On August 26 in Roanoke, Virginia, two journalists were fatally shot on live television during a morning broadcast of the local news station WDBJ. Twenty-four-year-old broadcast journalist Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward died after Vester Flanagan approached the set and began shooting. Flanagan was a former journalist at the station who had been fired two years ago. Flanagan later shot himself. It was the 246th mass shooting in the United States this year. Just over a month later, a gunman named Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing nine people before taking his own life. Later that same day in northern Florida, a gunman killed two people and injured another before taking his own life. Then on Friday, one person died and four others were injured in a shooting in Baltimore—bringing the year’s total of mass shootings to at least 296. We speak with Andy Parker, the father of Alison Parker. Since her death in August, Parker has called for the passage of stronger gun laws. He says he’ll dedicate his life to this fight.
- U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Changes Story on Kunduz Bombing Again
- Doctor Margaret Flowers Arrested at Senate Hearing on Kunduz
- Doctors Without Borders: Location of Bombed Hospital was Well Known
- Iraqi Officials Ask Russia to Launch Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq
- Russia, Syria Said to Launch Coordinated Strikes on Opposition
- Israeli Troops Attack Palestinians After Funeral for Teen Shot by IDF
- NYC: Dozens Protest Recent IDF Killings of Palestinian Teens
- Sanders Campaign Apologizes to Pro-Palestinian Activists Ousted from Rally
- Justice Department to Release 6,000 Prisoners
- Mother of Umpqua College Shooter Kept Multiple Guns at Home
- Carson on Oregon: "I Would Not Just Stand There and Let Him Shoot Me"
- Tennessee: 11-Year-Old Charged in Fatal Shooting of 8-Year-Old
- Kiesha Jenkins Becomes 20th Transgender Woman Murdered This Year
- Montana Judge Blocks Use of Execution Drug Pentobarbital; Texas Executes Man Using Same Drug
- Woman Sues Bill Cosby, Saying He Sexually Assaulted Her in 2008
The legendary Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs died Monday at the age of 100. She was born in Rhode Island in 1915 to Chinese immigrant parents. She would go on to become deeply involved with the civil rights, black power, labor, environmental justice and feminist movements. Over the past decade Grace Lee Boggs was a frequent guest on Democracy Now! Her profile grew in 2013 with the release of the Peabody Award-winning documentary “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” The film captures Boggs’ remarkable life story from collaborating with C.L.R. James to organizing with Malcolm X to starting Detroit Summer. We air interviews of Boggs on Democracy Now!, excepts from the documentary and speak to her close friend and caretaker Alice Jennings.
The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade accord in history. The agreement has been negotiated for eight years in secret and will encompass 40 percent of the global economy. The secret 30-chapter text has still not been made public, although sections of draft text have been leaked by WikiLeaks during the negotiations. Congress will have at least 90 days to review the TPP before President Obama can sign it. The Senate granted Obama approval to fast-track the measure and present the agreement to Congress for a yes-or-no vote with no amendments allowed. During Senate hearings in April, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders fought fast track, warning that the American people need time to understand the TPP. He issued a statement Monday saying, “I am disappointed but not surprised by the decision to move forward on the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will hurt consumers and cost American jobs. Wall Street and other big corporations have won again. It is time for the rest of us to stop letting multi-national corporations rig the system to pad their profits at our expense." Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, joins us to discuss TPP.
The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade accord in history. The agreement has been negotiated for eight years in secret and will encompass 40 percent of the global economy. Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued a statement calling TPP "disastrous" and vowed to fight it in Congress. One sticking point on the TPP had been the so-called death sentence clause, extending drug company monopolies on medicines. The United States and drug companies had pressed for longer monopolies on new biotech drugs, while multiple countries opposed the push, saying it could deny life-saving medicines to patients who cannot afford high prices. The compromise reportedly includes monopolies of between five and eight years. Last week in Atlanta, Zahara Heckscher, a cancer patient, disrupted TPP negotiations and was arrested as she demanded access to the secret text to see whether it includes a "death sentence clause." Heckscher joins us to talk about her arrest and why she says "it would actually condemn women to death."
