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Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is "Fraudulent" Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit Pollution
In South Dakota, the energy company TransCanada says it shut down part of its pipeline Thursday after a rupture spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in a field near Amherst. The pipeline carries a highly polluting form of oil called "diluted bitumen." This comes amid a new report titled "Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance," which exposes the dangers of carbon trading, a scheme in which major companies purchase carbon credits from countries who agree to plant trees or protect existing forests. We speak with one of the report's co-authors, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Isabella Zizi from Richmond, California, home to a massive Chevron oil refinery. Chevron has said it will purchase carbon credits to offset increased pollution from a recent expansion of the Richmond refinery.
Key Architect of Paris Climate Accord: "We Cannot Combat Climate Change with More Coal"
For more on the final assessment of this year's U.N. climate summit, we speak with one of the key architects of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. He was previously the environment minister in Peru. He is also the former president of COP20 and a key architect of the Paris Agreement.
Activists Condemn Failure of COP23 to Address Interrelated Crises of Climate, Energy & Inequality
On the last day of the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we get a wrap-up on negotiations. This year is the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, a process which takes four years. At this year's COP, a new coalition of 19 countries has committed to working toward phasing out coal, although many of these countries—including Britain—continue to expand fracking and other extraction projects. Also this week in Bonn, indigenous groups won increased recognition of their rights, autonomy and participation in negotiations. But many say this year's negotiations do not go nearly far enough to address climate change—especially as new research shows the threat is continuing to accelerate. We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, the climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth International, and Asad Rehman, the executive director of War on Want.
"Keep It in the Ground": As COP23 Ends, Activists Protest at Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
Throughout the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, activists have been protesting against fossil fuels. Early this morning, Democracy Now! drove about 45 minutes west of Bonn to the forests of western Germany, where activists unfurled a banner at the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe that read, "It's Up to Us to Keep It in the Ground." "You can't separate the peace movement from the climate movement," says Lea Heuser, winner of Germany's Aachen Peace Prize.
Headlines for November 17, 2017
House Approves Tax Cuts That Would Overwhelmingly Benefit the Rich, Sen. Al Franken, Photographed Groping Woman in 2006, Apologizes, Keystone Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons in South Dakota, WFP: 150,000 Yemeni Children Could Starve to Death from U.S.-Backed Blockade, U.S.-Led Coalition in Iraq Killing Far More Civilians Than Acknowledged, Russia Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Syrian Chemical Attacks, Zimbabwe: Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since Military Takeover, Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri, Killing 15, Burmese Military Accused of Widescale Rape Against Rohingya, DHS Official Rev. Jamie Johnson Resigns over Racist Comments, FCC Vote on Media Ownership Clears Way for Sinclair Broadcasting Expansion, Norway May Divest $35 Billion from Fossil Fuel Holdings, Senators Press Jared Kushner over Russia-WikiLeaks Documents
Migration Expert Urges Immediate Action as Millions Are Already Displaced by Climate Change
Researchers here at Bonn warn Pacific Islanders may be among the first to be forced to migrate due to climate change, as sea level rise threatens to make whole islands uninhabitable. But island nations are not the only places where climate change is threatening to force people from their homes. Last year, around the world, at least 23 million people were displaced by extreme weather. "If we act now in terms of climate change action, … it means we support for people to stay in their homes. … Let's not make migration a last resort, a tragedy," says Dina Ionesco, the head of migration, environment and climate change at the International Organization for Migration.
Activists at COP23 Decry Companies & Corporate Sponsors Pushing Fossil Fuel as Energy Solution
While representatives from nearly 200 nations have gathered here in Bonn, Germany, they're not the only ones flocking to the city for this year's U.N. climate summit. A number of fossil fuel companies and corporate sponsors have also descended on Bonn, where they are pushing their own agenda behind the scenes. On Tuesday, activists disrupted a presentation at an annual corporate conference held alongside the climate summit here in Bonn. They were protesting the European Investment Bank for funding the construction of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline, known as TAP. This comes as a new report by the Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the gas industry spent more than 100 million euros and deployed over 1,000 lobbyists to push gas as an energy solution to lawmakers in Brussels and across the European Union in 2016. We speak with Pascoe Sabido, researcher and campaigner for the Corporate Europe Observatory, and Jesse Bragg, the media director for Corporate Accountability.
