Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa Helped Expose Duterte's Deadly Drug War; He's Now Trying to Jail Her
The award-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa has been arrested twice in recent months by the Philippines government as President Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on critics and the media. In February, she was detained in a cyber libel case that’s widely seen as politically motivated. She was arrested again in late March for allegedly violating a ban on foreign media ownership. Duterte has long attempted to shut down Rappler, which has published groundbreaking work on Duterte’s deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands. Duterte has repeatedly described the site as fake news outlet. We speak with Maria Ressa, the founder of the independent news site Rappler and a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Roe v. Wade Under Threat: Planned Parenthood Pres. Speaks Out as State Laws Threaten to Ban Abortion
Abortion rights are under threat across the United States, with 28 states currently considering legislation to ban or restrict abortion in various ways. Among the slew of strategies are trigger bans, to make abortion completely illegal in a state should Roe v. Wade be overturned, and six-week abortion bans. Earlier this month, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law a six-week abortion ban, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected—something that typically happens before many women realize they’re pregnant. The bill does not include exceptions for cases of rape or incest. A similar law is set to take effect in Mississippi in July, while judges have blocked similar bills from going into effect in Kentucky and Iowa. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is expected to sign his state’s abortion ban in the coming weeks. While over two-thirds of Americans are pro-choice, anti-choice activists have the edge in state governments, with Republicans controlling roughly two-thirds of statehouses and 27 of the country’s 50 governorships. We speak with the president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen.
Planned Parenthood President: Trump's "Pro-Life" Agenda Is Killing Thousands in the U.S. and Globally
A second federal judge has blocked a gag rule that would have stripped federal funding known as Title X for Planned Parenthood and other clinics that refer patients for abortions or even mention abortion as an option. The judge’s ruling halts the rule, which was announced by President Trump in February and was scheduled to go into effect on May 3. Washington state Federal Judge Stanley Bastian ruled against the changes to Title X funding Thursday, saying they would require clinics “to face a Hobson’s choice that harms patients as well as the providers.” This came two days after an Oregon judge issued a preliminary injunction to stop the gag order from going into effect, calling the rule a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy.” Title X covers non-abortion services like STD prevention, cancer screenings and contraception, and provides over $280 million in funding for 4 million mostly low-income women every year. We speak with the president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen. She says the gag rule would force doctors “to compromise the oath that we took to serve our patients.”
The Trump administration is under fire after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to end rape as a weapon of war on Tuesday that excluded any mention of sexual and reproductive health. The resolution was gutted after the U.S. threatened to veto the measure altogether unless language referencing reproductive health was taken out due to the Trump administration’s belief that the language was code for abortion. The watered-down measure also weakened references to the International Criminal Court, making it harder for women and girls to seek justice. We speak with Jessica Neuwirth, director of the Human Rights Program at Roosevelt House at Hunter College and the director of the Sisterhood Is Global Institute. She sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo protesting the U.S. stance on the Security Council resolution. We also speak with Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen.
- Sri Lanka Lowers Death Toll from Easter Attacks; Top Officials Resign over Intelligence Failures
- Anita Hill: I Am Not Satisfied by Biden's Apology over Handling of Clarence Thomas Allegations
- As Comcast Lobbyist Hosts Biden's First Fundraiser, Campaign Boasts of Support From "Top 1%"
- Biden Hires Ex-Bernie Sanders Staffer as Senior Adviser
- Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Sudan Demanding Civilian Rule
- North Korea's Kim Jong-un Accuses U.S. of Acting in Bad Faith in Nuke Talks
- In Response to Yellow Vest Protests, Macron Vows to Cut Taxes, Tells Nation It Must Work Harder
- Report: U.S. Sanctions Have Killed 40,000 in Venezuela Since 2017
- Second Judge Blocks Trump's Title X "Gag Rule" on Abortion
- Texas Judge Temporarily Blocks Anti-BDS Bill, Saying It Violates First Amendment
- Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour Event on Backlash Against Pro-Palestinian Voices Faces Lawsuit, Protest
- Judge Considers Freeing Coast Guard Official Accused of Domestic Terrorist Plot
- NSA Recommends Ending Metadata Surveillance Program Exposed by Edward Snowden
- Pentagon Ethics Probe Clears Shanahan over Ties to Boeing
- FBI & IRS Raid Homes & Office of Baltimore Mayor
- After 1,100 Arrests, Extinction Rebellion Concludes 10 Days of Climate Civil Disobedience in London
Navy SEALs who witnessed their platoon chief commit war crimes in Iraq were encouraged not to speak out, and told they could lose their jobs for reporting him at a private meeting with a superior officer last year, according to new reports from The New York Times. A confidential Navy criminal investigation obtained by the Times reveals that the commandos saw Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher stab and kill an unarmed teenage captive, shoot to death a young girl and old man, and fire indiscriminately into crowds of civilians. But when the men on Gallagher’s team called a private meeting with their troop commander and demanded an investigation, they were told to stay quiet on the matter, and no action was taken. The group of seven SEALs eventually were able to force an investigation, and Chief Edward Gallagher was arrested in September on more than a dozen charges, including premeditated murder and attempted murder. The court-martial centers on a charge that Gallagher stabbed to death a teenage member of the self-proclaimed Islamic State while the unarmed youth was being treated by a medic. The trial begins May 28. If convicted, Gallagher could face life in prison. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and national correspondent for The New York Times Dave Philipps. His latest piece is headlined “Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes”
Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting to authorize the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In the weeks before Biden announced his bid for the presidency, at least seven women stepped forward to accuse him of inappropriate touching. We speak with Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor for Harper’s magazine, about Biden’s record. His recent piece is headlined “No Joe! Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy.”
