Demonstrations over the police killing of an unarmed teenager in St. Louis, Missouri, continued for a second night ahead of a national weekend of action in nearby Ferguson over the police killing of Michael Brown two months ago. Organizers have invited the Brown family to take part. Dr. Cornel West and actor Harry Belafonte are also among those expected to attend the events, which include a mass march and a planned act of civil disobedience. They will join local activists who have been calling for the arrest of police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Mike Brown; for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case; and the firing of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. We speak with three of the organizers who have been involved in the protests since the beginning: Tef Poe, a St. Louis rapper and activist; Tory Russell, an organizer with Hands Up United; and Ashley Yates, of Millennial Activists United. "The message that we’re sending to the system is that we’re not going to stop. We are resilient," Poe says.
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who boarded her school bus. She survived and continued to campaign for the rights of girls to go to school. Satyarthi, age 60, has been a leader for decades in the international movement against child slavery and the exploitation of child workers. In a statement, the Nobel committee said it "regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism." Last year on July 12, her 16th birthday, Yousafzai appeared at the United Nations and delivered her first speech since she underwent surgery, saying she was undeterred by the Taliban’s efforts to silence her voice. The event marked a global day in her honor. We broadcast an excerpt from her address. "Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons," Yousafzai says. "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution."
- Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize
- West African Leaders Plead for Aid to Combat Ebola
- ISIS Militants Continue Assault on Kobani Despite U.S.-Led Strikes
- Yemen: 47 Killed in Blast Targeting Shiite Houthis
- Central African Republic Sees Worst Violence in Months
- Hong Kong: Fresh Rally Held After Government Cancels Talks
- New Voter ID Laws Blocked by Courts in Wisconsin, Texas
- Protests Continue over Police Shooting Near Ferguson Ahead of Weekend of Action
- Drug Lord Arrested in Mexico; More Mass Graves Found Near Iguala
- Former Haitian Dictator "Baby Doc" Denied State Funeral After Protests
- Estonia Legalizes Same-Sex Unions in First for Former Soviet State
- Microsoft CEO Suggests Women Shouldn't Ask for Pay Raises
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- New York City Airplane Cleaning Workers Strike over Unsafe Conditions
The new Hollywood film "Kill the Messenger" tells the story of Gary Webb, one of the most maligned figures in investigative journalism. Webb’s explosive 1996 investigative series "Dark Alliance" for the San Jose Mercury News revealed ties between the CIA, Nicaraguan contras and the crack cocaine trade ravaging African-American communities. The exposé provoked protests and congressional hearings, as well as a fierce reaction from the media establishment, which went to great lengths to discredit Webb’s reporting. We revisit Webb’s story with an extended clip from the documentary "Shadows of Liberty," and speak with Robert Parry, a veteran investigative journalist who advised Webb before he published the series.
Iraqi Journalist Who Embedded with Shia Militias on Fighting ISIS & Why US Strategy is Bound to Fail
As ISIS continues to make advances in the face of U.S.-led airstrikes, we are joined by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi journalist working with The Guardian who recently embedded with Shia militias around Baghdad fighting the Sunnis. "The war that ISIS is raging on the Iraqi government is a coalition of many different tiny little wars," Abdul-Ahad says. "Everyone has his own grievances against the central government of Iraq, yet ISIS has managed to include them all under a single umbrella." Abdul-Ahad argues that any attempt by the United States and its allies to fight the Islamic State as a monolithic organization is bound to fail. "By sending more weapons, sending more money, you’re just adding to the fuel of the war. You need a social contract with the Sunnis of Iraq." We are also joined by Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent. His new book is "The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising."
Two months after the United States began airstrikes in Iraq that then expanded to Syria, the Islamic State remains in control of most of the territory it has seized — and now threatens to capture the Syrian town of Kobani, just six miles from the Turkish border. If Kobani were to fall to the Islamic State, the group would be in control of more than half of Syria’s border with Turkey. "If Kobani does fall, this will be a symptom of a massive military failure," says Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent. "And it’s not just in Syria that this is happening, [but] in Iraq as well."
- Concerns Raised over Thomas Eric Duncan's Treatment After He Succumbs to Ebola
- U.S. Unveils Ebola Screening at 5 Airports
- U.N.: West Africa Ebola Outbreak Grows in "Exponential Way"
- Kerry: Defending Besieged Syrian Town From ISIS Not a "Strategic Objective"
- Pentagon Denies Reports of Iraq Civilian Deaths in U.S. Airstrikes
- Latest U.S. Drone Strike Kills 4 in Pakistan
- Dozens Killed in Suicide Bombing, Army Base Attack in Yemen
- Tens of Thousands Protest Student Disappearances in Mexico
- Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law Weeks Before Election
- Protests Erupt Near Ferguson over Fatal Police Shooting of Black Teen
Broadcasting from Trinity University, we speak with Graciela Sánchez, director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, which is going on its 28th year as a community gathering space in San Antonio, Texas. The center recently hosted an exhibit on fracking, "Frack-aso! Portraits of Extraction in Eagle Ford and Beyond." The Eagle Ford Shale is the site of a massive fracking project in the local area — the flares burning off excess natural gas can be seen by satellite at night. Sánchez also talks about grassroots efforts to demilitarize their community.
