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Go directly to RSS feedThe GI Resistance Continues: Vietnam Vets Return to My Lai, Where U.S. Slaughtered 500 Civilians
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:21:50 -0400
As a group of Vietnam War veterans and peace activists travel back to Vietnam to mark the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with three members of the delegation: Vietnam veteran Paul Cox, who later co-founded the Veterans for Peace chapter in San Francisco; Susan Schnall, former Navy nurse who was court-martialed for opposing the Vietnam War; and longtime activist Ron Carver, who has organized an exhibit honoring the GI antiwar movement at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
50 Years After My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, Revisiting the Slaughter the U.S. Military Tried to Hide
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:12:04 -0400
Fifty years ago, on March 16, 1968, U.S. soldiers attacked the Vietnamese village of My Lai. Even though the soldiers met no resistance, they slaughtered more than 500 Vietnamese women, children and old men over the next four hours, in what became known as the My Lai massacre. After the massacre, the U.S. military attempted to cover up what happened. But in 1969 a young reporter named Seymour Hersh would reveal a 26-year-old soldier named William Calley was being investigated for killing 109 Vietnamese civilians. Today, memorials have been held in My Lai to mark the 50th anniversary of this horrific attack.
Headlines for March 16, 2018
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Special Counsel Subpoenas Documents from Trump Organization, U.S. Sanctions Russia, Saying Hackers Targeted Infrastructure, Miami, Florida: At Least 6 Killed After Pedestrian Bridge Collapses, Syria: Tens of Thousands Evacuate Cities Amid Relentless Attacks, Brazil: Tens of Thousands Protest Murder of Rio City Councilmember, Immigration Activists Fight to End ICE Arrests at Courthouses, Philippines Pulls Out of International Criminal Court over Drug War Probe, Trump Tells Republican Donors He Made Up Claim on Canada Trade, Trump Reportedly Set to Fire National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, ProPublica Retracts Parts of Report on CIA Director Nominee and Torture, Former Black Panther Herman Bell Granted Parole After 44 Years, Farmworkers Break 5-Day Fast Protesting Wendy's over Labor Conditions, Chiapas, Mexico: Thousands of Women Join "Women in Struggle" Summit
Rebecca Solnit on #MeToo, Mass Movements and the 10th Anniversary of "Men Explain Things to Me"
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:48:56 -0400
This month marks the 10th anniversary of Rebecca Solnit's groundbreaking essay, "Men Explain Things to Me." In 2008, Solnit wrote, "Men explain things to me, and other women, whether or not they know what they're talking about. ... Every woman knows what I'm talking about. It's the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men's unsupported overconfidence." The essay has also been credited with launching the term "mansplaining," though Rebecca Solnit did not coin the phrase. For more, we're joined now by Rebecca Solnit, writer, historian and activist. She is the author of 20 books.
Farmworkers Bring Human Rights Fight to Wendy's Doorstep, Fasting & Calling for Boycott over Abuses
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:37:39 -0400
Dozens of farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers have entered their last day of a 5-day fast outside the Manhattan office of Nelson Peltz, the board chair and largest shareholder of the restaurant chain Wendy's. They are demanding Wendy's sign onto the Fair Food Program, which would require the fast-food giant to purchase tomatoes from growers that follow a worker-designed code of conduct that includes a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and abuse in the fields. Wendy's is the only major fast-food chain that has refused to sign onto the Fair Food Program. Wendy's competitors McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle and Taco Bell all have joined the Fair Food Program, which CIW members say has virtually ended sexual harassment and assault for tens of thousands of workers on participating farms in seven states. The fast today will end in a "Time's Up Wendy's" march in New York. For more, we are joined by Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a farmworker and an organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Remembering Courtlin Arrington: The Victim of a Recent School Shooting Largely Ignored by Media
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:27:26 -0400
Wednesday's nationwide student walkout occurred one month after 17 students and staff were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many students left classes for 17 minutes—one minute for each person murdered in Parkland. But in Alabama some students walked out for 18 minutes to remember another student who was recently killed by gun violence at school: Courtlin Arrington, a 17-year-old African-American student who was shot dead last week at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama, by a fellow student. She was a high school senior who was planning to attend college next year. She had dreams of becoming a nurse. While the Parkland shooting has dominated national headlines for a month, far less coverage was paid to the death of Courtlin Arrington. We are joined by Courtlin's aunt, Shenise Abercrombie.
