Alex Mihailovic speaks with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and author of Kingdom of the Unjust, about the ultraconservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. (RT America)
Sharmini Peries speaks with Alex Main of the Centre for Economic Policy and Research about the 2017 French elections. (The Real News)
- Macron 2017 = Le Pen 2022
- The Trouble with Emmanuel Macron
- President Marine Le Pen’s first 100 days
- Who are Le Pen and Macron’s voters?
- The maps that tell the story of how the French voted
- Is there a risk of complacency in the Macron camp?
- Even if Marine Le Pen loses the far-right threat is not over
- French Parties Unify Against Le Pen: ‘This Is Deadly Serious Now’
- Macron vs Le Pen: A deeply divided France set for an almighty collision
- Don’t assume Marine Le Pen is beaten: It’s delusional and dangerous
- Le Pen Camp Attacks Front-Runner Macron as Oligarchs’ Candidate
- Macron Victim of Cyber Attack Similar to U.S. Democratic Party’s
- Le Pen steps aside as head of National Front in bid to woo more voters
- Where will Marine Le Pen find the 50 percent of French voters she needs?
- Will the traditional alliance against France’s National Front work in round two?
- Jean-Marie Le Pen: “A more energetic and a less sanitized campaign would have had more impact”
- French voters reject mainstream politics in ‘revolutionary’ vote
- Macron’s Rothschild years make him an easy election target
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Sheikh speaks with Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, about U.S.-Russia relations after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent visit to Moscow. They are also joined by British journalist and author Jonathan Steele, a former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, to discuss U.S.-Russia relations in reference to the situation in Syria. (Democracy Now!)
Sharmini Peries speaks with Jean Bricmont, author of Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War, who says that if leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wins, he does not have enough of a social movement behind him to fulfil his campaign promises. (The Real News)
- Does the French presidential election hold one last surprise?
- French election 2017: Voters go to the polls in wide-open contest
- French elections 2017: Disintegrating left-right divide sets stage for political upheaval
- The twists and turns of France’s strangest ever presidential election
- A Complete Breakdown: Extremists on Left and Right Push France to the Brink
- Trump Hopes Paris Attack Boosts Le Pen, One Day After Obama Calls Macron
- France’s Election Is Trump vs. Merkel vs. Modi vs. Corbyn
- How France’s hotly contested election could shake markets
- France’s Bernie Sanders Started His Own Party and Is Surging in the Polls
As U.S. Prepares Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald Says Prosecuting WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom
Amy Goodman speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald who responds to reports that the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. (Democracy Now!)
- Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms
- The Unprecedented Danger of Prosecuting Julian Assange
- The US Charging Julian Assange Could Put Press Freedom on Trial
- A WikiLeaks prosecution would endanger the future of US journalism
- If the US Could Prosecute Assange, It Would Have Already Done So
- Julian Assange on Trump, DNC Emails, Russia, the CIA, Vault 7 and More
- US Preparing Charges Against Julian Assange
[…] Shattered is sourced almost entirely to figures inside the Clinton campaign who were and are deeply loyal to Clinton. Yet those sources tell of a campaign that spent nearly two years paralyzed by simple existential questions: Why are we running? What do we stand for?
If you’re wondering what might be the point of rehashing this now, the responsibility for opposing Donald Trump going forward still rests with the (mostly anonymous) voices described in this book.
What Allen and Parnes captured in Shattered was a far more revealing portrait of the Democratic Party intelligentsia than, say, the WikiLeaks dumps. And while the book is profoundly unflattering to Hillary Clinton, the problem it describes really has nothing to do with Secretary Clinton.
The real protagonist of this book is a Washington political establishment that has lost the ability to explain itself or its motives to people outside the Beltway.
In fact, it shines through in the book that the voters’ need to understand why this or that person is running for office is viewed in Washington as little more than an annoying problem.
