groundwork and making this call now.'

Democracy Now
Dec 15, 2017

Medics, Observers & a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison in First Trial of J20 Inauguration Protests
Final arguments are underway today in Washington, D.C., in a case that could shape the future of free speech and the right to protest in the United States: the first trial of the nearly 200 people arrested during President Donald Trump's inauguration. As demonstrators, journalists and observers gathered in Northwest D.C. after the inauguration on January 20, some separated from the group and vandalized nearby businesses and vehicles. Police officers then swept hundreds of people in the vicinity into a blockaded corner in a process known as 'kettling,' where they carried out mass arrests of everyone in the area. The first so-called J20 trial could go to a jury as early as today, and involves six people, including one journalist, Alexei Wood, a freelance photojournalist. The defendants face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including multiple counts of destruction of property. Evidence against the defendants has been scant. We get an update from Jude Ortiz, a member of the organizing crew of Defend J20 and the Mass Defense Committee chair for the National Lawyers Guild. He's been in court throughout the first J20 trial.

Democracy Now
Dec 15, 2017

Headlines for December 15, 2017
In Major Blow to Free Internet, FCC Votes to Repeal Landmark Net Neutrality Rules, At Break with Trump, Tillerson to Urge Diplomacy with North Korea at United Nations, Nikki Haley Claims Iran Violated Arms Agreement, But Experts Say Evidence is Lacking, Republicans' Plan to Overhaul Tax Code in Peril as Rubio and Lee Threaten to Vote No, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold Won't Seek Re-Election, Amid Sexual Harassment Revelations, Screen Actors Guild Awards to Feature All-Women Presenters for Acting Awards, Eighth Round of U.N.-Sponsored Peace Talks on Syria Collapse, Mexican & U.S. Officials Meet to Discuss Military & Intelligence Cooperation, Caravan of Central American Mothers Search for Their Missing Children in Mexico, Argentina: Protests Force Lawmakers to Suspend Vote on Slashing Pensions, Rwanda Accuses French Military of Complicity in 1994 Genocide, Trump's Highest-Ranking African-American Adviser Out at White House, Largest Landlord in U.S. Sued for Violating Fair Housing Act, Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Make Abortion Illegal in Cases of Down Syndrome

Democracy Now
Dec 14, 2017

U.S. Support 'Vital' to Saudi Bombing of Yemen, Targeting Food Supplies as Millions Face Famine
In Yemen, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition has bombed a Houthi military police camp, killing at least 30 people, most of whom were imprisoned inside the camp. One official said at least 35 bodies had been recovered from the blast site so far. The Saudi-led coalition has escalated its bombing campaign in recent days, following the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Days before his death, the longtime leader switched sides in the ongoing war and threw his support behind the Saudi-led coalition. He was then killed by the Houthis. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign has devastating Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems, sparking a massive cholera epidemic. The Saudi-imposed blockade has prevented critical food, water, medicine and aid from reaching civilians. The United Nations has warned that over 8 million people are 'a step away from famine.' For more, we're joined by award-winning journalist Iona Craig, journalist who was based in Sana'a from 2010 to 2015 as the Yemen correspondent for The Times of London. Her new piece for The Guardian is titled 'Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen's food supplies.'

Democracy Now
Dec 14, 2017

Meet Jessica Leeds, Who Recalls Being Groped by Trump & Is Calling for Congress to Investigate
Amid the mounting number of lawmakers calling on President Trump to resign over multiple claims of sexual harassment and assault, we speak with one of Trump's accusers. This week, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became the fifth senator to call for Trump to step down. Three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action. The women shared accounts in which they said Trump groped, fondled and forcibly kissed them. Trump responded in a tweet that they were 'false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met.' We speak with Jessica Leeds, who said Trump groped her in the first-class cabin of a commercial flight. She recently retired, after working 30 years as a stockbroker, and is a mother of two and grandmother of eight.

Democracy Now
Dec 14, 2017

Republicans Agree on Tax Bill 'Of, By and For the Political Donor Class' with Tax Cuts for the Rich
Republicans in Congress say they have reached a deal on final tax legislation that will overhaul the U.S. tax code, dramatically impacting not only household income, but also healthcare and domestic spending. The plan would slash taxes by nearly $1.5 trillion, with the vast majority of the cuts benefiting major corporations and the richest Americans, including President Trump's own family. A final vote could take place next week. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and founder and editor of DCReport.org.

Democracy Now
Dec 14, 2017

Headlines for December 14, 2017
Republicans Reach Deal on Tax Legislation to Dramatically Benefit Rich & Corporations, Roy Moore Refuses to Concede in Alabama Senate Race, Three Women Accuse Music Industry Mogul Russell Simmons of Rape, PBS Suspends Host Tavis Smiley Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations, Salma Hayek: Weinstein Harassed Me & Threatened to Kill Me, Kentucky Rep. Kills Himself After Being Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenager, NY Gov. Cuomo Introduces Bill to Bar Domestic Violence Perpetrators from Buying Guns, Lawmakers Refuse to Confirm 2 Trump Nominees for Lifetime Federal Judgeship, D.C. Judge Throws Out One of Felony Charges for Six #J20 Protesters, Greece: Workers Stage 24-Hour General Strike to Protest Austerity, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike Hits Police Camp, Killing 30, Disney to Buy Parts of 21st Century Fox for $52 Billion, Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Detained by ICE & Threatened with Deportation, London: Survivors of Deadly Grenfell Tower Fire Gather for Memorial at St. Paul's Cathedral, Haiti's Beloved Troubadour Emmanuel 'Manno' Charlemagne Dies at 69

Democracy Now
Dec 13, 2017

Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools
We look at a major education victory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where parents, teachers and activists mounted a successful campaign to reclaim control of their local public school system after then-Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker declared it financially distressed in 2001. Under the plan, dozens of Philadelphia public schools closed, and the city saw a spike in charter schools. Community groups responded by forming a coalition to pressure Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to return control over the School District to local voters. Last month, Mayor Kenney heeded organizers' demands and called for the dissolution of the commission. This came as the city also elected civil rights attorney Larry Krasner as district attorney, who campaigned in part on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. We speak with Helen Gym, a longtime community activist and now a Philadelphia city councilmember, and Kendra Brooks of the 'Our City, Our Schools' coalition as well as Parents United. She is the parent of two children who attend Philadelphia district schools.

Democracy Now
Dec 13, 2017

FCC Set to Roll Back Digital Civil Rights with Thursday's Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on whether to repeal the landmark net neutrality protections passed under President Obama in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers treat web content equally and do not block or prioritize some content over others in return for payment. The move could allow internet service providers to cut speeds and jack up prices, and drew a record 22 million comments to the FCC, which critics say the agency has not fully reviewed. 'We're talking about the future of media here and who has access and control and whose voices are valued, whose stories are told, whose stories are dehumanized,' says Joseph Torres, senior adviser for government and external affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization.

Democracy Now
Dec 13, 2017

No Moore! Doug Jones Rides GOP Storm to Senate in Victory That Could Add Momentum to #MeToo Movement
In a stunning upset, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the controversial race to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. With 100 percent of the vote tallied, Jones led Moore by nearly 21,000 votes, a margin of 1.5 percentage points. With Jones in the Senate, the Republicans' majority will narrow to 51-49, endangering Trump's agenda and possibly ushering in a Democratic wave in next year's congressional elections. Roy Moore has so far refused to concede the race, and on Tuesday night called for a recount. We speak with Pema Levy, political reporter for Mother Jones who has covered voter turnout and suppression in the tight race.

Democracy Now
Dec 13, 2017

Headlines for December 13, 2017
Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race with Overwhelming Support of Black Voters, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Slams Trump's 'Sexist Smear,' Saying 'I Will Not Be Silent', Trump Signs Massive $700 Billion Military Spending Bill, Palestinians Continue Protesting Trump's Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Reports: Ethiopian Forces Crack Down on Oromo Protests, Killing up to 15, Philippines: Duterte Wins Congressional Approval to Extend Martial Law in Mindanao, Internet Pioneers to FCC: 'You Don't Understand How the Internet Works', Thousands Take to Streets to Protest WTO Meeting, World Bank Says It Will Stop Financing Upstream Oil and Gas After 2019, Grand Rapids, MI: Family Demands Answers After Police Handcuff, Detain 11-Year-Old Black Girl

Democracy Now
Dec 12, 2017

Rep. Gutiérrez on Passing the DREAM Act, Deaths in Puerto Rico & His Aspirations for the Presidency
In one of the biggest immigration rallies of the year, thousands rallied last Wednesday on Capitol Hill to demand Congress pass the DREAM Act before the end of 2017. About 100 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience, including our guest, Illinois Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat of Illinois. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Last month, he announced he will not seek re-election next year, after 13 terms in the House, in order to focus more on the recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Democracy Now
Dec 12, 2017

Cecile Richards: Mike Pence is 'Orchestra Master' of Assault on Women's Rights Under Trump
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says the first year of President Trump's administration may be the worst year for women of any administration in United States history. But, she notes, it has also been a year of organizing and resistance by women and their allies.

