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Democracy Now! 2019-04-18 Thursday
- Headlines for April 18, 2019
- "A Message from the Future with AOC": New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal
- "We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See": Molly Crabapple's Art Breathes Life Into Green New Deal
- Noam Chomsky: The Green New Deal Is Exactly the Right Idea
- Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election
Protesters shut down traffic outside New York City Hall Wednesday, partially blocking access to the Brooklyn Bridge, staging a die-in to demand radical action on climate change and remaining in the streets until the police arrested at least 62 people. The protest was just one of a series of demonstrations being staged around the world this week by Extinction Rebellion, a global movement taking direct action to demand drastic government action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters say the demonstration is just the beginning of a growing resistance movement, and more actions can be expected later this week.
Democracy Now! 2019-04-17 Wednesday
- Headlines for April 17, 2019
- Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell's U.K. HQ
- Libyan Humanitarian Crisis Worsens as Over 170 Killed, 18K Displaced in Warlord Assault on Tripoli
- ICC Makes "Dangerous Decision" to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure
Bill McKibben: Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence & Genetic Engineering Threaten to Destroy Humanity
Has the human game begun to play itself out? That’s the daunting question posed in the new book by environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben. It’s called “Falter.” Thirty years after McKibben wrote the first book about climate change for a general audience, his new work examines looming threats to humanity, including not only devastating climate chaos, but also artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. We speak with McKibben in our New York studio.
Trump vs. Mother Earth: Indigenous Activist Dallas Goldtooth Slams Trump's Pipeline Executive Orders
President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states’ ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. This comes as climate activists have filed a federal lawsuit challenging three South Dakota laws, including the so-called Riot Boosting Act, that they say targets activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly against the Keystone XL pipeline. The laws give the state the authority to sue any individual or organization for encouraging a protest where acts of violence occur, whether or not the individual was involved in or had knowledge of the violent act. Organizers also can face criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison. The ACLU, which filed the lawsuit, asserts the laws violate First Amendment rights. We speak to Dallas Goldtooth, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is also one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit.
Democracy Now! 2019-04-15 Monday
- Headlines for April 15, 2019
- "Falter": In New Book, Bill McKibben Asks If the Human Game Has Begun to Play Itself Out
- Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to "Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society"
- Allan Nairn: Indonesian General Tied to Mass Killings Plots to Arrest Critics If He Wins Presidency
Democracy Now! 2019-04-12 Friday
- Headlines for April 12, 2019
- Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe
- Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet
- Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S.
- Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered with Israel's Election to Help Re-elect Netanyahu
The United States is seeking the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange following his arrest this morning in London. Assange is now being held in a London jail. His attorney, Jennifer Robinson, and Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, briefly spoke to reporters today in London.
Democracy Now! 2019-04-10 Wednesday
- Headlines for April 10, 2019
- A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel's Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank
- Academic Freedom At Risk After Decades of Attacks and Underfunding from Right Wing
Democracy Now! 2019-04-09 Tuesday
- Headlines for April 09, 2019
- Has Trump Locked U.S. and Iran into a "Permanent State of Enmity" by Listing IRGC as Terror Group?
- Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian
- Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children
- Stephen Miller's Uncle: Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers & Stir Racist Hatred
Trump Pushes For More Separation of Families on the Southern Border, Amping Up Attacks on Immigrants
President Trump is pushing for more separation of families on the border as he intensifies his crackdown on immigration and purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and the director of the Secret Service have already been removed as Trump puts hard-line adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the nation’s immigration policy. This comes a month after President Trump signed his first presidential veto, after lawmakers in both houses of Congress voted in favor of a resolution reversing his declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump claimed there was an “invasion” occurring on the southern border. We host a roundtable discussion with Erika Andiola, chief advocacy officer for RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services; Dr. David Glosser, the uncle of Trump adviser Stephen Miller; and Democracy Now! correspondent and producer Renée Feltz, who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention.
Democracy Now! 2019-04-08 Monday
- Headlines for April 08, 2019
- A New Nuclear Arms Race: As NATO Marks 70th Anniversary, Threat of Nuclear Confrontation Grows
- Kings Bay Plowshares: Peace Activists Face 25 Years for Action at U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base
Democracy Now! 2019-04-05 Friday
- Headlines for April 05, 2019
- "Profits Should Not Come Before Safety": The Family of Ethiopia Crash Victim Samya Stumo Sues Boeing
- "Corporate Homicide": Ralph Nader Demands Justice as Boeing Admits Fault in Ethiopia Crash
- How Trump's Call for More Military Spending by NATO Countries Benefits U.S. Weapons Manufacturers
Joe Cirincione: Trump Says NATO Nations Aren't Paying Fair Share of Military Spending. That's Not True.
As events in Washington, D.C., mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, we look at the Trump administration’s push for NATO countries to increase military spending. During an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Trump demanded Germany and other NATO countries increase their military spending from 2 to 4% of GDP. We speak with Joe Cirincione, president of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund, in a web exclusive interview. He is the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late and Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons.
Democracy Now! 2019-04-04 Thursday
- Headlines for April 04, 2019
- "A Great Moment for Democracy": Erdogan's AK Party Suffers Major Defeat in Local Turkish Elections
- After Algerian President Resigns, Demonstrators Demand Government Overhaul & Vow to Keep Protesting
- The Invisible People: France's Yellow Vest Revolt Against Macron & Elites Reaches 20 Weeks
Puerto Rico relief funds get held up in Congress as Trump falsely claims the island received more aid than Texas and Florida; Trump threatens another Obamacare repeal; How replacing private health coverage with Medicare for all could fix a broken system.
U.K. lawmakers struggle to make a deal as the Brexit deadline looms; Trump threatens to close the southern border as he cuts aid to Central American countries; The poet who inspired the Great March of Return speaks about the "scream for life" in Gaza.