In the Clinton run, that problem became such a millstone around the neck of the campaign that staffers began to flirt with the idea of sharing the uninspiring truth with voters. Stumped for months by how to explain why their candidate wanted to be president, Clinton staffers began toying with the idea of seeing how “Because it’s her turn” might fly as a public rallying cry.
- Why Hillary Clinton Really Lost
- Clinton camp revelations prompt mole-hunt
- 7 Takeaways From a New Book on the Clinton Campaign
- ‘Shattered’ Charts Hillary Clinton’s Course Into the Iceberg
- Hillary Clinton only has herself to blame for her 2016 loss
- Clinton staffers toyed with using ‘because it’s her turn’ as a campaign rallying cry
- Clinton’s campaign failed because she took the “Team of Rivals” concept too far
- New book reveals what Bernie Sanders really thought of Clinton’s campaign message
- Hillary Clinton ‘Refused to Prepare’ For Populism, Insiders Reveal
- Clinton aides deny infighting captured in ‘Shattered’ book
Gregory Wilpert speaks with analyst Alex Hochuli about how the corruption investigation of Brazilian politicians has expanded dramatically and is less biased against the center-left. However, the danger is that it will lead to de-politicization and opportunistic anti-politics. Hochuli recently published a piece for Jacobin is titled: The Ends of Lava Jato. (The Real News)
Shocking Exposé Reveals Trump Associates and ISIS-Linked Vigilantes Are Attempting Coup in Indonesia
Amy Goodman speaks with investigative journalist Allan Nairn about his shocking new exposé that reveals backers of Donald Trump in Indonesia have joined army officers and a vigilante street movement linked to ISIS in an attempt to oust Indonesia’s president. Writing in The Intercept, Nairn reveals that Indonesians involved in the coup attempt include a corporate lawyer working for the mining company Freeport-McMoRan, which is controlled by Trump adviser Carl Icahn. Video has even emerged showing the lawyer at a ceremony where men are swearing allegiance to ISIS. According to Nairn, two of the other most prominent supporters of the coup are close associates of Donald Trump—Fadli Zon, vice speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, and Hary Tanoe, Trump’s primary Indonesian business partner, who is building two Trump resorts, one in Bali and one outside Jakarta. Nairn’s article is making waves in Indonesia. (Democracy Now!)
Gregory Wilpert speaks with Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe, who says companies that make profits from disasters around the world also have a vested interest in maintaining these disasters. (The Real News)
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Sheikh speak with civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom who represents three women who have accused Bill O’Reilly of unwanted sexual advances. (Democracy Now!)
- Fox to pay Bill O’Reilly up to $25m in exit deal
- After Bill O’Reilly’s Ouster, Fox Executives Fear “There’s More to Come”
- Bill O’Reilly’s publisher stands by him after Fox sacking
- What’s Next For Bill O’Reilly?
- Don’t Be Fooled Into Expecting a New Fox News
- Bill O’Reilly and the Right’s Morality Problem
- How Fox News Women Took Down Roger Ailes
Paul Jay speaks with Nina Turner, a former Democratic Senator for Ohio’s 25th district, to discuss the renewed war on drugs, including marijuana, planned by Trump’s Attorney General and Head of Homeland Security. (The Real News)
- Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Policy Is Straight Out Of ‘Reefer Madness
- Marijuana businesses worry about Trump, but expect to prevail
- Jeff Sessions Wants to Kick the War on Drugs into High Gear
- Jeff Sessions Goes Full ‘Reefer Madness’ on Pot
- Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Sheikh speak with Anand Gopal, a journalist and a fellow at The Nation Institute, who recently returned from the Middle East and has reported extensively from the region. (Democracy Now!)
Sharmini Peries speaks with Professor Leo Panitch, author of The Making of Global Capitalism, who says Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election is an opportunistic move, she also has an eye on the electoral arenas in France and Germany. (The Real News)
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Sheikh speak with Vicky Ward, New York Times best-selling author, investigative journalist and contributor to Esquire and Huffington Post Highline magazine, about whether Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are personally profiting from their official roles in the White House. (Democracy Now!)