Democracy Now
Dec 12, 2017

Roy Moore Attacks Doug Jones over Abortion Rights, Deflecting from Child Molestation Accusations
In Alabama, voters are heading to the polls today in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat that pits Democrat Doug Jones against Roy Moore, an anti-abortion candidate who has been accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers—one as young as 14. We get response from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA Contestant who is one of 16 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct and grew up in the southern United States.

Democracy Now
Dec 12, 2017

Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign
Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women's Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action. We speak with one of them: Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant for North Carolina when Trump owned the pageant. We are also joined by Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and we play an excerpt from the Brave New Films documentary '16 Women and Donald Trump.'

Democracy Now
Dec 12, 2017

Headlines for December 12, 2017
Right-Wing Leaders Rally for Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, As Polls Open, Alabamians Face Voting Hurdles, Women Accusing Donald Trump of Sexual Abuse Call for Congressional Probe, Lawmakers Demand Accountability over Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Trump, Famed Chef Mario Batali Takes Leave Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations, New Yorker Correspondent Ryan Lizza Fired over 'Improper Sexual Conduct', New York City Mayor Says Bomb Blast an 'Attempted Terrorist Attack', Israeli Forces Fire on Protesters with Live Ammunition, Iraq Declares Victory Over ISIS with Military Parade in Baghdad, Nepal Communist Parties Set for Majority in Parliamentary Elections, Argentina: Activists, Journalists Barred as World Trade Organization Talks Open, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies at 65, Trump's Lawyers Demand Special Counsel to Probe Russia Special Counsel, Washington: Tacoma Protesters Halt Natural Gas Plant Construction, Families Separated by Immigration Laws Meet at U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

Democracy Now
Dec 11, 2017

Amid Worst Winter Wildfires in California History, Concern Farmworkers Are Laboring in Hazardous Air
In California, drought-fueled wildfires raged toward Southern California's coastal cities over the weekend. The fires have scorched some 230,000 acres of land and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate. At least one woman has died so far. The wildfires are already the fifth largest on record in California history. Climate experts say the intensity of the winter blazes is linked to climate change. Authorities have warned residents to stay inside because of the dangerous air quality caused by smoke and carcinogenic ash from the fires. But a number of farms have stayed open, sparking concerns that farmworkers are laboring in hazardous conditions without proper equipment. Last week, volunteers handing out free protective masks to farmworkers say they were kicked off some farms, despite the fact that the pickers were asking for the safety equipment. For more, we speak with Lucas Zucker, who was evacuated last week due to the wildfires. Zucker is the policy and communications director for CAUSE—Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy—and he helped distribute respirator masks to farmworkers who had to continue working despite the hazardous air quality conditions. We also speak with Democratic California State Assemblymember Monique Limón, who represents Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

Democracy Now
Dec 11, 2017

Amid Worst Winter Wildfires in California History, Farmworkers Are Laboring in Hazardous Air
In California, drought-fueled wildfires raged toward Southern California's coastal cities over the weekend. The fires have scorched some 230,000 acres of land and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate. At least one woman has died so far. The wildfires are already the fifth largest on record in California history. Climate experts say the intensity of the winter blazes is linked to climate change. Authorities have warned residents to stay inside because of the dangerous air quality caused by smoke and carcinogenic ash from the fires. But a number of farms have stayed open, sparking concerns that farmworkers are laboring in hazardous conditions without proper equipment. Last week, volunteers handing out free protective masks to farmworkers say they were kicked off some farms, despite the fact that the pickers were asking for the safety equipment. For more, we speak with Lucas Zucker, who was evacuated last week due to the wildfires. Zucker is the policy and communications director for CAUSE—Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy—and he helped distribute respirator masks to farmworkers who had to continue working despite the hazardous air quality conditions. We also speak with Democratic California State Assemblymember Monique Limón, who represents Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

Democracy Now
Dec 11, 2017

NAACP Head: Roy Moore Is Using Racial and Religious Fearmongering to Sway White Alabama Voters
As Alabama's special Senate race on Tuesday nears, criticism is mounting over Republican Roy Moore's refusal to step down from an increasingly tight race meant to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore was twice ousted as Alabama's chief justice—first in 2003 for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. After being re-elected, he was again ousted in 2016, for ordering his judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing marriage equality. He was a proponent of Trump's racist and discredited 'birther theory' about President Obama. He has compared homosexuality to bestiality. He said Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison shouldn't have been allowed to be sworn into Congress using a Qur'an, which he compared to 'Mein Kampf.' In 2011, Roy Moore proposed eliminating all constitutional amendments after the 10th, which includes amendments prohibiting slavery and the amendments giving women and African Americans the right to vote. We speak with Derrick Johnson, president and CEO at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, and a longtime activist.

Democracy Now
Dec 11, 2017

Black Leaders Boycott Trump Photo Op at Civil Rights Museum: 'Why Should Our Legacy Be Tarnished?'
In Mississippi, many black community leaders boycotted the opening of two new civil rights museums on Saturday in protest of President Donald Trump's presence. Those who boycotted the events included African-American Democratic Congressmembers John Lewis of Georgia and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who wrote in a joint statement, 'President Trump's disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place.' We speak with NAACP President Derrick Johnson and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. Both boycotted some of Saturday's events in protest of Trump's presence, which Johnson called 'an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement.'

Democracy Now
Dec 11, 2017

On Eve of Alabama Senate Election, a Look at Roy Moore's Racism, Homophobia & Religious Fanaticism
Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore are locked in a tight and increasingly controversial race to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The election is on Tuesday. A Democrat hasn't won a U.S. Senate race in Alabama for 20 years. Polling shows the two candidates are neck and neck, despite Moore being accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers. President Donald Trump has repeatedly endorsed Roy Moore, including on Friday, when he held a rally in Pensacola, Florida, which is 20 miles from the Alabama border and in the same media market as Mobile, Alabama. Roy Moore has had a long and highly controversial political career in Alabama that's been marked by racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and religious fanaticism. Over the weekend, the Doug Jones campaign orchestrated a massive get-out-the-vote effort, particularly targeting African-American voters. A number of prominent African-American politicians, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Alabama Congressmember Terri Sewell and former Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick, all campaigned for Jones over the weekend. For more, we speak with Peter Montgomery, senior fellow at People for the American Way. His most recent piece is headlined 'There's More Than One Roy Moore Scandal.'

Democracy Now
Dec 11, 2017

Headlines for December 11, 2017
Doug Jones & Roy Moore Neck and Neck on Eve of Alabama Senate Election, Israel Attacks Gaza Strip, Killing 2 and Injuring At Least 25, Two Dead, Hundreds Injured as Palestinians Protest U.S. Decision on Jerusalem, Protests Erupt Worldwide over Trump Decision on Jerusalem, NYC: Explosion Rocks Port Authority Subway Hub During Morning Commute, Mesa, Arizona, Police Officer Acquitted in Shooting Death of Hotel Guest, 200,000 Evacuate Amid Fifth-Worst Wildfires in California History, Two Senators Demand Trump Resign over Sexual Assault Accusations, Black Leaders Boycott Civil Rights Museum Opening in Protest of Trump, Honduras: Thousands Demand U.S. Support Full Recount of Contested Presidential Election, El Salvador: Judges Refuse to Free Woman Imprisoned After Giving Birth to Stillborn Baby, Philippines: Thousands March to Demand Duterte's Resignation on Int'l Human Rights Day, Nobel Committee Awards Peace Prize to Nuclear Abolition Group ICAN

Democracy Now
Dec 08, 2017

'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump': Psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee on Growing Mental Health Concerns
Questions over President Donald Trump's mental health continue to grow, following his speech on Wednesday where he slurred his speech and mispronounced words during an address on Israel. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded Thursday to the mounting concerns by announcing that Trump has scheduled a physical health exam. Meanwhile, Pentagon leaders last month told a Senate panel they would ignore any unlawful order by the president to launch a nuclear strike. The testimony came as part of the first congressional hearings in more than 40 years on the president's authority to start a nuclear war. We speak with Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and an internationally recognized expert on violence. She edited the best-selling book, 'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.' _Dr. Bandy Lee declares that she is not representing the views of Yale University, Yale School of Medicine or Yale Department of Psychiatry._

Democracy Now
Dec 08, 2017

No Democracy Here: Ousted Honduran Pres. Zelaya Says 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Led to Election Crisis
In an exclusive interview, former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 U.S.-backed coup, says U.S. actions led to the current political crisis in Honduras. The government continues to withhold the results of the November presidential election, which pitted U.S.-backed President Juan Orlando Hernández against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. Massive protests erupted after the government-controlled electoral commission stopped tallying votes when the count showed Nasralla ahead. Zelaya now heads the opposition LIBRE party, which is part of the Alliance Against the Dictatorship coalition led by Nasralla.

