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Report: Donald Trump Violated US Embargo on Cuba in 1990s Even as He Called Castro a Brutal Dictator
A new investigation reveals Donald Trump’s businesses violated the U.S. embargo on Cuba and secretly did business there in the late 1990s and then tried to cover it up. The investigation draws on internal company documents showing Trump’s company, then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, spent at least $68,000 in Cuba during a secret business trip to Havana. At the time, it was illegal under U.S. law to spend any corporate money in Cuba. We speak with Newsweek senior writer, Kurt Eichenwald, who broke the story, headlined "Donald Trump’s Castro Connection."
"Finally, we have an example of the U.S. Congress putting U.S. citizens above the relationship with the Saudi government," says CodePink’s Medea Benjamin in response to the vote by Congress to allow Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks, overriding President Obama’s veto of the bill. The legislation would allow courts to waive claim of foreign sovereign immunity after an act of terrorism occurs within U.S. borders. "If innocent families [of drone attacks] were able to take the U.S. to court instead of seeing joining ISIS or al-Qaeda as their only resort, that would be a very positive thing." Benjamin is author of the book "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection."
We speak with 350.org’s Bill McKibben about how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America have resisted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, even as police carrying assault rifles responded to them with armored vehicles, tear gas and helicopters. "We cannot pump more oil," McKibben says. "Frontline communities, and particularly indigenous people, have been in the forefront of this climate fight." He also discusses Hillary Clinton’s failure to take a stance on the project and how some unions have supported the resistance.
"We are under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII," says Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, in an extended interview in our New York studio. "It’s not that we need to go to war with climate change, it’s that we are under siege." This comes as 2016 is on track to be the hottest year ever on record and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said if he is elected, he will weaken the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, abolish President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, promote fossil fuel exploration and recruit oil and gas executives to lead his Cabinet.
- U.N. Calls Aleppo a "Humanitarian Catastrophe" as Ceasefire Talks Fail
- India Evacuates Thousands After Strikes Kill Pakistani Soldiers in Kashmir
- Israel: World Leaders Attend Funeral of Former PM Shimon Peres
- New Jersey: Hoboken Train Crash Kills One and Injures Over 100
- Climate Scientists: Earth on Track for 2°C Temperature Rise by 2050
- Earth’s Atmosphere Passes 400 Parts Per Million of Carbon Dioxide
- ExxonMobil Lawsuit Cites Decades-Long Cover-Up of Climate Change
- El Cajon, CA: Family of Unarmed Ugandan Refugee Killed by Police Calls for Protests, Video Release
- New York: Undercover Officers Spied on Black Lives Matter Activists
- Wells Fargo CEO Grilled at House Hearing over Fake Account Scandal
- USA Today Editorial Board: Donald Trump Unfit For Presidency
- Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Apparently Broke Cuban Embargo
- Philippines’ Duterte Likens Himself to Hitler, “Happy to Slaughter” Millions of Drug Addicts
The Obama administration is threatening to cut off diplomatic talks with Russia on Syria in the wake of a devastating bombing campaign by the Syrian government and Russia in the city of Aleppo. On Wednesday, the two largest hospitals in East Aleppo were forced to close after being hit by airstrikes. The Russian-backed bombing of Aleppo intensified after a ceasefire collapsed 10 days ago. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo has become worse than a slaughterhouse. We speak to Syrian activist Osama Nassar in East Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, and Yasser Munif, a Syrian scholar at Emerson College who specializes in grassroots movements in Syria.
The shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, California, is just the most recent in a string of police shootings of primarily men of color with mental illness or disability. Just last week, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot and killed Keith Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven who reportedly had suffered a traumatic brain injury during a motorcycle accident in 2015. In July, a police officer in North Miami contends he mistakenly shot an African-American behavioral therapist, Charles Kinsey, when he was aiming for Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old autistic man. We speak to John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. He is co-author of a recent study that found people with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians.
