Iran has reached a nuclear deal with the United States and five major world powers, capping more than a decade of negotiations. Under the deal, sanctions imposed on Iran would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing to long-term curbs on its nuclear program. The deal allows Iran to maintain a civilian nuclear program, but aims to prevent Tehran from ever developing nuclear weapons. Earlier this morning in a national address that was also broadcast on Iranian television, President Obama said every pathway for Iran to a nuclear weapon has been cut off. Obama vowed to veto any congressional legislation to block the deal. Under the nuclear deal, sanctions on Iran could be reinstated in 65 days if the deal is violated. A U.N. weapons embargo is to remain in place for five years, and a ban on buying missile technology will remain for eight years. We go now to Vienna, where we are joined by Flynt Leverett, author of "Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran" and professor of international affairs at Penn State. He served for over a decade in the U.S. government as a senior analyst at the CIA, a Middle East specialist for the State Department and as senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council.
- Iran, World Powers Reach Historic Nuclear Deal
- Greek Protesters Denounce Bailout Deal as a "Coup"
- New York: Puerto Ricans Protest Meeting over Austerity Proposals
- Yemen: Civilian Death Toll Rises Despite Truce
- Nigeria: President Fires Military Leaders After Boko Haram Attacks
- Syria: Airstrike Kills Two Alleged ISIL Leaders
- Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Drug Offenders
- Pentagon Moves to Lift Ban on Transgender Soldiers
- Boy Scouts Back Resolution to End Ban on Gay Troop Leaders
- Laura Poitras Sues U.S. Government over Airport Interrogations
- New York City Settles with Garner Family for $5.9 Million
- Report: Police Assaulted, Arrested Woman Who Shot Eric Garner Video
- Mississippi: Black Man Allegedly Strangled to Death by Police
- D'Army Bailey, Nat'l Civil Rights Museum Founder, Dies at 73
We go to Vienna for an update on what could be the final stages of a historic deal between Iran and six world powers that would limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in exchange for sanctions relief. Negotiators are still smoothing over key details, including what limits to set on Iran’s nuclear research, the pace of sanctions relief and whether to lift a United Nations arms embargo on Iran. If a deal is brokered, Congress will have 60 days to review it, keeping U.S. sanctions in place in the meantime. An extra 22 days are set aside for voting, a possible presidential veto and then another vote to see if opponents can muster 67 Senate votes to override the veto. We speak to Flynt Leverett, who is following the talks. He is author of "Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran" and is a professor of International Affairs at Penn State. He served for over a decade in the U.S. government as a senior analyst at the CIA, Middle East specialist for the State Department, and as senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council.
Psychologists Collaborated with CIA & Pentagon on Post-9/11 Torture Program, May Face Ethics Charges
A new independent review has revealed extensive details on how members of the American Psychological Association, the world’s largest group of psychologists, were complicit in torture, lied and covered up their close collaboration with officials at the Pentagon and CIA to weaken the association’s ethical guidelines and allow psychologists to participate in the government’s "enhanced" interrogation programs after 9/11. The 542-page report was commissioned by the association’s board of directors last year based on an independent review by former Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hoffman and undermines the APA’s repeated denials that some of its 130,000 members were complicit in torture. The Guardian reports the new details could provide grounds to file ethics charges against members of the APA. We speak with Dr. Stephen Soldz, professor at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and co-founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology. Earlier this month, he was invited to address the APA’s board of directors, along with Coalition for an Ethical Psychology co-founder Steven Reisner, on the APA’s response to the anticipated Hoffman report. And we’re joined by Dr. Jean Maria Arrigo, a social psychologist, oral historian, and a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology. She participated in the 2005 APA task force that condoned psychologists’ involvement in "enhanced" interrogations, and later blew the whistle. She has since established the APA PENS Debate Collection at University of Colorado at Boulder Archives.
