- Trump Calls Off Secret Afghanistan Meeting, Putting Fate of Possible Peace Deal in Question
- Bahama Grapples with Hurricane Dorian's Devastation as U.S. Turns Away Asylum Seekers
- FBI Investigates Shooting of Undocumented Man by ICE Agent in Tennessee
- Trump Admin Failing to Provide Legal Aid for Migrant Children
- 8.5-Month-Pregnant Asylum Seeker Kicked Out of U.S. Under "Remain in Mexico" Policy
- U.S. Air Force & House Dems Investigate Spending at Trump's Scottish Turnberry Resort
- Heating of Pacific Ocean Threatens Marine Life, Endangered Species
- Israeli Military Fatally Shoots Two Palestinian Teens in Gaza
- Salvadoran Rape Survivor Faces New Trial for Having Stillborn, After Recent Acquittal
- Russia and Ukraine Swap Dozens of Prisoners in Sign of Thawing Relations
- Russian Pro-Kremlin Party Loses Strength in Local Elections
- Colombia At Risk of Election-Related Violence as 2 More Indigenous Leaders Killed
- Former South Carolina Gov. and Rep. Mark Sanford Enters 2020 GOP Race
- Trump Will Be Able to Nominate 2 More Conservative Judges to 11th Circuit
- Two More Black Transgender Murders Bring 2019 Total Death Count to At Least 18
- Progressive News Site ThinkProgress Shuts Down After Failing to Secure Funding
Lisa Fithian is a longtime organizer and nonviolent direct action trainer since the 1970s. She has shut down the CIA. She has occupied Wall Street, disrupted the World Trade Organization and stood her ground in Tahrir Square. She has walked in solidarity with the tribal leaders at Standing Rock and defended communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She joined us at the Democracy Now! studio to talk about her new book, which was published this week, titled “Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance.” Fithian is currently on a book tour and doing a new workshop called “Escalating Resistance: Mass Rebellion Training.”
Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, Robert Mugabe, has died at the age of 95. In 1963, he helped found the Zimbabwe African National Union in an effort to liberate the country from decades of white-minority rule. He was jailed from 1963 to 1974. Once freed, Mugabe became a leader of the liberation movement which successfully led to the formation of an independent Zimbabwe in 1979. He became Zimbabwe’s first prime minister in 1980, but he would continue ruling the country for the next 37 years. While Mugabe has been hailed as one of the most significant anti-colonial leaders of the 20th century, he was widely criticized for how he led Zimbabwe and for his refusal to hand over power until he was ousted in a coup in 2017. His death was announced by his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa. To talk more about the legacy of Robert Mugabe, we speak with Horace Campbell, professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University.
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm over the weekend, lingering for days and leaving nearly unimaginable destruction in its path. The airport on Grand Bahama Island has been completely decimated, and entire neighborhoods have been razed. Hundreds, if not thousands, remain missing. We speak with University of Miami assistant professor Erica Moiah James about the climate change-fueled hurricane and how the people in the Bahamas are on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
As Hurricane Dorian lashes North Carolina and continues its path north, the death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 30 people. The actual number is expected to be far higher, with hundreds, if not thousands, still missing in the island nation. We speak to Susan Mangicaro, senior adviser for emergency response at the International Medical Corps, about ongoing rescue efforts in the Bahamas.
- Hurricane Dorian Death Toll in Bahamas Rises to 30, Likely Far Higher
- Trump Personally Altered Map to Promote False Hurricane Threat to Alabama
- Brazilian Archbishops Denounce Amazon Fires
- Brazil's President Taunts U.N. Human Rights Chief over Her Family's Torture by Pinochet
- Taliban Suicide Blast Kills 12 in Afghan Capital, Including Two NATO Soldiers
- Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean Liberation Fighter Turned Dictator, Dies at 95
- Mike Pence Stayed in Trump Golf Resort 180+ Miles from Talks with Irish Leaders
- Brother of British PM Boris Johnson Quits Parliament over Brexit
- Federal Judge Rules Federal Terrorism Watchlist Unconstitutional
- Trump Admin Calls for Privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Ex-Interior Department Official Who Backed Alaska Drilling Joins Oil Company
- San Francisco Supervisors Declare NRA a Terrorist Organization
- 12 Arrested in Massachusetts Protest of Amazon's Ties to ICE
Nearly 2 million people in the northeast state of Assam are at risk of being rendered stateless in India after the government published its National Register of Citizens list Saturday. The highly contested register was first created in 1951 and lists people who are able to prove they came to the state by March 24, 1971 — the day before neighboring Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, declared independence from Pakistan. The Indian government says the list helps identify Bangladeshi migrants who are not legal residents. Critics have denounced the register as an attempt to deport millions of Muslims. Residents suspected of being foreigners can be rounded up and sent to prison camps. Assam residents were in shock after the NRC was published. Assam residents who do not appear on the list have 120 days to appeal their exclusion before so-called foreigner tribunals. We speak with award-winning Indian author and journalist Siddhartha Deb, who was born in northeast India. “It’s become this incredible exercise in disenfranchisement,” he says. “The process has been riven with confusion, with arbitrariness for the past few years.”
Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage in New York City Wednesday night for a climate town hall hosted by CNN. The event was held less than two weeks after the Democratic National Committee rejected a resolution that would have allowed candidates to participate in a debate focused on the climate crisis. For months, the Sunrise Movement and other environmental groups pushed the DNC to hold a climate debate, but the party refused. We host a roundtable with former EPA official Mustafa Ali, journalist Kate Aronoff and Sunrise Movement digital director Mattias Lehman.
While 2020 hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders often aligned on climate policy at CNN’s climate crisis town hall Wednesday evening, the candidates diverged on the question of nationalizing public utilities. Bernie is for the proposal, while Warren is against. We speak with journalist Kate Aronoff.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing scrutiny after being questioned about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry at CNN’s town hall on the climate crisis Wednesday. An audience member asked Biden about his plans to attend a fundraiser hosted by fossil fuel executive Andrew Goldman the day after the town hall, despite taking a pledge to reject oil and gas money. Biden initially denied Goldman’s ties to the fossil fuel industry, despite Goldman co-founding a natural gas company called Western LNG. When pressed by Anderson Cooper, Biden said he would look into the matter further. We host a roundtable with Mustafa Ali, former head of the environmental justice program at the Environmental Protection Agency; journalist Kate Aronoff; and Mattias Lehman, digital director at Sunrise Movement.
- 2020 Dem Candidates Talk Fracking, Green New Deal, Nuclear Energy & More at Climate Crisis Town Hall
- Brexit Battle Heats Up as Lawmakers Vote to Block "No-Deal" Scenario
- Trump Shows Doctored Hurricane Map as Dorian Hits U.S. Coast After Ravaging Bahamas
- Report: FBI Tracking Immigration Activists Who Oppose Trump Policies
- Aid Groups Uncover More Human Remains at Arizona-Mexico Border
- State Dept. Official Offered Millions to Captain of Iranian Oil Tanker to Divert Vessel
- Mexico: Main Suspect in 2014 Ayotzinapa Student Disappearance Acquitted
- Denmark Bans PFAS from Food Packaging, Germany Announces Glyphosate Ban
- Trump Admin Rolls Back Rules on Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
- Second Vaping-Related Death Identified in Oregon as Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes
- Google Fined $170 Million After YouTube Illegally Collected Personal Data of Children
- Odessa Gunman Obtained Gun Through Private Sale
- Chanel Miller Reveals Identity Years After Rape by Brock Turner Sparked National Outcry
- Immanuel Wallerstein, Noted Sociologist & World Systems Analyst, Dies at 88
Journalist and pro-democracy activist Omoyele Sowore is entering his second month in jail for calling for peaceful nationwide protests against the government. Sowore called his movement “Revolution Now” and mobilized activists to take to the streets August 5. But just two days before the protests were set to begin, Sowore was arrested by the state and accused of attempting to take over the government. He’s been imprisoned for more than a month now as human rights groups continue to call for his immediate release. We speak with his wife Opeyemi Sowore and Nani Jansen Reventlow, one of the attorneys representing Omoyele Sowore.
American journalist and indigenous and environmental rights activist Brandon Lee remains in critical condition in the Philippines more than four weeks after being shot multiple times outside his home in the northern region of the country in early August. Lee was shot at least four times in the back and face on August 6 in what his family and advocates say was an attempt by the Philippines government to kill him. Brandon Lee is a Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco, but he has spent the last decade in the Philippines, where he has a wife and young daughter. He is a correspondent for the weekly newspaper Northern Dispatch and an activist with local peasant, indigenous rights and environmental organizations. Lee’s editor at Northern Dispatch told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he has been targeted for this work since 2015, facing relentless surveillance from President Rodrigo Duterte’s government. We speak with San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney, who led a fact-finding delegation to the Philippines last week to investigate the attack, and Filipina activist Raquel Redondiez, a friend of Brandon Lee.
