- Obama Announces Federal Review After "Deeply Troubling" Botched Execution
- U.N.: Oklahoma Execution May Have Violated International Law
- Ukraine Suffers Worst Violence in Month as Conflict Spreads
- Report: U.S. Intelligence Advising Ukrainian Gov't
- Thousands Feared Dead in Afghan Landslide
- Iraq: Over 750 Killed in April, Deadliest Month This Year
- Nigerian President Seeks Int'l Help for Schoolgirls' Rescue
- Rallies Pressure Nigerian Gov't on Kidnapping; Protest Leader Says First Lady Ordered Arrest
- Sinn Fein Leader Released Without Charge Following Questioning for 1972 Murder
- Shooter Kills 3 in Arkansas Days After Release from Mental Health Center
- Spying Tensions Hang over Obama-Merkel White House Meeting
- Biden Suggests Admin May Stop Record Deportations
- House GOP Launches Select Panel on Benghazi
- Condoleezza Rice Cancels Rutgers Speech over Campus Protest
- Activists Re-enact Yemen Wedding Bombed by U.S. Drones
Posing as U.S. Officials, Yes Men Announce Renewable Energy Revolution at Homeland Security Congress
The culture jamming activist group The Yes Men have struck again. Earlier this week, members of the group spoke at the Homeland Security Congress posing as U.S. government officials. At the conference, they announced a fictitious new U.S. government plan called "American Renewable Clean-Energy Network" to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. After the announcement, The Yes Men and indigenous activists led the audience in a large circle dance to celebrate the fictitious plan. We air excerpts from their action, including the speeches delivered by "Benedict Waterman," undersecretary of policy implementation at the U.S. Department of Energy, and "Bana Slowhorse," a Bureau of Indian Affairs official with the "Wannabe Tribe." The group joins us in studio to talk about their action. Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum are two members of The Yes Men, and Gitz Crazyboy is an activist fighting tar sands extraction in his Native lands.
"You Might Get Hit by a Car": On Secret Tape, FBI Threatens American Muslim Refusing to be Informant
New details have emerged about the FBI’s efforts to turn Muslim Americans living abroad into government informants. An exposé in Mother Jones magazine chronicles the story of an American named named Naji Mansour who was living in Kenya. After he refused to become an informant, he saw his life, and his family’s life, turned upside down. He was detained, repeatedly interrogated and ultimately forced into exile in Sudan, unable to see his children for years. Mansour began recording his conversations with the FBI. During one call, an agent informs Mansour that he might get "hit by a car." Mansour’s story is the focus of a new piece in Mother Jones titled "This American Refused to Become an FBI Informant. Then the Government Made His Family’s Life Hell." We speak with Naji Mansour in Sudan and Nick Baumann, who investigated the story for Mother Jones.
As comprehensive immigration reform has languished in Congress, undocumented immigrants have increasingly come forward to share their stories in order to call attention to the need for a change in federal laws. One of the leading voices has been Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. In 2011, he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in The New York Times Magazine. He chronicles his experience in the new film, "Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American."
On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new contract with the United Federation of Teachers. The tentative $4 billion, nine-year agreement ends a bitter five-year conflict between the city’s teachers and City Hall. "All that was needed was a little respect, some novel thinking and genuine cooperation between labor and management," writes Juan González in his column in the New York Daily News. "That’s the main message we should take away from the new labor pact the de Blasio administration reached this week with the United Federation of Teachers."
- Ukraine Launches Major Assault on Separatists in Slovyansk
- Drugs Injected into Prisoner's Groin During Botched Oklahoma Execution
- Reports of Military Sexual Assault Up 50 Percent
- U.S. Names 55 Schools Under Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault
- White House Issues Report on Corporate Use of "Big Data"
- Seattle Mayor Unveils Plan to Phase In $15 Minimum Wage Hike
- Workers Around the World Protest on May Day
- Brooklyn Teachers Refuse to Administer Common Core Test
Wagatwe Wanjuki filed a complaint at Tufts University in 2008 after two years of rape and abuse by an ex-partner who was also a Tufts student, but the university did not take action, and later expelled her. This week, the U.S. Department of Education found Tufts to be in violation of the federal Title IX law, saying the school has mishandled complaints of sexual assault and harassment. Now an organizer with the "Know Your IX" campaign and a contributor at the blog Feministing, Wanjuki stood with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday as he unveiled the administration’s new guidelines for handling sexual assault cases in schools. We also speak with Lena Sclove, a Brown University student who is speaking out about her sexual assault and campus policies.
The issue of sexual assault on college campuses has been in the spotlight this week with a White House task force urging schools to take action. The government launched a new informational website, NotAlone.gov, and a public service announcement featuring President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden alongside famous actors. But long before celebrities and senators entered the picture, the battle against sexual assault on college campuses was led by students who have risen up to hold their schools accountable. We are joined by Brown University student Lena Sclove, who says she was raped and strangled in August 2013 by a fellow student. Her alleged rapist was found responsible for four violations of the student conduct code, including "sexual misconduct that involves one or more of the following: penetration, violent physical force or injury." But his penalty effectively amounted to a one-semester suspension. Students say Sclove’s case is not unusual as universities across the country have come under fire for mishandling sexual assault cases. More unusual was Sclove’s decision to speak out by holding a press conference on Brown’s campus last week.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered a review of the state’s execution procedures following the botched lethal injection that induced a prisoner’s fatal heart attack. The prisoner, Clayton Lockett, had initially won a stay for challenging the secrecy surrounding the untested execution drugs. But Fallin overruled Oklahoma’s Supreme Court last week and ordered the execution to proceed. Fallin’s review is being conducted by a member of her Cabinet, so its independence is in doubt. Oklahoma officials say Lockett suffered a vein failure, but critics say that claim could mark an effort to hide a problem with the untested chemicals. We are joined by Madeline Cohen, a federal public defender who represents Oklahoma death row prisoner Charles Warner, who was set to be killed right after Lockett, but whose execution has now been delayed for 14 days.
- Oklahoma Orders Lethal Injection Review After Botched Execution
- Ohio Gov. Commutes Death Sentence for Arthur Tyler
- Senate GOP Blocks Minimum Wage Hike
- Hawaii Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10
- Regime Bombing Kills Children in Aleppo; U.N. Aid Chief Warns of Conflict's "Horrific Toll"
- U.N. Warns of South Sudan Catastrophe
- Ukraine Gov. Admits Loss of Control over East; IMF Approves Bailout
- Hundreds March in Nigeria to Demand Rescue of Kidnapped Schoolgirls
- Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails, Spills in Virginia
- 2 Killed, Dozens Injured in Gas Explosion at Florida Jail
- Study: 1 in 25 Death Row Prisoners Innocent
- Toronto Mayor Takes Leaves After New Crack Video Surfaces