Nigerian Environmental Activist: Displacement from Climate Change Contributed to Rise of Boko Haram
Broadcasting from the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we speak with Nigerian environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey about global warming in Africa and the role of climate change in displacing farmers and ranchers, who, in some cases, join the ranks of Boko Haram.
African Activist Slams Trump for Reversing Ban on Elephant Trophies from Hunts in Zimbabwe & Zambia
The Trump administration will allow American trophy hunters to import the bodies of elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia, reversing a ban put in place by President Obama. The Interior Department’s rule change comes even though African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The policy could affect President Trump’s two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who are longtime trophy hunters who have repeatedly posed for photos with dead animals they killed in Africa. A 2012 picture of Donald Trump Jr. in Zimbabwe shows him standing in front of the corpse of an African elephant, holding a knife in one hand and a severed tail in the other. We speak with Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian environmental activist and director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation.
Zimbabwe in Limbo as Military Seizes Control & Places President Mugabe Under House Arrest
In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest and is reportedly refusing to resign as president after the country's military seized Parliament, courts, government offices and the main airport in the capital, Harare. Mugabe has held power since Zimbabwe declared independence from the United Kingdom 37 years ago. We go to Johannesburg, South Africa, to speak with Knox Chitiyo of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, who just returned from neighboring Zimbabwe. We are also joined by Nigerian environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey, director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation, and Jocelyn Alexander, professor at Oxford University and author of "The Unsettled Land: State-making & the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe, 1893-2003."
Headlines for November 16, 2017
Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Under House Arrest, Refuses to Step Down, More Women Accuse Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore of Sexual Misconduct, California: Body of Mass Shooter's Wife Found Under Floor of Home, Lebanese Former Prime Minister to Leave Saudi Arabia for France, Senator Blasts U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, House Approves $700 Billion Pentagon Budget, More Congressmembers File Articles of Impeachment Against Trump, First Trial of J20 Anti-Trump Protesters Opens in Washington, D.C., Former Coal Executive Confirmed as Mine Health and Safety Chief, Koch Brothers Bid to Take Over Time, People Magazines, Russian Duma Approves Bill Restricting Foreign Journalists, Ohio Cancels Lethal Injection After Failing to Find Prisoner's Vein, Undocumented Activist Takes Refuge in New Orleans Church, Trump Reverses Ban on Elephant Trophies from Hunts in Zimbabwe, Zambia, John Raines, Professor Who Exposed FBI's COINTELPRO, Dies at 84
Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change & Key Researcher Urges "Changes in How We Live"
At COP23, the International Energy Agency predicts U.S. oil production is expected to grow an an unparalleled rate in the coming years—even as the majority of scientists worldwide are saying countries need to cut down on fossil fuel extraction, not accelerate it. Meanwhile, a group of 15,000 scientists have come together to issue a dire "second notice" to humanity, 25 years after a group of scientists issued the "first notice" warning the world about climate change. We speak with the co-author of this report, Kevin Anderson, one of the world's leading climate scientists. Anderson is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester in Britain. The report is entitled "Can the Climate Afford Europe's Gas Addiction?"
Trump Climate Adviser Tells Democracy Now! Coal Needs a "Level Playing Field" at U.N. Climate Talks
This year's U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, marks the first climate conference since President Donald Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement, a process that takes four years. We speak with Trump's climate adviser David Banks, the White House special assistant for international energy and environment, about his views on climate change and the Trump administration's stance on the role by humans in inducing climate change. This comes one day after the Trump administration made its official debut at COP23 with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power that included speakers from coal company Peabody Energy, a nuclear engineering firm and a gas exporter.
