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We look at the case of Alex Nieto, a 28-year-old Latino man fatally shot by San Francisco police in March 2014. The police officers accused in the killing claimed that Nieto pointed a stun gun at them, which they mistook for a pistol. Officers Richard Schiff, Nathan Chew, Roger Morse and Lt. Jason Sawyer fired dozens of shots at Nieto. According to the medical examiner, he was hit by at least 10 bullets. Last month, a jury unanimously found that the police did not use excessive force in responding to Nieto. Nieto’s family had filed a federal wrongful death civil lawsuit in August 2014, arguing in court that Nieto did not act aggressively and was carrying the weapon for his job as a security guard. We speak with Adriana Camarena, a writer, community advocate and co-founder of the Justice for Alex Nieto Coalition; and author Rebecca Solnit, who wrote a piece for The Guardian headlined "Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco." Camarena also talks about last week’s San Francisco police killing of a homeless man, Luis Gongora, within 30 seconds of their arrival.
The Intercept’s Lee Fang discusses his recent exposé on how In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, is funding the manufacturer of Clearista, a popular beauty product. Clearista’s parent company, Skincential Sciences, has developed a patented technology that removes a thin outer layer of the skin, revealing unique biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests, including DNA collection.
We continue our coverage of Democracy Spring and the influence of dark money in the presidential elections with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept focusing on the intersection of money and politics. He has revealed that several of the Democrats’ superdelegates now work as lobbyists for banks, oil companies, foreign governments and payday lenders, among other special interests. In a close race, these superdelegates could determine the party’s nominee.
More than 400 people were arrested Monday in a massive sit-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the influence of big money and corporate lobbying in politics. The protest, organized under the name Democracy Spring, brought together activists from about 140 organizations who marched from Philadelphia to Washington last week. Similar acts of civil disobedience are scheduled throughout the week in Washington. We speak to Kai Newkirk, campaign director of Democracy Spring and co-founder and an organizer with 99Rise. He was arrested yesterday in the action at the U.S. Capitol.
- 400 Arrested in "Democracy Spring" Sit-in Against Big Money in Politics
- Sanders Calls for National Fracking Ban; Clinton Attacks Him on Gun Control
- Donald Trump: Delegate System is "Rigged"
- U.N. Agency Condemns Use of Tear Gas on Refugees Stranded in Greece
- U.S. "Very, Very Concerned" About Increase in Syria Violence
- Israel Acknowledges Launching Dozens of Strikes in Syria
- Brazil: Congressional Panel Recommends Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff
- Peru Faces Runoff Between 2 Right-Wing Presidential Candidates
- Anti-Drug War Caravan Arrives in Mexico from Honduras
- Canada: First Nations Community Declares Emergency over Suicide Attempts
- Goldman Sachs Agrees to $5 Billion "Non-Punishment" over Role in 2008 Crisis
- Bryan Adams Cancels Concert in Mississippi over Anti-LGBT Law
- Chicago Aldermen OK $6.5 Million Payments over 2 Deaths in Police Custody
- South Carolina: Officer Avoids Jail Time After Killing Motorist in His Driveway
As Secretary of State John Kerry visits Hiroshima, Japan, site of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack which killed 140,000 people, most of them civilians, we turn to another choice the United States made during its fight against Japan in World War II—the decision to imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps across the U.S.—and ask: Could something like this happen again? The 2016 presidential campaign has been marked by calls from Republican candidates to create a database of all American Muslims and to have the police patrol Muslim neighborhoods. Cruz’s proposals came after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told Time magazine last year he did not know if he would have supported or opposed Japanese-American internment camps had he been a leader during World War II. We speak with Richard Reeves, an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of several books, most recently, "Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II," and with Karen Ishizuka, a third-generation American of Japanese descent. She was the curator of the nationwide exhibit called “America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese-American Experience.” Her latest book is titled "Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties."
