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- Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff Takes Stand at Impeachment Trial
- Following DOJ Decision, DHS to Review Private Prison Contracts
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- ND: Hundreds Protest Law Firm Defending Dakota Access Pipeline
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- Report: More Than 2 Dozen Banks Financing Dakota Access Pipeline
- 10 People Arrested Protesting Spectra Pipelines in MA and NY
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The Olympics have wrapped up in Rio, leaving Brazilians with a massive debt from the Games and an ongoing financial crisis. For more on the current situation, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of The Intercept. He has recently helped launch a new Intercept bureau in Brazil.
Media outlets have launched massive investigations into Donald Trump’s business and tax history, as well as probes into the lives and past work of his current and former campaign managers Steve Bannon and Paul Manafort. But are these same outlets and journalists refusing to scrutinize Hillary Clinton? For more, we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Questions surrounding Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation continue to grow. On Sunday, Democratic National Committee interim chairperson Donna Brazile defended Clinton’s meetings as secretary of state with Clinton Foundation donors, saying, "When Republicans meet with their donors, with their supporters, their activists, they call it a meeting. When Democrats do that, they call it a conflict." Donna Brazile’s comments come in response to an Associated Press investigation revealing that while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, more than half of the private citizens she met with during the reporting period had donated to the Clinton Foundation. The AP investigation comes after a three-year battle to gain access to State Department calendars. The analysis shows that at least 85 of 154 people Hillary Clinton had scheduled phone or in-person meetings with were foundation donors. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept. His most recent piece is headlined "Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation?"
Earlier this month, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders strongly denounced the impeachment of Brazil’s democratically elected president. In a statement posted on his Senate website, Sanders laid out his position as "calling on the United States to take a definitive stand against efforts to remove Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from office." He added, "To many Brazilians and observers the controversial impeachment process more closely resembles a coup d’état." We speak to The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald in Rio.
Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is slated to testify today at her impeachment trial—a trial that many are calling a coup by her right-wing political rivals. Rousseff has denounced the proceedings and called for early elections to unite the country. Rousseff’s impeachment stems from accusations she tampered with government accounts to hide a budget deficit. She was suspended earlier this year and has maintained her innocence, accusing her political opponents of spearheading the proceedings to shield themselves from prosecution and undo years of progressive policies. The Brazilian group Transparency Brazil says 60 percent of Brazilian lawmakers are currently under criminal investigation or have already been convicted of crimes ranging from corruption to election fraud. Rousseff’s opponents now need 54 votes, or two-thirds of the 81-seat Senate, to convict her of violating budget laws. Her impeachment would end 13 years of left-wing Workers’ Party rule in Brazil and bring to power interim President Michel Temer for the remaining two years of Rousseff’s term. Temer is also deeply unpopular and currently under investigation himself, accused of receiving illegal campaign contributions linked to the state oil company Petrobras.
- Yemen: ISIS Attack Kills 50 Members of Pro-Government Militia
- Yemen: Saudi Airstrikes Kill 11 Civilians, 1 Day After Kerry Visits Kingdom
- Syria: Turkish Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Civilians
- Pentagon Confirms ISIS Leader Was Held by U.S. at Abu Ghraib in 2004
- Colombia: Ceasefire Between Gov't and FARC Goes into Effect
- Brazil: Dilma Rousseff to Take Stand in Impeachment Trial Today
- German Minister: Free Trade Talks Between U.S. & EU Have Failed
- Chicago: Brothers Arrested in Murder of Nykea Aldridge
- Trump Under Fire for Politicizing Nykea Aldridge's Death
- Black Woman Denied Housing by Trump Family Speaks Out
- Trump Campaign CEO Faces Allegations of Domestic Abuse & Anti-Semitism
- Judge Aaron Persky Will No Longer Hear Criminal Cases
- Hawaii: Obama Creates World's Largest Marine Reserve
- Maine Gov. Under Fire for Calling People of Color "The Enemy"
- Oklahoma: Police Pepper-Spray 84-Year-Old Woman in Her Home
- 49ers Quarterback Refuses to Stand for National Anthem in Protest
- Beyoncé Brings "Mothers of the Movement" to MTV Video Music Awards
- Legendary Mexican Singer Juan Gabriel Dies at 66
On Wednesday, British politician Nigel Farage joined Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Mississippi. Farage was one of the leaders of Britain’s campaign to leave the European Union, known as "Brexit." Trump has praised Brexit, saying the British people had "taken back their country." We speak with Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson about Brexit and Donald Trump.
