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In the Belgian capital of Brussels, explosions have hit the international airport and a city metro station, reportedly killing more than two dozen people and wounding scores. Belgium’s federal prosecutor said the two blasts at the airport were carried out by a suicide bomber. There were also reports of shots fired before the explosions at the airport, which occurred at about 8 a.m. this morning. About an hour later, another explosion hit the Maelbeek metro station. "These really are two very central targets," says Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch and a native of Belgium. "The Schuman and Maelbeek stations are where most of the European bureaucrats get out of the metro to go to work, and these attacks took place just after 9:00, just as people were getting to the office, including my own colleagues at Human Rights Watch. They left the metro just minutes before these explosions took place. It certainly has shook Belgium to the core." We speak with Bouckaert in Geneva for the latest.
- Explosions Rock Belgian Capital Brussels, Killing Dozens
- Mali: Gunmen Attack Hotel Used by EU Military Officials
- Castro Calls for Return of Guantánamo During Obama's Historic Visit
- Castro Denies Holding Political Prisoners, Criticizes U.S. Human Rights Record
- Obama to Declassify Records on Dictatorship During Argentina Visit
- Clinton's AIPAC Speech Seen as Bid to Cast Herself to Trump's Right on Israel
- Sanders Skips AIPAC, Addresses Israel on the Campaign Trail
- Contests in Utah and Arizona Today; Democratic Caucus in Idaho
- Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump a "Loser"; He Calls Her "The Indian"
- U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple's Help to Unlock iPhone
- Iraq: Previously Undisclosed U.S. Base Comes Under ISIL Attack Again
- U.S., Philippines Sign Deal Allowing Pentagon to Use Five Bases
- Report: Sea Levels Could Rise Several Meters This Century, Drowning Cities
- Georgia Could Lose Super Bowl Bid over Anti-LGBT "Religious Liberty" Bill
- 40 Millionaires Ask New York State to Raise Their Taxes
The New York Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau has launched an investigation into the arrest of an adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio and a prominent Harlem activist last Tuesday night. Five Mualimm-ak was arrested while attempting to mediate a police confrontation with a homeless man in midtown Manhattan. Five serves on Mayor de Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. He had just left an event at George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, where he read his essay in the new book "Hell is a Very Small Place" about his five years in solitary confinement. Since being released from prison in 2012, Five has become a prominent advocate for helping previously incarcerated men and women. Five was arrested Tuesday along with Harlem activist Joseph "Jazz" Hayden, who was recording the police confrontation with the homeless man with his cellphone. Hayden is the founder of the anti-police brutality organization All Things Harlem. Five other people who attended the book reading were later arrested at the police precinct, where they went to inquire about the arrest of Five and Jazz. They were charged with "refusal to disperse." We speak Five Mualimm-ak, Jazz Hayden and Terrence Slater. All three work with the group Incarcerated Nation Corp.
As protesters in Arizona blocked a highway leading to a Donald Trump rally outside Phoenix Saturday, as many as 2,000 people rallied against Trump in New York City, condemning his racist rhetoric and violence at his rallies. The actions came the same day a Trump supporter was arrested for sucker-punching a protester at a Trump rally in Tucson, Arizona, while Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was caught on video grabbing a protester by the collar. In New York City, demonstrators marched from Trump International Hotel and Tower in Columbus Circle to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Three people were arrested and a number were pepper-sprayed amid a heavy New York City police presence. Democracy Now! was there.
President Obama has arrived in Cuba for a historic three-day visit, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the island in 88 years. Obama is scheduled to meet Cuban President Raúl Castro this morning at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana. While diplomatic ties have been restored between the two countries, many issues remain unsolved. The 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba remains in place. The United States has also refused to give up control of its Navy base and military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. Last year, Raúl Castro said Cuba will not be able to normalize relations with the United States until Washington returns Guantánamo to Cuba. We go to Havana to speak with former Cuban diplomat Carlos Alzugaray Treto and Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C.
- Obama Begins Historic Visit to Cuba
- Arizona Protesters Block Highway to Trump Rally; Activist Sent to ICE Despite Being Citizen
- Trump Supporter Arrested for Punching Protester at Tucson Rally
- Trump Campaign Manager Grabs Protester's Collar; Trump Defends His "Spirit"
- Up to 2,000 March Against Trump in NYC; 3 Arrested
- Bernie Sanders Only Top Candidate to Skip Pro-Israel AIPAC Conference
- U.S. Marine Killed in Iraq, Revealing Presence of New Base
- Paris Attack Suspect Salah Abdeslam Arrested in Brussels
- Turkey: 4 Killed in Istanbul Suicide Bombing
- Hundreds of Refugees Arrive in Greece Despite New Turkey-EU Accord
- Brazil: Protests Held to Defend Gov't Amid Accusations of Right-Wing "Coup"
- Mexico: Community Police Leader Nestora Salgado Released from Prison
- Father of 1 of 43 Missing Mexican Students Runs NYC Half Marathon for Son
- Massachusetts: Builder Places Thoreau Cabin Replica in Gas Pipeline's Path
This week Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder testified for the first time before Congress about lead poisoning in the water supply of Flint, Michigan, which began after he appointed an unelected emergency manager who switched the source of the city’s drinking water to the corrosive Flint River. Snyder testified along with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Flint’s former emergency manager, Darnell Earley, who refused to appear at last month’s hearing despite a subpoena from the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. We play highlights from the hearing and speak with two Flint residents who attended. Melissa Mays is an activist and founder of Water You Fighting For?, a Flint, Michigan-based research and advocacy organization founded around the city’s water crisis. She and her three children suffer from long-term exposure to heavy metals because of the water supply. Nayyirah Shariff is a coordinator with the Flint Democracy Defense League.
