We look at the Chicago Police Department’s long history of violence against African Americans, from the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton to the reign of torture overseen by commander Jon Burge. The brutality of the Chicago police force is laid bare in a new book by leading civil rights lawyer Flint Taylor. It’s called “The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago.” The book exposes decades of corruption and cover-ups in the Chicago Police Department. We speak with Flint Taylor, who has represented survivors of police brutality in Chicago for nearly half a century.
Brazil’s far-right president and former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro visited President Trump at the White House for the first time on Tuesday. During the visit, Trump announced he would designate Brazil a major non-NATO ally, opening the door for Brazil to receive more U.S. military aid. Trump also suggested Brazil could even become a member of NATO. Both leaders criticized what they called the “fake news” and discussed increasing efforts to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. We speak with Maria Luísa Mendonça, director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil. She is a visiting scholar at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
- Trump Hosts Brazilian President Bolsonaro, Threatens New Venezuela Sanctions
- SCOTUS Rules Gov't Can Detain Immigrants with Criminal Records Indefinitely
- 40-Year-Old Mexican Migrant Dies in Gov't Custody
- Asylum Seekers Waiting in Mexico Return to U.S. for Hearings
- Report: U.S. Airstrikes Killed At Least 14 Civilians in Somalia Since 2017
- At Least 10 Migrants Drown Off Libyan Coast
- Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank
- Egypt Cracks Down on Online Dissent
- Russia Signs New Laws Censoring State Critics
- Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed as Violence Against Activists Mounts
- Trump Nominates Former Delta Exec. to Head FAA
- Reports: Lion Air Flight Nearly Went Down 1 Day Before Fatal Accident
- Texas: Massive Petrochemical Fire Extinguished After Smoke Blankets Community
- Warner Bros. CEO Resigns, Accused of Advancing Career of Actress He Had Affair With
- West Virginia AG Sues Church Under Consumer Protection Law
- Mississippi Diocese Releases List of 37 Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse
- Pope Francis Rejects Resignation of Cardinal Who Covered Up Sexual Abuse
- CA Jury Finds Monsanto's Roundup Guilty of Causing Man's Cancer
- Mississippi Senators Pass "Fetal Heartbeat Law"
- Rutgers Faculty Union Authorizes Call for Strike
- NYC: Immigrant Rights Activist Who Scaled Statue of Liberty Gets 5 Years' Probation
- Okwui Enwezor, Noted Curator and Promoter of African Art, Dies at 55
The Trump administration’s close ties to Boeing are facing new scrutiny in the wake of deadly plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet. President Trump has publicly praised Boeing hundreds of times in his two years in office and participated in efforts to sell its planes, including the 737 MAX series, to countries and airlines around the world. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg praised Trump’s support at a dinner last August at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was appointed by Trump, spent 31 years as a Boeing executive. And Trump’s former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, has been nominated to the Boeing board of directors. We speak to William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. His recent piece in The Nation is titled “A Former Boeing Executive Is Now Running the Pentagon.”
The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, national security adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report also accused the CIA of subjecting at least 27 prisoners to torture, including rape, at CIA prison sites in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania. We speak with Jamil Dakwar, director of the Human Rights Program at the American Civil Liberties Union.
Burials are beginning in New Zealand as the country mourns the loss of 50 Muslim worshipers gunned down in two mosques in Christchurch by a white supremacist Friday. It was the deadliest attack in New Zealand’s history. The worshipers killed in the Christchurch massacre came from around the world. Most of them were immigrants, or refugees who had come to New Zealand seeking safety. Six Pakistanis, four Jordanians, four Egyptians and at least three Bangladeshis are among the dead. The Palestinian Authority’s foreign ministry said that six of the victims were of Palestinian origin. We speak with Eva Nisa, a lecturer in religious studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her recent article for Middle East Eye is titled “New Zealand has been a home to Muslims for centuries, and will remain so.”
- New Zealand Mourns Victims of Mosque Terror Attack, Calls for Support of Muslims
- Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Rise of White Nationalism
- HuffPost: 7 Active U.S. Military Are Members of Far-Right "Identity Evropa"
- Mozambique: Cyclone Idai Death Toll Could Top 1,000
- Nebraska: Flooding Submerges Air Force Base
- NYT: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Campaign to Silence Opponents
- U.N. Condemns Israel for Use of Lethal Force on Gaza Protesters
- New Brexit Vote Blocked Less Than 2 Weeks from Deadline
- France to Crack Down on "Yellow Vest" Protests
- Dutch Police Arrest Suspect Who Shot and Killed 3 People in Utrecht
- Mexico: Journalist and Radio Host Santiago Barroso Killed by Gunmen
- Venezuelan Opposition Takes Control of Diplomatic Properties in U.S.