The El Cajon police officer who shot Alfred Olango dead has been at the center of controversy before. Last year, Richard Gonsalves was sued for sexual harassment after making lewd propositions and texting explicit photos to his subordinate officer. He was demoted to officer from sergeant. Gonsalves was just served with a second suit in August of this year, after the harassment continued. Despite the lawsuits, Gonsalves remained on the force. We speak to Dan Gilleon, attorney for the family of Alfred Olango and Officer Christine Greer, the plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Richard Gonsalves.
Protests Continue in San Diego After Police Kill Mentally Ill, Unarmed Ugandan Refugee Alfred Olango
Protests continue in the San Diego, California, suburb of El Cajon, where police shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Tuesday after his sister called 911 to report her brother was having a mental health emergency. Eyewitnesses in El Cajon said 38-year-old Alfred Olango was holding his hands up when he was tased by one police officer and then fired upon five times by another officer. Olango was a 38-year-old father of two and a Ugandan refugee who moved to the San Diego area 20 years ago. On Wednesday, police confirmed Alfred Olango did not have a gun. The object he pointed at police was a three-inch-long silver e-cigarette. We speak to Olango family attorney Dan Gilleon and Christopher Rice-Wilson of Alliance San Diego.
- San Diego: Protests Continue over Police Killing of Alfred Olango
- Louisiana: Newly Released Video Shows Cops Killing 6-Year-Old Boy
- Congress Overrides Obama's Veto on Suing Saudi Arabia over 9/11
- Newsweek: Trump Illegally Violated U.S. Embargo on Cuba
- Forbes: Donald Trump Lost $800 Million Last Year
- Gary Johnson Couldn't Name Single Foreign Leader During Town Hall
- Officials Say They've Identified Two Men Who Found Bag with Unexploded Bomb
- Ex-Ally to Chris Christie Says Gov. Knew of G.W. Bridge Lane Closure Plan
- Congress Passes Bill to Avoid Gov't Shutdown
- White House Authorizes 600 Additional U.S. Troops to Iraq
- Somalia: Officials Say U.S. Airstrike Killed 20 Somali Soldiers
- South Carolina: 14-Year-Old Kills Father, Shoots 3 at Elementary School
- South Korea: 40,000+ Unionized Workers Stage One-Day Strike
- Mexico: Iguala Marks 2nd Anniversary of 43 Students' Disappearance
- 21 Arrested Resisting Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline
What Drives Trump Supporters?: Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right
In the wake of Monday night’s first presidential debate, the establishment Republican Party and conservative newspapers continue to distance themselves from Donald Trump amid increasing accusations of racism, sexism, xenophobia and Islamophobia. Today, former Virginia Republican Senator John Warner is reportedly slated to endorse Clinton. This comes as Arizona’s largest newspaper, The Arizona Republic, has endorsed Hillary Clinton—marking the paper’s first time ever endorsing a Democratic candidate for president. The editorial board wrote, "Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. … This year is different." For more, we speak with famed sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild. She has spent much of the past five years with some of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters, researching her new book, "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right."
"I Called You to Help Me, But You Killed My Brother": Police Shoot Dead Unarmed African-American Man
Police in the San Diego, California, suburb of El Cajon shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Tuesday, after his sister called 911 to report her brother was having a mental health emergency. Eyewitnesses said 30-year-old Alfred Olango was holding his hands up when he was tased by one police officer and then fired upon five times by another officer. In video posted online, Alfred Olango’s grieving sister is seen tearfully confronting police. She tells them, "I called you to help me, but you killed my brother."
The largest prison work strike in U.S. history has entered its third week. Organizers report that as of last week at least 20 prisons in 11 states continued to protest, including in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington. The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee says at one point about 20,000 prisoners were on strike. With protest has come punishment. Several facilities have been put on lockdown, with prisoners kept in their cells and denied phone access both before and during the strike. Organizers have also been put in solitary confinement.
