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Marc Lamont Hill & Mychal Denzel Smith: We Must End State Violence Against Black Bodies

July 7, 2016 - 7:43am

According to the Washington Post, 505 people been killed by police across the United States so far this year. African Americans — especially young Black men — are disproportionately the target of police violence. Well, to talk about the fatal police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, we are joined now by two guests. Marc Lamont Hill is a journalist, Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. and author of "Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond" and and Mychal Denzel Smith, contributing writer for The Nation magazine. His new book is called, "Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education."

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Murderers With Badges, Licensed to Kill: Nation Reels from Alton Sterling's Death at Hands of Police

July 7, 2016 - 7:35am

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a second video has surfaced showing the fatal police shooting of father of five Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police early Tuesday morning. Sterling was a 37-year-old African-American. The two officers involved are both white. The video shows Sterling pinned to the ground by two white police officers. We speak to Arthur "Silky Slim" Reed, founder of Stop the Killing, a youth mentoring program based in Baton Rouge. His organization provided the first cell phone video of the police shooting of Alton Sterling.

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Alton Sterling, Father of Five, Murdered by Police Two Months After "Blue Lives Matter" Bill Signed

July 7, 2016 - 7:22am

Hundreds gathered for a vigil last night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to honor father of five Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police early Tuesday morning. Sterling was a 37-year-old African-American. The two officers involved are both white. Bystander video shows Sterling was pinned to the ground when he was fatally shot. The Justice Department has announced it will investigate the killing. Sterling’s death has sparked two days of protests in Baton Rouge, as well as protests last night in Ferguson, Missouri, and Philadelphia, where activists were arrested for blocking Interstate 676. For more we speak with Louisiana State Representative Ted James and artist and activist Donney Rose. Speaking about the Department of Justice investigation, Ted James said: "The federal government has responded in record time. I guess the sad part is, it has happened so many times that the federal government and states know what to do when police officers murder black man in their community."

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"You Shot Four Bullets Into Him, Sir": Girlfriend Livestreams Philando Castile's Death by Police

July 7, 2016 - 7:13am

In St. Paul, Minnesota, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the governor’s mansion to protest the fatal police shooting of African American man Philando Castile during a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Castile, his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her young daughter were stopped by police on Wednesday. Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the fatal police shooting live on Facebook in an extraordinary video, in which she narrates the events while still inside the car next to her dying boyfriend as the police officer continues to point the gun at her and her daughter. For more we speak with Nekima Levy-Pounds, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP: "It is not uncommon to treat black victims and witnesses as criminals in these types of cases."

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After Siege of Dhaka Restaurant Kills 20, Bangladesh Confronts Threat to Secular Traditions

July 6, 2016 - 7:52am

Bangladesh is continuing to mourn a deadly attack that killed 20 people on Friday, after militants seized control of a trendy cafe in the diplomatic district of the capital, wielding explosives, guns and swords. In the ensuing 11-hour siege, the militants killed 20 diners from around the world. Two police officers were later killed when the authorities raided the restaurant and killed five of the six attackers. Authorities say the attackers were young men from Bangladesh’s elite, many of whom attended the country’s top schools. We’re joined by Sara Hossain, a barrister practicing in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, who speaks of Bangladesh’s history of confronting threats to its secular traditions: "We’ve battled against other forces. We’ve battled against the military, authoritarianism, which we still have in a secular guise, of course. And we’ve battled against fundamentalists taking hold of our political processes. So I think the fact that we have these very distinct characteristics is a reason why we’re coming under attack."

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U.S. Policies Have Not Changed: Banned Under Bush, Tariq Ramadan Speaks Out Against Obama & Clinton

July 6, 2016 - 7:47am

In 2004, Tariq Ramadan accepted a job at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and Time magazine listed him among the top 100 thinkers in the world. But nine days before Ramadan was set to start teaching here in the United States, the Bush administration revoked his visa, invoking a provision of the PATRIOT Act that allows the government to deny entry to non-citizens who "endorse or espouse terrorism." Ramadan reflects on the legacy of George W. Bush and looks at how President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have embraced many of his policies in the Middle East.

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Tariq Ramadan on Medina Bombings: Saudi Regime is Not a Victim But Perpetrator of Regional Violence

July 6, 2016 - 7:37am

The king of Saudi Arabia has promised to strike with an "iron hand" against those responsible for a suicide attack near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina on Monday. Militants carried out three separate suicide bomb attacks across Saudi Arabia on the same day, including an attack in the holy city of Medina that killed four security officers near the mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to be buried. The mosque is one of the holiest sites for Muslims worldwide. No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks, but the self-proclaimed Islamic State has carried out similar bombings targeting Shia Muslims and Saudi security forces. The Sunni Muslim militant group has called for the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy. To talk more about the significance of these attacks, we’re joined by Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University.

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Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged for U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All of Middle East

July 6, 2016 - 7:33am

In the last week, more than 300 people have been killed in attacks by militants in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. The wave of violence came as Muslims across the world were preparing for celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In Iraq, the weekend’s suicide car attack in a busy shopping center in Baghdad killed more than 250 people, making it the deadliest attack since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. It has prompted the resignation of Iraq’s interior minister and helped fuel increasing political destabilization in the country. For more on the wave of violence and political turmoil, we’re joined by Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University. He says Western policies in the region, including the U.S.-led war in Iraq, have created this destabilization. "I think they are policies that are helping the United States and European countries sell weapons and still control the region."

