- 700 Migrants Feared Drowned in Mediterranean Sea
- Iraq: 90,000 Flee as ISIL Threatens Ramadi
- ISIL Appears to Execute 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya
- Iranian Foreign Minister Calls for Dialogue in Yemen
- Somalia: Al-Shabab Kills 9 in Attack on U.N. Van
- Report: German Base at the Heart of the U.S. Drone Wars
- FBI Arrests 6 in Alleged Terrorism Probe
- Leaks Show State Dept. Asked Sony for Aid "Countering ISIL Narratives"
- Tens of Thousands Protest TTIP Free Trade Deal on Global Day of Action
- Finland: Millionaire Austerity Proponent Wins Election
- Report: Mexican Federal Police Massacred 16 in January
- Maryland: Freddie Gray Dies After Arrest Left Him in Coma
- Missouri: Police Kill Black Man with Knife After Mom Calls for Help
- Report: National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters "Enemy Forces"
- Arizona: No Charges for Cop Who Hit Suspect with Cruiser
- FBI Admits Deep Flaws in Testimony on Hair Analysis
- Oklahoma Approves Untested Use of Nitrogen Gas for Executions
- Gyrocopter Pilot Doug Hughes Speaks After Returning Home
- Dr. Irwin Schatz, Lone Critic of Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Dies at 83
In Louisiana, former prosecutor Marty Stroud has met with former death row prisoner Glenn Ford to apologize to him for wrongfully charging him with murder. After 30 years in prison, Ford was released from death row last year after the state admitted new evidence proves he was not the killer. Stroud recently wrote a three-page letter in the Shreveport Times calling on the state to stop refusing to compensate Ford, who now has stage 4 lung cancer. We get an update on Ford’s case from his friend Jackie Sumell.
We speak with New Orleans-based artist Jackie Sumell about her collaboration with former prisoner and Black Panther, Herman Wallace. As Democracy Now! reported in October of 2013, Wallace died just days after his conviction was overturned and he was released from nearly 42 years in solitary confinement. He was a member of the Angola 3, who was convicted for the 1972 murder of a prison guard, but long maintained his innocence and said they were framed for their political activism. The project Wallace worked on with Sumell began when she asked him, "What sort of house does a man who has lived in a 6-foot-by-9-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?" You can see his response in the exhibit called "#76759: Featuring the House That Herman Built." The exhibit opened this week at the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch and includes a life-sized replica of Wallace’s prison cell, selections from his correspondence with Sumell, books from his reading list, and, in the library’s main lobby, a model of the dream house that he designed.
NBC News is at the center of a new controversy, this time focused on its chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Back in 2012 he and five other members of an NBC News team were kidnapped by armed gunmen in Syria. They were held for five days. Just after his release Engel spoke on NBC News and said this about his captors: "This is a government militia. These are people who are loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. They are Shiite." Well, earlier this week, a New York Times investigation prompted Engel to revise his story and reveal he was actually captured by Sunni militants affiliated with the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army. In an article published on Wednesday, Engel said the kidnappers had "put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite Shabiha militiamen." According to the Times investigation, NBC knew more than it let on about the kidnappers. We speak to As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. He runs the Angry Arab News Service blog. He expressed serious doubts about the circumstances surrounding Engel’s captivity and release when the story first broke in December 2012.
In an act of mass civil disobedience, tens of thousands of parents in New York state had their children boycott the annual English Language Arts exam this week. At some Long Island and upstate school districts, abstention levels reached 80 percent. Protest organizers say at least 155,000 pupils opted out — and that is with only half of school districts tallied so far. The action is seen as a significant challenge to the education agenda of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and to standardized testing nationwide. More than a decade after the passage of No Child Left Behind, educators, parents and students nationwide are protesting the preponderant reliance on high-stakes standardized testing, saying it gives undue importance to ambiguous data and compromises learning in favor of test prep. We speak to Jack Bierwirth, superintendent of Herricks Public Schools in Long Island, and parent Toni Smith-Thompson, who led the boycott against standardized testing at Central Park East 1 Elementary School in East Harlem.
- Lawmakers Reach Deal to Give Obama TPP Fast-Track Authority
- Iraqi Forces Retake Towns Near Oil Refinery from ISIL
- Al-Qaeda Gains Ground in South Yemen; U.N. Envoy Resigns
- WikiLeaks Publishes Full Database of Hacked Sony Emails
- Muslim Migrants Accused of Pushing 12 Christians Overboard
- Obama Signs "Doc Fix" Law to Overhaul Medicare Payments
- Wesleyan Students Launch Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In; Harvard Blockade Continues
- Gyrocopter Pilot Who Landed on Capitol Lawn Could Face 4 Years in Prison
- Vatican Ends Takeover of U.S. Nuns Accused of "Radical Feminism"
- Former IMF Chief Rodrigo Rato Probed for Money Laundering
- Bernanke to Take Hedge Fund Job in Latest Sign of Revolving Door
- Judge Allows U.S. Lawsuit over Murder of Chilean Musician Víctor Jara
- Amnesty International Details "Chilling Crackdown" in Bahrain
- Jeb Bush Calls for Congress to Approve Lynch Nomination
- Parents of Martin Richard Oppose Death Penalty for Tsarnaev
- Jewish Studies Scholar Cancels Univ. of Illinois Lecture over Salaita Dismissal
- New Yorkers Protest Income Inequality at Billionaire's Condo Building
- House Republicans Pass Tax Break for Wealthiest 0.2%
Students at Harvard University have expanded their blockade of key administration offices while calling on the school to divest from fossil fuels. Harvard has the largest endowment of any university in the world, at $36.4 billion. The protest began on Sunday when students began blockading Massachusetts Hall, the school’s central administrative building. Several alumni of Harvard have also taken part in the blockade including Bill McKibben, the founder of the group 350.org, and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth. We speak to sophomore Talia Rothstein, one of the coordinators of Divest Harvard, and Harvard science professor Naomi Oreskes.
