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Democracy Now
Jul 17, 2018

Boots Riley's Dystopian Satire "Sorry to Bother You" Is an Anti-Capitalist Rallying Cry for Workers
An evil telemarketing company, a corporation making millions off of slave labor, and one Oakland man at the center of it all who discovers a secret that threatens all of humankind. Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" is the dystopian social satire being hailed as one of the best movies of the summer. The film's stars include Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews and Danny Glover. We speak with Boots Riley, writer and director of the critically acclaimed film. He is a poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer and public speaker—best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.

Democracy Now
Jul 17, 2018

Katrina vanden Heuvel: We Need "Robust Debate" in Reporting on Russia, Not "Suffocating Consensus"
President Trump drew bipartisan outrage from lawmakers and media outlets Monday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and lashing out at his own intelligence agencies over the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, calls the Trump and Putin press conference "bizarre and surreal," but says the media reaction lacked perspective: "I think that people kind of lost their bearings."

Democracy Now
Jul 17, 2018

Meet the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty
Before Monday's highly anticipated joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the reporters was forcibly removed from the room. Sam Husseini was credentialed to cover the summit for The Nation magazine, and earlier in the day he tweeted, "The issue isn't Trump. The issue isn't Putin. The issue is the issues: Nuclear threats, Syria, etc." Before Trump and Putin spoke at the press conference, video shows Husseini holding a piece of paper that reads "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty." A security official aggressively tries to take the sign from him. We speak with Husseini about his arrest and the questions he was trying to raise. "It wasn't a protest," he says. "It was just an attempt to do serious, aggressive journalism, which I think is what we need."

Democracy Now
Jul 17, 2018

Headlines for July 17, 2018
Standing Next to Putin, Trump Lashes Out at Intelligence Agencies, Judge Orders 1-Week Halt to Deportation of Reunified Migrant Families, Israel Tightens Blockade of Gaza, Passes Bill to Ban Critical Groups in Schools, Protests Continue in Oil-Rich Region of Southern Iraq, Egypt Passes Law to Give Military Officers Immunity for 2013 Killing of Protesters, Organization of American States: Death Toll in Nicaragua Rises to 273, Amazon Workers in Germany, Poland & Spain Strike to Protest Working Conditions, Uber Under Federal Investigation for Gender Discrimination, NYC Tenants Say Kushner Co. Harassed Them into Leaving Rent-Controlled Apartments, NYPD May Soon Open Disciplinary Probe into Eric Garner's Death

Democracy Now
Jul 16, 2018

Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a "Danger to America" or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers?
As President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, we host a debate on U.S.-Russia relations. In Washington, D.C., we speak with Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. Greenwald calls the Trump-Putin meeting "excellent" and adds that President Obama also sought diplomacy with Russia. Cirincione calls the summit "a danger to America and to the West."

Democracy Now
Jul 16, 2018

Mass Protests Meet Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki over Human Rights, Free Speech, Climate Action
Mass protests greeted President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they met for a summit Monday in Helsinki. As the two leaders drove from the airport to their summit, they were met by 300 billboards in English and Russian that were posted by the country's leading newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, and drew attention to their strained relations with the media. Greenpeace activists unfolded two large banners from the bell tower of Kallio Church in Helsinki that called on the presidents to "Warm Our Hearts, Not Our Planet." Meanwhile in Helsinki on Sunday, thousands took to the streets to demand human rights, equality and a focus on the climate. We speak with Heidi Hautala, a Finnish politician and member of the European Parliament from Finland, who addressed the protests on Sunday. She is also a member of the Green League, part of the European Green Party.

Democracy Now
Jul 16, 2018

Headlines for July 16, 2018
Trump and Putin Hold Summit in Helsinki, Trump Faces Protests in Scotland & Britain, In Pakistan, Bomb Attack on Election Campaign Kills Up to 149 in Balochistan, Gaza: 2 Palestinian Children Killed in Israel's Worst Bombing Since 2014 War, Trump Administration Seeks Direct Talks with the Taliban, Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant Resigns After Anti-Austerity Protests, Judge Slams HHS for Saying Reunifying Migrant Children with Parents Could Pose Risk, Protests Erupt in Chicago After Police Kill Black Man on South Side, Georgia: 2 Cops Use Virtual Coin Flip to Decide Whether to Arrest Driver

Democracy Now
Jul 13, 2018

Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?
Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits."

Democracy Now
Jul 13, 2018

Judge Rules Trump Admin May Have Violated Free Speech Rights of Mexican Journalist Detained in U.S.
We turn now to a major development in the case of a jailed Mexican journalist that Democracy Now! has followed closely. In El Paso on Wednesday, a federal judge issued a 26-page ruling that questioned the Trump administration's detention of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar, and ordered an August 1 hearing to examine whether immigration officials violated his First Amendment rights. Gutiérrez first sought asylum in the United States in 2008 after receiving death threats for reporting on alleged corruption in the Mexican military. He's lived here in the U.S. for the past decade and has since won the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Award. We speak with Penny Venetis, a Rutgers University law professor who filed the First Amendment challenge in Gutiérrez Soto's case; Bill McCarren, executive director of the National Press Club; and Eduardo Beckett, Gutiérrez Soto's lawyer.

Democracy Now
Jul 13, 2018

In U.K., Trump Insults Theresa May, Praises Far-Right Boris Johnson, Attacks London's Muslim Mayor
President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May today, just hours after warning that a "soft Brexit" will kill Britain's chances of a future trade deal with the United States. In an explosive interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun in which Trump claimed that Britain is losing its culture due to immigration, Trump said Theresa May had ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations. We speak with Gary Younge, editor-at-large for The Guardian and a columnist at The Nation.

Democracy Now
Jul 13, 2018

Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot" for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain
President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing "the fabric of Europe. … And I don't mean that in a positive way." Trump's xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain—including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a "Good Morning Britain" interview Thursday that went viral.

Democracy Now
Jul 13, 2018

Headlines for July 13, 2018
Amid Protests, Trump Meeting with Theresa May After Criticizing Her over Brexit, Trump Falsely Claims He'd Convinced NATO to Increase Military Spending, Trump Admin Couldn't Reunite a Dozen Migrant Kids Because Parents Already Deported, New Asylum Guidelines: Reject at Border All Gang & Domestic Violence-Based Claims, Mexican Immigrant Efrain De La Rosa Dies by Suicide in Stewart Detention Center, Report: Over 600 Migrants Have Drowned Crossing Mediterranean over Last 4 Weeks, FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing, Ireland to Be First Country in the World to Divest from Fossil Fuels, Justice Dept. Reopens Investigation into Emmett Till's Murder, Carlos Russell, Key Figure of Black Liberation Movement, Dies in New York

Democracy Now
Jul 12, 2018

"The Old Order Is Disappearing": How Progressive Grassroots Movements Are Sweeping the U.K. & U.S.
Pundits and Democratic heavyweights were stunned when 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley in New York in last month's Democratic primary. We speak with George Monbiot, British journalist and author, and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, about what her win means for the future of the Democratic Party and the progressive movement.

Democracy Now
Jul 12, 2018

Tens of Thousands of Protesters to Welcome Trump with Orange Baby Blimp for His First U.K. Visit
Mass protests are expected to greet Donald Trump as he arrives for his first visit to Britain as president. In London, protesters will float a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. The balloon depicts the president as an angry orange baby, wearing a diaper and clutching a cellphone, ready to tweet. In a press conference this morning, Trump said he is "fine" with the mass protests planned in the country and that Britons like him "a lot." In London, we speak with Sheila Menon, social justice activist and one of the organizers behind the Trump baby blimp. And in Oxford, we speak with George Monbiot, a British journalist and author. His latest book is titled "Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis."

