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

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

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

  • Headlines for August 17, 2017
    Mourners Honor Heather Heyer, Killed by Neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, VA, Charlottesville Man Beaten by White Nationalist Suffers Stroke, Protesters Injured by Neo-Nazi Terrorist Sue "Unite the Right" Organizers, Thousands March Against Hate in Charlottesville, Philadelphia and Berlin, President Trump Isolated over Response to Charlottesville Violence, Trump Disbands Advisory Councils as CEOs Resign over Charlottesville Response, U.S. Military Leaders Condemn Racial Hatred, Trump Adviser Katharine Gorka Helped Defund Anti-Hate Group, Lawmakers Call for Firing of Trump Aides over White Supremacist Views, Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Assails Rivals in American Prospect Interview, Greensboro, NC Apologizes over Its Role in 1979 Killings by Neo-Nazis, Jeff Sessions Condemns Racism While Cracking Down on Sanctuary Cities, Syria: At Least 29 Civilians Die in U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes, Gaza: ISIS Strikes at Border as Palestinians Suffer Electricity Shortages, NAFTA Renegotiations Open as Mexican Farmers Protest, Philippines Police Kill Scores in Drug War's Bloodiest Week Yet, Seattle Seahawks Star Michael Bennett Sits Out National Anthem in Protest link to source

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

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

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

  • Headlines for August 16, 2017
    Trump Repeats Claim "Both Sides" to Blame for Charlottesville Violence, Trump Tweets, Then Removes Cartoon of Train Running Over CNN Figure, More Members of Trump Advisory Council Quit over Charlottesville Response, Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues as National Movement Grows, Durham, NC Police Execute Warrants for Protesters Who Toppled Confederate Statue, CBO: Trump Plan Would Raise Health Insurance Premiums 20 Percent in 2018, South Korea: Thousands Rally Against Trump's Nuclear War Threats, Sierra Leone: Over 600 Missing in Freetown Following Landslide, Heavy Rain Brings Deadly Flooding to Nepal, India, Bangladesh, NASA: July 2017 was the Hottest July on Record, Topping 2016's Record, 27 Arrested at White House Sit-In Protest in Support of DACA, Houston, TX: No Charges for Officers over Public Body Cavity Search link to source

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

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

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

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

  • Headlines for August 15, 2017
    Durham, NC: Activists Topple Confederate Statue Amid Nationwide Protests Against White Supremacy, CEOs Resign from Trump Advisory Board over White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, VA, Trump Begrudgingly Condemns White Supremacist Violence But Fails to Fire Bannon, U.N. Condemns White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, VA, Nazi Sympathizer & Charlottesville Suspect James Alex Fields Denied Bond, Far-Right Extremists & White Supremacists Plan Slew of Upcoming Rallies, ACLU of Virginia Board Member Resigns over ACLU Defense of White Supremacists, New England Holocaust Memorial Vandalized on Monday for Second Time This Summer, Trump Says He's Considering Pardoning Notorious Racist AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, DOJ Demanding 1.3 Million Visitor IP Addresses for DisruptJ20.org Website, Syria: 30+ Civilians Reportedly Killed by U.S.-Led Airstrikes and Shelling in Raqqa, North Korea Holding Off on Guam Strike, Waiting to See What "Foolish Yankees" Will Do, Tens of Thousands of Residents Protest U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, Japan, Venezuela: Thousands Attend Anti-Imperialist March as U.S. Threatens Military Intervention, Sierra Leone: More Than 300 Killed in Mudslides as Thousands Remain Missing, Israel Releases 5 Palestinian Journalists in West Bank and Gaza link to source

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

  • UVA Prof on UVA's Historical Ties to KKK & White Nationalist Alums Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler
    Jalane Schmidt, an organizer with the local Black Lives Matter movement and an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, describes the school's history of connections to the KKK and its alumnus, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. link to source

