- FCC Proposes Historic Open Internet Protections
- Cameroon: Boko Haram Massacres 100
- Ebola Drug Shows Promise as Weekly Death Toll Rises in West Africa
- Kerry, European Leaders in Ukraine as U.S. Mulls Sending Arms
- Obama's Pick for Defense Secretary Backs Arming Ukraine
- U.S. Diplomat: Return of Guantánamo Off the Table in Cuba Talks
- Pentagon Given Deadline in Case over Withholding of Torture Photos
- Palestinian Scholar Sami Al-Arian Deported After Controversial Prosecution
- NBC's Brian Williams Apologizes for False Story on Helicopter Attack
- Health Insurance Firm Anthem Reports Massive Data Breach
- Indiana Woman Faces Up to 70 Years in Prison for What She Says Was a Miscarriage
- Utah GOP Lawmaker Apologizes for Questioning If Sex with Unconscious Spouse is Rape
- Report: College Completion Gap Between Rich and Poor Doubles
As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, we talk to British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong. Over the past four years Hari has traveled to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Portugal to research his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs." His findings may surprise you — from the U.S. government’s persecution of Billie Holiday, to Vancouver’s success in addressing its heroin epidemic, to Portugal’s experiment with full decriminalization of all drugs.
Economist Dean Baker discusses last month’s victory of the left-wing Syriza party in Greece. This marked the first election victory in Europe of an anti-bailout party bent on reversing deep cuts demanded by international lenders. Baker praises the initial moves by the new government but warns Greece needs an "exit option" to leave the European Union.
President Obama has unveiled a $4 trillion budget proposal for next year Congress that calls for raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations in order to help fund education and fix crumbling infrastructure. The plan includes tax cuts for some poor and middle-class families. It also seeks to recoup losses from corporations that stash an estimated $2 trillion overseas by taxing such earnings at 14 percent, still less than half of the 35 percent rate for profits made in the United States. Obama’s proposed budget also takes aim at the high cost of prescription drugs, proposes a new agency to regulate food safety, and seeks $1 billion to curb immigration from Central America. It also calls for a 4.5 percent increase in military spending, including a $534 billion base budget for the Pentagon, plus $51 billion to fund U.S. involvement in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Speaking at the Department of Homeland Security, Obama said across-the-board cuts known as sequestration would hurt the military. We speak to economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People."
- ISIS Burns Jordanian Fighter Pilot Alive
- Jordan Executes 2 Prisoners After Burning of Pilot by ISIS
- Imprisoned Operative Says Saudi Royals Backed al-Qaeda
- Somalia: U.S. Drone Strike Targets Al-Shabab Leader
- Ukraine: Heavy Shelling Kills at Least 5, Damages Hospital
- Draft of Arrest Request for Argentine President Found in Late Prosecutor's Home
- Pope Francis Declares Slain Archbishop Óscar Romero a Martyr in Step Toward Sainthood
- CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Released from Prison
- Obama Admin Touts Surveillance Tweaks, Leaves Bulk Spying Intact
- EPA Warns Keystone XL Pipeline Would Fuel Climate Change
- Congress Unanimously OKs Bill to Address Veteran Suicides
- New York City Police Officer Indicted for Stomping on Restrained Man's Head
- Alabama Poised to Become 37th State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage
- Harper Lee, Author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," to Publish 2nd Novel
As the United States weighs a major escalation with potential military aid to Ukraine, we look at how American policy is sowing conflict across North Africa and the Middle East. Libya is run by two different governments, and the United Nations has warned of "total chaos" if ongoing unity talks fail. The U.S.-backed regime in Egypt continues a crackdown on political opponents, recently carrying out its worst killing of protesters since General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi became president last June. Iraq is coming off its deadliest month in years, while outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the U.S. might need to send noncombat ground troops for the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State. In Syria, the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis, the U.S. has backed off its calls for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. In Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel exchanged fire last week in one of their most violent clashes since the 2006 war. The incident was followed days later by a Washington Post report that the CIA and its Israeli counterpart, the Mossad, assassinated a senior Hezbollah leader seven years ago this month. Now a dispute over Iran has brought relations between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to their lowest point so far. Following the death of King Abdullah last month, Obama led a large delegation to Saudi Arabia in a major display of U.S. support for the new repressive regime. And in Yemen, uncertainty prevails after last month’s resignation of President Abdu Hadi, with Houthi rebels now threatening to seize power. We discuss the state of the Middle East and North Africa — and the U.S. role in ongoing conflicts — with Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College.
The United Nations has raised the death toll from fighting in eastern Ukraine to more than 5,300 people since last April following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych one year ago this month. Another 1.5 million people have been displaced. As fighting intensifies, the Obama administration is now considering directly arming Ukrainian forces against Russian-backed rebels. Washington already supplies nonlethal military equipment to Ukraine, but top officials are reportedly leaning toward sending arms, from rifles to anti-tank weapons. The role of the U.S. and European allies in Ukraine has prompted former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to accuse the West of dragging Russia into a new Cold War. We are joined by Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University.
