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  • Assata Shakur: What Does New U.S.-Cuba Pact Mean for Exiled Black Panther Wanted in New Jersey?

    19 December 2014, 8:55 am

    Authorities in New Jersey have said they hope a historic warming of ties between the United States and Cuba will help them capture and imprison Black Panther Assata Shakur. "We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the…
  • Should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & CIA Officials Be Tried for Torture? War Crimes Case Filed in Germany

    19 December 2014, 8:43 am

    A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration's torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials,…
  • New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health

    19 December 2014, 8:20 am

    New York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, citing potential risks to public health. Fracking involves blasting sand, water and toxic…
  • From Free Pre-K to Paid Sick Leave to Pay Raises, NYC Mayor de Blasio Fulfills Progressive Promises

    19 December 2014, 8:12 am

    Democracy Now! co-host Juan González discusses his exclusive year-end interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The list of his accomplishments in just one year has shocked even me -- a total skeptic after more 35 years of covering urban politics in…
  • Headlines for December 19, 2014

    19 December 2014, 8:00 am

    U.S. General: Turning Point Against ISIS Will Take At Least 3 Years, Iraq: Kurdish Forces Break Siege of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, Syria: 230 Islamic State Victims Found in Mass Grave, ISIS Leaders Killed as WikiLeaks Publishes Docs on CIA Doubts About…
  • Can Obama Lift the Embargo on Cuba Without Congress in Effort to Normalize U.S.-Cuba Relations?

    18 December 2014, 8:46 am

    We look at the details of the new normalized relations between the United States and Cuba, which include an easing of restrictions on banking, investment and travel, and discuss whether President Obama can lift the embargo on Cuba without congressional…
  • Does the Release of the Cuban Five Prove the U.S. Failed to Destroy Cuba After Decades of Trying?

    18 December 2014, 8:23 am

    As a new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations begins, we host a roundtable discussion about the prisoners released as part of the new deal. Cuba freed USAID contractor Alan Gross and a former Cuban intelligence officer who who worked secretly for the CIA, and the…
  • "Cut Loose the Shackles of the Past": U.S. and Cuba Announce a New Dawn in Diplomatic Relations

    18 December 2014, 8:11 am

    President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced Wednesday that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than half a century. The historic deal will include the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana…
  • Headlines for December 18, 2014

    18 December 2014, 8:00 am

    Obama Announces Historic Restoration of Diplomatic Ties with Cuba, Cuban Five, U.S. Contractor Alan Gross Released From Prison, Ebola Death Toll Nears 7,000; Report Faults WHO Response, New York State to Ban Fracking over Health Concerns, Vermont Gov. Shumlin…
  • Press Freedom Fight: Reporter James Risen Faces Subpoena in CIA Whistleblower Case

    17 December 2014, 8:50 am

    In one of the most significant press freedom cases in decades, the United States government has confirmed that it will seek limited testimony from New York Times reporter James Risen. On Tuesday, Risen was ordered to participate in a hearing early next month…
  • Was Key Grand Jury Witness in Michael Brown Case a Racist, Mentally Ill, Lying Ex-Felon?

    17 December 2014, 8:30 am

    As protests continue across the country over the police killing of Michael Brown, new questions are being raised about the grand jury that failed to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Brown. Many questions center on a woman identified in…
  • The Destabilization of Pakistan: Tariq Ali on Taliban School Massacre & U.S. Afghan War Blowback

    17 December 2014, 8:14 am

    We begin today's show in Pakistan, where people in the northwestern city of Peshawar are burying their dead after a Taliban attack at a school killed at least 145 people -- including 132 children -- in the Taliban's deadliest attack to date. According to the…
  • Headlines for December 17, 2014

    17 December 2014, 8:00 am

    Human Rights Group Files Criminal Complaint over Bush Torture Program, Death Toll from Taliban Attack on Pakistani School Hits 145, Afghanistan: U.S. Drone Kills 11, Including Taliban, U.S. Orders Reporter James Risen to Testify in Leak Case, Los Angeles:…
  • Mike Gravel to Senator Mark Udall: Make Full Torture Probe Public Like I Did with Pentagon Papers

    16 December 2014, 8:48 am

    On the Senate floor last week, outgoing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall called for a purge of top CIA officials implicated in the torture program and cover-up, including current Director John Brennan. But as he enters the final days of his Senate term, Udall is…
  • "Psychological Torture is Enshrined in U.S. Law": Complicity in Abuses Began Long Before Bush

    16 December 2014, 8:33 am

    As President Obama continues to reject a criminal probe of torture in the George W. Bush administration, former Vice President Dick Cheney has said he has no regrets about the torture of foreign prisoners, including innocent people. Speaking to NBC's Meet the…
  • After Duo Created CIA Torture Methods, Did World's Largest Group of Psychologists Enable Abuses?

