- Trump Knew of Whistleblower Complaint When He Released Ukraine Aid
- Colombian Protesters Call for Second General Strike
- Chilean President Seeks to Deploy Military to Streets Amid Protests
- IACHR Says Commission Should Investigate Human Rights Abuse in Bolivia
- Pompeo Calls on Egypt to Respect Press Freedom, After Raid of Mada Masr
- Videos Emerge of Iran’s Bloody Crackdown Against Protesters
- Jeremy Corbyn Condemns Anti-Semitism, After Criticism from Top Rabbi
- Chemical Plant Explodes in Texas; Wildfires Rage near Santa Barbara, CA
- New York City Council Votes to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
Last Thursday, literary luminaries and social leaders from around the country gathered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan to honor Toni Morrison, one of the nation’s most influential writers. She died in August at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia. In 1993, Morrison became the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her classic work “Beloved.” Much of Morrison’s writing focused on the black female experience in America, and her writing style honored the rhythms of black oral tradition. In 2012, President Obama awarded Morrison the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Edwidge Danticat and Oprah Winfrey were among those who spoke about Toni Morrison’s life and legacy. We air Oprah’s eulogy.
In Iraq, more than 340 people have died since anti-government protests began in early October. More than 15,000 Iraqis have been injured. Tires were set on fire Monday and main roads and bridges were blocked in the cities of Basra and Nassiriya. Over the weekend, security forces opened fire on civilians in Baghdad and other cities. Demonstrators are protesting corruption and lack of jobs and basic services, including clean water and electricity. In Baghdad, many university students are taking part in the demonstrations. To talk more about the protests in Iraq we are joined by the Iraqi poet, novelist, translator, and scholar Sinan Antoon. He was born and raised in Baghdad and his most recent novel is titled, “The Book of Collateral Damage.” “What’s really important is the reclaiming of Iraqi identity and a new sense of Iraqi nationalism that transcends the sectarian discourse that was institutionalized by the United States in 2003,” Antoon says.
The Israeli government deported the director of Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine office, Omar Shakir, on Monday. The organization said the move places Israel in an “ugly club” of authoritarian regimes. Israel has accused Shakir of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a nonviolent global campaign aiming to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. A 2017 Israeli law bans foreigners from Israel if they publicly support the BDS movement. Omar Shakir joins us from Stockholm to discuss his recent deportation and his plans to address the European Parliament regarding Israel’s systematic repression of Palestinians. “The Israeli government, for two and a half years now, has been trying to bar Human Rights Watch’s access to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory,” he says.
- Judge Rules Trump Can’t Stop Officials from Testifying in Impeachment Inquiry
- Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Disclosure of Trump’s Financial Records
- U.S. Troops Resume Combat Mission Against ISIS
- U.N.: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Surged to Record-High Levels in 2018
- 56 Killed in Landslides in Kenya
- Leaked Documents Reveal China’s “Brainwashing” of Uyghur Muslims
- Duque Calls for “National Dialogue” as Protests Continue to Rock Colombia
- Global Protests Mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
- Argentine Catholic Priests Sentenced to Prison for Raping Students
- Water Protectors Blockade Enbridge Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline
- 3 Men Wrongfully Jailed for 36 Years Walk Free from Prison in Baltimore
- Google Fires Four Employees Active in Labor Organizing
- Barr Announces Plan to Address Crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanded the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, one week after President Trump overruled military leaders and cleared three U.S. servicemembers accused or convicted of war crimes. The men included Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, who has been accused of multiple war crimes, including shooting two Iraqi civilians and fatally stabbing a captive teenager in the neck. Gallagher was convicted of posing with the teenage corpse but was acquitted of premeditated murder. Trump criticized the Navy on Thursday for moving toward holding a review hearing to decide if Gallagher should be ousted. The New York Times reported Navy Secretary Spencer then threatened to resign after Trump’s backlash but there are also reports that Spencer attempted to reach a backroom deal with Trump that would have allowed Gallagher to keep his Trident Pin. In a statement on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he was “deeply troubled by this conduct.” We speak with Daniel Ellsberg, one of the world’s most famous whistleblowers. In 1971, he was a high-level defense analyst when he leaked a top secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications that came to be known as the Pentagon Papers and played a key role in ending the Vietnam War.
Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the United States dropped the first atomic bombs in 1945, killing more than 200,000 people. Pope Francis said, “A world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary.” The leader of the Cathoilc Church met with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and declared the possession of nuclear weapons to be immoral. The Pope’s visit comes as a group of seven Catholic peace activists are awaiting sentencing for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, were recently convicted of three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for entering the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape and baby bottles containing their own blood. We speak with Martha Hennessy, one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement. We are also joined by Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. His most recent book is titled, “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.” Daniel Ellsberg was blocked from testifying in the recent trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.