A major new investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars has revealed the U.S.-led military coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa. The coalition launched thousands of airstrikes and tens of thousands of artillery strikes on the city. U.S. troops fired more artillery into Raqqa than anywhere since the Vietnam War. At the time, the United States claimed it was the “most precise air campaign in history.” We speak with Donatella Rovera, lead investigator with Amnesty International. She is calling on the U.S. and coalition nations to fully investigate the mass civilian casualties. Rovera is senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International. The new investigation is titled “Rhetoric versus Reality: How the 'most precise air campaign in history' left Raqqa the most destroyed city in modern times.”
- President Trump Vows to Fight "All the Subpoenas" from Congress
- U.S. Forces and Allies Killed More Afghan Civilians in Early 2019 Than the Taliban
- U.S.-Led Coalition Killed 1,600 Syrian Civilians in Raqqa, Syria
- China Jails Hong Kong Activists Who Led 2014 Pro-Democracy Rallies
- Wealthy Sri Lankan Spice Trader Among Those Arrested over Easter Bombings
- U.N. Condemns Saudi Arabia's Mass Execution of 37 Prisoners
- Texas Executes White Supremacist Behind 1998 Lynching of James Byrd Jr.
- Joe Biden Enters 2020 Presidential Race
- Kirstjen Nielsen Warned Against Discussing Russian Election Meddling with Trump
- Thousands of Indigenous People Protest Bolsonaro's Deforestation Policies
- U.K., Irish Politicians Join Funeral for Murdered Journalist Lyra McKee
As the 2020 election race barrels forward with nearly 20 Democratic candidates, we speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about the policy platforms of progressive hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, including Warren’s plan to break up big tech companies and cancel student debt and Sanders’s commitment to democratic socialism, which Stiglitz compares to “what in Europe is called social democracy, sometimes called the welfare state.” Stiglitz has a new book out titled “People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent.”
We look at staggering inequality and the state of the U.S. economy with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton. Joseph Stiglitz is a professor at Columbia University and chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute. His latest book, out this week, is “People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent.”
Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said at a town hall Monday that he believed in restoring voting rights for prisoners, sparking a national discussion about re-enfranchisement for the more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has spoken out against prisoner voting rights, while Senator Elizabeth Warren said “I’m not there yet” on the issue. Senator Kamala Harris said “there has to be serious consequence for the most extreme types of crimes,” referencing her background as a prosecutor. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, about the public debate on voting rights for imprisoned Americans. Berman notes that prisoners are currently counted in the U.S. census in the counties where they are imprisoned, despite not being allowed to vote in most states.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration’s plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had the authority to add the question to the census. The American Civil Liberties Union and 17 states have sued, saying Ross’s move was aimed at deterring immigrants from participating in the census. During the oral arguments, the court’s conservative majority appeared to side with the Trump administration, while the liberal minority questioned the administration’s motives and methods. Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, “There’s no doubt that people will respond less. If you’re talking about prediction, this is about 100 percent that people will answer less.” We speak with Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. MALDEF is representing plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits challenging the census citizenship question. We also speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones. His new piece is titled “In Census Case, Supreme Court Suddenly Cares a Lot About Voting Rights Act.”
