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Climate Direct Action: Activists Halt Flow of Tar Sands Oil by Shutting Off Valves of Five Pipelines
Ten climate activists were arrested Tuesday for attempting to shut down all tar sands oil coming into the United States from Canada by manually turning off pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state. The group, which calls itself Climate Direct Action, includes five activists and five other supporters and videographers. They posted pictures and videos online that showed them cutting chains and turning the manual safety valves to stop the flow through the pipelines. The activists issued a statement on Tuesday saying the action was in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. They also called on President Obama to “use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe." While all 10 activists remain in jail, we speak Jay O’Hara, co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and Afrin Sopariwala, a member of Climate Direct Action and a part of Women of Color Speak Out, a climate justice collective.
On Friday, WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of John Podesta’s emails, including excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s paid remarks to Wall Street firms. The emails showed Clinton’s closed-door remarks were starkly at odds with many of her public positions. In one speech to a housing trade group in 2013, Clinton spoke of needing "both a public and a private position" when crafting laws. In other speeches, Clinton largely absolved Wall Street firms for the crash of 2008 and said financial reform "really has to come from the industry itself." The leaked emails also show Clinton openly boasted about her support of fracking while secretary of state. In a speech to Deutsche Bank in 2013, she said, "I’ve promoted fracking in other places around the world." We speak to Lee Fang of The Intercept, co-author of the recent piece, "Memo Shows What Major Donors Like Goldman Sachs Want from Democratic Party."
- Emails: Clinton State Dept. Prioritized "Friends of Bill" in 2010 Haiti Earthquake Contracts
- Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Tops 30 in United States
- Trump Declares War on GOP: "The Shackles Have Been Taken Off"
- Lawsuit Alleging Trump Raped 13-Year-Old Child Refiled in NY
- Gore Campaigns for Clinton, Evoking His Own Contested Presidential Bid
- 9 Activists Arrested After Cutting Off Flow of Tar Sands Oil
- Iraq: 2 Kurdish Fighters Die After ISIS Drone Explodes
- Afghanistan: 14 Die in Attack at Shrine Outside Kabul
- Wells Fargo Whistleblowers Reported Fake Bank Accounts in 2005
- Harvard: Cafeteria Workers Continue Strike into Second Week
- The Advocate: 2016 Deadliest Year on Record for Transgender People
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio Faces Jail Time for Criminal Contempt of Court
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is facing increasing turmoil as House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republican lawmakers Monday he would no longer campaign for Trump following the release of the 2005 videotape showing Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women. The announcement by Paul Ryan comes as a growing number of Republican officials have called on Trump to step down as their party’s nominee following the release of the video. Fifteen Republican senators, including former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, are now openly opposing Trump’s candidacy. We speak to Jodi Jacobson, president and editor-in-chief of Rewire. Her latest article is titled "All the President’s Misogynists: Why It Took So Long to Derail the Trump Train."
On Sunday, thousands of Yemenis gathered at the United Nations building in Sana’a calling for an international investigation into the U.S-backed Saudi assault on a funeral. The attack was carried out with warplanes and munitions sold to the Saudi-led coalition by the United States. The U.S. Air Force continues to provide midair refueling to Saudi warplanes. According to the U.N., more than 4,000 civilians have been killed and over 7,000 injured since the Saudi-led coalition bombing began last year. Airstrikes have reportedly caused about 60 percent of the deaths. We go to Sana’a to speak with Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee and Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch.
Documents obtained by Reuters show the U.S. government is concerned it could be implicated in potential war crimes in Yemen because of its support for a Saudi-led coalition air campaign. The Obama administration has continued to authorize weapons sales to Saudi Arabia despite warnings last year from government lawyers that it might be considered a co-belligerent under international law. This comes as a Saudi airstrike on a funeral hall in Sana’a on Saturday killed at least 140 mourners and wounded more than 500 others. Survivors spoke of back-to-back bombings during a funeral service for the father of an official with the rebel Houthi government, which controls Sana’a. We speak to Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division.
In 2010, former President Bill Clinton publicly apologized for forcing Haiti to drop tariffs on imported subsidized U.S. rice during his time in office. It wiped out rice farming, seriously damaging Haiti’s ability to be self-sufficient. "It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake," Clinton said in 2010."I have to live every day with the consequences of the lost capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people, because of what I did." Six years after Clinton’s apology, Haiti faces a new food crisis in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. We speak to Ninaj Raoul, executive director of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and a board member of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.