- Greece and Creditors Reach Deal to Impose Harsh Austerity
- Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill 10 Civilians Despite Truce
- Report: Top Psychologists Aided U.S. Torture Program
- Iran Nuclear Talks Near Completion
- Iraq Receives F-16s from U.S., Launches Anbar Assault
- Afghanistan: U.S. Drone Strike Said to Kill ISIL Leader
- Notorious Drug Lord Chapo Guzmán Escapes from Mexican Prison
- Serbian PM Pelted with Stones at Srebrenica 20th Anniversary
- Personnel Director Resigns After Data Breach
- Protesters Target Gov. Cuomo's Hedge Fund Backers in the Hamptons
- London: Environmentalists Lock Down on Heathrow Runway
- Israel Releases Palestinian Hunger Strike Khader Adnan
- Video Appears to Show Top Israeli Soldier Shot Fleeing Palestinian Teen
- Alabama: Black Man Dies After Being Pepper-Sprayed by Police
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Announces Presidential Run
- Key Voting Rights Trial Opens in North Carolina
- NAACP Ends Boycott of South Carolina After Confederate Flag Removed
- FBI: Failures in Background Check System Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun
- Obama to Become First Sitting President to Visit a Federal Prison
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has submitted a bailout proposal which includes harsh austerity measures, just days after the Greek people overwhelmingly rejected such measures in a historic referendum. The proposal submitted to Greece’s creditors reportedly includes tax increases, pension cuts, a reduction in military spending, and the privatization of public assets. It comes after Tsipras himself had urged the Greek people to reject creditors’ demands for further austerity. In exchange for the reforms, Greece would receive a three-year, $59 billion bailout package. Germany, meanwhile, appears to be yielding to demands to provide at least some measure of debt relief to Greece. European officials have expressed approval for the Greek offer ahead of a key meeting of European finance ministers on Saturday. The Greek Parliament is expected to vote on the bailout proposal today, just five days after an overwhelming 61 percent of Greek voters rejected similar terms. We speak to Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He is the author of forthcoming book, "Failed: What the Experts Got Wrong About the Global Economy."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, making New York the first state to do so. Cuomo’s move came a day after mothers of New Yorkers killed by police rallied outside his New York City office demanding he fulfill his promise to appoint the special prosecutor if state lawmakers did not take action. We speak to Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who died almost exactly one year ago, on July 17, after police pulled him to the ground in a chokehold and piled on top of him while he said "I can’t breathe" at least 11 times. A grand jury declined to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who put Garner in the chokehold. The prosecutor in the case, Daniel Donovan, was recently elected to Congress.
The Confederate battle flag that has flown on the South Carolina state House grounds for more than 50 years comes down today. Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill Thursday to permanently remove the flag, after the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved it earlier this week. This is final push in a decades-long struggle that began after the Confederate flag was placed on South Carolina’s Capitol dome in 1962 and was later relocated to a 30-foot flagpole at the Civil War monument after a compromise that required a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate to take it down. As Gov. Haley signed the bill in the state House rotunda Thursday, she was joined by relatives of the nine people gunned down June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as they attended Bible study, along with three former South Carolina governors and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The flag is set to be taken down at 10 a.m. this morning and will be moved to the state’s Military Museum in Columbia, where it will be on display in the Confederate Relic Room. For more, we speak to Wanda Williams-Bailey, the interracial granddaughter of the late South Carolina senator, former governor and longtime segregationist, Strom Thurmond, who died at the age of 100 in 2003. Months later, a woman named Essie Mae Washington-Williams came public to reveal she was the daughter of Thurmond and Carrie Butler, who was a 16-year-old African-American housekeeper in Thurmond’s home. Thurmond never publicly acknowledged Washington-Williams as his daughter or Wanda as his granddaughter.
- South Carolina Takes Down Confederate Flag at Capitol
- Protests Force House Republicans to Drop Confederate Flag Measure
- Walter Scott's Mother Visits Site of Killing for 1st Time
- Greece Submits Bailout Plan with Harsh Austerity Measures
- U.N. Announces Humanitarian Ceasefire in Yemen
- Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Past Latest Deadline
- Hack of U.S. Gov't Data Impacted 21.5 Million
- Army Cuts 40,000 Soldiers, Citing Budget Cuts
- U.S. to Upgrade Malaysia's Trafficking Rating, Easing TPP
- Wisconsin: Walker to Sign Budget Repealing Living Wage
- Jeb Bush: "People Need to Work Longer Hours"
- Immigrants Sue over $1-a-Day Wage at Private Prison
- Judge Scolds Gov't over Failure to Release Guantánamo Tapes
- Pope Francis Apologizes for "Crimes" Against Indigenous People
- Greenpeace Marks 30th Anniversary of Rainbow Warrior Bombing
- Federal Monitor: NYPD Failing to Document Stops
- Cop Who Killed Jimmie Lee Jackson, Igniting Selma March, Dies at 81
BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement to resolve all government claims resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the worst offshore oil spill in world history. If confirmed by a federal judge, it would be the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history and the largest ever by a single entity. The agreement covers damages sought by the federal government, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, as well as more than 400 civic entities along the Gulf Coast. The payment includes a $5.5 billion civil penalty under the Clean Water Act and a $7.1 billion fine for environmental damage to the Gulf. But some groups have questioned if BP is paying enough. For more we’re joined by reporter Antonia Juhasz in San Francisco. Her Rolling Stone story is headlined "BP 'Got Off Cheaply' With $18.7 Billion Settlement.”
As House lawmakers in South Carolina pass a measure to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol, we speak to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) about efforts in Washington to remove symbols of the Confederacy. The South Carolina vote came early this morning, almost exactly three weeks to the day after a white suspect who embraced the Confederate flag massacred nine African-American worshipers at a church bible study in Charleston.
As the United States prepares to reopen its embassy in Havana, we speak to Rep. Barbara Lee, who has been rumored to be a frontrunner to become U.S. ambassador to Cuba. Lee has traveled to Cuba over 20 times since the 1970s and has co-sponsored the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act and Free Trade with Cuba Act.
