- Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Most Restrictive Anti-Choice Law
- Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions After 8 Weeks
- Trump Declares National Emergency, Blacklisting Chinese Telecom Huawei
- Trump Delays Plans for Tariffs on Foreign Cars and Auto Parts
- Trump to Announce "Merit-Based" Immigration Plan to Limit Asylum Cases, Family Reunifications
- White House Refuses House Judiciary Committee Request for Documents
- U.S. Won't Join "Christchurch Call" Against Online Extremism
- Six Civilians Killed in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Fall on Sana'a
- Sudanese Troops Fire on Pro-Democracy Protesters as Military Rulers Suspend Talks
- Israeli Forces Fire on Gaza Protesters Marking Nakba Day
- Trump Officials Claim Photos of Iranian Missile Boats Sparked Tensions
- Top British Commander Denies U.S. Claims of Increased Threat Posed by Iran
- DOT Orders a Halt to Flights Between the U.S. and Venezuela
- Arctic Ocean Temperatures Soar as Nearly All Old Arctic Sea Ice Has Vanished
- California Investigators Find PG&E Sparked Worst Wildfire in State History
- NYC's Met and Natural History Museum Sever Sackler Family Ties Over Opioid Epidemic
- Trump Pardons Media Baron Conrad Black, Who Authored Glowing Biography of Trump
- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Joins 2020 Race Pledging to Fight for Working Families
After End of Dictatorship, Sudan's Protest Movement Demands Transition From Military to Civilian Rule
Mass protests in Sudan continue to call for civilian rule following last month’s military coup. On Monday, the Transitional Military Council says it has reached an agreement with protest leaders on a transitional power structure. Demonstrators have been demanding a transfer from military to civilian rule following last month’s military coup that ousted longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. The announcement comes after at least six protesters and a member of security forces were killed when security and paramilitary troops opened fire on crowds outside military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on Monday. Dozens more were injured. The same day, deposed President Omar al-Bashir was charged in the killing of protesters during the popular uprising that led to his overthrow. The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors says 90 people were killed during the protests. Demonstrators have vowed to continue to sit-in and march until the government is transitioned to 100 percent civilian rule. We speak with Marine Alneel, a Sudanese activist based in New York City.
The State Department has ordered all non-emergency personnel to evacuate the U.S. embassy and consulate in Iraq, in response to what the White House says is a threat linked to Iran. No further details were given. Iraqi officials expressed skepticism about any purported threats, as did a senior British official who is the deputy commander of the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are continuing to mount, despite both parties saying they are not seeking war. The New York Times reports the Pentagon has drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The U.S. also recently deployed a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region claiming there was a “credible threat by Iranian regime forces.” We speak with CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about the growing threat of war with Iran and the role of National Security Advisor John Bolton, who Benjamin says has been pushing for war with Iran for years.
In Washington, D.C., four activists remain in the Venezuelan embassy after police raided the building Monday night. Activists with CodePink, ANSWER Coalition and Popular Resistance have been inside the embassy since late April at the invitation of Venezuela’s government in order to prevent it from being taken over by Venezuela’s U.S.-backed opposition, led by Juan Guaidó. Last week, authorities cut off water and electricity to the embassy. We speak with CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about the ongoing stand-off at the embassy.
Alabama lawmakers voted to effectively ban abortion Tuesday, passing the most restrictive anti-choice law in the country in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. The bill approved by the Senate Tuesday and the Alabama House last month bans abortions at all phases. Doctors could face up to 99 years in prison for performing abortions. The bill’s only exception is grave risk to the mother’s life — not cases of rape and incest. The legislation is now heading to the desk of anti-choice Republican Governor Kay Ivey, and many expect she’ll sign it. Opponents say they’ll challenge the bill in court should it become law, but this is precisely the point. Architects behind the legislation want to use it to challenge Roe v. Wade, which recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion. We speak with Jessica Mason Pieklo of Rewire and Monica Simpson of Sister Song.