Special Report from the Occupied Forest: Meet Activists Fighting Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
Reporting from COP23 in Bonn, Germany, Democracy Now! travels to the nearby blockade of the Hambach coal mine, the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe. Activists say the mine extracts an extremely dirty form of coal called lignite, also known as brown coal, which causes the highest CO2 emissions of any type of coal when burned. For more than five years, they have been fighting to shut down the mine and to save the remaining forest from being cut down to make way for the expanding project. Only 10 percent of the ancient forest remains.
Pacific Climate Warriors Roll Out Anti-Coal "Red Carpet" for Angela Merkel at U.N. Climate Talks
Broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we look at protests underway against oil, coal, gas and nuclear power. Indian activists are demonstrating against India's largest nuclear power station, the Kudankulam plant in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu. Activists also disrupted a presentation by the European Investment Bank at an annual corporate conference held alongside the climate summit here in Bonn, with a protest against the construction of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline, known as TAP, which is slated to run from the Greek-Turkish border, under the Adriatic Sea and into Italy. Meanwhile, activists had a special welcome ready for German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday before her address to the conference.
Headlines for November 15, 2017
Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa Named Interim Leader as Mugabe Deposed, Senate Tax Bill Would End Health Insurance Mandate, In Reversal, AG Sessions Says He Now Recalls Russia Discussion, Senate Committee Warned over Trump's Power to Launch Nuclear War, "He Wouldn't Let Go": Fmr. Flight Attendant Says George H.W. Bush Grabbed Her, Delaying Takeoff, California: Gunman on Rampage Kills 4, Injures 10, Including Children, Connecticut Lawsuit Targets Assault Rifle Maker over Sandy Hook Massacre, Ohio Prepares to Execute Severely Ill Condemned Prisoner, U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Airport in Yemen's Capital, U.N. Warns European Union over Dire Conditions in Libyan Migrant Camps, Australians Vote to Support Marriage Equality
Kumi Naidoo: United Nations Shouldn't "Pander to Madness That Comes Out of the Trump Administration"
South African activist Kumi Naidoo joins us at COP23 to discuss the U.S. presence at this year's U.N. climate summit. "The U.N. cannot continue to pander to the madness that comes out of the Trump administration," Naidoo says, after the U.S. hosted a panel at the conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power.
1st Female President of the Marshall Islands & Her Poet Daughter: We Need Climate & Nuclear Justice
This year's U.N. climate summit is known as the first "Islands COP," with Fiji presiding over the event, but hosting it in Bonn, Germany, because of the logistical challenges of hosting 25,000 people in Fiji at the start of the South Pacific cyclone season. Today is also Gender Day here at the U.N. Climate Change Conference. We are joined by the first woman president of the Marshall Islands, Hilda Heine, and her daughter, poet and climate change activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner.
Special Report: Revolt at Trump's Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit
Democracy Now! was there when activists and Democratic lawmakers at the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, staged a full-fledged revolt Monday when the Trump administration made its official debut at this year's conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation." The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this year's U.N. climate summit. Of the four corporate representatives pushing nuclear, gas and coal, Lenka Kollar of NuScale Power and Amos Hochstein of Tellurian told Amy Goodman that they disagreed with Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the climate agreement.
"Climate Apartheid": South African Climate Activist Kumi Naidoo Slams Inequality at U.N. Summit
As the U.N. climate summit gets underway in Bonn, Germany, African negotiators, activists and youth are particularly vocal about the need for urgent action to mitigate the most devastating effects of global warming. Africa is expected to suffer more from climate change than any other continent. This summer, flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone killed more than 1,000 people, while extreme drought has left millions of people at risk of famine in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. We speak with Kumi Naidoo, longtime South African anti-apartheid activist and former head of Greenpeace International. He is the chair of a new organization called Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity.
