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Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment is to Boost Neoliberals & Protect Corruption
Brazil’s Senate has forged ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, despite an earlier move by the interim house speaker to derail the process. The previous house speaker, Eduardo Cunha, had led the bid to oust Rousseff, before he himself was suspended over corruption. On Monday, his replacement, Waldir Maranhão, sought to annul the lower house’s vote in favor of impeachment charges, citing procedural flaws. But the speaker apparently reversed course in the middle of the night, releasing a statement reversing his decision, without explanation. The Senate appears poised to vote Wednesday on whether to put Rousseff on trial; if a majority side against her, she would be suspended. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Brazil. "People have started to realize, internationally but also here in Brazil, that although this impeachment process has been sold, has been pitched as a way of punishing corruption, its real goal, beyond empowering neoliberals and Goldman Sachs and foreign hedge funds, the real goal is to protect corruption," Greenwald says.
Polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are on pace to be the least popular major-party presidential nominees in decades. Will some voters look to cast votes with third-party candidates? We speak to former presidential candidate Ralph Nader about how the U.S. political system is designed to exclude third-party candidates from the debates and media.
We speak with consumer advocate and former third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rhetoric and the corporate media’s coverage of Trump’s candidacy. Nader says TV networks are using public airwaves to "cash in" on the presidential race, while giving candidates like Trump a "free ride." "The questions aren’t particularly pointed when they interview them, and they’re very repetitious, and they give these candidates like Trump and others front stage," Nader says. "But also, they exclude leading citizens who could criticize the process, the candidates, and nourish the content of a presidential election campaign."
Polls have opened in West Virginia, where Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are vying for the 29 delegates up for grabs. Eight years ago, Clinton won West Virginia in a landslide, beating Barack Obama by 40 percentage points—but many polls project Sanders will win today. We speak to longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who argues that Sanders would be winning the primary race if every state had open primaries.
- Obama Admin Sues North Carolina over Anti-Transgender Law
- California Lawmakers Advance Bill for Gender-Neutral Restrooms
- Donald Trump Seeks Fundraising Aid from Republican Party
- Sanders, Clinton Face Off in West Virginia Primary
- Kerry: U.S., Russia Agree to Press for Nationwide Ceasefire in Syria
- Pentagon: U.S.-Led Strike Kills ISIS Official in Iraq
- Brazilian Senate Forges Ahead with Bid to Impeach Rousseff
- Philippines: Duterte Wins Presidency Despite Accused Death Squad Role
- Canada to Support U.N. Declaration on Indigenous Rights
- Ferguson, Missouri Gets 1st Permanent African-American Police Chief
- Panama Papers Scandal Widens as Journalists Publish Searchable Database
- Mexican Court Allows Extradition of Drug Lord Chapo Guzmán to U.S.
- Report: 1 in 5 Plant Species Worldwide at Risk of Extinction
- 5 Tiny Pacific Islands Disappear Due to Climate Change
- Facebook Accused of Suppressing Conservative News Stories
More than 800 people packed into the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York Friday for the funeral of Daniel Berrigan, the legendary antiwar priest, poet and activist. He died on April 30 at the age of 94. Today would have been his 95th birthday. Dan and his brother, the late Phil Berrigan, made international headlines in 1968 when they and seven other Catholic antiwar activists burned draft cards in Catonsville, Maryland, to protest the Vietnam War. Prior to the funeral, hundreds took part in a two-hour procession beginning at Mary House, a Catholic Worker house in the East Village. Democracy Now!’s Mike Burke was there and spoke to participants including singer Dar Williams, the Rev. John Dear, Dan’s niece Frida Berrigan, Kathy Kelly and John Schuchardt, who was arrested with Dan in 1980 when they broke into the GE nuclear missile plant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, launching the Plowshares Movement.
Saturday marked an international day of action to boycott Driscoll’s—the largest berry distributor in the world. About an hour north of Seattle in Burlington, Washington, berry pickers have been organizing for three years at Sakuma Brothers Farms, one of the farms where Driscoll’s buys berries. Since 2013, some workers launched a series of walkouts, picket lines and lawsuits over alleged labor violations. In 2015, one of their lawsuits went all the way up to the Washington Supreme Court, where they won a unanimous decision that set a precedent ensuring paid rest breaks statewide. That same year, massive protests broke out at Driscoll’s farms down in San Quintín Valley in Mexico. Since then, Driscoll’s farmworkers have been organizing together on both sides of the border. Democracy Now!’s Laura Gottesdiener spoke to protesting farmworkers in Washington state and went inside the former camps where some of the workers lived. She also spoke to Sakuma Brothers Farms CEO Danny Weeden.
