- Kerry Upholds Threat of Military Strike on Syria "Should Diplomacy Fail"
- Assad: U.S. Must End Threats Before Syria Surrenders Chemical Weapons
- U.N. Report: Syrian Gov't Attacking Hospitals, Blocking Treatment
- Syria Researcher Cited by Kerry, McCain Fired for Lying About Credentials
- Afghanistan: Taliban Attacks U.S. Consulate in Herat
- Egypt: Military-Backed Gov't Extends State of Emergency for 2 Months
- Al Jazeera Takes Legal Action Against Egypt for Media Crackdown
- India: 4 Sentenced to Death for Fatal Gang Rape That Ignited Protests
- Turkey: Mass Protests Erupt After Death of Demonstrator
- More Than 100 Women Arrested in Civil Disobedience for Immigration Reform
- California Set to Raise Minimum Wage to $10 an Hour by 2016
- California Lawmakers Pass Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
- D.C. Mayor Vetoes Living Wage Bill After Pressure from Wal-Mart, Other Retailers
- Colorado Hit by Deadly Floods
- Special Prosecutor to Probe Police Killing of 107-Year-Old Man in Arkansas
- Florida AG Pam Bondi Delays Prisoner's Execution to Attend Campaign Event
- Washington: Officials Test Alfalfa Crop for GMO Contamination
- Canada: Oil Carried by Derailed Train Was Mislabeled
- Release of Cuban 5 Demanded on 15th Anniversary of Arrest
- Philosopher, Writer Marshall Berman, Author of "All That Is Solid Melts Into Air," Dies at 72
- Education Scholar Jean Anyon Dies
A new study shows that income inequality in America is at a record high. According to an analysis of tax filings, the income gap between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the other 99 percent widened to unprecedented levels in 2012. The top 1 percent of U.S. earners collected more than 19 percent of household income, breaking a record previously set in 1927. Income inequality in the United States has been growing for almost three decades. We speak to Sasha Abramsky, author of the new book, "The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives." It is written in the spirit of Michael Harrington’s groundbreaking 1962 book, "The Other America," in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the 'age of affluence.' Harrington’s book went on to inspire President Lyndon B. Johnson’s subsequent "war on poverty."
In what could be a major development for worker rights, the AFL-CIO has announced a new plan to enlist tens of millions of non-union workers, including immigrants and low-wage workers who have traditionally not been part of its federation. The move comes as unions face a major decline in membership and have seen their collective bargaining rights slashed in former union strongholds like Wisconsin. Meanwhile, non-union workers at Wal-Mart, and fast food chains like McDonalds, have gained momentum in their efforts to push for better pay by holding one-day strikes. We’re joined by Cristina Tzintzun, executive director of the Workers Defense Project in Texas, who just attended the AFL-CIO Quadrennial Convention.
Despite assurances from President Obama, the scandal around the National Security Agency continues to grow. The Guardian reports the NSA has routinely passed raw intelligence to Israel about U.S. citizens. "The NSA was sharing what they call raw signals intelligence, which includes things like who you are calling and when you are calling, the content of your phone call, the text of your emails, your text messages, your chat messages," says Alex Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union. "It sounds like all of that was handed over." Abdo also discusses the ACLU’s successful fight to force the government to declassify documents that show the NSA wrongly put 16,000 American phone numbers on an "alert list."
After the three-term administration of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, progressive candidates emerged as the clear winners of New York City’s primary elections earlier this week. Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio led the Democratic field after opposing Bloomberg’s embrace of the police tactic of "stop and frisk" and vowing to take on growing inequality between rich and poor. A number of young progressive candidates also pulled off surprising wins in races for City Council nominations. "New York City is on the cusp of electing its most progressive government in 50 years," says Democracy Now! co-host and New York Daily News columnist Juan González.