Democracy Now
Dec 08, 2017

Headlines for December 8, 2017
200,000 Forced to Evacuate Uncontrollable Wildfires in Southern California, Protests Across Palestine After Trump Says U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Democratic Sen. Al Franken Resigns in Face of Sexual Harassment Accusations, Republican Rep. Trent Franks Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation, USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced to 60 Years for Child Pornography, African-American Lawmakers to Campaign for Alabama Senate Candidate Doug Jones, White Cop Michael Slager Sentenced to 20 Years for Murdering Walter Scott, Report: Nearly 1,000 More People Died in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria, Hundreds of Protests Nationwide Demand FCC Keep Net Neutrality Rules, Reps. Lewis & Thompson Won't Attend Civil Rights Museum Opening in Protest of Trump's Attendance, Hundreds Rally Outside Brooklyn Courthouse to Demand ICE Stop Arresting People at Court, LA Weekly Bought by Shadowy Group of Investors, Who Fired Nearly All Staff Members, Colin Kaepernick Accepts Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship

Democracy Now
Dec 07, 2017

High-Profile Women Break the Silence on Sex Assaults, But Low-Wage Workers Still Vulnerable to Abuse
On Wednesday, Time magazine announced the 2017 'Person of the Year' goes to the women who have spoken out against sexual assault and harassment, sparking an international movement. It called the group 'the Silence Breakers' and included Hollywood actresses, journalists, farmworkers and hotel cleaners. We look at how sexual abuse also thrives in low-wage sectors like farm work, hotel cleaning and domestic work, where workers are disproportionately women of color and immigrant women and are highly vulnerable to sexual harassment and sexual violence. We speak with Tarana Burke, founder of the 'Me Too' movement and one of the women featured in Time's new issue. She founded the organization in 2006 to focus on young women who have endured sexual abuse, assault or exploitation. She is now a senior director at Girls for Gender Equity. We are also joined by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and strategy and partnership director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and by Mily Treviño-Sauceda, co-founder and vice president of the National Alliance of Women Farmworkers. She is a former farmworker and union organizer with the United Farm Workers.

Democracy Now
Dec 07, 2017

'Settlers in the White House': Palestinians Denounce Trump Jerusalem Order & Protest in Day of Rage
As Palestinians protest President Trump's announcement that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we go to East Jerusalem to speak with Budour Hassan, a Palestinian writer and project coordinator for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, and speak with Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace. We are also joined in Ramallah by Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian politician and scholar.

Democracy Now
Dec 07, 2017

After Trump Makes Jerusalem Capital of Israel, Palestinians Protest 'Settlers in the White House'
As Palestinians protest President Trump's announcement that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we go to East Jerusalem to speak with Budour Hassan, a Palestinian writer and project coordinator for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, and speak with Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace. We are also joined in Ramallah by Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian politician and scholar.

Democracy Now
Dec 07, 2017

PLO Leader Hanan Ashrawi: Trump's Jerusalem Order Violates Int'l Law & 'Destroys' Chance for Peace
Palestinians are protesting in cities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip after President Trump announced Wednesday that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiate a process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement sparked a massive international backlash, with leaders of Britain, France, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, the Arab League and other nations all criticizing the move. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it an 'important step toward peace.' We go to Ramallah to speak with Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian politician and scholar. She was elected an Executive Committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2009, becoming the first woman to hold a seat in the highest executive body in Palestine. She also served as the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process.

Democracy Now
Dec 07, 2017

Headlines for December 7, 2017
Trump Announces U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Capital of Israel, Sparking Protests, House Further Deregulates Concealed-Carry Legislation, Despite Mass Shootings, House Votes Not to Impeach President Trump, Growing Chorus of Senate Democrats Call on Sen. Franken to Resign, John Conyers III Faces Questions About Domestic Violence Arrest, Report: Flynn Told Associate Sanctions on Russia Would Be 'Ripped Off' After Trump's Election, Trump Calls for End to Saudi Blockade in Yemen But Continues to Back for War, Experts Warn California's December Wildfires Are Linked to Climate Change, Thousands Rally to Demand Congress Protect Immigration Programs, NAACP Calls on Trump to Skip Civil Rights Museum Opening, Calling His Presence an 'Affront', Pentagon Says Military Plans to Accept Transgender Recruits Starting Jan. 1, Australia Legalizes Marriage Equality

Democracy Now
Dec 06, 2017

Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He Was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation
Could tension between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un bring us to the brink of nuclear war? As tensions ramp up, we discuss what nuclear war would look like with a former nuclear war planner and one of the world's most famous whistleblowers—Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst when he leaked a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications, which came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. He played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. Few know Ellsberg was also a Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war. His new book, published Tuesday, is titled 'The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.' We speak with Ellsberg about his top-secret nuclear studies, his front row seat to the Cuban missile crisis, whether Trump could start a nuclear war and how contemporary whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden are his heroes.

Democracy Now
Dec 06, 2017

Headlines for December 6, 2017
Trump to Declare Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, Despite International Condemnation, Rep. John Conyers Resigning Amid Multiple Sexual Harassment Accusations, Trump Stands By Endorsement of Roy Moore, Accused of Sexual Assault & Harassment, NYT: Harvey Weinstein Built 'Complicity Machine' to Facilitate His Rape & Sexual Harassment, The Intercept: Erik Prince Pitched White House Plan for Global Network of Private Spies, Honduras: Opposition Calls for Runoff or Full Vote Recount as Political Crisis Continues, Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Intensifies Bombing Campaign After Saleh's Death, Trump Jr. to Testify to House Intelligence Committee; Mueller Revokes Manafort's Bail, Russia Barred from 2018 Winter Games over Accusations of Systemic Doping, Explosive Wildfires in California's Ventura County Force 27,000 to Evacuate, Indigenous Activists Protesting Plans to Open Arctic to Oil Drilling, Colin Kaepernick Awarded Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Democracy Now
Dec 05, 2017

Honduran Riot Police Refuse to Carry Out Crackdown on Opposition Protests After 'Illegal' Election
National police in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa—including elite U.S.-trained units—refused to impose a nighttime curfew Monday night that was ordered by incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández after days of protests over allegations of fraud in the country's disputed election. The move comes after at least three people were killed as Honduran security forces opened fire on the protests Friday night in Tegucigalpa. Protests erupted last week after the government-controlled electoral commission stopped tallying votes from the November 26 election, after the count showed opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla ahead by more than 5 percentage points. The commission now says Hernández has pulled ahead of Nasralla, by 42.98 percent to 41.39 percent, after a recount of suspicious votes. This comes as Nasralla and international observers are calling on the Honduras electoral commission—which is controlled by President Hernández—to carry out a recount. We speak with Allan Nairn, award-winning investigative journalist; Sarah Kinosian, a Honduras-based reporter; and Congressmember Jan Schakowsky, who represents the 9th District of Illinois. Her op-ed published in The New York Times is headlined 'The Honduran Candidate.'

Democracy Now
Dec 05, 2017

Native American Tribes Join to File Lawsuit Against Trump Attack on Bears Ears National Monument
Five Native American tribes have joined to file what they are calling an historic lawsuit against President Donald Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and several other members of the administration. The move came just hours after Trump visited Utah Monday, where he announced his plan to open up protected federal lands to mining, logging, drilling and other forms of extraction. The plan calls for shrinking the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80 percent and splitting it into two separate areas. Trump would slash the state's 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50 percent. Bears Ears National Monument was created in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama. President Bill Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996. The national monuments were designated under the century-old Antiquities Act, a law meant to protect sacred sites, artifacts and historical objects. We speak with Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and former co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, and with Bob Deans, director of strategic engagement at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Democracy Now
Dec 05, 2017

ACLU Vows to Keep Fighting as Supreme Court Allows Trump's Mostly Muslim Travel Ban to Take Effect
The Supreme Court handed a victory to President Donald Trump Monday, when it allowed his latest travel ban to go into effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts. The administration can now fully enforce its new restrictions on travel from eight countries, six of them predominantly Muslim. The ruling will bar most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from entering the United States, along with some groups of people from Venezuela. We speak with Lee Gelernt, an ACLU attorney who presented the first challenge to Trump's travel ban order, resulting in a nationwide injunction.