- Obama Budget Boosts Military Spending, Taxes on Wealthy
- U.S. Reports 27 Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria
- Yemen: 3rd U.S. Drone Strike in a Week Kills 4
- Greek Official Seeks to Calm European Fears over Syriza Win
- Greek Minister Vows to Block U.S.-EU Free Trade Deal
- Syriza Victory Fuels Surge of Podemos Party in Spain
- Croatia Cancels Debts of 60,000 Poorest Residents
- Anti-Islam Pegida Movement Outnumbered at 1st Rally in Austria
- U.S. Oil Workers Launch Broadest Strike Since 1980
- Workers at NYC Legal Nonprofit Strike over Pay, Family Leave
- Freed Al Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste Speaks After Release; Mohamed Fahmy Release "Imminent"
- Parents of Missing Mexican Students Take Fight to U.N.
- Report: Mexican Authorities Tortured Local Police to Confess to Role in Students' Disappearance
- U.S. Expands Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials
- 51 Deaths from General Motors Defect Found Eligible for Compensation
- FCC Chair to Issue Landmark Proposal to Preserve Open Internet
- Family of Jessie Hernández, Teenage Girl Killed by Denver Police, Calls for Federal Probe
The National Football League’s tumultuous 2014-15 season ended Sunday with the New England Patriots’ dramatic Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The game capped a year that saw growing scrutiny of the NFL, most notably its poor handling of domestic violence cases. More than half of players accused of domestic violence during commissioner Roger Goodell’s tenure have gone without league punishment. The NFL is also under fire for its handling of player safety, predominantly concussions. While fans still turn out in record numbers, four in 10 parents now say they would think twice about letting their own child play football. We are joined by Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of Edge of Sports Radio on SiriusXM. In addition to talking about these NFL controversies, Zirin discusses the Super Bowl’s closing moments, when the Seahawks chose not to give the ball to against-the-grain star running back Marshawn Lynch and opted for a risky play that cost them the game.
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been released from an Egyptian prison after 400 days behind bars. Greste and two of his Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were convicted on terrorism charges in a case widely denounced as a sham. Greste flew to Cyprus on Sunday following his release, but Fahmy and Mohamed remain behind bars. "We are relieved by this great news," says Delphine Halgand, U.S. director of Reporters Without Borders, of Greste’s freedom. "But we have to continue to work to assure the release of all journalists in Egypt who are detained on spurious charges." Halgand also discusses the violence directed against journalists worldwide in the first month of 2015, including attacks on journalists in France and Iraq and the beheading by ISIS of Kenji Goto, a Japanese reporter kidnapped in Syria last year. Video of Goto’s execution emerged over the weekend.
After a historic victory in Greece, the leftist Syriza party’s finance minister has begun a tour of Europe to push an anti-austerity message. The former economist Yanis Varoufakis has promised "radical" change as his government seeks to renegotiate Greece’s huge debt obligations and to roll back key parts of its international bailout. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he is confident that Greece can reach a deal with creditors. We air an excerpt of our 2012 interview with Varoufakis and speak with Costas Panayotakis, a professor of sociology at CUNY and author of "Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy." Panayotakis lays out the Syriza party’s historic rise to power and the challenges it faces in trying to restructure Greece’s economy.
- U.S. Mulls Arming Ukraine Against Russian-Backed Separatists as Truce Talks Collapse
- ISIS Kills 2nd Japanese Hostage; Jordan Seeks Release of Captured Pilot
- Iraq Suffers Deadliest Month Since 2008
- Boko Haram Hits Major City in Northern Nigeria; African Leaders Approve 7,500-Strong Force
- Al Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste Deported from Egypt After 400 Days in Prison; Colleagues Still Jailed
- Egyptian Court Confirms Mass Death Sentences of Muslim Brotherhood Supporters
- CIA, Mossad Carried Out 2008 Car Bombing of Hezbollah Figure in Damascus
- U.S.-Israeli Assassination of Hezbollah Commander Raises Concerns of Legality and Potential Reprisals
- Israel OKs New Settlement Construction as Obama-Netanyahu Tensions Peak
- Thousands Join Renewed Pro-Democracy Protest in Hong Kong
- Houthi Rebels Set 3-Day Deadline to Seize Control of Yemeni Gov't
- Guatemala Marks 35th Anniversary of Spanish Embassy Massacre Following Verdict
- Dozens Rally Outside White House Against Nuclear Weapons Upgrade
- Family of Slain Black Teen Ramarley Graham Agrees to $3.9 Million Settlement with NYC
With groups around the country taking on issues of police brutality and accountability, we go back 50 years to another movement confronting the same issues. We spend the hour looking at a new documentary that just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival called "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution." It tells the history of the Black Panther Party through rare archival footage and interviews with party leaders, rank-and-file members, journalists — and even police and FBI informants. We feature extended excerpts from the film and speak with one its subjects, Kathleen Cleaver, who served as communications secretary of the Black Panther Party and is now a law professor at Emory University. We also speak with Stanley Nelson, the film’s award-winning director. The film is set to play in theaters and air on PBS later this year.