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez speak with Christine Hong, associate professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and an executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute, and Bruce Cumings, professor of history at the University of Chicago and the author of several books on the Korean Peninsula including Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History and North Korea: Another Country. Cumings’ most recent piece for The Nation is titled: This Is What’s Really Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Provocations. (Democracy Now!)
The mood was jubilant two days after the November 2016 election at a Washington, D.C., panel co-hosted by two powerhouse conservative thinktanks—the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.
In his opening remarks, Heritage president Jim DeMint rejoiced that Donald Trump’s election had “preserved our constitutional republic.” Panelist John Yoo, a Berkeley law professor best known as the architect of George W. Bush’s justification for torture, drew laughs with feigned surprise at the audience size. “I thought everyone at Heritage was working over at transition head quarters,” Yoo quipped. “I asked the taxi cab driver to take me to Trump transition headquarters, and he dropped me off here.”
Indeed, Politico reported in November that Heritage, based in D.C., had become “a crucial conduit between Trump’s orbit and the once-skeptical conservative leaders who ultimately helped get him elected.” By Heritage’s own account, “several dozen” of its staff members worked on the transition team, and Trump used its recommendations for his list of potential Supreme Court picks.
Vice President Mike Pence, the head of that transition team, has deep ties to the foundation. In 2006, Heritage co-founder Paul Weyrich, a mentor of Pence’s, said of him, “Nobody is perfect, but he comes pretty close.” In early December, Pence gave the keynote speech at a Heritage event (held at Trump’s D.C. hotel) to honor its biggest donors. He promised that the Trump administration “is now and will continue to draw on” the institution’s work.
Sharmini Peries speaks to Theo Anderson, staff writer for In These Times, about how the Heritage Foundation’s ties to the Trump administration are very extensive and his budget proposal shows it. (The Real News)
Abby Martin speaks with Mark Ames, known for his work as a Moscow-based expatriate American journalist and editor. Ames founded the eXile with Matt Taibbi spent a decade reporting from Yeltsin’s and Putin’s Russia while witnessing the country’s transformation from an American “colony” to it’s “number one threat”. (The Empire Files)
Paul Jay speaks with former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who says that the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack and that Trump’s response was a violation of international law. (The Real News)
- White House has no clear plan for next steps in Syria after missile strike
- Trump’s Syria Strike Inspired by Dangerous Vision of ‘Cauldronising’ the Middle East
- Donald Trump’s Own Defense Secretary Warned in 2013 Against Rushing to War Against Syria
- The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria
- Trump’s Syria Strike Is Latest Sign of Steve Bannon’s Waning Influence
- In abrupt shift on Syria, Trump turns to military advisers
- Hawkish Dems Cheer Trump Attack on Syria
- Lawmakers Say Proof Lacking Before Trump Bombed Syria
- Legal Experts Question Whether Trump’s Syria Strike Was Constitutional
- Pelosi wants House hauled back to debate Syria resolution
- 45 Times Trump Said Attacking Syria Was a Bad Idea
- Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment
- Who’s who in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago situation room?
- Russia Cuts Military Communications With US Over Syria Attack
- Russia PM: US Attacks in Syria ‘One Step Away’ From Russia Clashes
- US polarizes world with attack on Syrian regime
- Which Countries Support and Which Oppose the U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria
- Hezbollah: ‘Idiotic’ U.S. Strikes on Syria Serve Israel and Its ‘Regional Ambitions
- Trump Shocks World in Direct U.S. Strike on Syrian Airbase That Could Violate International Law
- Hillary Clinton called for Donald Trump to ‘take out’ Assad airfields hours before air strikes
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: ‘There’s been no change’ in US policy towards Assad
- U.S. prepared to do more in Syria, hopes not necessary, says U.N. envoy
- Syrian Rebels Call for More US Attacks
- Syrian rebels say U.S. responsibility doesn’t end with raid
- Syrian presidency vows to step up campaign against militants
- Is Assad to blame for the chemical weapons attack in Syria?
