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In a Women’s History Month special, we speak with author, activist and scholar Angela Davis. For more than four decades, Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Davis talks about the "fascist appeal" of Donald Trump and explains why she is not officially endorsing any candidate in this election. "I believe in independent politics," she says. "I still think that we need a new party, a party that is grounded in labor, a party that can speak to all of the issues around racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, what is happening in the world. We don’t yet have that party."
On Saturday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won landslide victories in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, chipping away at front-runner Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the White House. Sanders won at least 71 percent of the vote in each state, including 82 percent in Alaska. "The reason we are doing well is because we are talking about the real issues facing America and we’re telling the truth," said Sanders in a victory speech in Wisconsin. While Saturday may have been the biggest day of the Sanders campaign, the corporate media largely downplayed his victories. We air part of his victory speech.
- Pakistan: Attack on Park Kills At Least 70, Many of Them Children
- Iraq: Bombing at Soccer Stadium Kills At Least 41
- Syrian Forces Retake Ancient City of Palmyra from ISIS
- Pentagon: U.S. Special Forces Killed Top ISIS Commander in Syria
- Brussels Attacks: Far-Right Protesters Storm Memorial; Arrests Made in 4 Countries
- Yemen: Tens of Thousands Protest U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Offensive on 1st Anniversary
- Yemen: U.S. Airstrikes Kill 14 Accused al-Qaeda Militants
- Sanders Sweeps Alaska, Hawaii and Washington in Landslide Victories
- Cruz Accuses Trump's "Henchmen" of Fabricating Tabloid Story on His "Affairs"
- Mexico: Easter Revelers Burn Effigies of Donald Trump
- Vermont: Brick Thrown Through Window of Activist Building with "Black Lives Matter" Sign
- Florida, Indiana Governors Sign Sweeping Anti-Choice Bills
- California Lawmakers Reach Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour by 2022
- Honduras: Suspect Arrested in Killing of COPINH Activist Nelson García
Reporter Matthew Cole discusses his piece for The Intercept headlined "The Pentagon’s Missionary Spies: U.S. Military Used Christian NGO as Front for North Korea Espionage," that looks into U.S. efforts to penetrate North Korea by funding groups like the Humanitarian International Services Group, which was founded by Kay Hiramine, who was a Pentagon spy whose NGO was funded through a highly classified Defense Department program.
We speak with national security reporter for The Intercept, Matthew Cole, about his revelation that Matthew Bissonnette, a former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden and wrote a best-selling book about the raid, went on to turn over a photo of bin Laden’s body and is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation into whether he used his position as an elite commando for personal profit while on active duty. The government has fought to keep pictures of bin Laden’s body from being made public for what it claims are national security reasons.
We speak with Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept, which has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies that offers rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police across the country. The catalog includes details on the Stingray, a well-known brand of surveillance gear, and other devices, some of which have never been described in public before. Scahill says the catalog represents a trove of details on surveillance devices developed for military and intelligence purposes but increasingly used by law enforcement agencies to spy on people and convict them of crimes.
When asked this week about how he would approach foreign policy, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told MSNBC, "I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain, and I’ve said a lot of things." He also announced his lineup of little-known foreign policy advisers, including Joseph Schmitz, a former Pentagon inspector general with ties to the Center for Security Policy, who was forced out of his job amid accusations that he protected high-level officials in the George W. Bush administration who were suspected of wrongdoing. We get reaction from The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill, who notes Schmitz is a radical Christian supremacist with an "insane worldview" who was a former executive with Blackwater.
The Intercept reports that what began as an investigation into Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s attempts to sell defense services in Libya and other countries in Africa has widened to a probe of allegations that he received assistance from Chinese intelligence to set up an account for his Libya operations through the Bank of China. The Justice Department is also seeking to uncover the precise nature of Prince’s relationship with Chinese intelligence. We get details from Matthew Cole and Jeremy Scahill about what they uncovered in their joint story, "Erik Prince in the Hot Seat: Blackwater’s Founder is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services."
In a major new exposé, The Intercept has revealed that the Justice Department is investigating Blackwater founder Erik Prince for possible money laundering, ties to Chinese intelligence, and attempts to broker military services to foreign governments. Prince is currently the chairman of Frontier Services Group, an aviation and logistics firm specializing in shipping in Africa. But documents obtained by The Intercept show that Prince has also set up shell companies to offer paramilitary services to at least a half-dozen African nations, including Libya. Both the United States and the United Nations have imposed a series of restrictions on military dealings in Libya. Prince is also suspected of attempting to open Chinese bank accounts to move money for his Libyan associates. As part of its investigation, The Intercept obtained an internal slide presentation showing Prince’s private force would operate in Libya for the stated purpose of stopping the flow of refugees to Europe. Prince has also long been interested in raising a private military force to battle Islamic militant groups in a variety of countries. We spend the hour with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill and Matthew Cole, the reporters behind "Erik Prince in the Hot Seat." "In a lot of ways, Erik Prince is like a Mafia don," Scahill says. "He has been able to avoid any criminal charges against him personally for activities that his companies have engaged in. … Whether or not the U.S. government will actually seriously go after him is still to be seen." Scahill is the co-founder of The Intercept and author of the best-seller, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army." His most recent book, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield," is out in paperback, and his film "Dirty Wars" was nominated for an Academy Award.
- Former Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic Convicted of Genocide
- 2 Americans Killed During Brussels Attacks; 6 Detained in Raids
- Pope Francis Points at Weapons Industry Behind Brussels Attack
- Sanders Expected to Win Alaska, Hawaii & Washington Caucuses Saturday
- Ted Cruz Criticizes Donald Trump for Attacks on Cruz's Wife
- Iraq: Unnamed Officials Say U.S. Marines Playing Expanded Role
- IDF Soldier Arrested After Video Shows Execution of Palestinian
- Rockefeller Family Fund Divesting from Fossil Fuels, Slams Exxon
- SEC Ruling Deals Another Blow to ExxonMobil
- NYT: NFL Covered Up Concussions, Pushed Flawed Health Studies
- Activists Warn Bangladeshi Asylum Seekers May Be Deported En Masse
- 21 Arrested in L.A. Protesting Deportation of Asylum Seekers
- Under Pressure, NY Gov. Cuomo Agrees to Fully Fund CUNY
With the Republican establishment attempting to stop real estate mogul Donald Trump from receiving the GOP nomination, a new anti-Trump ad produced by the Emergency Committee for Israel alleges that Trump supports dictators. But what about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s record on dictators? Earlier this week, Clinton addressed the annual AIPAC conference, seeking to cast herself as a stronger ally to Israel than Donald Trump. We examine her record on Israel and U.S. foreign relations at large with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept.
Belgium has entered its second day of mourning following Tuesday’s bombing attack targeting the Brussels Airport and a crowded subway station near the headquarters of the European Union that killed at least 31 people and injured over 230. The bombings took place just days after authorities arrested Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November Paris attacks that killed 130 people. In response to Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said, "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." Republican front-runner Donald Trump called for "closing up" U.S. borders and doubled down on his vow to bring back waterboarding and other forms of torture. And Hillary Clinton asked for Silicon Valley’s help, calling for "an intelligence surge" to help track online activity. For more on the election, the attacks in Brussels and more, we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Brazil is facing its worst political crisis in over two decades as opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attempt to impeach her on corruption charges. But Rousseff is refusing calls to resign, saying the impeachment proceedings against her amount to undemocratic attempts by the right-wing opposition to oust her from power. On Wednesday, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called the impeachment proceedings against Rousseff an attempted "coup d’état." We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. His piece, "Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption—and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy," recently was published by The Intercept.
