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The GI Resistance Continues: Vietnam Vets Return to My Lai, Where U.S. Slaughtered 500 Civilians
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:21:50 -0400
As a group of Vietnam War veterans and peace activists travel back to Vietnam to mark the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with three members of the delegation: Vietnam veteran Paul Cox, who later co-founded the Veterans for Peace chapter in San Francisco; Susan Schnall, former Navy nurse who was court-martialed for opposing the Vietnam War; and longtime activist Ron Carver, who has organized an exhibit honoring the GI antiwar movement at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
50 Years After My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, Revisiting the Slaughter the U.S. Military Tried to Hide
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:12:04 -0400
Fifty years ago, on March 16, 1968, U.S. soldiers attacked the Vietnamese village of My Lai. Even though the soldiers met no resistance, they slaughtered more than 500 Vietnamese women, children and old men over the next four hours, in what became known as the My Lai massacre. After the massacre, the U.S. military attempted to cover up what happened. But in 1969 a young reporter named Seymour Hersh would reveal a 26-year-old soldier named William Calley was being investigated for killing 109 Vietnamese civilians. Today, memorials have been held in My Lai to mark the 50th anniversary of this horrific attack.
Headlines for March 16, 2018
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Special Counsel Subpoenas Documents from Trump Organization, U.S. Sanctions Russia, Saying Hackers Targeted Infrastructure, Miami, Florida: At Least 6 Killed After Pedestrian Bridge Collapses, Syria: Tens of Thousands Evacuate Cities Amid Relentless Attacks, Brazil: Tens of Thousands Protest Murder of Rio City Councilmember, Immigration Activists Fight to End ICE Arrests at Courthouses, Philippines Pulls Out of International Criminal Court over Drug War Probe, Trump Tells Republican Donors He Made Up Claim on Canada Trade, Trump Reportedly Set to Fire National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, ProPublica Retracts Parts of Report on CIA Director Nominee and Torture, Former Black Panther Herman Bell Granted Parole After 44 Years, Farmworkers Break 5-Day Fast Protesting Wendy's over Labor Conditions, Chiapas, Mexico: Thousands of Women Join "Women in Struggle" Summit
Rebecca Solnit on #MeToo, Mass Movements and the 10th Anniversary of "Men Explain Things to Me"
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:48:56 -0400
This month marks the 10th anniversary of Rebecca Solnit's groundbreaking essay, "Men Explain Things to Me." In 2008, Solnit wrote, "Men explain things to me, and other women, whether or not they know what they're talking about. ... Every woman knows what I'm talking about. It's the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men's unsupported overconfidence." The essay has also been credited with launching the term "mansplaining," though Rebecca Solnit did not coin the phrase. For more, we're joined now by Rebecca Solnit, writer, historian and activist. She is the author of 20 books.
Farmworkers Bring Human Rights Fight to Wendy's Doorstep, Fasting & Calling for Boycott over Abuses
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:37:39 -0400
Dozens of farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers have entered their last day of a 5-day fast outside the Manhattan office of Nelson Peltz, the board chair and largest shareholder of the restaurant chain Wendy's. They are demanding Wendy's sign onto the Fair Food Program, which would require the fast-food giant to purchase tomatoes from growers that follow a worker-designed code of conduct that includes a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and abuse in the fields. Wendy's is the only major fast-food chain that has refused to sign onto the Fair Food Program. Wendy's competitors McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle and Taco Bell all have joined the Fair Food Program, which CIW members say has virtually ended sexual harassment and assault for tens of thousands of workers on participating farms in seven states. The fast today will end in a "Time's Up Wendy's" march in New York. For more, we are joined by Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a farmworker and an organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Remembering Courtlin Arrington: The Victim of a Recent School Shooting Largely Ignored by Media
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:27:26 -0400
Wednesday's nationwide student walkout occurred one month after 17 students and staff were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many students left classes for 17 minutes—one minute for each person murdered in Parkland. But in Alabama some students walked out for 18 minutes to remember another student who was recently killed by gun violence at school: Courtlin Arrington, a 17-year-old African-American student who was shot dead last week at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama, by a fellow student. She was a high school senior who was planning to attend college next year. She had dreams of becoming a nurse. While the Parkland shooting has dominated national headlines for a month, far less coverage was paid to the death of Courtlin Arrington. We are joined by Courtlin's aunt, Shenise Abercrombie.