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

  • Survivor of White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville: There's No Question, This was Terrorism
    We spend the hour examining the "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend that erupted into violence, resulting in three deaths. After a torchlit march of hundreds on the University of Virginia campus Friday night, more than 1,000 white nationalists descended on the city on Saturday to oppose a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. They were met by anti-racist counterdemonstrators, and fights broke out before the rally began. Witnesses report police did little to intervene. Shortly after the protest began, a man later identified as James Alex Fields drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterdemonstrators in what many are calling an act of terrorism. A local paralegal named Heather Heyer was killed in the attack, and at least 19 others were injured. Two Virginia state troopers also died Saturday when their helicopter crashed en route to the scene of the violence. On Saturday, Trump addressed reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, blaming the violence in Charlottesville on "many sides." We begin our roundtable discussion with Brandy Gonzalez, who survived the car rampage, and Lisa Moore, a registered nurse who assisted a victim of the car attack. link to source

  • Headlines for August 14, 2017
    Thousands March Nationwide to Condemn Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville, VA, White Supremacists Kill 1, Injure Dozens, During Ku Klux Klan Rally in Charlottesville, VA, Trump Refuses to Explicitly Condemn White Supremacist Violence, Afghanistan: Local Officials Say U.S. Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians, Syria: Nearly 1,000 Civilians Reportedly Killed During U.S.-Led Offensive in Raqqa, Pakistan: ISIS Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 15 in Quetta, Latin America Outraged by Trump's Threat of U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela, Bolivia: Indigenous Nations Protest as Morales Signs Law Paving Way for Amazon Highway, Israel: Thousands Protest Corruption Amid Netanyahu Bribery Investigation, Kenya: Police Kill 11 During Post-Election Demonstrations, Burkina Faso: 20 Killed After Gunmen Open Fire in Restaurant, Nepal and India: Nearly 100 Killed in Flash Flooding and Mudslides, Des Moines, Iowa: FBI Raid Catholic Worker House Where DAPL Sabotage Activists Live, NYC Becomes First U.S. City to Guarantee Lawyers for Poor Tenants Facing Eviction link to source

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

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

  • Headlines for August 11, 2017
    Elected Officials Condemn Trump's Nuclear Threats Against North Korea, Trump Attacks Senate Leader McConnell over Legislative Failures, Double-Digit Premium Hikes to Follow Republican Healthcare Effort, Minnesota Lawmaker Condemns Trump's Silence over Mosque Bombing, Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Calls Mosque Attack a False Flag, President Trump Ramps Up North Korea "Fire and Fury" Threats, U.S., Canadian Diplomats in Cuba Suffer Deafness from Covert "Sonic Device", Russia: Journalist Jailed over Calls for Political Accountability, Central American LGBTQ Activists Arrive at U.S.-Mexico Border, Seeking Asylum, Yemen: Human Smugglers Intentionally Drown African Migrants at Sea, Ethiopia: Intense Drought Has Millions on Brink of Starvation, NOAA Climate Report Confirms 2016 was Hottest Year on Record, Greenland: Defrosting, Drying Tundra Burns in Unprecedented Wildfires, Nebraska: Over 460,000 Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline in Public Comments, New York: 5 Arrested Protesting Goldman Sachs Fossil Fuel Conference link to source

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

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

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

  • Headlines for August 10, 2017
    Mattis Warns N. Korea Could Face "Destruction of Its People" as Tillerson Downplays Rhetoric, North Korea Military Announces Plan to Fire Missiles into Sea Off Guam, Peace Activists Protest Outside White House Calling for Negotiations with N. Korea, FBI Raids Home of Trump's Former Campaign Chair Paul Manafort, Five Die in Kenya as Protests Continue over Presidential Election, U.N.: $1 Billion Needed to Restore Basic Services to Mosul, Report: More Than 2,400 Have Died in 2017 Crossing Mediterranean, Migrant Helper in France Gets Suspended Four-Month Sentence, Canada Erects Camp on U.S. Border to Process Asylum Seekers, Four Palestinians Injured in Israeli Airstrikes Targeting Gaza, IDF Soldier Begins Prison Term for Executing Wounded Palestinian Man, Criminal Investigation Casts Doubts on Benjamin Netanyahu's Future, Farmworker Dies in Washington State After Being Denied Medical Help, Puerto Rican Protests Call for Investigation into PR's Debt link to source

