In 2003, Katharine Gun, a young specialist working for Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, exposed a highly confidential memo that revealed the United States’ collaboration with Britain in collecting sensitive information on United Nations Security Council members in order to pressure them into supporting the Iraq invasion. Gun leaked the memo to the press, setting off a chain of events that jeopardized her freedom and safety, but also opened the door to putting the entire legality of the Iraq invasion on trial. Acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg described Gun’s action as “the most important and courageous leak I have ever seen.” Gun’s incredible story is depicted in the new film “Official Secrets,” which premieres in the U.S. August 30. We speak with Katharine Gun; the British journalists who reported on Gun’s revelations in The Observer newspaper, Martin Bright and Ed Vulliamy; and Gavin Hood, director of “Official Secrets.”
On Thursday, President Trump attempted to distance himself from the racist chant of “send her back” about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. The chants rang across the rally in response to Trump’s own verbal attack against the congresswoman. He did nothing to intervene. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution condemning Trump’s racist remarks against Congressmembers Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We speak with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
- 70 Catholics Arrested in Capitol Hill Protest of Trump's Immigration Policies
- Asylum Seekers in Texas ICE Jail Launch Hunger Strike
- House Democrats Grill Acting DHS Chief over Migrant Deaths and Squalid Jails
- Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Confronts DHS Chief over Racist & Sexist Border Patrol Posts
- Trump Disavows "Send Her Home" Chant After Racist Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar
- Rep. Ilhan Omar Greeted in Minnesota with Chants of "Welcome Home"
- House Approves Minimum Wage Hike to $15 an Hour
- Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Would Bring Overtime Pay, Union Rights
- Trump to Nominate Anti-Union Lawyer Eugene Scalia as Labor Secretary
- Jeffrey Epstein Denied Bail Ahead of Sex Trafficking Trial
- Iran Denies Trump's Claim the U.S. Shot Down Iranian Drone
- Afghan Bombers Kill 20 in Attacks in Kandahar and Kabul
- Arson Attack in Kyoto, Japan, Kills 33
- Excessive Heat Warning Declared Across Much of U.S.
- EPA Won't Ban Toxic Pesticide Despite Link to Brain Damage in Children
- Trump Administration Proposes Slashing Regulations for Nuclear Power Plants
We look at the award-winning documentary feature titled “For Sama,” a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab. She filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo, gets married and has a baby girl, Sama, to whom the film is dedicated. When protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad first began in 2011, Waad al-Kateab was a young economics student who began filming on a cellphone. For five years, she documented her own life and the lives of those around her as the Assad regime intensified its brutal response to the uprising. She eventually gathered hundreds of hours of footage. Ahead of the film’s release in the U.S. next Thursday, we speak with Waad al-Kateab and her husband Hamza al-Kateab, a doctor and the co-founder and former director of the Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo.
Close to 100,000 Puerto Ricans took to the streets Wednesday chanting “Ricky Renuncia!” as they called for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, following the leak by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism of hundreds of misogynistic, homophobic and violent text messages between Rosselló and members of his Cabinet. On Monday, Denis Márquez of the Puerto Rican Independence Party introduced formal complaints against the governor and called for his impeachment. All of this comes as former Education Secretary Julia Keleher and five others have been arrested on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors. We speak with Melissa Mark-Viverito, interim president of the Latino Victory Project, and, from San Juan, journalist Juan Carlos Dávila, Democracy Now!’s correspondent in Puerto Rico.
- House Lawmakers Vote to Table Trump Impeachment Resolution
- Trump Renews Racist Attacks on Four Progressive Congresswomen
- Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill Affirming the Right to Boycott
- House Votes to Bar Trump's Planned Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
- U.S. to Deploy 500 Troops to Saudi Air Base
- Sudan's Military Rulers Agree to Share Power with Civilian Protesters
- United Nations Declares Global Health Emergency as Ebola Spreads
- Puerto Ricans Demand Resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló over Hateful Messages
- AG Barr & Commerce Secretary Ross Held in Contempt of Congress
- Sen. Rand Paul Blocks Vote on September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
- Drug Lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Sentenced to Life in Prison
- 1992 Video Shows Donald Trump Partying with Jeffrey Epstein
- Prosecutors Drop Sexual Assault Charge Against Kevin Spacey
- Pentagon IG Ordered to Probe U.S. Use of Ticks as Biological Weapons
- Protests Mark Fifth Anniversary of Eric Garner's Killing by NYPD Cop
- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Won't Say If Eric Garner's Killer Should Be Fired
- Hawaiian Elders Arrested at Nonviolent Protest of Mauna Kea Telescope
Abigail Disney, the heiress of the Disney fortune, is once again speaking out against the company’s unfair labor and wage practices. She recently spoke to Disneyland employees in California, where they shared their experiences with the theme park’s work environment. In the past, Abigail Disney has criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger’s obscene salary and the drastic pay gap between Iger and other Disney employees. Abigail Disney also testified in May at the House Committee on Financial Services during a hearing on strengthening the rights and protections of workers. We speak with Abigail Disney, filmmaker and granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, the co-founder of The Walt Disney Company.
