This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa

Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis’s impact on his … Continue reading “This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa”

“Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.”: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis

Among those joining today’s Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.

“Young People Have Had Enough”: Global Climate Strike Youth Activists On Why They Are Marching Today

Today is the Global Climate Strike, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. As people took to the streets in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, we host a roundtable discussion with youth activists organizing marches in the United States — in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis — ahead of next week’s U.N. Climate … Continue reading ““Young People Have Had Enough”: Global Climate Strike Youth Activists On Why They Are Marching Today”

Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia’s Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape

In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members … Continue reading “Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia’s Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape”

Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a “Death Penalty” for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act

More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International’s Secretary General … Continue reading “Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a “Death Penalty” for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act”

“Beaten Down, Worked Up”: Steven Greenhouse on the Past, Present and Future of American Labor

As UAW workers stand on picket lines across the country, teachers prepare to strike in Chicago, and thousands of healthcare workers with Kaiser Permanente plan to strike in October, we speak with longtime labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, author of the new book “Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor.” Among … Continue reading ““Beaten Down, Worked Up”: Steven Greenhouse on the Past, Present and Future of American Labor”

UAW Strike Enters Day 3 as 50,000 Workers Demand GM to Share Its Billions in Profits

As members of the United Auto Workers head into their third day of a nationwide strike, General Motors has cut off health insurance for the nearly 50,000 people on picket lines across the country demanding better working conditions and fair pay. The workers say GM continues to deny employees’ demands for better conditions and compensation … Continue reading “UAW Strike Enters Day 3 as 50,000 Workers Demand GM to Share Its Billions in Profits”

Israel’s Election Outcome Remains Unclear, But the “Ultimate Loser” Will Be Palestinians

Israel is facing political turmoil as Tuesday’s election remains too close to call. With 92% of the vote counted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and ex-military chief Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party appear to be nearly tied. Both leading candidates aiming to be prime minister had run on platforms vowing to take harsh … Continue reading “Israel’s Election Outcome Remains Unclear, But the “Ultimate Loser” Will Be Palestinians”

Ecofascism: Naomi Klein Warns the Far Right’s Embrace of White Supremacy Is Tied to Climate Crisis

Renowned climate activist and author Naomi Klein addresses the rise of ecofascism, the marrying of environmentalism and white power, which she says manifested in the Christchurch, New Zealand, white sumpremacist terrorist attack, where the shooter idenftied himself as an ecofascist. In her latest book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” Klein … Continue reading “Ecofascism: Naomi Klein Warns the Far Right’s Embrace of White Supremacy Is Tied to Climate Crisis”

Naomi Klein: Greta Thunberg Is a “Prophetic Voice” in Fight for Climate Justice

Renowned activist, author and professor Naomi Klein discusses the importance of youth voices, including 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, in communicating the urgency of the climate justice movement. Klein’s new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” addresses the necessity of structural change to combat rising global temperatures and climate … Continue reading “Naomi Klein: Greta Thunberg Is a “Prophetic Voice” in Fight for Climate Justice”

“On Fire”: In New Book, Naomi Klein Makes the Case for a Green New Deal to Save the Planet

Amid mounting climate disasters across the planet, from the fires ravaging the Amazon to Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path through the Bahamas, we speak with renowned journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein. In her new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western … Continue reading ““On Fire”: In New Book, Naomi Klein Makes the Case for a Green New Deal to Save the Planet”

Naomi Klein: The Climate Crisis Demands Radical Change. Paper Straws Are a Distraction, Not Solution

Renowned climate activist and author Naomi Klein says responses to the climate crisis have for too long focused on individual consumer choices rather than the collective action needed to save the planet. In a new video for The Intercept, Klein argues, “So many environmental responses have just been minor tweaks to an economy based on … Continue reading “Naomi Klein: The Climate Crisis Demands Radical Change. Paper Straws Are a Distraction, Not Solution”

“Biological Annihilation”: The Danger of Opening Alaska’s ANWR to Oil & Gas Drilling

The Trump administration is finalizing plans to open one of the world’s last pristine wilderness regions, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to oil and fracked gas drilling. Trump is pushing the drilling at a time when climate change is permanently altering the Arctic and devastating local communities. The plan calls for the creation of landing … Continue reading ““Biological Annihilation”: The Danger of Opening Alaska’s ANWR to Oil & Gas Drilling”

“We in the Media Have Not Been Doing Our Job”: 250+ News Outlets Pledge to Focus on Climate Crisis

A major new project from The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review hopes to improve global coverage of the climate crisis, with more than 250 media outlets around the world signing on to the effort to publish or broadcast stories on climate. Organizers say this is one of the most ambitious efforts ever to organize … Continue reading ““We in the Media Have Not Been Doing Our Job”: 250+ News Outlets Pledge to Focus on Climate Crisis”