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

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

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

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

  • Headlines for August 9, 2017
    Threat of Nuclear War Escalates as Trump Warns North Korea of "Fire and Fury", War Crimes Expert Quits U.N. Syria Inquiry Citing Lack of Political Will for Justice, Syrian-Palestinian Internet Activist Bassel Khartabil Killed by Assad Regime, White House Considering Unprecedented Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan, Red Cross "Extremely Alarmed" by U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen, Report: Trump Receives Daily Folder with Positive News Stories—About Himself, Trump Retweets Fox News Article Based on Leaked Classified Information, Google Engineer's Sexist Manifesto Sparks Industrywide Outrage, ACLU Sues Maine Governor for Deleting Critical Comments from His Facebook Page, Kenya: Early Election Results Show President Kenyatta Leading Challenger, U.N. Warns of Early Signs of Genocide in Central African Republic, Opposition in Democratic Republic of the Congo Launches General Strike, Demands Elections, Tunisian Fishermen Block Anti-Immigrant European Ship from Docking at Port, Bolivia: Indigenous & Environmentalists Protest Gov't Plan to Build Highway in Amazon, Ferguson Residents Build Memorial for Mike Brown on 3rd Anniversary of His Killing by Police, Mexican Cartoonist Eduardo del Río, known as Rius, Dies at 83 link to source

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

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

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

  • Headlines for August 8, 2017
    Landmark Gov't Reports Says Impacts of Climate Change Already Being Felt in U.S., After Trump Took Office, Agriculture Dept. Told Staff Not to Use Words "Climate Change", Report: 6.5% of World's GDP Funneled into Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Pentagon Weighing Plan to Bomb ISIS in Philippines, Report: U.S.-Led Bombing, Artillery Strikes Kill 18 Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, North Korea Blasts U.N. Sanctions, Accuses U.S. of Pushing Peninsula to War, Trump's Nominee for Agriculture Dept.'s Top Scientist Called Progressives "Race Traitors", Amid Nationwide Campaign, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez Wins Stay of Deportation, Yemenis Who Won U.S. Immigration Lottery Stranded by Trump's Travel Ban, Kenyan Voters Head to Polls in Presidential Election, Russia: Two Members of Pussy Riot Briefly Arrested at Demonstration, India: Police Arrest Medha Patkar & 11 Other Activists Fighting Sardar Sarovar Dam, Climate Activists Blockade Oil Train in Vancouver, Washington, Puerto Rico: Control Board to Slash Pensions & Cut Workdays, Judge Clears Way for Trial Against Military Psychologists Who Designed Bush Torture Program link to source

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

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

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

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

  • Headlines for August 7, 2017
    South Asia: Heat Waves Could Make 1.5 Billion People's Homes Uninhabitable by 2100, Minnesota Mosque Bombed Saturday Before Morning Prayers, Court Overturns Sentences for Blackwater Contractors in 2007 Massacre, U.N. Imposes New Round of Sanctions on North Korea over Missile Tests, Rod Rosenstein Says Mueller Can Investigate Any Crimes Uncovered in Probe of Trump, Sessions Launches Administration-Wide Crackdown on Leaks, Trump Considering Naming Stephen Miller as Communications Director, Civil Rights Groups to Sue Trump Admin for Barring Trans People from Military Service, Chicago Sues Trump Admin for Withholding Funding to Sanctuary Cities, Afghanistan: Up to 50 Killed by Taliban and ISIS Militants, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike Kills 12 Civilians, Including Children, Syria: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Reportedly Kill 6 Civilians in Raqqa, Venezuela: Maduro Condemns Right-Wing Paramilitary Attack as Terrorism, Human Rights Groups Denounce Israel's Plan to Shut Down Al Jazeera, Third Fox News Host Suspended over Accusations of Sexual Harassment, Nebraska: Hundreds Rally to Protest Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline, UAW Condemns Nissan Scare Campaign, After Unionization Bid Fails, NFL Legends Speak Out Against Racism at Football Hall of Fame Ceremony, NYC Mayor de Blasio Proposes Tax on Rich to Pay for Subway Upgrades, Martin Shkreli, "Most Hated Man in America," Convicted of Financial Fraud link to source