- U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim Nations Reach Deal on TPP
- U.S. Troops Not Under Attack Before Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital
- U.N.: U.S. Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan Could Be War Crime
- Russia to Send "Volunteer" Ground Troops to Syria
- Israeli Soldiers Kill 2 Palestinian Teenagers in Less Than 24 Hours
- North Korea Releases Detained South Korean NYU Student
- 13 People Have Died in "Once-in-a-Millennium" Flooding in Carolinas
- U.S. Coast Guard: Cargo Ship El Faro Sank with 33 on Board
- China: 11 Die in Unexpectedly Strong Typhoon
- Justice Department to Settle with BP for $20.8B over Deepwater Spill
- California Governor Signs "Right-to-Die" Legislation
- Edward Snowden Says He's Volunteered to Go to Prison in Plea Deal
- Germany: Activists Use Drone to Drop Fliers Over NSA Complex
- Air France Executives Flee Protest over Massive Layoffs
- DN!'s Renée Feltz Wins Newswomen's Club of New York Award
- Legendary Detroit Activist Grace Lee Boggs Dies at 100
Ahead of Canada’s October 19 elections, a coalition of Canadian labor, indigenous rights, climate justice, anti-poverty and migrant rights organizations have released The Leap Manifesto, a plan to transition away from fossil fuels to a 100 percent clean economy by the middle of this century. “A lot of the polling in Canada is showing that people don’t want just gradual, incremental change,” says Naomi Klein, author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.” “They’re ready for more dramatic change. And this is why we’re seeing more support for The Leap Manifesto. Stephen Harper is an incredibly unpopular prime minister, and because of that, there are a lot of people who are going to be voting strategically for whoever they believe has the best chance of beating Harper, because there’s a lot of concern about splitting the vote.” We speak with Klein and Avi Lewis, the duo behind the new climate change documentary, "This Changes Everything," about the effort, as well as Canadian politics and the move by Shell against drilling in the Arctic.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is calling this weekend’s torrential rainfall that has triggered flooding and led to eight deaths in the Carolinas a once-in-a-millennium downpour. According to the National Weather Service, the storm had dumped more than 20 inches of rain in parts of central South Carolina since Friday. This month also marks the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history. Researchers say such extreme weather events are becoming more frequent with the effects of climate change, with 2015 on track to be the hottest year in recorded history. In Part Two of our conversation with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis on their new film, "This Changes Everything," we talk about what we can learn from such extreme weather events.
While many Americans believe that the war in Afghanistan is winding down, peace activists and medical aid workers tell a different story. "That really shows how mainstream media has failed to tell the truth to the world," says Dr. Hakim, a medical doctor who has provided humanitarian relief in Afghanistan for the last decade. "The war is going on. It is deteriorating. Both the International Red Cross and the United Nations have reported an increase in civilian deaths over the past few years. So it is getting worse. It is definitely not scaling down. And I think Americans need to know that their taxpayer money is going to a war that is worsening." Doctors Without Borders is calling for an independent investigation of a U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz that left 22 dead, including 12 staff members and 10 patients, three of them children. We speak with Dr. Hakim, as well as Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who just returned from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Dr. Gino Strada, co-founder of Emergency, an Italian NGO that provides free medical care to victims of war.
Doctors Without Borders is demanding an independent international inquiry into a U.S. airstrike Saturday on an Afghan hospital in the city of Kunduz that killed 22 people, including 12 staff members and 10 patients, three of them children. At least three dozen people were injured. The attack continued for 30 minutes after the U.S. and Afghan militaries were informed by telephone that the hospital was being bombed. We speak with Dr. Gino Strada, co-founder of Emergency, an Italian NGO that provides free medical care to victims of war.
- Doctors Without Borders: Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital May Be War Crime
- Syria: Airstrike Kills Family of 5 and a Rescue Worker
- Syria: ISIL Allegedly Destroys Ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra
- South Carolina: At Least 8 Dead in "Once in a Millennium" Floods
- Guatemala: 130 Die in Landslide Caused by Heavy Rain
- U.S. and 11 Other Nations Reach Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Turkey Says It Intercepted Russian Warplane in Turkish Airspace
- Turkey Launches Probe into Image of Corpse Dragged by Military Truck
- Israel Bars Non-Resident Palestinians from Old City amid Rising Tensions
- Oregon: Father of Gunman Who Killed 9 Criticizes U.S. Gun Laws
- Following Mass Shooting in Oregon, Jeb Bush Says "Stuff Happens"
- Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowd in Boston Rally
- Students for Justice in Palestine Threatened with Arrest at Sanders Rally
- Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Be Replaced by John B. King Jr.
- Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz Announces Bid for House Speaker
- AL to Shutter 31 Driver's License Offices After Passing Voter ID Law
- Vatican Fires High-Ranking Priest Who Came Out as Gay
- Britain: Teen Convicted of Terrorism for Sending Online Messages
- 3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Treatments to Parasitic Diseases
- Anti-Choice Extremist Troy Newman Deported from Australia
As we mark the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history, are we prepared for another extreme weather event, which researchers say are becoming more frequent with the effects of climate change? 2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, and nine of the 10 hottest months since record keeping began in 1880 have occurred since 2005. We speak to the duo behind the new film, "This Changes Everything," which re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change. The documentary is directed by filmmaker Avi Lewis and inspired by journalist Naomi Klein’s international best-selling book by the same name. Over the course of four years, the pair traveled to nine countries on five continents to profile communities on the front lines of the climate justice movement — from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
After Latest Mass Shooting, a Look at the Oregon County Sheriff Who Vowed to Ignore Gun Control Laws
As President Obama called for new gun control reform measures, Thursday’s school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has brought new attention to the actions of Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, who is investigating the shooting. In 2013, he wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden asking him not to tamper with the Second Amendment, writing, "Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings. Any actions against, or in disregard for our U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights by the current administration would be irresponsible and an indisputable insult to the American people." He went on to say, "I will NOT violate my Constitutional Oath. Therefore, the second purpose of this letter is to make notification that any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the Constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Douglas County Oregon." We speak to Jennifer Lynch of the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety.