    16 December 2014, 8:11 am

    As a psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program admits he personally waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, we look at allegations that the American Psychological Association -- the largest association of psychologists in the world…
  • Headlines for December 16, 2014

    16 December 2014, 8:00 am

    Pakistan: Taliban Gunmen Kill Over 100 at School, Australia: Gunman, 2 Hostages Killed After Police Storm Café, U.S. Faces Deadline in James Risen Press Freedom Case, Supreme Court Lets Cops Stop People Based on Ignorance of Law, California: 25 Arrested for…
  • Emissions-Cutting Deal Reached at COP 20 Lima, But Will It Help Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change?

    15 December 2014, 8:44 am

    After more than 30 hours of extended talks, a global agreement on climate change was reached over the weekend at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed to a new deal that forms the basis for a…
  • Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement's Biggest Protest Yet

    15 December 2014, 8:28 am

    Saturday's nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling included a "Millions March" that drew tens of thousands to the streets of New York City. It was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily…
  • Why Are Our Sons Gunned Down? Parents of Black Victims of Police Killings Lead D.C. March

    15 December 2014, 8:11 am

    Tens of thousands marched across the country on Saturday in the largest day of protest since the killing of Michael Brown set off a national movement four months ago. From Oakland to New York City, protesters called for indictments in the case of police…
  • Headlines for December 15, 2014

    15 December 2014, 8:00 am

    U.N. Climate Deal for Nonbinding Emissions Cuts Lays Basis for Paris Talks Next Year, Families of Slain African Americans Lead "Justice for All" Rally in D.C., Tens of Thousands Join "Millions March" NYC Protest, Dozens Arrested in Boston, Oakland Protests,…
  • Activists: Climate Talks Have Done Nothing to Avert Catastrophe, But Hope Lies in People's Action

    12 December 2014, 8:46 am

    We wrap up our week-long coverage from Lima at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where negotiators are hours away from the formal end of the talks. "If developed countries don’t put down the resources that the poor countries need to prepare for…
  • Pipe Dreams? Labor Researchers Say Keystone XL Project May Kill More Jobs Than It Creates

    12 December 2014, 8:31 am

    While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has claimed that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would create 250,000 jobs, labor researchers say the jobs figures have been vastly distorted. We speak to Sean Sweeney, director and founder of the Global Labor Institute at…
  • As Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Grows, U.N. Negotiators Consider a "Zero Emissions" Future

    12 December 2014, 8:24 am

    For the first time ever, delegates at the U.N. Climate Change Conference are talking about entirely phasing out fossil fuels by 2050, setting up a showdown with the energy industry that profits from their extraction. We speak to Jamie Henn of 350.org about the…
  • Silencing Dissent: U.N. Bars Climate Protesters from Putting "Keystone," "Kerry" or "U.S." on Signs

    12 December 2014, 8:19 am

    We speak with youth activist Alyssa Johnson-Kurts of the group SustainUS about rules at the United Nations Climate Change Conference that require protesters to submit banners and slogans for approval. She says the regulations bar mention of specific names,…
  • Former VP Al Gore Urges Obama to Reject Keystone XL as Kerry, Top U.S. Negotiator Stay Mum

    12 December 2014, 8:17 am

    With an impassioned plea for climate action on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry is the highest-ranking U.S. official to attend the annual U.N. Climate Change Conference since President Obama took part in the 2009 Copenhagen talks. While Kerry spoke for…
  • "We are on a Course Leading to Tragedy": At U.N. Talks, Kerry Delivers Urgent Plea on Climate Change

    12 December 2014, 8:10 am

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, has entered its final day of scheduled talks. Deep divisions remain between wealthy and developing nations on emission cuts and over how much the world's largest polluters should help poorer nations…
  • Headlines for December 12, 2014

    12 December 2014, 8:00 am

    CIA Director Defends Torture Program, Rejects Senate Claims, Brennan: No Guarantee the CIA Won't Torture Again, African-American Congressional Staffers Stage "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Walkout, House Approves Controversial Spending Bill Gutting Financial Reform,…
  • Peru's Deadly Environment: Host Nation of U.N. Summit is Among Most Dangerous for Land Defenders

    11 December 2014, 8:42 am

    The United Nations Climate Conference is being held in Peru, which is now the world's fourth most dangerous country for environmental defenders. Four were killed in September alone. In a brutal incident in a remote region of Peru’s Amazon rainforest, leading…
  • Peruvian Protester: My Brother Was Disappeared in 1993 at El Pentagonito, the Site of Climate Summit

    11 December 2014, 8:35 am

    The U.N. climate summit in Lima is being held at the Peruvian army headquarters, known as "El Pentagonito." It is a site with a dark history, built in 1975 by the dictator Juan Velasco Alvarado. The army, under President Alberto Fujimori, later used the base…

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