Democracy Now
Jul 12, 2018

Katrina vanden Heuvel on NATO Military Spending & Avoiding Cold War Nuclear Catastrophe with Russia
At the NATO summit, President Trump called on member states to double their military spending to 4 percent of gross domestic product, and hailed the meeting as a success. He is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, joins us to discuss NATO, the militarization of U.S. foreign policy and avoiding a second Cold War with Russia over allegations of election meddling. "I would argue that the bipartisan establishment consensus is bankrupt. … We believe you can have secure elections and avoid nuclear catastrophe," said vanden Heuvel. The Nation has just published an open letter, "Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security," co-signed by Daniel Ellsberg, Gloria Steinem, Noam Chomsky, Governor Bill Richardson, Rev. Dr. William Barber and Michael Moore, among others.

Democracy Now
Jul 12, 2018

Headlines for July 12, 2018
Trump Calls on NATO Allies to Vastly Increase Military Spending, Trump Claims Victory at NATO Summit, Boasts of U.S. Weapons Sales, Trump Admin Says It Will Speed Family Reunifications After Missing Deadline, Immigrant Detainees Sue ICE After Being Shackled for Hours in Hot Van, Ex-CIA Contractor MVM Admits Children Held Overnight in AZ Office Building, Judge to Consider Release of Detained Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, Trump Admin Argues It Can Hold Prisoners at Guantánamo for 100 Years, Yemen: Amnesty International Fears War Crimes Committed in UAE-Run Prisons, White House Touts Kavanaugh's Business-Friendly Rulings, Papa John's Founder Steps Down as Chairman After Using N-Word, House Speaker Ryan Backs Embattled Rep. Jordan over Sex Abuse Allegations, Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Boasts of VIP Treatment in Jail, Nevada Cancels Planned Execution as Drug Maker Objects to Use of Its Drug, Sri Lanka to Reinstate Death Penalty for First Time Since 1976, North Dakota: Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months, Indigenous Camp on Canada-U.S. Border Takes Aim at "Line 3" Pipeline

Democracy Now
Jul 11, 2018

Nevada Plans to Kill Condemned Prisoner with Fentanyl & Drug Linked to Botched Executions
A drug manufacturer has filed suit in an attempt to stop an execution of a condemned prisoner slated for tonight. The drug company Alvogen, which makes the sedative midazolam, filed a complaint in Nevada's Clark County on Tuesday, citing that the Nevada Department of Corrections illegally obtained the drug for use in the execution of Scott Dozier, a former meth dealer who was sentenced to die in 2007 for first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon. Last year, Dozier dropped his death penalty appeals and asked to be executed. Nevada officials plan to use an untested three-drug protocol of midazolam, fentanyl and cisatracurium to execute Dozier. Today's execution would be the first time in 12 years that Nevada is carrying out the death penalty. We speak with Maurice Chammah, staff writer at The Marshall Project. His profile on Scott Dozier is titled "The Volunteer: More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He's still waiting."

Democracy Now
Jul 11, 2018

A New Era of IMF Riots: Protests Force Haiti to Rescind Fuel Hikes
In Haiti, massive anti-austerity protests recently shut down parts of the capital Port-au-Prince after the government tried to dramatically raise fuel prices at the behest of the International Monetary Fund. Prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene were to rise as much as 50 percent, but the government rescinded the price hikes due to public outcry. The proposed IMF-mandated fuel hikes come amid expected cuts to food subsidies. We speak with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy.

Democracy Now
Jul 11, 2018

Mark Weisbrot: Trump's Threats to Invade Venezuela Are Part of U.S. Strategy of Regime Change
The Associated Press is reporting President Trump repeatedly asked senior White House advisers last year about the possibility of a U.S. invasion of Venezuela, in a bid to depose President Nicolás Maduro and his government. Trump reportedly brought up the U.S. invasions of Panama and Grenada in the 1980s. The AP reports Trump's comment stunned then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who warned military action could backfire. But then, the next day, on August 11, Trump raised the issue publicly. We're joined by Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy.

Democracy Now
Jul 11, 2018

As Trump Admin Misses Deadline to Unite Families, HHS Head Calls Jailing Kids an Act of "Generosity"
The Trump administration failed to meet a court-imposed deadline Tuesday to reunite all of the children under the age of 5 whom immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention centers across the country. Only 38 of the 102 children under 5 have been reunited with their parents, some of whom say their young children did not even recognize them at first after the traumatic, protracted separation. ?On Tuesday, Judge Dana Sabraw reiterated that all separated children—3,000 in total—must be reunited with their parents by July 26, saying, "These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals." On Tuesday night, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told CNN that the United States was acting "generously" toward the migrant children. For more, we speak with Lomi Kriel, immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle, and Barbara Hines, an immigration lawyer and founder of the University of Texas Immigration Law Clinic.

Democracy Now
Jul 11, 2018

Headlines for July 11, 2018
Trump Admin Fails to Reunite Youngest Separated Children by Tuesday Deadline, In Brussels, Trump Attacks Germany & NATO Secretary, U.S. Threatens to Impose Tariffs on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods, Trump Admin Eliminates $26 Million for Affordable Care Act Outreach Programs, Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted of Arson on Federal Lands, Facebook Slapped with Fine in Britain over Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Pakistan: 20 Killed in Taliban Attack on Election Rally, U.N.: South Sudan Forces Committed Potential War Crimes This Spring, Irish Lawmakers Consider Banning Goods from Israeli-Occupied Palestinian Territories, American Airlines & Starbucks Say They'll Eliminate Plastic Straws, Activists Protest Outside National Homeland Security Conference in Manhattan, Nevada: Drug Company Sues to Stop Its Sedative from Being Used in Execution

Democracy Now
Jul 10, 2018

ACLU vs. Trump: David Cole on the Fight to Reunite Children Separated from Parents at Border
The Trump administration will not meet today's deadline to reunite all migrant children under the age of 5 whom immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention centers across the country. The Justice Department says it will reunite only about half of the more than 100 migrant children under 5 today, after a federal judge in San Diego agreed to extend the deadline mandating the reunification of all of the youngest children. Today's secretive reunification operation will be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security and will involve transporting the children hundreds of miles across the country to undisclosed locations. In total, about 3,000 children are still separated from their parents. For more, we speak with David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center.

Democracy Now
Jul 10, 2018

Lives Are At Stake: The Struggle to Stop Trump's Right-Wing Takeover of the Supreme Court
Activists and organizers around the country are mobilizing against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who needs a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate to be confirmed. If Kavanaugh fills Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat, it will likely create the most conservative court the United States has seen since the 1930s. We speak with Cecile Richards, former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union; Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center; and Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal.

Democracy Now
Jul 10, 2018

LGBT & Healthcare Advocates Warn Kavanaugh Confirmation Could Mean End of Affordable Care Act
Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Monday night to protest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Advocates say that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation could lead to the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. In Washington, D.C., we speak with Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center. In New York, we speak with Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization serving people living with HIV.

Democracy Now
Jul 10, 2018

ACLU's David Cole on the Critical Questions Lawmakers Need to Ask Judge Brett Kavanaugh
If President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, it could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. Brett Kavanaugh has also argued that sitting presidents should be shielded from criminal or civil investigations. We speak with David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center. His most recent book is "Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law."

Democracy Now
Jul 10, 2018

"It's a Very Scary Time for Women": Cecile Richards on Brett Kavanaugh and the Future of Roe v. Wade
President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. While running for president, Trump openly vowed to only nominate justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. Last year, Judge Brett Kavanaugh ruled against an undocumented teenager who sought to have an abortion while in federal detention. He said allowing the abortion would make the government "complicit" in something that is morally objectionable. For more, we speak with Cecile Richards, former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Democracy Now
Jul 10, 2018

Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? Inside the Right-Wing History of Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
President Trump has nominated federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy's seat on the high court. Kavanaugh has deep ties to the Republican Party and will push the Supreme Court further right if he is confirmed. Kavanaugh served as a senior aide under President George W. Bush in the White House Counsel's Office. He has similar credentials to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Both clerked for Anthony Kennedy, and both are backed by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, who drew up a list for Trump in 2016 of suitable right-wing judges to consider for the Supreme Court. We speak with Ian Millhiser, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the editor of ThinkProgress Justice. His latest piece is headlined "Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pick to replace Anthony Kennedy?"