Saudi Oil Refinery Attack Raises Fears of “Wider Regional War” Involving U.S. & Iran

President Trump is threatening to take military action after several large Saudi Arabian oil facilities were attacked Saturday by drones and cruise missiles. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, but numerous reports indicate the attack may have come from Iraq or Iran rather than Yemen. Crude oil prices soared more than 15% … Continue reading “Saudi Oil Refinery Attack Raises Fears of “Wider Regional War” Involving U.S. & Iran”

Medicare for All: Sanders & Warren Defend Plan to Expand Healthcare Coverage to Everyone

At Thursday’s debate, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren defended their Medicare for All plan. They faced criticism from several rivals, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, who described it as a “bad idea,” and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who claimed the bill shows Sanders and Warren do not “trust the American people.”

Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism: We Want to Create an Economy That Works for All of Us

After being questioned about the crisis in Venezuela, Senator Bernie Sanders defended his vision of democratic socialism. “I agree with what goes on in Canada and in Scandinavia: guaranteeing healthcare to all people as a human right. I believe that the United States should not be the only major country on Earth not to provide … Continue reading “Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism: We Want to Create an Economy That Works for All of Us”

“Racism in America Is Endemic”: Democratic Candidates Vow to Confront White Supremacy & Legacy of Slavery

During the third Democratic debate Thursday night, the discussion of race and racism got personal for former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, who brought up last month’s El Paso massacre. He said the white gunman who killed 22 people, mostly Latinos, had driven to the border city “to kill people who look like me.” Former Texas … Continue reading ““Racism in America Is Endemic”: Democratic Candidates Vow to Confront White Supremacy & Legacy of Slavery”

Joe Biden Faces Criticism over His Healthcare Plan & His Support for Iraq Invasion at Third Debate

The 10 leading Democratic presidential candidates appeared for the first time on the same stage Thursday night at a debate at Texas Southern University in Houston. It was the third debate of the primary season, but it marked the first time former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren took part in the same … Continue reading “Joe Biden Faces Criticism over His Healthcare Plan & His Support for Iraq Invasion at Third Debate”

Another Flint? Newark, NJ Faces Public Health Crisis Over Lead Contamination in City’s Water Supply

Thousands of residents in Newark, New Jersey, remain unable to drink their tap water in an enduring public health nightmare. Lead contamination has plagued the city for years, but lead levels have spiked even higher in 2019. The crisis recently came to a head following revelations that water filters distributed to residents may not have … Continue reading “Another Flint? Newark, NJ Faces Public Health Crisis Over Lead Contamination in City’s Water Supply”

Noura Erakat: Netanyahu’s Proposed West Bank Annexation is Logical End to Israel’s Apartheid Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing worldwide condemnation for vowing to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank if he wins next week’s snap election. The United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union and Russia have all criticized Netanyahu’s plan, which he unveiled Tuesday. Netanyahu’s pledge comes just a week before … Continue reading “Noura Erakat: Netanyahu’s Proposed West Bank Annexation is Logical End to Israel’s Apartheid Policy”

Will U.S. & Iran Resume Talks After John “Bomb Iran” Bolton is Ousted as National Security Advisor?

President Trump has ousted John Bolton, becoming the third national security adviser to be ousted by Trump so far. Bolton has long been a fierce critic of diplomacy. He had strongly pushed for Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. He also opposed negotiations with North Korea, as well as the Taliban in … Continue reading “Will U.S. & Iran Resume Talks After John “Bomb Iran” Bolton is Ousted as National Security Advisor?”

“We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

In her first extended broadcast interview in the United States, we spend the hour with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired millions across the globe. Last year she launched a school strike for the climate, skipping school every Friday to stand in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent … Continue reading ““We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg”

From a Lebanese Refugee Camp to Harvard, Ismail Ajjawi Inspires Other Palestinian Students

Today marks a week since Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student who was denied entry into the United States, began classes with his fellow Hardvard freshmen. Ajjawi was initially turned away at Boston’s Logan Airport after immigration officials searched his phone and computer, and interrogated him about his religion and social media posts by friends … Continue reading “From a Lebanese Refugee Camp to Harvard, Ismail Ajjawi Inspires Other Palestinian Students”

An Invisible Crisis: Thousands of African Migrants Are Stranded in Mexico Hoping to Head North

