- Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds
- Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia
- NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours
- Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records
- Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals
- Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network
- Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board
- White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window
- Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis
- Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Cancel IMF Loan
- Uganda LGBT Activists Fight Possible Reintroduction of "Kill the Gays" Law
- Tunisia: Law Professor Kaïs Saïed Poised to Be Next President
- Spanish Supreme Court Sentences 9 Catalan Separatist Leaders to Prison
- Julian Assange Appears by Videolink for London Court Hearing
- Simone Biles Becomes Most Decorated Gymnast in History
- Communities Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day from Coast to Coast
We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, “Know My Name.” The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as “Emily Doe.” The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California later recalled the judge in the case. During the trial, Miller read a victim impact statement addressed to her assailant. The text of the letter later went viral, being read by millions around the world.
- Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria
- Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport
- Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally
- "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall
- Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize
- Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature
- Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea
- Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests
- News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down
- Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge
- Gymnast Simone Biles Wins 5th All-Around World Championship
- Multiple Wildfires Raging Across California
- Over 60 People Arrested in Extinction Rebellion Protests in New York City
The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn’t until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disappearance remain a mystery. Her family believes she was murdered, but says local law enforcement is not treating her sudden disappearance and death as foul play. Kaysera is among at least 27 indigenous girls and women reported missing or murdered in Big Horn County in the past decade. Since 2010, there have also been at least 134 cases of missing or murdered indigenous girls and women in the state of Montana. We speak with Grace Bulltail, Kaysera’s aunt and an assistant professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We also speak with the family’s lawyer, Mary Kathryn Nagle, a citizen of Cherokee Nation and a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., a law firm dedicated to the restoration of tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction.
As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, “The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy.” We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women’s Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuğrul Kürkçü, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey, known as the HDP. He is a former member of Parliament in Turkey.
Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria where Turkey could relocate Syrian refugees who fled over the past eight years of fighting, but the Kurds see the offensive as part of a decades-long attack by Turkey to crush their attempts at greater autonomy. The Kurds have been responsible for holding over 10,000 ISIS fighters and their families in detention. While Trump has claimed Turkey will take control of the makeshift jails, there is growing concern many former ISIS fighters will be able to escape during the Turkish assault. At least one Kurdish prison has already been shelled. To discuss the implications of Turkey’s assault, we speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women’s Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics. We also speak with Ertuğrul Kürkçü, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey, known as the HDP. He is a former member of Parliament in Turkey.
- Turkey Launches Ground Offensive in Northern Syria
- WH Budget Office Refuses to Comply with Subpoena for Impeachment Probe
- Biden Joins Majority of 2020 Field in Calling for Trump's Impeachment
- Trump Faces Dozens of New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
- Matt Lauer Denies Raping NBC Producer Brooke Nevils in 2014
- Germany: 2 Killed in Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Temple on Yom Kippur
- U.N.: U.S. Military Killed 30+ Afghan Civilians in Airstrikes in May
- Amnesty: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq Surpasses 150
- Protests Erupt in Algeria over Corruption & Army's Role in Politics
- Egyptian Dissident Alaa Abd El-Fattah Beaten in Custody, Says Family
- National Strike Paralyzes Ecuador as Anti-Austerity Protests Build
- Argentina: Dozens of Indigenous Women Protest at Interior Ministry
- Honduras: Protesters Accuse President of Drug Trafficking Ties
- FBI Carried Out Thousands of Unconstitutional Searches of NSA Archives
- U.S. Blacklists Chinese Companies over Imprisonment of Uyghurs
- Extinction Rebellion Protests Hit London Airport, Demanding Climate Change Action
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that will determine whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the court’s conservative justices, only Neil Gorsuch appeared open to prohibiting such workplace discrimination. One of the cases centers on a transgender woman from Michigan named Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in the three cases by early next summer. We speak to James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, who attended Tuesday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court.
Turkey’s government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they’re bracing for a “humanitarian catastrophe.” This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump’s move is a “stunning betrayal of allies.”
On Monday, 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro escorted a dozen asylum seekers to the U.S. port of entry at Brownsville, Texas, in a challenge to President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. The group included a disabled Salvadoran woman and her relatives, as well as nine LGBTQ people from Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of them report they’ve been threatened and assaulted while they’ve been forced to wait in the Mexican border city of Matamoros. The asylum seekers were refused entry into the United States. Castro speaks with us from San Antonio, where he served as mayor from 2009 to 2014.