Democracy Now
Jul 10, 2018

Headlines for July 10, 2018
Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, Trump Administration Will Miss Deadline to Reunite All Migrant Children Under 5, Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Can't Indefinitely Jail Migrants, Britain: Theresa May's Government in Crisis After 2 Top Officials Resign, Ethiopia & Eritrea Sign Declaration of Peace, Ending Two Decades of Conflict, Afghanistan: Suicide Attack in Jalalabad Kills 19 People, Burma: Reuters Journalists Charged Under Official Secrets Act, Haiti: General Strike in Port-au-Prince as Protesters Call for President to Resign, Thailand: Rescuers Evacuate All 12 Boys & Coach from Underground Cave, India: Grassroots Environmental Movement Saves 16,000 Trees in New Delhi, "Callous Display of Unwarranted Privilege": Personal Driver Sues Trump for Back Wages, Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort Seeks to Hire 61 Foreign Workers, Suit Moving Forward Against Neo-Nazi Organizers of Deadly Charlottesville Rally

Democracy Now
Jul 09, 2018

From CIA-Backed Wars to Cartel Violence: Inside the Roots of the Refugee Crisis in Central America
Across the United States, thousands of migrant children remain detained alone after the Trump administration forcibly separated them from their parents at the border. Yet, despite the news about the United States' human rights abuses of migrants, asylum seekers keep risking the dangerous journey to the United States. Texas-based human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury has lived in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for more than 40 years and has long worked with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. She also knows intimately the U.S. roots of this conflict. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the U.S.-backed Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. We speak with Jennifer Harbury in Brownsville, Texas, about this history and this U.S. involvement in today's conflicts in Central America.

Democracy Now
Jul 09, 2018

Human Rights Lawyer Jennifer Harbury on How Trump Is Punishing Cartels' Victims—Not Its Members
A federal judge will hold a hearing today on whether to delay Tuesday's deadline that mandated the reunification of all children under the age of 5 whom the Trump administration separated from their parents at the border. The Trump administration is claiming it needs more time to match children with their parents, including at least 19 parents who have already been deported. The American Civil Liberties Union says less than half of separated children under the age of 5 will be reunited by the Tuesday deadline. As Trump's "zero tolerance" policy crackdown continues, we speak with human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury about how U.S. foreign policy has led to the violence that Central Americans are fleeing, and what happens when people follow the U.S. government's instructions and attempt to apply for political asylum at a legal port of entry. Jennifer Harbury has lived in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for more than 40 years. She works with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and has been active in the response to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Democracy Now
Jul 09, 2018

Human Rights Lawyer Jennifer Harbury on How Trump Is Punishing Cartels' Victims—Not Their Members
A federal judge will hold a hearing today on whether to delay Tuesday's deadline that mandated the reunification of all children under the age of 5 whom the Trump administration separated from their parents at the border. The Trump administration is claiming it needs more time to match children with their parents, including at least 19 parents who have already been deported. The American Civil Liberties Union says less than half of separated children under the age of 5 will be reunited by the Tuesday deadline. As Trump's "zero tolerance" policy crackdown continues, we speak with human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury about how U.S. foreign policy has led to the violence that Central Americans are fleeing, and what happens when people follow the U.S. government's instructions and attempt to apply for political asylum at a legal port of entry. Jennifer Harbury has lived in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for more than 40 years. She works with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and has been active in the response to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Democracy Now
Jul 09, 2018

CIA-Linked Military Contractor Used Arizona "Black Site" to Secretly Jail Dozens of Migrant Children
A major U.S. military and CIA contractor has been detaining dozens of migrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets, according to a new investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Reveal learned about what some are calling the "black site" for migrant children after one local resident filmed children in sweatsuits being led into the building. The building was leased in March by MVM, a defense contractor that Reveal reports has received nearly $250 million in contracts to transport immigrant children since 2014. We speak with the lead reporter on this story, Aura Bogado, in Oakland, California. She is the immigration reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Democracy Now
Jul 09, 2018

Headlines for July 9, 2018
Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tonight, North Korea Accuses U.S. of "Gangster-Like" Demands in Denuclearization Talks, Trump Heading to Brussels for NATO Summit, Judge to Rule Today Whether to Delay Deadline for Reuniting Migrant Children with Parents, U.S. Used Threats to Try to Derail Resolution on Breastfeeding at World Health Assembly, Record Rainfall Kills at Least 95 People in Japan, Turkish President Erdogan Sworn In for Another Term with Sweeping New Powers, Ethiopia and Eritrea Re-establish Diplomatic Ties After Nearly 2 Decades of Conflict, Anti-Austerity Protests in Haiti Force Gov't to Backtrack on IMF-Imposed Fuel Hike, Brazil: Legal Battle Erupts After Judge Rules Lula Should Be Freed from Prison, Thailand: More Boys Rescued from Underwater Cave, as Rescue Efforts Continue, Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against Remaining #J20 Defendants

Democracy Now
Jul 06, 2018

Future of Affirmative Action in Jeopardy with New DOJ Order & Retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy
The Trump administration is ending Obama-era policies calling on schools and universities to consider race as a factor in admissions, in the latest blow to affirmative action programs. The move doesn't change the law, but it rescinds guidelines set by the Obama administration to foster diversity in elementary and secondary schools and on college campuses. The move comes as the Trump administration is reportedly planning a challenge to Harvard University's admissions practices and as President Trump is nearing a decision on a Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was long considered a swing vote on affirmative action. In 2016, Kennedy wrote the majority opinion when the court upheld the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions program. We speak to Dennis Parker, director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Democracy Now
Jul 06, 2018

New EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler, Former Coal Lobbyist, Aims to Continue to Dismantle EPA from Inside
Following Scott Pruitt's resignation, EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will become the agency's acting administrator. Wheeler is a former lobbyist for Murray Energy, the nation's largest underground coal mining company. He's also the former chief of staff for Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who is known as the most notorious climate-denying lawmaker in Washington. In one of his most famous stunts, Inhofe brought a snowball onto the Senate floor in 2015 in order to prove that global warming was a hoax.

Democracy Now
Jul 06, 2018

Meet the Mother Who Confronted Scott Pruitt & Urged Him to Resign—Three Days Later, He Did
On Monday, Scott Pruitt fled a restaurant in Washington after he was confronted during lunch by a mother and teacher named Kristin Mink. Mink was holding her 2-year-old son when she went up to his table. Video of the interaction has since gone viral. We speak to Mink about what she did and Pruitt's resignation just days later.

Democracy Now
Jul 06, 2018

As Scott Pruitt Resigns, Former EPA Officials Warn His Radical, Anti-Science Agenda Harmed Nation
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned, amid an onslaught of financial and ethics scandals and widespread opposition to his campaign to roll back key environmental protections. President Trump announced Pruitt's resignation via Twitter. Trump later told reporters, "Scott Pruitt did an outstanding job inside of the EPA. We've gotten rid of record-breaking regulations, and it's been really good." At the time of his resignation, Pruitt was facing more than a dozen federal investigations into ethical misconduct, ranging from lavish spending to asking subordinates to help his wife find a job. Just earlier this week, CNN reported Pruitt kept a secret calendar and schedule in an attempt to hide his meetings with many industry executives.

