World-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky traveled to Japan last week ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Fukushima crisis. Chomsky, now 85 years old, met with Fukushima survivors, including families who evacuated the area after the meltdown. "[It’s] particularly horrifying that this is happening in Japan with its unique, horrendous experiences with the impact of nuclear explosions, which we don’t have to discuss," Chomsky says. "And it’s particularly horrifying when happening to children — but unfortunately, this is what happens all the time."
Ex-Japanese PM on How Fukushima Meltdown was Worse Than Chernobyl & Why He Now Opposes Nuclear Power
Three years ago today a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast, resulting in an unprecedented nuclear crisis: a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. As Japan marks the anniversary with continued uncertainty around Fukushima’s long-term impact, we are joined by Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister at the time. It’s rare that a sitting world leader changes his position completely, but that’s what Kan has done. He explains how he came to oppose nuclear power while still in office, as he weighed Tokyo’s evacuation. "It’s impossible to totally prevent any kind of accident or disaster happening at the nuclear power plants," Kan says. "And so, the one way to prevent this from happening, to prevent the risk of having to evacuate such huge amounts of people, 50 million people, and for the purpose, for the benefit of the lives of our people, and even the economy of Japan, I came to change the position, that the only way to do this was to totally get rid of the nuclear power plants."
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- Immigrant Hunger Strikers in Washington State Allege Worsening Retaliation
- Thousands Protest "Stand Your Ground" in Florida
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- House Panel Probes Regulatory Failure on GM Defect Tied to 13 Deaths
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Both candidates have claimed victory in El Salvador’s presidential election after a preliminary count showed the vote was too close to call. The race pitted the governing party’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén against the right-wing candidate Norman Quijano. Sánchez Cerén, a former rebel commander, was running to replace Mauricio Funes, marking the first time an FMLN candidate succeeds another after decades of right-wing governments. Sánchez Cerén was seen as the favorite coming in, but the latest results show him ahead less than 1 percent. We go to El Salvador to speak with Laura Embree-Lowry of CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador.
A new investigation by Al Jazeera America looks at the human trafficking system that brings tens of thousands of foreign laborers to work on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. "America’s War Workers" examines how these laborers regularly end up deceived and indebted, victims of local recruiters who charge thousands of dollars and offer false promises of high-paying jobs. They are easy prey for labor traffickers who profit from military contracts. We are joined by Al Jazeera America correspondent Anjali Kamat and producer Sam Black, whose investigation spanned five months and several countries.
Ukraine's Longtime Divisions & NATO's Eastern Expansion to Russian Border Lay Ground for Crimea Vote
Tens of thousands took part in rival pro-unity and pro-Russian rallies in Ukraine on Sunday ahead of a planned secession referendum in Russian-occupied Crimea. Crimean residents are set to vote this Sunday on whether to break off from Ukraine and join Russia following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych last month. In a show of support for Ukraine’s new government, the White House has announced President Obama will host newly installed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House this week. We are joined from Crimea by freelance journalist Nicholas Clayton, who has covered the South Caucasus since 2009.
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- U.S. to Host Ukrainian PM Ahead of Crimea Secession Vote
- 45 Killed in Iraq Suicide Bombing
- Rivals Claim Victory in El Salvador Election
- Syrian Children Dying of Preventable Diseases with Health System's Collapse
- 750 on Hunger Strike at Washington State Immigration Prison
- Families to Stage Re-entry Protest at U.S.-Mexico Border
- Border Patrol Limits Shootings by Agents After Spate of Deaths
- Ft. Hood Sexual Assault Coordinator Accused of Running Prostitution Ring
- Accuser: General Forced Sexual Contact, Threatened Murder
- 2 Million Submit Objections as Keystone Comment Period Closes
- Obama Urges GOP to Back Minimum Wage Hike
- Rep. Ryan Admits Anti-School Lunch Story Partially False
- International Women's Day Marked Across the Globe
- Jackson, Mississippi Holds Funeral for Late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba
- Snowden to Address SXSW Conference in Austin
The ongoing protests in Venezuela have left at least 20 people dead since breaking out last month. Both sides have staged massive rallies, with opponents accusing President Nicolás Maduro of authoritarianism and mishandling the economy and supporters backing his continuation of Hugo Chávez’s legacy of social welfare. Maduro has bristled at outside attempts to intervene. We host a debate on who is protesting in Venezuela, and why, with two guests: Margarita López Maya, a Venezuelan historian and political analyst with the Center for Development Studies at the Central University of Venezuela, and Roberto Lovato, a writer with New American Media who recently returned from reporting in Caracas.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is rebuffing warnings from the U.S. and European Union as the crisis in Ukraine threatens one of the worst east-west standoffs since the Cold War. The pro-Russian Crimean Parliament has voted to hold a referendum on splitting off from Ukraine and joining Russia. But the vote’s legitimacy has been called into question after the installation of a pro-Russian government in Crimea just last week. We host a roundtable discussion with three guests: Anton Shekhovtsov, a Ukrainian citizen and researcher at the University College London specializing in far-right movements; Jonathan Steele, former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian and author of "Eternal Russia: Yeltsin, Gorbachev, and the Mirage of Democracy"; and Keith Gessen, an editor at n+1 magazine who covered the 2010 Ukraine elections for The New Yorker.
