TPP Exposed: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret Trade Text to Rewrite Copyright Laws, Limit Internet Freedom
WikiLeaks has published the secret text to part of the biggest U.S. trade deal in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For the past several years, the United States and 12 Pacific Rim nations have been negotiating behind closed doors on the sweeping agreement. A 95-page draft of a TPP chapter released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday details agreements relating to patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial design — showing their wide-reaching implications for Internet services, civil liberties, publishing rights and medicine accessibility. Critics say the deal could rewrite U.S. laws on intellectual property rights, product safety and environmental regulations, while backers say it will help create jobs and boost the economy. President Obama and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman reportedly wish to finalize the TPP by the end of the year and are pushing Congress to expedite legislation that grants the president something called "fast-track authority." However, this week some 151 House Democrats and 23 Republicans wrote letters to the administration saying they are unwilling to give the president free rein to "diplomatically legislate." We host a debate on the TPP between Bill Watson, a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
- Boehner Rules Out Talks on Immigration Reform
- Obama Admin: 106,000 Enrollments in Health Exchanges' 1st Month
- Dems Threaten to Join GOP on Health Law Rebuke
- Confirmed Typhoon Haiyan Death Count Tops 2,300
- Obama Admin Asks Congress to Delay Iran Sanctions Vote
- Palestinian Negotiators Resign over Israeli Settlement Building
- 3 Students Shot Near Pittsburgh High School
- Washington State Machinists Reject Pension, Benefit Cuts; Boeing Offered Largest-Ever State Subsidy
- Striking Nestlé Worker Shot Dead in Colombia
- Study: Over 3,200 Jailed for Life on Nonviolent Convictions
Egypt has announced the lifting of a three-month state of emergency and nighttime curfew, which allowed authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people’s homes. But Egyptian human rights activists have expressed fear that the country’s interim government is on the verge of approving a draconian protest law that will severely restrict the right to organize demonstrations. The emergency law and curfew were imposed during a crackdown on protesters supporting former President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Overthrown by the military in July following widespread demonstrations against his rule, Morsi is now on trial for allegedly inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012. But no charges have been brought over the killings of hundreds of Morsi supporters since his ouster. "The Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood have acted as two juggernauts in the Egyptian body politic," says Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Cairo-based independent journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent. "They’re both characterized by patriarchy, secrecy and mendacity, and they’ve both ripped apart Egypt’s social fabric as they struggle for power."
In a story of life and death that intersects with 20 years of failed immigration policy, we look at the case of Dave Pierre, who has just been released after three years in immigration detention. Pierre is an immigrant from Antigua who first came to the United States when he was two years old. In 2009 he went to pay a traffic fine and was arrested for illegally entering the country. He was first sent to prison and then placed in immigrant detention, where he spent the next three years seeking his release and fighting his deportation. He wrote letters to anyone who would listen — including Democracy Now! — documenting the 1,144 days he spent in detention centers and county jails from Alabama to Pennsylvania. On October 25, just two weeks ago, Pierre was suddenly told he was free to go. This came after a fellow immigrant from Antigua, 35-year-old Tiombe Carlos, committed suicide at the York County Jail in Pennsylvania, where they were both being held along with about 900 other immigrants. Pierre joins us to talk about his prolonged detention and how his newfound freedom may be related to his fellow detainee’s suicide. We are also joined by Abraham Paulos, executive director of Families for Freedom, who is calling for an independent investigation into Carlos’ suicide.
Anger is growing in the Detroit area over the killing of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old African-American woman who was shot dead by a white homeowner on his front porch. Her family says she died as she was seeking help after a car accident. The homeowner told police he believed McBride was trying to break into his home, but he claimed his gun accidentally fired at her. No charges have been filed. An autopsy revealed McBride was shot in the face by a shotgun, but not at close range. We are joined from Detroit by Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; and by dream hampton, a writer, activist and filmmaker.