Migrant Women, Children Allege Harsh Conditions, Sexual Assault at For-Profit Texas Immigration Jail
Broadcasting from San Antonio, we look at a new family detention center just south of the city that holds more than 500 immigrant women and their children as they await deportation. The for-profit Karnes County Residential Center is owned by the GEO Group, the second-largest private prison company in the United States. Many women imprisoned at the Karnes facility have accused guards of sexually assaulting them. A federal complaint filed last week says guards are promising the women help with their immigration cases in return for sexual favors. Many of the detainees came to the United States seeking asylum from violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. But the Obama administration says it is detaining them in order to discourage more migrants from coming. We hear from one of the facility’s few detainees to be released since a wave of migrants arrived in August, an El Salvador national who came with her 7-year-old daughter, who suffers from brain cancer. We also speak to Javier Maldonado, an immigration attorney involved in the detainees’ case alleging sexual assault and poor conditions, and Cristina Parker, the immigration projects coordinator for Grassroots Leadership and co-author of their new report, "For-Profit Family Detention: Meet the Private Prison Corporations Making Millions by Locking Up Refugee Families."
We broadcast from San Antonio, which is now the last outpost for legal abortion in southern Texas. Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a provision requiring abortion providers to meet hospital-style building requirements to come into immediate effect, effectively gutting abortion access overnight. The move shuttered 13 clinics and left just eight open in a state that once had more than 40 facilities. On Monday, a number of abortion providers filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court to intervene. The provision is part of HB2, a sweeping anti-choice law passed last summer after it was initially blocked by a people’s filibuster and an 11-hour stand from Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis. We speak with two guests: Jeffrey Hons, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood South Texas, which is building a new facility in San Antonio that meets the new regulations, and Lindsay Rodriguez, president of the Lilith Fund, which provides grants to Texans who need abortions but cannot afford them.
- U.N. Envoy Urges Intervention as ISIS Invades Besieged Syrian Town
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- U.N. Warns of "Grave" Humanitarian Crisis for Iraq's Displaced
- Canadian Parliament Votes to Join U.S.-Led Strikes in Iraq
- Dallas Ebola Patient Remains Critical as Concerns Raised over Treatment
- U.S. Set to Unveil Tougher Ebola Screening at Domestic, Foreign Airports
- Hong Kong Students Set Date for Talks with Government over Pro-Democracy Demands
- Report: Missouri Police, FBI Preparing for Riots if Officer Isn't Indicted
- Black Couple Sues Indiana Police over Tasering Caught on Tape
- Family of NYPD Chokehold Victim to Seek $75 Million in Damages
- Grand Jury Rejects Indictment for Georgia Police Raid That Injured Toddler
- Marriage Equality Bans Struck Down in Idaho, Nevada
Despite our advances in medicine, a new book calls for a radical transformation in how we approach the end of life. In "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," the physician and best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande argues that a rigid focus on prolonging life can often undermine what is best for a dying patient. "Medical science has rendered obsolete centuries of experience, tradition, and language about our mortality," Gawande writes. "Our reluctance to honestly examine the experience of aging and dying has increased the harm we inflict on people and denied them the basic comforts they most need." A surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Gawande is an acclaimed staff writer at The New Yorker and a professor at Harvard Medical School. "Being Mortal" is his fourth book, following the best-selling "The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right."
Sierra Leone is pleading for more international help to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. On Saturday, the country recorded 121 deaths in one of the single deadliest days since the disease appeared there more than four months ago. At least 678 people have now died in Sierra Leone, with the official toll for West Africa topping 3,400. On Monday, President Obama said his administration is working on additional protocols for screening airplane passengers to identify people who might have Ebola, but ruled out a travel ban on West Africa. Meanwhile, the first patient diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, Thomas Eric Duncan, remains in critical condition at a Dallas hospital. The handling of Duncan’s case has raised questions about the how U.S. hospitals are prepared to handle a domestic Ebola outbreak. We are joined by Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon and best-selling author, regarded as one of the most influential healthcare policy writers in the country. "Our response was pathetic," Gawande says. "We simply mounted no substantial response. It might have been the best thing that has happened that the first case to leave the African continent came to America, because it brought our mobilization to realize that what happens there matters to us here. This is a disease that is eminently stoppable with basic public health measures."
- In Victory for Marriage Equality, Supreme Court Rejects Appeals from 5 States
- U.S. Airstrikes Target ISIS Militants Near Kobani
- U.S. Central Command: Over 340 Airstrikes Conducted in Iraq, Syria
- Report: Large Portion of ISIS Ammunition Made in the United States
- Libya: 100 Missing After Migrant Boat Sinks in Mediterranean
- Pakistan: 6 People Killed in 3rd U.S. Drone Strike in 3 Days
- Kenyan President Steps Down Temporarily to Face ICC Hearing
- Guantánamo Hunger Striker Challenges Force-Feeding Tactics in Civilian Court
- Former U.S. Prisoner Moazzam Begg Offered to Help Secure Release of British Hostage
- Mexican Federal Police Sent to Iguala After Disappearance of 43 Students
- Texas Abortion Clinics Appeal to Supreme Court
- Texas: Guards Accused of Sexually Assaulting Immigrants at Private Detention Center
- Ohio: Protesters Occupy Beavercreek Police Station over Shooting of John Crawford
- Judge: Police in Ferguson Violated Protesters' Constitutional Rights
- Betty Reid Mandell, Longtime Welfare Rights Advocate, Dies at 89
The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, "Black Prophetic Fire." West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be "witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time."