On Saturday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made his first campaign visit to Washington state, where he addressed thousands of supporters in Spokane and later in Lynden. He decried the loss of manufacturing jobs, and vowed to win Washington state in November. He also warned of the threat posed by Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, outside the rally, dozens of #StopTrump activists blockaded a highway in Lynden as Trump held a rally in the rural community near the Canadian border. Three activists were arrested after they used chains and PVC pipe "lockboxes" to form a human chain across two lanes of traffic. They said their action was a protest against what they described as a campaign rooted in fear and hatred. The protest held up traffic for more than a half-hour, delaying many Trump supporters. Democracy Now! was at the protest.
- North Carolina Governor Faces Deadline on Anti-Transgender Law
- Trump Says Unifying GOP Not Necessary for Him to Win
- Trump Backs Higher Taxes for the Rich, Higher Minimum Wage
- Pentagon Acknowledges U.S. Troops on the Ground in Yemen
- Greek Parliament OKs Harsh New Austerity Measures Amid Mass Protest
- Brazilian Senate Committee Backs Impeachment Trial for Rousseff
- Filipino "Trump" Set to Win Presidency Despite Accused Role in Death Squads
- Sadiq Khan Becomes London's 1st Muslim Mayor
- Anti-Fossil Fuel Actions Held in Newcastle & Philadelphia Amid Global Campaign
- Twitter Bars U.S. Spy Agencies from Data Mining Platform
- West Point Investigates Photo of Black Women Cadets Raising Fists
- Activists Protest "Displacement from Brooklyn to Palestine" Inside Brooklyn Museum
- Italian Economist Pulled from Plane for Doing Math in Latest Profiling Incident
A federal judge has allowed a landmark lawsuit to proceed against two psychologists who designed and implemented the CIA’s torture program. Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen reaped more than $80 million for designing torture techniques used by the agency. The case was brought by Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ben Soud, two survivors of the program, along with the family of Gul Rahman, who froze to death at a CIA black site in Afghanistan. All three men were subjected to torture techniques that Mitchell and Jessen created and helped implement, including beatings, being held in coffin-sized boxes and being hung from metal rods. We speak with ACLU lawyer Dror Ladin, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of torture victims, and with former intelligence officer Col. Steven Kleinman, who knew psychologists Mitchell and Jessen from his time at the SERE school in Spokane. SERE—Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape—is a secretive program which teaches soldiers to endure captivity in enemy hands. Mitchell and Jessen reverse-engineered the tactics taught in SERE training for use on prisoners held in the CIA’s secret prisons.
As Democratic challengers Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton press on in the Democratic primary, Sanders trails in the pledged delegate count by more than 300. Add in superdelegates, and Clinton is just under 200 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the nomination. Even as Sanders maintains his commitment to stay in the race, voters looking for political revolution are facing the question of whether or not to support his rival Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee for president. We host a debate between Kshama Sawant, Socialist city councilmember in Seattle and member of Socialist Alternative, who is a Sanders supporter and says she will not support Clinton; and Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle from 2010 to 2013, who hosts a podcast on social change called "You, Me, Us, Now." He is a Bernie Sanders supporter, but will back Hillary Clinton if she becomes the nominee.
- Syria: At Least 30 Killed in Airstrike on Refugee Camp
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Says He's Not Ready to Endorse Trump
- Romney, Bushes, McCain to Skip GOP Convention
- Trump Posts "I Love Hispanics" with Taco Bowl Photo; Twitter Responds
- Report: Clinton Team Seeks to Court Bush Donors
- Hundreds Protest Clinton's Policies, Honduras Coup Role in East Los Angeles
- Sanders Targets Opiate Epidemic During West Virginia Campaign Stop
- Reports: Prince Suffered from Addiction to Painkillers
- Canada: Alberta Wildfire Grows Tenfold in Size
- Palestinian Woman Killed by Israeli Tank Shell
- Brazil Court Suspends Lawmaker Who Led Impeachment Bid Against Rousseff
- Turkish Prime Minister Resigns as President Erdogan Cements Power
- Obama Commutes Sentences of 58 Federal Prisoners
- Chicago Prosecutor Withdraws from Laquan McDonald Shooting Case
- Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill to Regulate Abortion Clinics Like Sex Offenders
- Italian Court: Homeless Man's Theft of Food Not a Crime
In a Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, discussing his new book, "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work." Over the last 12 years, StoryCorps has gathered the largest single collection of human voices. In 2003, the first StoryCorps recording booth opened in New York City’s Grand Central Station. Since then, a quarter of a million of people have recorded interviews with their loved ones through StoryCorps. The new book is a remarkable collection of stories from the heart of the American workforce: teachers, social workers, public defenders, deli workers, plant supervisors and beyond. They include stories by dreamers, healers, philosophers and groundbreakers. "This is kind of a radical book," Isay says. "There’s no billionaires, there’s no millionaires, there’s no celebrities, there’s no professional athletes, but to me these are really the stories of work that matter."