1 Million in Haiti Urgently Need Humanitarian Assistance After Hurricane's "Apocalyptic Destruction"
In Haiti, the death toll from Hurricane Matthew has topped 1,000. Haitian interim President Jocelerme Privert is warning the country faces a possible famine from what he described as the "apocalyptic destruction" of Hurricane Matthew. The country is also battling a growing cholera outbreak. The storm hit a week ago, but many areas have still received no aid. Food and medicine have run out. Authorities are now digging mass graves for those killed by the Category 4 storm. United Nations officials say nearly 1 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, with up to 80 percent of Haiti’s food crops destroyed in some areas. Aid agencies estimate at least 60,000 people are staying in temporary shelters. We speak to Ninaj Raoul, executive director of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and a board member of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Will No Longer Campaign for Donald Trump
- Leaked Emails Show Clinton Campaign Struggling to Address Sanders's Popularity
- Trump Taj Mahal Shuts Down, Leaving 3,000 Out of a Job
- Haiti Recovering from "Apocalyptic Destruction" After Hurricane Matthew
- Death Toll from Hurricane Matthew in U.S. Rises to 30
- Yemen in Mourning After U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike Kills 140
- Afghanistan: Car Bomb Kills 14 in Lashkar Gah
- Ethiopia: Prime Minister Declares State of Emergency Amid Protests
- 27 Arrested Resisting Dakota Access Pipeline on Indigenous Peoples' Day
- #NoDAPL: Water Protectors Call for Reinforcements as ND Calls in Out-of-State Deputies
- Activists Block AIM Pipeline Construction by Locking Down Inside Pipe
- Arizona: Hundreds Rally at U.S.-Mexico Border Demanding End to Border Checkpoints
- VT: 5 High School Students Killed After Iraq War Vet Drives into Car on I-89
- Samsung Ends Production of Galaxy Note 7 Because Phone Catches on Fire
- Spanish Journalist & Author Ignacio Carrión Dies
Part 2 of our special two-hour "Expanding the Debate" coverage. We play excerpts from the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate and expand the debate by giving Green Party nominee Jill Stein a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Trump and Clinton. Stein and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson were excluded from the debate under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. We invited both Stein and Johnson to join us on the program; only Stein took us up on the offer.
With the presidential election just over four weeks away, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis in what Politico described as "the ugliest debate in American history." We play excerpts and expand the debate by giving Green Party nominee Jill Stein a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Trump and Clinton. Stein and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson were excluded from the debate under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. We invited both Stein and Johnson to join us on the program; only Stein took us up on the offer.
In Shocking Tape Trump Boasts of Sexually Assaulting Women: "When You're a Star…You Can Do Anything"
Sunday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump capped an extraordinary weekend that saw top Republicans call on Trump to end his presidential run following the release of a videotape showing Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women. The three-minute video, recorded by NBC’s "Access Hollywood" in 2005, was released Friday by The Washington Post. It opens with audio of Trump and TV host Billy Bush speaking on a bus as Trump prepares to meet Arianne Zucker, star of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives."
- Haiti: Hurricane Death Toll Tops 1,000 as Cholera Spreads
- U.S.: Hurricane Death Toll at 17 Amid Severe Flooding
- Donald Trump Boasts of Sexual Assault in 2005 Video
- Clinton, Trump Square Off in Caustic Presidential Debate
- Top Republicans Call on Trump to Step Down as Republican Nominee
- NBC Suspends Billy Bush from "Today" Show over Trump Tape
- WikiLeaks Reveals Parts of Hillary Clinton’s Speeches to Wall Street
- Clinton Campaign Accuses Russia of "Weaponizing" WikiLeaks
- Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombing Kills 140, Wounds Hundreds
- Russia Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Syria Ceasefire
- Federal Court Rules Against Standing Rock Tribe in Dakota Access Pipeline Suit
- Iowa: Unicorn Riot Journalist Arrested Covering #NoDAPL Protests
- Phoenix, AZ and Vermont Observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day
We go to Bogotá to get reaction to the selection of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in pursuing a peace deal to end the nation’s 52-year-old civil war. The move comes after Colombians rejected the peace deal just this past Sunday in a nationwide referendum. Nobel Peace Prize Committee. "It would have been better ... if the [peace prize] had been granted both to President Santos and to Rodrigo Londoño, the head of the FARC," says Daniel García-Peña, who was Colombia’s high commissioner for peace from 1995 to 1998. He is a professor of political science at the National University in Bogotá. García-Peña is also the founder of the organization Planeta Paz, or Planet Peace, dedicated to building grassroots participation in the Colombian peace process.