Enough! A Million Students Walk Out of Schools to Demand Action on Guns in Historic Day of Action
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:14:14 -0400
In a historic day of action, more than a million students from over 3,000 schools walked out of classes to protest gun violence on Wednesday. Walkouts occurred in all 50 states as well as some schools overseas. The nationwide student walkouts occurred one month after 17 students and staff were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At many schools, students walked out for 17 minutes—one minute for each person murdered in Parkland. The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are now organizing a massive March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington, and solidarity marches are planned across the country. We air moments from marches in New York and talk with Luna Baez and Citlali Mares, two students in Denver, Colorado, who helped organize their school's walkout for gun reform Wednesday.
Headlines for March 15, 2018
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
1 Million Students Walk Out of 3,000+ Schools to Protest Gun Violence, House Passes School Safety Bill Without Any Gun Controls, Florida: Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea for Nikolas Cruz in Parkland Massacre Trial, California High School Students Injured by Teacher with Gun, Senators Approve Sweeping Rollback of Dodd-Frank Banking Regulations, Trump Names Larry Kudlow to Replace Gary Cohn as Top Economic Adviser, Syria: Medics Warn of "Annihilation" Threat in Eastern Ghouta Assault, Syria: Turkish Military Surrounds Kurdish-Held City of Afrin, Pakistan: Taliban Bomb Blast Kills 9 at Lahore Police Checkpoint, Britain and Allies Condemn Russia over Nerve Agent Used to Poison Spy, Mexico: Police Arrest Fourth Suspect in Disappearance of 43 Students, Brazilian Human Rights Activist Marielle Franco Killed in Apparent Assassination, Chinese Government Censors All Mentions of Reporter's Eye Roll, Oklahoma Poised to Asphyxiate Death Row Prisoners with Nitrogen Gas, New York Governor's Former Top Aide Convicted on Bribery Charges, Pennsylvania: Democrat Conor Lamb Wins Congressional Special Election
Congresswoman Confirms Erik Prince Tied to Intelligence Operation Run Out of Dick Cheney's Office
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:53:21 -0400
On one of the latest episodes of Jeremy Scahill's podcast "Intercepted," he interviews Democratic Congressmember Jan Schakowsky about Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, who is now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. For more, we speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept.
Mike Pompeo, Christian Crusader & Koch Brothers Ally, Tapped to Be Trump's Secretary of State
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:43:24 -0400
On Tuesday, President Trump announced via Twitter he was firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and tapping CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. As a former Kansas Republican congressmember, Pompeo has a history of making Islamophobic statements. He's also been a major ally to the billionaire right-wing Koch brothers. For more, we speak with Lee Fang, investigative reporter with The Intercept. His 2016 piece is "Trump CIA Pick Mike Pompeo Depicted War on Terror as Islamic Battle Against Christianity."
Jeremy Scahill: Gina Haspel Should Be Answering for Her Torture Crimes, Not Heading the CIA
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:31:56 -0400
Trump has tapped CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after Pompeo was named to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Haspel was directly involved in the CIA's torture program under George W. Bush. She was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other ways. But she enjoys broad support, including from the intelligence community and Democrats in the Senate. For more, we speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept.