Slain Activist Berta Cáceres' Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras
Another indigenous environmentalist has been murdered in Honduras, less than two weeks after the assassination of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Nelson García was shot to death Tuesday after returning home from helping indigenous people who had been displaced in a mass eviction by Honduran security forces. García was a member of COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, co-founded by Berta Cáceres, who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize last year for her decade-long fight against the Agua Zarca Dam, a project planned along a river sacred to the indigenous Lenca people. She was shot to death at her home on March 3. On Thursday, thousands converged in Tegucigalpa for the start of a mobilization to demand justice for Berta Cáceres and an end to what they say is a culture of repression and impunity linked to the Honduran government’s support for corporate interests. At the same time, hundreds of people, most of them women, gathered outside the Honduran Mission to the United Nations chanting "Berta no se murió; se multiplicó – Berta didn’t die; she multiplied." We speak with Cáceres’s daughter, Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, and with Lilian Esperanza López Benítez, the financial coordinator of COPINH.
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- Obama Tells Donors to Throw Weight Behind Clinton
- In Hearings, Lawmakers Call for MI Gov. Rick Snyder's Resignation
- No Criminal Charges for U.S. Soldiers Involved in Kunduz Bombing
- John Kerry: ISIL Committing Genocide
- U.N.: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Market Killed 119
- EU Proposes Controversial Plan to Deport Refugees Back to Turkey
- U.S. and Cuba Continue Easing Relations Ahead of Obama's Trip
- SeaWorld to End Breeding Program for Killer Whales
- France: 150,000 Protest Proposed Labor Reforms
Buck v. Bell: Inside the SCOTUS Case That Led to Forced Sterilization of 70,000 & Inspired the Nazis
As President Obama nominates centrist Judge Merrick Garland to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, we take a look at what’s been described as one of the worst Supreme Court rulings in history. In the 1927 case Buck v. Bell, the court upheld a statute that enabled the state of Virginia to sterilize so-called mental defectives or imbeciles. The person in question was Carrie Buck, a poor, young woman then confined in the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded, though she was neither epileptic nor mentally disabled. In the landmark decision, eight judges ruled that the state of Virginia had the right to sterilize her. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote the majority opinion concluding, "Three generations of imbeciles are enough." The decision resulted in 60,000 to 70,000 sterilizations of Americans considered "unfit" to reproduce. At the Nuremberg trials, lawyers for Nazi scientists cited the opinion in defense of their actions. We speak to Adam Cohen, author of "Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck."
As Democrats and Republicans gear up for a battle over whether the Republican-controlled Congress will hold hearings to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, we take a look at Garland’s judicial record. Merrick Garland is the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was named to his current post by Bill Clinton in 1997, winning confirmation from a Republican-led Senate in a 76-23 vote. Prior to that, Garland worked in the Justice Department, where he prosecuted the Oklahoma City bombing case. Garland is widely viewed as a moderate judge, who he has received bipartisan support in the past. With the nine-member Supreme Court now evenly split with four liberal and four conservative justices, Garland could tilt the court to the left for the first time in decades. But some organizations have expressed concern that his record on certain issues, including abortion rights, is unclear. To examine his views, we are joined by Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, and Ian Millhiser, author of the book "Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted."