Tens of thousands of people, led by indigenous leaders, are expected to again bring Ecuador to a standstill today in massive ongoing anti-government protests. Demonstrators flooded the streets of Quito Tuesday to decry government-imposed austerity measures and a steep hike in fuel prices, despite a severe police crackdown. Civil unrest has been growing since President Lenín Moreno ended a decades-old fuel subsidy program last week as part of a so-called reform plan imposed by the International Monetary Fund after Ecuador took a $4.2 billion loan from the IMF earlier this year. Hundreds of people have been arrested as the government cracks down on protesters and the media. Tuesday’s mass demonstrations come one day after Moreno said he was temporarily moving government operations from Quito to the southern city of Guayaquil. We go to Quito to speak with David Cordero Heredia, a law professor at Pontifical Catholic University. He is one of the lawyers representing protesters who have been detained in this latest round of protests.
- Trump Won't Cooperate with Impeachment Probe, Prompting Constitutional Crisis
- Turkish Attack on Kurds in Syria Imminent After U.S. Steps Aside
- Afghanistan Claims al-Qaeda Leader Died in U.S.-Led Attack That Killed 40 Civilians
- Trump Admin Planning Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty
- Wife of U.S. Diplomat Claims Immunity After Crash That Killed Motorcyclist
- Supreme Court Hears Arguments in LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Cases
- 800,000 Californians Face Blackouts as PG&E Cuts Power Amid Wildfire Fears
- Steven Reed Elected First Black Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama
- NBC Producer Says Matt Lauer Raped Her in 2014
- U.S. Billionaires Paid Lower Taxes Than Working Americans in 2018
- Bernie Sanders to Scale Back Campaign Events After Heart Attack
- Brazil's Uncontacted Tribes Face "Genocide" Under President Jair Bolsonaro
- Pope Francis Warns of "New Forms of Colonialism" in Amazon Rainforest
- Oil Slick Fouls Nearly 1,000 Miles of Beaches in Brazil
- Canada's Justin Trudeau to Appeal Reparations Payments for Indigenous Youth
- Uranium Poisoning Navajo Women and Babies Decades After Mining Ended
- Greta Thunberg Lends Support to Indigenous Climate Activists at Standing Rock
In Chicago, union leaders and the nation’s third-largest school district are racing to reach an agreement to avert a teachers’ strike authorized to begin later this month. In late September, 25,000 educators voted overwhelmingly to authorize a work stoppage, demanding more staffing and lower class sizes. On Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused the union of not coming to the bargaining table with a proposal to counter the offers the district has made in recent weeks. This comes as about 7,000 school support staffers with the Service Employees International Union have also made preparations for a strike, as have over 2,000 Chicago Park District workers with SEIU Local 73. From Chicago, we speak to Jesse Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.
About 48,000 workers at General Motors have entered their fourth week on strike. It is the longest national strike at GM by the United Auto Workers in nearly 50 years. Workers are seeking higher pay, protection of their healthcare benefits, greater job security and a commitment from GM to build more cars and parts in the United States. On Sunday, UAW officials announced they had rejected the company’s latest offer, saying negotiations had “taken a turn for the worse.” We speak with Steve Frisque, a striking GM worker and former president of UAW Local 722.
More than 700 people have been arrested in civil disobedience actions as the group Extinction Rebellion kicked off two weeks of protests in 60 cities worldwide, demanding urgent government action on the climate crisis. Its members have superglued themselves to government buildings, occupied public landmarks, shut down roads and taken to the streets to sound the alarm about the impending catastrophe of global warming. Extinction Rebellion, a nonpolitical movement, launched last year in the U.K. and rose to prominence in April, when it disrupted traffic in Central London for 11 days. For more about the significance of the coordinated global protests, we speak with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook.