"She Tortured Just for the Sake of Torture": CIA Whistleblower on Trump's New CIA Pick Gina Haspel
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:27:19 -0400
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou personally knew CIA director nominee Gina Haspel when he worked at the CIA. But their careers have taken very different paths over the past decade. Haspel, who was directly involved in torture at a secret CIA prison in Thailand, has been promoted to head the agency. Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the torture program, ended up being jailed for 23 months. For more, we speak with John Kiriakou, who spent 14 years at the CIA as an analyst and case officer.
Trump's New CIA Nominee, Gina Haspel, Faces Possible Arrest Warrant in Germany over Torture
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:13:04 -0400
*Editor's Note: ProPublica has "retracted part of its reporting":https://www.propublica.org/article/cia-cables-detail-its-new-deputy-directors-role-in-torture - which we cited in our coverage - about Gina Haspel's role at a secret CIA black site in Thailand where prisoners were tortured. ProPublica is now reporting Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded at the site before Haspel took over. According to the New York Times, Haspel did "oversee the waterboarding of another prisoner":https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/us/politics/gina-haspel-cia-director-nominee-trump-torture-waterboarding.html, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, at the secret prison.*
On Tuesday morning, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter. In the same tweet, the president announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is a close ally of the Koch brothers, would be nominated to become the new secretary of state. Trump also tapped CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to head the CIA. Haspel was directly involved in the CIA's torture program under George W. Bush. She was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other ways. Both Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel must now face Senate confirmations, but barring any Republican defections, both can be confirmed without any Democratic support. Last year, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights asked German prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for Haspel for her role in the torture program. For more, we speak with Wolfgang Kaleck, founder and general secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.
Headlines for March 14, 2018
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump: Pompeo to Replace Tillerson as Secretary of State; Gina Haspel to Head CIA, State Dept. & White House Oust More Top Officials Amid Shake-up, Reports: VA Head Shulkin & National Security Adviser McMaster May Be Ousted Soon, Britain to Expel 23 Russian Diplomats over Alleged Poisoning of Ex-Spy, Students Launch Nationwide Walkout to Demand Gun Control, Democrat Holds Razor-Thin Lead in PA Special Congressional Election, "He's Not Welcome Here": Protesters Rail Against Trump's Visit to California, 1 of 3 Men Arrested in 2017 Mosque Bombing Submitted Bid to Build Trump's Wall, Immokalee Farmworkers on Hunger Strike Demanding Wendy's Sign Fair Food Program, Groundbreaking Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at 76
Critics of Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana Decry State & Company Surveillance of Protesters
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:39:06 -0400
In Louisiana, newly disclosed documents reveal a state intelligence agency regularly spied on activists opposing construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which would carry nearly a half-million barrels of oil per day across Louisiana's wetlands. The documents show the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness regularly drafted intelligence memos on anti-pipeline activists, including a gathering of indigenous-led water protectors who've set up a protest encampment along the pipeline's route. Other newly revealed documents show close coordination between Louisiana regulators and the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners. This comes just one week after a U.S. district judge in Baton Rouge ordered a temporary injunction against construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in order to "prevent further irreparable harm" to the region's delicate ecosystems, while court challenges proceed. For more, we speak with Pastor Harry Joseph of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church. We also speak with Pamela Spees of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
Charterize, Privatize, Christianize: The DeVos-Backed Policies That "Gutted" Michigan Public Schools
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:21:37 -0400
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing new criticism after she struggled in a recent "60 Minutes" interview to explain why schools in her home state of Michigan are faring poorly under the policies she has championed. DeVos is a billionaire Republican activist and the sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince. She once served as chair of the American Federation for Children in Michigan, where she promoted school choice and worked to expand the state's use of private charter schools. Many educators say the results of DeVos's policies in Michigan have been disastrous. For more, we speak with Allie Gross, a reporter with the Detroit Free Press. She covered education in Michigan as a freelance reporter and was a Teach for America teacher in a Detroit charter school.