Late last month, 77-year-old Felix Vail was sentenced to life in prison for killing his first wife, Mary Horton Vail, who died on a fishing trip in 1962 with Vail. Eleven years after Mary died, Felix’s new wife, Sharon Hensley, mysteriously disappeared. Then, 11 years later, in 1984, Felix’s new wife, Annette Craver Vail, disappeared. She was just 17 years old. Sharon and Annette were never heard from again. All three women were last seen with Felix Vail, but Felix was never charged in any of the cases. But that changed after the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger ran a multi-part series re-examining the deaths and disappearances. The lead reporter on the series was the prize-winning investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, who has appeared on Democracy Now! multiple times over the years. Shortly after his DN! interview in 2010, he received a call from a woman named Mary Rose who heard the interview. She wanted his help in investigating the death of her daughter, Annette Craver Vail, the 17-year-old wife of Felix Vail who disappeared in 1984. Mitchell soon began investigating the case, and six years later it is no longer a cold case. For more, we speak with Jerry Mitchell and Mary Rose, Annette Craver Vail’s mother.
As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Florida coast, onto Georgia and South Carolina, we discuss how the role of climate change has been largely ignored in media coverage of the storm. "If the TV networks don’t start making these links between climate change and extreme weather events, they will be one of the last bastions of climate denial," says May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action, the political arm of the climate organization 350.org.
As the death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to rise to more 330, across the country some 15,000 have been displaced and 350,000 more are in need of assistance. The storm knocked out most electricity and phone service across the country. It also washed out a major bridge connecting southern Haiti to the rest of the country. Aid organizations are warning that food and water is scarce. We get reaction from Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who says the storm has caused what will be an "ongoing disaster" in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake six years ago that left more than 300,000 dead and twice as many people displaced.
- Death Toll Rises to More Than 300 in Haiti After Hurricane Matthew
- Hurricane Matthew Bearing Down on U.S. Coast as Millions Evacuate
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize
- U.N. Envoy Warns Eastern Aleppo Could Be Destroyed by Christmas
- Italian Coast Guard: 11,000 Refugees Rescued in One Week
- DOJ Launches Probe of Alabama Prisons Amid Nationwide Prison Strike
- Obama Commutes Sentences of 102 Federal Prisoners
- Rallies in Cities Across U.S. Demand Freedom for Bresha Meadows
- Land Defenders Face Growing Repression in Fight to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
- South Africa: "Fees Must Fall" Campaign Demands Free Education
- Belize: National Teachers' Strike Continues
- 1 in Every 40 Americans Cannot Vote in Election in November
- Southwest Pulled Iraqi American Off Plane After He Said "Inshallah" in Phone Call
- 23 Arrested Demanding VA Gov. McAuliffe Reject Fracked Gas Pipelines
With the presidential election less than five weeks away, the explosive new documentary "America Divided" explores inequality in America. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they explore aspects of inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. Oscar-winning hip-hop artist Common returns to his hometown of Chicago to examine disparities in the criminal justice system. Actress Rosario Dawson travels to Flint, Michigan, to investigate the man-made disaster behind the city’s water crisis. And legendary TV producer Norman Lear investigates gentrification and displacement in New York City and goes undercover to expose racial discrimination in housing. For more on this groundbreaking series, we speak with the three creators of "America Divided": Rick Rowley, Solly Granatstein and Lucian Read.
While 2016 is on pace to become the warmest year on record, climate change has been largely ignored at the presidential and vice-presidential debates so far. We look at Donald Trump’s history of climate change denialism. He has called it a scam and a hoax. In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." We speak to Guardian journalist Oliver Milman and Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University.