- Trump Says White House Aides Should Not Testify to Congress
- Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Ignores Congressional Deadline on Trump's Tax Records
- U.S. Uses Veto Threat to Gut U.N. Resolution On Sexual Violence
- Death Toll from Sri Lanka Easter Bombings Climbs to 359
- Saudi Arabia Carries Out Mass Execution of Prisoners, Including Public Crucifixion
- Hasan Minhaj Confronts Jared Kushner over His Support of Saudi Crown Prince
- Kim Jong-un Arrives in Russia for First Meeting with Vladimir Putin
- Malawi Begins First-Ever Malaria Vaccination Campaign
- NYT Report: Navy SEALs Were Ordered to Remain Silent on War Crimes
- Drug Company Executives Criminally Charged with Trafficking Opioids
- SCOTUS Hears Case on Trump Admin's Plan to Add Citizenship Question to Census
- Watchdog Launches Ethics Probe into Top Interior Department Officials
- Thousands of Boy Scout Leaders Accused of Sexual Abuse
- Florida Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Black Teen Brutalized by Cops
- Bodycam Video Shows Connecticut Police Firing on Car with Unarmed Passengers
- Disney Heiress Calls on Her Family's Company to Fight Inequality
- Floods and Mudslides Kill At Least 33 in South Africa
- Melting Arctic Permafrost Set to Cost the World $70 Trillion
- 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Meets U.K. Lawmakers
“We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America.” That’s the name of a new book by D. Watkins that amplifies the experiences of poor black Americans typically sidelined by the public and the media—including his own life story. He writes, “I’m from the bottom, and what I mean by bottom is first-generation scholars, the project babies, the people without Wi-Fi, the workers, the people most likely to get hit by police bullets. We are the subjects of protests, the rarely heard-from even as our deaths are debated by media personalities who wouldn’t step foot on our blocks. … To quote the brilliant scholar and activist Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, 'You don't need to be a voice for the voiceless. Just pass the mic.’” D. Watkins is a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. He is also the author of “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” and “The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America.”
Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university’s plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins’s contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore’s immigration defense fund. They’re also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university’s board of trustees.
Authorities at the University of Arizona in Tucson have dropped charges against three students who held a nonviolent protest against Border Patrol agents speaking on their campus. During the March 19 protest, the students called border agents “Murder Patrol” and an “extension of the KKK.” All three students were charged with misdemeanors. On Friday, motions to dismiss the charges were granted after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups led a campaign on behalf of the students. We speak with Mariel Bustamante, one of the “Arizona Three.” She is a graduating senior who is double-majoring in law and anthropology.
The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an “armed fascist militia organization.” His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.
- Sri Lankan Minister Says Easter Bombings Were Retaliation for NZ Mosque Attacks
- Trump Admin to Ratchet Up Unilateral U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Oil
- House Democrats Subpoena Former White House Counsel Don McGahn
- Trump Sues to Quash Subpoena Requesting 10 Years of Financial Records
- Sen. Kamala Harris Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Breaking from Democratic Leaders
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Canceling Student Loan Debt, Making Public Colleges Free
- Supreme Court to Weigh Citizenship Question on 2020 Census
- Supreme Court to Decide If LGBTQ Workers Are Protected by Civil Rights Act
- Charges Dropped Against 3 Arizona Students Who Protested Border Patrol
- Activists Seek to Block U.S. Handover of Venezuelan Embassy to Opposition Leaders
- Herman Cain Withdraws as Federal Reserve Board Nominee
- Fed Reserve Board Nominee Stephen Moore Penned Sexist Columns
- Burma's High Court Upholds 7-Year Sentences for Pulitzer-Winning Journalists
- At Least 16 Killed as Two Powerful Earthquakes Strike Philippines
- Greenland Ice Sheet Melting Even Faster Than Feared Due to Warming Climate
- "Extinction Rebellion" Arrests in London Top 1,000 as Climate Campaign Continues
- Polly Higgins, Who Sought to Make Ecocide an International Crime, Dies Aged 50
As millions celebrate Earth Day around the globe, we speak with organizer Dallas Goldtooth about indigenous-led anti-pipeline activism in the United States. President Trump signed two executive orders earlier this month to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states’ ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. This comes as climate activists have filed a federal lawsuit with the ACLU challenging three South Dakota laws that they say violate the First Amendment rights of anti-pipeline organizers. Dallas Goldtooth is one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit and an organizer with Indigenous Environmental Network.