- Alabama Legislature Passes Near-Complete Abortion Ban
- U.S. Evacuates Non-Emergency State Dept. Personnel from Iraq
- Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities
- Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections
- CNN: Migrant Children Sleeping Outside on the Ground at Texas Border Patrol
- Pennsylvania Sues Purdue Pharma Over Oxycontin
- Reports: Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Conditional Senate Hearing
- San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
- Pilots' Union Confronted Boeing Over Faulty 737 Max Jets After First Fatal Crash
- NYC Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Call for Halt to Williams Oil Pipeline
- Texas Officer Tases, then Shoots Black Woman After She Yelled "I'm Pregnant"
- "Black Mama’s Bail Out Day" Frees Over 100 Women for Mother's Day
- New Yorkers Protest Gala Honoring Brazilian Pres. Bolsonaro and Mike Pompeo
“I am done waiting.” Those are the first words in Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking new book The Apology, in which the world-renowned playwright and activist imagines what it would mean for a survivor of abuse to hear the words she’s been waiting for her entire life: I’m sorry. Eve Ensler’s father sexually and physically abused her throughout her childhood, beginning when she was just five years old. His abuse caused immeasurable physical and emotional damage, but he never apologized for his actions. So Eve Ensler decided to write an apology for him, decades after his death. The result is a stunning new book in which Ensler writes to herself from her father’s perspective. In the book’s introduction she writes: “My father is long dead. He will never say the words to me. He will not make the apology. So it must be imagined. For it is in our imagination that we can dream across boundaries, deepen the narrative, and design alternative outcomes.” Ensler says that she hopes the book will be a blueprint for an “age of reckoning.” Eve Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues and the founder of V-Day, an international movement to stop violence against women and girls. Ensler dedicates her new book to every woman still waiting for an apology.
The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if President Trump decides to take military action against Iran. The New York Times reports the Pentagon presented the proposal on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton requested a revision to an earlier plan. Bolton has long advocated for attacking Iran. According to the Pentagon, far more than 120,000 troops would be needed if a ground invasion was ordered. This comes as tension continues to escalate between the United States and Iran. The United States recently deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the region claiming there was a “credible threat by Iranian regime forces.” Iran has announced it will stop complying with parts of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and resume high-level enrichment of uranium in 60 days if other signatories of the deal do not take action to shield Iran’s oil and banking sectors from U.S. sanctions. The U.S. has attempted to cut Iran off from the global economy, even though Iran has remained in compliance with the nuclear deal. We speak with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served as spokesperson for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the European Union from 2003 to 2005.
- NYT: Pentagon Readies Plan to Deploy 120,000 Troops as U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount
- Trump and Far-Right Hungarian PM Orbán Celebrate "Similar Approaches" at WH Meeting
- U.S.-China Trade War Ramps Up as China Retaliates with Raised Tariffs
- Philippines Midterms Bolster Authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte
- Sudan: At Least 6 Protesters Killed in Clashes with Security Forces
- Sri Lanka: Mounting Anti-Muslim Violence Leads to Curfew, Social Media Ban
- SCOTUS Rules Users Can Sue Apple For Allegedly Monopolizing Apps Market
- Reports: Israeli Security Firm NSO Group Hacked Whatsapp
- AG Barr Assigns Federal Prosecutor to Look Into Russia Probe
- CA Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay Over $2 Billion in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
- Carbon Levels in Atmosphere Reach Highest Ever in Human History
- NYPD Holds Disciplinary Hearing for White Officer Who Killed Eric Garner in 2014
- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Enters 2020 Democratic Race
- Police Raid Activists Occupying Venezuelan Embassy in D.C.
Arundhati Roy on the Power of Fiction: Literature is "The Simplest Way of Saying a Complicated Thing"
We speak with world-renowned author Arundhati Roy on the importance of reading and writing literature, even in the most dire of political times. On Sunday night, Roy delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, invoking James Baldwin to argue that literature can tell the truth when all other avenues fail. Roy told her audience, “I very much like the idea of literature that is needed. Literature that provides shelter. Shelter of all kinds.”
On Sunday night Arundhati Roy delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as part of the PEN World Voices Festival. She reads an excerpt of the lecture. “Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged, and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. Government perfectly fits its own definition of a rogue state,” Roy said. “And now, resorting to the same old scare tactics, the same tired falsehoods and the same old fake news about nuclear weapons, it is gearing up to bomb Iran. That will be the biggest mistake it has ever made.”
As one million species face extinction due to human activity and the globe faces a growing climate crisis, we speak with world-renowned author Arundhati Roy about the threat capitalism poses to the future of life on earth. Roy says that those most responsible for creating the climate crisis “will see to it that they profit from the solution that they propose.”
In Sweden, prosecutors are reopening an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and are seeking his extradition to face charges in Sweden. Prosecutors had dropped the investigation in 2017 because they said the case could not proceed while Assange was holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he lived for seven years before being forcibly removed by British police last month. Assange has since been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in Britain for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Assange has denied the sexual assault accusations. Assange previously faced another sexual misconduct allegation but its statute of limitations expired in 2015. The United States is also seeking Assange’s extradition over the publication of leaked documents by Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, which showed evidence of U.S. war crimes in Iraq. We speak with award-winning writer Arundhati Roy, who has criticized the arrest of WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange. Roy and other public intellectuals in India called for Assange’s immediate release, writing in a statement, “The journalism WikiLeaks and its Editor-in-Chief stand for is a journalism of outrage — outrage against the injustices and atrocities that take place round the world — but always with an eye to factuality, substantiation, and precision… If the U.S. had charged Assange and Wikileaks for publishing classified material, the legal case would have been no different from charging The New York Times with publishing the Pentagon Papers”.