- US Insists Russia Responsible for Syria Gas Attack
Amy Goodman is joined by Alia Malek, journalist and former human rights lawyer, Yazan al-Saadi, a Syrian-Canadian writer, Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CodePink, and Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, to discuss Syria after the United States carried out a missile attack on a Syrian airfield, saying it was a response to a chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people. (Democracy Now!)
- Use Latest Tragedy in Syria to End the War, Not Escalate It
- Hours before missile strikes, Hillary said the US should attack Assad’s airfields
- The Case Against Another Intervention in Syria
- US Bombs Syria: The War Machine Hums On Under Trump
- This Isn’t the Foreign Policy Trump Campaigned On
- Will Washington’s Hawks Get the Syria War They’ve Always Wanted?
- 45 times Trump said attacking Syria was a bad idea and might start World War III
- The US Strike on Syria Underscores Trump’s Media-Fueled Worldview
- Trump shows we finally have a fearless leader back in the White House
- Why the United States’ Use of Force Against Syria Violates International Law
- Yet Another President Commits the Ultimate War Crime of Launching a War of Aggression
- Tomahawk maker Raytheon fuels defense-sector rally after Syrian missile strike
- Oil hits one-month high after U.S. missile strike in Syria
- Tillerson: Steps Already Underway for US Removal of Assad
- Israeli minister: Syria strike repositioned America as regional leader
- Saudi Arabia announces full support for US military strikes
- Turkey’s Erdogan Welcomes US Attack on Syria
- Syria Slams US Aggression After Overnight Attacks
- Russia suspends military communication line with US in Syria
- US Attacks Syria: Scores of Missiles Fired
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez recently spoke with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about the ongoing conflict in Syria. (Democracy Now!)
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh speak with Iona Craig, a journalist who was based in Sana’a from 2010 to 2015 as the Yemen correspondent for The Times of London. (Democracy Now!)
- U.S. Launched More Airstrikes in Yemen In March Than in All of 2016
- UN: As Yemen War Escalates, Humanitarian Situation Is Rapidly Worsening
- ‘They’re Going to Kill Me Next’: Yemen Family Fears Drone Strikes Under Trump
- Centcom Chief: ‘Vital US Interests at Stake’ in Yemen
- Yemen’s Civil War in the Words of Its Forgotten Children
- Reps. Invoke War Powers as Trump Mulls Pushing Yemen Into Famine
- Trump Administration Weighs Deeper Involvement in Yemen War
- Mattis’ Dangerous Request to Increase Support for the War on Yemen
- Trump’s Yemen Policy Serves Saudi Royals Better Than Americans
- The US Must Stop Enabling the Destruction of Yemen
- Women and Children in Yemeni Village Recall Horror of Trump’s “Highly Successful” SEAL Raid
Noam Chomsky: With U.S. History of Overthrowing Govts, Outrage over Russian Hacking Claims is Laughable
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez speak with world-renowned linguist, author and political dissident Noam Chomsky about the outrage over Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election. (Democracy Now!)
Robert David English: Moscow Sees Hypocrisy in Allegations After U.S. Interfered in Russian Elections in 1990s
Amy Goodman speaks with Robert David English, professor of international relations at the University of Southern California, about allegations Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections to help Trump win. English recently wrote a piece for Foreign Affairs titled ‘Russia, Trump, and a New Détente‘, and is the author of Russia and the Idea of the West. English says: “If we want to understand Russia’s point of view, President Putin and those around him—and of course we do—whether or not we agree with it, we need to understand how our adversaries see us, how all other nations see us, through their eyes. If we do that, we realize very quickly that their frame of reference has a lot to do with the mistakes and, yes, the U.S. interference in Russian politics in the ’90s, when we directly intervened in a presidential election to boost a losing candidate into a winning position—that was Boris Yeltsin.” (Democracy Now!)
