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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump responded to the weekend attacks by lashing out at Muslim immigrants and refugees, calling them a "cancer from within," while Democrat Hillary Clinton said Trump is helping ISIS to recruit more fighters. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called for the New York bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, to be treated as an "enemy combatant" rather than be treated as a civilian suspect. "The idea that they should all be collectively punished … is, frankly, racist. And that’s what we should call it," says lawyer Ramzi Kassem with clients held in Guantánamo. "The notion that we should generalize ... military detention, extrajudicial imprisonment is not only absurd and runs against U.S. and international law, but it is the practice of totalitarian regimes."
In the aftermath of several terrorist attacks over the weekend that involve Muslim suspects, we speak with professor Nazia Kazi of Stockton University about her latest article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Teaching Against Islamophobia in the Age of Terror." "The U.S. war on terror would not have been possible without a deep, public anti-intellectualism,” Kazi argues. “Many of my students have been fed these binaries about the free world and the unfree world, peace-loving people and terrorists.”
To discuss community and police response to the knife attack on 10 people in St. Cloud, we go to Minnesota to speak with Haji Yusuf, community director of #unitecloud, a St. Cloud group that promotes cultural understanding. Authorities say the attacker, 22-year-old Dahir Adan, was born in Kenya, is of Somali descent and grew up in the United States. An ISIS website has claimed responsibility, calling the assailant a "soldier of the Islamic State." Authorities say the attack is being investigated as terrorism. Yusuf says many members of the Somali community have called him to report harassment, and others are keeping their children out of school. "Even for me, I had to go pick up milk for my two-year-old because my wife was a little scared to go out that night."
Could Cellphone Alerts Used to Search for New York Bombing Suspect Open Door for Attacks on Muslims?
Some New York City residents are concerned over the use of a "WANTED" alert message for the bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami that was distributed automatically to millions of phones across the area Monday morning. It may be the first time in the United States that the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alerts system was used to transform residents into participants in a regionwide manhunt. It sparked widespread concerns that people, particularly Muslims and people of color, who were not Rahami could be mistaken for him and targeted. This comes as hate crimes against the Muslim community have surged nationwide, including in New York City, where just last week a Scottish tourist wearing traditional Muslim religious clothing was set on fire in the middle of 5th Avenue in broad daylight. "It really opens the door, potentially, to acts of vigilantism and to hate crimes," says lawyer Ramzi Kassem. "I was really alarmed that the authorities went ahead with this unprecedented move without really knowing what the consequences might be for individuals other than the person they were after."
We host a roundtable discussion about the terrorist attacks, and the response to them, in New York, New Jersey and St. Cloud, Minnesota, where a man named Dahir Adan is accused of knifing 10 people. After police arrested 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a suspect in Saturday’s bombings, concern has grown that the government may overreact with security measures and individuals may carry out hate crimes. "There is fear for our own personal security, especially for American Muslim women who identify as Muslim via wearing the hijab," says Debbie Almontaser, president of the Muslim Community Network. We also speak with Ramzi Kassem, professor of law at the City University of New York School of Law, where he directs the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic.
- Details Emerge About Ahmad Rahami, Suspect in NY & NJ Bombings
- After Bombings, Trump Calls Muslim Immigrants "Cancer from Within"
- Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump's Rhetoric Is Aiding ISIS
- St. Cloud: Authorities Name Stabbing Suspect as Dahir Ahmed Adan
- New Yorkers Express Concern over Use of Mass WANTED Alert
- Mexican President Peña Nieto Faces Protesters in NYC over 43 Missing Students
- U.S. Rejected Language Calling for End of Child Detention Ahead of UNGA Refugee Summit
- Donald Trump Jr. Sparks Outrage by Comparing Syrian Refugees to Poisoned Skittles
- Syria: U.N. Suspends Aid After Its Convoys Attacked by War Planes
- Report: Saudis May Be Using U.S.-Supplied White Phosphorus in Yemen
- Report: Trump Tax Plan Would Benefit Rich Most
- George H.W. Bush Reportedly Voting for Hillary Clinton
- Oklahoma: Police Release Video of Cop Fatally Shooting Black Man with Hands in the Air
- Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History Enters Third Week
- Peru: Goldman Prize Winner Injured by Hit Man During Clash with Security Guards
Our guest is longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader, author of the groundbreaking 1965 book, "Unsafe at Any Speed,” which prompted Congress to enact the most sweeping auto safety law in U.S. history. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act. President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark legislation on September 9, 1966, greatly reducing the annual number of traffic fatalities. It set mandatory federal safety standards for vehicles and drivers, and established the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nader went on to win a major settlement against General Motors for spying on him and trying to discredit him, and used the lawsuit’s proceeds to start the Center for the Study of Responsive Law. Now he has a new book out, titled "Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think." Next week he hosts a related conference in Washington, D.C.