Headlines for November 14, 2017
Death Toll from Iran-Iraq Earthquake Rises to Over 540, Puerto Rico Seeks $94 Billion from Federal Gov't for Hurricane Recovery, Fifth Woman Accuses Senate Candidate Roy Moore of Sex Crimes, George H.W. Bush Accused of Child Sexual Assault, Trump Nominates Former Drug Company Executive as HHS Secretary, Donald Trump Jr. Admits He Contacted WikiLeaks in 2016, AG Sessions Faces Perjury Claims Ahead of Congressional Testimony, Syria: ISIS Fighters Allowed to Leave Raqqa in Secret Deal, Wisconsin: Police Shoot and Kill 14-Year-Old Native American Boy, GQ Magazine Names Colin Kaepernick "Citizen of the Year", Media Critic and "Manufacturing Consent" Co-Author Edward Herman Dies
Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz to President Donald Trump: "Nobody Can Escape Climate Change"
At the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Democracy Now! speaks with Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, who has joined a coalition of U.S. lawmakers to represent an anti-Trump bloc at the conference.
From Roy Moore to Trump: Sen. Markey Lauds Women Who Speak Out, Calls for Moore to Pull Out of Race
We speak with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts about Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by at least four women of making sexual advances on them while they were teenagers. "He should pull out of the race to become the new senator from the state of Alabama," Markey says.
"We are Still In": Sen. Markey & U.S. Lawmakers Stage Anti-Trump Revolt at UN Climate Talks in Bonn
Despite President Trump's vows to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris accord, there are a number of U.S. senators, mayors and governors who are staging an anti-Trump revolt at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. We speak with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who is part of a coalition that rejects Trump's vow to pull the U.S. out of the Paris deal. Markey also addresses need for more resources in Puerto Rico as some 3.5 million U.S. citizens there still lack electricity as they recover from Hurricane Maria, and discusses the Trump's threats of nuclear war against North Korea.
Amid Sea Level Rise & Devastating Storm, Island Nations Call for "Real Climate Leadership" at COP23
As the second week of the U.N. climate conference gets underway in Bonn, Germany, we speak with two activists about the impact of climate change on their countries, and their goals for this year's talks. "It was devastating to see thousands of homes damaged, and about 40 people lost their lives," says George Nacewa, Fiji islander and 350.org Pacific Climate Warrior. "This is something we've never experienced before." Meanwhile, Tetet Lauron, a former member of the Philippines delegation, says negotiators must increase their sense of urgency "to avoid runaway climate change."
Thousands Protest in Manila as Trump Hails "Great Relationship" with Philippines President Duterte
President Donald Trump is visiting the Philippines as part of his 13-day trip across Asia, where he met with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and said the two have a "great relationship." Since taking office in 2016, the controversial Filipino leader has presided over a bloody so-called war on drugs in which more than 7,000 people have been extrajudicially killed by police or vigilantes. It is unclear whether Trump raised the issue of human rights when he saw Duterte. While broadcasting from the U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, we speak with Tetet Lauron, program manager for climate justice at IBON International, who was a member of the Philippines delegation to the United Nations climate summits from 2011 to 2013.
COP23: Activists from Puerto Rico to Island Nations Demand Climate Reparations, End to Fossil Fuels
At the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Democracy Now! was there when thousands of people took to the streets Saturday for a march to demand an end to fossil fuel extraction, and some also called for climate reparations.
CA Gov. Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Activists Protesting Fracking He'll Put Them "In the Ground"
Democracy Now! broadcasts live from the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, where representatives from nearly 200 nations have gathered for negotiations aimed at bolstering the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord. This year's climate change conference comes after President Trump has vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, but there are still a number of U.S. delegations in Bonn. One is a coalition of U.S. lawmakers, universities, companies and faith groups that is staging an anti-Trump revolt by rejecting Trump's action and declaring, "We are still in." On Saturday, a group of protesters, many of whom were Native American, disrupted California Governor Jerry Brown's speech at Bonn, calling on California to ban fracking, yelling, "Keep it in the ground!"