  • "If I Was President": Chicano Band Las Cafeteras on Pushing an Agenda of Migrant & Food Justice
    Los Angeles-based Chicano band Las Cafeteras joins us in studio for an interview and performance. The band has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "a uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock." This year they released a new album called "Tastes Like L.A." with the hit single, "If I was President." "In the left, we're always talking about what we're against," says one of the two co-founders of the band, Hector Flores. "We really want to reimagine and really think what we're for, because the day is coming and the day is here where we need to push forward an agenda of what we're for." We also speak with Denise Carlos. link to source

  • U.S. Ramps Up Border Militarism as Trump Appoints DHS Head General John Kelly to Chief of Staff
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday embraced a proposal to slash the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S. by half, in what would be the biggest overhaul of immigration law in over half a century. The RAISE Act would create a so-called merit-based immigration system that would favor applicants who speak English, have advanced degrees or can demonstrate job skills. The announcement comes as Trump replaced his ousted chief of staff, Reince Priebus, with retired General John Kelly, who was head of the Department of Homeland Security. We speak with two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist John Carlos Frey, whose new investigation in partnership with ABC's "20/20" is titled "Life and Death at the Border." link to source

  • "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor": Trump Admin Attacks Emma Lazarus's Iconic Poem on Statue of Liberty
    Opposition is growing to the Trump administration's new proposal to implement radical changes to U.S. immigration law and slash the number of immigrants allowed into the United States by half. The RAISE Act would create a so-called merit-based immigration system that would favor applicants who speak English, have advanced degrees or can demonstrate job skills. On Wednesday, CNN's Jim Acosta pressed senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over President Trump's push to admit only English-speaking immigrants in a back-and-forth that lasted for several minutes. Acosta asked Miller about the iconic poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus that is inscribed at the base of the State of Liberty, which reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." We speak about the woman who wrote those words, Emma Lazarus, with her biographer, Esther Schor, about why Lazarus wrote the poem, how it became one of the most iconic verses about the United States and why she has long been a target of white nationalists. link to source

  • Headlines for August 4, 2017
    Special Prosecutor in Russia Probe Impanels Criminal Grand Jury, Amid Russia Probe, Senate Moves to Restrict President's Powers, Transcript: Trump Urged Mexican President Not to Discuss Border Wall, Transcript: Trump Angrily Ended Phone Call with Australian Prime Minister, U.S.-Led Coalition Attacks in Raqqa Level Homes, Killing Civilians, Canada Sees Influx of Haitian Asylum Seekers Fleeing the U.S., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Drops Support for Israel Anti-Boycott Bill, Nicaraguan Activists Opposing Canal Face Campaign of Harassment, West Virginia Democratic Governor Flips to Republican at Trump Rally, Russian Court Fines Opposition Leader over Call to Protest, Japan to Mark 72nd Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Fox News Guest Says Senior Producer Solicited Sex in Exchange for Job, Justice Department to Cut Funds to Cities over Immigration Policies, Attack on L.A. Elote Seller Spurs Campaign for the City's 50,000 Street Vendors, Arizona Immigrant Rights Activist Celso Mireles Dies at 30 link to source


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