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Can Brooklyn's Little Pakistan Survive Trump? Inside One Family's Fight to Stop Their Deportation
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:53:47 -0400
A new piece in The New Yorker titled "Fighting for the Immigrants of Little Pakistan" looks at how a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Brooklyn is coping with the presidency of Donald Trump, who, just seven days after taking office, issued a controversial travel ban targeting predominantly Muslim countries. Trump's presidency also ushered in a rise in immigrant deportations and arrests. We speak with the author of the piece, Jennifer Gonnerman, who looks in part at the story of Shahid Ali Khan and his family, who are facing possible deportation. We also speak with Mohammad Razvi, founding executive director of Council of Peoples Organization (COPO), a community group serving Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.
Media Malpractice? As GOP Moves to Strip Healthcare from Millions, Press Remains Focused on Russia
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:42:35 -0400
As Senate Republicans draft their repeal of Obamacare behind closed doors, we speak to The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel about secret bills, single-payer healthcare and the media's coverage. Her latest article is titled "On Trump, the Media's Malpractice Continues." In it, she critiques what she calls the mainstream media's "prevailing focus on palace intrigue and White House scandals," which comes at the expense of substantive policy coverage. Vanden Heuvel points to the Republican healthcare bill, drafted entirely in secret, as a prime example of important issues that have been overlooked.
Katrina vanden Heuvel Cautions Against Overreading into Ossoff's Loss in Georgia Special Election
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:38:55 -0400
As we continue to look at Tuesday's special election in Georgia, we speak to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation and columnist for The Washington Post.
As Jon Ossoff Loses Georgia Special Election, Where Do Democrats Go from Here in Challenging GOP?
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:14:21 -0400
In the most expensive congressional race in history, Republican Karen Handel has defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special election in Georgia. We go to Atlanta for response and look at the role of gerrymandering in shaping the outcome of the race. We speak to Georgia state Senator Nan Orrock and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the chair of the New Georgia Project, which conducts voter registration and outreach to the state's growing population of color. He is also the senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which was the spiritual home of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Headlines for June 21, 2017
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400
Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election, South Carolina: Republicans Narrowly Win Election to Fill Mick Mulvaney's Seat, Jeff Sessions Hires Personal Lawyer Amid Widening Probe of Trump Ties to Russia, NYT: Officials Worried Flynn was Blackmail Risk, But Still Told Him CIA Secrets, Republicans to Reveal Secret Healthcare Bill on Thursday, Syria: In Latest Escalation, U.S. Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone, Saudi King Deposes Nephew and Replaces His Son as Heir to Throne, Yemen: Officials Say U.S.-Backed Saudi Airstrike Killed 25 Civilians in Market, State Dept. is Confused About Saudi Move to Cut Ties with Qatar, Secretary of State Tillerson Meeting with Chinese Officials Today, Somalia: 15 Killed in Suicide Car Bombing in Mogadishu, 2,000 Refugees Have Died This Year Attempting to Cross Mediterranean, Hungary: 4 Men on Trial over Deaths of 71 Refugees Suffocated in Truck, U.N.: Militia Linked to DRC Committing Human Rights Abuses in Kasai, Honduran Journalist and Congressional Candidate Víctor Fúnez Murdered, Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns Under Pressure from Investors, Dash Cam Video Released Showing Police Officer Killing Philando Castile, Parents of Michael Brown Settle Wrongful Death Suit with City of Ferguson, MO
Arundhati Roy on Upcoming Meeting Between Indian PM Modi & Trump at White House
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:50:35 -0400
Next week, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the United States and meet with President Trump. Modi was once banned from the United States on charges he did not intervene in a massacre against Muslims in 2002 in the Indian state of Gujarat. Trump has praised Prime Minister Modi, while Hindu nationalists have been big supporters of Trump, even throwing him a birthday party celebration earlier this month. For more on Modi's visit to Washington, D.C., we speak with award-winning Indian novelist, journalist and writer Arundhati Roy, whose new novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," has just been published. While critics often compare Modi to Trump, Roy says there are important distinctions between the two, referring to Modi as the "opposite of an outlier."
Acclaimed Novelist Arundhati Roy on Telling the Truth of the Atrocities in Kashmir Through Fiction
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:34:52 -0400
For decades, Kashmir has been one of the most militarized zones in the world. It's also a territory that, according to acclaimed Indian writer Arundhati Roy, is nearly impossible to capture in nonfiction writing. But Roy has not shied away from writing about Kashmir in her second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which has just been published.