A day after a mailman from Florida landed a tiny personal aircraft called a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in a protest to demand campaign finance reform, we speak to Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida about money and politics. Grayson also reveals that he will "probably" run for U.S. Senate in 2016 for Marco Rubio’s seat, who has joined the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Senate Finance Committee leaders Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a "fast-track" trade promotion authority bill as early as this week that would give the president authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and then present it to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, with no amendments allowed. On Wednesday, more than 1,000 labor union members rallied on Capitol Hill to call on Democrats to oppose "fast-track" authority. We speak with two people closely following the proposed legislation: Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, and Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida.
Fight for $15: Tens of Thousands Rally as Labor, Civil Rights & Social Justice Movements Join Forces
Low-wage workers in the United States have staged their largest action to date to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage, with some 60,000 workers walking off the job in more than 200 cities. The "Fight for $15" campaign brought together fast-food workers, home-care aides, child-care providers, Wal-Mart clerks, adjunct professors, airport workers and other low-wage workers. Organizers say the action was held on Tax Day to highlight the taxpayer funds needed to support underpaid workers. A new study says low wages are forcing working families to rely on more than $150 billion in public assistance. We speak with Steven Greenhouse, former labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times, who has been covering the "Fight for $15" movement.
- 60,000 Workers Join Historic Strikes for $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage
- ISIL Claims New Villages in Western Iraq
- Iraqi PM Criticizes Saudi-Led Yemen Bombings; HRW Says Strikes Killed 31 Civilians
- NBC News Changes Account of Richard Engel's Kidnapping
- Ukraine: Journalist Shot Dead in Capital Kiev
- 400 Migrants Drown Off Libyan Coast
- Colombia Lifts Suspension of FARC Bombings After Attack
- Florida Mailman Lands Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn in Call for Campaign Finance Reform
- EU Unveils Antitrust Charges Against Google
- Protester Jumps on Table, Throws Confetti at European Central Bank President
- Clinton Shifts Stance to Embrace Same-Sex Marriage
- 6 Arrested in Protest at BP Headquarters Ahead of Spill Anniversary
- Chicago Pays $5 Million for Police Killing; Mayor Backs Reparations for Police Torture
- Report: Workers Told to Falsify Training Records of Oklahoma Reserve Deputy Who Shot Eric Harris
- Texas: Immigrant Mothers Launch New Hunger Strike in Private Detention Center
Protests are being held across the country today in what organizers call the "largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers." Fast-food workers in 230 cities are walking off the job as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union. Hundreds of workers in Boston held their action one day early in deference to today’s anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. We hear from some of the workers who kicked off the day of protest this morning at a McDonald’s in New York City.
Khalil Muhammad: To Stop Police Killings, Transform the Political Culture That Threatens Black Lives
Protests were held from coast to coast on Tuesday in a day of action against police violence and racial profiling. The protests came as the sheriff’s reserve deputy, who fatally shot Eric Harris in Oklahoma, turned himself in to authorities. Robert Bates said he thought he was using his Taser instead of his gun when he killed Harris earlier this month. Bates is a wealthy insurance executive and heavy donor to the Tulsa Police Department, who gets to volunteer on the force as a reserve. Meanwhile, the South Carolina police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting Walter Scott will probably not face the death penalty if he is convicted. Prosecutors say Michael Slager would still be eligible for a sentence of life in prison. We are joined by Khalil Muhammad, author of "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America," and director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
President Obama has told Congress he will remove Cuba from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing a major obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations with Havana for the first time in a half-century. Obama’s move comes just days after he and Cuban President Raúl Castro sat down at a summit in Panama for a historic meeting. Cuba was placed on the terrorism list in 1982 at a time when Havana was supporting liberation struggles in Africa and Latin America. While Cuba is being removed from the terrorism list, the trade embargo remains in effect. To discuss the thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations, we are joined from Havana by former Cuban diplomat, Carlos Alzugaray Treto.
- Congress to Have Say in Iran Deal After Obama Backs Down
- Obama to Remove Cuba from List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
- U.N. Security Council Imposes Arms Embargo on Houthis in Yemen
- U.N. Warns of Civilian Toll in Saudi, Houthi Attacks; U.S. Increases Intelligence Sharing
- U.S. Drone Strike Reportedly Kills AQAP Leader in Yemen
- Study: U.S. Drone Strikes Continue to Claim Civilian Lives in Yemen
- Aid Groups Seek Global Effort to End Israeli Blockade of Gaza
- Egyptian Court Sentences 14 to Death, American to Life
- 9-Year-Old Victim Reportedly Pregnant After Rape in ISIS Captivity
- Clinton Backs Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance
- 2 Charged for Sexual Assault on Crowded Florida Beach
- Former Educators Sentenced for Atlanta School Cheating Scandal
- New York Students Stage Mass Boycott of Standardized Tests
- World Bank Chief Calls for Carbon Tax; Harvard Sees Protests over Fossil Fuel Divestment
- Dozens Arrested in Protests Against Police Violence, Racial Profiling
- Fast-Food & Other Low-Wage Workers Stage Nationwide Day of Action
- Study: Low Wages Force Reliance on Over $150 Billion in Public Assistance