Prison officials in Alabama have confirmed a group of correction officers refused to report for the evening shift Saturday at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The apparent work strike comes as guards have been walking off the job amid safety concerns and overcrowding throughout the summer. Prisoners say there are stabbings on a regular basis, and call the facility "The Slaughterhouse." We speak to incarcerated organizer Kinetik Justice and Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, founder and national president of The Ordinary People Society.
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- In First, Arizona Republic Endorses Democrat for President
- San Diego: Police Kill Unarmed Black Man Having Mental Health Breakdown
- Charlotte: 9-Year-Old Girl's Testimony About Police Killings Goes Viral
- "I Won't Be Silent": Serena Williams on Police Killings of African Americans
- Wells Fargo CEO to Return $41 Million in Compensation Amid Scandal
- WSJ: Mylan Misrepresented Profit Figures of EpiPen to Congress
- Israel: Former Prime Minister Shimon Peres Dies at 93
- Afghanistan: Officials Say U.S. Drone Strike Killed 18
- Syria: Two Major Hospitals Bombed Amid "Catastrophic" Airstrikes
- Bernie Sanders' Brother Running for David Cameron's Parliament Seat
- President Obama Nominates First U.S. Ambassador to Cuba in 50 Years
On Monday night, the two major-party candidates squared off for the first presidential debate. It was one of the most anticipated debates in U.S. history. Ahead of the event, TV network executives predicted as many as 100 million people across the United States would tune in. Many more also watched from around the world, including across Asia, Europe and in Latin America. But these viewers did not see any third-party candidates on stage. So, in a Democracy Now! broadcast special, we invited Dr. Jill Stein to respond to the same questions posed to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off Monday night in one of the most anticipated debates in U.S. history. The debate was held at Hofstra University on Long Island and moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. Throughout the 90-minute, often antagonistic, debate, Clinton and Trump sparred on everything from foreign policy to trade deals to personal stamina. But third-party candidates, including Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, were excluded from the debate stage under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. For more, we air excerpts from the presidential debate and get response from Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.
Hundreds of people protested outside the debate at Hofstra University on Monday to demand the presidential debates be opened up to third-party candidates. At least 24 people were arrested. Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein was escorted off campus by Hofstra security and Nassau County police, despite the fact that she was invited on site by MSNBC, ABC, Fox and CBS for interviews. Democracy Now! was there at Hofstra and brings you this exclusive report.
- Clinton and Trump Face Off at First Presidential Debate
- 24 Arrested Protesting Outside First Presidential Debate
- Syrian Gov't & Russia Continue Bombing Campaign in Aleppo
- Mexico: 30,000 March to Mark 2nd Anniversary of Ayotzinapa Kidnapping
- NYC Protest Marks 2nd Anniversary of Kidnapping of 43 Mexican Students
- Colombia: Gov't & FARC Signs Peace Deal Ahead of Referendum
- Texas: Gunman Opens Fire, Injuring 9, at Houston Shopping Center
- FBI: Murders in U.S. Jump 10.8% in 2015
- Alabama: Prison Guards Launched Work Strike Saturday at Holman
- Report: 46 Prisons See Protests, Lockdowns Amid Historic Work Strike
- ND: Cannonball Ranch Sold to Dakota Access Pipeline Company
- Robert Redford Backs Resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline
- U.N. Rep.: U.S. Police Killings "Reminiscent" of Lynching
We speak with a lawyer who helped to represent the six Guantánamo prisoners who the U.S. government released to Uruguay, including Jihad Abu Wa’el Dhiab. CUNY law professor Ramzi Kassem has been to Guantánamo about 50 times. He discusses his client Dhiab’s case, what he is asking for and what the situation is overall at Guantánamo. "They’ve been in Uruguay for almost two years," Kassem says. "And for that entire time, Mr. Dhiab and the other prisoners have been asking this question. You know, when are we going to see our families? Is that going to happen? How is that going to happen?"