- U.S., Russia Resume Talks on Syrian Chemical Weapons
- Putin: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Spark "New Wave of Terrorism"
- Report: CIA Shipping Weapons to Syrian Rebels
- U.N. Panel: Syria Attack Would Worsen Civilian Suffering
- Ban: Syria Killings a "Collective Failure"
- Assad Forces Accused of Bombing Hospital; Al-Qaeda Group Linked to Massacre
- U.S. Marks 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
- Niece of 9/11 Victim Makes Appeal for Peace
- Chile Marks 40th Anniversary of U.S.-Backed Coup
- Kissinger Meets With Kerry on Chilean Coup's 40-Year Mark
- 33 Killed, Dozens Wounded in Iraq Bombing
- Thousands Protest Education Law in Mexico
- Israel to Pay $1.1 Million to Family of "Prisoner X"
- NSA Shared Raw Intel With Israel
- Senate Confirms Ex-FBI Lawyer Linked to Surveillance Overreach for Federal Judgeship
- Florida Pastor Arrested Before Attempt to Burn Korans
- Richmond, CA Approves Body to Oversee Purchases of Underwater Mortgages
- Koch-Linked "Freedom Partners" Spent $236 Million in 2012 Campaign
Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, weighs in on today’s 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks and how the civil war in Syria appears destined to permanently break the country apart. "[9/11] was very significant, a major terrorist act, thousands of people killed," Chomsky says. "It’s the first time since the War of 1812 that U.S. territory had been attacked. The United States has had remarkable security, and therefore was, aside from the horrible atrocity, a very significant, historical event. And it changed attitudes and policies in the United States quite considerably. And in reaction to this, the government was able to ram through laws that sharply constrained civil liberties. It was able to provide pretexts for the invasion of Afghanistan, invasion of Iraq — the destruction of Iraq, with consequences that spread through the region. And it’s the basis for Obama’s massive terrorist war, the drone war, the most extreme terrorist campaign that’s underway now, maybe most extreme in history, and the justification for it is the same: the second 9/11, 9/11/2001. So, yes, it’s had enormous effects on society, on attitudes, on policies. Many victims throughout the world can testify to that." On Syria, Chomsky says the country "is plunging into suicide. If negotiations [don’t] work, Syria is moving towards a kind of very bloody partition."
In a national address from the White House Tuesday night, President Obama announced he is delaying a plan to strike Syria while pursuing a diplomatic effort from Russia for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. However, Obama still threatened to use force against Syria if the plan fails. We get reaction to Obama’s speech from world-renowned political dissident and linguist, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky. "The Russian plan is a godsend for Obama," Chomsky says. "It saves him from what would look like a very serious defeat. He has not been able to obtain virtually any international support, and it looked as though Congress wasn’t going to support it either, which would leave him completely out on a limb. This leaves him a way out: He can maintain the threat of force, which incidentally is a crime under international law. We should bear in mind that the core principle of the United Nations Charter bars the threat or use of force. So all of this is criminal, to begin with, but he’ll continue with that."
- Obama Delays Congressional Vote on Syria After Russian Proposal
- Syria Admits to Chemical Stockpile, Backs Russian Plan
- Talks on U.N. Measure Resume, Putin Rules Out Threat of Force
- HRW: Evidence Points to Assad Responsibility for Chemical Attack
- Iranian President Seeks New Engagement with West; U.S. Unveils Slight Rollback of Sanctions
- NSA: Thousands of Phone Records Unlawfully Monitored
- Colorado Lawmakers Who Pushed Gun Control Lose Recall Vote
- De Blasio Wins Democratic Primary for New York Mayor
- Neil Young: Tar Sands Site "Looks Like Hiroshima"
- Report: USDA Monitoring Program Fails to Stop Contamination
- Journalist, Filmmaker Saul Landau Dies at 77
We continue our coverage of the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende with a look at the critical U.S. role under President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger. Peter Kornbluh, who spearheaded the effort to declassify more than 20,000 secret documents that revealed the role of the CIA and the White House in the Chilean coup, discusses how Nixon and Kissinger backed the Chilean military’s ouster of Allende and then offered critical support as it committed atrocities to cement its newfound rule. Kornbluh is author of the newly updated book, "The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability," and director of the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive. In 1970, the CIA’s deputy director of plans wrote in a secret memo: "It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup. ... It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the USG [the U.S. government] and American hand be well hidden." That same year President Nixon ordered the CIA to "make the economy scream" in Chile to "prevent Allende from coming to power or to unseat him." We’re also joined by Juan Garcés, a former personal adviser to Allende who later led the successful legal effort to arrest and prosecute coup leader Augusto Pinochet. See Part 2 of this interview here.
Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called "other 9/11": On September 11, 1973, a U.S.-backed coup led by General Augusto Pinochet ousted the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. It is estimated more than 3,000 people were killed during Pinochet’s dictatorship, which lasted another 17 years. In 1998, Pinochet was arrested in London on torture and genocide charges on a warrant issued by a Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzón. His arrest came largely thanks to the efforts of our guest, Spanish attorney Juan Garcés. A personal adviser to Allende, Garcés was with him on the day of the coup. Allende walked him to the palace exit before it was bombed and told him to tell the world what he had seen. Garcés went on to lead the efforts for Pinochet to be arrested and tried.