Enough! A Million Students Walk Out of Schools to Demand Action on Guns in Historic Day of Action
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:14:14 -0400
In a historic day of action, more than a million students from over 3,000 schools walked out of classes to protest gun violence on Wednesday. Walkouts occurred in all 50 states as well as some schools overseas. The nationwide student walkouts occurred one month after 17 students and staff were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At many schools, students walked out for 17 minutes—one minute for each person murdered in Parkland. The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are now organizing a massive March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington, and solidarity marches are planned across the country. We air moments from marches in New York and talk with Luna Baez and Citlali Mares, two students in Denver, Colorado, who helped organize their school's walkout for gun reform Wednesday.
Headlines for March 15, 2018
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
1 Million Students Walk Out of 3,000+ Schools to Protest Gun Violence, House Passes School Safety Bill Without Any Gun Controls, Florida: Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea for Nikolas Cruz in Parkland Massacre Trial, California High School Students Injured by Teacher with Gun, Senators Approve Sweeping Rollback of Dodd-Frank Banking Regulations, Trump Names Larry Kudlow to Replace Gary Cohn as Top Economic Adviser, Syria: Medics Warn of "Annihilation" Threat in Eastern Ghouta Assault, Syria: Turkish Military Surrounds Kurdish-Held City of Afrin, Pakistan: Taliban Bomb Blast Kills 9 at Lahore Police Checkpoint, Britain and Allies Condemn Russia over Nerve Agent Used to Poison Spy, Mexico: Police Arrest Fourth Suspect in Disappearance of 43 Students, Brazilian Human Rights Activist Marielle Franco Killed in Apparent Assassination, Chinese Government Censors All Mentions of Reporter's Eye Roll, Oklahoma Poised to Asphyxiate Death Row Prisoners with Nitrogen Gas, New York Governor's Former Top Aide Convicted on Bribery Charges, Pennsylvania: Democrat Conor Lamb Wins Congressional Special Election
Congresswoman Confirms Erik Prince Tied to Intelligence Operation Run Out of Dick Cheney’s Office
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:53:21 -0400
On one of the latest episodes of Jeremy Scahill's podcast "Intercepted," he interviews Democratic Congressmember Jan Schakowsky about Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, who is now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. For more, we speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept.
Mike Pompeo, Christian Crusader & Koch Brothers Ally, Tapped to Be Trump's Secretary of State
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:43:24 -0400
On Tuesday, President Trump announced via Twitter he was firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and tapping CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. As a former Kansas Republican congressmember, Pompeo has a history of making Islamophobic statements. He’s also been a major ally to the billionaire right-wing Koch brothers. For more, we speak with Lee Fang, investigative reporter with The Intercept. His 2016 piece is "Trump CIA Pick Mike Pompeo Depicted War on Terror as Islamic Battle Against Christianity."
Jeremy Scahill: Gina Haspel Should Be Answering for Her Torture Crimes, Not Heading the CIA
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:31:56 -0400
Trump has tapped CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after Pompeo was named to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Haspel was directly involved in the CIA's torture program under George W. Bush. She was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other ways. But she enjoys broad support, including from the intelligence community and Democrats in the Senate. For more, we speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept.
"She Tortured Just for the Sake of Torture": CIA Whistleblower on Trump's New CIA Pick Gina Haspel
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:27:19 -0400
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou personally knew CIA director nominee Gina Haspel when he worked at the CIA. But their careers have taken very different paths over the past decade. Haspel, who was directly involved in torture at a secret CIA prison in Thailand, has been promoted to head the agency. Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the torture program, ended up being jailed for 23 months. For more, we speak with John Kiriakou, who spent 14 years at the CIA as an analyst and case officer.
Trump's New CIA Nominee, Gina Haspel, Faces Possible Arrest Warrant in Germany over Torture
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:13:04 -0400
*Editor's Note: ProPublica has "retracted part of its reporting": - which we cited in our coverage - about Gina Haspel’s role at a secret CIA black site in Thailand where prisoners were tortured. ProPublica is now reporting Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded at the site before Haspel took over. According to the New York Times, Haspel did "oversee the waterboarding of another prisoner":, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, at the secret prison.* On Tuesday morning, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter. In the same tweet, the president announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is a close ally of the Koch brothers, would be nominated to become the new secretary of state. Trump also tapped CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to head the CIA. Haspel was directly involved in the CIA's torture program under George W. Bush. She was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other ways. Both Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel must now face Senate confirmations, but barring any Republican defections, both can be confirmed without any Democratic support. Last year, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights asked German prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for Haspel for her role in the torture program. For more, we speak with Wolfgang Kaleck, founder and general secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.