In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world’s largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also raised the alarm on attacks against vulnerable populations, especially Dalits and Muslims. We speak with world-renowned, award-winning Indian writer Arundhati Roy. She is the author of The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Her new book My Seditious Heart, a collection of her nonfiction writing, will be out next month.
- Sweden Reopens Julian Assange Sexual Assault Case, Seeks His Extradition
- Pompeo to Discuss Iranian "Threats" in Europe as U.S. Ramps Up Military Presence
- Saudi Oil Tankers Damaged in "Sabotage Attack" off UAE Coast
- 187 Countries, Not Including the U.S., Agree to Landmark Deal Curbing Plastic Waste
- U.S.-China Trade Talks End Without Deal, Increased Sanctions
- Pentagon Redirects $1.5 Billion To Fund Border Wall
- Afghanistan: Gunmen Kill Ex-Broadcast Journalist and Gov't Adviser Mina Mangal
- Pakistan: Attack on Hotel Kills at Least 5
- Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill 6 People, Incl. Priest and Burn Down Church
- At Least 65 Migrants Drown After Boat Sinks in Mediterranean, U.N. Reports
- 1 Killed, Dozens Injured in Weekly Gaza Great March of Return Protests
- U.N.: 1,700 Injured Palestinians May Have to Get Amputated Due to Lack of Funding
- Biden Under Fire for Seeking "Middle Ground" on Climate Change Policies
- Bernie Sanders & AOC Introduce Legislation to Cap Credit Card Interest Rates
- Democrats Subpoena Trump's Taxes
- House Passes Relief Bill Despite Ongoing Battle Over Funds for Puerto Rico
- Hollywood Threatens Georgia Boycott After State Passes Draconian Abortion Law
- Tulsa Officials to Oversee Search for Mass Graves Nearly 100 Years After 1921 Race Massacre
Is the National Rifle Association imploding? As the nation grieves over another deadly school shooting, we turn to look at how internal turmoil inside the NRA threatens the future of the gun lobbying group. A major new report published by The Trace in partnership with The New Yorker finds that while the NRA has blamed its recent financial woes on left-wing attacks on the Second Amendment, the real damage to the organization comes from within. Chief among the NRA’s problems is its three-decade-old relationship with Oklahoma-based public relations firm Ackerman McQueen. The firm, which is behind the NRA’s imaging, messaging and most of its initiatives, was paid more than $40 million dollars in 2017. We speak to Mike Spies, staff writer at The Trace.
The family of Sandra Bland is calling for authorities to reopen the investigation into her death. The 28-year-old African-American woman died in a Texas jail cell in 2015, three days after she was arrested for allegedly failing to signal a lane change. Authorities have claimed Sandra Bland committed suicide while in jail by hanging herself with a garbage bag, but her family has long rejected this claim. On Monday, the Dallas TV station WFAA aired cellphone video filmed by Bland capturing the moment when she was pulled over. In the 39-second video you can see the officer — Brian Encinia — drawing his stun gun and saying, “I will light you up.”
Racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend Mother’s Day with their families. For the third year in a row, “Black Mama’s Bail Out Day” is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, the co-director of Southerners On New Ground, which is part of the National Bail Out Collective.
A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program.
Daniel Hale, 31, was arrested in Nashville. He faces up to 50 years in prison. Hale is accused of disclosing 11 top secret or secret documents to a reporter. The indictment does not name the reporter but unnamed government sources have told media outlets that the reporter is investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. In 2015, The Intercept published a special report called the Drone Papers exposing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. We air excerpts of the documentary “National Bird” that features Daniel Hale and speak to The Intercept’s James Risen, director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund.
- Trump Increases Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Goods
- Trump Nominates Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief
- Former U.S. Intel Analyst Charged Over Whistleblowing About Drone Program
- Chelsea Manning Freed from Jail After 62 Days as WikiLeaks Grand Jury Expires
- Dozens of Civilians Die as Syrian and Russian Warplanes Pound Idlib
- Baghdad Suicide Bomb Claimed by ISIS Kills 8
- French Activists Contest Saudi Arms Shipment, Citing Civilian Deaths in Yemen
- U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship, Accusing it of Violating Sanctions
- Water and Power Cut to Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. as Activists Continue Occupation
- Alabama Senate Delays Vote on Abortion Ban After Rancorous Debate
- Colorado Mother Warned of "Repeat of Columbine" Ahead of High School Shooting
- Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes: It's Time to Break Up Facebook