Democracy Now
Dec 05, 2017

Headlines for December 5, 2017
Supreme Court Allows Trump's Latest Travel Ban to Take Effect, Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. from Global Migration Compact, Trump Orders Largest Rollback of Federal Land Protection in History, Protesters Target Republican Congressional Offices over Tax Bill, Trump and RNC Back Roy Moore Senate Bid Despite Sex Abuse Accusations, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold to Return Sex Harassment Settlement Fee to Taxpayers, Texas Rep. Joe Barton to Retire from Congress over Affairs, Michigan Rep. John Conyers Expected to Remain in Congress Despite Sex Abuse Claims, Netflix to Resume 'House of Cards' Without Kevin Spacey, New York Ballet Chief Peter Martins Ousted over Sex Harassment Claim, Former WNYC Host John Hockenberry Accused of Sexual Abuse, Bullying, Vice Media Fires Three Employees over 'Verbal and Sexual Harassment', California Lobbyist Accuses Lawmaker Matt Dababneh of Sexual Assault, Honduras: Police Refuse to Enforce Curfew as Election Protests Rage, Yemen: Rebel Video Shows Body of Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, North Korea Says U.S. War Games Put Peninsula on 'Brink of Nuclear War', Trump Administration to Allow More Cluster Bombs, Trump's Lawyer Claims the 'President Cannot Obstruct Justice', Trump Adviser K. T. McFarland Falsely Said She was Unaware of Russia Contacts, India: Toxic Smog Returns to New Delhi, California Wildfire Explodes North of Los Angeles, Threatening Homes, German Pilots Ground Flights to Protect Afghan Asylum Seekers

Democracy Now
Dec 04, 2017

Honduras: Protesters Defy Military Crackdown and Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Vote-Rigging
Tensions are rising in Honduras, where security forces have opened fire on protesters over the weekend, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to protest what many are calling an electoral coup d'état against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. Protesters accuse the electoral commission of rigging the vote in favor of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is a close U.S. ally. For more, we speak with Zenaida Velasquez, a Honduran human rights activist and one of the founders of the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras. We also speak with Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, a member of La Voz de los de Abajo and one of the founding members of the Honduras Solidarity Network. He has been in Honduras for over a week leading a human rights observation delegation.

Democracy Now
Dec 04, 2017

Rep. Ellison Condemns Apparent Election Tampering in Honduras & Calls for Halting U.S. Military Aid
In Honduras, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets Sunday to denounce alleged election fraud and to support opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla. Last week, the electoral commission paused the counting of the votes when incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández was trailing opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, head of the Alliance Against the Dictatorship. On Friday, Hernández's government suspended constitutional rights and imposed a military curfew. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison.

Democracy Now
Dec 04, 2017

Rep. Keith Ellison Says Franken & Conyers Should 'Examine Their Conscience' over Sexual Harassment
On Capitol Hill, Democratic Congressmember John Conyers and Democratic Senator Al Franken are both facing calls to resign, after multiple women accused both men of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual contact. Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin says Franken cupped her breast at a USO event in 2003 as the pair posed for a photo, refusing to let go. Radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden posted a photo showing Franken appearing to place his hands on her breasts over her Kevlar vest while she was sleeping on a plane in 2006 as they were both coming back from a USO tour. Meanwhile, Rep. Conyers is facing multiple accusations he sexually harassed or groped women—charges he denies. Among his accusers is Marion Brown, who said Conyers invited her to a Chicago hotel room in 2005, where he appeared in his underwear and demanded she touch him sexually. She says she was fired when she refused. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison.

Democracy Now
Dec 04, 2017

Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP Tax Bill Would Reorder Society & Create 'Hereditary Aristocracy' for Rich
On Saturday morning, Senate Republicans passed a nearly 500-page tax bill that will have dramatic impacts not only the U.S. tax code, but also healthcare, domestic spending and even oil and gas drilling. The plan would cut taxes by nearly $1.5 trillion. Major corporations and the richest Americans, including President Trump and his own family, would reap the most dramatic benefits. Overall, the bill is expected to add $1.4 trillion to federal budget deficits over the next decade. The bill passed the Senate 51 to 49, with every Democrat voting against the bill and all Republicans voting for it except for Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. We speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison. He's the first Muslim member of Congress. Ellison is also the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Democracy Now
Dec 04, 2017

Headlines for December 4, 2017
In Rushed Vote, Senate Passes Sweeping Tax Bill Benefiting Wealthiest, Michael Flynn to Testify Following Plea Deal with Special Counsel, Honduras: Protesters Denounce 'Election Fraud' Amid Stalled Returns, Yemen: Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh Reportedly Killed by Houthis, Syria: 27 Civilians Dead in Attack on Damascus Suburb, Israel: Tens of Thousands March Against Prime Minister Netanyahu, Trump to Decide Whether to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Malta: Suspects Arrested over Murder of Anti-Corruption Journalist, Utah: Thousands Protest Trump Plans to Scale Back National Monuments, Billy Bush: 'Of Course' It was Trump's Voice in 'Access Hollywood' Tape, Arnold Schwarzenegger Cancels Appearance Amid Protests over Sexual Abuse, New York Met Suspends Conductor James Levine over Sexual Abuse Claims, Walmart Drops T-Shirt Calling for Lynching of Journalists  , CVS to Purchase Aetna in Healthcare Mega-Merger, Australian Lawmaker Proposes to Partner During Marriage Equality Debate

Democracy Now
Dec 01, 2017

Cities Across the U.S. Join Movement to Impeach President Trump For Violating the Constitution
In November, a half-dozen Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses. This comes as a petition for impeachment launched in October by Democratic donor Tom Steyer now has more than 3 million supporters. At least 17 communities around the country are now on record calling for impeachment proceedings against Trump. On Tuesday, the town of Weston, Massachusetts joined the list when residents supported a citizen petition asking the House to assess whether Trump is violating the Constitution. We speak with constitutional attorney John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People.

Democracy Now
Dec 01, 2017

New Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up
The Pentagon is on the defensive after a new investigation revealed evidence that U.S. special operations forces massacred civilians in Somalia earlier this year, allegedly firing on unarmed farmers and their families, then planting weapons beside the bodies to appear as though the people were armed members of al-Shabab. On Wednesday they released a statement that said, 'After a thorough assessment of the Somali National Army-led operation near Bariire, Somalia, on Aug. 25, 2017 and the associated allegations of civilian casualties, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa has concluded that the only casualties were those of armed enemy combatants.' This came after The Daily Beast published an investigation Wednesday on the operation and its aftermath and reported what eyewitnesses have said since the attack—the victims were farmers, and they were killed by American soldiers. All of this comes as the U.S. recently revealed it has some 500 troops in Somalia, up from a reported 50 earlier this year. We speak with Christina Goldbaum, an independent journalist based in Mogadishu, Somalia. Her new article for The Daily Beast is the investigation headlined, 'Strong Evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces Massacred Civilians in Somalia.'

Democracy Now
Dec 01, 2017

GOP Quietly Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil & Gas Drilling While Earth Undergoes 6th Extinction
As the GOP tax bill heads to a potential vote today, a little known provision tucked into the Republican tax bill would open one of the world's last pristine wildernesses—the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—to oil and fracked gas drilling. The amendment was added during negotiations to win votes for the larger tax bill. The Arctic Refuge is rich in biodiversity and home to caribou, polar bears and musk oxen. It has also been home to indigenous people for thousands of years. We speak with activist and photographer Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Chair and professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico.

Democracy Now
Dec 01, 2017

Marcy Wheeler: Mike Flynn's Guilty Plea to FBI Will Shape How GOP Handles Russia Investigation
Just before news broke that President Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn will plead guilty this morning to lying to the FBI, we spoke with national security reporter Marcy Wheeler, who anticipated the news and said it could 'dramatically change how Republicans face the Russian investigation.'

Democracy Now
Dec 01, 2017

Is Trump Plan to Replace Rex Tillerson a Push for More U.S. Aggression Toward Iran, North Korea?
White House chief of staff John Kelly has reportedly developed a plan to push Secretary of State Rex Tillerson out of his post and replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. The New York Times reports President Trump would then appoint Republican Senator Tom Cotton to replace Pompeo at the CIA. Cotton has been a key ally of the president on national security matters. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the reports on Thursday. We speak with Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties at her website EmptyWheel.net. Her new piece is headlined, 'Throwing H2O on the Pompeo to State Move.'