Headlines for November 13, 2017
Hundreds Killed as Powerful Earthquake Hits Iran Near Iraqi Border, In Philippines, Trump Embraced by Notorious President Duterte, Hundreds Protest Ahead of Trump's Visit to the Philippines, ASEAN Summit Blasted for Silence on Burmese Persecution of Rohingya, President Trump Calls North Korea's Kim Jong-un "Short and Fat", Former Intelligence Chiefs Dispute Trump on Russia Election Meddling, 750,000 Protest in Catalonia for Release of Jailed Leaders, Poland: 60,000 Far-Right Nationalists March in Warsaw, German Newspaper Tallies 33,293 Migrant Deaths, Former Prime Minister Hariri Says He'll Return to Lebanon Within Days, U.S. Drones Strike Somalia Amid Increased Troop Presence, Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore Denies Child Sexual Assault Charges, More Prominent Men Face Sexual Assault and Abuse Allegations, In Hollywood, Hundreds Join #MeToo March Against Sexual Assault
Bill McKibben on Future of the Paris Climate Accord & U.S. Role at COP23 Climate Talks in Germany
As Democracy Now! heads to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, we speak with 350.org's Bill McKibben. Several U.S. delegations are scheduled to attend despite the fact that President Donald Trump says he is pulling the U.S. out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord. The Trump administration is sending officials to push coal, gas and nuclear power during a presentation at the U.N. climate summit. Meanwhile, a coalition of U.S. cities, companies, universities and faith groups have opened a 2,500-square-meter pavilion outside the U.N. climate conference called "We are Still In"—an effort to persuade other countries that wide swaths of the United States are still committed to the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord. McKibben also discusses his newly published first novel, "Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance."
Will Trump Challenge Philippines President Duterte's Deadly Drug War When They Meet in Manila?
President Donald Trump's five-nation tour of Asia will include a stop in the Philippines to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been overseeing a controversial "war on drugs." Since Duterte was elected in 2016, more than 7,000 people have been extrajudicially killed by police or vigilantes. While human rights groups have condemned Duterte, he has received backing from Trump, who invited Duterte to visit the White House. Human Rights Watch slammed the invitation, saying, "Trump has made himself morally complicit in future killings." We speak with Raffy Lerma, an award-winning photojournalist who has documented Duterte's "war on drugs." He describes his work and the situation in the Philippines and says he hopes Trump will address the deadly crisis.
On Asia Trip, Trump Met by Protests Calling on U.S. to Open Diplomatic Relations with North Korea
President Donald Trump continued his five-nation tour of Asia, landing in Vietnam today for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. This comes as Trump said on Thursday that he wants Russia's help in getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. In Korea, he attempted to visit the Demilitarized Zone, but his fleet of helicopters was turned back due to bad weather. We speak with Professor Bruce Cumings, who just returned from Seoul, South Korea, where Trump was met with protests. He is professor of history at the University of Chicago and the author of several books on Korea, including "Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History."
Headlines for November 10, 2017
Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Sexually Assaulting Her When She was 14, Minnesota State Senator Dan Schoen Accused of Sexual Harassment, KY State Rep. Jeff Hoover Faces Pressure to Resign over Sexual Harassment Settlement, Five Women Accuse Louis C.K. of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, Writer Kater Gordon Accuses "Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner of Sexual Harassment, Ridley Scott Edits Kevin Spacey Out of Film After Spacey Accused of Harassment & Assault, Bonn, Germany: U.S. Cities, Universities & Faith Groups Declare "We are Still In", New Data Shows Deaths in Puerto Rico Spiked Dramatically After Hurricane Maria, Number of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Could Hit 16,000 by Early 2016, U.N. Warns of Humanitarian Crisis in Syria's Besieged Eastern Ghouta, Senate Republicans Unveil Competing Plan to Overhaul U.S. Tax Code, Mueller Probing Whether Mike Flynn Plotted to Kidnap & Repatriate Turkish Cleric in PA, Trump's Ex-Bodyguard Says He Rejected Russian Offer to Send Women to Trump's Hotel Room in 2013, John Kelly Tried to Pressure DHS to Cancel Immigration Status for 50,000+ Hondurans, Boston Residents Demand ICE Release Activist Siham Byah
Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman Consolidates Power & Purges Rivals Under "Anti-Corruption" Pretense
Saudi authorities arrested scores of prominent officials over the weekend, including 10 princes, four ministers and dozens of former ministers, in a massive shakeup by King Salman aimed at consolidating power for his son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the main architect of the kingdom's war in Yemen. Among those arrested was Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of at least $17 billion. Talal has investments in many well-known U.S. companies, like Apple, Twitter, Citigroup—and Rupert Murdoch's media empire, News Corp. The arrests, on unspecified "corruption" charges, came just hours after the crown prince convened a new anti-corruption committee with wide-ranging powers to detain and arrest anyone accused and to search their homes and seize their assets. Meanwhile, the White House said President Trump called King Salman to offer thanks for the kingdom's purchases of billions of dollars in U.S. weaponry, while praising what it called the kingdom's "modernization drive." We speak with Toby Jones, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, and with Afrah Nasser, Yemeni journalist and founder and editor-in-chief of the Sana'a Review.