Vigils were held in Oregon last night after a gunman opened fire at a community college Thursday morning, killing nine people before he was shot to death. Press reports have identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer. CNN reported the suspect was armed with three handguns, a "long gun" and body armor. According to one count, this is the 294th mass shooting in the United States so far this year and the 45th shooting on a school or college campus. "Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine," President Obama said. "The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this."
- Oregon: Vigils Held After Gunman Killed 9 at Community College
- California: Planned Parenthood Facility Firebombed
- Afghanistan: 11 Americans Die in Crash; Fighting Rages in Kunduz
- House Passes $612 Billion Military Spending Bill; Obama Promises Veto
- Israel Deploys 4 Battalions to West Bank Following Fatal Shooting
- Israeli PM Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Deal in U.N. Speech
- Labour Party Leader Corbyn Says He Would Not Use Nuclear Weapons
- Russia Launches Third Day of Airstrikes in Syria amid U.S. Protest
- Bernie Sanders Raises Nearly as Much Money as Hillary Clinton
- CA Rep. Kevin McCarthy Sparks Outrage on Benghazi Committee Comments
- Virginia Executes Alfredo Prieto amid Concerns about Execution Drugs
- Wisconsin: Memorial Held for Trans Teen Skylar Lee
We end today’s show in Oklahoma. Just moments before death row inmate Richard Glossip was scheduled to be killed on Wednesday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a stay of execution citing questions over the execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection. Richard Glossip’s case has attracted international attention. On Wednesday, Pope Francis urged Governor Fallin to commute the death sentence over questions of Glossip’s guilt. We speak to Sister Helen Prejean, one of the world’s most well-known anti-death-penalty activists. She is the author of the best-selling book, "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty."
"The Questioning Was Clearly Sexist": Rep. Brenda Lawrence on Republican Planned Parenthood Hearings
Ending weeks of infighting, lawmakers voted Wednesday to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline. In the House, a large majority of Republicans voted against the measure, which did not meet conservatives’ demands to cut off money to Planned Parenthood. The move to cut off funding came after the airing of heavily edited videos released by an anti-choice group which claimed to show Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sharing of fetal tissue with researchers. Wednesday’s vote came one day after Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, faced off with Republican lawmakers before a heated House hearing. We air excerpts and speak to Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), who says the questioning of Richards was "clearly sexist."
Wednesday marked a historic day for Palestine at the United Nations in New York, where the Palestinian flag was raised for the first time. Earlier this month, the U.N. General Assembly passed a motion to raise the Palestinian and Vatican flags. The United States and Israel voted against the motion, along with six other countries. Forty-five countries abstained. Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced in his address to the U.N. General Assembly that the Palestinian Authority was no longer bound by the peace agreements known as the Oslo Accords with Israel. We speak to Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, author of many books, including "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."
Russia has launched airstrikes in Syria for a second day, becoming the latest foreign government to intervene in a war that has already killed over 240,000 people and displaced millions. The move sparked concern from U.S. officials, who say the Russian attacks did not hit ISIL targets but instead struck rebel groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including at least one group trained by the CIA. The United States and Russia have long disagreed about strategy in Syria, with Washington calling for Assad’s departure and Moscow backing the Syrian president. Earlier today, the Kremlin said Russia is coordinating with the Syrian military to hit ISIL targets as well as other militant organizations. Russia is at least the 10th foreign government to launch airstrikes in Syria this year. Other countries include the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Turkey, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. We speak to Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.
- Russia Becomes 10th Foreign Gov't to Launch Airstrikes in Syria
- Fierce Fighting Between Taliban & U.S.-Backed Gov't Forces in Kunduz
- Oklahoma Grants Last-Minute Stay of Execution for Richard Glossip
- Virginia: Last-Minute Hearing over Alfredo Prieto Execution Today
- Palestinian President Abbas Says PA Not Bound by Oslo Accord
- Palestinian Rights Activists in U.S. Routinely Harassed & Censored
- UNHRC Abandons Plans for Probe into Possible War Crimes in Yemen
- Oklahoma Sheriff Indicted After Fatal Shooting by Volunteer Deputy
- NYPD Unveils New Rules to Document Use of Force by Officers
- West Virginia: Coal CEO Don Blankenship on Trial for Fatal Explosion
- Three More Women Come Forward to Accuse Bill Cosby
- Cancer Patient Disrupts TPP Talks over "Death Sentence Clause"
- Vatican Confirms Pope Met Privately with County Clerk Kim Davis
- Right Livelihood Award, Dubbed Alternative Nobel Prize, Announced