In an extended discussion of the exclusion of third-party candidates from the first presidential election of 2016, four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader argues against the need to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in order to defeat Republican Donald Trump. He argues that instead voters opposed to both candidates should work together to support a third-party candidate of their choice. "The idea of calling a third party 'spoiler,' using the First Amendment right to run for office, is a politically bigoted word and should never be tolerated by the American people," Nader says. When asked about critics who say his candidacy in 2000 allowed George W. Bush to defeat Al Gore, he says they are "scapegoating."
As The New York Times reports Donald Trump received at least $885 million in New York City tax breaks for his real estate projects since 1980, and also sued three mayoral administrations when the city sought to deny him tax breaks for a pair of Trump skyscrapers, we speak with consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Trump is "a freeloader on the backs of taxpayers who have to make up the difference for the taxes he doesn’t pay, or get less public services," Nader comments.
When longtime independent Senator Bernie Sanders lost his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, he concluded his campaign by endorsing Hillary Clinton instead of a third-party candidate. "This huge, wonderful effort that he launched is now aborted," says our guest, four-time former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. "Sanders hasn’t returned a call from me in 18 years. He is a lone ranger. He doesn’t like to be pushed into more progressive action than he is willing to adhere to. As a result, millions of his voters now are in disarray. They don’t know where to go." Nader has a new book titled "Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think."
Ralph Nader, former presidential candidate, discusses what expanding the presidential debate to include third-party candidates would mean for the discussion of this weekend’s attacks in New Jersey and New York. Nader says, "Brute force doesn’t work. … State terrorism kills far more people than stateless terrorism." He says Clinton is "more systemically hawkish" and Trump is "unpredictably belligerent."
Two-Party Tyranny: Ralph Nader on Exclusion of Third-Party Candidates from First Presidential Debate
It’s official: When the first presidential debate takes place next Monday, a week from today, it will exclude third-party candidates from the debate stage. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday that both Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party failed to qualify by polling at 15 percent or higher. This comes as polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House. We get reaction from four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who has previously been excluded from debates. He has a new book titled "Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think."
- Chelsea Bombing Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami Arrested in New Jersey after Shootout
- New York: Suspect Named in Chelsea Bomb Attack
- Minnesota: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Shopping Mall Stabbings
- Syria: Ceasefire Unraveling After U.S. Strikes Kill Syrian Soldiers
- Kashmir: India Blames Pakistan After Attack Kills 17 Indian Soldiers
- Amnesty International: U.S. Bomb Used in Attack on Yemen Hospital
- CodePink Activists to Protest U.S. Military Aid to Saudi Arabia
- Gasoline Pipeline Ruptures in Alabama, Creating Massive Spill
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins Expanded Halt to Pipeline Construction
- Iowa: 40 Arrested at Construction Site of Dakota Access Pipeline
- German Far-Right Party Gains Seats in Parliament
- France: Child Afghan War Refugee Dies Attempting Border Crossing
- U.S. Hate Crimes Against Muslims at Peak Since 9/11 Aftermath
- Trump Admits Obama a Citizen, Reversing Birther Claims
- Trump Calls on Clinton Bodyguards to Disarm
- Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Donald Trump
- Washington Post Calls for Edward Snowden to Face Criminal Charges
StoryCorps, the award-winning national oral history project, has launched a new campaign called #WhoWeAre to feature stories of hope and compassion. Some have a surprising twist. We feature two stories: one of Bronx social worker Julio Diaz, who was coming home from work when he had an encounter with a teenager who held him up at knifepoint, and an exchange between a father and son about living out their dreams.
Hit Man Recalls Violent Past of Philippine President as Wave of Killings Raises Human Rights Concerns
A wave of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines has claimed thousands of lives since Rodrigo Duterte became president in June. Duterte vowed during his campaign to crack down on drug users just like he did as the longtime mayor of the city of Davao, where his strongman tactics prompted Human Rights Watch to call him the "death squad mayor." His promises to end crime during his presidential campaign earned him a new nickname: "Filipino Trump." A former hit man testified Wednesday that while Duterte was mayor, he personally ordered him to carry out assassinations. This comes after President Obama canceled a meeting with Duterte during his trip to Laos after he called him a "son of a whore" and warned him not to ask about his so-called drug war. We speak with Ninotchka Rosca, a Filipina activist, feminist and author of “State of War,” a novel set in the Philippines during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
We go to Wisconsin to get reaction from The Nation’s John Nichols to a new report on possible illegal fundraising by the state’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, for the third-party group Wisconsin Club for Growth. The report is based on leaked documents from an investigation the state’s highest court halted in 2015. "Governor Walker has survived revelations of this sort before," Nichols says, but adds that he could face a challenge if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to allow the investigation to proceed. In its Citizens United ruling, Nichols notes, "the court said that transparency, knowing how the money is raised and who is raising it … was a vital part of guarding against the legitimate concerns of citizens about corruption and about the danger of allowing corporations and wealthy individuals to be so dominant in our politics."
"Because Scott Walker Asked": Leaked Docs Suggest Wisconsin Gov Illegally Raised Corporate Donations
An explosive new report by The Guardian reveals the extensive influence of corporate cash in U.S. elections through third-party groups that do not have to disclose their donors. It is based on 1,500 leaked court documents from an investigation by Wisconsin prosecutors into possible illegal fundraising by Republican Governor Scott Walker for the third-party group, Wisconsin Club for Growth. A conservative majority of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court halted the investigation last July before any charges were filed, and ordered all evidence from the investigation to be destroyed. But at least one copy of the documents survived. We speak with Ed Pilkington, chief reporter for The Guardian US, who used the files for his report, "Because Scott Walker Asked."
And in Uruguay, former Guantánamo prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab has awoken from a coma amid an ongoing hunger strike demanding he be allowed to leave Uruguay and reunite with his family in Turkey or in another Arabic-speaking country. Dhiab was imprisoned in Guantánamo for 12 years without ever being charged with a crime. While in Guantánamo, Dhiab also launched a hunger strike to demand his freedom. He was among a group of prisoners subjected to forced feeding. The Obama administration is refusing to release video of the forced feeding to the public, but did give the redacted videotape to a court, which reportedly shows graphic images of guards restraining Dhiab and feeding him against his will. Human rights groups have long said the forced feeding of Guantánamo prisoners amounts to torture. On Thursday, only hours after Dhiab awoke from his coma, Amy Goodman spoke to him in an exclusive Democracy Now! interview. He was lying on his bed, very weak, in downtown Montevideo. Goodman began by asking him how he feels.
Jihad Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "I feel really very, very worse. All my body hurt me, and my kidney, my headache, my stomach, my right side really bad. Many things. But I feel all my body hurt me."
Amy Goodman: "There’s a battle in court in the United States to release the videotape of your force-feeding in Guantánamo. Can you describe what that force-feeding was like for you?"
Jihad Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "Like the United States always say in the media, 'Human rights, human rights, human rights.' There’s never in Guantánamo, don’t have any human rights. Never, never, never. He took the video from first time go to me in my cell to move me to chair and give me the tube for give me forced feeding. But if you see this video and see the guard, how treatment with me, how beat me, how make with me, that’s not human."
Amy Goodman: "President Obama says he wants to close Guantánamo. Do you believe that will happen?"
Jihad Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "If he wants to close Guantánamo, he can. He can now. Now. He can give order, close Guantánamo. He can close Guantánamo. But he coward. He can’t take this decision, because he scared. But Guantánamo supposed to close, should be closed, Guantánamo, because Guantánamo, that’s not good for the United States. Never."
Abu Wa’el Dhiab’s daughter is getting married this weekend in Turkey—an event Dhiab had longed to be at. He continues his hunger fast in Uruguay.
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- U.S. to Pay €1 Million to Family of Italian Aid Worker Killed in Drone Strike
- Mexico: Thousands Call for President Peña Nieto’s Resignation
- Philippines: 3,000+ Killed in Duterte’s So-Called War on Drugs
- Brazil: Former President Lula Slams His Corruption Charges
- Bayer Takes Over Monsanto, Creating Largest Seed Supplier in World
- Sit-in at Interior Dept. Demands Obama End Oil Leases on Federal Land
- Exclusive Video: Ex-Gitmo Prisoner Dhiab Awakes from Coma in Uruguay
A sweeping new investigation has raised questions about the little-known Trump Organization and potential conflicts of interest should Trump become president. The investigation published in Newsweek magazine reveals the Trump Organization is a vast financial network that stretches from New York City to India, Ukraine, China, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Russia. It’s connected to Russian mining, banking and real estate billionaire Vladimir Potanin, who himself is closely tied to the Russian government. Trump’s frequent praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin has already sparked concern among national security experts about U.S. foreign policy under a possible Trump presidency. The report concludes, "If Donald Trump wins this election and his company is not immediately shut down or forever severed from the Trump family, the foreign policy of the United States of America could well be for sale." We speak with Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, author of the new article, "How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security."