Yemeni Journalist: Saudi Arabia's Total Blockade on Yemen is "Death Sentence" for All
United Nations officials say Yemen will face the world's largest famine in decades if the Saudi-led coalition refuses to lift its blockade on deliveries of aid. On Monday, the coalition shut air, land and sea routes into Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a missile that was intercepted near the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Saudi Arabia says its blockade is needed to stop Iran from sending weapons to the rebels. The U.N. says aid agencies were given no prior notice of the Saudi decision to shut down all land, air and seaports in Yemen. Meanwhile, medical experts warn the clampdown will worsen Yemen's cholera epidemic, which has sickened more than 900,000 people. We are joined by Afrah Nasser, an independent Yemeni journalist who is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Sana'a Review. Facing death threats, she is in exile from Yemen but continues to report on human rights violations, women's issues and press freedom there. She is here in the U.S. to receive the International Free Press Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
In China, Trump Talks Trade & North Korea, Ignoring Climate Change & Crackdown on Human Rights
We go to Beijing for an update on President Trump's meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping as part of his five-nation trip to Asia. Trump used the talks to call on China to sever ties with North Korea, and address the U.S. trade deficit with the country he once accused of "raping" the United States. Human rights activists have urged him to use his trip to discuss climate change and challenge China over its crackdown on dissidents and call for the release of political prisoners. We speak with Joanna Chiu, China correspondent for Agence France-Presse, and Rajan Menon, professor of political science at the Powell School at the City University of New York and senior research fellow in the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.
Headlines for November 9, 2017
In State Visit to Beijing, Trump Presses China over North Korea, Senate Committee Will Review Trump's Authority to Start Nuclear War, Trump Rolls Back Cuba Thaw with Restrictions on Travel, Businesses, Under Trump, State Department Is Being "Depleted at Dizzying Speed", Report on Inequality Finds 3 Richest Americans Wealthier Than Bottom Half, Vice President Pence Blames Mental Illness, Bureaucracy for Texas Massacre, Spain Says It Might Allow Independence Referendum as Catalan Protests Rage, Egyptian Court Upholds Harsh Sentence for Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah, Charlotte, NC: Black Lives Matter Activist Elected to City Council, Virginia: Democratic Socialist Ousts Powerful Republican in State House Race, Texas Officials Execute Mexican National Despite Diplomatic Pressure, In Reversal, Notre Dame University to Continue Contraceptive Coverage, Kevin Spacey Dropped from Film Amid New Sexual Assault Allegations, Prisoner in Texas Immigration Detention Center Alleges Sexual Assaults, Federal Judge Rules DACA Recipients Have Due Process Rights
Paradise Papers Expose "Cleverest Ways of Exploiting" Offshore Tax Havens by GOP & Democratic Donors
Examining the Paradise Papers, The Guardian reports seven Republican super-donors mentioned in the papers stored some of their fortunes offshore, beyond the reach of public scrutiny and tax authorities. Together, the billionaires pumped more than $350 million into the 2016 election. Some are well-known backers of conservative causes, like casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Charles and David Koch. Another investigation focuses on Democratic donor James Simons, who spent $11 million to back Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Simons is the founder of Renaissance Technologies, the world’s most profitable hedge fund. Leaked records show he kept much of his $8 billion fortune in an offshore private wealth fund in Bermuda in order to avoid "particularly severe" taxes that would be triggered if he tried to bring the funds onshore. We speak with Jon Swaine, senior reporter for The Guardian.