As President Obama prepares to address the nation on his push for congressional backing of a military strike on Syria, the Assad regime has accepted a Russian initiative to put its chemical weapons under international control. Could the move stop a U.S. strike and bring the Syrian crisis closer to a diplomatic resolution? We host a debate on how to resolve the Syrian conflict between Rafif Jouejati of the Syrian Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists throughout Syria, and Rania Masri, Lebanese-based human rights activist and professor at the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
- Syria Accepts Russian Proposal to Surrender Chemical Weapons
- Assad Criticizes U.S., Israeli Use of Chemical Weapons
- India: 4 Convicted in Fatal Gang Rape That Sparked Mass Protests
- Egypt Launches Major Assault on Sinai
- Former Abu Ghraib Prisoners Ordered to Pay Contractor $14,000 After Losing Torture Suit
- Afghanistan: Police Detain 2 over Murder of Female Indian Writer
- Documents in David House Case Reveal How U.S. Seizes Laptops at Airports to Avoid Need for Warrant
- Facebook, Yahoo Sue U.S. over Secret Data Requests
- Johns Hopkins University Rescinds Request for Professor to Remove Post Critical of NSA
- U.S. Appeals Court Hears "Net Neutrality" Case That Could Shape Internet
- Zimmerman Taken into Custody After Wife Reports Threats, Assault on Father
- Report: Iowa Issues Gun Permits to the Blind
- NJ Governor Signs Law Requiring Notice of Spying by Out-of-State Police
- Montana County Shuts Down Funding for Women's Health Services
- Protesters Confront Petraeus on His 1st Day of Class at CUNY
As we continue our look at the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-backed military coup in Chile and the ongoing efforts by the loved ones of its victims to seek justice, we turn to the case of Charles Horman. A 31-year-old American journalist and filmmaker, Horman was in Chile during the coup and wrote about U.S. involvement in overthrowing the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. Shortly after, he was abducted by Chilean soldiers and later killed. Horman’s story was told in the 1982 Oscar-nominated film, "Missing," which follows his father, Edmund Horman, going to Chile to search for his son. We’re joined by Charles Horman’s widow, Joyce Horman, who filed a criminal suit against Pinochet for his role in her husband’s death, and established the Charles Horman Truth Project to support ongoing investigations into human rights violations during Pinochet’s regime. We’re also joined by Peter Weiss, vice president of the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represented the Horman family in their case against Kissinger and others for Charles Horman’s death.
This week marks the 40th anniversary of what’s known as the other 9/11: September 11, 1973, when a U.S.-backed military coup ousted Chile’s democratically elected president Salvador Allende and ushered in a 17-year repressive dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet. We’re joined by Joan Jara, the widow of Chilean singer Víctor Jara, who has just filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. court against the former military officer who allegedly killed Jara 40 years ago. Jara’s accused killer, Pedro Barrientos, has lived in the United States for roughly two decades and is now a U.S. citizen. Jara’s family is suing him under federal laws that allow U.S. courts to hear about human rights abuses committed abroad. Last year, Chilean prosecutors charged Barrientos and another officer with Jara’s murder, naming six others as accomplices. We also speak with Almudena Bernabeu, an attorney with Center for Justice and Accountability, who helped file the Jara family’s lawsuit last week. "I saw literally hundreds of bodies that were piled up in what was actually the parking place of the morgue," Joan Jara says of finding her husband’s body 40 years ago. "I recognized him. I saw what had happened to him. I saw the bullet wounds. I saw the state of his body. I consider myself one of the lucky ones in the sense that I had to face in that moment what had happened to Victor. I could [later] give my testimony with all the force of what I felt in that moment — and not the horror, which is much worse, of never knowing what happened to your loved one. That happened to so many families, so many women who have spent these 40 years looking for their loved ones who were made to disappear."