Egyptian security forces raided the office of Mada Masr, the country’s last independent media outlet, and arrested three of its journalists this weekend. The raid began Sunday afternoon, when nine plainclothes security officers entered the Mada Masr office in Cairo, seizing phones and laptops and holding the staff in the building for more than three hours. They then arrested editor-in-chief Lina Attalah, managing editor Mohamed Hamama and reporter Rana Mamdouh. It came just a day after security forces arrested senior editor Shady Zalat at his home. All four journalists were released from detention Sunday night. The raid and arrests mark a sharp escalation in Egypt’s attack on press freedom under Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power after the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi. We go to Cairo where we’re joined by Mada Masr reporter Sharif Abdel Kouddous. He’s also a Democracy Now! correspondent and was detained with his colleagues on Sunday.
- Navy Secretary Ousted amid Dispute over Accused War Criminal Eddie Gallagher
- Released State Dept. Emails Implicate Pompeo in Giuliani Ukraine Plot
- Bloomberg Jumps into 2020 Race by Buying Millions in Campaign Ads
- Sen. Graham Blocked Armenian Genocide Resolution at White House Request
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released from Hospital in Good Health
- Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Candidates Win Nearly 90% Seats in Local Elections
- Security Forces Raid Offices of Egypt’s Last Independent Media Outlet
- Iraqi Security Forces Kill 13 Protesters amid Anti-Government Demonstrations
- Israel Deporting Head of Human Rights Watch’s Israel & Palestine Office
- Bolivia Moves Toward New Elections that Would Bar Evo Morales from Running
- Chilean Photojournalist Albertina Martínez Burgos Killed in Santiago
- Coal Industry Knew Burning Fossil Fuels Causes Climate Change as Early as 1966
- Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment at Annual Yale & Harvard Game
- London Refuses to Renew Uber’s License
- More than 60 Doctors Warn Assange Could Die Inside London Prison
- 58 Arrested in NYC Protesting Militarization of Subway System
This week Swedish prosecutors dropped an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, stemming from 2010. Assange, who has always denied the allegations, took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden on the charges. British authorities dragged him out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April and he has since been jailed in London’s Belmarsh prison on charges related to skipping of bail in 2012, when he first entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over the now-dropped sexual assault charges. The United States is still seeking Assange’s extradition to the U.S., where he faces up to 175 years in prison on hacking charges and 17 counts of violating the World War I-era Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. A full extradition hearing will take place in February. We speak with the co-editors of the new book “In Defense of Julian Assange”: Tariq Ali, historian, activist, filmmaker, author and an editor of the New Left Review, and Margaret Ratner Kunstler, civil rights attorney in private practice.
This week Swedish prosecutors dropped an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, stemming from 2010. Assange, who has always denied the allegations, took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden on the charges. British authorities dragged him out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April and he has since been jailed in London’s Belmarsh prison on charges related to skipping of bail in 2012, when he first entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over the now-dropped sexual assault charges. The United States is still seeking Assange’s extradition to the U.S., where he faces up to 175 years in prison on hacking charges and 17 counts of violating the World War I-era Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. A full extradition hearing will take place in February. We air remarks by U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, who says his initial position of skepticism toward Assange’s case changed as he began to look more deeply at the evidence and charges against him. “As I scratched the surface a little bit, immediately, things did not add up with the images I had in my mind of this man,” Melzer said in a recent talk at Columbia University. “The deeper I got into this, the more fabrication I saw.”
In Colombia, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Thursday in the largest national strike the country has seen in years. Labor unions, students, teachers, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian activists joined in peaceful marches across urban and rural Colombia as anger mounts against right-wing President Iván Duque and his cabinet. The protests were triggered by Duque’s proposed labor reforms and cuts to the pension system, as well as a recent military airstrike against a camp of alleged dissident rebel drug traffickers, which killed eight children. Police responded to the movements with repressive tactics and tear gas in the cities of Bogotá, Cali and Medellín. Colombia’s borders with Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Perú were shut down in response to the national strike. Indignation against Duque’s government has brewed since the U.S.-backed president took office in August 2018 and social activists have continuously denounced Duque’s sabotage of Colombia’s historic peace accords, which were signed in 2016 after half a century of war. We speak with long-time activist Manuel Rozental, who joins us from Cali, Colombia. He has been involved with grassroots political organizing with youth, Indigenous communities, and urban and rural social movements for four decades.
