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During his campaign, Trump repeatedly said he would end all immigration to the U.S. by Syrian refugees and others from what he called "terror-prone nations," and on Wednesday, a spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC defended a proposed registry for all Muslim immigrants by citing World War II Japanese-American internment camps. "It’s such a contradiction from the reality as we know it in the world," responds our guest Mary Robinson, "and the importance of actually having more inclusive societies." Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and U.N. high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002.
Democracy Now! broadcasts from the United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where delegates from more than 190 countries are gathered to discuss how to implement the Paris Agreement from last year. But questions are swirling over the future of the deal following the election of Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull the United States out of the agreement and is a longtime climate denier. We are joined by Mary Robinson, who served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and U.N. high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002. She is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice.
- Trump Adviser Weighing Reinstating Muslim Registry
- Trump Supporter Defends Muslim Registry, Citing Japanese-American Internment Camps
- Reports: Anti-Muslim Frank Gaffney Joining Trump Transition Team
- Students Demand 100+ Colleges Become "Sanctuary Campuses"
- Tohono O'odham Nation Vows to Fight Trump's Border Wall
- 15 Journalism Groups Write Open Letter to Trump Demanding Access
- BLM Leaders Issue First Statement on Donald Trump's Election
- China to Trump: No, Climate Change is Not Chinese Hoax
- #GrabYourWallet Boycotts Companies Selling Trump-Branded Products
- Snowden Warns Facebook Growing Too Powerful
- Twitter Suspends Accounts of Alt-Right Leaders
- Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal is Dead
- Obama Visiting Greece, Germany & Peru on Final Presidential Trip
- Obama Will Not Roll Back Drone Program Before Trump Takes Office
- Aleppo: Syrian Activists Report 32 Killed by Assad Bombing
- Russia Pulls Out of International Criminal Court
- Kenya Delays Closing World's Largest Refugee Camp
- Federal Bureau of Prisons Renews Private Prison Contract
- Minnesota Officer Charged in Killing of Philando Castile
- Elouise Cobell Wins Presidential 2016 Medal of Freedom
We discuss the negative impact oil pipelines have on water and the climate with Regional Chief Kevin Hart of the Assembly of First Nations, Manitoba, who is attending the United Nations climate summit in Marrakech. "You can see that north of the border, in Canada, that First Nations people, indigenous people, as well as peoples from all walks of life, color and creed, are having great concerns when it comes to the future of pipeline development, not only in Canada, but the United States."
Indigenous Activist Zip-Tied & Locked in Dog Kennel for 6 Hours for Protesting Dakota Access Pipeline
In an update on police treatment of activists at the Standing Rock standoff, Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, describes how she was "arrested for criminal trespass as I was leaving a peaceful demonstration and getting into my car on a public road." She says police handcuffed her with zip ties and held her in a dog kennel for six hours without charging her with a crime. "After that, I was strip-searched and then thrown into jail and, finally, late, late that evening, was charged with a crime."
Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Spread to 300 Cities as Pipeline Owner Sues to Continue Construction
Actions were held in hundreds of cities worldwide Tuesday to protest the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Many protests targeted the offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has so far refused to grant Energy Transfer Partners the final permit to drill underneath the Missouri River. This comes as a joint statement by the Army and the Interior Department announced they had "determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands." Meanwhile, the company wants the court to order that Energy Transfer Partners already has the right to build the Dakota Access pipeline without any further actions or permits from the Army Corps of Engineers. We get response from Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, who helped organize the call for Tuesday’s day of action.
"Bernie Sanders absolutely would have beaten Donald Trump," says economist Jeffrey Sachs. When asked if the Democratic Party handed the country to Donald Trump, Sachs responds, "I think the Democratic Party handed itself to Wall Street far too much in the last generation. We need a Democratic Party that is speaking the truth like Bernie." He also says he supports Rep. Keith Ellison to be the new head of the Democratic National Convention.
A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, has just ruled that 21 young Americans can proceed to trial in a suit against the Obama administration. The suit alleges that the government has known about climate change for decades, but failed to address it, denying these children and teenagers their right to a safe future. "This is an extraordinarily important case, because these plaintiffs have alleged that their fundamental due process rights have been violated by the failure of the U.S. government to have a proper climate plan that’s going to keep them safe," says economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
As Democracy Now! broadcasts from the United Nations climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, the U.S. special envoy on climate change, Jonathan Pershing, says no one from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has reached out to him to discuss U.S. climate policy. This all comes as the World Meteorological Organization is projecting 2016 to be the warmest year on record, and Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. "Legally he can’t, and politically it would be a disaster," says economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. "If Donald Trump goes in the way that his rhetoric … ha[s] portrayed, we’re going to have a brawl in the United States."
We feature a surprise address by Senator Bernie Sanders outside the White House on Tuesday during a global day of action against the Dakota Access pipeline that included demonstrations in over 300 cities. "Today we are saying it is time for a new approach to the Native American people, not to run a pipeline through their land," Sanders said, demanding that their sovereign rights be honored. He also spoke about the need for politicians to protect access to clean water, recognize that climate change is real and support an aggressive shift away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources.
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- Delays from Protests Cost Dakota Access Pipeline Company $100 Million
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At the U.N. climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, the World Bank just published a new report finding natural disasters are pushing 26 million people into poverty each year. One of the hardest-hit areas by climate change has been the continent of Africa. We are joined by one of the leading African environmentalists, Nnimmo Bassey, director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria. He is the author of several books, including his latest, "Oil Politics: Echoes of Ecological Wars."
Late last month, thousands of people took to the streets of Marrakech, Morocco, to protest after a fish seller was crushed to death in a garbage truck trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police. Video circulating online appears to show Mouhcine Fikri jumping into the back of the truck to rescue his swordfish, before being crushed to death by its compactor. The protests in Morocco were called by activists from the February 20 movement, which organized demonstrations during the Arab unrest of 2011. Fikri’s death drew parallels to that of Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi in 2010, whose death sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. We speak with Miriyam Aouragh, a Dutch-Moroccan anthropologist and democracy activist based in Britain and lecturer at the University of Westminster in London.
"The clock is ticking on humanity’s ability to tackle the climate crisis," says Asad Rehman, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth International, who calls on President Obama to "raise the bar on climate action" before he leaves office. We also speak with Daniel Kammen, science envoy for the State Department and professor of energy at University of California at Berkeley.
Pentagon-commissioned reports have concluded the effects of climate change over the next 20 years could result in global catastrophe that leads to millions of deaths from war and natural disasters. We get response from Daniel Kammen, science envoy for the State Department and professor of energy at University of California at Berkeley, who argues the report resonated with U.S. officials, and agrees that "clean energy is one of our best defenses against [displacement], because we can build energy resources for poor communities … with none of the downside."
Climate Advocate: Trump's Racist, Anti-Science Worldview Will Make 1 in 30 People Worldwide Refugees
The U.N. climate summit in Marrakech is taking place not far from the Mediterranean Sea, where thousands of refugees have drowned while fleeing war and famine, due in part to climate change. "One in 30 people will be displaced from their homes … unless we take action on climate change now," says Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth International. He discusses President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with Brexit supporter Nigel Farage and notes that leaving would likely lower environmental standards in Britain.
The United Nations has announced that 2016 is very likely to be the hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which had been the warmest year since records began. Meanwhile, Reuters reports President-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord to combat climate change. Trump is a longtime climate change denier who has described global warming as a Chinese hoax. To talk more about the U.N. climate talks here in Marrakech and the significance Donald Trump’s election for the world’s effort to combat climate change, we are joined by Daniel Kammen, science envoy for the State Department and professor of energy at University of California at Berkeley.
- 2016 to Be Hottest Year on Record as Temperature Rise Nears 1.5°C Limit
- WSJ: Trump Considering Rudy Giuliani for Secretary of State
- Obama Urges Americans to Give Trump "Room" to Adjust to Presidency
- CBS: Trump Seeking Top-Secret Security Clearances for His Children
- EU Emergency Meeting over Trump Boycotted by Top Officials
- Thousands of Students Walk Out to Protest Donald Trump
- Protesters Sit In at Schumer's Office to Demand He Step Aside as Senate Minority Leader
- Army Delays Issuing Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline Ahead of Global Day of Action
- ICC: U.S. May Have Committed War Crimes in Afghanistan
- Julian Assange Questioned by Swedish Prosecutor in London Embassy
- Award-Winning Journalist & Anchor Gwen Ifill Has Died at 61
To discuss the climate talks underway in Marrakech and the significance of Donald Trump’s election, we are joined by Asad Rehman, head of Friends of the Earth’s campaign for international action to prevent dangerous climate. Rehman is based in Britain. Over the weekend, leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage became the first foreign politician to visit Donald Trump at Trump Tower since his election.