Democracy Now
Jul 06, 2018

Headlines for July 6, 2018
EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Mounting Corruption Scandals, Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Named Acting EPA Administrator, HHS Administrator Says "Under 3,000" Separated Children in U.S. Custody, Guatemalan Immigrant Mother Reunites with Daughter After 55 Days, U.S. Army Discharges Immigrants Promised a Path to Citizenship, Statue of Liberty Climber on Protest: "I Went as High as I Could", Bill Shine Named WH Comms Director Despite Fox News Sex Harassment Record, Trump Mocks Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas," Attacks #MeToo, China Retaliates as U.S. Imposes $34 Billion in Tariffs on Chinese Goods, South Korean Peace Activists Call for Removal of THAAD Missiles, U.N. Envoy to Yemen Hopeful over Peace Talks, Trump Administration Extends TPS for Yemenis But Won't End Travel Ban, Thai Diver Dies Amid Effort to Rescue Boys Trapped in Cave, Fourth Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Failed to Stop Sexual Abuse, Ed Schultz, Longtime Liberal TV News Host, Dies at 64, British Columbia: Greenpeace Ends 35-Hour Blockade of Oil Tanker, London Mayor Approves "Trump Baby" Blimp at July 13 Protest

Democracy Now
Jul 05, 2018

Concentration Camps in the U.S.: Andrea Pitzer Decries Tent Cities for Detaining Kids Without Trial
Has the Trump administration set up concentration camps in Texas for migrants? The answer is yes, according to at least one expert: Andrea Pitzer, the author of "One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps." In one of her latest articles, Pitzer writes, "While writing a book on camp history, I defined concentration camps as the mass detention of civilians without trial, usually on the basis of race, religion, national origin, citizenship, or political party, rather than anything a given individual has done. By this definition, the new child camp established in Tornillo, Texas, is a concentration camp." We speak with Andrea Pitzer in Washington, D.C.

Democracy Now
Jul 05, 2018

As Gov't Says 3,000 Migrant Children Are in Custody, Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Find Their Kids
While the government struggles to reunite families who have been separated at the border under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, one detained Honduran woman has been organizing mothers behind bars to help find their children. The New Yorker reports that Mabel Gonzales has carefully documented the cases of mothers who have been separated from their children at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently jailed. Gonzales herself was separated from her two teenage sons eight months before the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy. She records the details of other separated mothers despite not being allowed to have a notebook while detained. She then shares the information with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso to help separated mothers locate their children. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.

Democracy Now
Jul 05, 2018

As Gov't Struggles to Reunite Families, Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Find Their Kids
While the government struggles to reunite families who have been separated at the border under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, one detained Honduran woman has been organizing mothers behind bars to help find their children. The New Yorker reports that Mabel Gonzales has carefully documented the cases of mothers who have been separated from their children at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently jailed. Gonzales herself was separated from her two teenage sons eight months before the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy. She records the details of other separated mothers despite not being allowed to have a notebook while detained. She then shares the information with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso to help separated mothers locate their children. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.

Democracy Now
Jul 05, 2018

From Separating Families to Jailing Asylum Seekers, Trump Admin Accused of Criminalizing Migration
The Department of Health and Human Services still has not disclosed how many migrant children they are holding who have been separated from their parents at the border. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said 2,047 separated minors were still in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But the department has refused to give updated numbers, even though the Trump administration is facing a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite all separated children under the age of 5 with their parents. Meanwhile, CNN is reporting the Department of Homeland Security has been taking DNA samples of immigrant children. Immigration officials have reportedly been swabbing DNA from the cheeks of children as young as 2 months old, without consent, ostensibly in a bid to later reunite children with their parents. Rights groups have condemned the move, saying it could allow the federal government to track young immigrants for the rest of their lives. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, an organization working with asylum seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democracy Now
Jul 05, 2018

Asylum Seekers Win in Court as Federal Judge Rules Against Indefinite & Arbitrary Detention
A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled asylum seekers who have passed a credible fear interview should be given humanitarian parole, not indefinite detention. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. We speak with Eunice Lee, co-legal director at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.

Democracy Now
Jul 05, 2018

Headlines for July 5, 2018
Trump Administration Halts Obama-Era Affirmative Action Policies, Immigration Agents Taking DNA Samples from Separated Children, Trump Defends ICE Amid Furor over Anti-Immigrant Policies, Protesters Drop "Abolish ICE" Banner from Statue of Liberty, Migrant Ship Docks in Spain After Denial by Italy and Malta, Syria, Russia Press Offensive as Ceasefire Talks Collapse, Israeli Troops Assault Palestinians Ahead of Village Demolition, Britain: Scotland Yard Says Couple Poisoned by Russian Nerve Agent, Poland: Judges Defy Retirement Order as Former President Warns of "Civil War", AP: Donald Trump Pressed for Invasion of Venezuela in 2017, Wildfires Grow in Colorado, California Amid Drought Conditions, Heat Records Broken Globally, with 2018 Among the Hottest Years Ever, Indonesia: 34 Drown in Ferry Boat Disaster, Chile: 15-Year Sentences for Officers Who Killed Singer Víctor Jara

Democracy Now
Jul 04, 2018

James Forman Jr. on "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America"
Yale University law professor and writer James Forman Jr. won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in the general nonfiction category for his new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America." The prize committee praised the book for its "examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.S., based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color." Forman is the son of civil rights activists James Forman Sr. and Constancia Romilly, who met in the 1960s while organizing with SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Democracy Now
Jul 04, 2018

"What to the American Slave Is Your 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.

Democracy Now
Jul 04, 2018

"What to the Slave Is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.

Democracy Now
Jul 04, 2018

"What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.

Democracy Now
Jul 03, 2018

Airport Worker "Heartbroken" Witnessing Waves of Migrant Children Silently Flown Around the Country
While reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border, Democracy Now! saw firsthand how migrant children separated from their parents are being sent around the country. We spoke with an airport worker who described children being brought in early in the morning in order to be flown out to other states, and raised concerns about how they are being treated. "The oldest I have seen is 10 or 11 years old. ... The youngest is maybe 5," he says. "They are sitting there silently. … I feel kind of heartbroken. They are very, very young kids."

Democracy Now
Jul 03, 2018

Asylum Seekers on U.S.-Mexico Border Are Waiting for Days in the Hot Sun, Told the U.S. Is "Full"
As the Trump administration accuses migrants of illegally entering the United States, Democracy Now! went to the international bridge in Brownsville, Texas, and found asylum seekers waiting for days in the hot sun after being told the United States was full. We are guided by Christina Patino Houle, director of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, and Michael Seifert of the ACLU. We also speak with Juanita Valdez-Cox, longtime farmworker organizer and executive director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), about the separation of families at the border, and attempt to interview an official at Case Padre, the Southwest Key detention center housed in a former Walmart.

Democracy Now
Jul 03, 2018

Mexico's Leftist President-elect AMLO Promises Sweeping Changes on Corruption, Poverty, Drug War
In a landslide, voters have elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador to be Mexico's next president. The former mayor of Mexico City—who is known as AMLO—will become Mexico's first leftist president in decades. On Monday, López Obrador and President Donald Trump discussed immigration and trade in a phone call. Trump called on Mexico's president-elect to collaborate on border security and NAFTA, telling reporters, "I think he's going to try and help us with the border. We have unbelievably bad border laws, immigration laws, the weakest in the world, laughed at by everybody in the world. And Mexico has very strong immigration laws, so they can help us." We speak with John Ackerman and Irma Sandoval in Mexico City. Irma Sandoval is a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Corruption at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is set to become comptroller general in President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador's government. John Ackerman is the editor of the Mexican Law Review and a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is also a columnist for Proceso magazine and La Jornada newspaper.