It is a scene of utter devastation after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas. Residents of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are now bracing for the storm, which has been downgraded to Category 2. The official death in the Bahamas is at seven but is expected to rise. On the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, as many as 13,000 homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged. Rescue efforts have been hampered by widespread flooding. Some reports say 70 to 80% of the affected areas remains underwater, including the Grand Bahama International Airport. The Bahamas Red Cross and other relief groups are scrambling to help survivors. From Freeport in Grand Bahama, we speak to Crystal deGregory, professor at Kentucky State University’s Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal, and Sam Teicher, the founder and chief reef officer for Coral Vita, which is based in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
- 13,000 Homes Destroyed, At Least 7 Dead as Hurricane Dorian Devastates Bahamas
- Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Withdraws Extradition Bill After Months of Protest
- Boris Johnson Faces Crushing Blow to Brexit Plan as MPs Rebel Against No-Deal Exit from EU
- Walmart Will Stop Selling Assault Weapon Ammunition Following Spate of Deadly Mass Shootings
- 14-Year-Old Alabama Teen Shoots and Kills 5 Family Members
- Trump Admin Diverts $3.6 Billion from Defense Budget to Build Border Wall
- Trump Admin Partially Backtracks on Plan to Deport Immigrants with Serious Health Conditions
- Guatemalan Presidential Runner-Up and Ex-First Lady Sandra Torres Arrested
- Italy Reaches Agreement to Form New Government
- Trump Congratulates Poland on 80th Anniversary of Nazi Invasion
- Elizabeth Warren and Other 2020 Hopefuls Release Climate Change Plans
- Court Rules North Carolina GOP Engaged in "Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering" to Redraw Voting Map
- Founder of LGBT "Conversion Therapy" Program Comes Out as Gay, Apologizes for Harmful Practice
Following another weekend of mass protests in Hong Kong, this marks 13 weeks of protesters calling for greater political freedom and the scrapping of a controversial extradition bill with China. For the past two days, thousands of students have boycotted the beginning of classes. On Sunday, protesters returned to Hong Kong’s airport, where they barricaded roads in an attempt to shut down the airport again. On Saturday, police fired tear gas and water cannons during a chaotic night of street demonstrations. Some masked protesters were seen throwing Molotov cocktails at the police. Earlier today, Carrie Lam denied she ever offered to resign. From Hong Kong, we speak with Martin Lee, the founding chair of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong.
Hurricane Dorian is continuing to wreak havoc in the Bahamas, where massive storms and flooding have killed five people and left many stranded on the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands over the weekend. The Category 3 storm pummeled the islands throughout Monday with up to 180-mile-per-hour winds and continued to be stalled in the region Tuesday. Hurricane Dorian is one of the strongest recorded storms to ever strike the Atlantic, and is expected to continue a destructive path toward Florida and then onward to the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. It made landfall as a Category 5 storm in the Bahamas Sunday. We speak to two guests: Christian Campbell, a Bahamian poet, scholar and essayist, and Tiphanie Yanique, an award-winning poet and novelist from the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas.
A gunman killed seven people and injured 22 others on Saturday, including a 17-month-old girl. Police have identified the shooter as 36-year-old Seth Ator. He went on the rampage just hours after being fired from his trucking job. The deadly string of events began when a Midland police officer pulled over Ator for failing to use his signal. Police say Ator then opened fire using an AR-15-style weapon before speeding away. He then began shooting at random residents and motorists. The rampage ended 20 miles away when the gunman died in a shootout with police outside a movie theater in Odessa. Meanwhile, eight new laws easing gun restrictions went into effect in Texas on Sunday. It is now easier to carry guns in Texas churches, schools and apartment buildings. We speak to Ed Scruggs, president of the board of directors and spokesperson for Texas Gun Sense.
- Gunman Kills 7 People, Injures 22 in West Texas as State Enacts New Pro-Gun Legislation
- Federal Court Rules Victims of 2015 Charleston Mass Shooting Can Sue U.S. Gov't
- Hurricane Dorian Pummels Bahamas, Killing 5 People
- Kabul Bomb Attack Kills At Least 16 as U.S. Announces Draft Peace Plan with Taliban
- 2 Million People in Assam Face Statelessness, Imprisonment After India Publishes Citizens Register
- Hong Kong Protesters Take to Streets as Chinese Media Ramps Up Threatening Rhetoric
- U.K. PM Boris Johnson Threatens Snap Election as Labour Hopes to Force Brexit Extension
- Far-Right Party Makes Gains But Fails to Overtake Major Parties in German Regional Elections
- U.N. Says Western Countries May Be Complicit in Yemen War Crimes Days After Air Raid Kills 100 Prisoners
- Hezbollah and Israel Exchange Cross-Border Fire in Lebanon
- Colombia: Ex-FARC Rebels Killed in Bombing Raid
- Colombian Mayoral Candidate Killed While Campaigning
- At Least 25 Feared Dead After Santa Cruz Boat Fire
- Palestian Student Turned Away by Immigration Allowed Entry to Start Freshman Year at Harvard
Democracy Now! travels to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to follow the humanitarian activist Scott Warren into the Sonoran Desert as he accompanies other No More Deaths volunteers as they leave water and food for migrants making the treacherous journey north. Warren is currently facing up to 10 years in prison for his humanitarian work in the Sonoran Desert, where the bodies and bones of more than 3,000 people — nearly all migrants — have been found since 2001. We also speak to the Tucson-based artist Alvaro Enciso, creator of the project Where Dreams Die. He has built and installed over 900 crosses across the treacherous Sonoran Desert to mark where migrants have died.