The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set to issue its strongest warning yet that climate change is caused by humans, and that the world will see more heat waves, droughts and floods unless governments take action to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The IPCC report, released every six years, incorporates the key findings from thousands of articles published in scientific journals, concluding with at least 95 percent certainty that human activities have caused most of Earth’s temperature rise since 1950, and will continue to do so in the future. “Drought is the number one threat we face from climate change because it affects the two things we need to live: food and water,” says Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground. We also speak to Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo.
Thirty Greenpeace activists remain jailed in Russia facing possible piracy charges after they attempted to board Russia’s first Arctic offshore oil rig. Many of the activists are appearing in a Russian court today, facing up to 15 years in prison if Russian prosecutors bring threatened piracy charges. We’re joined by Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, who took part in a similar action against oil drilling in the Arctic last year. "This is a disportionate use of state authority to try to silence of every important global conversation that needs to be had," Naidoo says. "We are reaching the tipping point on climate. The Arctic serves as a refrigerator and an air conditioner of the planet. And rather than treating the warming sea ice during the summer months as a warning sign that we need to get serious about climate change, sadly Western oil companies like Exxon, Shell and so on are partnering with Russian-owned companies to go and try to drill for the last drops of oil in this most fragile, remote and risky environment."
- U.S. Signs 1st Global Arms Treaty; Over Half of U.N. Members Now on Board
- U.S., Iran in Highest-Level Talks Since 1979
- Iranian President Rejects Denial of Nazi Holocaust
- Syrian Rebel Factions Reject Western-Backed Opposition
- Russia Denies Claims of Deal on Syria Resolution
- House GOP Shifts to Debt Ceiling in Bid to Derail Obamacare
- Senate Budget Bill to Exclude "Monsanto Protection Act"
- Senate Bill Seeks to Roll Back NSA Surveillance
- Docs: NSA Spied on Prominent Antiwar Critics at Height of Vietnam Invasion
- Venezuelan President Cancels U.N. Visit over Alleged Threats
- Customs Agency Unveils Training Reforms Following Border Killings
- Angola 3 Prisoner Seeks Compassionate Release over Terminal Cancer
- 2013 Right Livelihood Award Winners Announced
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama openly embraced an aggressive military doctrine backed by previous administrations on using armed force beyond the international norm of self-defense. Obama told the world that the United States is prepared to use its military to defend what he called "our core interests" in the Middle East: U.S. access to oil. "[Obama] basically came out and said the U.S. is an imperialist nation and we’re going to do whatever we need to do to conquer areas [and] take resources from people around the world," says independent journalist Jeremy Scahill. "It’s a really naked declaration of imperialism ... When we look back at Obama’s legacy, this is going to have been a very significant period in U.S. history where the ideals of very radical right-wing forces were solidified. President Obama has been a forceful, fierce defender of empire."
Kenya has begun three days of mourning for at least 67 people killed in the siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. The death count could still rise if more bodies are found in the rubble of the mall’s three floors. The Somali militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retaliation for Kenyan military intervention in Somalia. We’re joined by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, who reported from both Kenya and Somalia for his recent book and film, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield." Scahill says the Bush administration’s decision to back Ethiopia’s overthrow of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union in 2006 helped fuel al-Shabab’s growth into the dominant militant group that it is today: "Al-Shabab was largely a non-player in Somalia and al-Qaeda had almost no presence there. The U.S., by backing [Somali] warlords and overthrowing the Islamic Courts Union, made the very force they claimed to be trying to fight."
In a rare diplomatic opening, the United States and Iran are set to take part in negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program that could potentially end U.S.-led sanctions that have devastated the Iranian economy. On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarifin in one of the highest-level contacts between the two nations in years. In speeches before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, both President Obama and President Hassan Rouhani backed calls for diplomacy that have grown since Rouhani’s election earlier this year. We discuss the potential thawing of U.S.-Iran relations with Narges Bajoghli, a graduate student and filmmaker, whose documentary, "The Skin That Burns," tells the story of the 100,000 survivors of chemical warfare in Iran.