Democracy Now
Jul 03, 2018

Headlines for July 3, 2018
Pompeo to Head to North Korea for Third Time, U.N. Urges Jordan to Open Border as 270,000 Syrians Flee Fighting in Daraa, Federal Judge: U.S. Can't Arbitrarily Detain Asylum Seekers, HHS Refuses to Say How Many Separated Children Remain in Custody, 18 Arrested in Los Angeles at ICE Protest, 3-Year-Old Ethiopian Refugee Dies After Stabbing at Birthday Party in Idaho, Trump Refuses to Lower Flags for Victims of Capital Gazette Shooting, Rhode Island Files Landmark Lawsuit Against 21 Oil Companies, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Keeps Secret Calendar to Hide Meetings with Industry Figures, "I Urge You to Resign": A Mother Confronts Pruitt at Restaurant, Trump Meets with Four Possible Supreme Court Nominees, Michael Cohen Indicates He Will Work with Prosecutors, Trump Urges NATO Allies to Increase Military Spending, New Charges Against Harvey Weinstein Could Result in Life Sentence, Thailand Races to Rescue Youth Soccer Team Trapped in Cave, Report: Melania Trump Made Over $100K in Royalties from Photos Licensed to Media

Democracy Now
Jul 02, 2018

"It's a Humanitarian Crisis": Texas Lawyer Describes Chaos, Terror of Family Separation at Border
At least 2,000 migrant children remain separated from their parents, after the families were forcibly separated by immigration officials under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy. A federal judge has ordered all these children must be reunited with their parents within 30 days—but immigration advocates say the administration does not have a clear plan for how to reunite the families. In McAllen, Texas, immigration lawyers are scrambling to help their clients find and reunite with their children. Attorney Efrén Olivares is director of the Racial and Economic Justice Program for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Democracy Now
Jul 02, 2018

Thousands in New York March Against Family Separation, Immigration Crackdown at Border
In New York City Saturday, more than 10,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the Trump administration's immigration crackdown and to demand the reunification of all migrant children separated from their parents during the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" crackdown.

Democracy Now
Jul 02, 2018

"Families Belong Together": Tens of Thousands Across the U.S. Protest Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the United States on Saturday for a "Families Belong Together" rally to demand the Trump administration comply with a federal judge's ruling that all migrant children separated from their parents must be reunited. The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy led to the forcible separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents, some of whom have already been deported. The protests came 24 hours after the Trump administration said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to hold children in detention with their parents for the duration of their immigration proceedings, which can take months or years. Current law prevents children from being held for more than 20 days. Democracy Now! was in the streets of Washington, D.C., where tens of thousands rallied.

Democracy Now
Jul 02, 2018

Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election in Landslide Victory
In Mexico, leftist politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, has claimed victory after winning Sunday's presidential election by a landslide, vowing to transform Mexico by reducing corruption and violence. Preliminary election results show López Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, capturing 53 percent of the vote—more than twice that of his closest rival. His three main rival candidates have already conceded. His victory comes after the most violent electoral season in modern Mexican history. At least 136 politicians have been assassinated in Mexico since September. For more, we speak with Christy Thornton, assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University. She was an election observer for the Scholar and Citizen Network for Democracy. She is currently writing a book about Mexican economic history.

Democracy Now
Jul 02, 2018

Headlines for July 2, 2018
In Mexico, López Obrador Will Become First Leftist President in Decades, Coast to Coast, Tens of Thousands Protest Separation of Migrant Families, Trump to Announce Supreme Court Nominee on July 9, At Deutsche Bank, Anthony Kennedy's Son Loaned Trump $1 Billion, Afghanistan: Sikhs & Hindus Killed in Suicide Bombing in Jalalabad, Gaza: Thousands Gather for Funeral of Child Killed by Israeli Sniper During Protests, Syria: 150,000 Displaced by Syrian & Russian Daraa Offensive, Pentagon Admits to Killing 40 Civilians in Bombing in Raqqa, Syria, Last Year, Judge Blocks End of FEMA Housing for Puerto Ricans Displaced by Hurricane Maria, Far-Right & Anti-Fascist Protesters Clash in Portland, Oregon, Seattle Becomes First U.S. City to Ban Plastic Straws & Utensils

Democracy Now
Jun 29, 2018

Susan Sarandon & Linda Sarsour Speak Out as 630 Women Arrested Protesting U.S. Immigration Policy
In Washington, D.C., 630 women were arrested Thursday during a massive nonviolent civil disobedience action on Capitol Hill protesting the Trump administration's immigration policies. Protesters, chanting "We care" and "Abolish ICE," and wearing mylar emergency blankets like those given to immigrants imprisoned in U.S. detention centers, flooded the Hart Senate Office Building for a sit-in protest demanding that immigrant children be released from U.S. custody and reunited with their families. Protesters included the actress Susan Sarandon and Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women's March on Washington.

Democracy Now
Jun 29, 2018

Texas Protesters March to Federal Courthouse Where Migrants Are Being Prosecuted in Mass Trials
Thursday's Families Belong Together rally at the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, culminated with people marching across the street to the federal courthouse, where migrants apprehended under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy have been prosecuted in mass trials.

Democracy Now
Jun 29, 2018

Don't Put Children in Cages! Reunite Families Now! A Message from Youth Protesters in Texas
At Thursday's protest in Brownsville a group of children took the stage to condemn the Trump administration for separating other children from their families. Ten-year-old Joana Aldapa said, "These kids are human beings, not animals to be put in cages like those at the zoo."

Democracy Now
Jun 29, 2018

Voices from Brownsville Protest: We Have a Moral Responsibility to Help Asylum Seekers
Protesters in Brownsville are calling on the Trump administration to uphold its obligations to protect asylum seekers under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Rev. Dr. Helen Boursier cited the cases of Central Americans fleeing extreme gang violence being turned away at the U.S. border. She says vulnerable people are being denied their legal right to seek asylum and the legal right to flee when they face great risk.

Democracy Now
Jun 29, 2018

DNC Chair Tom Perez on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Upset Win & Obama's Immigration Policies
Attendees at Thursday's protest in Brownsville included Tom Perez, the chair of the Democratic National Committee. Amy Goodman had a chance to interview Perez about Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, as well as President Obama's record on immigration. They also talked about Tuesday's New York primary, where 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated 10-term Congressmember Joe Crowley.

Democracy Now
Jun 29, 2018

Actor Jay Ellis of HBO's "Insecure" Condemns Separation of Families at Protest in Brownsville, Texas
More than a thousand people from across Texas came to protest outside the federal courthouse in Brownsville Thursday, demanding, "Keep Families Together." Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley are the epicenter of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes migrants who cross the border, and has led to the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. Speakers included the actor Jay Ellis, who stars in the HBO series "Insecure."

Democracy Now
Jun 29, 2018

Headlines for June 29, 2018
Annapolis, Maryland: 5 Dead as Gunman Storms Capital Gazette Newsroom, Trump Tweets "Thoughts and Prayers" After Maryland Massacre, Over 600 Women Arrested at D.C. Protest Against Family Separations, Federal Police Raid Occupy ICE Protest Encampment in Portland, Oregon, Brownsville, TX: More Than 1,000 Rally Against Trump Border Policies, VP Pence in Guatemala: "Exodus" of Central American Migrants Must End, Young Children Ordered to Appear Alone in Deportation Proceedings, GOP Floats Impeachment of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Amid Muller Probe, "Dangerous" Heat Wave to Bring Record Temperatures to Parts of U.S., DNC Panel Votes to Scale Back Use of "Superdelegates", White House Says Trump Will Meet Russian President Putin on July 16

Democracy Now
Jun 28, 2018

Jennifer Harbury: Today's Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S Dirty Wars in Central America
In our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Democracy Now
Jun 28, 2018

Jennifer Harbury: Today's Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America
In our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Democracy Now
Jun 28, 2018

Meet an Immigration Lawyer Trying to Unite Migrant Families While Battling the Trump Administration
On Tuesday, Federal Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ruled all children under the age of 5 must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, and all children 5 and older must be reunited with their parents within 30 days. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has claimed he could easily locate any of the children separated from their parents. But immigrant parents and their lawyers tell a different story. We speak to Rochelle Garza, an immigration lawyer based here in Brownsville, Texas, who is now representing immigrant families who have been separated by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Democracy Now
Jun 28, 2018

In Janus Case, Court Issues Major Anti-Labor Ruling, Eviscerating Power of Public-Sector Unions
Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement came as the Supreme Court struck a major blow to organized labor Wednesday. In a 5-4 ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito, the court sided with Mark Janus, a child support specialist who argued that a state law in Illinois allowing unions to charge a fee for collective bargaining violated his First Amendment rights. The ruling nullifies so-called fair-share provisions and will leave public-sector unions deprived of millions of dollars in union dues. Mark Janus was supported by a host of right-wing groups including the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity and ALEC—the American Legislative Exchange Council. We speak to Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate.com.