- Arizona: Widespread Reports of Voter Suppression in Tuesday's Primary
- Belgium: Authorities Name Two Suspects in Brussels Bombing
- Yemen: 50 People Killed in U.S. Airstrike
- Justice Dept Probes Blackwater Founder for Money Laundering, Brokering
- At Least 5,000 U.S. Troops in Iraq, Far More Than Previously Reported
- Defense Dept. Envoy: Closing Gitmo "Greatest Single Action U.S. Can Take to Fight Terrorism"
- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Signs Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law
- Los Angeles: Transgender Woman Murdered
- HRW: U.S. Failing in Treatment of Transgender Women in ICE Custody
- Morocco Expels U.N. Staffers from Western Sahara
- Michigan: Panel Slams Snyder for "Environmental Injustice" in Flint
- Protests Planned After DA Recommends No Jail Time for Akai Gurley's Killer
- New Orleans: Hundreds Disrupt Oil and Gas Auction
On Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses in Utah and Idaho by a wide margin with about 80 percent support in each state. But Hillary Clinton expanded her delegate lead with a victory in the Arizona primary. Meanwhile, in the Republican race, Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the Utah Republican caucus, while front-runner Donald Trump took Arizona. We host a debate on the two Democratic candidates with Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, and Rocky Anderson, former Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to decide whether Puerto Rico can avoid financial collapse by restructuring a portion of its massive $70 billion debt. The issue before the court was a bankruptcy law Puerto Rico’s Legislature passed in 2014 that would permit the island’s public utilities to restructure about $20 billion those entities owe to bondholders. Known as the Recovery Act, that law was struck down last year after several major bondholders sued successfully in federal court to oppose it. Juan González writes about the case in his new column for the New York Daily News, "Puerto Rico’s future lies in the hands of the Supreme Court."
Following the Belgium attacks, Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz issued a statement saying, "We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." Meanwhile, Donald Trump urged the waterboarding of captured Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam despite international laws against torture. "I would do a lot more than waterboarding," Trump said. We get a response from our three guests: Frank Barat in Brussels, journalist Joshua Hersh and Yasser Louati of the the Collective Against Islamophobia in France.
Belgium has begun three days of mourning after at least 31 people died and over 230 were injured Tuesday in bombings targeting the Brussels Airport and a crowded subway station near the headquarters of the European Union. ISIS took responsibility for the Brussels bombings and claimed more would follow. The bombings took place just days after authorities arrested Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November Paris attacks that killed 130 people. A massive manhunt is underway for a 24-year-old Belgium man named Najim Laachraoui, who is suspected of being involved in Tuesday’s attack as well as the Paris bombings. Over the past decade, hundreds of young Belgian men have left their home to fight with ISIS and other militant groups in the Middle East. We speak to three guests about the Brussels attack and how Belgium should respond: Frank Barat in Brussels, journalist Joshua Hersh and Yasser Louati of the the Collective Against Islamophobia in France.
- Brussels in Mourning After 31 Killed in Attacks; Manhunt Underway for Suspect
- NYPD Chief Bratton Slams Ted Cruz's Call to "Patrol" Muslim Neighborhoods
- Sanders Wins Utah, Idaho; Clinton & Trump Take Arizona
- Obama Compares U.S. and Cuba to Estranged "Brothers" in Address to Cuban People
- Obama Attends Baseball Game in Cuba; Kerry Holds Historic Meeting with FARC Rebels
- 8-Member Supreme Court Hears Key Birth Control Case
- NYC: Mexican Activist Launches Hunger Strike to Demand Peña Nieto's Indictment
- Tennessee: Law Criminalizing Pregnant Drug Addicts to Expire
- TN Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill Dies; NC Lawmakers Seek to Block Anti-Discrimination Measures
- ConAgra Becomes Latest Food Giant to Announce Labeling for GMOs
- Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Dies at 46
Democratic and Republican voters head to the polls today in Utah and Arizona, underscoring the battle over immigration reform. In Arizona, demonstrators shut down a highway leading to a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside Phoenix Saturday, delaying the rally ahead of today’s key primaries. Three people were arrested, including Jacinta González, a leading immigrant advocate who had locked her neck to a van’s window as part of the roadblock. González was then transferred to immigration custody—despite being a U.S. citizen. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, released a statement saying, "Under current ICE procedures, all foreign-born individuals who are booked into the Maricopa County Jail are interviewed by ICE personnel to determine alienage and removability and whether they would be an enforcement priority for the agency." The office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been monitored by the U.S. Justice Department for what it calls a "systematic disregard for basic constitutional protections." We speak with Jacinta González, field director at Mijente, a national political hub for Latinx organizing.
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