"Unprecedented & Shocking": Armed Secret Service Agents Should Not Be Allowed at Polling Sites
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:12:39 -0400
A bipartisan group of secretaries of state is condemning a proposal to allow armed Secret Service agents at election polling stations. The proposal has already been approved by the House as part of the Homeland Security Department reauthorization bill. On Friday, 19 secretaries of state wrote a letter to Senate leaders urging them to drop the proposal, calling it "unprecedented and shocking." For more, we speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Headlines for March 13, 2018
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump Fires Rex Tillerson, Says He'll Replace Him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Syria: Monitors Say 42 People Killed in Recent Days in Eastern Ghouta, Syria: Civilians Flee Afrin as Turkey Begins Siege of City, Defense Secretary Mattis Arrives in Kabul for Unannounced Trip to Afghanistan, Trump Bows to NRA and Walks Back Support for Gun Control Measures, High School Students Plan to Walk Out Wednesday to Demand Gun Control, Republican-Controlled House Intelligence Committee Ends Probe into Election Meddling, Donald Trump Jr.'s Business Associate Enjoys Special Access to Top U.S. Officials, Trump's Personal Lawyers Try to Stop "60 Minutes" from Airing Stormy Daniels Interview, Secretaries of State Condemn Plan to Station Secret Service Agents at Polling Stations, Citing National Security, Trump Blocks Broadcom Takeover of Qualcomm, Protests Planned as Trump Heads to California for First Time as President, SF ICE Spokesperson Resigns: "I Didn't Want to Perpetuate Misleading Facts", Officials: Fatal Package Explosions in Austin, TX, May Be Hate Crimes, India: 35,000 Farmers March to Mumbai, Demand Loan Waivers and Right to Forest Land, Journalists Lee Fang, Sharon Lerner, Dahr Jamail & Todd Miller Win 2018 Izzy Awards
As Ex-CIA Head Admits to U.S. Meddling in Elections, Is Outrage over Russian Interference Overblown?
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:51:08 -0400
Former CIA Director James Woolsey recently admitted the U.S. meddles in overseas elections. During an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News, Woolsey laughed about it and said the U.S. takes such action "only for a very good cause." Woolsey made the comments shortly after 13 Russians were indicted for interfering with the U.S. election. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."
Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:27:59 -0400
As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, we take a look back at Washington's record of meddling in elections across the globe. By one count, the United States has interfered in more than 80 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000. And that doesn't count U.S.-backed coups and invasions. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."
Death to Drug Dealers: Trump Threatens to Ramp Up Drug War, Praising Efforts in Philippines & China
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:14:16 -0400
President Trump has reiterated his calls for the U.S. to impose the death penalty on drug dealers, praising countries like the Philippines, China and Singapore that apply capital punishment to drug traffickers. During a speech on Saturday, Trump recounted conversations with Chinese and Singaporean leaders who, he said, solved their countries' drug problems by executing drug traffickers. Trump has also repeatedly expressed admiration for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and said he's done an "unbelievable job on the drug problem." Last month, the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary investigation into accusations that Duterte had committed crimes against humanity by overseeing the killing of up to 8,000 people in his so-called war on drugs. We speak to Widney Brown, the managing director of policy at the Drug Policy Alliance.