Democracy Now
Jun 28, 2018

Justice Kennedy's Resignation Opens Door for Far-Right Supreme Court & Overturning of Roe v. Wade
In a move that could transform the Supreme Court for decades, Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement, giving President Trump a chance to pick a second conservative on the high court. Kennedy, who was nominated by President Reagan, was widely seen as the swing vote on the nine-justice court. On Wednesday, he sided with the conservative wing of the court to deal a major blow to public-sector unions in the case of Janus v. AFSCME. He also sided this week with the majority upholding President Trump's Muslim travel ban. But Kennedy has sided with the liberal wing of the court on a number of pivotal issues. He has been instrumental in preventing Roe v. Wade from being overturned, and he has supported same-sex marriage, affirmative action and criminal justice reform. On Wednesday, President Trump said he wants to pick a justice who will be on the court for the next 40 or 45 years. We speak to Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate.com.

Democracy Now
Jun 28, 2018

Headlines for June 28, 2018
Trump May Reshape Supreme Court for Decades as Justice Kennedy Retires, Democrats Demand Delay on Trump's SCOTUS Nominee Until After Midterms, Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Public-Sector Unions, House Rejects Immigration Bill Backed by President Trump, Occupy ICE Protesters Decry Trump Immigration Policies, Ship Carrying 230 Migrants Docks in Malta After Italy Denies Berth, Kenya: 15 Dead, Dozens Injured, as Fire Tears Through Nairobi Market, Officer Who Fatally Shot Antwon Rose Charged With Criminal Homicide, DOJ Approves Disney's $71 Billion Bid for 21st Century Fox

Democracy Now
Jun 27, 2018

A Critic of Neoliberalism & Drug War, Andrés Manuel López Obrador Poised to Win Mexico's Presidency
Left-leaning presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador appears poised to win Sunday's presidential election. López Obrador, also known as AMLO because of his initials, emerged as the clear front-runner since jumping into the race. This is the third presidential run for López Obrador, who was the mayor of Mexico City from 2000 to 2005. López Obrador has vowed to wean Mexico off U.S. agricultural imports, increase aid for students and the elderly, and consider amnesty for drug war criminals. We speak to Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.

Democracy Now
Jun 27, 2018

Federal Judge Orders U.S. to Reunite Migrant Children with Their Families After Separation at Border
Hours after the Supreme Court issued its ruling upholding the Muslim travel ban, a federal judge in San Diego ruled immigration officials must stop separating immigrant children from their parents at the border and that migrant children already separated must be reunited with their parents. The ruling says all children under the age of 5 must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, and all children 5 and older must be reunited with their parents within 30 days. The ruling does not require the Trump administration to stop prosecuting people for crossing the border. More than 2,000 children remain separated from their parents, jailed in detention centers across the country. Immigration advocates are warning the Trump administration has no clear plan for how to reunite them with their parents, some of whom have already been deported. We speak to Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project; Linda Sarsour of MPower Change; and Diala Shamas of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Democracy Now
Jun 27, 2018

SCOTUS Backs Muslim Travel Ban; Critics Liken It to Decisions on Segregation & Japanese Internment
In a series of extraordinary legal decisions Tuesday, the Supreme Court has upheld President Trump's so-called Muslim travel ban, and a federal judge in San Diego has ruled immigration officials must stop separating immigrant children from their parents at the border and must reunite all parents and children within 30 days. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 to uphold Trump's travel ban, which prohibits people from entering the United States from five majority-Muslim countries—Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Somalia—as well as people from North Korea and some government officials from Venezuela. In a scathing dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor condemned the ban as "harrowing" and said it was "motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith." She also said the decision to uphold the ban involved "ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens." After the ruling was announced, protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court to condemn the decision. We speak to Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project; Linda Sarsour of MPower Change; and Diala Shamas of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Democracy Now
Jun 27, 2018

Linda Sarsour: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is the Hope We Have Been Waiting For
Tuesday was a big day for progressive Democrats. In New York, former Bernie Sanders organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joe Crowley. In Maryland, former NAACP chair Benjamin Jealous won the Democratic gubernatorial primary. We speak to Linda Sarsour of MPower Change about what the victories mean for the Democratic Party.

Democracy Now
Jun 27, 2018

28-Year-Old Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Primary, Backing Medicare for All & Abolishing ICE
In a stunning upset and the biggest surprise of the primary season this year, 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley in New York in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Crowley is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, and he'd outraised Ocasio-Cortez by a 10-to-1 margin. Crowley was widely viewed as a possible future House speaker. Yet Ocasio-Cortez defeated Crowley after running a progressive grassroots campaign advocating for "Medicare for All" and the abolition of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Ocasio-Cortez speaks to Democracy Now! about her historic campaign.

Democracy Now
Jun 27, 2018

Headlines for June 27, 2018
Supreme Court Upholds President Trump's Muslim Travel Ban, Federal Judge: Trump Admin Must End Family Separations & Reunite Children, SCOTUS Rules to Protect Deceptive, Anti-Choice Pregnancy Centers, Tens of Thousands of Civilians Flee Syrian Gov't Offensive in Daraa, Report: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Responsible for Half of All Child Deaths in Yemen in 2017, U.S. Primaries: Wins for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY, Ben Jealous in MD, Mitt Romney in Utah, NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Pleads Guilty, Will Serve 5-Year Prison Term

Democracy Now
Jun 26, 2018

Psychologist: Separating Children at the Border Creates Trauma Passed Down Through Generations
More than 2,000 migrant children remain separated from their parents, jailed in detention centers across the country. The Washington Post reports that U.S. authorities are collecting mug shots of the detained minors, some showing the children in tears. Immigrant children jailed in a converted Walmart in Texas are being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English each morning. At some of the facilities, the children are counted in "prison-style" head counts. In some cases, parents have already been deported, while their children remain in United States custody. For more, we speak with Dr. Dana Sinopoli, a psychologist who penned an open letter condemning the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the border.

Democracy Now
Jun 26, 2018

Michael Bennett on Concussions & Brain Injuries in NFL: "Fans Need to Stop Dehumanizing Players"
More than 280 players in the National Football League sustained concussions in the 2017 season. That's an average of 12 per week. A recent study of the brains of 111 deceased NFL players found all but one were found to have CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. We speak with NFL three-time Pro Bowler and longtime activist Michael Bennett about CTE, the risks athletes take while playing football and how fans need to humanize the players they love to watch on screen.

Democracy Now
Jun 26, 2018

Michael Bennett Speaks Out About Trauma of Growing Up Black in America & His "Emmett Till Moment"
When Michael Bennett was 12 years old, James Byrd was lynched in Jasper, Texas. The African-American man was brutally murdered by white supremacists who chained him to the back of their truck by his ankles and dragged him for more than three miles along the road. By the time the men untied his body from the back of the truck, Byrd's head and right arm had been severed. Michael Bennett calls this killing his "Emmett Till moment." We speak with the NFL player and activist about his childhood and the influence of his mother.

Democracy Now
Jun 26, 2018

"Things That Make White People Uncomfortable": NFL's Michael Bennett on Kneeling for Racial Justice
Over the past two seasons, dozens of National Football League players have knelt during the national anthem to protest police shootings of black teenagers and men like Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old unarmed African-American teenager who was shot dead by East Pittsburgh police last week. The NFL's on-field protests began in August 2016 when quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem to protest racism and police brutality. The National Football League announced last month that it will fine teams if players refuse to stand for the national anthem before games. Under the new rules adopted by the league's 32 owners, players will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the anthem. We speak with NFL three-time Pro Bowler and longtime activist Michael Bennett, who has been part of a movement, led by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, protesting police shootings of unarmed black men. Bennett was recently traded to the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles—the same team President Trump recently disinvited to the White House. He is the author of a new book, "Things That Make White People Uncomfortable."

Democracy Now
Jun 26, 2018

Headlines for June 26, 2018
Mattis: U.S. Preparing to Imprison Immigrant Children on Two Texas Military Bases, Border Patrol to Stop Handing Immigrant Parents Over for Prosecution, In El Paso, Immigrant Parents Demand Return of Their Children, AP: Algeria Has Expelled 13,000 Migrants into Sahara Desert, Newly Released Scott Pruitt Emails Show More Ties to Lobbyist, Fossil Fuel Industry, NOAA Proposed Dropping "Climate" from Mission, Judge Dismisses Cities' Effort to Force Fossil Fuel Companies to Pay for Climate Change, Trump Attacks & Threatens Rep. Maxine Waters, PA: Family Holds Funeral for Antwon Rose, Unarmed Black Teen Killed by Police, Mexico: 2 More Political Candidates Assassinated in Lead-Up to Presidential Election, Brazilian Radio Journalist Jairo Sousa Assassinated in Pará, Argentina: Unions Launch 24-Hour General Strike to Protest Austerity, FDA Approves Cannabis-Based Drug for the First Time

Democracy Now
Jun 25, 2018

"The King" Director Eugene Jarecki: Elvis Presley's Rise and Fall Is a Metaphor for America Today
To understand America in the age of Trump, prize-winning documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki says to look no further than the checkered history of Elvis Presley. Jarecki's new documentary "The King" opens in New York City this week. It follows the filmmaker as he drives Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls Royce across the United States in an attempt to understand what has happened to America in the age of Trump. "The American dream … wasn't for anybody if you weren't a white man," Jarecki said. "We got here because this nation puts power and money ahead of democracy. We have been hijacked by capitalism." We speak with Jarecki about Elvis, cultural appropriation, the civil rights movement and the story of this country.

Democracy Now
Jun 25, 2018

50 Years after MLK's Poor People's Campaign, 2,500 Arrested over 6 Weeks Calling for Moral Revival
We feature voices of the thousands who marched on the nation's capital Saturday for the Poor People's Campaign. The mass demonstration followed six weeks of actions around the country and more than 2,500 arrests, as protesters join what they are calling a "moral revival" to demand an end to systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. The march brought together activists from around the country more than 50 years after demonstrators converged on Washington, D.C., in 1968 to take up the cause that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been fighting for when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968: the original Poor People's Campaign. Demonstrators rallied to protest widespread poverty just days after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley slammed a new U.N. report slamming the Trump administration's policies for worsening the state of poverty in the United States.

Democracy Now
Jun 25, 2018

Undocumented Mother: Stop Separation of Migrant Children by Dropping Charges Against Their Parents
President Trump's "zero tolerance" crackdown on immigrants and asylum seekers continues as parents of more than 2,000 separated children say they still don't know where their kids are. Trump now says migrants should be deported without judges. We'll get response from Maru Mora Villalpando, an undocumented immigrant and mother with the group Mijente and Northwest Detention Center Resistance. She has a hearing in her own immigration case on Tuesday and says the best way to stop the separation of children from their families at the border is to drop the charges against their parents.

Democracy Now
Jun 25, 2018

Headlines for June 25, 2018
Trump Says Immigrants Should Be Deported Without Seeing Judges, Nationwide Protests Demand Reunification of Migrant Families, Abolition of ICE, Yemen: Tens of Thousands Flee U.S.-Backed Offensive Against Port City Hodeidah, Kushner Says U.S. to Unveil Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Soon, Turkish President Erdogan Declares Victory in Presidential Election, Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Women Drivers; Feminist Activists Remain Jailed, Supreme Court Rules Gov't Needs Warrant to Collect Location Data from Cell Companies, Ex-Trump Campaign Staffer Tells Black Democrat, "You're Out of Your Cotton-Picking Mind", Millions Participate in Pride Marches Nationwide

Democracy Now
Jun 22, 2018

ICE Detention is "Soul-Destroying": Eritrean Immigrant Dies by Suicide After U.S. Deports Him
An Eritrean man took his own life after being deported from the United States earlier this month. Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion died by suicide at the Cairo International Airport. He was 34 years old. Testfatsion sought asylum in the United States in 2017, fleeing violence in Eritrea. He spent more than a year detained in South Florida and Ohio before he was deported. Friends and family are demanding to know why he was deported to Eritrea, despite his fears that he would be tortured or even killed there. We speak with Christine Ho, founder of a volunteer visitation program that provides support for immigrants and asylum-seekers inside Broward Transitional Center, the immigrant detention center in South Florida where Testfatsion was jailed for more than a year.

Democracy Now
Jun 22, 2018

ICE Detention is "Soul-Destroying": Eritrean Immigrant Dies by Suicide During Deportation
An Eritrean man took his own life after being deported from the United States earlier this month. Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion died by suicide at the Cairo International Airport. He was 34 years old. Testfatsion sought asylum in the United States in 2017, fleeing violence in Eritrea. He spent more than a year detained in South Florida and Ohio before he was deported. Friends and family are demanding to know why he was deported to Eritrea, despite his fears that he would be tortured or even killed there. We speak with Christine Ho, founder of a volunteer visitation program that provides support for immigrants and asylum-seekers inside Broward Transitional Center, the immigrant detention center in South Florida where Testfatsion was jailed for more than a year.

Democracy Now
Jun 22, 2018

Investigation: Substandard Medical Care in ICE Detention is Killing Immigrants, Endangering Lives
Human Rights Watch has a new report that exposes dangerously substandard medical care in ICE detention facilities around the country and reveals that more people died in immigration detention in fiscal year 2017 than any year since 2009. Physicians reviewed 15 deaths in immigration detention from December 2015 to April 2017, determining that substandard medical care contributed or led to eight of the 15 deaths. "What we found is ICE, the agency that's detaining now 40,000 people… and wants to expand, cannot provide adequately for the safety of the people that it holds," says Clara Long, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. She's the author of the report "Code Red: The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention."

Democracy Now
Jun 22, 2018

Immigrant Parents Search for Children Snatched by Gov't at the Border, But Reunification Is Rare
More 2,300 children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border after their parents were charged with illegal entry under the Trump administration's ongoing "zero tolerance" policy. As concerns grow about poor coordination between Customs and Border Patrol, which takes the children, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which puts them into detention and foster care, _The Intercept_ has a new report on one of the first reunifications. We speak with journalist Debbie Nathan about a Guatemalan woman whose 5-year-old son was taken from her last month by immigration authorities in Texas after she sought asylum, and has been reunited with him after 38 days in detention. We also speak with Clara Long, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. "It was a lot of work that took place outside of the government system," Nathan says. "It was really a wonderful thing, but it was exceptional."