- Ex-White House Adviser Warns Impeachment Probe of GOP's "Fictional Narrative" on Ukraine
- Senate Republicans May Limit Trump's Impeachment Trial to Two Weeks
- Mass Protests in Colombia Oppose Right-Wing Government
- Bolivian Soldiers Tear Gas Funeral Procession for Slain Protesters
- Iran Continues Internet Blackout After Violently Repressing Protests
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges
- Protesters Confront Joe Biden Over Obama-Era Deportations
- Over 100 Lawmakers Call on President Trump to Fire Stephen Miller
- Seven Arrested at UC Berkeley Protest of Ann Coulter Speech
- Syracuse University Suspends Four Students Amid Rash of Racist Incidents
- Indiana Police Officer Fired Over Viral Video Showing Racist Harassment
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel Had Secret White House Dinner with Trump
- Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pipeline Protesters
- More Women Accuse Jeffrey Epstein of Rape, Sex Trafficking
Ten Democratic candidates took the stage in Atlanta, Georgia, Wednesday for the party’s fifth presidential debate, co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. Toward the end of the evening, Senator Bernie Sanders criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and laid out his foreign policy vision, including strong criticism of traditional U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Israel. “It is no longer good enough for us to be pro-Israel — I am pro-Israel — but we must treat the Palestinians with the dignity they deserve,” he said. We speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She says the Democratic Party is undergoing a major shift on foreign policy. “There’s a growing recognition among the candidates that … the discourse has changed dramatically across the board on the Middle East,” she says.
Ten Democratic candidates took the stage Wednesday for the party’s fifth presidential debate, held in Atlanta, Georgia, and co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. One of the most memorable moments of the night was a disagreement between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker over Elizabeth Warren’s proposed tax on the wealthiest Americans. Her proposed wealth tax would kick in on assets of $50 million and higher. Both candidates agreed that inequality is a major issue in the U.S., but Booker said wealth taxes in other countries have not been effective and that there are better ways to raise revenue. The issue of economic inequality was a major theme throughout the debate. We speak with Gabriel Zucman, professor of economics at UC Berkeley. He is co-author of the new book, “The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay.”
Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed on the Democratic debate stage Wednesday that he has broad support from black voters and the only black woman elected to the Senate, seemingly forgetting that 2020 candidate Kamala Harris is a California senator. Biden’s comment came amid multiple blunders during the debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post in Atlanta. For more on the 2020 candidates’ discussion of race in their campaigns, we speak with Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, and Ryan Grim, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept.
During Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told lawmakers that he was ordered by Trump to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Sondland also acknowledged there was a quid pro quo tying U.S. military aid to investigations, and said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the Ukraine pressure campaign. Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro joins us to discuss these latest developments in the impeachment inquiry, which he describes as “blockbuster testimony” that could serve as “a nail in the coffin” of Trump’s defense. Castro was excluded from the Democratic presidential debate Wednesday because his campaign did not meet polling thresholds recently established by the Democratic National Committee.
- Gordon Sondland Says Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo
- Top 10 Democratic Candidates Hold Presidential Debate in Atlanta
- Dozens of Guatemalan Migrants Freed from Locked Truck in Mexico
- Humanitarian Volunteer Scott Warren Not Guilty of Felonies for Aiding Migrants
- Ex-Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to Probation for Running Over Migrant
- Syria: 22 Civilians Killed in Idlib; Israel Bombs Iranian Forces Near Damascus
- Israel Headed for Another Election After Benny Gantz Fails to Form Government
- U.S. Isolated at U.N. Security Council After Declaring Israeli Settlements Legal
- U.N. Warns Planned Fossil Fuel Production Would Spark Climate Catastrophe
- Sydney, Australia, Shrouded in Smoke as Unprecedented Wildfires Rage
- North Dakota Says Keystone Oil Spill Was 10 Times Bigger Than First Reported
- Haitian Protesters Demand Ouster of President Jovenel Moïse
- Prince Andrew to Cancel Royal Duties over Ties to Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein
- Somali Peace Activist Almaas Elman Shot Dead in Mogadishu
- Prominent Maltese Businessman Arrested in Criminal Probe of Journalist's Murder
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that honors the thousands of transgender and gender nonconforming people who have been killed around the world. The Day of Remembrance is also a celebration of the community’s resistance and a call to action to fight for policies and a shift in culture that protects trans lives. At least 22 transgender and gender nonconforming people have been killed in the United States this year, and over 3,000 transgender and gender nonconforming lives have been taken since 2008 around the world. We speak with LaLa B Zannell, longtime transgender rights advocate and the co-producer of the Womanity Project feature film “LaLa’s World,” an upcoming documentary series on the experiences of black trans women living in America.
In Iran, Amnesty International reports over 100 protesters have been killed in 21 cities by security forces during ongoing nationwide demonstrations sparked by a sudden hike in fuel prices last week. The death count may be much higher, the report warns, with some suggesting as many as 200 have been killed. According to Iranian state media, over 1,000 people have been arrested. On Thursday, Iran announced a rise in the cost of gas ranging from 50% to 300%. Soon after protests broke out on Sunday, Iran imposed an almost complete internet blackout, making it nearly impossible for protesters use social media to share images or information. From Washington, D.C., we speak with Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian-American journalist and the diplomatic correspondent for The Independent (U.K.).