- FCC Advances New Internet Rules Despite Mass Protests
- India: Nationalist Leader Modi Set to Become Prime Minister
- Ukraine: Steelworkers Take Control in Eastern City of Mariupol
- Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinians During Nakba Protest
- Brazil: Thousands Protest World Cup Expenditures
- Honduras: Military Police Use Tear Gas to Oust Zelaya, Other Lawmakers
- Wildfires Force More Evacuations in California; 1 Dead
- U.S. Releases 10 Pakistani Prisoners Held at Bagram Prison
- Guantánamo Prisoners Ask Court to Preserve Video of Force-Feedings
- Obama Admin Seeks to Delay Release of CIA Prison Secrets, Torture Report
- Global Fast-Food Protest Marks Largest Action to Date
- Media Outlets File Lawsuit Against Execution Drug Secrecy
- GM Recalls 2.7 Million More Vehicles
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren Criticizes Secrecy of Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks
Just days after President Obama praised Wal-Mart’s business practices in a speech at one of its California stores, more than 1,800 warehouse workers in the state have settled a major wage theft lawsuit against one of the retail giant’s largest contractors. On Wednesday, workers at three California warehouses used by Wal-Mart agreed to settle a wage theft lawsuit by accepting a $21 million settlement. The workers had sued Wal-Mart and Schneider Logistics, an outside company that owned and ran the warehouses. Schneider will pay the entire settlement. The lawsuit alleged that workers were often paid less than minimum wage, with no required breaks or overtime compensation. We speak with attorney Theresa Traber, who represented the warehouse workers, and Demos policy analyst Catherine Ruetschlin.
Thousands of fast-food workers in the United States and around the world are staging a one-day strike today to demand a livable wage. A recent report found fast-food CEOs make 1,200 times as much money as the average fast-food worker, a disparity that maximizes short-term profit while harming worker security and the overall economy. We are joined by the report’s author, Catherine Ruetschlin, a policy analyst at Demos; and by Terrance Wise, who has worked at Burger King for nine years and is striking today in Kansas City, his fourth such action since last August.
In a historic move, thousands of fast-food workers are staging a one-day-strike today in least 150 cities including St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Organizers with Fast Food Forward say workers from 80 cities in more than 30 countries around the world will also join the day of action. The workers are demanding the right to organize and are calling for a doubling of their wages from the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour. We hear voices from a protest in New York City outside a McDonald’s across the street from the Empire State Building.
The Federal Communications Commission is voting today on new rules that may effectively abandon net neutrality, the concept of a free and open Internet. The FCC proposal would let Internet providers charge media companies extra fees to receive preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their products and content. Under previous regulations struck down earlier this year, providers were forced to provide all content at equal speeds. Just steps from the vote, demonstrators have set up an "Occupy the FCC" encampment calling for federal regulators to reclassify broadband service as a public utility, which would allow for the requirement of net neutrality rules. The CEOs of 28 U.S. broadband providers and trade groups have asked the FCC not to classify broadband as a utility, arguing that regulating broadband would "impose great costs, allowing unprecedented government micromanagement of all aspects of the Internet economy." We host a debate on net neutrality with two guests: Timothy Karr of the media reform group Free Press, who backs greater regulation, and Joshua Steimle, a tech entrepreneur who argues the government should not be entrusted with regulating the Internet.
- Nigeria Rules Out Boko Haram Prisoner Swap
- U.S. Flying Drones over Nigeria, Yet to Share Intel
- Workers Strike in Turkey as Mine Toll Hits 282
- U.N.: South Sudan at Risk of Famine, Genocide
- Hunger-Striking Al Jazeera Journalist Moved to Solitary Confinement
- Fast-Food Workers in U.S., 30 Countries Stage 1-Day Strike
- Thousands Evacuated in Southern California Wildfires
- Judge Refuses to Halt Same-Sex Marriages in Idaho
- Arkansas Supreme Court Overturns Voter ID Ruling
- North Dakota Appeals Abortion Ruling; Louisiana Measure Could Shutter Clinics
- Mexican Immigrant Takes Refugee in Arizona Church
- ICE Sued for Alleged Beating, Unlawful Confinement of Mexican Immigrant
- Pentagon OKs Manning Transfer for Hormone Therapy
- Activists Call for Medicaid Coverage of Trans Healthcare
- Report: Ousted NYT Editor Complained About Pay Disparity
- French Photojournalist Killed in Central African Republic
In the final part of our extended interview, Glenn Greenwald reflects on the Pulitzer Prize, adversarial journalism and the corporate media’s response to his reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaked National Security Agency documents. "We knew that once we started publishing not one or two stories, but dozens of stories … that not just the government, but even fellow journalists were going to start to look at what we were doing with increasing levels of hostility and to start to say, 'This doesn't actually seem like journalism anymore,’ because it’s not the kind of journalism that they do," Greenwald says. "It doesn’t abide by these unspoken rules that are designed to protect the government."
In part two of our extended interview, journalist Glenn Greenwald tells the inside story of meeting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras were the journalists who first met Snowden in Hong Kong last June, going on to publish a series of disclosures that exposed massive NSA surveillance to the world. Greenwald has just come out with a new book on the Snowden leaks and their fallout, "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State." Recalling his first encounter with Snowden, Greenwald says: "The big question was: How are we going to know that it’s you? We know nothing about you. We don’t know how old you are, what you look like or what your race is or even your gender. And he said, ’You’ll know me because I’ll be holding in my left hand a Rubik’s cube.’ And so, he walked in, was holding a Rubik’s cube, came over to us, introduced himself, and that was how we met him."
- Nigeria Opens Door to Talks with Boko Haram on Kidnapped Girls
- Over 200 Killed in Turkish Mining Blast
- U.N. Envoy for Syria Resigns After 2 Years
- Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down
- Court Stays Texas Execution over Prisoner's Mental Disability
- Missouri Protesters Challenge Bill Extending Abortion Wait
- Clerk: Conyers Doesn't Qualify for Primary Ballot
- Ras Baraka Elected Mayor of Newark
- ICC Revisits War Crimes Probe of British Soldiers in Iraq
- Openly Gay NFL Player Introduced with New Team
- Peace Activist, Broadcaster Acie Byrd Dies at 77
- "Searching for Sugar Man" Director Dies at 36