Headlines for March 12, 2018
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump Backpedals on Firearm Purchase Age, Supports Arming Teachers, Florida Governor Signs Limited Gun Control Measures, California: Army Vet Kills 3 and Commits Suicide at Veterans' Home, Trump Repeats Call to Impose Death Penalty on Drug Dealers, Trump Hurls Insults at Rivals During Pitch for Pennsylvania Candidate, Syria: Government Forces Advance on Besieged Damascus Suburb, British Government Approves Fighter Jet Sales to Saudi Arabia, China's Parliament Ends Presidential Term Limits, Steve Bannon to French Far-Right Party: "Let Them Call You Racist", Italy: Pope Warns of Anti-Immigrant Violence as Far Right Makes Gains, Colombia: Former FARC Rebels Compete in National Elections, Burmese Military Builds Bases in Burned-Out Rohingya Villages, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Struggles in "60 Minutes" Interview, "60 Minutes" to Air Interview with Stormy Daniels over Alleged Trump Affair, New York: Protesters Target Sackler Family over Opioids at Met Protest, Canada: Thousands March to Protest Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
Overlooked: How Women Like Diane Arbus & Ida B. Wells Were Omitted from The NYT Obituaries
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:49:42 -0500
As the world marked International Women's Day on Wednesday, The New York Times began a new project highlighting the lives of remarkable women who never had an obituary in the paper, until now. The list might surprise you. It includes the pioneering anti-lynching journalist Ida B. Wells; the writer and poet Sylvia Plath; Qiu Jin, who was known as China's Joan of Arc; the groundbreaking photographer Diane Arbus; the woman who helped engineer the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Warren Roebling; Charlotte Brontë, who wrote "Jane Eyre"; Henrietta Lacks, whose cells led to a medical revolution; and Ada Lovelace, who is considered to be the world's first computer programmer. The New York Times is calling the project "Overlooked," and it is part of an effort to make up for the paper's 167-year history of focusing largely on men—mostly white men—in the obituary pages. For more, we speak with Amy Padnani, digital editor of obituaries at The New York Times, who came up with the idea of "Overlooked."
Toxic Coal Ash Being Dumped in Puerto Rico, Which Already Suffers Worst Drinking Water in the Nation
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:40:41 -0500
Even before Hurricane Maria struck the island nearly six months ago, the majority of Puerto Rico's residents lived with water that violated health standards set by the U.S. law. Since the storm, residents say the situation has only gotten worse. Among the sources of potential water contamination are mountains of coal ash generated by a coal-fired power plant owned by a private company called AES. For years, residents have demanded the company stop dumping toxic coal ash into their community, saying the waste is poisonous to their health and the environment. We speak with Mekela Panditharatne, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council who just returned from the island and wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post headlined "FEMA says most of Puerto Rico has potable water. That can't be true."
How an Alabama Town Is Fighting Against Cancerous & Toxic Coal Ash Dumping—No Thanks to Trump's EPA
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:29:22 -0500
Residents of Uniontown, Alabama, have lived with the Arrowhead landfill, which is twice the size of New York's Central Park, have protested shipments of toxic coal ash—the residual byproduct of burning coal—from a massive spill in Kingston, Tennessee, believed to be the largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. For two years, nearly 4 million tons of coal ash was also shipped by rail from a mostly white Tennessee county to Uniontown. Coal ash contains toxins, including arsenic, mercury and boron, that can affect the nervous and reproductive systems and cause other health problems. According to the EPA, people living within a mile of unlined coal ash storage ponds have a one-in-50 risk of developing cancer. In 2013, some Uniontown residents filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This week, the EPA dismissed the claim, saying there was "insufficient evidence." We speak with Ben Eaton, vice president of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice and a resident of Uniontown, Alabama; and with Mustafa Santiago Ali, former head of the EPA's environmental justice program.
A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:12:00 -0500
The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.
Headlines for March 9, 2018
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Trump Accepts Kim Jong-un's Invitation for Direct Talks, MSF: 1,000 People Killed in Eastern Ghouta in Last 2 Weeks, Afghanistan: 7 Killed in Kabul Bombing, 20 Killed in U.S. Drone Strike, Trump Signs Steel & Aluminum Tariff Orders, Ahead of Rally in PA for Rick Saccone, Mississippi Passes Anti-Abortion Law Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks, White House Stonewalling House Oversight Committee Probe into Rob Porter, Turkish Court Sentences 22 Journalists to Prison, Viral Video Shows Border Patrol Agent Ripping Mother Away from Her Daughters, ICE Detains Immigrant & Reproductive Rights Activist Alejandra Pablos, Women Across the World Take to Streets to Mark International Women's Day
Eve Ensler on International Women's Day & Her New One-Woman Play "In the Body of the World"
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:40:28 -0500
On International Women's Day, we speak with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues." Ensler's new play, "In the Body of the World," is an exploration of the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect it, how to value it. She shares her deeply intimate and painful relationship with her own body and how it has changed throughout her life, from being raped to struggling with anorexia, from battling uterine cancer to reclaiming her body when dancing with women from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, which she helped establish.