Democracy Now
Dec 01, 2017

Headlines for December 1, 2017
As Vote Nears, Senate Told Tax Cuts Would Add $1 Trillion to Deficit, Report: White House Could Replace Secretary of State Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, Top House Democrat Calls for Sen. Al Franken to Resign, House Democratic Leader Pelosi Calls on Rep. John Conyers to Resign, Matt Lauer Offers Qualified Apology Over Sexual Assault Claims, Alabama: Roy Moore Blames 'Malicious' Allegations on Gays, Socialists, Russell Simmons Steps Down From His Companies Amid Rape Allegations, Israel Horovitz Dropped from Theater Company Over Sex Assault Charges, Honduras: Protests Rage After Election Commission Delays Vote Results, U.S. Says 800 Civilians Killed in ISIS Fight; Monitors Say True Toll Far Higher, Pakistan: Taliban Gunmen Storm College, Killing 9, Yemen: Tens of Thousands Protest U.S.-Backed Saudi-Led War, Undocumented Immigrant Cited by Trump Found Not Guilty of Murder, Arizona: Border Patrol Kills Migrant on Tohono O''odham Reservation, Philippines: March on Presidential Palace Condemns Duterte 'Dictatorship'

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump: Joseph Stiglitz on Shared Prosperity Without Protectionism
In the updated edition of Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz's new book, 'Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump,' he argues that when Trump became president, he 'threw a hand grenade into the global economic order.' We speak with Stiglitz about the impact of free trade agreements that Trump has criticized.

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump Tax Plan to Worsen Inequality, Expand Loopholes
Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz joins us to critique the Republican tax plan that could face a vote as early as Friday. The sweeping legislation would overhaul the tax code in order to shower billions of dollars in tax cuts upon the richest Americans, including President Trump''s own family, and repeal the Affordable Care Act''s individual mandate. Stiglitz is a Columbia University professor, and chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute. He served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton.

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

Will Trump's Latest Islamophobic Tweets Impact Court Rulings on His Mostly Muslim Travel Ban?
Oral arguments are scheduled for next week in both federal appeals court cases of President Trump's proposed travel ban, which blocks various people from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities, from entering the United States. Mehdi Hasan, award-winning British journalist and broadcaster at Al Jazeera English, discusses the impact Trump's recent retweets of Islamophobic messages and videos could have on the cases, and notes, 'This is the way he's always been.'

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

Will Trump's Latest Islamophobic Tweets Impact Court Rulings on His Mostly-Muslim Travel Ban?
Oral arguments are scheduled for next week in both federal appeals court cases of President Trump's proposed travel ban, which blocks various people from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities, from entering the United States. Mehdi Hasan, award-winning British journalist and broadcaster at Al Jazeera English, discusses the impact Trump's recent retweets of Islamophobic messages and videos could have on the cases and notes, 'This is the way he's always been.'

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

Mehdi Hasan Rips Thomas Friedman's 'Nauseating' Column in NYT Praising Saudi Arabia
We get response from Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan to _New York Times_ columnist Thomas Friedman's recent controversial column, 'Saudi Arabia''s Arab Spring, at Last.' Hasan argues the piece is absurdly sympathetic to Saudi Arabia, and that Trump's friendly relations with the country mean he 'is not just a liar and a conspiracy theorist, he's a hypocrite. He goes on about radical islamic terrorism but cozies up to Saudi Arabia, which many would argue has done more to promote ideologically and financially radical Islamic terrorism than any other country on earth.'

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

Mehdi Hasan Rips Thomas Friedman's 'Nauseating' Column in NYT Praising Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince
We get response from Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan to _New York Times_ columnist Thomas Friedman's recent controversial column, 'Saudi Arabia''s Arab Spring, at Last.' Hasan argues the piece is absurdly sympathetic to Saudi Arabia, and that Trump's friendly relations with the country mean he 'is not just a liar and a conspiracy theorist, he's a hypocrite. He goes on about radical islamic terrorism but cozies up to Saudi Arabia, which many would argue has done more to promote ideologically and financially radical Islamic terrorism than any other country on earth.'

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

White House Defensive as Trump Shares British Hate Group Videos, Drawing International Condemnation
President Donald Trump drew international outrage Wednesday after he retweeted three violent videos shared by a leader of the fringe, far-right-wing group Britain First. The videos purport to show violence carried out by Muslims. The videos were posted early Tuesday by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who was arrested just days ago on hate speech charges over an appearance in Belfast last August. She was previously found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment after she verbally accosted a Muslim shopkeeper during a so-called 'Christian patrol' last year in the English town of Luton. We get response from Mehdi Hasan, award-winning British journalist and broadcaster at Al Jazeera English and columnist for The Intercept.

Democracy Now
Nov 30, 2017

Headlines for November 30, 2017
Full Senate to Debate Tax Bill That Would Shower Billions on Wealthiest, Trump Retweets Videos Posted by British Far-Right Anti-Muslim Leader, White House Spokesperson: 'Whether It's a Real Video, the Threat is Real', More Women Accuse Matt Lauer of Sexual Harassment, Assault, MPR Cuts Ties With Garrison Keillor After Over 'Inappropriate Behavior', Another NPR Executive Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Charges, Lawyers Say Rep. John Conyers to Challenge Sexual Harassment Charges, Supreme Court Weighs Police Tracking Cell Phones Without Warrant, Trump Veers from Tax Speech to Insult North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, Report: U.S. Sought Cover-Up After Special Forces Killed Somali Civilians, Burkina Faso: French President to Declassify Documents on Thomas Sankara's Death, Bosnian War Criminal Dies After Drinking Poison in International Criminal Court, Argentine Court Convicts Former Military Officials Over 'Dirty Wars' Crimes

Democracy Now
Nov 29, 2017

Native American Woman Olivia Lone Bear, Mother of 5, Missing in North Dakota Oil Fields
We look at the case of Olivia Lone Bear, yet another Native American woman who has gone missing in the oil fields of North Dakota. We speak with her brother, Matthew Lone Bear, who is part of a daily search to look for his sister since she went missing on October 25th in New Town, North Dakota. Olivia Lone Bear is the mother of five children. We also speak with Mary Kathryn Nagle, a Cherokee writer and lawyer.

Democracy Now
Nov 29, 2017

Cherokee Writer: Trump Pocahontas Slur Reflects Centuries of Colonial Violence Against Native Women
As Native American Heritage Month winds down, President Donald Trump is opening the door to new drilling and mining on land considered sacred by tribal nations. On Monday, Trump plans to travel to Utah to announce plans to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to make way for more industrial activity on the land. The Hopi, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni and the Ute Indian Tribe all say they will sue to stop the plan. This comes after Trump attempted to insult Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren by referring to her as 'Pocahontas' during a White House ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers, Native Americans who served in the Marines during WWII and used the Navajo language in order to transmit encoded information. Warren says her family is part Cherokee. We speak with Mary Kathryn Nagle, a citizen of Cherokee Nation and a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., a law firm dedicated to the restoration of tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction.

Democracy Now
Nov 29, 2017

Abuses of Power: Heather McGhee on Matt Lauer, Trump, Sexual Assault, Patriarchy and the Tax Code
As NBC News fires Matt Lauer after accusations of 'inappropriate sexual behavior,' our guest Heather McGhee, president of Demos, makes the connection between patriarchy and abuses of power in media and government, from the White House and its endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, to the GOP tax plan that Republicans are pushing toward a vote in the Senate.

Democracy Now
Nov 29, 2017

Graduate Students Plan Nationwide Walkouts Against GOP 'Assault' On Post-Secondary Education
More than 40 graduate student walkouts are planned across the country today to protest a measure tucked into the budget bill that passed the House earlier this month that amounts to a pay cut of thousands of dollars for graduate students by reclassifying their tuition waivers as taxable income. Opponents say the move could diminish the number of students who will even consider graduate school and hurt the chances of finishing for current students. We speak with Jenna Freudenburg, a fourth-year graduate student in astronomy at Ohio State University and an organizer with the Save Graduate Education movement.

Democracy Now
Nov 29, 2017

As GOP Tax Plan Faces Senate Vote, Critics Say Bill Would Give Hundreds of Billions to Top 1 Percent
Republicans are rapidly pushing forward with their efforts to pass President Donald Trump's tax plan, which would overhaul the tax code in order to shower billions of dollars in tax cuts upon the richest Americans, including Trump's own family. On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee passed the Senate version of the plan, with all Republicans on the panel voting for it and all Democrats voting against. Protesters disrupted the committee hearing Tuesday with chants of 'Kill the bill, don't kill us.' The plan will now go to the full Senate for a vote as early as Thursday. The Senate bill slashes the corporate tax rate and gives further tax cuts to wealthy business owners. It would also repeal a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. Experts say revoking this provision, known as the individual mandate, would cause the cost of health insurance to skyrocket. We speak with Heather McGhee, president of Demos and Demos Action.

Democracy Now
Nov 29, 2017

In Surprise Move, Illinois Rep. Gutiérrez Won't Seek Re-Election, Says He'll Focus on Puerto Rico
Illinois Democratic Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election, because he instead plans to focus on rebuilding Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. This comes as the Federal Emergency Management Agency reportedly gave more than $30 million in contracts to a newly created Florida company called Bronze Star, LLC, which failed to deliver any aid to Puerto Rico. We get response from _Democracy Now!_ co-host Juan González.