Arundhati Roy Reads from Her Acclaimed New Novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness"
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:23:38 -0400
Twenty years ago, Indian writer Arundhati Roy published the groundbreaking novel "The God of Small Things." It won the Booker Prize and catapulted Roy to international fame. But her readers have had to wait 20 years to read Roy's next novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which was just published. This is Arundhati Roy reading an excerpt from her acclaimed new novel.
Arundhati Roy on Returning to Fiction, Redefining Happiness & Writing About Worlds Ripped Apart
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:13:35 -0400
Today we spend the hour with the acclaimed Indian writer Arundhati Roy. It has been 20 years since her debut novel, "The God of Small Things," made her a literary sensation. While the book won the Booker Prize and became an international best-seller, selling over 6 million copies, Roy soon turned away from fiction. Now, two decades later, Roy has returned to fiction and has just published her second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness."
Headlines for June 20, 2017
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400
Syria: Russia Threatens to Target U.S. Aircraft After U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Warplane, Airwars: U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Reportedly Kill Parents & Children in Raqqa, Iraqi Journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad Killed in Mosul, Report: One-Third of World's Population Now Exposed to Deadly Heat Waves, Heat Wave Shatters Records in California & Grounds Flights in Phoenix, 64 Killed by Raging Fires in Portugal, Republicans Drafting GOP Healthcare Bill in Secret Closed-Door Meetings, Supreme Court to Consider Whether Partisan Gerrymandering is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Disparaging Trademarks, Voters Head to the Polls Today for Georgia's Special Congressional Race, Student Otto Warmbier Dies, Following 17-Month Imprisonment in North Korea, Vermont: ICE Arrests 2 Farmworker Activists with Group Migrant Justice, Seattle Police Kill Pregnant African-American Mother Charleena Lyles, Report: Mexican Gov't Spying on Human Rights Activists & Journalists, Cuba Calls Trump's New Cuba Policy a "Grotesque Spectacle", India: Police Arrest More Than 70 at Protest Against LNG Terminal in Kerala, Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion, NBC: Nixon Planned Physical Attack on Peace Activists in 1972
Egyptian Writer Omar Robert Hamilton: Saudi's Bankrolling of Egypt Is Tied to Internal Crackdown
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:53:20 -0400
In Egypt, dozens of activists have been arrested in a series of sweeping raids in recent days. The arrests came as Egyptians took to the streets to protest an agreement to hand over control of two islands to Saudi Arabia. Critics say the islands belong to Egypt and that their transfer is linked to the billions of dollars the Saudis have given to support Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's government. The arrests and raids come amid a nationwide crackdown against human rights activists and press freedom advocates. We speak with Egyptian filmmaker and writer Omar Robert Hamilton, who says Saudi Arabia's strategy is to counteract democratic movements in countries surrounding it.
Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:48:19 -0400
In Egypt, seven men are facing imminent execution based on confessions that human rights activists say were extracted under torture. Six of the men are recent college graduates who were arrested in 2014 along with more than a dozen others. While their testimony was captured on camera, the men say they were beaten, shocked with electricity and hung in painful positions and then provided with written testimonies they were forced to read. They were sentenced to death last month on terrorism charges after a military trial. In other news from Egypt, dozens of activists have been arrested in a series of sweeping raids in recent days. The arrests and raids come amid a nationwide crackdown against human rights activists and press freedom advocates. Over the past few weeks, the Egyptian government has blocked access to at least 93 news sites, including Al Jazeera, Huffington Post's Arabic website, the self-publishing platform Medium and the local independent news site Mada Masr. We speak to the Egyptian film director and writer, Omar Robert Hamilton. In 2011, he co-founded the Cairo-based Mosireen media collective, which worked to film and document the Egyptian revolution. Hamilton's debut novel is just out, titled "The City Always Wins."
Advisers Resign En Masse from Trump's HIV/AIDS Council: Trump "Simply Does Not Care" About HIV
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:35:52 -0400
Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned over President Donald Trump's handling of the HIV epidemic. In a joint article published in Newsweek, the six advocates say they no longer feel they can effectively do their jobs under a president "who simply does not care." Trump took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website when he took office, and has not appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. The resignations come as the Trump administration is seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a move which advocates say will especially hurt those affected by HIV/AIDS. We speak to one of the six individuals who resigned, Scott Schoettes. He is the HIV project director at Lambda Legal, a national legal organization serving people living with HIV.
Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile's Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death Sentence
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:22:55 -0400
Black Lives Matter protests are continuing in the Twin Cities after a Minnesota police officer was acquitted Friday in the killing of Philando Castile, an African-American man who was shot five times during a traffic stop last year. His girlfriend filmed the aftermath and streamed it live on Facebook. We speak to civil rights lawyer Nekima Levy-Pounds, the former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, who is now running for mayor of Minneapolis.
"Philando Can Be Any of Us": Black Lives Matter Protests Acquittal of Officer in Minnesota Killing
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:13:45 -0400
In Minnesota, protesters took to the streets Sunday for a third straight day after a St. Anthony police officer was acquitted Friday in the killing of a black motorist he shot five times during a traffic stop last year. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on charges of manslaughter for killing Philando Castile, an African American who worked as a school nutrition services supervisor for the Saint Paul Public Schools. The shooting made international headlines after Castile's girlfriend documented the aftermath of the shooting by broadcasting live on Facebook from the car moments after Castile was shot. In the video, Officer Yanez is seen pointing a gun at her and her 4-year-old daughter. About 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside Minnesota's state Capitol in St. Paul on Friday evening, and a series of speakers demanded justice for people of color in the judicial system and police accountability. Several protesters blocked a main interstate between St. Paul and Minneapolis Friday night, resulting in 18 arrests. Peaceful demonstrations continued throughout the weekend. Protesters also gathered in New York on Saturday. Democracy Now!'s Sam Alcoff filed this report.
Headlines for June 19, 2017
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400
1 Dead, 8 Injured as Driver Targets Muslims in London Terror Attack, Virginia: Muslim Teenager Kidnapped, Murdered After Ramadan Prayers, Minnesota: Officer Acquitted in Killing of Philando Castile, Bodies of 7 Sailors Recovered from Wrecked U.S. Naval Destroyer, Iraq: U.S.-Led Coalition Begins Assault on Mosul's Old City, Syria: 200,000 Civilians Trapped as Raqqa Assault Intensifies, Trump Attorney Denies Trump Under Investigation, Then Contradicts Himself, Presidential HIV Advisers Resign, Saying Trump Doesn't Care About HIV, Trump Reverses Obama's Relaxation of Cuban Embargo, U.S. Civil Rights Commission to Investigate Trump Administration, Protesters Storm London Town Hall Demanding Justice over Fire Deaths, Prosecutors Will Retry Bill Cosby for Sexual Assault After Mistrial, Arizona: Border Police Raid "No More Deaths" Medical Encampment
Democrats Launch "Resistance Summer" Focused on Healthcare, Education & Social Security
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:56:13 -0400
As President Trump goes to Miami today to announce the closing down of the opening of the relationship between Cuba and the United States, that President Obama started, after 50 years, we get response from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI), who says Trump is "dragging us back to the failed past, that didn't work." Ellison says opposition to Trump's policies will be the focus of a so- called Resistance Summer announced by the Democratic National Committee.
Did Trump Violate Emoluments Clause from Day One by Receiving Payments to Trump Hotels, Trademarks?
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:54:14 -0400
We speak with Congressmember Keith Ellison, who is among nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers who are suing President Donald Trump, accusing him of violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting millions of dollars in payments from foreign governments to his companies while serving as U.S. president. The suit alleges that Trump accepted foreign payments which benefit him directly, without first obtaining consent from Congress.
Keith Ellison: GOP Is Pushing "Tax Cut Wrapped in Veneer of a Healthcare Bill" Under Extreme Secrecy
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:51:01 -0400
President Trump and top Republican lawmakers are continuing their push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act under extreme secrecy, and some senators say they have no idea what the new version of Trumpcare will include. It is "essentially a tax cut wrapped in the veneer of a healthcare bill," argues our guest, Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democratic congressmember and co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus. He’s the first Muslim member of Congress. "Call your senator. Get involved, because this thing is probably going to go quick once it starts."
Rep. Ellison Responds to Scalise Shooting: Wild West Atmosphere of Firearm Regulation is Ridiculous
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:43:15 -0400
On Wednesday, a rifle-wielding man opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a congressional baseball practice, wounding Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others. The assailant, James Hodgkinson, died after officers in Scalise's security detail fired back at him. The attack has reignited the debate over gun control. Scalise has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, which opposes gun-control measures. We speak with Congressmember Keith Ellison, who has been slammed by the NRA as an "Anti-Second Amendment Radical," but he says he has been mischaracterized.