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