We spend the hour with Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, the award-winning national oral history project. In a 1989 radio documentary, "Tossing Away the Keys," he chronicled the case of Moreese Bickham, a former death row prisoner who recently died at the age of 98. In 1958, Bickham, an African American, was sentenced to death for shooting and killing two police officers in Mandeville, Louisiana, even though Bickham said the officers were Klansmen who had come to kill him and shot him on the front porch of his own home. Many other people in the community also said the officers worked with the Ku Klux Klan, which was a common practice in small Southern towns. Moreese Bickham served 37 years at Angola State Penitentiary, in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
He won seven stays of execution, but Louisiana’s governors repeatedly denied him clemency until, under enormous pressure, he was finally released in 1996. Days after he was released, he traveled to New York, where he was interviewed on WBAI’s "Wake-Up Call" by Amy Goodman, Bernard White and others. "Wake-Up Call" had closely followed Bickham’s case and helped give it national attention. We play an excerpt from the interview for Isay and discuss Bickham’s life and legacy.
- U.S., Russia Agree to Extend Fragile Syria Ceasefire to Aleppo
- Combat Death of Navy SEAL Raises Questions About U.S. Role in Iraq
- U.S. Army Officer Sues Obama, Saying ISIS War is Illegal
- Kasich Drops Out of GOP Race, Paving Trump's Path to Nomination
- Canada: Alberta Declares Emergency over Wildfire; 88,000 Evacuated
- Obama Sips Flint Water, Calls Crisis a "Man-Made Disaster"
- DOJ Warns NC over Anti-Transgender Law; AL City Rescinds Anti-Trans Ordinance
- Egypt: Activist Sanaa Seif Sentenced to 6 Months; Journalists Protest Raid on Union
- Mexico: Hundreds Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Police Raid on Atenco
- Israeli Army General Compares Israel to 1930s Germany, Walks Back Remarks
Over the years, Juan González has used his column in the New York Daily News to break major corruption scandals and cover-ups, including the attempt to conceal the health impacts of the toxic dust released on 9/11. Tom Robbins, one of Juan González’s colleagues at the Daily News and a recent Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of violence in New York’s prisons, joins us to reflect on González’s remarkable career as an organizer who led newspaper workers on a successful strike and published "one scoop after another." Robbins is now investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. His piece "Juan González: Iron Man of the News Room" has just been published.
Last week Democracy Now! co-host Juan González penned his final column for the New York Daily News, where he’s worked for 29 years. We play González’s speech from last November, when he was inducted into the Deadline Club’s New York Journalism Hall of Fame, becoming the first Latino journalist to be selected for the honor. González reflected on his career. "I figured my modest contribution would be a voice from another part of New York," he said. "Not writing about outcast neighborhoods, but from them. Not simply to entertain, but to change. Not after the fact, but before it, when coverage could still make a difference."
As Donald Trump virtually clinches the Republican presidential nomination after Senator Ted Cruz suspends his campaign following a devastating defeat in the Indiana primary, we are joined by Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, who has reported on Trump’s history of close relationships with organized crime figures in the United States. We examine some of the characters and connections Robbins helped expose as a reporter who covered politics, labor and organized crime for the Daily News and The Village Voice from 1985 to 2011. His recent article for The Marshall Project is "Trump and the Mob." Robbins also critiques the media’s coverage of Trump on the campaign trail.
- Trump Virtually Clinches Nomination with Indiana Win; Cruz Drops Out
- Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana Primary in Surprise Upset
- Report: Less Than 1% of Clinton Fundraising Venture Goes to State Parties
- Syria: Dozens Killed in Aleppo Fighting; Rockets Hit Hospital
- Doctors Without Borders Blasts U.N. Security Council over Hospital Attacks
- U.S. Navy SEAL Killed in Northern Iraq
- Wildfire in Alberta, Canada, Forces Tens of Thousands to Evacuate
- Detroit Teachers Return to Work After 2-Day Mass "Sickout"
- Georgia GOP Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns on Campuses
- Honduras: Journalist Survives 2 Attacks on Eve of Press Freedom Day
- Labor Activists Target H&M over Safety of Bangladesh Factories
- Washington: 6 Workers Evaluated for Vapor Exposure at Hanford Nuclear Site
- Former NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Sentenced to 12 Years
- NYC Voters Pack Board of Elections Hearing to Protest Purge
- Sikh Man Says He Was Pulled Off Bus, Arrested for Speaking Punjabi
- California: Women Say They Were Asked to Leave Cafe for Being Muslim
- Obama to Visit Flint, Meet with 8-Year-Old Impacted by Water Crisis
- Afeni Shakur, Activist & Mother of Tupac Shakur, Dies at 69
Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald weigh in on comments from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her rival, Bernie Sanders, who have both supported the use of drones. Scahill notes that while Clinton is often portrayed as a more hawkish "cruise missile liberal," Sanders also supported regime change in the 1990s. "Bernie Sanders signed onto neocon legislation that made the Iraq invasion possible by codifying into U.S. law that Saddam Hussein’s regime must be overthrown," Scahill says, and "then supported the most brutal regime of economic sanctions in world history, that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis."