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On Tuesday, President Obama announced he’s exploring ways to scale up the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He said, "This will continue to be a difficult fight, but I’m absolutely confident that ISIL will lose. We will prevail." Those same three words, "We will prevail," were said 10 years ago by President George W. Bush and by Bush’s father 25 years ago about their own wars in Iraq. When will the seemingly never-ending U.S. wars in the Middle East end? We speak to retired Army colonel and military historian Andrew Bacevich, author "America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History."
With the Republican primary in New York less than two weeks away, John Kasich met this week with the editorial board of the New York Daily News. Juan González talks about quizzing the Ohio governor about his anti-union, pro-fracking views. Juan wrote about the meeting in his latest column, "'Moderate' John Kasich is still dangerously conservative."
- Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bill Clinton over 1994 Crime Bill
- Pope Calls on Church to Be More Open to "Irregular" Families
- Afghanistan: 17 Civilians Killed by U.S. Drone Strikes
- John Kerry Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
- Syria: ISIL Reportedly Kidnaps 170+ Cement Factory Workers
- Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca Set Up 1,000+ Companies Inside U.S.
- Argentina: Calls for Probe of President Macri After Panama Papers
- PM David Cameron Says He's Profited from Offshore Trusts
- Class Action Filed for 18 People, Including a Baby, on Terrorism Watchlist
- FBI and DHS Flying Dozens of Flights, Equipped with Cameras, Daily
- Wyoming: Fracking Poisoned Water Supply of Small Town
- Former BP Supervisor Sentenced to No Jail Time over 2010 Disaster
- DOJ Files Lawsuit to Block Halliburton & Baker Hughes Merger
- Texas: Video Shows School Cop Body-Slamming 12-Year-Old Girl
- Calls for Probe into Fatal Israeli Soldier Shooting of Palestinian-American Teen
- U.N.: Israeli Govt. Triples Rate of Demolitions of Palestinian Homes
- 40% of Students Not Complying with Student Loan Payments
Last month, professor, author and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry had a very public breakup with MSNBC after four years of hosting her eponymous weekend show. Reaction extended from the blogosphere to the floor of the House, where Illinois Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez stood next to a sign of the NBC peacock with the hashtag #NBCSoWhite and suggested the network has a racial diversity problem. But even though her show is now off the air, Melissa is still sparking critical conversations. She joins us to talk about this year’s presidential contest, voter ID laws, anti-LGBT legislation and much more.
As Republican presidential candidates promise to bring back the torture techniques used under the George W. Bush administration, we speak with one of the men who actually carried out these policies. Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. His new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," has just been published.
As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally. He also wrote that the Israeli military taught them how to use the Palestinian chair during a joint training exercise. For more, we’re joined by Eric Fair, whose new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," has just been published.
Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. In a new memoir, Fair writes about feeling haunted by what he did, what he saw and what he heard in Iraq, from the beating of prisoners to witnessing the use of sleep deprivation, stress positions and isolation to break prisoners. The military described such actions as "enhanced interrogations," but Eric Fair uses another word—torture. He writes, "If God is on anyone’s side in Iraq, it’s not mine."
- Race Between Sanders and Clinton Heats Up Ahead of New York Primary
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- Iceland Names New Prime Minister in Wake of Panama Papers
- Chinese Leaders, David Cameron's Father Implicated in Panama Papers
- Tennessee House Passes Anti-LGBT Legislation
- West Virginian Coal Baron Don Blankenship Sentenced to Prison
- 3 Volkswagen Dealerships Sue Auto Giant for Defrauding Retailers
- Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger and Activist Killed
- Puerto Rico Gov. Signs Bill Authorizing Halt of Debt Payments
- DOJ Agents Raid Home of Anti-Choice Activist David Daleiden
- Ohio State University Occupy Campus Building
- Yemen: Deadly Saudi-Led Airstrikes on Market Used U.S.-Supplied Bombs
Iceland’s prime minister resigned Tuesday, becoming the first major casualty of the Panama Papers revelations. Leaked documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed that Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson owned an offshore company with his wife, which he failed to declare when he entered Parliament. He is accused of concealing millions of dollars’ worth of family assets. Gunnlaugsson’s resignation followed the largest public demonstrations in Iceland’s history, with more than 20,000 protesters massed in Reykjavík outside Iceland’s Parliament on Monday demanding the prime minister step down. We speak to Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament and an unofficial leader of the Pirate Party, which has seen a surge of support following the publication of the Panama Papers. Polls show it is now the country’s most popular party with 43 percent support.
Puerto Rican college students have been waging a series of demonstrations to protest austerity measures they say endanger the higher education system. Last night, students at the University of Puerto Rico campus in Bayamón voted to begin an indefinite strike, while students at the Ponce campus voted to begin a 72-hour strike. Students at the University of Puerto Rico at Utuado have also shut down the campus. In March, students held a protest outside the Puerto Rican Treasury, known as Hacienda. Some students had a chance to meet with Juan Flores Galarza, the sub-secretary of the Puerto Rican Treasury. Democracy Now!’s Juan Carlos Dávila was there and filed this report.
The Puerto Rican Senate and the House of Representatives have both passed an emergency declaration authorizing the governor to suspend payments on $72 billion in public debt—setting up a dramatic showdown between Puerto Rico and hedge funds amid the island’s historic debt crisis. The bill authorizes the Puerto Rican governor to "protect the health, security and public welfare ... [by] using government funds first and foremost for public services." The dramatic move comes one day after a group of hedge funds sued to freeze the assets of Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank in efforts to stop the bank from spending money on the island that the hedge funds want to go toward upcoming debt payments.
Much of the corporate media has been openly criticizing Bernie Sanders’ performance during an interview with the New York Daily News editorial board. The Washington Post ran an article titled "9 Things Bernie Sanders Should’ve Known About But Didn’t in That Daily News Interview." Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted: "The Transcript of Sanders’ meeting with the Daily News Ed Board is almost as damning as Trump’s with the WaPo." We get a different perspective from someone who was actually there: Daily News columnist Juan González.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing new criticism over his possibly illegal proposal to attempt to force Mexico to pay for a border wall by blocking Mexicans living in the United States from sending money back to their families. It’s the latest in a series of controversial racist or xenophobic statements by Donald Trump, who has called Mexicans rapists, proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States and refused to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. For more on the campaign, we speak with CNN political commentator Van Jones, who calls Trump’s campaign "the most dangerous development I have seen in my lifetime."
Following victories by Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz in Wisconsin, the candidates are turning their attention to the major contest next week: the New York primary. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are slated to square off for a debate in New York on April 14, ahead of the April 19 primary. We speak with Van Jones, CNN political commentator, about the Democratic showdown.
In the race for the White House, Tuesday was a big night for the underdogs, as Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz secured decisive victories in the Wisconsin primary. Sanders beat rival Hillary Clinton by winning over 56 percent of the vote. Ted Cruz easily defeated front-runner Donald Trump by 13 percentage points. We speak to political analyst and activist Van Jones and Ruth Conniff, editor of the Wisconsin-based magazine The Progressive.
- Bernie Sanders Wins Wisconsin Primary, Extending Winning Streak
- In Challenge for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz Wins Wisconsin Primary
- Trump Claims He Would Block Remittances Unless Mexico Pays for Border Wall
- Iceland's Prime Minister Resigns in Wake of Panama Papers
- Obama Calls for Closing Tax Loopholes for U.S. Corporations
- Panama Papers Reveals 200 U.S Citizens Used Mossack Fonseca
- U.N.: Greece Deported 13 Refugees Before Asylum Claims Were Processed
- U.S. Deports 85 South Asian Asylum Seekers
- Puerto Rican House & Senate Authorize Suspension of Debt Payments
- Bahrain: Protests After Funeral of Teenager Killed by Police
- Mississippi Gov. Signs Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law
- 100 Writers Call on PEN to Reject Israeli Embassy Sponsorship
- WhatsApp Messenger Adds Encryption for 1 Billion Users
- San Francisco Approves 6 Weeks Fully Paid Parental Leave
The release of the Panama Papers comes amid growing concern about undisclosed campaign contributions here in the United States, so-called dark money. Now, some members of the Federal Election Commission are calling for greater enforcement of campaign finance regulations and a narrower interpretation of the Citizens United ruling, which opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending on election campaigns. We speak with FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, whose op-ed in The New York Times, "Taking On Citizens United," argues Americans deserve assurances from American corporations that they are not using the money of foreign shareholders to influence the country’s elections. She also calls for federal and state policymakers to ensure corporations are not being used as a front to allow foreign money to seep into U.S. elections. The FEC is the government watchdog tasked with keeping federal elections fair, but it has come to a virtual standstill since its three Democratic and three Republican members are in partisan gridlock.
Hundreds of journalists around the world pored over the 11.5 million files leaked last year by an anonymous source that reveal how the rich and powerful in numerous countries use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive offshore companies, Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in Panama. They were obtained from an anonymous source by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, who shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. We hear the story of the collaboration, which did not include The New York Times, from Frederik Obermaier, an investigative reporter at Süddeutsche Zeitung, which helped publish the Panama Papers, and Michael Hudson, senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
The Panama Papers leak, that reveals how the rich and powerful rely on a secretive law firm to hide their wealth in tax havens, has drawn attention to a 2011 speech by Senator Bernie Sanders against the Panama-United States Trade Promotion Agreement, which became law in 2012. He noted that Panama’s entire economic output at the time was so low that the pact seemed unlikely to benefit American workers. The real reason for the agreement, Sanders argued, is that "Panama is a world leader when it comes to allowing wealthy Americans and large corporations to evade taxes." Sanders said the trade agreement "will make this bad situation much worse." We get reaction from Michael Hudson, senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which published the Panama Papers, and Frederik Obermaier, investigative reporter at Germany’s leading newspaper, the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung. He is co-author of the book "Panama Papers: The Story of a Worldwide Revelation."
"The biggest leak in the history of data journalism just went live, and it’s about corruption." That is what NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted about the Panama Papers, which were released Sunday and reveal how the rich and powerful in numerous countries use tax havens to hide their wealth. Some 11.5 million files were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive offshore companies, Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in Panama, and passed to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and then pored over by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The revelations implicate 12 heads of state and a number of other politicians, their family members and close associates, including friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, relatives of the prime ministers of Britain, Iceland and Pakistan, and the president of Ukraine. On Monday, one of the largest protests in Iceland’s history demanded Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson step down after the leaked files revealed he and his wife were hiding investments worth millions of dollars behind a secretive offshore company. We are joined from Munich by Frederik Obermaier, co-author of the Panama Papers story. He is an investigative reporter at Germany’s leading newspaper, the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, and co-author of the book "Panama Papers: The Story of a Worldwide Revelation," just released today in Germany. We also speak with Michael Hudson, senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which published the Panama Papers.