- Philippines President Lowers Death Toll as Haiyan Survivors Seek Aid
- Philippine Foreign Secretary: Typhoon a "Manifestation of Climate Change"
- Philippine Climate Negotiator Continues Hunger Strike at U.N. Summit
- Obama Admin Seeks Congressional Pause on Iran Sanctions
- Israel Freezes E1 Settlement Construction, OKs 20,000 New West Bank Homes
- Afghan Gov't Abandons Wardak Probe over Reported U.S. Stonewalling
- Bangladeshi Workers Strike Grows, 250 Factories Closed
- Hawaii Senate Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
- GOP Blocks Another Obama Judicial Nominee
- Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Ruling Against Anti-Abortion Oklahoma Ultrasound Law
- Obama Taps New Head for Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Justice Dept. Approves American Airlines-U.S. Airways Merger
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It is a topic our guest Thom Hartmann wrote about the 2009 book, "Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination," co-authored with Lamar Waldron. Warner Brothers is now making the book into a movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of FBI informant Jack Van Laningham. The topic of JFK’s assassination has also been in the news after last week’s interview with Secretary of State John Kerry on NBC, in which he expressed doubts about whether JFK’s accused shooter acted alone. Kerry was questioned about those remarks Sunday by NBC’s David Gregory. Kerry declined to elaborate on his beliefs about a possible conspiracy surrounding the assassination.
Could the United States face another economic collapse? Writer and broadcaster Thom Hartmann looks back at past financial crises and comes to a startling conclusion. "As long as you don’t look too closely at our nation, things seem under control — the United States looks whole … but when you go around to the 'dark back side' of the nation, you see the shocking truth. There you see a nation whose core fundamentals have been hollowed out," writes Hartmann in his new book, "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America — And What We Can Do to Stop It."
On the opening day of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland, the chief climate negotiator from the Philippines gave an emotional appeal to the world to address the climate crisis following Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded. Estimates say the storm has killed at least 10,000 people. "In solidarity with my countrymen who are now struggling for food back home, and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days ... I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate," said Yeb Saño. A year ago, Saño gave another speech to the U.N. climate summit in Doha following the devastating Typhoon Bopha that killed some 1,100. "In Doha, we asked: 'If not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?' But here in Warsaw, we may very well ask these same forthright questions," Saño said yesterday. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw."
- U.N. Launches $300 Million Appeal for Philippines; Aid Slow to Reach Victims
- Storm Kills At Least 100 in Somalia's Puntland Region
- Cambodia: 1 Killed in Police Crackdown on Striking Garment Workers
- Bangladesh: Garment Workers' Protest Shuts Down 100 Factories
- Haqqani Network Leader Shot Dead in Pakistan
- HRW: Syria Used Incendiary Weapons in Dozens of Attacks
- Report: Asylum Seekers in U.S. Unable to Work, Obtain Aid
- Report: Fewer Than 50,000 Enrolled on Obamacare Site
- Documents Show NSA Spied on OPEC
- Kerry Declines to Elaborate on JFK Assassination Views
- Right-Winger Avigdor Lieberman Reinstated as Israeli Foreign Minister
- Detained Greenpeace Activists Transferred 800 Miles to St. Petersburg
- Pussy Riot Member Out of Contact Since Transfer to Heart of Siberia
- Romania Rejects Gold Mine Project After Mass Protests
- Train Carrying 2.7 Million Gallons of Oil Derails in Alabama
- Autopsy: African-American Woman Killed on Michigan Porch Was Shot in Face
- 4 Dead in Brooklyn Murder-Suicide Involving Iranian Rock Band
- Texas: Prosecutor to Serve 10-Day Term for Hiding Evidence in Case That Sent Innocent Man to Jail
Today marks Veterans Day, the federal holiday honoring U.S. men and women who have fought in the armed forces. Veterans continue to face extremely high levels of unemployment, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and homelessness. Since 2000, nearly 6,000 servicemembers have experienced traumatic amputations from injuries caused by improvised explosive devices and other war-related dangers. Nearly one million active servicemembers have been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder since 2000; nearly half of those have been diagnosed with two or more. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 22 veterans take their own lives each day. Last year, more U.S. military personnel died by their own hands than the hands of others. On any given night, nearly 63,000 veterans are homeless. Many suffer chronic debilitating mental health problems. We are joined by longtime writer and photographer Ann Jones, author of the new book, "They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars—The Untold Story."
As the Philippines reels from one of the worst storms in history, the annual U.N. climate summit is opening today in Warsaw, Poland. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, says rising sea levels caused by global warming increased the size of the storm’s surge, while the heating of the oceans threatens more extreme storms that could form into typhoons. We also air the emotional plea of Yeb Saño, a member of the Philippines Climate Change Commission, urging action on global warming at last year’s climate summit in Doha. Saño spoke just as Typhoon Bopha hit his country, killing hundreds and leaving 250,000 homeless. "Heartbreaking tragedies like this are not unique to the Philippines, because the whole world — especially developing countries, struggling to address poverty and achieve social and human development — confront these same realities," Saño said. "I ask of all of us here: If not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?"
More than 10,000 people are feared dead in the central Philippines following one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Nearly 1,000 people are confirmed dead so far, but the toll is expected to rise. Typhoon Haiyan sent huge waves that inundated towns, washed ships ashore and swept away coastal villages. More than 600,000 people have been displaced, and many still have no access to food, water or medicine. The city of Tacloban was described as a scene of massive devastation, with bodies scattered in the streets and buried under flattened buildings. We are joined by Al Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan, who reported from Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan struck, herself struggling to survive the storm.
- Typhoon Haiyan Devastates Philippines, Over 10,000 Feared Dead
- Iran Talks to Continue After Nuclear Deal Stalls
- Kerry: "Significant Progress" in Iran Nuclear Talks
- Israeli PM Decries "Bad and Dangerous" Iran Deal
- Iran, IAEA Reach Inspections Deal for Nuclear Sites
- Iranian Minister Shot Dead in Tehran
- U.N. Climate Summit Opens in Poland
- U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 5 in Yemen
- Pakistanis Rally Against U.S. Drone Attacks
- Saudi Arabia Arrests Foreign Workers; 2 Killed in Clashes
- U.N. Expert Urges Qatar to Improve Conditions for Migrant Workers
- Thousands Protest Raid of State Broadcaster in Greece
- 2 Killed, 22 Wounded in Texas Shooting
- Bloomberg Seeks Permanent Repeal of "Stop-and-Frisk" Curbs for NYPD
- "60 Minutes" Retracts Benghazi Story; Watchdog Urges Independent Review
- Sen. Graham Maintains Vow to Block Obama Nominees over Benghazi, Despite CBS Retraction
As a measure to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods fails to pass in Washington state, we speak to one of its major supporters, David Bronner, the grandson of Dr. Bronner who founded Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, who spent $2.3 million on the "Yes on 522" campaign, but was outspent 3-to-1 by opponents. The campaign against Initiative 522 drew millions of dollars from major corporations and out-of-state organizations who spent more than $22 million to defeat it, including Monsanto, which donated more than $5 million, and DuPont, which gave almost $4 million. Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Nestle dedicated more than $1.5 million each. This comes as a recent New York Times poll found 93 percent of Americans want labels on food containing GM ingredients. Sixty-four countries require it. Bronner notes votes are still being counted and the measure is not yet officially defeated, and says similar measures are pending in Connecticut and Maine.
The National Football League’s culture of violence has come under scrutiny after Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito allegedly made bullying and racist threats to his teammate Jonathan Martin. The Dolphins initially denied the threats, but later suspended Incognito, one of the team’s most popular players. For more, we talk with Dave Zirin, The Nation sports editor and host of Edge of Sports Radio. For those who think the controversy is simply a "sports issue," Zirin explains: "Think about other stories that have been in the media recently with names like Steubenville or Maryville or Torrington, Connecticut, instances where you see this connective tissue between jock culture and rape culture. All of these things are very connected. This idea where you get young men in a very violent kind of group mentality ... It creates a very, very destructive social climate that puts terrible social cues out to the general public."