Democracy Now
Jun 22, 2018

Headlines for June 22, 2018
Military Prepares Four Bases to Hold 20,000 Immigrant Children, Ex-Head of Office of Refugees Accuses Trump Administration of "Child Abuse", Republicans Postpone Harsh Immigration Bill, Melania Trump Heads to Border Wearing "I Really Don't Care" Jacket, ICE Arrests 146 in Ohio in Largest Immigration Raid in Years, Parents with Babies Protest at ICE Field Office, Guatemalan Mother Seeks Sanctuary in NYC Church, Cynthia Nixon: ICE Has Turned Into a "Terrorist Organization", Hundreds Shut Down Highway Protesting Police Killing of Antwon Rose, Lancet Study: Police Killings of Black Americans Harms Mental Health of Black Population, NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Agrees to Plea Deal, Trump Proposes Merging Departments of Labor and Education, Nikki Haley Slams U.N. For Examining Poverty in United States, 100 Arrested in Poor People's Campaign Action at U.S. Capitol, Israel Considers Bill to Criminalize Filming Israeli Soldiers, Benjamin Netanyahu's Wife Indicted for Fraud

Democracy Now
Jun 21, 2018

Yemenis Accuse UAE Officers of Sexual Torture Inside Secret Prisons
A new investigation has uncovered rampant sexual violence against Yemeni prisoners held in prisons run by the United Arab Emirates in Yemen. The Associated Press reports that in March, 15 officers lined up the prisoners in the southern city of Aden and ordered them to undress before searching their anal cavities, claiming they were looking for contraband cell phones. The prisoners screamed and cried and those who resisted were beaten and threatened by dogs. Hundreds of prisoners reportedly suffered similar abuse. A Pentagon spokesman quoted in the piece said the allegations were not substantiated. The UAE is a key ally of the United States and has partnered with Saudi Arabia in its military assault on Yemen. We speak with Maggie Michael, the reporter who broke these stories. She is the Associated Press based in Cairo. Her latest exposé is headlined "Detainees held without charges decry Emiratis' sexual abuses." Last year, she reported on prisons in a piece headlined, "In Yemen's secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates."

Democracy Now
Jun 21, 2018

Lawsuit Claims Detained Migrant Children Have Been Forcibly Injected With Powerful Psychiatric Drugs
Shocking reports have revealed that immigrant children were subdued and incapacitated with powerful psychiatric drugs at a detention center in South Texas. Legal filings show that children held at Shiloh Treatment Center in southern Houston have been "forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated," according to reports by Reveal. Meanwhile, according to another Reveal investigation, taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion over the past four years to companies operating immigration youth facilities despite facing accusations of rampant sexual and physical abuse. For more, we speak with the reporter who broke these stories: Aura Bogado. She is an immigration reporter with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her latest stories are, "Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims" and "Migrant children sent to shelters with histories of abuse allegations."

Democracy Now
Jun 21, 2018

Report from McAllen, Texas: No One Knows What Will Happen Now to Separated Migrant Children
The government has no plans to reunite thousands of children who have been separated from their parents at the border, despite President Trump's executive order claiming to end family separations. We speak with Zenén Jaimes, advocacy director for the Texas Civil Rights Project. He is part of their team that goes to the federal courthouse in McAllen each day since Trump began his "zero tolerance" policy, and collects information from parents who had their children taken away from them before they were taken to court to face criminal charges for crossing the border.

Democracy Now
Jun 21, 2018

GEO Group & Private Prisons Stand to Profit as Trump Pushes Indefinite Family Detention
President Donald Trump's executive order ending family separations at the border opts to indefinitely detain families together instead. The Nation reports that this policy will directly benefit the two largest prison companies in the United States: GEO Group and CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America. We speak with Bob Libal, the executive director of the Austin-based civil and human rights group Grassroots Leadership. They sued the state of Texas when it tried to classify ICE's family detention centers as "child care" facilities. They won, but the detention centers continue to operate without a license. His new article in the Texas Observer is headlined, "It's Time to Decriminalize Immigration." It is co-authored with Judy Greene.

Democracy Now
Jun 21, 2018

Trump Admin to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Families Together; No Plan to Reunite Separated Children
President Trump has signed an executive order claiming to end the separation of children from their parents at the border, but critics warn the order could lead to the indefinite detention of entire families. The government has no plans to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families with their parents. We go to Washington, D.C. to speak with Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. His latest story is headlined, "Trump's immigration order replaces one crisis with another."

Democracy Now
Jun 21, 2018

Headlines for June 21, 2018
Trump Signs Executive Order to Jail Immigrant Families Together, Without Limit, House to Debate Anti-Immigrant Bills Providing $25B to Militarize Border, Migrant Children Secretly Transported to NYC Foster Care in Dead of Night, Reveal: Migrant Youths Sent to Detention Centers With Abuse Histories, Airlines Refuse to Transport Separated Migrant Children, Portland ICE Office Closes Amid 24/7 Protest Over Family Separations, Scathing New Report Gives U.S. "F" Grade over Refugee Treatment, Hungary Approves Law Criminalizing Those Who Help Migrants, U.N. Investigators: Syrian Gov't Committed War Crimes in Eastern Ghouta, EPA Releases Long-Suppressed "Nightmare" Study on Water Contamination, Nearly 100 U.S. Meteorologists to Stage On-Air Climate Change Protest, Climate Change Fuels Floods in Texas, Ivory Coast, India, Bangladesh, Former Archbishop of D.C. Removed Over Sexual Abuse Accusations, Disney Raises 21st Century Fox Takeover Bid to $71 Billion, UNC Student Faces Possible Expulsion Over Confederate Statue Protest

Democracy Now
Jun 20, 2018

Seymour Hersh on Torture at Abu Ghraib & Secret U.S. Assassination Programs
In 2004, investigative reporter Sy Hersh exposed the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq that shocked the world. Shocking photos of U.S. military personnel humiliating and torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib sparked global outcry, as well as national hearings, investigations and finger pointing. We speak with Sy Hersh about his investigation, nearly 15 years later.

Democracy Now
Jun 20, 2018

Sy Hersh: Henry Kissinger Must "Count Burned and Maimed Cambodian & Vietnamese Babies" in His Sleep
While Sy Hersh was working at The New York Times Washington bureau, he would watch reporters call then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger nearly every day, diligently writing down his comments and then reproducing them as front-page news. This is one of many stories Hersh tells in his new memoir, "Reporter." We speak with award-winning investigative journalist Sy Hersh about his many years reporting on Kissinger. He says, "What I always said about Kissinger, publicly, and again and again, is that when people ... can't sleep and they count sheep, I think Kissinger has to count burned and maimed Cambodian and Vietnamese babies the rest of his life. But, of course, he doesn't."

Democracy Now
Jun 20, 2018

Sy Hersh: I Knew Richard Nixon Beat His Wife in 1974, But Did Not Report the Story
Soon after President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, Seymour Hersh got a call from a source at a California hospital. He learned that Nixon had beaten his wife so severely in 1974 that she sought treatment at an emergency room. Hersh did not report the story. Years later, he received criticism for this choice. We speak with Sy Hersh in New York City. He says of his decision not to report on Nixon beating his wife, "I was obtuse to the notion that it was a crime. … I didn't get it."

Democracy Now
Jun 20, 2018

Investigative Reporter Sy Hersh: Working with Gene McCarthy's Presidential Bid Shaped My Life Path
Before investigative reporter Sy Hersh exposed many of the government's deepest secrets, from Nixon's bombing of Cambodia to the CIA's role undermining the Chilean government of Salvador Allende, he served as press secretary for Democrat Eugene McCarthy during his 1968 presidential bid. We speak with Hersh in New York City about this little-discussed time in his life.

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