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- Senate Rejects Independent Oversight of Sexual Assault
- Top Army Prosecutor Suspended for Alleged Sexual Assault; General Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges
- FBI Probing Senate Panel for Seizing Classified CIA Docs on Torture
- "Deporter-in-Chief" Obama Faces Pressure to Issue New Reprieve for Undocumented Immigrants
- Duke Energy Ordered to Stop Pollution at N.C. Coal Plants
- Mall Shooting Wounds 1 in Tennessee; Idaho Approves Concealed Guns on College Campuses
- Colorado Prisoner Avoids Death Penalty with Backing of Victim's Father
- Rep. Ryan: Lunch Programs Yield "Full Stomach, Empty Soul"
- Mumia Abu-Jamal Criticizes Senate Rejection of Justice Dept. Nominee
For more than four decades, the world-renowned author, activist and scholar Angela Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Davis, a professor emerita at University of California, Santa Cruz, and the subject of the recent documentary, "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners," joins us to discuss prison abolition, mass incarceration, the so-called war on drugs, International Women’s Day, and why President Obama’s second term should see a greater wave of activism than in his first. Watch Part 2 of this interview.
In a stunning vote, a group of U.S. Senate Democrats has broken ranks to join Republicans in rejecting President Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. The confirmation fight focused almost solely on Adegbile’s role in the legal defense of imprisoned Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, despite Abu-Jamal’s longstanding position of being not guilty. Adegbile was part of a team of lawyers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights. Adegbile’s supporters say the attacks on him mark a new form of Willie Horton politics and race baiting. We discuss the controversy with two guests: Johanna Fernández, professor of history at Baruch College-CUNY and a coordinator with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, and Ryan Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Political Participation Group.
- Crimean Parliament Votes to Join Russia, Hold Referendum
- Leaked EU Call: Opposition Behind Sniper Shootings in Kiev
- NATO Air Strike Kills 5 Soldiers in "Accidental" Bombing
- U.N. Panel: Assad Regime Waging War of "Starvation"
- CIA Rejects "Spurious" Claims of Spying on Senate Torture Probe
- Senate Rejects Obama Nominee over Legal Defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal
- White House Extends Window for Keeping Substandard Health Plans
- Prosecutors Drop Key Charges Against Activist-Journalist Barrett Brown
- Coal Giant to Pay Record Fine for Appalachia Pollution
- Alabama Lawmakers OK Anti-Abortion Bills
- Texas Anti-Abortion Law Forces Closure of More Clinics
- IRS Hearing Prompts Heated Exchange Between Lawmakers
- Venezuela: Tens of Thousands Mark Year Since Chávez Death Amidst Opposition Rallies
- RT Anchors Criticize Ukraine Coverage on Russia-Owned Network
- State Department Issues Visa Ban over Ukraine Crisis
We are joined by Bob Autobee, a Colorado resident who is opposing the death penalty for the prisoner who killed his son Eric, a prison guard, in 2002. During the original trial, Autobee supported a death sentence for Edward Montour. But the Colorado Supreme Court threw out Montour’s sentence in 2007 because it was imposed by a judge, not a jury as is required. A decade later, Autobee has now changed his mind. In the new murder trial that begins today, he wants to make a victim’s statement to the jury asking them not to impose the death penalty — but the judge in the case has barred him from doing so. Autobee describes why he opposes the death penalty in this case, and why he wants to see it abolished overall. "You’ve got to be willing to heal, and you’ve got to let the hate go," Autobee says. "To me the death penalty is a hate crime, a crime against humanity." We are also joined by Democracy Now! producer and criminal justice correspondent Renée Feltz, who notes that 80 percent of Colorado voters actually passed a constitutional amendment in 1992 that enshrines the rights of victims to make a statement in cases like Autobee’s.