- Obama Names Merrick Garland as Nominee to Supreme Court
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- Honduras: Another Indigenous Organizer with COPINH Murdered
- Syria: Russia Continues Withdrawing Air Force
- Syrian Kurds Declare Semi-Autonomous Region in North
- Turkey: Kurdish Group Claims Responsibility for Sunday Bombing
- Nigeria: Bombings Kill 22 in Borno State
- Qatar: Poet Jailed for Arab Spring-Inspired Poem Freed
- Brazil: Rousseff Appoints Lula to Cabinet; Judge Releases Taped Calls
- Texas: Police Officer Arrested for Murder After Killing 16-Year-Old
- University of Puerto Rico Student Shut Down Continues
- UC Davis Students Stage Sit-in to Demand Chancellor Resign
- NYPD: Prison Reform Advocates Five Mualimm-ak and Others Arrested
Dream Defenders Launch #SquaDD2016 "Presidential" Campaign: "We're Black, Brown, Radical & Tired as Hell"
As Florida voters went to the polls to cast their votes based on a narrow list of candidates—two Democrats and four Republicans—organizers across the state were launching their own community-led presidential campaign, dubbed SquaDD2016. It’s the latest initiative from the Florida activist group the Dream Defenders, which formed in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin. In 2013, the group occupied the Florida state House for 31 days to protest Florida’s controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. Since then, the Dream Defenders has organized around voting rights and access. And now the group is imagining what the country would look like if its organizers occupied Washington, D.C., itself. In the launch video, SquaDD2016 explains, "We are the future of this yet-to-be-great country: black, brown, radical and tired as hell. Imagine with us, what would be possible if we ran for the highest offices in this country?" SquaDD2016 already has a presidential Cabinet, complete with a vice president, secretary of commerce, secretary of education, two secretaries of state, an attorney general and a newly created position, the "secretary of shade," to keep people honest.
We turn now to North Carolina, where one of the country’s most controversial and restrictive voter identification laws took effect for the first time in Tuesday’s primary elections. The law, which was passed by the Republican-dominated North Carolina state Legislature in 2013, limits the forms of ID acceptable at polling places. As a result, about 5 percent of the state’s registered voters, primarily African-American, are excluded from being able to cast a ballot. Under the law, student IDs, government employee IDs and public assistance IDs—forms of identification disproportionately held by African Americans—are no longer accepted. Passports, Motor Vehicle Department IDs and expired IDs for people over 70—identification disproportionately held by whites—are allowed. We speak to Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a nonpartisan organization to increase voter participation.
As President Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, what will Republicans do? Garland is considered a moderate who serves as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At 63, Garland is also the oldest person nominated to the Supreme Court in 45 years. Republicans have vowed to block any Obama nominee. We spoke to John Nichols of The Nation just before the announcement was made.
In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton won Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio, and leads Senator Bernie Sanders by only about 1,500 votes in Missouri. As Sanders began his address on Tuesday night, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC all declined to cut away, instead offering pundits’ commentary and graphics promising they would soon go to Donald Trump’s address. We hear from both candidates and host a debate between former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner, a Sanders surrogate, and Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, whose death last year in a Texas jail cell following a traffic stop sparked national protests.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moved closer to securing their respective party’s nomination with a series of victories Tuesday night. In the Republican race, Trump won Illinois, North Carolina and Florida—where his commanding victory pushed Florida Senator Marco Rubio out of the race. Trump also has a narrow lead over Senator Ted Cruz in Missouri. Trump’s one loss was in the key winner-take-all state of Ohio, where Ohio Governor John Kasich earned his first victory of the race. We speak to The Nation’s John Nichols about the results and the media coverage.
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- TV Networks Ignore Bernie Sanders' Speech Tuesday Night
- Chicago: State's Attorney Loses Re-election Bid After Protests over Laquan McDonald Shooting
- Obama to Name Nominee to Supreme Court
- Yemen: 41 Civilians Killed in U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Strike
- ISIL Commander Dies After U.S. Airstrike in Syria; Peace Talks Enter 3rd Day
- U.S. Loosens Restrictions on Travel & Trade with Cuba Ahead of Obama's Visit
- Burma Gets Civilian Leader After 50 Years of Military Rule
- Brussels: 1 Killed in Police Raid Linked to Paris Attacks
- Lawmakers Grill EPA Official over Flint Water Crisis, Calling It a "Crime of Epic Proportions"
- Detroit: Police Fire Tear Gas on High School Students, Arrest Over 12
- University of Puerto Rico Students Vote to Shut Down Campus over Austerity Cuts
- Alabama: Holman Prisoners Release List of Demands After Staging 2 Uprisings
- Indiana Governor Urged to Veto Sweeping Anti-Choice Bill; Judge Blocks Restrictions in Arkansas
- Tennessee Lawmakers Advance Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill
"Fascism: Could it happen here?" That’s a question increasingly being raised as Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues his bid for the White House. People as varied as actor George Clooney, comedian Louis C.K. and Anne Frank’s stepsister Eva Schloss have suggested Trump is a fascist. Earlier this month, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto criticized Trump by invoking the fascist dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Trump has retweeted quotes by Mussolini. Is Donald Trump really a fascist? We put the question to the father of fascism studies, Robert Paxton, professor emeritus of social science at Columbia University and author of several books, including "The Anatomy of Fascism."
Former Republican Congressmember Mickey Edwards has been described as a founding father of the modern conservative movement. He was a founding trustee of the Heritage Foundation. He chaired the House Republican Policy Committee. But his analysis of the nation’s current political situation may surprise you, from his take on the presidential race to climate change to Guantánamo.