Democracy Now
Nov 29, 2017

Headlines for November 29, 2017
Republicans Pass Trump''s Tax Plan in Senate Budget Committee, North Korea Launches Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Hawaii to Test Early Warning System as Nuclear Threat Between U.S. and N. Korea Rises, NYT: Trump Continues to Push Racist and Discredited Birther Theory about Obama, Honduras: Fears of Vote-Rigging as Court Delays Releasing Final Presidential Election Results, Pentagon Admits There Are Nearly 9,000 U.S. Troops in Iraq, Lawyers Stage Walkout at Brooklyn Criminal Court to Protest ICE Arrests at Courthouses, Pope Francis Avoids Saying 'Rohingya' in Anticipated Speech in Burma, NBC Fires Matt Lauer After Accusations of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior, Rep. Conyers Under Pressure to Resign As Another Woman Accuses Him of Sexual Harassment, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez to Retire to Focus on Rebuilding Puerto Rico, FEMA Gave $30M Contract to FL Company That Failed to Deliver a Single Tarp to Puerto Rico

Democracy Now
Nov 28, 2017

Floating Guantánamos: How the Coast Guard Uses Indefinite Detention to Wage 'War on Drugs' at Sea
A shocking new exposé reveals how the U.S. Coast Guard is detaining thousands of suspected drug smugglers they arrest in international waters and keeping them jailed at sea for up to several months before they are charged in a U.S. federal court. Many of the suspects are low-level smugglers from impoverished fishing towns in Latin America. During their imprisonment at sea they are shackled on deck, exposed to the elements and denied access to lawyers and their families. The increased detentions began when General John Kelly headed the Pentagon's Southern Command from 2012 to 2016. Kelly is now President Trump's White House chief of staff after briefly serving as Secretary of Homeland Security. We are joined by Seth Freed Wessler, the journalist who broke the story in _The New York Times Magazine_ in a piece headlined, 'The Coast Guard''s ‘Floating Guantánamos.'' Wessler is a Puffin Fellow at the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.

Democracy Now
Nov 28, 2017

J20 Trial: 200+ Inauguration Protesters, Journalists & Observers Face Riot Charges From Mass Arrest
The first trial of the nearly 200 people arrested during President Trump''s inauguration is underway and involves six people, including one journalist, Alexei Wood, a freelance photojournalist and videographer based in San Antonio. The defendants were charged under the Federal Riot Statute and face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including inciting or urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and multiple counts of destruction of property. We get an update from Jude Ortiz, a member of the organizing crew of Defend J20 and the Mass Defense Committee Chair for the National Lawyers Guild, and speak with defendant Elizabeth Lagesse, who is also a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit which charges D.C. police mistreated detainees after their arrests at the inauguration.

Democracy Now
Nov 28, 2017

As Accusations Stack Up, A Look at the Onerous Process of Reporting Sexual Abuse on Capitol Hill
What happens to a member of Congress when someone dares to come forward to report wrongdoing? As Senator Al Franken returned to Congress in the face of allegations from four women that he had groped or inappropriately touched them, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she spoke to and believed one of the women who has accused Michigan Congressman John Conyers of sexual harassment, we speak with Alexis Ronickher, an attorney who has represented multiple congressional staffers pursuing harassment claims through Congress''s Office of Compliance.

Democracy Now
Nov 28, 2017

Headlines for November 28, 2017
Trump Heads to Capitol Hill to Promote His Tax Bill, Which Would Shower Billions on Rich, Showdown for Control of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Continues, Trump Uses Racial Slur to Insult Sen. Elizabeth Warren during Ceremony with Navajo Code Talkers, Another Top Official at State Department Resigns, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez to Retire from Congress, WashPost Targeted for Sting Operation Seeking to Discredit Reporting on Roy Moore, In Reversal, Trump Now Claims 2005 Access Hollywood Tape Is Fake, Michael Flynn Meets with Mueller''s Team as Plea Deal Appears Likely, U.S. Navy Identifies 3 Sailors Who Went Missing after Plane Crash in Philippine Sea, Honduras: Leftist Candidate Maintains Lead in Presidential Election as Votes Are Counted, Indonesia: 150,000 People Under Evacuation Orders as Bali Volcano Erupts, Vietnam: Blogger Sentenced to Prison for Reporting on Chemical Spill, Australia: Six Peace Activists Face Years in Prison for Protest at Secretive U.S. Military Base, Rep. Ted Lieu Demands Pentagon Investigate NYT Exposé on Civilian Casualties

Democracy Now
Nov 27, 2017

Meet the Socialist Marine & Anti-Police Brutality Protester Who Won Democratic Seats in November
Can the emergence of non-traditional candidates help revive a faltering Democratic Party that is facing its lowest approval rating in nearly a quarter century? We speak with two Democrats who won key races with support from grassroots sources outside of the Democratic Party. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Braxton Winston is a former middle school football coach who took to the streets in 2015 along with hundreds of people to protest the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott. We also speak with Lee Carter, a Democratic Socialist and former Marine who unseated the Republican majority whip of Virginia's House of Delegates.

Democracy Now
Nov 27, 2017

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Showdown: Trump Appoints Director Who Vowed to Kill Agency
We look at the showdown at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after Director Richard Cordray stepped down Friday and appointed as his successor, Leandra English, the Bureau''s deputy director and his former chief of staff. Almost immediately, President Trump responded with his own announcement that he planned to go ahead with his own appointment of Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who has voted in favor of killing the bureau. Now English is suing. We speak with Lisa Donner, Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform, which fought for the creation of the agency.

Democracy Now
Nov 27, 2017

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Mosque Attack Comes As Egypt Faces 'Wave of Oppression' on Political Freedoms
At least 305 people were killed in an attack on a crowded mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday that officials are blaming a militant group linked to ISIS. Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed revenge and launched multiple airstrikes he says were targeting militants fleeing the attack. For more we speak with _Democracy Now!_ correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo, who says Egypt faces its 'worst wave of repression' in modern history as 'Sisi has used the war on terror to clamp down on political freedoms.'

Democracy Now
Nov 27, 2017

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Mosque Attack Comes As Egypt Faces 'Wave of Repression' on Political Freedoms
At least 305 people were killed in an attack on a crowded Sufi mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday that officials are blaming a militant group linked to ISIS. Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed revenge and launched multiple airstrikes he says were targeting militants fleeing the attack. For more we speak with _Democracy Now!_ correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo, who says Egypt faces its 'worst wave of repression' in modern history as 'Sisi has used the war on terror to crack down on political freedoms.'

Democracy Now
Nov 27, 2017

Headlines for November 27, 2017
Egypt in Mourning after 305 Killed in Militant Attack at Sufi Mosque, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Official Sues over Agency Showdown, Lawmakers Under Escalating Pressure to Reveal Sexual Harassment Settlements, Two Journalism Schools Rescind Awards Given to Charlie Rose, Crowds Rally Worldwide for Int. Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, South African Court Doubles Sentence for Olympian Oscar Pistorius, Convicted of Killing Girlfriend, More than 100 Career Diplomats Exodus State Department under Tillerson, Pope Francis Visits Burma Amid Military Ethnic Cleansing Campaign Against Rohingya, Honduras: Progressive Candidate Takes Early Lead in Presidential Election, Syria: Dozens of Civilians Killed in Last 24 Hours, Pentagon to Admit There Are 2,000 U.S. Soldiers inside Syria, Pakistan: Law Minister Resigns After 5 Protesters Are Killed in Security Crackdown, Time Inc. Bought by Meredith Corporation in Koch Brothers-Backed Deal, Black Workers at Tesla File Class-Action Lawsuit, Saying Tesla Is 'Hotbed for Racist Behavior', Native Americans Gather in Plymouth, MA, for 248th Annual National Day of Mourning

Democracy Now
Nov 24, 2017

Will Houston's Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City?
Hurricane Maria shattered all past U.S. rainfall records, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes in the fourth-largest city in the United States, known as the 'Petro Metro' because Houston is home to the country's largest refining and petrochemical complex. The storm also caused massive environmental and public health impacts. As the floodwater receded, we looked at who stands to profit from the relief effort, and who may not, with Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the founder of the environmental justice movement.

Democracy Now
Nov 24, 2017

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Trump, Shock Doctrine & 'Disaster Capitalism' in Puerto Rico
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz joins us for an extended interview about how Hurricane Maria had changed Puerto Rico since it struck the island on September 20, Trump's attacks and her vision for the future. Democracy Now! interviewed Cruz when we visited Puerto Rico last month. She spoke to us in the city's Roberto Clemente Coliseum, where her entire mayoral staff was living after Hurricane Maria devastated the island on September 20.