- U.S.-Iran to Hold New Talks; Rouhani Blasts "Violent" Sanctions
- Obama: U.S. Will Military Force to "Ensure Free Flow of Energy" from Mideast
- U.N. Inspectors Resume Chemical Probe in Syria
- U.S. to Sign Global Arms Treaty
- Toll From Attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria Reaches 142
- Kenya Opens Mourning Period as Mall Seige Ends
- At Least 270 Killed in Pakistani Earthquake
- Cruz Stages Marathon Delay to Push Obamacare Repeal
- White House Unveils Pricing for Obamacare Premiums
- Senate Confirms 1st Openly Gay Appellate Judge; Rubio Backtracks on Florida Nominee
- Attorney for Pakistani Drone Survivors Blocked From U.S. Hearing
- Yemeni Activist Detained under British Anti-Terror Law
- Brazilian President: U.S. Spying Violates International Law
- Greece Probes Police-Golden Dawn Ties Following Slaying of Rapper
Five years ago this month, the firm TransCanada submitted a permit request to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The project has sparked one of the nation’s most contentious environmental battles in decades. The Obama administration initially appeared ready to approve Keystone XL, but an unprecedented wave of activism from environmentalists and residents of the states along its path has forced several delays. Among those pressuring Obama for Keystone XL’s approval is the Canadian government, which recently offered a greater pledge of reduced carbon emissions if the pipeline is built. We’re joined by one of Canada’s leading environmental activists, Tzeporah Berman, who has campaigned for two decades around clean energy and is the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Climate Unit. She is now focused on stopping tar sands extraction as a member of the steering committee for the Tar Sands Solutions Network. Berman is also the co-founder of ForestEthics and is the author of the book "This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge." Berman discusses how the Canadian government is muzzling scientists speaking out on global warming, quickly changing environmental laws, and why she believes the push for tar sands extraction has created a "perfect storm" of grassroots activism bringing together environmentalists, indigenous communities and rural landowners.
In part two of our interview, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño discusses why President Rafael Correa is not attending this week’s United Nations General Assembly; the plight of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than 450 days in the Ecuador’s London embassy after being granted asylum last year; and Ecuador’s role this past summer in the drama surrounding National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and his attempt to secure political asylum. Patiño also addresses the health of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and the legacy of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
During a visit to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño joins us to discuss his government’s involvement in two closely watched environmental legal battles. An Ecuadorean court has ordered the oil giant Chevron to pay $19 billion to indigenous and rural Ecuadoreans for the dumping of as much as 18.5 billion gallons of highly toxic waste sludge into the rainforest. But Chevron has refused, winning a partial victory last week when an international arbitration panel based in The Hague delivered an interim ruling questioning the validity of the original 2011 verdict. Patiño also addresses why Ecuador recently dropped a plan to preserve swaths of the Amazon rainforest from oil drilling by having wealthy countries pay them not to drill, an effort that the Ecuadorean government says failed to attract sufficient funding. Leading environmentalists, including Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein and James Hansen, recently wrote an open letter to President Rafael Correa asking him not to forsake the initiative, saying: "Along with thousands of other world citizens, we look to the Yasuní-ITT initiative as a pioneering step in the international struggle for a post-fossil-fuel civilization. We have been inspired by the determination of the Ecuadorean public to rejuvenate the initiative following your government’s recent decision to abandon it."
- Kenya: Conflicting Reports Emerge About Standoff at Nairobi Mall
- Report: U.S. Has Restarted Deportations to Somalia
- Former FBI Agent to Plead Guilty to Being AP Source
- Kerry to Meet with Iranian Foreign Minister at U.N.
- Egyptian Court Bans All Muslim Brotherhood Activities
- U.S. Military to Stop Releasing Tally of Guantánamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike
- Chiquita Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuits over Paramilitary Killings in Colombia
- Pussy Riot Member Begins Hunger Strike over "Slavery-Like Conditions" in Penal Colony
- Angela Merkel Wins Re-election in Germany Despite Global Protests Against Austerity Policies
- IRS Official at Center of Vetting Scandal Resigns
- Family of College Student Killed by NYPD Files Lawsuit over Police Handling of Emotionally Ill
Three-and-a-half months after National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden came public on the the U.S. government’s massive spying operations at home and abroad, we spend the hour with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the British newspaper that first reported on Snowden’s leaked documents. The Guardian has continued releasing a series of exposés based on Snowden’s leaks coloring in the details on how the NSA has managed to collect telephone records in bulk and information on nearly everything a user does on the Internet. The articles have ignited widespread debate about security agencies’ covert activities, digital data protection and the nature of investigative journalism. The newspaper has been directly targeted as a result — over the summer the British government forced the paper to destroy computer hard drives containing copies of Snowden’s secret files, and later detained David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian for nearly two decades, joins us to tell the inside story of The Guardian’s publication of the NSA leaks and the crackdown it has faced from its own government as a result.
- 68 Killed in Militant Attack on Nairobi Mall
- 78 Killed in Bombing of Pakistani Church; Militants Blame Drone War
- Over 120 Killed in Iraq Violence
- Russian Foreign Minister Accuses U.S. of "Blackmail" on Authorizing Strikes
- U.S. Faces Government Shutdown as House Ties Funding to Obamacare Repeal
- Obama Warns Republicans on Debt Ceiling Vote
- Obama: Gun Violence Should be a National Obsession, Spark Change
- Bangladeshi Garment Workers Rally for Higher Pay
- Inquiry: South African Police Lied About Marikana Killings
- IPCC Unveils New Climate Report, Warns of 2 Degree Celsius Temperature Hike
- Protests Urge Obama to "Draw the Line" on Keystone XL
- Anglo American Drops Out of Controversial Mining Project in Alaska
- Students Charged for CUNY Protest Against Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus
- Sikh Physician Attacked in Apparent Hate Crime
- Transgender Teen Voted Homecoming Queen
- Hundreds Protest Neo-Nazi Takeover Attempt in North Dakota Town
Ben Jealous is stepping down as president of the NAACP after a five-year term. After a busy tenure that saw him lead campaigns around issues including the death penalty, voting rights and police racial profiling, Jealous joins us to discuss his future plans: spending more time with his family, educating youth, and exploring the formation of a new political action committee.