While online shoppers around the world flocked to Amazon’s mega-sale “Prime Day” this week, the retail giant faced growing outrage from protesters, workers and lawmakers for its unsafe working conditions and collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Demonstrators in Seattle delivered a petition with over 270,000 signatures to Amazon headquarters demanding it stop exploiting workers and cooperating with ICE. Lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Ilhan Omar, co-signed a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration demanding a full investigation into Amazon’s workplace conditions on Tuesday, citing reports of Amazon workers facing severe physical and mental distress while on the job. Also on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel challenged an Amazon executive on allegations that the company competes against its own sellers. We speak with Angeles Solis, lead organizer on the workplace justice team at Make the Road New York, and Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, who testified about Amazon Tuesday before a House Judiciary Subcommittee.
It’s been five years since Eric Garner, an African-American father of six, was killed when a white New York City police officer wrestled him to the ground and applied a fatal chokehold, while Garner, who was unarmed, said “I can’t breathe” 11 times. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced they will not bring civil rights charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer implicated in Garner’s death. The move reportedly came after Attorney General William Barr ordered that the case be dropped. Earlier this year, a medical examiner testified that it was a chokehold that triggered an asthma attack that led to Garner’s death, which was ruled a homicide. Pantaleo remains on the police force and earns a salary of more than $100,000. We speak with Jumaane Williams, public advocate for New York City.
- House Votes to Condemn Trump's Racist Tweets
- Rep. Al Green Introduces Impeachment Articles
- Kellyanne Conway to Reporter Asking About Trump's Racism: "What's Your Ethnicity?"
- Rights Groups File Lawsuits to Stop Trump's Draconian New Asylum Rule
- White Police Officer Who Killed Eric Garner Will Not Face Federal Charges
- Ex-Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo Arrested in California over Corruption Scandal
- Press Freedom Advocates Call for Release of Yemeni Journalist Yahya al-Sawari
- Planned Parenthood Removes President Dr. Leana Wen over Disagreements on Direction of Org.
- Organizations Say They Will Not Comply with Trump Ban on Abortion Referrals
- Kamala Harris Unveils Prescription Drugs Plan as Joe Biden Shuns Medicare for All
- Suspect Arrested in Murder of Beloved Louisiana Civil Rights Activist
- Judge Recommends Daily Stormer Publisher Pay $14 Million to Woman Targeted with Anti-Semitic Trolling
- Judge Sentences Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Murderer to 2 More Life Sentences
- Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at 99
- Activists Arrested as They Take Over ICE Headquarters in D.C.
As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border—including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who come to the U.S. via the southern border. We speak with 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro about the asylum ban and his immigration reform proposals.
Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump’s spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words.
