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Psychologists: Migrant Parents Reunited with Detained Children Must Brace for Trauma & Long Recovery
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:52:42 -0400
We discuss the psychological impacts family separation has on young children with Nancy Burke, psychoanalyst and a co-chair of the Psychotherapy Action Network, which helped publish a pamphlet aimed at helping immigrant parents separated from children. She's on the faculty with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and says the trauma children are experiencing in detention "freezes them in time" and takes away their ability to express themselves.
Salvadoran Mother Reunited with 3-Year-Old Son Says He Shows Signs of Trauma & Aggressive Behavior
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:47:37 -0400
On Wednesday, Democracy Now!'s Laura Gottesdiener sat down with a Salvadoran mother named Belqui Yessenia Castillo Cortez, who reunited with her 3-year-old son Michael last week after they were separated by immigration officials at the border in Texas. Federal documents show the mother and son arrived at the legal port of entry in Rio Grande City on May 28, 2018, to apply for asylum in the United States. Immigration authorities detained them and then separated them, sending Belqui to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas, while her 3-year-old son was flown all the way to New York and held in a facility run by a human services agency called Abbott House. "His behavior is really aggressive," she says. "He wasn't like this before. … He's violent, more than anything else."
Migrant Children Detained in Shelters Being Drugged, Told Not to Hug, Forced to Bathe in Sinks
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:36:42 -0400
The Trump administration has less than a week to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite children and parents separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under its "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as advocates say some migrant children have been released from federally contracted shelters with scabies and lice. In Illinois, officials are investigating the Chicago nonprofit Heartland Alliance over allegations it housed children separated from their parents at the border, with many of the children reportedly suffering abuse and neglect. We speak with Reveal reporter Aura Bogado, who has exposed a second office used by military contractor MVM to hold migrant children. This time, the children had to bathe in bathroom sinks.
As Ethiopia & Eritrea Sign Deal to End 20 Years of War, Will Political Prisoners Be Released Next?
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:14:20 -0400
A historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea ends 20 years of a "state of war" that saw 70,000 killed and thousands of families separated. We get response from Ethiopian writer Awol Allo, a lecturer at the Keele University School of Law in the U.K., and Vanessa Berhe, an Eritrean human rights activist. She founded the group One Day Seyoum, which campaigns for the release of her uncle, Eritrean photojournalist Seyoum Tsehaye, who was imprisoned in 2001 amid a crackdown on free expression.
Headlines for July 20, 2018
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump to Invite Russian President Putin to the White House, Senate Votes 98-0 Against Russian Interrogations of U.S. Officials, Trump Administration Seeks to Roll Back Endangered Species Act, Aides Shielded Former EPA Chief from Formaldehyde While Suppressing Report on Its Dangers, 70 House Democrats Launch "Medicare for All" Caucus, Wells Fargo to Refund Customers over Unwanted Services, Trump's Nominee to Head Consumer Watchdog Grilled in Senate Hearing, Israel Planning "Large and Painful Military Operation" in Gaza, Missouri: At Least 13 Drown as Amphibious Boat Capsizes in Storm, DHS Director Blames Both Sides for White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, NYPD to Hold Disciplinary Hearings for Officers over Killing of Eric Garner, Protesters Demand Justice for Dahmeek McDonald, Shot by Troy, NY Officer
PBS Report from Yemen: As Millions Face Starvation, American-Made Bombs Are Killing Civilians
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:31:46 -0400
The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen is incredibly difficult to cover on the ground, with many obstacles for journalists hoping to access the capital Sana'a and other areas affected by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombings. We speak with a reporter who smuggled herself into northern Yemen to report on the widespread famine and devastation there in an exclusive three-part series for "PBS NewsHour." Special correspondent Jane Ferguson is a Beirut-based special correspondent. Her pieces are titled "Yemen's spiraling hunger crisis is a man-made disaster," "American-made bombs in Yemen are killing civilians, destroying infrastructure and fueling anger at the U.S." and "Houthis deny U.S., Saudi claim that they are Iran's puppets."