On International Women's Day, Women Declare: Emancipation Comes Through the Rejection of Capitalism
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:24:59 -0500
From Afghanistan to the Philippines to Mexico to Spain, women across the globe are taking to the streets today to mark International Women's Day. In South Korea, International Women's Day rallies were held in Seoul as the #MeToo movement sweeps the country. Filipino women rallied in Manila to protest the policies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Afghan women held a rare public rally in Kabul. In Kenya, African women are meeting today to discuss ending violence against women and girls with disabilities. In England, women organized a major march on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. And in the United States, rallies are scheduled to take place across the country today. For more, we speak with Tithi Bhattacharya, associate professor of South Asian history at Purdue University. She is one of the national organizers of the International Women's Strike.
In Spain, Women Launch Nationwide Feminist Strike Protesting "Alliance of Patriarchy & Capitalism"
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:12:27 -0500
In Spain, women have launched the first nationwide women's strike in Spain's history to mark International Women's Day. Their motto: "If we stop, the world stops." Organizers say its supporters include Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, and Manuela Carmena, the mayor of Madrid. Organizers published a manifesto reading, "Today we call for a society free of sexist oppression, exploitation and violence. We call for rebellion and a struggle against the alliance of the patriarchy and capitalism that wants us to be obedient, submissive and quiet. We do not accept worse working conditions, nor being paid less than men for the same work. That is why we are calling a work strike." We speak with María Carrión, an independent freelance journalist based in Madrid.
Headlines for March 8, 2018
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Women Across the World Mark International Women's Day, Sessions Attacks California in Escalating Feud over Sanctuary Laws, 8 Students Arrested in D.C. Sit-In Demanding Gun Control, White House Claims Trump Won Arbitration Against Stormy Daniels, French President Blasts Trump's Decision to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, In Reversal, WH to Exempt Mexico & Canada from Tariffs If They Sign New NAFTA Deal, 11 Nations Gather in Chile to Sign New Version of TPP, Without U.S., Appeals Court Rules Youth Suing Trump Admin over Climate Change Can Go to Trial, PA Orders Emergency Shutdown of Pipeline After Massive Sinkholes Appear, Asheville, NC: White Police Officer Resigns After Video Shows Him Beating Black Man, Vatican: Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero Will Become a Saint
Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:48:14 -0500
This year's midterm elections officially began on Tuesday as Democratic and Republican primaries were held in Texas. Democrats are hoping Texas could become a key state in the party's effort to retake control of the Senate and the House. A record 50 women were on the ballot in what many are calling the "year of the women." On Tuesday, Congressmember Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. He will take on incumbent Ted Cruz, who easily won the Republican primary. On the House side, Democrats are putting up candidates in every Texas district for the first time in over 25 years. In one of the most watched Democratic races, progressive Democrat Laura Moser placed second, forcing a runoff against Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney who has been criticized for working at a law firm that has targeted unions in Texas. The race is seen as part of a war within the Democratic Party. Moser was endorsed by Our Revolution—the political organization that grew out of Bernie Sanders's run for the White House. Fletcher was backed by the Democratic Party. In February, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took the unusual step of directly attacking Moser even though she is a Democrat. Moser and Fletcher will now face each other in a runoff to decide who will face Republican Congressmember John Culberson in November. We speak to Mike Barajas, staff writer for The Texas Observer.
Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:38:06 -0500
On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform.
After Victorious Strike, W. Virginia Teacher Sends Message to Oklahoma Educators Poised to Walk Out
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:27:02 -0500
As West Virginia teachers celebrate victory in their historic strike, Oklahoma teachers are considering following in their footsteps. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that teachers would go strike on April 23 if the state Legislature doesn't approve pay increases and funding for educational needs. For more, we speak with Teresa Danks, a third-grade teacher at Grimes Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She made headlines last year when she panhandled on a roadside to raise money for supplies for her classroom. She has since started a foundation called Begging for Education, dedicated to funding classrooms, improving teachers' salaries and fiscal responsibility in Oklahoma. And we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school English teacher in Mingo County, West Virginia, who has a message for her counterpart in Oklahoma.
"We Won!": Teachers End Historic Strike in West Virginia with 5% Pay Raise for All State Workers
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:12:51 -0500
In West Virginia, teachers have ended their historic strike, after state officials agreed to raise the pay of all state workers by 5 percent. The strike began on February 22 and shut down every public school in the state. It was the longest teachers' strike in West Virginia history. For more, we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school teacher and union activist in Mingo County, West Virginia.
Headlines for March 7, 2018
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Striking West Virginia Teachers Win 5% Raise for All State Workers, Justice Department Sues California over So-Called Sanctuary Laws, Trump's Top Economic Adviser Gary Cohn to Resign, Carl Icahn Sold Steel-Related Stocks Days Before Trump Announced Tariffs, Report: Kellyanne Conway Broke Hatch Law by Endorsing Roy Moore, Trump Lawyer's 2016 Payoff to Stormy Daniels Could Violate Federal Election Law, Mueller Probing UAE Adviser George Nader & Meeting in Seychelles, Trump Says Russian Meddling Had No Impact on 2016 Election, White House Corrects Record After Trump Confuses North & South Korea, Pentagon Concludes Investigation into Attack in Niger That Killed 4 Special Forces Soldiers, U.N. Accuses U.S.-Led Coalition & Russia of Committing Possible War Crimes in Syria, Honduras: Dam Company Executive Arrested for Masterminding Berta Cáceres's Killing, Imprisoned Honduran Activist Edwin Espinal Launches Hunger Strike, Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency Amid Violence Against Muslim Community, Britain: Former Russian Spy Appears to Have Been Poisoned, Women Worldwide Mobilize for March 8 International Women's Day
Sen. Chris Murphy: The U.S. Is Exporting Violence & Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:55:58 -0500
On Capitol Hill, three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would force Congress to vote for the first time on whether to continue U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Mike Lee, Democrat Chris Murphy and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who noted that the Constitution gives Congress—and not the president—the power to declare war. For more, we speak with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
Sen. Chris Murphy Calls for Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban & Breaking NRA's "Vise Grip" on GOP
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:37:02 -0500
The Florida Senate has voted to support a number of a new gun control measures following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. Meanwhile, in Washington, Republican lawmakers said last week they're moving on from the debate over gun control, after failing to pass a single bill on firearms in the wake of last month's massacre in Florida. For more, we speak with one of the most vocal advocates for gun control in Washington, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. Shortly after the Florida shooting, Murphy took to the floor of the Senate to call for action. "Let me just note once again for my colleagues that this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America, this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting," Murphy said. "It only happens here, not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction."
Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump's Plan to Impose Steel & Aluminum Tariffs
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:13:23 -0500
"Trade wars are good, and easy to win." That's the message President Trump tweeted on Friday, sending shockwaves across the globe and sparking fear of impending economic volatility. On Thursday, world stock markets tumbled after Trump announced he plans to impose new tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum. The new tariffs—25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum—will benefit U.S. producers of the metals, while raising prices for companies that manufacture everything from cars to airplanes to high-rise apartments. Prominent Republicans and business leaders have denounced Trump's plan, saying the tariffs will hurt the manufacturing industry and U.S. competitiveness. Trump's announcement has also prompted concerns that other countries will impose retaliatory tariffs while challenging U.S. protectionism at the World Trade Organization. For more, we host a debate. Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and author of "The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority." Economist Michael Hudson is the author of "America's Protectionist Takeoff 1815-1914."