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The former U.S.-backed dictator of Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as "Baby Doc," has died at 63. Duvalier ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, taking power after the death of his father who had ruled since 1957. Baby Doc’s death came just months after a Haitian court ruled that he could be charged with crimes against humanity under international law, and that he could also be held responsible for abuses by the army and paramilitary forces under his rule. Under his regime, hundreds of political prisoners held in a network of prisons died from their extraordinarily cruel treatment. Baby Doc’s government repeatedly closed independent newspapers and radio stations. Journalists were beaten, in some cases tortured, jailed and forced to leave the country. Despite his human rights record, Baby Doc was a close ally of the United States. After years of exile in France, he returned to Haiti in 2011 and became an ally of Haiti’s current president Michel Martelly. We are joined by Haitian activist and writer Jean Saint-Vil and journalist Amy Wilentz, author of "The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier."
- Islamic State Threatens Capture of Syrian Town; Fighting Spreads to Lebanon
- Islamic State Beheads 4th Western Hostage; U.S. Aid Worker Threatened
- Report: French Intel Officer Defects to al-Qaeda Group in Syria
- Biden Apologizes for Saying Mideast Allies Funded Extremist Syrian Rebels
- Sierra Leone Sees One of Worst Days in Deadly Ebola Outbreak; U.S. Ups West Africa Forces
- Ebola Patient in Dallas Struggling to Survive
- Ebola Patient's Relatives Moved out of Dallas Apartment after Delay
- American Journalist Returning to U.S. for Ebola Treatment
- Hong Kong Protesters Ease Sit-ins After Gov't Threat
- U.S. Drone Strike Kills 5 in Pakistan
- Mass Grave Said to Contain Bodies of Missing Mexican Students; Local Officers Accused
- Brazilian Presidential Race Heads to Runoff Vote
- Sweden Becomes 1st in Europe to Recognize Palestinian Statehood
- Ferguson Activists Unfurl Banners, Sing at St. Louis Symphony
As Vice President Joe Biden warns it will take a "hell of a long fight" for the United States to stop militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, we speak to Jeremy Scahill, author of the book, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield." We talk about how the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 that helped create the threat now posed by the Islamic State. We also discuss the role of Baathist forces in ISIS, Obama’s targeting of journalists, and the trial of four former Blackwater operatives involved in the 2007 massacre at Baghdad’s Nisoor Square.
Ten years ago, six members of the U.S. military came together to break their silence over what they had witnessed during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. They banded together and formed the organization Iraq Veterans Against the War, or IVAW. Over time, they gathered like-minded veterans across the United States to form a contemporary GI resistance movement. Celebrated its tenth anniversary, IVAW members say it is a bittersweet moment as the United States has resumed bombing in Iraq. Today, IVAW chapters are in 48 states and numerous bases overseas. The group has called for reparations for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan — for both human and infrastructural damages caused by the U.S.-led invasion. They have also called for adequate healthcare to be provided at VA facilities, including mental healthcare, for all returning veterans. We host a roundtable with three IVAW members: co-founder Kelly Dougherty, who was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq from 2003-2004; Brock McIntosh, who served in Afghanistan and applied for conscientious objector status; and Scott Olsen, a former marine who served two tours in Iraq and was critically wounded after being shot in the head by a police projectile at an Occupy Oakland protest.
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- U.N.: Over 9,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed This Year
- Campaign Against ISIS Claims 1st U.S. Military Casualty
- Hong Kong Protesters Agree to Talks with Government
- Texas: Hosts of Ebola Victim Quarantined with Contaminated Sheets, Towels
- Texas: All But 8 Abortion Clinics Close After Court Guts Access Overnight
- Oklahoma Abortion Provider Challenges Admitting Privileges Law
- ACLU: Alabama Law Would Put Minors Seeking Abortion on Trial
- Brazilians to Vote in Presidential Elections Sunday
- On Anniversary of Tlatelolco Massacre, Mexicans Protest Disappearance of Over 40 Students
- Venezuela: Ruling Party Lawmaker Murdered
- Bahrain: Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Detained
- Colorado: County School Board Passes Proposal to Censor History Courses
- JPMorgan Chase Reports Massive Data Breach
- Italy: Thousands Protest Austerity as European Central Bank Meets
- Tweet Sparks Concern over Possible Grand Jury Leak in Michael Brown Case
- New York: Peace Activist, Age 79, Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail for Protest at Drone Base
- Fred Branfman Dies at 72; Exposed U.S. Covert Bombing of Laos