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As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed, we speak with Syrian analyst Bassam Haddad and get an update from a physician in touch with medical personnel in Aleppo. Dr. Zaher Sahloul is founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria and senior adviser and former president of the Syrian American Medical Society. He has visited Aleppo five times since the war began.
- Trump Picks Gov. Nikki Haley to Be U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
- Trump Considering Neurosurgeon Ben Carson for HUD Secretary
- Trump Defends Bannon, Says He Will Not Prosecute Clinton
- CNN Under Fire for Caption Questioning Whether Jews are People
- Trump Adviser Kobach Accidentally Reveals "Strategic Plan" for DHS
- NYC Spends $1 Million a Day Protecting Donald Trump
- Wisconsin Court Rules State Illegally Gerrymandered Districts to Favor GOP
- Workers Plan Airport Strike at Chicago's O'Hare on November 29
- #FightFor15 Workers Plan National Day of Disruption on November 29
- #NoBlackSnakeFriday: Water Protectors Fighting Dakota Access Pipeline Declare Global Day of Action
- U.N.: 68,000 Civilians Displaced from Mosul
- Yemen: 19 Die Near Taiz as Ceasefire Expires
- British Court Hears Lawsuit Against Shell over Spills in Niger River Delta
- Peru: Officials Declare State of Emergency Amid Climate-Fueled Fires
- Pakistan: Indian Army Killed 9 Civilians in Kashmir
- Ohio: Prosecutor to Retry Officer Ray Tensing for Murdering Sam DuBose
There is growing resistance to Trump’s vow to detain and deport millions of people from the United States. Mayors from New York to Chicago to Seattle say they will refuse to cooperate even as Trump promises to cut funds from so-called sanctuary cities. Meanwhile, the movement is growing for "sanctuary campuses." During his campaign, Trump also said he would reverse President Obama’s executive orders, including DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has shielded 750,000 young people from deportation. We are joined by Denise Vivar, a member of the first undocumented student club at the City University of New York, or CUNY. She drafted the petition for Lehman College to be a sanctuary campus. We also go to Philadelphia to speak with Olivia Vazquez, a recipient of DACA and a youth organizer at the immigrant rights group Juntos, and with Miguel Andrade, an immigration paralegal who has been working with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office to declare Philadelphia a sanctuary city, or Fourth Amendment city.
A sweeping new report reveals ties to slavery and the displacement of the Native Americans at one of the country’s top colleges. The findings about 250-year-old Rutgers University were published in a new book, "Scarlet and Black, Volume 1: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History." It details the history of some of the institution’s founders, presidents and trustees as slave owners, anti-abolitionists and participants in slave trading. Rutgers is one of several colleges and universities across the country now grappling with their historical ties to slavery, including Georgetown, Yale and Harvard. For more, we speak with Marisa Fuentes, director of research for the team that produced "Scarlet and Black." She is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies and history at Rutgers.
A video leaked Monday from a self-proclaimed "alt-right" conference that took place over the weekend in Washington, D.C., shows hundreds gathering to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory and raising their arms in the traditional Nazi salute and saying "Heil victory!" Leaders of the alt-right movement have been emboldened since Trump’s election, particularly since he named Steve Bannon to become his chief strategist after first being his campaign manager. Bannon is the former head of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart Media. We speak with Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University, who says Bannon’s appointment is "the most depressing of almost anything I’ve heard thus far." Lipstadt is also the subject of a feature film now in theaters called "Denial," which is based on a court case in which she was sued by a leading Holocaust denier.
- Trump Promises to Withdraw from TPP, Promote Oil Drilling & Repeal Regulation
- Washington Post: Trump Policies Will Hurt Federal Workers
- Trump Holds Off-the-Record Meeting with Top TV Anchors
- U.N.: 1 Million Syrians Under Siege, Most by Government Forces
- Japan: Thousands Evacuate After Tsunami Warning in Fukushima
- Rohingyas Flee to Bangladesh Amid Violence in Myanmar
- Sophia Wilansky Critically Injured During Police Attack at Standing Rock
- The Guardian: Self-Induced Abortions May Be on the Rise in U.S.