- Congressional Debate Begins on Authorization for Syria Strike
- Kerry: U.S. Could Seek New U.N. Vote; Assad Could Avoid Attack by Handing over Chemical Weapons
- Obama Admin Releases New Video of Ghouta Aftermath
- Protests Held Against Syria Strike as Polls Show Continued Opposition
- Pope Francis: War a "Defeat for Humanity"
- Report: Assad May Not Have Authorized Ghouta Attack
- U.S. Drone Strike Kills Up to 16 in Afghanistan
- NSA Spying Extends to Brazilian State-Oil Firm
- Rousseff: U.S. Visit Hinges on "Political Conditions" Following Spying Claims
- Report: NSA Can Hack into All Smartphones
- Thousands Protest Energy Policies in Mexico
- New Australian PM Vows to Cut Foreign Aid, Global Warming Initiatives
- Chinese Journalist Shi Tao Freed After 8 Years Behind Bars
- Activists Stage Force-Feeding Outside White House
- Arizona Death Row Prisoner Wins New Trial
- NAACP President Ben Jealous Stepping Down
The Wall Street Journal recently revealed new details about how Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud — Saudi’s former ambassador to the United States — is leading the effort to prop up the Syrian rebels. Intelligence agents from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Jordan and other allied states are working at a secret joint operations center in Jordan to train and arm hand-picked Syrian rebels. The Journal also reports Prince Bandar has been jetting from covert command centers near the Syrian front lines to the Élysée Palace in Paris and the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to undermine the Assad regime. "Really what he’s doing is he’s reprising a role that he played in the 1980s when he worked with the Reagan administration to arrange money and arms for mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan and also worked with the CIA in Nicaragua to support the Contras," says Wall Street Journal reporter Adam Entous. "So in many ways this is a very familiar position for Prince Bandar, and it’s amazing to see the extent to which veterans of the CIA were excited to see him come back because, in the words of a diplomat who knows Bandar, he brings the Arabic term wasta, which means under-the-table clout. You know his checks are not going to bounce and that he’ll be able to deliver the money from the Saudis."
In an effort to undermine cryptographic systems worldwide, the National Security Agency has manipulated global encryption standards, utilized supercomputers to crack encrypted communications, and has persuaded — sometimes coerced — Internet service providers to give it access to protected data. Is there any way to confidentially communicate online? We speak with security technologist and encryption specialist Bruce Schneier, who is a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He has been working with The Guardian on its recent NSA stories and has read hundreds of top-secret NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden. "I have resisted saying this up to now, and I am saddened to say it, but the U.S. has proved to be an unethical steward of the internet. The U.K. is no better. The NSA’s actions are legitimizing the internet abuses by China, Russia, Iran and others," wrote Schneier on Thursday.
A new exposé based on the leaks of Edward Snowden has revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. "Encryption is really the system that lets the Internet function as an important commercial instrument all around the world," says Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, which collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica on the reporting. "It’s what lets you enter your credit card number, check your banking records, buy and sell things online, get your medical tests online, engage in private communications. It’s what protects the sanctity of the Internet." Documents leaked by Snowden reveal the NSA spends $250 million a year on a program which, among other goals, works with technology companies to "covertly influence" their product designs. "The entire system is now being compromised by the NSA and their British counterpart, the GCHQ," Greenwald says. "Systematic efforts to ensure that there is no form of human commerce, human electronic communication, that is ever invulnerable to their prying eyes."
- U.S. Push to Bomb Syria Overshadows G-20 Summit
- Power: Russia Holding U.N. Security Council Hostage
- U.S. Lawmakers Set to Vote on Syria Strikes; Constituents Overwhelmingly Oppose Military Action
- Activists Protest Russia's Anti-LGBT Crackdown at G-20
- Report: NSA Foiling Encryption Used to Protect Online Privacy
- U.S. Drone Strike Kills 7 in Pakistan
- Egypt's Interior Minister Survives Assassination Attempt
- Prisoners in California End Hunger Strike After 2 Months
- Wal-Mart Workers Protest Nationwide; Dozens Arrested
- Mexico: Teachers Block Airport Access to Protest Education Overhaul
- Philippines: 2 Journalists Killed in Less Than a Week
- Family of Chilean Singer Víctor Jara Files U.S. Lawsuit over Killing Days Before Coup Anniversary
- Alleged Navy Rape Victim Questioned About What She Was Wearing, How She Performs Oral Sex
- Report: Tulsa Charter School Sends African-American Girl Home for Her Dreadlocks
- Google Defends Practice of Scanning Emails, Asks Judge to Dismiss Privacy Suit
- Study: Fracking Wastewater Tied to Earthquakes in Ohio City
- Yemeni Youth Activist, Anti-Drone Campaigner Ibrahim Mothana Dies at 24