Just back from a trip to the Arctic aboard the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise, celebrated British actress Emma Thompson joins us to talk about visiting the Canadian town of Clyde River, which has been leading efforts against the oil industry blasting the Arctic in its search for oil and gas. Two years ago, Thompson joined another Greenpeace expedition to protest drilling in the Arctic and to research the impact climate change has already had on the region.
In Kashmir, another protester was killed and as many as 50 people wounded when Indian security forces opened fire and threw tear gas at crowds of protesters on Wednesday. Residents say the confrontation came after Indian troops descended on a neighborhood, beating people and destroying a tent that was to host a meeting about Kashmir’s independence. About 70 people have died in Kashmir since anti-India protests erupted on July 8, after Indian security forces killed a prominent Kashmiri independence leader. On Wednesday, the Indian home minister traveled to Kashmir for a two-day visit aimed at defusing the protests. Among those who have been killed is a 30-year-old professor who was beaten to death in Indian army custody. Many others have reported being beaten by troops in their own homes. We speak with Vijay Prashad, whose recent piece on Kashmir is titled "Deadly Violence Erupts in One of the World’s Most Dangerous Hotspots."
The epilogue of Vijay Prashad’s new book, "The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution," examines the undercovered conflicts in Yemen and Palestine, and the role of Saudi Arabia. "The poorest Arab country is being destroyed by the richest Arab country," Prashad says. "The very people that are out on the streets demanding that Israel stop bombing Gaza need to be out on the streets demanding that Saudi Arabia stop this murderous war against Yemen."
In our extended interview with scholar Vijay Prashad, he discusses the U.S. presidential election and notes that while President Obama was reticent, then-Secretary of State "Hillary Clinton led the charge against Libya. This shows, to my mind, a profound dangerous tendency to go into wars overseas, damn the consequences. If you’re looking at this from outside the United States, there’s a real reason to be terrified."
As we speak with scholar Vijay Prashad about how the United States carried out regime change in Libya and left behind a failed state, he notes: "The story in Libya is not dissimilar to the story in Iraq." Both are politically divided societies in which the United States deposed long-entrenched leaders, Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and left behind failed states. Prashad adds that "in both instances, when the strongman was captured ... they said, 'We are ready to negotiate,' and the United States essentially was not interested in negotiating." He says the outcome in Libya contributed to the destabilization of Mali, Tunisia and much of northern Africa.
As the United States backs a Turkish military incursion into Syria targeting ISIS-held areas along the border, Turkey says it’s also concerned about Syrian Kurdish militias at the border who are backed by the United States. We look at the conflict, how it relates to the recent thwarted coup attempt, and the government’s subsequent arrests of journalists on terrorism charges with an acclaimed scholar who has followed the region closely for years: Vijay Prashad. He is a professor of international studies at Trinity College and columnist for the Indian magazine Frontline. His new book is "The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution."