- Trump Announces Radical Plan to Bar Almost All Migrants from Seeking Asylum at U.S. Border
- Squad Rejects Trump's Racist Attacks & Calls for Impeachment as House Plans Resolution to Condemn
- Protesters Call for Exit of Puerto Rican Gov. Rosselló After Leaked Text Messages
- El Salvador Rape Survivor Being Retried for Homicide for Having Stillbirth
- U.N. Report Accuses Venezuela's Special Forces of 1000s of Extrajudicial Killings
- Workers and Activists Protest Amazon, Calling for an End to Labor Abuses, Collaboration with ICE
- Washington Activist Protesting Immigrant Detention Shot Dead
- Historian and Civil Rights Activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph Found Killed
- Epstein Abuse Survivors Ask Judge to Deny Bail
- Hawaiian Land Defenders Protest Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea
Ongoing heavy rain has killed at least 67 people in Nepal, 25 in India and 14 in Bangladesh as flooding from monsoons has displaced 1 million people in South Asia. This year’s flooding in the region has been worse than ever before and is likely fueled by rising global temperatures, which have led to more extreme weather. Scientists warn that the risk of deadly floods is not over. In the United States, New Orleans residents managed to avoid the worst of Tropical Storm Barry, but 11 million people continued to be on flash flood warning as the storm slowly made its way through Louisiana over the weekend. President Trump has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, where more than 60,000 remained without power on Sunday. We speak with Dahr Jamail, a staff reporter at Truthout and author of “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.” “We can look around the world and just see, right now, before our very eyes, evidence of how deep in this crisis we already are,” says Jamail. “June was the hottest June ever recorded on the planet. The last five years are the hottest five years in history. This is the trajectory that we’re on, and these numbers are only going to continue to increase.”
As immigrant communities face ongoing raids across the country, we speak with Rosa Sabido, one of dozens of undocumented immigrants living in churches across the United States. She entered sanctuary in May 2017 in the fellowship hall at United Methodist Church in Mancos, Colorado, after being told that her latest request of stay of deportation had been denied by ICE. She first came to the U.S. on a visitor visa in 1987 to see her mother and stepfather, who are both naturalized U.S. citizens. “We are in fear. We are on guard,” says Sabido. “We are on constant panic, and we don’t know what’s going to happen in our communities.”
This weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents launched a handful of raids across the country as part of President Trump’s push to detain and deport thousands of undocumented migrants in 10 major cities. Agents in Chicago reportedly arrested a mother and her children only to quickly release them. Arrests were also attempted in New York City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Harlem, where immigrants reportedly refused to open their doors to ICE agents because they did not have warrants. Authorities say more raids are planned this week, prompting fear but also generating mass protests on the ground. We speak with Elora Mukherjee, a professor of law and director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. She has spent the past 12 years representing immigrant children and adults along the U.S.-Mexico border. “The raids will leave children without their parents. The raids will leave children without their caregivers,” Mukherjee says. “The raids will leave U.S. citizen children without anyone in America to care for them. It is a heartbreaking situation.”
- ICE Raids Roll Out on Smaller Scale While Immigrant Communities and Supporters Mobilize
- Mike Pence Says Jailed Migrants "Well Cared For" After Visiting Texas Facilities
- Trump Launches Racist Attack on Progressive Congresswomen of Color
- Guatemala Cancels Meeting with Trump as Court Halts Contested Migration Deal
- Labor Sec. Acosta Resigns Amid Epstein Scandal
- South Asian Floods Kill Dozens, Displace At Least 1 Million People
- Tunisia Recovers 82 Missing Bodies from Migrant Shipwreck
- Algerians Protest Ruling Government for 21st Straight Week
- Ecuador: Waorani Win Case to Protect Amazon Against Oil Exploitation
- Israeli Army Kills Hamas Member in Gaza Strip
- Somalia Attack Kills 26, Including Beloved Somali-Canadian Journalist
- New Leak from Ex-U.K. Ambassador: Trump Withdrew from Iran Deal to Spite Obama
- House Passes $733B Defense Bill, Aims to Curb Trump's Ability to Attack Iran
- Tropical Storm Barry Brings Major Flooding, Wrecks Homes & Cuts Power in Louisiana
- Noted Union Leader Héctor Figueroa Dies in New York at Age 57
Since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed in the country, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the U.S. with the hope of receiving political asylum. We speak with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital of Tegucigalpa about the 10th anniversary of the coup in Honduras, U.S. intervention in Central America and its link to today’s migration crisis.
Immigrant communities across the country and their allies are preparing for nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin Sunday that will target undocumented members of immigrant families in at least nine major cities. The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. New Orleans had been on the list, but the city announced this weekend that ICE was temporarily postponing the raids due to Tropical Storm Barry. We speak with a roundtable of immigrants’ rights activists: Adelina Nicholls, the executive director of Georgia Latino Alliance of Human Rights in Atlanta; Shannon Camacho, the Los Angeles County Raids Rapid Response Network coordinator for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights; and Natalia Aristizabal, co-director of organizing at Make the Road New York. Camacho says, “We tell our community members that no matter what ICE does, don’t open the door.”