- Arctic Temperatures 35 Degrees Fahrenheit Above Average
- Bolivia Declares State of Emergency Amid Drought
- Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway Leaving for Northwestern
We speak with Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill, who has spent years reporting on private security contractors such as the private security firm TigerSwan, which has links to the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and is in charge of coordinating intelligence for the Dakota Access pipeline company. He discusses the company’s track record as more than 100 Native Americans and allies fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline have been injured by police in North Dakota. Many were attacked with rubber bullets, tear gas, mace canisters and water cannons in freezing temperatures. The attack began after the water protectors attempted to clear access to a public bridge, which has been blocked by authorities using military equipment chained to concrete barriers.
Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, examines the "team of rivals" Trump is considering for key appointments to his Cabinet, noting all of them have "ended up in direct conflict with President Obama over key issues that Trump and Pence have sort of touted." Trump has offered the national security adviser position to Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is well known for his anti-Muslim worldview, having called Islam a "cancer" and saying "fear of Muslims is rational." Kansas Congressmember Mike Pompeo, who opposed closing Guantánamo Bay prison, has been named as CIA director. Trump has also selected Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. Sessions is a former prosecutor who was elected to the Senate in 1996, where he consistently supported anti-immigration legislation and has been a leading opponent of the Voting Rights Act.
We spend the hour looking at the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, a candidate who ran on a platform of open bigotry, threats against immigrants and Muslims, and blatant misogyny. Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, is often portrayed as a counterbalance to Trump and called a "bridge to the establishment." But our guest Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, says Pence’s ascendance to the second most powerful position in the U.S. government is a "tremendous coup for the radical religious right. Pence—and his fellow Christian supremacist militants—would not have been able to win the White House on their own. For them, Donald Trump was a godsend."
- Trump Meets with General Mattis, Giuliani & Romney over Weekend
- "Hamilton" Cast Addresses Mike Pence from NYC Stage
- Green Day at American Music Awards: No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA
- At White Supremacist Meeting: Nazi Salutes, Heil Hitler Chants and Celebrations of Trump
- Trump Settles Trump University Lawsuit for $25 Million
- Standing Rock: 100+ Injured After Police Attack with Water Cannons, Rubber Bullets & Mace
- 4 Arrested Protesting AIM Pipeline in New York State
- Afghanistan: 27 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack on Mosque in Kabul
- WHO: Syrian Gov't Bombing Shuts Down Eastern Aleppo's Remaining Hospitals
- India: 140+ People Die in Train Derailment
- Yemen: Residents Report Violations to 48-Hour Ceasefire
- Merkel Says She'll Seek a Fourth Term in 2017 Elections
- Haiti Holds Presidential Elections, After Delay
- Bolivia: La Paz Water Rationing Now Permanent, Amid Climate-Fueled Drought
Among the poets from around the world who came to the U.N. climate summit in Morocco to highlight the impacts of climate change and inspire climate action was Marshall Islands poet and climate activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. She reads her poem, "2 Degrees." Climatologists say that the best-case scenario of immediate and dramatic curbs on carbon emissions is that planetary surface temperatures will increase by at least 2 degrees Celsius in the coming decades. "At a climate change conference, a colleague tells me 2 degrees is just a benchmark for climate negotiations. I tell him 2 degrees is a gamble," says Jetnil-Kijiner. "At 2 degrees, my islands, the Marshall Islands, is already under water. This is why our leaders push for 1.5."
As Greenpeace recently reported that the number of pollution deaths in India is higher than in China and as the country struggles through a second year of drought, we look at the impact of climate change on developing nations and their role in pushing developed countries to meet their targets for reduced emissions and for spending on adaptation. We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, a climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth International who is based in Mozambique, and with Vidya Venkat, senior assistant editor at The Hindu.