In a landmark push to turn back the record tide of anti-choice restrictions, pro-choice U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill to expand insurance coverage of abortion. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act, would dismantle the nearly 40-year-old Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding of abortion, except in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest. The Hyde Amendment denies coverage of abortion to many of the country’s poorest women, who are disproportionately women of color. We speak with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), lead sponsor of the bill. "In the past, we’ve just been on the defense constantly, just defending a woman’s right to choose, a woman’s right to privacy, Roe v. Wade. Well, now it’s about time we take the offense," Lee says. "This is a major first step."
Aid groups are warning Yemen is on the brink of famine as the Saudi-led attack intensifies. More than 3,000 people, including 1,500 civilians, have died in Yemen since the U.S.-backed Saudi offensive against the Houthi rebel group began on March 26. According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s 25 million people are now in need of some form of humanitarian aid, and more than one million Yemenis have fled their homes, as a Saudi naval blockade has cut off food and fuel supply lines for much of the country. Monday was reportedly the deadliest day since the fighting began, with over 176 people killed, including 30 people at a market in the northern province of Amran and 60 people at a livestock market in the southern town of al-Foyoush. To talk more about Yemen, we are joined by two guests. Farea Al-Muslimi is a co-founder of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies in Yemen. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. And here in New York is Matthieu Aikins, award-winning foreign correspondent. He’s a fellow at The Nation Institute. He was in Yemen last month reporting for Rolling Stone magazine.
- South Carolina House Votes to Remove Confederate Flag
- Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks
- Syrian Refugee Population Tops 4 Million
- Greece Submits Three-Year Bailout Request
- London Protesters Highlight Deadly Impact of Austerity
- European Parliament Backs Pro-Corporate TTIP Trade Deal
- Technical Issues Hit NY Stock Exchange, United, Wall Street Journal
- FBI Presses for Access to Encrypted Communications
- Lawmakers Introduce Landmark Bill to Ensure Abortion Coverage
- Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Chief After Freddie Gray Protests
- 3 Presidential Candidates Vow to Refuse Fossil Fuel Money
- Report: Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Still Funded Deniers
As Gaza marks one year since the launch of Israel’s devastating 50-day assault, it remains in a state of crisis. The assault killed 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 children. On the Israeli side, 73 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers. A year later, none of the 12,000 homes destroyed in Gaza have been rebuilt, in part due to the ongoing Israeli blockade. The World Bank is warning the Gaza economy is on the verge of collapse. Overall unemployment now stands at 43 percent — the highest in the world. We speak with Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer, author of "Shell-Shocked: On the Ground Under Israel’s Gaza Assault."
FBI Director James Comey is set to testify against encryption before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, as the United States and Britain push for "exceptional access" to encrypted communications. Encryption refers to the scrambling of communications so they cannot be read without the correct key or password. The FBI and GCHQ have said they need access to encrypted communications to track criminals and terrorists. Fourteen of the world’s pre-eminent cryptographers, computer scientists and security specialists have issued a paper arguing there is no way to allow the government such access without endangering all confidential data, as well as the broader communications infrastructure. We speak with one of the authors of the paper, leading security technologist Bruce Schneier.
In the latest sign of the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington, recently retired U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is returning home — to the corporate law firm Covington & Burling, where he worked for eight years before becoming head of the Justice Department. During his time at Covington, Holder’s clients included UBS and the fruit giant Chiquita. The law firm’s client list has included many of the big banks Holder failed to criminally prosecute as attorney general for their role in the financial crisis, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. We speak with Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine. "I think this is probably the single biggest example of the revolving door that we’ve ever had," Taibbi says.
- Creditors Set Sunday Deadline for Greek Bailout Deal
- Iranian Nuclear Talks Extended Again
- Afghanistan: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 49
- Kenya: 14 Killed in Al-Shabab Attack
- Carter Admits U.S. Only Training 60 Syrian Rebels
- South Carolina Senate Gives Final OK to Removing Confederate Flag
- Madrid to Remove References to Franco in Street Names
- Guatemala: Gov't-Backed Experts Say Ríos Montt Unfit for Trial
- Top Computer Scientists Oppose FBI Push Against Encryption
- Report: Senator Warren, Allies Delay Corporate-Tied SEC Pick
- 9 Arrested in Anti-Fracking Actions Across Vermont, New York
- New York to Appoint Special Prosecutor to Probe Police Killings
- NYC to End Bail for Low-Level Suspects
- NYC to Hold Landmark Ticker-Tape Parade for Women's Soccer Team
A Socialist Surge in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises Greek Anti-Austerity Vote
The Greek election has also factored into the U.S. presidential race. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "I applaud the people of Greece for saying 'no' to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly. In a world of massive wealth and income inequality, Europe must support Greece’s efforts to build an economy which creates more jobs and income, not more unemployment and suffering." Sanders’ anti-austerity platform is resonating with voters. On Monday, Sanders spoke before 9,000 in Portland, Maine. Last week he drew more than 10,000 people in Madison, Wisconsin, the largest crowd for any presidential candidate in the 2016 race. We speak to Richard Wolff about Bernie Sanders and what it means to be a socialist.