Headlines for March 14, 2018
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump: Pompeo to Replace Tillerson as Secretary of State; Gina Haspel to Head CIA, State Dept. & White House Oust More Top Officials Amid Shake-up, Reports: VA Head Shulkin & National Security Adviser McMaster May Be Ousted Soon, Britain to Expel 23 Russian Diplomats over Alleged Poisoning of Ex-Spy, Students Launch Nationwide Walkout to Demand Gun Control, Democrat Holds Razor-Thin Lead in PA Special Congressional Election, "He's Not Welcome Here": Protesters Rail Against Trump's Visit to California, 1 of 3 Men Arrested in 2017 Mosque Bombing Submitted Bid to Build Trump's Wall, Immokalee Farmworkers on Hunger Strike Demanding Wendy's Sign Fair Food Program, Groundbreaking Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at 76
Critics of Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana Decry State & Company Surveillance of Protesters
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:39:06 -0400
In Louisiana, newly disclosed documents reveal a state intelligence agency regularly spied on activists opposing construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which would carry nearly a half-million barrels of oil per day across Louisiana's wetlands. The documents show the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness regularly drafted intelligence memos on anti-pipeline activists, including a gathering of indigenous-led water protectors who've set up a protest encampment along the pipeline's route. Other newly revealed documents show close coordination between Louisiana regulators and the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners. This comes just one week after a U.S. district judge in Baton Rouge ordered a temporary injunction against construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in order to "prevent further irreparable harm" to the region's delicate ecosystems, while court challenges proceed. For more, we speak with Pastor Harry Joseph of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church. We also speak with Pamela Spees of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
Charterize, Privatize, Christianize: The DeVos-Backed Policies That "Gutted" Michigan Public Schools
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:21:37 -0400
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing new criticism after she struggled in a recent "60 Minutes" interview to explain why schools in her home state of Michigan are faring poorly under the policies she has championed. DeVos is a billionaire Republican activist and the sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince. She once served as chair of the American Federation for Children in Michigan, where she promoted school choice and worked to expand the state's use of private charter schools. Many educators say the results of DeVos's policies in Michigan have been disastrous. For more, we speak with Allie Gross, a reporter with the Detroit Free Press. She covered education in Michigan as a freelance reporter and was a Teach for America teacher in a Detroit charter school.
"Unprecedented & Shocking": Armed Secret Service Agents Should Not Be Allowed at Polling Sites
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:12:39 -0400
A bipartisan group of secretaries of state is condemning a proposal to allow armed Secret Service agents at election polling stations. The proposal has already been approved by the House as part of the Homeland Security Department reauthorization bill. On Friday, 19 secretaries of state wrote a letter to Senate leaders urging them to drop the proposal, calling it "unprecedented and shocking." For more, we speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Headlines for March 13, 2018
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
Trump Fires Rex Tillerson, Says He'll Replace Him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Syria: Monitors Say 42 People Killed in Recent Days in Eastern Ghouta, Syria: Civilians Flee Afrin as Turkey Begins Siege of City, Defense Secretary Mattis Arrives in Kabul for Unannounced Trip to Afghanistan, Trump Bows to NRA and Walks Back Support for Gun Control Measures, High School Students Plan to Walk Out Wednesday to Demand Gun Control, Republican-Controlled House Intelligence Committee Ends Probe into Election Meddling, Donald Trump Jr.'s Business Associate Enjoys Special Access to Top U.S. Officials, Trump's Personal Lawyers Try to Stop "60 Minutes" from Airing Stormy Daniels Interview, Secretaries of State Condemn Plan to Station Secret Service Agents at Polling Stations, Citing National Security, Trump Blocks Broadcom Takeover of Qualcomm, Protests Planned as Trump Heads to California for First Time as President, SF ICE Spokesperson Resigns: "I Didn't Want to Perpetuate Misleading Facts", Officials: Fatal Package Explosions in Austin, TX, May Be Hate Crimes, India: 35,000 Farmers March to Mumbai, Demand Loan Waivers and Right to Forest Land, Journalists Lee Fang, Sharon Lerner, Dahr Jamail & Todd Miller Win 2018 Izzy Awards
As Ex-CIA Head Admits to U.S. Meddling in Elections, Is Outrage over Russian Interference Overblown?
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:51:08 -0400
Former CIA Director James Woolsey recently admitted the U.S. meddles in overseas elections. During an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News, Woolsey laughed about it and said the U.S. takes such action "only for a very good cause." Woolsey made the comments shortly after 13 Russians were indicted for interfering with the U.S. election. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."
Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:27:59 -0400
As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, we take a look back at Washington's record of meddling in elections across the globe. By one count, the United States has interfered in more than 80 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000. And that doesn't count U.S.-backed coups and invasions. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."