Trump's Commerce Secretary Owns Stake in Russian Companies While He Oversees Potential Sanctions
The Paradise Papers revealed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is conducting business with Russian President Vladimir Putin's son-in-law through a shipping venture in Russia. According to the leaked documents, Ross owns a stake through offshore entities in Navigator Holdings, a shipping firm that receives millions of dollars from a company owned by Putin's close allies. On Monday, Ross told the BBC he had declared his interests earlier this year when he joined Trump's administration, and had done nothing wrong. "This Trump administration is responsible for imposing sanctions on various Russians, some of whom are involved in this company, Sibur," responds our guest Jon Swaine of The Guardian. "That's a pretty big conflict."
Billionaire GOP Backer Robert Mercer Used Offshore Profits to Fund Breitbart & Attacks on Clinton
A major new investigation by The Guardian based on the Paradise Papers shows how billionaire Robert Mercer and his family built a $60 million war chest for conservative causes inside their family foundation by using an offshore investment vehicle to avoid U.S. taxes. The report traces the money directly to future White House chief strategist Steve Bannon of the far-right news outlet Breitbart Media. We speak with Jon Swaine, senior reporter for The Guardian.
Voters Reject Republican Candidates as New "Autopsy" Report Finds the Democratic Party in Crisis
As voters on Tuesday turned against the Republican Party one year after Donald Trump was elected president, a new report, "Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis," examines the role of Democratic Party loyalists in the party's 2016 defeat. We look at the outcomes from election night and speak with the report's co-author, Norman Solomon.
Headlines for November 8, 2017
Democrats Claim Electoral Victories One Year After Trump's Election, Virginia Democrat Set to Become First Transgender State Lawmaker, In South Korea, Trump Threatens War, Promotes NJ Golf Course, Texas Gunman Escaped Psychiatric Hospital in 2012, Made Death Threats, Trump DOD Nominee: "Insane" That Texas Gunman Had Access to Rifle, Paradise Papers Reveal Wealthy Donors Funneled $350M into 2016 Election, Yemen: Saudi Arabia Seals Off Aid Shipments Amid Famine and Cholera, Afghanistan: NATO to Add 3,000 Troops to War Effort, India: Health Emergency Declared as Toxic Air Shrouds New Delhi, U.N. Climate Delegates Approve COP 23 Agenda as Activists Urge Bold Action, New Yorker: Weinstein Hired Ex-Israeli Intel Agents to Suppress Accusations, Puerto Rican Electric Power Chief Cancels Congressional Appearance, Texas Prepares to Execute Mexican Man, Drawing Diplomatic Protests, DOJ Drops Case Against Protester for Laughing at Jeff Sessions
Chilean Writer Isabel Allende's New Novel, "In the Midst of Winter," Examines Immigrant Lives & Love
Best-selling Chilean writer Isabel Allende discusses her new novel, "In the Midst of Winter," which centers around the lives of several immigrants, and the role of writers and artists in the Trump era.
Acclaimed Chilean Writer Isabel Allende on Death of Pablo Neruda, the 1973 Chilean Coup & Trump
Acclaimed novelist Isabel Allende, an award-winning author who has written 23 books, including "The House of the Spirits," "Paula" and "Daughter of Fortune." Her latest novel, "In the Midst of Winter," is a love story that explores the plight of immigrants and refugees. Her books have been translated into 35 languages, sold over 57 million copies around the world. Her father's first cousin was Salvador Allende, Chile's president from 1970 until September 11, 1973, when Augusto Pinochet seized power in a CIA-backed military coup. Salvador Allende died in the palace that day. Isabel Allende would later flee from her native Chile to Venezuela.
As NYPD Officers Are Charged with Rape of Teenager, Advocates Call for End to Mass Sexual Violence
In New York City, two police officers have quit the New York Police Department after they were charged with rape, kidnapping and official misconduct. Prosecutors say former NYPD detectives Edward Martins and Richard Hall arrested an 18-year-old woman after stopping her car and finding a small amount of marijuana and a few anti-anxiety pills in her purse. Testing shows the DNA of both officers was found on the teenager. The former police officers are claiming the acts were consensual as their defense. "Violence is learned," responds Mariame Kaba, an organizer and educator who works on anti-domestic violence programs. "Of course people exposed to violence all the time will use it."