- Nicaragua: Police Arrest Over 100 as Protesters Call for Release of Political Prisoners
- House Judiciary Cmte Receives 10,000s of Documents in Trump Probe
- Report: U.S. Gov't Operates "Secret Shelters" for Unaccompanied Migrant Youth
- Sen. Warren Calls for Ending Electoral College
- Ex-President Bush Attends Naturalization Ceremony
- Rep. Steve King Posts Facebook Meme Imagining New Civil War
- U.S. Veterans for Peace Held in Ireland After Protest at Military Base
Up to 1.4 million children around the world took part in a global climate strike on Friday to demand world leaders do more to address the dangers of climate. The mass protests were sparked by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has skipped school every Friday to sit outside the Swedish parliament to demand leaders act on climate change. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York City on Friday with the young activists. We speak with 18-year-old Alysa Chen, one of the organizers of the walkout at New York City’s Bronx High School of Science.
President Donald Trump is refusing to acknowledge the global rise of white nationalism in the wake of the hate-fueled New Zealand massacre that left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday. Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Before the attacks, Tarrant published a manifesto in which he praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” and described immigrants as “invaders.” On the same day, Trump claimed there was an “invasion” occurring on the southern border, signing his first presidential veto rejecting a resolution reversing his declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. We speak with Christian Picciolini, the founder of Free Radicals Project, a nonprofit helping people disengage from hate and violent extremism. He was a leading neo-Nazi skinhead and far-right extremist in the 1980s and '90s. He is the author of “White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out.” We also speak with Khaled Beydoun, a law professor at the University of Arkansas and author of “American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear.”
Fifty people are dead, and millions around the globe are mourning, following the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. The terrorist attack unfolded during Friday prayer, when a lone gunman and avid white supremacist opened fire on worshipers while live-streaming the attack on Facebook. It was the deadliest shooting in the country’s modern history. The youngest of the dead is 3-year-old Mucad Ibrahim. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist named Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Tarrant published a manifesto praising President Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Trump has refused to acknowledge the global rise of white nationalism in the wake of the attack. We speak with Khaled Beydoun, a law professor at the University of Arkansas and the author of “American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear.” He says, “There’s an underbelly of anti-Muslim animus that facilitates the emergence of the very brazen Islamophobia we see today, weaponized by people like President Trump or by terrorists on the ground in places like New Zealand who commit massacres like we saw on Friday.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change the country’s gun laws following the deadly Christchurch massacre Friday that left 50 people dead and millions around the globe mourning following the massacre. The terrorist attack unfolded at two mosques during Friday prayer, when a lone gunman and avid white supremacist opened fire on worshipers while live-streaming the attack on Facebook. It was the deadliest shooting in the country’s modern history. The shooter reportedly used five guns to carry out the attack, including two semiautomatic assault weapons. We speak with Rebecca Peters, an international arms control advocate and member of the International Action Network on Small Arms. She led the campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, when a gunman shot dead 35 people at a cafe. After the attack, Australia cracked down on gun violence, outlawing automatic and semiautomatic rifles. More than 640,000 weapons were turned in to authorities in a nationwide buyback.
- New Zealand PM to Reform Gun Laws as Death Toll from Mosque Terrorist Attack Hits 50
- Trump Denies Threat of White Nationalist Terrorism
- WH Chief of Staff Mulvaney: "The President Is Not a White Supremacist"
- Trump Issues First Veto over Nat'l Emergency Resolution
- "Clear Similarities" Found Between Ethiopian Airlines & Lion Air Crashes
- U.S. to Deny Visas for ICC Investigators over Afghanistan Probe
- The Philippines Withdraws from ICC over Duterte Drug War Investigation
- Students Take to Streets for International "Youth Climate Strike"
- Extreme Weather in Midwest Brings Massive Floods, Kills 2 in Nebraska
- At Least 120 Killed by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe & Mozambique
- Indonesia: Flooding Kills At Least 77 in Papua
- Israel: Court Bans Leader of Racist Far-Right Party, Overturns Ban on Arab Party
- Denver: Immigrant Rights Activist Takes Sanctuary Again, Sues ICE
- Kentucky: Judge Temporarily Blocks Draconian "Fetal Heartbeat Law"
- Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Staff Unionize
- Sen. Gillibrand Launches 2020 Bid, Announces Rally at Trump Hotel
A nationwide campaign has been launched to find a blood stem cell donor for a 29-year-old journalist who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Liyna Anwar is an Indian-American producer who used to work at StoryCorps. She desperately needs a stem cell transplant, but she does not match any of her family members or the 19 million people in a national registry. Her search for a match is made more difficult because South Asians are underrepresented in the national registry. A campaign urging people of South Asian descent to donate stem cells has been launched in Anwar’s name. It’s called #SwabForLiyna. We speak with her brother Dr. Abbas Anwar and an expert on acute myelogenous leukemia, Dr. Azra Raza. We also speak with Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps.