Headlines for March 6, 2018
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500
North Korea Would Stop Nuclear Tests to Hold Talks with United States, Syria: Monitors Say 70 Killed in 24 Hours Amid Ongoing Gov't Assault on Eastern Ghouta, Trump Says He's Not Backing Down from Tariffs Plan, Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Sam Nunberg Says He Won't Cooperate with Mueller Probe, NYT: State Dept. Spent None of $120 Million to Counter Russian Election Meddling, Embattled at Home, Netanyahu Receives Warm Welcome at Trump's White House, 87 Muslim Leaders & Immigration Activists Arrested in D.C. Protesting End of DACA, Trump Taps Dow Lawyer to Head EPA Unit; Data Shows Coal Ash Polluting Groundwater, NYT: Sen. Hatch's Emails Show Oil Was Central in Decision to Shrink Bears Ears, Kashmir: Tens of Thousands Protest Killing of Civilians by Indian Soldiers, DRC: Dozens Killed & Hundreds Displaced in Recent Days Amid Fighting in Ituri Province, Trump Name Pried Off Panama Hotel as Owner Wins Dispute Against U.S. President, W. Virginia Teachers & U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Grad Students Continue Strikes, Argentina Teachers Launch 2-Day Strike, Shuttering Schools Across Country, 24 Arrested at Michigan State U. as Anti-Fascists Protest Richard Spencer Speech, 2018 Midterm Elections Begin with Texas Primaries, Florida Senate Passes Limited Gun Control Measures in Wake of Parkland Massacre
"The Oscars Are Still So White": While Awards Project Diversity, Most Winners Remain White Men
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:43:14 -0500
The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night, where the vast majority of the awards went to white men, despite years of activism demanding increased racial and gender diversity in Hollywood. The awards show came on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which rocked Hollywood after dozens of actresses came forward to accuse Hollywood's most powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape, sexual assault and harassment that stretched back decades. For more, we speak with April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and senior director of marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. And we speak with Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics. She is the director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project.
From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the U.S.
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:35:22 -0500
For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state's teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, we look at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State. We speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."
U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:25:43 -0500
In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.
"People Have Just Had Enough": West Virginia Teachers Continue Historic Strike into Eighth Day
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:11:48 -0500
Schools across West Virginia are closed for an eighth day, as more than 20,000 teachers and 13,000 school staffers remain on strike demanding higher wages and better healthcare. The strike, which began on February 22, has shut down every public school in the state. Teachers are demanding a 5 percent raise and a cap on spiraling healthcare costs. For more, we speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."
Headlines for March 5, 2018
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Syrian Civilians Flee Government Offensive Against Eastern Ghouta, Trump on Xi: "He's Now President for Life. Maybe We'll Have to Give That a Shot Some Day", Mueller Probes Links Between UAE, Qatar, Trump Policy & Kushner Family Properties, Senate Slated to Roll Back Key Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations, 2 Killed at Central Michigan University in 12th School Shooting So Far This Year, Florida Senate Votes Down Assault Rifle Ban, Record-Breaking Snowstorms Bury Parts of Europe, Canada and the U.S., Italian Far-Right Populist Parties Score Big Wins in Parliamentary Election, Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Farmer on His Own Land in Gaza Strip, West Virginia Teachers Continue Strike for Eighth Day, BuzzFeed: 300+ NYPD Officers Allowed to Keep Jobs Despite Array of Offenses, Thousands Take to Streets in Slovakia After Killing of Prominent Journalist, 90th Oscars Stage Diversity, But White Men Continue to Win Most Awards
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