Deadly Suicide Bombing in Pakistan Ahead of Election Marred by Crackdown on Activists, Journalists
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:15:32 -0400
Voters in Pakistan go to the polls next week, but the run-up to the election has already been marred by deadly terrorist attacks, a crackdown on activists and journalists, hundreds of arrests, and accusations of widespread interference by the military. On Friday, a massive suicide bombing at an election campaign gathering in the southwestern province of Balochistan killed 149 people. Hours afterward, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested at Lahore's airport as they returned to Pakistan from London in efforts to bolster Sharif's political party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. We go to Lahore to talk to journalist and writer Munizae Jahangir, host and executive producer of a political talk show on one of Pakistan's leading networks.
Headlines for July 19, 2018
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0400
President Trump Has Muddled Message on Russian Meddling, White House Considers Allowing Russia to Interview U.S. Citizens, Trump Questions NATO Mutual Defense Pact, Citing Montenegro, WaPo: Separated Immigrant Children Abused at Chicago Nonprofit, EPA Chief, Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, Guts Coal Waste Rules, Yemen: Houthi Leader Offers to Hand Over Port to U.N. in Exchange for Truce, New Law Declares Israel a Jewish Nation-State with Hebrew as Sole National Language, Cyprus: 19 Dead, 25 Missing Off Coast as Migrant Boat Capsizes, Mexican President-elect Urges Debate on Drug Legalization, European Union Fines Google $5 Billion over Anti-Competitive Behavior, Thailand: Boys Rescued from Flooded Cave Released from Hospital, California: High Temperatures and Drought Fuel Yosemite Wildfire, Japan: 12 Dead, 10,000 Hospitalized Amid Intense Heat Wave, Muslim Group Demands Documents on Joint U.S.-Canada Terror Watch List, Papa John's Founder Tries to Reverse Resignation over Racial Slur, Spanish Supreme Court Drops Extradition Warrants for Catalan Leaders, Class-Action Suit Charges Rep. Jim Jordan Failed to Prevent Sex Abuse, 141 Survivors of Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Honored at ESPY Awards
Four Years After Eric Garner's Killing in Police Chokehold, His Family Still Seeks Accountability
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:51:26 -0400
Tuesday marked four years since Eric Garner was killed, when a white New York City police officer wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold, while Garner said "I can't breathe" 11 times. The incident was captured on a cellphone video and spurred mass protests. On Monday, NYPD announced it plans to move forward with long-delayed internal disciplinary proceedings against the officers involved, if the Department of Justice does not announce criminal charges by August 31. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied the fatal chokehold, continues to work for the New York Police Department on paid desk duty and has received multiple raises since Garner's death. Garner's mother Gwen Carr called for justice at a press conference this week and joins us in studio. Her forthcoming memoir is titled "This Stops Today: Eric Garner's Mother Seeks Justice After Losing Her Son."
On Mandela's 100th Birthday, Rev. Jesse Jackson Remembers His Vision of Anti-Racist Democracy
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:42:44 -0400
Today marks the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela, perhaps the world's most famous former political prisoner. He was imprisoned 27 years in South Africa before his release in 1990. He was elected the country's first black president four years later. On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama spoke in Johannesburg at an event marking the centennial and used his first major address since stepping down as president to issue thinly veiled criticism of President Trump. We get response from Mandela's close friend, Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader and the founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Jackson also responds to the recent U.S.-Russia summit and discusses his upcoming peace mission to South Korea.
Debate on Political Crisis & Violent Deaths in Nicaragua: Camilo Mejía vs. Julio Martinez Ellsberg
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:08:46 -0400
The U.N. high commissioner for human rights says the death toll from anti-government protests in Nicaragua is approaching 300, as an escalating crisis in the country reaches its third month. Both opposition groups and pro-government forces are accused of violence, including kidnappings and killings. We host a debate with Julio Martinez Ellsberg, adviser to one of the main student movements opposing the Nicaraguan government, and Camilo Mejía, well-known Nicaraguan-American Iraq War resister and son of the famed Sandinista singer Carlos Mejía Godoy.