- Turkish Military Sends Additional Tanks into Northern Syria
- Turkey: 11 Killed in Attack on Police Station
- Report: Barrel Bombs Kill 4 Civilians in Aleppo
- Italy: Death Toll from Earthquake Surpasses 250
- Trump Continues Backing Away from Mass Deportation Plan
- Clinton: Donald Trump Is Making Hate Groups Mainstream
- French Court Overturns Ban on Burkinis
- Kerry Visits Saudi Arabia, as U.N. Condemns U.S.-Backed Saudi War in Yemen
- Argentina: Ex-General During Dirty Wars Convicted of War Crimes
- Brazilian Senate Begins Rousseff's Impeachment Trial
- Brazilian Police Charge U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte
- Editor, Publisher and Writer Warren Hinckle Dies
Bernie Sanders and his supporters have launched a new political organization called Our Revolution. It seeks to support the next generation of progressive leaders, empower millions to fight for progressive change and elevate the nation’s overall political consciousness. More than 2,600 watch parties were held across the country last night to witness Sanders launch the new organization. But reports have emerged of political tumult within Bernie Sanders’s own team. Over the weekend, eight key staffers abruptly resigned in a dispute over the group’s leadership and legal structure. For more, we speak with Larry Cohen, incoming board chair of Our Revolution, and with Claire Sandberg, former digital organizing director for Bernie Sanders’s campaign, who resigned as the organizing director for Our Revolution.
According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, the Clinton Foundation will stop accepting corporate and foreign donations—although an exception may be made for the Clinton Health Access Initiative. The Journal also reports that former President Bill Clinton will leave the board, but that Chelsea Clinton plans to stay on it. But some have called for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down entirely if Clinton wins. For more, we speak to David Sirota, the senior editor for investigations at the International Business Times. His most recent article is titled "Was There 'Pay to Play' at the Clinton Foundation?" We also speak with Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton’s chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
Weapons, Pipelines & Wall St: Did Clinton Foundation Donations Impact Clinton State Dept. Decisions?
New questions have arisen this week over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. On Tuesday, the Associated Press published a new investigation revealing that while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, more than half of the private citizens she met with had donated to the Clinton Foundation. The AP investigation comes after a three-year battle to gain access to State Department calendars. The analysis shows that at least 85 of 154 people Hillary Clinton had scheduled phone or in-person meetings with were foundation donors. This does not include meetings Clinton held with U.S. or foreign government workers or representatives, only private citizens. We speak to David Sirota of the International Business Times and Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton’s chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
- Italy: Death Toll from Earthquake Rises to 247
- Afghanistan: 13 Killed in Attack on American University in Kabul
- Colombian Government & FARC Rebels Sign Peace Accords
- Clinton Slams AP Article About Her Meeting with Foundation Donors
- British Brexit Leader Campaigns with Trump in Mississippi
- Trump Appears to Question His Mass Deportation Plan
- Biden Visits Ankara Amid U.S.-Backed Turkish Offensive into Syria
- Report: Assad & ISIS Have Carried Out Chemical Weapons Attacks
- Report: Baltimore Police Are Secretly Surveilling City from Above
- Report: NYPD Broke Rules in Muslim Spying After 9/11
- Kashmir: Indian Troops Open Fire on Protesters, Killing 1
- Ethiopian Silver Medalist Who Staged Olympic Protest Fears Returning Home
- With Baton Rouge Still Underwater, Gov't Auctions Off Gulf Oil Leases
- Hundreds Rally in D.C. as Judge Delays Ruling in Dakota Access Suit
- Scientists Discover New Planet That Could Be Home to Life
- "Cocks Not Glocks": Students at UT Austin Protest Campus Carry Law
Last week, Donald Trump once again upended his campaign team and named Stephen Bannon, the head of Breitbart Media, to be his campaign chief. Breitbart regularly sparks controversy with headlines such as "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy," "Trannies Whine About Hilarious Bruce Jenner Billboard" and "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew." In a new article published by Mother Jones, investigative journalist Sarah Posner writes, "By bringing on Stephen Bannon, Trump was signaling a wholehearted embrace of the 'alt-right,' a once-motley assemblage of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ethno-nationalistic provocateurs who have coalesced behind Trump and curried the GOP nominee’s favor on social media." For more, we speak to Sarah Posner and Heather McGhee of Demos.