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Tariq Ali on Chilcot Iraq Report: Tony Blair is a War Criminal for Pushing Us into Illegal War

July 6, 2016 - 7:18am

While Iraq is marking a third day of mourning, a long-awaited British inquiry into the Iraq War has just been released. The Chilcot report is 2.6 million words long—about three times the length of the Bible. Using excerpts from private correspondence between former Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush, the report details how Blair pushed Britain into the war despite a lack of concrete intelligence. For example, eight months before the invasion, Blair wrote to Bush: "I will be with you, whatever." Then, in June 2003, less than three months after the invasion began, Blair privately wrote to Bush that the task in Iraq is "absolutely awesome and I’m not at all sure we’re geared for it." Blair added, "And if it falls apart, everything falls apart in the region.” For more, we speak with British-Pakistani writer, commentator and author Tariq Ali.

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Iraqi Exile: U.K. Iraq Inquiry Confirms the War Was Based on a Lie

July 6, 2016 - 7:10am

In Iraq, the death toll from Saturday’s car bombing in Baghdad has topped 250, making it the deadliest car bombing in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion. While Iraq is in a state of mourning, a long-awaited British inquiry into the Iraq War has just been released. It blames former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for deliberately exaggerating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in the lead-up to the Iraq War. We speak with Iraqi exile Sami Ramadani, who campaigned against U.S.-led sanctions and the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

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"A Shocking Threat to the World": Biographer Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump

July 5, 2016 - 7:55am

Wayne Barrett began covering Donald Trump in the late 1970s. He continues today even though he is largely homebound due to lung cancer. "He’s really not qualified to run the Trump Organization. He’s not fit to run the Trump Organization. So he’s certainly not fit to run America,” Barrett said. "I think he represents not just a danger to America, but because we are such an influence in the world, it’s really a shocking threat to the world. And so, you know, I’m in a sick bed a lot, but he gets me up out of it."

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Trump's Unofficial Biographer Wayne Barrett: "The Way He Has Treated His Wives is Just Deplorable"

July 5, 2016 - 7:50am

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump has repeatedly faced charges of sexism, from implying Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly was asking tough questions because she was menstruating, to saying women should be "punished" for having abortions. We speak with investigative journalist Wayne Barrett, who has tracked Donald Trump for years, about Trump’s relationships with his three wives. "His divorce with Ivana was so incredibly ugly," Barrett says.

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As Workers at Trump's Taj Mahal Casino Go on Strike, a Look at Trump's Long History of Labor Abuse

July 5, 2016 - 7:46am

About a thousand housekeepers, cooks, bellmen and servers at Trump’s Taj Mahal Atlantic City casino went on strike on Friday and through the weekend demanding reinstatement of health, pension and other benefits eliminated during 2014 bankruptcy proceedings. This is only the latest in decades of labor disputes Donald Trump has faced at his hotels, casinos and resorts. Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett has been investigating Donald Trump for decades and says, "Trump’s pathway to success is littered with bodies."

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Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump's Broken Promises, Tax Returns & Potential VP Pick Chris Christie

July 5, 2016 - 7:30am

Wayne Barrett is considered the preeminent journalist on Donald Trump. He has been tracking Trump for decades. His 1991 biography of Trump was just republished as an ebook with the title of "Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention." Democracy Now! spoke to Wayne Barrett last week at his home, where he has largely been confined due to his battle with lung cancer. We asked Barrett about Trump’s unkept promise to build affordable housing in Atlantic City in order to build a larger casino. "He was getting all kinds of agreements from the city regarding roadways and access to Trump Castle, which is out at the marina," Barrett said. "He agreed to build low-income housing. And he had the guy to do it. He had the guy who’d done it in New York. And they made all kinds of commitments that were written right into agreements with the city of Atlantic City. And then he failed on all of them."

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How Donald Trump Threatened an Investigative Reporter, Attempting to Bribe Him with a Free Apartment

July 5, 2016 - 7:26am

Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett has been digging up dirt on Donald Trump since the 1970s. He recalls an unusual offer from the billionaire mogul. "So he said to me, 'Wayne, you don't have to live in Brownsville. I have plenty of apartments," Barrett recalls. "And so, then, at another time, he started talking to me about how he had broken this other journalist by suing him and driving him into bankruptcy."

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Trump's "Greatest Mentor" was Red-Baiting Aide to Joseph McCarthy and Attorney for NYC Mob Families

July 5, 2016 - 7:11am

With the Republican National Convention opening in Cleveland in less than two weeks, the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, is facing a new wave of controversies, from Trump’s tweeting of an anti-Semitic image showing Hillary Clinton against a backdrop of cash and a Star of David to his joke about Mexico attacking the United States. We spend the hour with Trump biographer Wayne Barrett, author of "Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention." Barrett has been reporting on Trump since the 1970s. We begin by talking about Trump’s close relationship with the late Roy Cohn, who once served as a top aide to the red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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Jesse Williams' Powerful BET Awards Speech: "We're Done Watching Whiteness Use and Abuse Us"

July 4, 2016 - 7:53am

Actor Jesse Williams is best known for his role on the TV show "Grey’s Anatomy." In June he earned a standing ovation when he addressed the BET Awards. As he accepted the Humanitarian Award, Williams paid homage to police shooting victims, including Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, who would have turned 14 on Saturday. "Police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day," Williams says. "We are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country, or we will restructure their function and ours."

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