Democracy Now
Nov 24, 2017

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on 'Indefensible' Whitefish Contract to Restore Electricity to Puerto Rico
Thousands of people recently rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., calling for justice for Puerto Rico, two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall. The protesters called on FEMA to act quickly to restore services and for the cancellation of Puerto Rico's debt. Half of the island remains without power, and hundreds of thousands of residents still have no access to clean drinking water. This comes as the head of the Puerto Rico public power company, PREPA, resigned, after facing widespread outrage and controversy for signing a $300 million contract with the tiny Montana-based company Whitefish, named after the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Democracy Now! was in Puerto Rico a month ago, and just a few days before the cancellation of the contract was announced, we went to the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, where the San Juan mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, and her vice mayor, Rafael Jaume, had just gotten their hands on the contracts and were analyzing the details of the $300 million deal with Whitefish and another $200 million contract between the power company and Cobra, which is an Oklahoma-based company.

Democracy Now
Nov 24, 2017

#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter on Wave of Sexual Harassment Reports
Over the last two months, the political, media and entertainment worlds have been rocked as thousands of women come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. The catalyst was the historic disgracing of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is being criminally investigated after dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of rape, assault and sexual harassment. Following the investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorker, women across the country and the world are now coming forward with their own stories, involving many different men, under the hashtag #MeToo. We go back to the beginning of this historic moment to the days the Harvey Weinstein revelations, when we interviewed Tarana Burke, an activist and sexual assault survivor who started the hashtag #MeToo a decade ago. She's now a program director at Girls for Gender Equity. We also spoke with Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics, and Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Democracy Now
Nov 23, 2017

A Tribute to Blacklisted Lyricist Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz
His name might not be familiar to many, but his songs are sung by millions around the world. Today, we take a journey through the life and work of Yip Harburg, the Broadway lyricist who wrote such hits as 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' and who put the music into The Wizard of Oz. Born into poverty on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Harburg always included a strong social and political component to his work, fighting racism and poverty. A lifelong socialist, Harburg was blacklisted and hounded throughout much of his life. We speak with Harburg''s son, Ernie Harburg, about the music and politics of his father. Then we take an in-depth look at The Wizard of Oz, and hear a medley of Harburg''s Broadway songs and the politics of the times in which they were created. [includes rush transcript]

Democracy Now
Nov 22, 2017

Haitians Denied Protected Status Face Deportation to 'Nation in Turmoil' After Earthquake, Hurricane
The Trump administration plans to revoke a special immigration program for nearly 60,000 Haitians, many of whom came to the United States after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Their temporary protected status, or TPS, will now end in July 2019. We speak with Marleine Bastien, executive director of FANM, Haitian Women of Miami.

Democracy Now
Nov 22, 2017

FCC Moves to Gut Net Neutrality, Ignoring Public Support & Laws Upholding Equal Internet Access
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai issued a major order Tuesday in which he outlined his plan to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet. Pai wants to repeal net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites and stop companies from charging extra fees for high-quality streaming. A formal vote on the plan is set for December 14th. We speak with Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy for Free Press, which is organizing support to keep the rules in place ahead of the vote.

Democracy Now
Nov 22, 2017

Rebecca Solnit: Ending Sexual Harassment Means Changing Masculinity & Undermining Misogynist Culture
We discuss the ongoing stream of sexual harassment allegations by women against powerful men, and what experts say is a pervasive culture of misogyny that enables sexual misconduct towards women, with Rebecca Solnit. Her recent article is headlined, 'Let this flood of women's stories never cease: On Fighting Foundational Misogyny One Story at a Time.'

Democracy Now
Nov 22, 2017

Expert: President Trump Calling His Accusers 'Liars' Confirms Women's Fears of Not Being Believed
Amid the torrent of sexual abuse allegations lodged by women against powerful men, President Trump rushed to the defense of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who stands accused of multiple instances of sexual assault against minors. Meanwhile, CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg all said Tuesday that they're firing veteran journalist Charlie Rose over multiple accusations of sexual harassment. On Capitol Hill, Congressmember Jackie Speier says she knows of at least two lawmakers who've engaged in sexual harassment and has introduced a bill to end a mandatory 'cooling off period' before accusers can file claims. We speak with Jennifer Drobac, a professor and expert in sexual harassment law at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Democracy Now
Nov 22, 2017

Headlines for November 22, 2017
Charlie Rose Out at CBS, PBS and Bloomberg Over Sexual Harassment Claims, Trump Defends Roy Moore Over Sexual Assault Claims: 'He Denies It', Disney Animation Executive John Lasseter Faces Sex Harassment Claims, Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Doctor Accused of Sexual Abuse, Rep. Jackie Speier Pushes ME TOO Congress Bill, FCC Chair Ajit Pai Unveils Plan to End Net Neutrality, Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Resigns, Ending 37-Year Rule, Former Bosnian Serb Commander Ratko Mladic Found Guilty of Genocide, Lebanon: Premier Saad Hariri 'Suspends' Resignation After Return to Beirut, Iraq: Suicide Bomber Kills 23 at Marketplace in Tuz Khurmatu, State Dept. Issues Saudi Arabia Travel Warning, Citing Yemeni Rebels, U.K.: Labour's Jeremy Corbyn Condemns British-Backed Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Haitians in U.S. Protest Trump Plans to End Protected Status, Campaign Calls for Release of Sex Trafficking Victim Who Killed Abuser, Second Judge Orders Halt to Trump's Transgender Military Ban

Democracy Now
Nov 21, 2017

Damning New Report Shows U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Killing Civilians are 31 Times the Pentagon's Count


Democracy Now
Nov 21, 2017

The Uncounted: New York Times Finds US Airstrikes Kill Far More Iraqi Civilians Than Pentagon Admits


Democracy Now
Nov 21, 2017

Iraqi Civilian Describes U.S. Airstrike on His Home That Killed His Wife, Daughter, Brother & Nephew
Today we spend the hour looking at a damning new report that reveals how U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq have killed far more civilians than officials have acknowledged. An on-the-ground investigation by the New York Times Magazine titled 'The Uncounted' found the actual civilian death toll may be 31 times higher than U.S. officials admit. We interview one of the survivors featured in the report. Joining us from Erbil, Iraq, Basim Razzo describes the 2015 U.S. airstrike on his home in Mosul, in which his wife, daughter, brother and nephew were killed. Video of the strike on his home shows a target hit with military precision.

Democracy Now
Nov 21, 2017

Headlines for November 21, 2017
Charlie Rose Show Pulled from Air after 8 Women Accuse Him of Sexual Harassment, New York Times Suspends Glenn Thrush over Sexual Harassment Accusations, Second Woman Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Groping Her, Report: Rep. John Conyers Paid $27,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Complaint, Immokalee Workers Demand Wendy''s Sign Fair Food Program to End Sexual Harassment in Fields, 'Vote Roy Moore?': WH Continues to Endorse Moore Despite Sexual Assault Allegations, Trump Admin Revokes Protected Immigration Status for Nearly 60,000 Haitians, Judge Blocks Trump''s Executive Order to Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Cities, Trump Admin Asks Supreme Court to Allow Travel Ban to Take Effect, Nebraska Regulator Approves Keystone XL Pipeline, Trump Designates North Korea as State Sponsor of Terrorism, Report: U.S. Air Force on Track to Triple Number of Bombs Dropped in Afghanistan, NYT: U.S. Military Sharply Increased Bombing in Somalia in November, Report: U.S. Wars Since 9/11 Will Cost Up to $8 Trillion in Interest Payments Alone, Nigeria: Suicide Bombing Kills Up to Fifty People at Mosque, Zimbabwe: Mugabe Still Refusing to Resign, as Ruling Party Opens Impeachment Proceedings, Whitefish Halts Repairs & Threatens to Sue Puerto Rico''s Power Authority for $89 Million, Justice Department Sues to Block AT&T and Time Warner Merger, FCC to Announce Plans to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules Today, Transgender Day of Remembrance: 25 Trans People Killed in U.S. So Far This Year

Democracy Now
Nov 20, 2017

Virginia Governor Defies Trump on Paris Climate Deal, Pushes Investments in Solar & Wind
At the U.N. Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, a number of U.S. senators, mayors and governors staged a defiant anti-Trump revolt. The lawmakers were part of a coalition of cities, universities, faith groups and companies who attended the U.N. climate summit to reject Trump's vow to pull the U.S. out of the Paris deal and instead proclaim 'We Are Still In.' We spoke with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Democracy Now
Nov 20, 2017

Trump Says He Represents Pittsburgh, not Paris. But Pittsburgh Mayor Says City Still In Climate Deal
At the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, officials representing nearly 200 nations ended an all-night round of negotiations early Saturday morning. The negotiations were aimed at hammering out the implementation of the 2015 Paris climate deal. This year was the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Deal, a process which takes four years. Despite Trump's vows to withdraw from the deal, a number of progressive U.S. senators, governors and mayors staged an anti-Trump revolt last week in Bonn, proclaiming 'We Are Still In.' We spoke with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Democracy Now
Nov 20, 2017

