The United Nations is calling for the protection of the Amazon amid fears that thousands of fires raging across Brazil and some parts of Bolivia are rapidly destroying the world’s largest rainforest and paving the way for a climate catastrophe. The fires have spread a vast plume of smoke across South America and the Atlantic Ocean that’s visible from space. They’re unprecedented in recorded history, and environmentalists say most of the fires were deliberately set by illegal miners and cattle ranchers. Indigenous people in Brazil have accused far-right President Jair Bolsonaro of encouraging the destruction. Bolsonaro has worked to deregulate and open up the Amazon for agribusiness, logging and mining since he came into office in January. We speak with Andrew Miller, advocacy director at Amazon Watch.
Fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is mounting. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to prepare for what he called a “symmetrical response” after the U.S. tested what it said was a nonnuclear cruise missile earlier this week. The U.S. launch was the first test of its kind since the Trump administration withdrew from the INF. We speak to Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon about U.S. nuclear policy, as well as the Green New Deal, President Trump’s wish to buy Greenland and more.
The Trump administration is moving to indefinitely detain migrant children and their families, reversing decades of U.S. policy. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue a new rule today to withdraw from a 1997 federal court settlement known as the Flores agreement, which put a 20-day limit on migrant family detentions. We speak with Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, who made headlines last year when he was barred from entering an old Walmart where the government was detaining about 1,500 immigrant children in Brownsville, Texas.
- U.N. Calls for Protection of the Amazon as Rainforest Burns at Record Pace
- Indigenous Communities Say Brazil's President Is Encouraging Destruction of Forests
- Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Green New Deal to Avert Climate Catastrophe
- Democratic Leaders Reject Resolution Calling for Candidate Climate Debate
- French Authorities to Crack Down on Protest as 13,000 Police Mobilize for G7 Summit
- Syrian Forces Encircle Last Major Rebel-Held Stronghold in Hama Province
- U.N.: Burmese Troops Had "Genocidal Intent" in Targeting Rohingya for Sexual Violence
- Indonesia Deploys Troops to Quell Independence Protests in West Papua
- Russian Opposition Leader Freed from Jail 30 Days After Promoting Pro-Democracy Protests
- North Korea Calls U.S. Secretary of State "Poisonous" as Denuclearization Talks Stall
- Russian President Orders "Symmetrical Response" After U.S. Tests New Cruise Missile
- French President Calls for Global Tax on Tech Giants
- Justice Department Emailed Employees Link to White Nationalist Website
- Sarah Sanders to Join Fox News; Sean Spicer to Join "Dancing with the Stars"
- Labor Leader Dolores Huerta Among 8 Arrested at Protest Demanding Raise for Home Care Workers
- Thousands of Accountants Join Latest Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests
- Activists Demand Parole Reform as They Mark Passing of NY's Longest-Serving Woman Prisoner
Following this week’s historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, we speak with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today and moderator of the Native American voter forum; Christine Nobiss, director of Seeding Sovereignty’s SHIFT project; and Mark Charles, independent candidate for president, Native American activist and writer. They respond to the candidates’ proposals to tackle issues affecting the Native American community, including the chronic murder and disappearance of Native American girls and women, land sovereignty, and generational trauma caused by colonialism.
This week 10 Democratic candidates and one independent in the 2020 presidential race, including Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, addressed indigenous communities at the first-ever Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa. During the two-day event, candidates individually answered questions from a panel of tribal leaders and Native American youth and elders on issues including treaty rights, voter suppression, and murdered and missing indigenous women.
- Trump Administration Proposes Jailing Migrant Families Indefinitely
- Federal Budget Deficit to Top $1 Trillion in 2020
- Satellite Data Show Brazilian Amazon Burning at Record Pace
- Brazilian President Bolsonaro Blames Environmentalists for Amazon Fires
- Wildfires Rage in Alaska, Canary Islands, Siberia and Greenland
- Gov. Jay Inslee, Champion of Climate Fight, Drops 2020 Presidential Bid
- Activists Disrupt Event Honoring House Speaker Pelosi to Demand Trump's Impeachment
- Abdalla Hamdok Sworn In as Sudan's Prime Minister
- Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Mark Anniversary of Subway Attack
- Mexico's Zapatistas Expand Autonomous Indigenous Zones in Chiapas
- Trump Calls Danish Prime Minister "Nasty" over Refusal to Discuss Greenland Sale
- Trump Doubles Down on Calling Jews Who Vote for Democrats "Disloyal"
- California School Won't Say If Students Who Made Nazi Salutes Were Disciplined
- Long Beach Police Find Arsenal in Home of Man Threatening Mass Murder
- Survivors of Parkland High School Massacre Unveil Plan to Curb Gun Violence
- WaPo: Eight Prison Officials Knew Jeffrey Epstein Was Not to Be Left Alone in Jail Cell
- Texas Executes Man Who Proclaimed His Innocence
This is Part 2 of our conversation with two New York state legislators, Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, who helped pass the Child Victims Act in New York. The state law, which went into effect last week, extends the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and includes a “lookback period,” giving survivors of any age a year to take legal action even if their cases had expired under the old statute of limitations. Over 500 lawsuits have already been filed. Both Biaggi and Niou are sexual abuse survivors, and they have spoken about the importance of the Child Victims Act in personal terms.