As the fallout continues over the elite college admissions scandal that investigators nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues,” we speak with journalist Anand Giridharadas, author of “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.” His book examines how the so-called elite class of America have worked the system to maintain and consolidate power and wealth, even while claiming to help people and “change the world” through charity. On Wednesday, Giridharadas tweeted: “The college bribery scam is not a college bribery scam. It is a master class in how America—governed by a cheater, ruled by rule breakers, managed by a class that confuses its privilege for merit—functions.”
White Supremacist Kills 49 Muslim Worshipers in New Zealand as Islamophobic Hate Crimes Rise Globally
In New Zealand, a white right-wing extremist killed 49 people in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest shooting in New Zealand’s history. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant with the attack. The gunman live-streamed the attack and published a manifesto in which he praised President Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” We speak with human rights activist and lawyer Qasim Rashid, who recently launched a campaign to run for a seat in the Virginia state Senate. And we speak with Farid Hafez, a lecturer and researcher at the University of Salzburg, senior research fellow at The Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University and expert on Islamophobia.
- 49 Dead as Far-Right Shooter Opens Fire on New Zealand Mosques
- President Trump Threatens Political Opponents With Violence
- Connecticut Court Allows Sandy Hook Parents to Sue Gun Maker
- Students Walk Out of Schools to Protest Gun Violence
- Senate Rebukes Trump's Border Emergency Declaration
- House Votes 420-0 to Make Mueller Report Public
- Schoolchildren in Over 100 Countries Strike to Demand Climate Action
- Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Prize
- NYC to Spend $500 Million Protecting Manhattan From Climate Change
- Interior Official Hails Trump for Distracting Media From Drilling Plans
- Irish Prime Minister Brings Boyfriend to Meeting With Mike Pence
- Israel Bombs Gaza Strip After Two Rockets Fired Toward Tel Aviv
- Tropical Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Already Hard-Hit by Deadly Floods
- British Lawmakers Want a "Brextension" on Plans to Leave E.U.
- Brazil Marks One-Year Anniversary of Marielle Franco Assassination
A staggering 2.2 million people are locked up in America’s sprawling prison system, and more than half of those currently confined in state prisons have been convicted of violent crime. In order to radically reduce the prison population and transform criminal justice in this country, author and community organizer Danielle Sered argues that reformers must reckon with violent crime and come up with radically new ways to address it. She lays out a path for this transformation in her new unflinching book, “Until We Reckon.” Sered has spent nearly a decade working directly with people that have committed violent acts and survivors of violence as the executive director of Common Justice, a Brooklyn-based organization that offers alternatives to incarceration for people charged with violent felonies. Her experience anchors her book as she calls for a complete overhaul of the way we’ve been taught to think about crime, punishment and justice. We speak with Sered about restorative justice and how incarceration perpetuates the very violence it is meant to curb.
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizations calling for Trump’s impeachment.
Venezuelan officials say power will be largely restored in the country today after a week-long blackout across much of the country. The cause of the blackout remains in dispute. The United States blamed it on years of neglect of the Venezuelan energy system, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the U.S. military of launching a “cyberattack against the electrical, telecommunication and internet systems.” The blackout comes amid a growing political crisis in Venezuela as U.S.-backed opposition groups attempt to topple Maduro’s government. On Monday, the United States announced it was withdrawing remaining diplomatic staff from its embassy in Caracas. We speak with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy. His latest piece for The New Republic is headlined “The Reality Behind Trump’s Coalition for Regime Change in Venezuela.”
- Trump Orders Boeing 737 MAX Planes Grounded After Fatal Crashes
- Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen
- Pompeo Defends Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Reports of Torture
- Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration
- Former Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to 43 More Months in Prison
- U.N. Warns Arctic on Pace to Warm by 5 Degrees Celsius by 2050
- Spanish Investigators Link CIA to Attack on North Korean Embassy
- Brazil: Two Gunmen Kill 8, Reportedly Inspired by Columbine Massacre
- Nigeria: Lagos Building Collapse Kills 10 and Traps Schoolchildren
- British MPs Reject "No-Deal" Brexit in Latest Blow to Theresa May
- Senate Confirms Neomi Rao and Paul Matey to Federal Bench
- ICE Using Vast Surveillance Database to Target Immigrants
- Facebook Faces Criminal Probe for Sharing Private Data with Tech Giants
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Moratorium on Death Penalty
- Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke Joins 2020 Presidential Race
- Activists Demand Cancelation of Puerto Rico's $72 Billion Public Debt