- Sunni Militants Lay Siege to Key Cities in Iraq
- U.N. Warns Global Crises Testing Limits of Humanitarian System
- South Sudan Peace Talks Begin; Rebels Forcibly Recruit Civilians
- Bomb Blast Kills 5 South of Beirut
- U.S. Senators Pressure Afghan President on Troop Deal, Prisoner Release
- Cambodia: Police Open Fire on Striking Garment Workers
- Former Rwandan Spy Chief Murdered in South Africa
- U.S. Transfers Last 3 Uyghur Prisoners from Guantánamo
- Snowstorm Blasts Eastern U.S.
- Israeli Politicians Mark New West Bank Settlements as Kerry Arrives for Talks
- Hundreds Protest After Teenage Rape Victim Burned to Death in India
- Catholic Official Released from Prison After Appeal in Sex-Abuse Case
- California Court Lets Undocumented Man Become Lawyer
- Bratton Sworn In as New York City Police Commissioner
- Report: World's Top 300 Wealthiest People Got Richer Last Year
The civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart has returned home from prison after a federal judge ordered her compassionate release. Stewart is 74 years old and dying from late-stage breast cancer. Viewed by supporters as a political prisoner, she had served almost four years of a 10-year sentence for distributing press releases on behalf of her client, Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric known as the "blind Sheikh." Stewart arrived to a group of cheering supporters in New York City on Wednesday. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Renée Feltz were at the airport to cover the homecoming and speak with Stewart about her time behind bars and her plans to continue fighting for political prisoners — and for her own life — now that she's free.
Letitia James was sworn in on Wednesday as New York City’s new public advocate, the position previously occupied by new mayor Bill de Blasio. James is the first African-American woman to be elected to citywide office in New York. In her speech, she condemned "a gilded age of inequality" that grew under de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. An 11-year-old homeless girl named Dasani Coates, who was recently profiled in The New York Times, held the Bible during James’ swearing in.
Singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte opened Wednesday’s inauguration for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Changing the stop-and-frisk law is — as important as it is, the change of a law is only the tip of the iceberg in fixing our deeply Dickensian justice system," Belafonte said. "Bill de Blasio has been overwhelmingly mandated to make many, who for much too long danced with despair, believe again that the American dream is attainable. A dream filled with hope, a dream filled with opportunity and justice. ... Bill de Blasio gives New York another opportunity to open the door of possibilities. We New Yorkers must not let him fail."
Bill de Blasio began his term as New York City mayor on Wednesday with a bold pledge to tackle income inequality in the nation’s largest city. De Blasio was sworn in following last year’s historic victories in the Democratic primary and general election on a progressive platform. In his inaugural address, de Blasio focused on his campaign pledge to tackle what he called "a tale of two cities," a growing gap between rich and poor. "New Yorkers [will] see our city not as the exclusive domain of the One Percent, but a place where everyday people can afford to live, work, and raise a family," de Blasio said. "We won’t wait. We’ll do it now."
- South Sudan Peace Talks Begin Amidst Continued Violence
- U.N.: Both Sides of South Sudan Conflict Committing "Terrible Violence"
- Hotel Bombing Kills 11 in Somalia
- Militants Control Provincial Capitals in Growing Iraq Violence
- Al Jazeera Seeks Release of 3 Detained Journalists in Egypt
- Israel to Announce New Settlements After Kerry Visit
- Explosion Kills Palestinian Ambassador to Czech Republic
- Millions Receive Coverage as Obamacare Plans Take Effect
- De Blasio Takes Aim at NYC's Inequality in Inaugural Address
- Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Free After Compassionate Release
- Colorado Retailers Begin Legal Marijuana Sales
- Judge Strikes Down Welfare Drug Tests in Florida
- Federal Judge Upholds Unfettered Electronics Searches at U.S. Border
- Catholic Groups Win Obamacare Exemption on Contraception Coverage
- NYT Editors Back Clemency for Edward Snowden
Today we look back at 2013. It was a historic year. Edward Snowden exposed how the National Security Agency had built a worldwide surveillance apparatus, while Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in jail for leaking U.S. secret documents to WikiLeaks. Pope Francis urged the world to address economic inequality, warning about the tyranny of unfettered capitalism. Tens of thousands were killed in Syria, with many more displaced. The Philippines was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, while overturning the Defense of Marriage Act that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages. George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin. The U.S. government was shut down for 16 days, while Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform or any true gun-control measures. The U.S. war in Afghanistan entered its 13th year, while more than 8,000 civilians were killed in Iraq — in the deadliest year there since 2008. Meanwhile, Obama’s secret drone wars continued in Pakistan and Yemen. We spend the hour today looking back at the stories that shaped 2013.