How Domestic Violence and Militarism "Open the Floodgates" to Mass Shootings Like the Texas Massacre
The 26-year-old white man named Devin Patrick Kelley who allegedly killed 26 people Sunday as they attended church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, had a history of domestic violence. He was court-martialed on charges he repeatedly hit his wife and attacked his stepson. But after he was kicked out of the Air Force with a bad conduct discharge, officials failed to report his crimes to a federal database, so Kelley had no problem buying the gun he used Sunday. We look at the link between mass shootings and domestic violence with Soraya Chemaly, director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project, and with Mariame Kaba, an organizer and educator who works on anti-domestic violence programs.
Headlines for November 7, 2017
Air Force Failed to Report TX Gunman’s Domestic Violence Court-Martial, Allowing Him to Buy Gun, Trump Pressures Japan to Buy Billions of Dollars of U.S. Weapons, U.N.: 2017 Among Hottest Years on Record, Wilbur Ross Under Pressure After Paradise Papers Leak, Saudis Accuse Iran of "Act of War," Escalating Tensions Between Regional Powers, Trump Admin Ends Temporary Protected Immigration Status for Nicaraguans, 2 NYPD Cops Quit After Being Charged with Rape & Kidnapping of Teen Girl, NYPD Cop Acquitted on Charges of Murdering Delrawn Small in 2016, 100+ Rally to Support Gothamist Journalists Fired for Unionizing, Nation Heads to Polls to Vote for Governors, Mayors & Ballot Initiatives
Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Docs Reveal Shady Ties & Tax Evasion by Trump's Inner Circle
This weekend, a slew of 13.4 million leaked documents revealed how the world's richest men stash away billions of dollars in wealth in offshore tax havens. The revelations, known as the Paradise Papers, implicate more than a dozen of President Trump's Cabinet members, advisers and major donors. The 13.4 million leaked documents also reveal how millions of pounds of the British queen's private estate were hidden in an offshore fund based in the Cayman Islands, and how the senior adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau helped funnel millions of dollars to offshore tax havens. For more, we speak with Frederik Obermaier, co-author of the Paradise Papers. He is an investigative reporter at Germany's leading newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. Obermaier also worked on a separate investigation, the Panama Papers, and is co-author of the book "Panama Papers: The Story of a Worldwide Revelation."
Why Did Media Overlook Sept. Shooting in Plano, Texas When Estranged Husband Killed Wife & 7 Others?
While Sunday's shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has received wall-to-wall media coverage, there was another mass shooting in Texas in September that received far less attention. In Plano, Texas, a man allegedly killed his estranged wife and her friends in what appears to be the deadliest incident of domestic violence in the town's history. Twenty-seven-year-old Meredith Hight was watching the Cowboys football game with a group of friends and family when her estranged husband reportedly entered her house and opened fire, killing her and seven other adults. The shooter was killed by police. Local news reports Hight had filed for divorce in July. Hight's mother said her daughter "loved hosting friends and families. This was her first opportunity to do it after the divorce, and he didn't take it well." For more, we speak with Ed Scruggs, vice chair and spokesperson for Texas Gun Sense, and Sarah Tofte, research director at Everytown for Gun Safety. Her team has just published a new report on the links between domestic violence and mass shootings.
After Texas Massacre, Drexel Prof. Asks: "What Makes White Men So Prone to This Kind of Behavior?"
Sunday's shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was one of the deadliest mass shootings in Texas state history. It comes only a month after the shooting massacre in Las Vegas, where another white man, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on concertgoers, killing 59 people, including himself. The majority of mass shootings are carried out by white men. For more on the connections between race, white supremacy and mass shootings, we speak to George Ciccariello-Maher, political science professor at Drexel University and the author of "Decolonizing Dialectics." He was banned from campus after questioning why mass shootings in the United States are almost always carried out by white men.