- Trump Touts "Great and Unmatched Wisdom" as U.S. Abandons Kurdish Allies
- State Dept. Orders Ambassador Gordon Sondland Not to Testify to Impeachment Inquiry
- Federal Judge Rejects Trump's "Repugnant" Argument Against Turning Over Tax Records
- Ecuador's President Moves Government From Capital as Anti-Austerity Protests Grow
- Bolivia Rains Quell Fires After 10 Million Amazon Acres Burn
- 700+ Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Protests Demand Climate Action
- Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg to Visit Standing Rock Reservation
- Supreme Court Opens New Term with Justice Clarence Thomas Absent
- Asylum Seekers Escorted to U.S. Border by Julián Castro, Denied Entry
- DHS Secretary Shouted Off the Stage at Georgetown Law Keynote Address
- PayPal Drops Out of Libra Cryptocurrency in Blow to Facebook's Plans
- California to Make Anti-HIV Drugs Available Without Prescription
- NBA Under Fire for Bowing to Chinese Censors
- New York's Community Radio Station WBAI in Peril Amid Financial Woes
U.S. troops have begun withdrawing from northeast Syria as Turkey prepares to invade Kurdish-controlled areas of the country. For years, the Kurds have been close allies to the United States in the fight against ISIS. On Sunday, however, the White House released a statement that surprised many in the region, announcing that Turkey would be “moving forward with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria,” following a phone call between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in that operation, and the United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area,” the statement said. The announcement marks a major shift in U.S. policy, since as recently as January President Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacked Kurdish forces in Syria. Meanwhile, in neighboring Iraq, the death toll continues to rise as police and soldiers fire on people defying a government-imposed curfew in mass anti-government protests. For more on events in the region, we speak with Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent newspaper.
At least 18 transgender people have been killed in the United States in 2019 — most of them trans women of color. Last year, there were at least 26 killings of transgender people. The American Medical Association has declared the wave of violence an “epidemic.” Laverne Cox, the award-winning transgender actress and longtime trans rights activist, says such violence has long been part of the lives of trans people. “For my entire life as a trans woman, for 21 years, I have been hearing about, witnessing, going to memorials [and] going to Trans Days of Remembrance,” she says. Cox says the violence reflects a society-wide backlash against the gains made by trans people and others in the LGBTQ community, including from the Trump administration. “Now we’re coming out of the shadows, and as we come out of the shadows, people want to force us back into the dark,” she says. Cox joined Democracy Now! ahead of Supreme Court hearings this week on whether federal nondiscrimination laws extend to LGBTQ people. She was joined in studio by Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project.
At the start of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in three cases to determine whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of sex, as well as race, color, national origin and religion, but the Trump administration claims the law does not cover discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The cases mark the first time the Supreme Court will rule on LGBTQ rights since conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy, who wrote many of the court’s major LGBTQ rights rulings. We speak with Laverne Cox, a longtime trans rights activist and award-winning transgender actress best known for her role on the show “Orange Is the New Black,” and Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project. His work includes impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative advocacy, on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV across the United States.
- Trump Orders U.S. Troops to Step Aside for Turkish Assault on Kurdish Forces
- 109 Killed and 6,000 Wounded as Anti-Government Protests Rage in Iraq
- Second Whistleblower Has Firsthand Knowledge of Trump-Ukraine Scandal
- Secretary of State Pompeo Calls Impeachment Inquiry "Silly Gotcha Game"
- Trump Calls GOP Senator Mitt Romney "Pompous" over Ukraine Rebuke
- North Korea Calls Off Denuclearization Talks with the U.S.
- U.S. Meets with Taliban for First Time Since Trump Canceled Afghan Peace Talks
- Israeli Forces Fire on Gaza Protesters, Killing One and Injuring Dozens
- Protesters Call for Kavanaugh's Removal One Year After His Confirmation to SCOTUS
- Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Louisiana Anti-Choice Law
- Hong Kong Protesters March in Defiance of Ban on Face Masks
- Scores Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Protests Kick Off Worldwide
- Trump Admin to Open 725,000 Acres of California to Oil & Gas Drilling
- Trump to Bar Immigrants Who Can't Afford to Purchase Health Insurance
- Senior Border Patrol Agent Faces Trial for Kidnapping, Sexual Assault
- Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Blames Victoria's Secret Billionaire for Sexual Assault
- Joshua Brown, Key Witness in Dallas Police Murder Trial, Shot Dead
- Sen. Bernie Sanders On the Mend After Suffering Heart Attack
- Attacker Kills Four Homeless Men Sleeping on New York City Sidewalks