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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.
A new study has found that without action on climate change, the millennial generation as a whole will lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income dealing with the economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change. The study, "The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials’ Economic Future," was produced by NextGen Climate and Demos. We speak to Heather McGhee, president of Demos and Demos Action.
A new article in the medical journal The Lancet has concluded much of the Northern Hemisphere will be too hot by 2085 to host the Summer Olympics. Researchers are projecting only eight cities in the hemisphere outside of Western Europe would be cool enough to host the Games. This includes just three cities in North America: Calgary, Vancouver and San Francisco. The list of cities where it could be too hot is staggering: Istanbul, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Budapest, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles—and the list goes on. Extreme high temperatures have already impacted the athletic world. In 2007, high heat forced the cancellation of the Chicago Marathon. At this year’s U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles, 30 percent of the runners dropped out of the race due to the heat. For more, we speak with Kirk Smith, lead author of the article and professor of global environmental health at the University of California, Berkeley.
On Tuesday, President Obama visited Louisiana for the first time since the devastating floods that killed 13 people and damaged 60,000 homes. The Red Cross has called it the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy. While many climate scientists have tied the historic floods in Louisiana to climate change, President Obama made no link during his remarks. However, on Tuesday, four environmental activists were arrested in New Orleans protesting the Interior Department’s decision to go ahead with a lease sale of up to 24 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development. The sale is being held today in the Superdome—the very building where thousands of displaced residents of New Orleans sought refuge during Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago. We speak to Antonia Juhasz, an oil and energy analyst, author of "Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill." She joins us from San Francisco.
- Obama Tours Louisiana Flood Damage, Does Not Mention Climate Change
- 4 Activists Arrested Protesting Plan to Sell Offshore Oil Leases
- Italy: 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 73
- Global Extreme Weather: Floods, Fires & Heat Waves
- AP: As Secretary of State, Clinton Met with Dozens of Foundation Donors
- Trump: "Impossible to Figure Out Where Clinton Foundation Ends & State Dept. Begins"
- WashPo: Clinton Raised $32 Million at Elite Fundraisers in August
- Guantánamo Bay Prisoner Abu Zubaydah Argues for His Freedom
- NLRB Ruling: Graduate Students at Private Universities Can Unionize
- Afghanistan: U.S. Soldier Killed in Bomb Explosion in Helmand
- Turkey, Backed by U.S., Launches Ground Offensive into Syria
- Kashmir: Another Protester Killed Amid Brutal Crackdown
- Mexico: Journalist Survives Assassination Attempt in Veracruz
- New Jersey: Police Chase 10-Year-Old Boy with Guns Drawn
- California: Judge Persky Recuses Himself from Another Case
- Mothers Suspend Hunger Strike at Berks Detention Center, Citing Intimidation
- West Virginia: After 2-Year Struggle, Strip Coal Mine Shut Down
As the Jabara family mourns the death of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we remember a similar fatal shooting last year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2015, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, were shot dead by a white neighbor. Razan was 19 years old, Yusor was 21, and Deah was 23. Police initially said the killings resulted from a dispute over a parking space, but relatives of the victims described the killings as a hate crime. The suspected gunman, Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. For more, we speak with Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, father of Razan and Yusor, and father-in-law of Deah.
In Oklahoma, funeral services were held Friday for Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American man police say was shot dead by his next-door neighbor in a possible hate crime. Police say Stanley Majors will be charged with first-degree murder. Majors has harassed the Jabara family for years. The August 12 killing came less than a year after Majors was arrested and jailed for hitting Jabara’s mother with his car while she was jogging. At the time, the mother, Haifa Jabara, already had a restraining order against Majors, after he had threatened and harassed her. But eight months later, Majors was released on $60,000 bond even though Tulsa County prosecutors called him "a substantial risk to the public.” For more, we speak with Khalid’s brother and sister, Rami Jabara and Victoria Jabara Williams.
In North Dakota, more than a thousand indigenous activists from different tribes have converged at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, where protesters are blocking construction of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters say the pipeline would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River, which provides water not only for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, but for millions of people downstream. For more, we are joined by Winona LaDuke, Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.