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are determining whether to retry six Black Lives Matter activists whose trial recently ended in a hung jury. The six face misdemeanor charges for barricading the 101 freeway in Los Angeles in November 2014. That action was in response to the non-indictment of former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown three months earlier. Activist Rosa Clemente was also tried but was acquitted. Supporters say the prosecution is part of a larger effort by the LAPD and City Attorney’s Office targeting Black Lives Matter activists in Los Angeles. Melina Abdullah, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, describes how many protesters facing charges were under surveillance and how some had letters sent to their homes from the LAPD and the U.S. Justice Department. Abdullah is professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. We also speak with Nana Gyamfi, a criminal defense and human rights attorney who represents Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles.
The Black Lives Matter movement continues to shake up the race to the White House. On Thursday, activists in Philadelphia disrupted a speech by former President Bill Clinton, who was campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The activists called out the Clintons for their support for the 1994 crime bill, which led to a massive expansion of incarceration in the United States, and Hillary Clinton’s 1996 comments that some youth were "superpredators." In response, Bill Clinton defended Hillary Clinton’s use of the term "superpredators" and accused the activists of defending criminals. We speak to Melina Abdullah, an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles. "[Bill Clinton] is very good at ... distracting us from how systems create these conditions," says Abdullah. "They act as if the young folks who wind up committing crimes … as if they weren’t human beings. This term 'superpredator' dehumanizes our children."
- Macedonian Police Fire Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets at Refugees
- Sanders Wins Wyoming Caucus; Invited to Speak at Vatican
- Clinton: "New York Values are Really Good for America"
- Jimmy Carter: Clinton Took "Very Little Action to Bring About Peace" as Sec. of State
- John Kerry Visits Hiroshima But Offers No Apology for U.S. Atomic Bombing
- Obama Admits Handling of Libya was Worst Mistake of Presidency
- Fallout from Panama Papers Leak Spreads from U.K. to Malta to El Salvador
- Nuit Debout: Nightly Labor Protests Continue in France
- Prosecutors: Former GOP House Speaker Hastert Molested At Least Five Boys
- Colombia Marks National Day of Memory and Solidarity with the Victims
- Judge: Youth Activists Can Sue U.S. Government in Landmark Climate Lawsuit
- Bruce Springsteen Cancels NC Concert to Protest Anti-LGBT HB 2 Law
- Democracy Spring: Thousands Pledge to Risk Arrest to Protest Corruption
- Boston Globe Runs Satirical Anti-Trump Cover
On Wednesday, Amy Goodman was inducted into the I.F. Stone Hall of Fame at an event organized by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College. The Center’s founding director, Jeff Cohen praised Goodman in his induction speech. "When New York University convened journalists and scholars to choose 'The Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century,' number 16 on the list was I.F. Stone’s Weekly," Cohen said. "If we survive this century, I have no doubt that Democracy Now! will be near the top of that list for the 21st century."
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sparked backlash and controversy with his proposals to ban Muslims from entering the United States—including refugees and asylum seekers. But deporting Muslim asylum seekers is nothing new. This week, the Obama administration deported 85 Muslim asylum seekers from Bangladesh, India and Nepal who were seeking asylum after fleeing repression and violence in their home countries. Some of the men deported from Corrections Corporations of America’s Florence Correctional Center in Arizona on Sunday night had participated in a series of hunger strikes last year to protest their ongoing detention by ICE, the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency, and demand their release from for-profit detention centers. Some of the men have been detained for years. Following the deportation, an ICE official told Democracy Now!: "All of those on last weekend’s flight had been provided the opportunity to present their cases in immigration court, were issued final orders of removal, and had no outstanding stays that would prohibit their removal." We are joined by Fahd Ahmed, executive director of Desis Rising Up & Moving, or DRUM, a New York-based organization of South Asian immigrant workers and youth. After the deportation, Ahmed said, "The Obama administration just deported nearly 100 South Asian detainees who crossed three continents seeking safety in the U.S. What happens to them next is blood on his hands."
When will the United States realize a military victory is impossible in the Middle East? Military historian Andrew Bacevich asks this question in his latest book. He writes, "As an American who cares deeply about the fate of his country, I should state plainly my own assessment of this ongoing war, now well into its fourth decade. We have not won it. We are not winning it. Simply trying harder is unlikely to produce a different outcome."
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."