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, former Black Panther Party leader Marshall "Eddie" Conway joins us less than 24 hours after his release from nearly 44 years in prison. Supporters describe Conway as one of the country’s longest-held political prisoners. He was convicted of killing a Baltimore police officer in 1970, for which he has always maintained his innocence. The shooting occurred at a time when federal and local authorities were infiltrating and disrupting the Black Panthers and other activist groups. At the time of the shooting, the FBI was also monitoring Conway’s actions as part of its counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO. Numerous groups have campaigned for years calling for his release, saying he never received a fair trial and was convicted largely on the basis of testimony from a jailhouse informant. Politically active in prison, Conway founded Friend of a Friend, a group that helps young men, often gang members, resolve conflicts, and published a memoir, "Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther." In his first interview since being released, Marshall details his time behind bars and the government surveillance he faced as a prominent Black Panther.
- U.S.-Russia in Direct Talks on Ukraine; EU Pledges $15 Billion in Aid
- Putin Denies Russian Troops in Crimea, Calls Force a "Last Resort"
- Obama Unveils $3.9 Trillion Budget
- Pentagon Budget Request at $575 Billion, Over $79 Billion for War
- U.S. Judge Bars Enforcement of Ecuadorean Ruling on Chevron Pollution
- Appeals Court Orders BP to Resume Gulf Spill Payments
- D.C. Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession
- CIA Officials Accused of Spying on Senate Panel
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A new report by Truthout has revealed doctors, residents and non-governmental organization workers in the city of Fallujah are accusing the Iraqi government of war crimes and crimes against humanity in its ongoing attack against the city. According to one account, at least 109 civilians have been killed and 632 wounded since January when Iraqi government forces began shelling Fallujah in its fight against militants. For more on this developing story, we are joined by Dahr Jamail, a staff reporter at Truthout.
U.S. peace activist Medea Benjamin was detained Monday at Cairo’s airport by Egyptian police without explanation. She says she was questioned, held overnight in an airport prison cell and then violently handcuffed by Egyptian officials, who dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm. She was then put on a plane and deported to Turkey, where she is now seeking medical treatment. We speak to her by telephone from the airport medical facility. Benjamin had intended to meet up with international delegates before traveling to Gaza for a women’s conference.
A new exposé by Mother Jones magazine may shock anyone who drinks out of plastic bottles, gives their children plastic sippy cups, eats out of plastic containers, or stores food with plastic wrap. For years, public campaigns have been waged against plastic containing bisphenol-A (BPA), a controversial plastic additive, due to concerns about adverse human health effects caused by the exposure to synthetic estrogen. But a new investigation by Mother Jones reporter Mariah Blake has revealed that chemicals used to replace BPA may be just as dangerous to your health, if not more. Plastic products being advertised as BPA-free — and sold by companies such as Evenflo, Nalgene and Tupperware — are still releasing synthetic estrogen. The Mother Jones piece also reveals how the plastics industry has used a "Big Tobacco-style campaign" to bury the disturbing scientific evidence about the products you use every day. Blake joins us to discuss her findings.
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- Yemen: At Least 3 Killed by U.S. Drone Strike
- U.S. Peace Activist Medea Benjamin Detained, Abused in Egypt
- Report: Nearly 14,000 Afghan Forces Died in U.S.-Led War
- Iraq: More Than 700 Confirmed Dead in February
- U.N. Proposes 12,000-Member Peacekeeping Force for Central African Republic
- Knife Attack Suspects Arrested in China
- Mozambique: 300,000 Facing Famine
- Netanyahu, Obama Meet at White House
- Report: Israeli Settlements in West Bank Doubled Last Year
- Contractor for Israel's West Bank Barrier Wins U.S.-Mexico Border Contract
- Report: U.S. Border Agents Stepped in Front of Cars to Justify Shootings
- Mexico: Hospitals Accused of Turning Away Indigenous Women in Labor
- Chile: Daughter of Ousted President Allende to Lead Senate
- Supreme Court Considers Role of IQ Tests in Death Penalty Cases
- In Rare Interruption, Supreme Court Urged to Uphold Campaign Spending Caps
- 78 Groups Urge Scrutiny of Wall Street Cash in Local Housing Markets
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