Two years ago on Sept. 21, 2011, the state of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis. The execution took place despite major doubts about evidence used to convict Davis of killing police officer Mark MacPhail, including the recantation of seven of the nine non-police witnesses. "The fight is not over, it’s actually just beginning and we still have a long way to go,” says Troy Davis’ sister, Kimberly Davis, of the family’s battle to prove his innocence and to abolish the death penalty nationally. We also speak to outgoing NAACP president Benjamin Jealous and Jen Marlowe, co-author of the new book, "I Am Troy Davis” with Troy’s oldest sister Martina Davis-Correia, who died in December 2011 after a decade-long battle with breast cancer. In addition to the discussion, we air footage from the Democracy Now! special broadcast the night of the execution and from his funeral.
- Syrian Deputy PM: Neither Side Can Win Syrian Civil War
- Report: Obama Letter Prompts Iran to Pursue Agreement
- House to Vote on Defunding Obamacare as Shutdown Looms
- House GOP Passes Food Stamp Cuts
- 3-Year-Old Boy, 12 Others Wounded in Chicago Shooting
- JPMorgan to Pay $920 Million Fine for London Whale Debacle
- Halliburton Pays $200,000 Fine for Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence
- Militants Kill 30 in Attacks on Yemeni Military
- Japan Scraps All 6 Nuclear Reactors at Fukushima Plant to Focus on Containing Leak
- Russian Coast Guard Arrests 25 on Greenpeace Ship in Arctic
- Obama Admin to Unveil New Carbon Limits From Coal-Fired Power Plants
- Pope Francis Calls for Major Shift on Gays, Abortion
Two years after the Occupy Wall Street movement shifted the conversation on economic inequality, we look at its origins in New York City’s Zuccotti Park and its continued legacy in a number of different groups active today. We speak with Nicole Carty, actions coordinator with The Other 98 Percent, and a facilitator of general assemblies and spokescouncil meetings during Occupy, where she was a member of the Occupy People of Color Caucus. Also joining us is Nathan Schneider, editor of the website Waging Nonviolence, and a longtime chronicler of the Occupy movement for Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New York Times, and The Catholic Worker. Scheider’s new book, "Thank You Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse," chronicles Occupy’s first year.
In the wake of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 12 people dead, dozens of gun control activists, many from the Newtown Action Alliance, convened on Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to revive a bill that would expand federal background checks of gun buyers. Speakers included Shundra Robinson, whose 18-year-old son Deno Wooldridge was shot dead on his grandmother’s front porch in Chicago nearly three years ago. "We’ve got to go home to empty rooms because our childrens’ lives were taken away by people who should not have had guns anyways," Robinson testified. "It’s beyond an epidemic. This is genocide in America." Robinson joins us from Chicago where she serves as an anti-violence activist and an evangelist with Radical End Time Ministries International.
Three days after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard investigations are underway into the gunman Aaron Alexis’s deadly rampage that left 12 people dead. Lawmakers are questioning how Alexis maintained a security clearance at the base despite a history of violent episodes and mental illness. But there is little momentum on Capitol Hill to enact any new gun control laws. “We are at a defining point in America: What kind of society are we going to be?,” asks Tom Diaz, author of "The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It." Diaz is a former member of the National Rifle Association and is a gun enthusiast.
- Iranian President Welcomes "Positive" Obama Letter, Rejects Nukes
- Ayatollah Khamenei: "No One Should Have Nuclear Weapons"
- Iran Releases Political Prisoners Ahead of U.N. General Assembly
- Assad: U.S. Threats Didn't Trigger Move on Chemical Weapons
- Ex-Pentagon Chiefs Criticize Obama on Syria
- Oxfam: Richest Nations Giving Less Than Half Their "Fair Share" for Syria Aid
- GOP Ties Government Funding, Debt Limit to Obamacare Repeal
- Fed Continues $85 Billion Stimulus Purchases
- Flooding Causes Oil Leak in Colorado; Property Damage Nears $2 Billion
- 80 Killed, Thousands Stranded in Mexico Floods
- Arctic Sea Ice Hits Sixth-Lowest Mark; Greenpeace Activists Target Russian Oil Rig
- Bahraini Opposition Suspends Talks With Monarchy
- Jailed Canadians Launch Hunger Strike in Egypt
- 7 Arrested in White House Protest Against Deportations