As Donald Trump assembles his Cabinet, we look at one of the communities that have been the target of his immigration policy: Syrian refugees. Over the course of the campaign, Trump called them "terrorists," incorrectly accused them of carrying out violent attacks in the United States, and repeatedly said he would end all immigration to the U.S. by Syrian refugees and others from what he called "terror-prone nations." The five-year Syrian conflict has displaced about half the prewar population, with more than 6 million Syrians displaced inside Syria and nearly 5 million Syrian refugees outside its borders. Close to half a million Syrians have been killed in the ongoing war. In Morocco, where Democracy Now! is broadcasting from, some estimate there are thousands of Syrian refugees, though exact figures are difficult to determine. On Thursday evening, producer Deena Guzder spoke to several Syrian refugees in Marrakech.
While covering the United Nations climate summit, we speak with Constâncio Pinto, minister of commerce, industry and environment of Timor-Leste, or East Timor. East Timor was compared to Western Sahara for decades. Both countries were occupied in 1975, Timor by Indonesia and Western Sahara by Morocco. Both populations supported U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for referenda for self-determination, which Timor got in 1999 and voted overwhelmingly to become independent. The people of Western Sahara, however, are still calling for that referendum to take place. Minister Constâncio Pinto just came from East Timor, where on November 12 he was involved in the 25th anniversary observance of the Santa Cruz massacre, where the Indonesian military attacked, using U.S. weapons, gunning down over 270 Timorese. Pinto was a lead organizer of the peaceful procession that got gunned down.
As Democracy Now! broadcasts from the United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, we report on an issue that is largely ignored: Morocco’s 41-year occupation of the Western Sahara. Many consider it to be Africa’s last colony. We speak with British-based Algerian activist Hamza Hamouchene, who serves as the senior program officer for North Africa and West Asia at the British organization War on Want. He recently attempted to enter the occupied Western Sahara but was stopped by Moroccan authorities on his way.
As Democracy Now! broadcasts from the U.N. climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, we report that nearly 200 nations have agreed on a proclamation that declares implementation of the Paris climate accord to be an "urgent duty." This comes just over a week after the election of Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull the United states out of the Paris Agreement and has called climate change a Chinese-created hoax. Meanwhile, climate activists staged protests targeting corporate sponsors of the climate talks.
- Trump Picks Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General
- Trump Chooses Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser
- Trump Reportedly Considering General Petraeus for Secretary of State
- Intelligence Director James Clapper Resigns
- Trump's Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Weighs Joining Administration
- Democratic Party Elects NY Senator Chuck Schumer as Minority Leader
- Hearing Today over Whether to Postpone Trump University Lawsuit
- Norway's Largest Bank Sells Assets in Dakota Access Pipeline Company
- Iraq: Suicide Attack Kills 30 at Wedding Near Fallujah
- China: Workers Stage Series of Protests and Strikes Against Wal-Mart
- Palestinians Oppose Bills to Ban Call to Prayer & Retroactively Legalize Settlements
- Guatemala: U.S.-Backed Former Dictator Ríos Montt to Face Genocide Trial
- Residents of Chagos Islands, Removed for U.S. Base, Not Allowed to Return Home
- 400+ Reports of Attacks & Harassment in Wake of Trump's Election
- Karnes For-Profit Detention Center Bans Children From Playing with Crayons
- Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award for "The Underground Railroad"
- Trump Picks Congressmember Mike Pompeo as CIA Director
Sanders & Clinton Supporters Debate the Path Forward for the Democratic Party Under Trump Presidency
We host a discussion on how Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party plan to deal with a Trump presidency. We speak with RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United; Larry Cohen, who served as a senior adviser to Bernie Sanders and is now the board chair of Our Revolution; and Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California State Senate, who joins us in Marrakech, Morocco.
California Senate President on How His State Prepares to Challenge Trump from Climate to Immigration
Many lawmakers are joining Senator Bernie Sanders in calling on Donald Trump to immediately remove Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, from his new position as chief strategist. "This is a really negative message throughout the world that you have someone who has a history and a practice of dividing and pitting one people against another," says Kevin de León, president pro-tem of the California State Senate. "That is not what America is about."
Larry Cohen, who served as a senior adviser to Bernie Sanders and is now the board chair of Our Revolution, says Donald Trump’s appointment of Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon as his chief strategist means he has "an enemy of the people, a divider of the nation" in a leading position in his administration.