Hundreds of African migrants in Mexico are protesting the country’s refusal to grant them transit visas to travel to the United States or Canada, where they want to apply for asylum. For months, thousands of African migrants have been forced by the Mexican government to stay in the southern state of Chiapas, on the Guatemalan … Continue reading “An Invisible Crisis: Thousands of African Migrants Are Stranded in Mexico Hoping to Head North”

“They Need Our Help”: Bahamian-American Lawmaker Urges U.S. to Let In Storm Survivors Seeking Refuge

The death toll in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit 50 Monday and is expected to keep rising exponentially. Many survivors of the Category 5 storm are now seeking refuge in the United States. At least 4,000 hurricane survivors have traveled to the U.S. since the hurricane hit, but many more are facing a struggle … Continue reading ““They Need Our Help”: Bahamian-American Lawmaker Urges U.S. to Let In Storm Survivors Seeking Refuge”

Hurricane Dorian Was Fueled by Climate Change. Why Isn’t the Mainstream Media Making the Connection?

At least 44 people are dead, and the number is expected to rise dramatically, as the Bahamas continues to reel from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian last week. More than 70,000 on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands have been left homeless, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, remain missing. As the Bahamas faces unprecedented destruction … Continue reading “Hurricane Dorian Was Fueled by Climate Change. Why Isn’t the Mainstream Media Making the Connection?”

“No Accountability”: FBI Investigates ICE Shooting of Undocumented Man in Nashville Suburb

The FBI is investigating the shooting of an undocumented immigrant by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent during a traffic stop last week. The shooting occurred Thursday at a supermarket parking lot in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, where workers often gather to be picked up for a day’s work. ICE agents were attempting to … Continue reading ““No Accountability”: FBI Investigates ICE Shooting of Undocumented Man in Nashville Suburb”

“These Negotiations Have Not Been About the Afghan People”: Trump Calls Off Peace Talks with Taliban

This weekend, President Trump publicly called off a secret meeting at Camp David with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan that aimed to end the 18-year war, the longest in U.S. history. The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the … Continue reading ““These Negotiations Have Not Been About the Afghan People”: Trump Calls Off Peace Talks with Taliban”

Robert Mugabe, Ousted Zimbabwean President & Liberation Leader, Dies at 95

Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, Robert Mugabe, has died at the age of 95. In 1963, he helped found the Zimbabwe African National Union in an effort to liberate the country from decades of white-minority rule. He was jailed from 1963 to 1974. Once freed, Mugabe became a leader of the liberation movement which successfully led … Continue reading “Robert Mugabe, Ousted Zimbabwean President & Liberation Leader, Dies at 95”

“We Are on the Frontline”: Despite Tiny Carbon Footprint, Bahamas Is Ground Zero of Climate Crisis

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm over the weekend, lingering for days and leaving nearly unimaginable destruction in its path. The airport on Grand Bahama Island has been completely decimated, and entire neighborhoods have been razed. Hundreds, if not thousands, remain missing. We speak with University of Miami assistant professor Erica … Continue reading ““We Are on the Frontline”: Despite Tiny Carbon Footprint, Bahamas Is Ground Zero of Climate Crisis”

“Staggering” Death Toll Feared in Bahamas as Thousands Remain Missing After Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian lashes North Carolina and continues its path north, the death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 30 people. The actual number is expected to be far higher, with hundreds, if not thousands, still missing in the island nation. We speak to Susan Mangicaro, senior adviser for emergency response at the International … Continue reading ““Staggering” Death Toll Feared in Bahamas as Thousands Remain Missing After Hurricane Dorian”

Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History

Nearly 2 million people in the northeast state of Assam are at risk of being rendered stateless in India after the government published its National Register of Citizens list Saturday. The highly contested register was first created in 1951 and lists people who are able to prove they came to the state by March 24, … Continue reading “Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History”

After DNC Rejects Climate Debate, Candidates Discuss Green New Deal, Environmental Justice at Forum

Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage in New York City Wednesday night for a climate town hall hosted by CNN. The event was held less than two weeks after the Democratic National Committee rejected a resolution that would have allowed candidates to participate in a debate focused on the climate crisis. For months, … Continue reading “After DNC Rejects Climate Debate, Candidates Discuss Green New Deal, Environmental Justice at Forum”

Last Night, Biden Touted His Climate Plan. Tonight, He’ll Attend a Fossil Fuel Exec’s Fundraiser.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing scrutiny after being questioned about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry at CNN’s town hall on the climate crisis Wednesday. An audience member asked Biden about his plans to attend a fundraiser hosted by fossil fuel executive Andrew Goldman the day after the town hall, despite taking … Continue reading “Last Night, Biden Touted His Climate Plan. Tonight, He’ll Attend a Fossil Fuel Exec’s Fundraiser.”

Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests

Journalist and pro-democracy activist Omoyele Sowore is entering his second month in jail for calling for peaceful nationwide protests against the government. Sowore called his movement “Revolution Now” and mobilized activists to take to the streets August 5. But just two days before the protests were set to begin, Sowore was arrested by the state … Continue reading “Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests”

U.S. Journalist & Activist Brandon Lee Shot in Philippines After Being Called “Enemy of the State”

American journalist and indigenous and environmental rights activist Brandon Lee remains in critical condition in the Philippines more than four weeks after being shot multiple times outside his home in the northern region of the country in early August. Lee was shot at least four times in the back and face on August 6 in … Continue reading “U.S. Journalist & Activist Brandon Lee Shot in Philippines After Being Called “Enemy of the State””

“This Is a Climate Emergency”: Islands Devastated by Dorian Are On The Frontlines of a Dying Planet

It is a scene of utter devastation after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas. Residents of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are now bracing for the storm, which has been downgraded to Category 2. The official death in the Bahamas is at seven but is expected to rise. On the islands of Abaco … Continue reading ““This Is a Climate Emergency”: Islands Devastated by Dorian Are On The Frontlines of a Dying Planet”

Hong Kong’s “Father of Democracy” Martin Lee Calls on Gov’t to Heed Demonstrators’ Demands

Following another weekend of mass protests in Hong Kong, this marks 13 weeks of protesters calling for greater political freedom and the scrapping of a controversial extradition bill with China. For the past two days, thousands of students have boycotted the beginning of classes. On Sunday, protesters returned to Hong Kong’s airport, where they barricaded … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s “Father of Democracy” Martin Lee Calls on Gov’t to Heed Demonstrators’ Demands”

Fueled by Climate Change, Hurricane Dorian Devastates the Bahamas in “Unprecedented Disaster”

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to wreak havoc in the Bahamas, where massive storms and flooding have killed five people and left many stranded on the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands over the weekend. The Category 3 storm pummeled the islands throughout Monday with up to 180-mile-per-hour winds and continued to be stalled in the region … Continue reading “Fueled by Climate Change, Hurricane Dorian Devastates the Bahamas in “Unprecedented Disaster””

Texas Eases Gun Laws One Day After Odessa Massacre Leaves 7 Dead, 22 Injured

A gunman killed seven people and injured 22 others on Saturday, including a 17-month-old girl. Police have identified the shooter as 36-year-old Seth Ator. He went on the rampage just hours after being fired from his trucking job. The deadly string of events began when a Midland police officer pulled over Ator for failing to … Continue reading “Texas Eases Gun Laws One Day After Odessa Massacre Leaves 7 Dead, 22 Injured”

Death and Resistance on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Democracy Now! Special

Democracy Now! travels to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to follow the humanitarian activist Scott Warren into the Sonoran Desert as he accompanies other No More Deaths volunteers as they leave water and food for migrants making the treacherous journey north. Warren is currently facing up to 10 years in prison for his humanitarian work … Continue reading “Death and Resistance on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Democracy Now! Special”

Border Patrol Has Killed At Least 97 People Since 2003. Hear Some of Their Victims’ Stories

U.S. Border Patrol agents have killed 97 people since 2003, including at least six Mexicans on Mexican soil. Democracy Now! traveled to the borderlands of Arizona earlier this month to cover one of these killings: the death of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was gunned down by a Border Patrol agent in 2012. We met … Continue reading “Border Patrol Has Killed At Least 97 People Since 2003. Hear Some of Their Victims’ Stories”

Family of Mexican Teenager Slain by Border Agent Awaits SCOTUS Ruling to Determine If They Can Sue

This fall, the Supreme Court will decide whether the parents of Sergio Hernández Güereca, a 15-year-old Mexican teen killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2010, can sue the American agent in a U.S. federal court. It’s been nearly 10 years since Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. shot across the El Paso-Juárez border and … Continue reading “Family of Mexican Teenager Slain by Border Agent Awaits SCOTUS Ruling to Determine If They Can Sue”

Justice for José Antonio: Family Demands Accountability for Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent

Nearly seven years ago, 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was killed in Nogales, Mexico, by U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz, who fired his gun from the U.S. side of the border. The teenager — who was unarmed — died face-down on the sidewalk just a couple of blocks from his home. Border Patrol has … Continue reading “Justice for José Antonio: Family Demands Accountability for Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent”

“All-Out Attack”: Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients & Servicemembers

On Tuesday, the Trump administration reportedly ended its “medical deferred action” program, which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment. Just one day later, it announced that some children born to U.S. servicemembers and government employees … Continue reading ““All-Out Attack”: Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients & Servicemembers”