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15 Years Later: How U.K. Whistleblower Katharine Gun Risked Everything to Leak a Damning Iraq War Memo

Democracy Now - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:00
We speak with a British whistleblower whose attempts to expose lies about the Iraq invasion was called “the most important and courageous leak” in history by acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Katharine Gun was a young specialist working for Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters when she exposed a highly confidential memo that revealed the United States was working with the United Kingdom to collect sensitive information on United Nations Security Council members in order to pressure them into supporting the Iraq invasion. Gun leaked the memo to the press in 2003, setting off a chain of events that jeopardized her freedom and safety, but also opened the door to putting the entire legality of the Iraq invasion on trial. Her life story is depicted in the new film “Official Secrets.” In Part 2 of our discussion, we speak with Katharine Gun; the British journalists who reported on Gun’s revelations in The Observer newspaper, Martin Bright and Ed Vulliamy; and Gavin Hood, director of “Official Secrets.”

"For Sama" Documentary Compiles Five Years of Footage from Aleppo by Syrian Citizen Journalist

Democracy Now - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:00
We continue our look at the award-winning documentary, “For Sama,” a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab, who filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo, gets married and has a baby girl, Sama, to whom the film is dedicated. When protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad first began in 2011, Waad al-Kateab was a young economics student who began filming on a cellphone. For five years, she documented her own life and the lives of those around her as the Assad regime intensified its brutal response to the uprising. She eventually gathered hundreds of hours of footage. Ahead of the film’s release in the U.S. next Thursday, we speak with Waad al-Kateab and her husband Hamza al-Kateab, a doctor and the co-founder and former director of the Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo.

Democracy Now! 2019-07-19 Friday

Democracy Now - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-19 Friday
  • Headlines for July 19, 2019
  • Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief "America Is for White People"
  • In 2003, This U.K. Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion. A New Film Tells Her Story

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Disney Heiress Meets with Disneyland Workers & Calls Out Disney for Getting Rich by Exploiting Them

Democracy Now - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:00
We continue our conversation with Abigail Disney, the heiress of the Disney fortune, who is once again speaking out against the company’s unfair labor and wage practices. She recently spoke to Disneyland employees in California, where they shared their experiences with the theme park’s work environment. In the past, Abigail Disney has criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger’s obscene salary and the drastic pay gap between Iger and other Disney employees. Abigail Disney also testified in May at the House Committee on Financial Services during a hearing on strengthening the rights and protections of workers.

Democracy Now! 2019-07-18 Thursday

Democracy Now - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-18 Thursday
  • Headlines for July 18, 2019
  • Nearly 100,000 in Puerto Rico Protest Demanding Gov. Rosselló Resign over Lewd Texts & Corruption
  • "It Is Not Just War. It Is Life": Acclaimed Doc "For Sama" Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria

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Når går vår miljøvernminister av?

Attac - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:52
Ratifiseringa av CETA-avtalen mellom Canada og EU må stansast og avtalen må reforhandlast.

Klimablinde handelsavtalar

Attac - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:43
Politikarar som signerte Parisavtalen i 2015 har det framleis svært så travelt med å inngå frihandelsavtalar som vil undergrave arbeidet med å få temperaturstiginga på kloden under kontroll.

Democracy Now! 2019-07-17 Wednesday

Democracy Now - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-17 Wednesday
  • Headlines for July 17, 2019
  • "They Didn't Do Their Job": Eric Garner Family Outraged DOJ Won't Prosecute His Death by Police
  • Amazon Workers Demand Fair Pay & Conditions as Company Continues Undercutting Rivals
  • Happiest Place on Earth? Meet the Disney Heiress Speaking Out Against Disneyland's Abuse of Workers

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Ani DiFranco on Trump, Her New Memoir, Defying Music Moguls & Working with Pete Seeger and Prince

Democracy Now - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:00
Legendary Grammy Award-winning songwriter, guitarist and activist Ani DiFranco has published a new memoir, “No Walls and the Recurring Dream,” and joins us for an extended conversation about refusing to bow to the power of record companies, and founding her own music label at age 19 in 1990 called Righteous Babe. She has gone on to release 20 studio albums and sell over 5 million records. Over the years her music has woven together styles ranging from folk to funk, soul to jazz to R&B. She sings of the personal and political, of love, sexuality and loneliness, of sexual abuse and police brutality, and about the perversion of democracy in America. One of the many musicians she worked with, Pete Seeger, once described DiFranco as “the torch bearer for the next generation.” She also discusses Trump, abortion rights and reads a poem she wrote after 9/11.