Trump Cited Pittsburgh in Pulling Out of Paris Deal—But Mayor Says City Will Implement Accord Anyway
At the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, officials representing nearly 200 nations ended an all-night round of negotiations early Saturday morning. The negotiations were aimed at hammering out the implementation of the 2015 Paris climate deal. This year was the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Deal, a process which takes four years. Despite Trump's vows to withdraw from the deal, a number of progressive U.S. senators, governors and mayors staged an anti-Trump revolt last week in Bonn, proclaiming 'We Are Still In.' We spoke with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Democracy Now
Nov 20, 2017

As Zimbabwe's Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup 'Is Not the Answer' for Meaningful Reform
In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe is refusing to resign as president amid a growing political crisis. Last week Mugabe was placed under house arrest after Zimbabwe's military seized parliament, courts, government offices, and the main airport in the capital, Harare. The apparent coup came a week after President Mugabe ousted his Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who''s since been named by the military as interim president. Members of Zimbabwe's ruling party are preparing to meet to discuss Mugabe's impeachment, after the deadline for him to resign came and went this morning. On Sunday, Mugabe gave a televised address acknowledging the country's problems, but did not mention stepping down. Zimbabwe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, has expelled Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe from the party. Impeachment proceedings against Mugabe may now begin as soon as Tuesday. For more we''re joined by Glen Mpani, Mason fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a democracy and governance practitioner who has worked for the last 15 years in Africa. His recent op-ed in the New York Times is titled, 'For Zimbabwe, a Coup Isn''t the Answer.'

Democracy Now
Nov 20, 2017

Headlines for November 20, 2017
Zimbabwe: Mugabe Refuses to Resign Presidency After Military Takeover, Thousands Rally For Puerto Rico Disaster Relief on National Mall, Jeffrey Tambor to Leave Transparent After Sexual Assault Charges, Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Assault as Brett Ratner Watched, TED Talks Accused of Failing to Stop Sexual Harassment, Congress Paid $17M to Settle Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Suits, Sen. Al Franken Won''t Resign Over Kissing, Groping Woman Without Consent, Trump on UCLA Players'' Arrests in China: 'I Should Have Left Them in Jail!', ISIS Routed from Last Remaining Towns in Iraq, Syria, Turkish Authorities Ban All LGBTQ Events in Ankara, Libya: Enslaved Migrants Sold at Auction, Germany: Talks to Forge Coalition Government Collapse, Mexico: NAFTA Renegotiations Begin Amid Protests, Arizona Immigrant Rights Activists Protest Steve Bannon Address, Study: Black Men Receive Harsher Prison Terms than White Counterparts, Jacksonville, FL: Students to Confront Neo-Nazi Rally, In Reversal, Trump to Uphold Import Ban on African Elephant Trophies, Nebraska to Determine Fate of Keystone XL Pipeline Permit, Burying Time Capsules, Young Activists Pledge Fight for Climate Justice

Democracy Now
Nov 17, 2017

Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is 'Fraudulent' Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit Pollution
In South Dakota, the energy company TransCanada says it shut down part of its pipeline Thursday after a rupture spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in a field near Amherst. The pipeline carries a highly polluting form of oil called 'diluted bitumen.' This comes amid a new report titled 'Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance,' which exposes the dangers of carbon trading, a scheme in which major companies purchase carbon credits from countries who agree to plant trees or protect existing forests. We speak with one of the report's co-authors, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Isabella Zizi from Richmond, California, home to a massive Chevron oil refinery. Chevron has said it will purchase carbon credits to offset increased pollution from a recent expansion of the Richmond refinery.

Democracy Now
Nov 17, 2017

Key Architect of Paris Climate Accord: 'We Cannot Combat Climate Change with More Coal'
For more on the final assessment of this year's U.N. climate summit, we speak with one of the key architects of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. He was previously the environment minister in Peru. He is also the former president of COP20 and a key architect of the Paris Agreement.

Democracy Now
Nov 17, 2017

Activists Condemn Failure of COP23 to Address Interrelated Crises of Climate, Energy & Inequality
On the last day of the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we get a wrap-up on negotiations. This year is the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, a process which takes four years. At this year's COP, a new coalition of 19 countries has committed to working toward phasing out coal, although many of these countries—including Britain—continue to expand fracking and other extraction projects. Also this week in Bonn, indigenous groups won increased recognition of their rights, autonomy and participation in negotiations. But many say this year's negotiations do not go nearly far enough to address climate change—especially as new research shows the threat is continuing to accelerate. We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, the climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth International, and Asad Rehman, the executive director of War on Want.

Democracy Now
Nov 17, 2017

'Keep It in the Ground': As COP23 Ends, Activists Protest at Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
Throughout the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, activists have been protesting against fossil fuels. Early this morning, Democracy Now! drove about 45 minutes west of Bonn to the forests of western Germany, where activists unfurled a banner at the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe that read, 'It's Up to Us to Keep It in the Ground.' 'You can't separate the peace movement from the climate movement,' says Lea Heuser, winner of Germany's Aachen Peace Prize.

Democracy Now
Nov 17, 2017

Headlines for November 17, 2017
House Approves Tax Cuts That Would Overwhelmingly Benefit the Rich, Sen. Al Franken, Photographed Groping Woman in 2006, Apologizes, Keystone Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons in South Dakota, WFP: 150,000 Yemeni Children Could Starve to Death from U.S.-Backed Blockade, U.S.-Led Coalition in Iraq Killing Far More Civilians Than Acknowledged, Russia Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Syrian Chemical Attacks, Zimbabwe: Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since Military Takeover, Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri, Killing 15, Burmese Military Accused of Widescale Rape Against Rohingya, DHS Official Rev. Jamie Johnson Resigns over Racist Comments, FCC Vote on Media Ownership Clears Way for Sinclair Broadcasting Expansion, Norway May Divest $35 Billion from Fossil Fuel Holdings, Senators Press Jared Kushner over Russia-WikiLeaks Documents

Democracy Now
Nov 16, 2017

Migration Expert Urges Immediate Action as Millions Are Already Displaced by Climate Change
Researchers here at Bonn warn Pacific Islanders may be among the first to be forced to migrate due to climate change, as sea level rise threatens to make whole islands uninhabitable. But island nations are not the only places where climate change is threatening to force people from their homes. Last year, around the world, at least 23 million people were displaced by extreme weather. 'If we act now in terms of climate change action, … it means we support for people to stay in their homes. … Let's not make migration a last resort, a tragedy,' says Dina Ionesco, the head of migration, environment and climate change at the International Organization for Migration.

Democracy Now
Nov 16, 2017

Activists at COP23 Decry Companies & Corporate Sponsors Pushing Fossil Fuel as Energy Solution
While representatives from nearly 200 nations have gathered here in Bonn, Germany, they're not the only ones flocking to the city for this year's U.N. climate summit. A number of fossil fuel companies and corporate sponsors have also descended on Bonn, where they are pushing their own agenda behind the scenes. On Tuesday, activists disrupted a presentation at an annual corporate conference held alongside the climate summit here in Bonn. They were protesting the European Investment Bank for funding the construction of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline, known as TAP. This comes as a new report by the Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the gas industry spent more than 100 million euros and deployed over 1,000 lobbyists to push gas as an energy solution to lawmakers in Brussels and across the European Union in 2016. We speak with Pascoe Sabido, researcher and campaigner for the Corporate Europe Observatory, and Jesse Bragg, the media director for Corporate Accountability.

Democracy Now
Nov 16, 2017

African Activist Slams Trump for Reversing Ban on Elephant Trophies from Hunts in Zimbabwe & Zambia
The Trump administration will allow American trophy hunters to import the bodies of elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia, reversing a ban put in place by President Obama. The Interior Department''s rule change comes even though African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The policy could affect President Trump''s two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who are longtime trophy hunters who have repeatedly posed for photos with dead animals they killed in Africa. A 2012 picture of Donald Trump Jr. in Zimbabwe shows him standing in front of the corpse of an African elephant, holding a knife in one hand and a severed tail in the other. We speak with Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian environmental activist and director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation.

Democracy Now
Nov 16, 2017

Nigerian Environmental Activist: Displacement from Climate Change Contributed to Rise of Boko Haram
Broadcasting from the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we speak with Nigerian environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey about global warming in Africa; the role of climate change in displacing farmers and ranchers, who, in some cases, join the ranks of Boko Haram; and his response to the Trump administration's reversal of an Obama-era rule allowing American hunters to import the bodies of elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia, even though African elephants are listed as threatened on the Endangered Species Act. Eric and Donald Trump Jr. were longtime trophy hunters who have repeatedly posed for photos with dead animals in Africa.

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