Watch Part 1 by clicking here.
More than 3,000 human remains have been found in the Sonoran Desert, most of them of migrants fleeing their home countries to embark on an uncertain and perilous journey to the United States. On a recent visit to the Arizona borderlands, Democracy Now! accompanied Tucson-based artist Alvaro Enciso into the desert at the site where he placed four unique markers to honor four immigrants killed in a car accident years ago as they fled from Border Patrol. In the past five years, Enciso, who is originally from Colombia, has built and installed over 900 crosses across the treacherous Sonoran Desert in Arizona as part of his ongoing project Where Dreams Die. Rather than religious symbols, Enciso views his crosses as markings that visibilize deaths that are often ignored. This is part of Democracy Now!’s ongoing series, “Death and Resistance at the U.S.-Mexico Border.”
- Amazon Wildfires Spark Fears of Environmental Disaster as São Paulo Goes Dark from Smoke
- Trump Expected to End Flores Agreement, Slashing Protections for Child Migrants
- CBP Will Not Vaccinate Jailed Migrants as Doctors Say At Least 3 Detained Children Died from Flu
- Lawsuits Allege "Torture" in Migrant Jails and Child Abuse in Foster Care
- Italy in Turmoil as Prime Minister Resigns
- Migrants Disembark from Rescue Ship in Italy After Being Stranded at Sea for 3 Weeks
- Trump Cancels Denmark Visit over Refusal to Discuss Selling Greenland
- Trump Attacks Tlaib & Omar, Says Jews Are "Disloyal" If They Vote Democrat
- Bernie Sanders Says He Would Rescind Medals for Soldiers Who Took Part in Wounded Knee Massacre
- Trump Backtracks on Gun Control Despite Calling for Background Checks After Dayton & El Paso Shootings
- 2 Proud Boys Members Convicted of Assaulting Anti-Fascist Protesters in New York
- Trump Considers Tax Cuts as Economists Warn of Possible Recession
- States Sue to Block Trump Rule That Would Block Green Cards for Immigrants Using Public Services
In Afghanistan, a series of bomb attacks devastated restaurants and other public spaces Monday in the eastern city of Jalalabad, injuring at least 66 people. The explosions took place on Afghanistan’s 100th Independence Day, following Saturday’s bloody suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul that killed 63 people, wounding around 200 others. ISIS claimed the attack, which was the deadliest this year in Afghanistan. The bombings came as the U.S. and Taliban are reportedly close to a peace deal after months of talks between the two parties. Top issues in the negotiations include a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, where elections are set to take place next month. We speak with Lotfullah Najafizada, the news director of TOLOnews, a 24-hour news channel based in Kabul.
A crowd of white nationalists took to the streets of Portland, Oregon, over the weekend for what they dubbed the “End Domestic Terrorism” rally. But they were outnumbered by a massive response from counterprotesters, who gathered across the city as police escorted members of the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and other right-wing groups across one of the city’s main bridges. Police arrested 13 people throughout the day and seized weapons but largely avoided “the worst-case scenario” Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler said the city was prepared for. Portland Police put more than 700 officers on patrol, with more than one cop for every two of the estimated 1,200 protesters. Some Republican politicians have called for antifa to be recognized as a terror organization, and the FBI has found that the majority of domestic terror in the U.S. is caused by white supremacists. From Portland, we speak with Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who this year became the first African-American woman on the Portland City Council, and Shane Burley, a freelance journalist and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon, and author of “Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It.”
Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014 by using an illegal chokehold, was fired Monday and stripped of his pension benefits. The decision came more than five years after Pantaleo held Garner, an unarmed African-American man, in a chokehold until he dropped to the ground. Before dying, he gasped “I can’t breathe” 11 times. Despite outcry from the family and community members, Pantaleo had remained on the police force on desk duty since the killing. Last month, on the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death, the Justice Department declined to charge Pantaleo with a crime despite calls by the Garner family and their supporters that the city punish him and other officers involved. Over the years, Garner’s case has helped drive the Black Lives Matter movement for police accountability. His family is continuing their fight for justice, calling on the New York City Police Department to fire the other officers involved in Garner’s death, and vowing to block any appeals made by Pantaleo’s attorney. We speak with Eric Garner’s youngest daughter, Emerald Garner.
- NYPD Fires Daniel Pantaleo 5 Years After He Killed Eric Garner
- Planned Parenthood Rejects Federal Funds over Trump "Gag Rule" on Abortion Referrals
- Fears of Renewed Arms Race as U.S. Tests Ground Missile and Questions Remain over Russian Blast
- Sudan: Omar al-Bashir Heads to Court Days After Signing of Transitional Deal
- Salvadoran Rape Survivor Cleared After Prior Conviction for Killing Stillborn
- Twitter & Facebook Remove China-Linked Accounts over Hong Kong Protest Misinformation
- Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Indigenous Groups at Iowa Native American Forum
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Asks Federal Court to Halt DAPL & Carry Out Review
- Bernie Sanders Introduces Criminal Justice Reform Plan
- Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Respond to Israel Travel Ban
- 9th Circuit Rolls Back Part of Trump Asylum Ban Injunction
- Prosecutors Move to Dismiss Epstein Charges But Vow to Keep Investigating
- Trump Admin Attempts to Legalize Anti-Trans Workplace Discrimination
- Tracy Single Is 15th Known Trans Woman of Color to Be Killed in 2019
In a special broadcast from the Arizona-Sonora border, we look at how the bodies and bones of more than 3,000 people have been found in the Sonoran Desert since 2001, and speak with Robin Reineke, the co-founder of the Tucson-based organization Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Colibrí Center is dedicated to identifying the remains of people passing through the desert and, since its founding, has identified at least 100 migrants through meticulous forensic work and DNA data collection of people’s remains and family members who are alive. In 2018, it launched the Bring Them Back Campaign to call for dignity and demand justice for disappeared migrants and their families.
Volunteers with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths have been venturing into the harsh Sonoran Desert for years to leave life-saving supplies for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Longtime volunteer Scott Warren was charged with three felonies for the alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants. After a hung jury, he is facing retrial on two felony counts and faces a possible 10 years in prison, if convicted. As he awaits his next trial as well as deals with misdemeanor charges in another case of aiding migrants, Democracy Now! followed him into the Sonoran Desert for his first trip in a year accompanying other No More Deaths volunteers who left water and food for migrants making the treacherous journey north.
We broadcast live from Tucson, Arizona, where the government recently put humanitarian activist Scott Warren on trial amid the ongoing policing of the U.S.-Mexico border, separation of families, and cruel and inhumane conditions at immigrant jails across the country. Warren, a longtime volunteer with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, was charged with three felony counts for his alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants in Ajo, Arizona. The immigrants had arrived at the doorstep of a humanitarian shelter after a perilous journey across the Sonoran Desert. At the same time, he and other volunteers also faced separate misdemeanor charges for leaving water jugs and food for migrants on a national wildlife refuge in the remote desert. The trial took eight days, and after hours of deliberation, the jury returned without a verdict. Eight found Scott Warren not guilty; the remaining four said he was. The government will now retry Warren in November. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. As he awaits his next trial, Democracy Now! followed him into the Sonoran Desert for his first trip in a year accompanying other No More Deaths volunteers who left water and food for migrants making the treacherous journey north.
- Bombs Go Off on Afghan Independence Day, Following Wedding Attack That Killed 63
- Largest Hong Kong Protest in Weeks Defies Threats, Intimidation by China
- Kashmiris Protest Lockdown 2 Weeks After India Scraps Special Status
- Gibraltar Releases Iranian Oil Tanker After U.S. Fails to Keep It Under Seizure
- Israeli Soldiers Kill 3 People in Gaza
- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to Address Israeli Travel Ban
- Far-Right and Anti-Fascict Protesters Take to Portland Streets
- Authorities Arrest Men in 3 States After They Threaten Mass Shootings
- Prison Guard Who Drove Truck into Jewish Activists Has Resigned
- NYPD Judge: Pantaleo "Untruthful" in Account of Eric Garner's Killing
Over the 20th century, black people in the U.S. were dispossessed of 12 million acres of land. Half of that loss — 6 million acres — occurred over just two decades, from 1950 to 1969, a period largely associated with the civil rights struggle. This mass land dispossession, which affected 98% of black agricultural land owners, is part of the pattern of institutional racism and discrimination that has contributed to the racial wealth gap in the United States. Many of the driving forces behind this land theft were legal and originated in federal policies, as documented by Vann Newkirk, staff writer at The Atlantic. His latest piece for the magazine is the September cover story: “The Great Land Robbery: The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms.”
Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for Tlaib to enter the country on “humanitarian” grounds to visit her family in the West Bank — though Tlaib said Friday she will not visit her family under such conditions. Israel originally denied entrance to Tlaib and Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted, “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people.” Congressmembers Tlaib and Omar are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, and were planning to tour East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Both congresswomen have voiced support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement, a global solidarity campaign with the Palestinian people. The nonviolent movement seeks to use economic and cultural pressure to force Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands. We speak with Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and secretary general of the Palestinian National Initiative political party, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.