For decades, members of many American Indian communities have called on the Washington Redskins football team to change its name, which is based on a racial slur. Now the pressure has reached new heights. On Thursday night, nearly a thousand Native Americans and their allies protested outside the Metrodome Stadium in Minneapolis as the team played the Minnesota Vikings. Earlier in the day, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton suggested members of Congress put pressure on the team’s owners by boycotting its games. On Tuesday, D.C. lawmakers voted to call on the team to change its name. Also this week, the Minnesota American Indian Movement took legal action to call on the state to refuse funding for the new Vikings stadium if the word "Redskins" will be used there. Despite the massive outcry, the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, has refused to change its name. "The 'R' word is not different than the 'N' word. Little Red Sambo has to go," says Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder and director of the American Indian Movement and an organizer with the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media. We are also joined by Dave Zirin, political sports columnist for The Nation magazine and host of Edge of Sports Radio. "The word 'Redskins' is a legacy of Jim Crow. It’s a legacy of the team’s original owner, George Preston Marshall, who was an arch-segregationist," Zirin notes. "The team was the last team to integrate in the NFL. When George Preston Marshall passed away in 1969, he put in his will that no money from his foundation could go to any organization that promoted [racial] integration."
Tuesday’s election signaled a political sea change in New York City as voters chose a candidate who repeatedly emphasized his progressive vision. The city’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio, crushed Republican Joe Lhota in the mayoral race to replace billionaire mayor Mike Bloomberg. De Blasio is set to become the first Democrat to lead the city in two decades. During his campaign, de Blasio’s signature message focused on what he called a "tale of two cities" and challenge the police department’s controversial "stop-and-frisk" program. Mayor-elect de Blasio rose to power with the help of the Working Families Party, an independent political coalition sponsored by labor unions and focused on reducing social and political inequality. The party’s grassroots organizing efforts are not limited to New York. It recently won landmark legislation to tackle the student debt crisis in Oregon; fought the corporate education reform agenda in Bridgeport, Connecticut; and won paid sick days in Jersey City, New Jersey. Voters in New Jersey also approved a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage by a dollar to $8.25 an hour and add automatic cost-of-living increases each year. "We are living in the world Occupy made," says Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party. "We are the beneficiaries of what they did in terms of making this [about] inequality, which is from our point of view the core issue of our time."
- Historic Storm Batters Philippines
- Initial Deal on Iran's Nuclear Program Appears Imminent
- More Than 50 Arrested at Wal-Mart Protest in Los Angeles
- Obama Apologizes for Health Insurance Cancellations
- Reports of Military Sexual Assault Increase by 46%
- Audio of British Soldiers Executing Afghan Released
- Senate Passes Landmark Bill to Protect LGBT Workers
- FDA Moves to Phase Out Harmful Trans Fats
- New Pakistani Taliban Leader Plotted Attack on Malala Yousafzai
- U.S. Loses Vote at UNESCO After Halting Funds over Palestine Membership
- British Spy Chiefs Claim Snowden Leaks Caused Damage
- Brazil, Germany Draft U.N. Resolution Against Unfettered Spying
- Report: CIA Pays AT&T $10 Million Annually for Phone Data
- Report: Error Prompted FBI Spying on Antiwar.com
- FAA Releases Initial Plan on Increased Domestic Drone Use
- Newly Released Video Shows Toronto Mayor on Murder Rant
- Chicago Cop Faces No Charges for Shooting Unarmed Black Man 7 Times
- Police Shoot Unarmed 19-Year-Old in Iowa Despite Calls to Back Off
- Anti-Corruption Activists Rain Money on Illinois Lawmakers
A new report says medical professionals working under U.S. military orders have been complicit in the abuse of terrorism suspects. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism concluded that medical staff who worked with the CIA and Pentagon "designed and participated in cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment and torture of detainees" at Guantánamo Bay and at secret prisons overseas. The two-year study cites doctors for breaching patient confidentiality and advising interrogators on how to exploit prisoners’ fears and crush their will to resist. The task force is calling for a full investigation of the medical profession’s role in U.S. torture and an overhaul to ensure doctors involved in interrogations follow ethical standards. Both the CIA and the Pentagon have rejected the report’s findings. We are joined by two guests: retired brigadier general Dr. Stephen Xenakis, a military psychiatrist who advised the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on military mental health issues, and Leonard Rubenstein, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-author of the report, "Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the 'War on Terror.'"