Headlines for July 18, 2018
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Under Criticism, Trump Says He Misspoke after Russia Summit, Obama Criticizes Rise of "Strongman Politics" in a Thinly Veiled Criticism of Trump, Photos Show "There Was No Collusion" Scrawled on Trump's Remarks on Russia, Lawmakers Hold Hearings on Trump's Plans to Reorganize Federal Government, EU and Japan Sign One of World's Largest Trade Pacts, Direct Flights Resume Between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Spain: Amazon Workers Continue 3-Day Strike, Ida B. Wells Monument to Be Built in Chicago, After Grassroots Fundraising Campaign
Boots Riley's Dystopian Satire "Sorry to Bother You" Is an Anti-Capitalist Rallying Cry for Workers
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:37:33 -0400
An evil telemarketing company, a corporation making millions off of slave labor, and one Oakland man at the center of it all who discovers a secret that threatens all of humankind. Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" is the dystopian social satire being hailed as one of the best movies of the summer. The film's stars include Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews and Danny Glover. We speak with Boots Riley, writer and director of the critically acclaimed film. He is a poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer and public speaker—best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. "To see Part 2 of this interview, click here.":https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/17/boots_riley_on_how_his_hit
Katrina vanden Heuvel: We Need "Robust Debate" in Reporting on Russia, Not "Suffocating Consensus"
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:22:23 -0400
President Trump drew bipartisan outrage from lawmakers and media outlets Monday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and lashing out at his own intelligence agencies over the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, calls the Trump and Putin press conference "bizarre and surreal," but says the media reaction lacked perspective: "I think that people kind of lost their bearings."
Meet the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:09:43 -0400
Before Monday's highly anticipated joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the reporters was forcibly removed from the room. Sam Husseini was credentialed to cover the summit for The Nation magazine, and earlier in the day he tweeted, "The issue isn't Trump. The issue isn't Putin. The issue is the issues: Nuclear threats, Syria, etc." Before Trump and Putin spoke at the press conference, video shows Husseini holding a piece of paper that reads "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty." A security official aggressively tries to take the sign from him. We speak with Husseini about his arrest and the questions he was trying to raise. "It wasn't a protest," he says. "It was just an attempt to do serious, aggressive journalism, which I think is what we need."
Headlines for July 17, 2018
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Standing Next to Putin, Trump Lashes Out at Intelligence Agencies, Judge Orders 1-Week Halt to Deportation of Reunified Migrant Families, Israel Tightens Blockade of Gaza, Passes Bill to Ban Critical Groups in Schools, Protests Continue in Oil-Rich Region of Southern Iraq, Egypt Passes Law to Give Military Officers Immunity for 2013 Killing of Protesters, Organization of American States: Death Toll in Nicaragua Rises to 273, Amazon Workers in Germany, Poland & Spain Strike to Protest Working Conditions, Uber Under Federal Investigation for Gender Discrimination, NYC Tenants Say Kushner Co. Harassed Them into Leaving Rent-Controlled Apartments, NYPD May Soon Open Disciplinary Probe into Eric Garner's Death
Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a "Danger to America" or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers?
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:28:39 -0400
As President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, we host a debate on U.S.-Russia relations. In Washington, D.C., we speak with Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. Greenwald calls the Trump-Putin meeting "excellent" and adds that President Obama also sought diplomacy with Russia. Cirincione calls the summit "a danger to America and to the West." "To see Part 2 of this debate, click here.":https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/16/part_2_debate_on_russian_meddling
Mass Protests Meet Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki over Human Rights, Free Speech, Climate Action
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:11:12 -0400
Mass protests greeted President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they met for a summit Monday in Helsinki. As the two leaders drove from the airport to their summit, they were met by 300 billboards in English and Russian that were posted by the country's leading newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, and drew attention to their strained relations with the media. Greenpeace activists unfolded two large banners from the bell tower of Kallio Church in Helsinki that called on the presidents to "Warm Our Hearts, Not Our Planet." Meanwhile in Helsinki on Sunday, thousands took to the streets to demand human rights, equality and a focus on the climate. We speak with Heidi Hautala, a Finnish politician and member of the European Parliament from Finland, who addressed the protests on Sunday. She is also a member of the Green League, part of the European Green Party.
Headlines for July 16, 2018
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump and Putin Hold Summit in Helsinki, Trump Faces Protests in Scotland & Britain, In Pakistan, Bomb Attack on Election Campaign Kills Up to 149 in Balochistan, Gaza: 2 Palestinian Children Killed in Israel's Worst Bombing Since 2014 War, Trump Administration Seeks Direct Talks with the Taliban, Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant Resigns After Anti-Austerity Protests, Judge Slams HHS for Saying Reunifying Migrant Children with Parents Could Pose Risk, Protests Erupt in Chicago After Police Kill Black Man on South Side, Georgia: 2 Cops Use Virtual Coin Flip to Decide Whether to Arrest Driver
Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:52:36 -0400
Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits."

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