Activists from the antiwar group CodePink attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when he testified on global security challenges at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting on Thursday. Kissinger served as secretary of state and national security adviser during the Vietnam War under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain lashed out at the protesters and called on the Capitol Hill Police to remove them.
- U.S. Rejects Giving Guantánamo Back to Cuba
- Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Open Travel to Cuba
- 35 Die in Bombing of Shiite Mosque in Pakistan
- Three U.S. Contractors Killed in Afghanistan as U.S. Moves to Classify War Data
- Egyptian Wing of Islamic State Claims Credit for Killing 27 in North Sinai
- Apartheid Death Squad Leader "Prime Evil" Granted Parole in South Africa
- Republican-Led Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline
- Girlfriend of Akai Gurley to File $50 Million Lawsuit Against NYPD
- Dismissed Professor Steven Salaita Sues University of Illinois
- San Francisco Public Defender Arrested Inside Courthouse
- CodePink Activists Attempt Citizen's Arrest on Henry Kissinger
Acclaimed director and actor Robert Redford discusses his new film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, "A Walk in the Woods," in which he co-stars with Nick Nolte. It is a comedy about walking the Appalachian Trail — and getting older. "What are you going to do with what time you have left? Are you just going to sit?" Redford asks. "One thing you don’t want to do is be a guy sitting in a rocking chair on a stoop somewhere in a bathrobe and say, 'I wish I would've, I wish I could’ve.’ So, you make the most of your life." He also talks about his plans to play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather in the upcoming political drama, "Truth," based on Rather’s 2005 memoir about how he was fired after reporting that George W. Bush received special treatment in the U.S. Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. "CBS wanted a relationship with the administration. They asked him to back off," Redford notes. "He said, 'I can't do that. My job is to tell the truth.’" Redford also discusses the attacks earlier this month on Charlie Hebdo magazine.
We speak with director, actor and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford about the festival’s history, now celebrating its 31st anniversary. Sundance is now among the largest film festivals in the country, with some 50,000 attendees. However, it looked very different when it began more than three decades ago. "The first year, there was maybe 150 people that showed up. We had one theater, maybe 10 documentaries and 20 films, and now it’s grown to the point where it’s kind of like a wild horse," Redford says. We also discuss the festival’s efforts to promote women, people of color and young people — on both sides of the camera. This comes as the latest "Celluloid Ceiling" report from researchers at San Diego State University has found men directed 93 percent of the 250 highest-grossing films of 2014. Women directed just 7 percent, a decrease of 2 percent compared to 1998.
We play excerpts from a spoof video standoff between Robert Redford and Will Ferrell about efforts to conserve the Colorado River, which provides much of the American West with water. Redford also discusses the documentary, "Watershed," that he narrated and made with his son, Jamie Redford. The Colorado River flows nearly 1,500 miles from its source in the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Along the way, most of its water is diverted by dams for agriculture and municipal uses, and now the river rarely reaches the Sea of Cortez. Redford notes the Native American and Mexican communities in the southern portion of the watershed "are being starved out. They’re having to move away because they can’t have agriculture there."
As we broadcast from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, we spend the hour with its founder Robert Redford, the Oscar-winning director, actor and longtime environmentalist. Our conversation begins with last week’s vote by nearly half of the Senate to refuse to formally acknowledge the existence of man-made climate change. "I think the deniers of climate change are probably the people who are afraid of change. They don’t want to see change," Redford says. "Too many in Congress are pushing us back into the 1950s." He also responds to the attempt by the new Republican majority in Congress to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. "I had a lot of experience with oil," he says, noting that he once worked in the oil fields. "I think it should stay in the ground. We’re so close to polluting the planet beyond anything sustainable."
- Gorbachev: Ukraine Crisis Could Turn into All-Out War
- Two Israeli Soldiers, U.N. Peacekeeper Killed in Hezbollah-Israel Clashes
- U.N. Condemns Israeli Killing of Spanish Peacekeeper in Lebanon
- State Department Questioned over Israeli Occupation of Shebaa Farms
- Greek Government Rehires 600 Cleaning Staff Laid Off Due to Austerity
- Attorney General Nominee: NSA Surveillance is "Constitutional and Effective"
- Republican Senators Question Loretta Lynch on Immigration Policy
- Supreme Court Stays 3 Oklahoma Executions to Conduct Review of Lethal Injection
- Study: Foreign Intervention in Civil War 100x More Likely in Oil-Rich Nations
- Snowden Documents Expose Canadian Effort to Monitor Millions of Internet Users
- 16 Million Children in the U.S. Now Live in Families on Food Stamps
- Raúl Castro: U.S. Must Return Guantánamo Before Normalization of Relations
- Chilean Intelligence Officers Sentenced for Killing Americans After '73 Coup
- Australian Inquiry Confirms Police Shot Dead Hostage in Cafe Siege
- St. Louis Meeting over Police Accountability Breaks Out into Brawl
- Detroit Officer Who Shot 7-Year-Old Dead in House Raid is Cleared of Charges
- South Carolina Court Clears "Friendship Nine" for 1961 Lunch Counter Protest