“Everything can be taken from a man,” Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless treatise on the human search for meaning, “but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” And yet, as Adrienne Rich observed in her sublime meditation on writing, capitalism, and freedom, “in the vocabulary kidnapped from liberatory politics, no word has been so pimped as freedom.” How, then, are we to choose our own way amid a capitalist society that continually commodifies our liberty?
The peculiar manner in which personal and political freedom magnetize each other is what James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987) explores in a piece titled “Notes for a Hypothetical Novel,” originally delivered as an address at the 1960 Esquire symposium on the writer’s role in society and later included in his altogether spectacular essay collection Nobody Knows My Name.
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be. One hasn’t got to have an enormous military machine in order to be un-free when it’s simpler to be asleep, when it’s simpler to be apathetic, when it’s simpler, in fact, not to want to be free, to think that something else is more important.
“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men,” the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote in her 1914 anthem against silence — an incantation which fomented biologist and writer Rachel Carson’s courage to speak inconvenient truth to power as she catalyzed the environmental movement. “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you,” Audre Lorde admonished on the cusp of another cultural revolution in her influential 1984 treatise on transforming silence into redemptive action. “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wrote in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech shortly after Lorde’s landmark essay was published.
No silence is larger, both in age and in scope, nor more demanding of breaking, than the silencing of women’s voices — a millennia-old assault on the integrity of more than half of humankind.
Let me make one thing clear here: We — all of us, of any gender — may have different answers to the questions feminism raises. But if we refuse to engage with the questions themselves, we are culpable not only of cowardice but of complicity in humanity’s oldest cultural crime.
How to dismantle that complicity and transmute it into courage is what Rebecca Solnit explores in an extraordinary essay titled “Silence Is Broken,” found in The Mother of All Questions — a sweeping collection of essays Solnit describes as “a tour through carnage, a celebration of liberation and solidarity, insight and empathy, and an investigation of the terms and tools with which we might explore all these things.”
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez speak with Sharif Abdel Kouddous about President Trump’ meets Egyptian dictator General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the White House today, even as el-Sisi faces widespread criticism for human rights abuses in Egypt. (Democracy Now!)
Readers of tabloid papers have smaller vocabularies than people who do not read newspapers, suggests a study.
The University of London’s Institute of Education compared vocabulary test scores and reading habits of 9,400 British people born in 1970.
The researchers analysed data collected at the ages of 10, 16 and 42.
As well as the tabloids finding, they said childhood reading for fun boosted vocabulary throughout life, while highbrow fiction helped adults further.
The research team drew on the 1970 British Cohort Study, which collects information on a group of people from England, Scotland and Wales who were born in the same week.
Amy Goodman recently spoke to Jane Mayer about Robert Mercer and his family’s bankrolling of Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News, as well as some of Bannon’s film projects. (Democracy Now!)
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh speak to Jane Mayer staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, about Robert Mercer, the man who is said to have out-Koched the Koch brothers in the 2016 election. (Democracy Now!)
Stephen Colbert pokes fun at Rachel Maddow for making a complete hash of her apparent scoop regarding President Trump’s tax returns. (The Late Show)
- Trump Denies Leaking His Taxes: ‘I Have No Idea Where They Got It’
- Stephen Colbert Rips into Rachel Maddow for Toying with Our Emotions
- White House Releases Key Details of Trump Tax Info Ahead of Rachel Maddow Reveal
- Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle
- Jimmy Fallon Didn’t Ask Rachel Maddow the One Question Everyone Wanted Him To
- Howard Kurtz: Trump Tax Reveal ‘Big-Time Blunder’ by Rachel Maddow
- Trump Weighs Legal Action Against MSNBC, Reporter Over Tax Return Release
- Is it illegal to leak Trump’s tax returns? Well, it depends