"Who Is the DNC Loyal To?": Dahr Jamail Questions DNC Veto of Primary Climate Debate

Democracy Now - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:00
In our extended interview with independent climate journalist Dahr Jamail, he talks about the Democratic National Committee’s decision not to have a debate on the climate crisis, and to bar anyone who participates in an unsanctioned debate from participating in future official Democratic primary debates. Jamail is a staff reporter at Truthout and author of “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.”

Democracy Now! 2019-07-16 Tuesday

Democracy Now - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-16 Tuesday
  • Headlines for July 16, 2019
  • "Our Squad Is Big": Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump's Racist Attack
  • 2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional
  • Julián Castro Is Running for President & Supporting Striking Amazon & McDonald's Workers

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Democracy Now! 2019-07-15 Monday

Democracy Now - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-15 Monday
  • Headlines for July 15, 2019
  • Cruelty Is the Point: Communities Fight Back as Threat of ICE Raids Terrorize Immigrant Families
  • "We Are in Fear": Undocumented Immigrant in Sanctuary Responds to Raids from Colorado Church
  • "Fossil Fuel Stooges" Pence & Trump Deny Climate Crisis as Deadly Rains Slam Louisiana & South Asia

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Taina Bien-Aimé on Jeffrey Epstein's Arrest, Alex Acosta, Fighting Sexual Trafficking and More

Democracy Now - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:00
Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, discusses the recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein and how it is related to her efforts to end sexual trafficking.

Democracy Now! 2019-07-12 Friday

Democracy Now - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-12 Friday
  • Headlines for July 12, 2019
  • Know Your Rights: How Immigrant Rights Activists Are Preparing for Looming ICE Deportation Raids
  • Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today's Migrant Crisis

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Democracy Now! 2019-07-11 Thursday

Democracy Now - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-11 Thursday
  • Headlines for July 11, 2019
  • "Unconscionable & Unacceptable": Rep. Barragán Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells
  • The U.S. Women's Soccer World Cup Win Was a Victory for Title IX & the Fight for Equal Pay
  • Alex Acosta Enabled Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Crimes. Now He's Gutting Funding for Trafficking Victims

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Democracy Now! 2019-07-10 Wednesday

Democracy Now - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-10 Wednesday
  • Headlines for July 10, 2019
  • The Inhumane Treatment of Migrants Is Not New. It's a Key Part of a Decades-Old Bipartisan Policy
  • John Carlos Frey: America's Deadly Stealth War on the Mexico Border Is Approaching Genocide
  • How the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Central Americans Out of Their Homes Toward the U.S.

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Democracy Now! 2019-07-09 Tuesday

Democracy Now - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-09 Tuesday
  • Headlines for July 09, 2019
  • How Investigative Reporting & Survivor Testimony Toppled Billionaire Serial Abuser Jeffrey Epstein
  • Despite Death Threats, Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out About Exposing Large Corruption Scandal in Brazil
  • "This Is Not a Surprise": U.S. Sanctions and Saber Rattling Led to Iran's Renewed Uranium Enrichment

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Lynn Paltrow on Fetal Personhood Laws & the Criminalization of Pregnancy

Democracy Now - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 13:00
Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, discusses the criminalization of pregnant people, after prosecutors drop manslaughter charges against a woman in Alabama whose pregnancy ended after she was shot in the stomach by a co-worker.

Democracy Now! 2019-07-08 Monday

Democracy Now - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-08 Monday
  • Headlines for July 08, 2019
  • U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins World Cup, Condemning Pay Discrimination and President Trump
  • Jeffrey Epstein, a Billionaire Friend of Presidents Trump & Clinton, Arrested for Sex Trafficking
  • Charges Dropped Against Pregnant Shooting Victim Amid Outcry over the Criminalization of Pregnancy

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Democracy Now! 2019-07-05 Friday

Democracy Now - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2019-07-05 Friday
  • An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More

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