El Milagro Tortilla Workers Walk Out to Demand Fair Wages & Workload Amid Staff Shortage, COVID Deaths

We go to Chicago for an update on workers at El Milagro tortilla plants who staged a temporary walkout last week to protest low pay, staff shortages and abusive working conditions, including intimidation and sexual harassment. El Milagro claims an ongoing tortilla shortage is due to supply chain issues, but organizers say the company has lost staff due to their poor treatment of workers, including their mishandling of the pandemic, resulting in dozens of infections and five deaths. Workers gave El Milagro management until this Wednesday to respond to their demands. “The company, instead of offering better wages and hiring more people, is just cranking up the machines,”…

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The Plot to Kill Julian Assange: Report Reveals CIA's Plan to Kidnap, Assassinate WikiLeaks Founder

Did the CIA under the Trump administration plan to kidnap and assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a shootout in London? That is one of the explosive findings in a new exposé by Yahoo News that details how the CIA considered abducting and possibly murdering Assange while he took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid being extradited to Sweden for rape allegations, charges that were dropped in 2017. More than 30 former officials say former CIA Director Mike Pompeo was apparently motivated to get even with WikiLeaks following its publication of sensitive CIA hacking tools, which the agency considered “the largest data loss in CIA…

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Justice for Black Women & Girls: R. Kelly Found Guilty in Sex Crimes Case After Decades of Abuse

R&B singer R. Kelly is guilty of a series of charges, including racketeering based on sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, forced labor and transporting people across state lines for sex. Jurors in the federal trial returned their verdict Monday after 11 accusers — nine women and two men — and 34 other witnesses detailed Kelly’s pattern of sexual and other abuse against dozens of women and underage girls for nearly two decades. “He just became more egregious, more bold, with the kind of crimes that he was committing against Black girls and women,” says dream hampton, executive producer of the documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which helped publicize…

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Headlines for September 28, 2021

As Government Shutdown Looms, Senate GOP Blocks Bill to Fund Government and Raise Debt CeilingSen. Kyrsten Sinema Solicits Funds from Lobbyists Opposing Democrats' $3.5T Spending BillR. Kelly Found Guilty on All Counts in Sex Trafficking TrialBiden Receives COVID-19 Booster, Urges Unvaccinated to Get First ShotsNew York National Guard May Fill Roles of Healthcare Workers Who Refuse VaccinationsCIA Pushed Trump Administration to Kidnap or Assassinate WikiLeaks' Julian AssangeInternational Criminal Court Probe on Afghanistan War Crimes Excludes U.S. and AlliesTaliban Tightens Restrictions on Afghan Women's RightsTunisians Protest Power Grab by President Kais SaiedBiden Administration Seeks to Protect Young Immigrants After Texas Judge Voids DACA Pioneering Black Filmmaker and Artist Melvin Van…

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Meet Mansoor Adayfi: I Was Kidnapped as a Teen, Sold to the CIA & Jailed at Guantánamo for 14 Years

This year Democracy Now! is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that's 25 years of bringing you fearless, independent reporting. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for support. If everyone who tunes into Democracy Now! signed up for a monthly donation of just $10, we could cover our operating costs for the entire year. Please do your part today. Right now, a generous donor will even DOUBLE your first monthly gift, which means it’ll go twice as far! This is…

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Headlines for September 27, 2021

Haitians Condemn Mass Deportations and Inhumane Treatment by the U.S.Social Democrats to Form Coalition Gov't in Germany After Edging Out Merkel's Long-Standing BlocIsraeli Forces Kill 5 Palestinians in West Bank; Political Leader Khalida Jarrar Released from PrisonMahmoud Abbas Gives Israel One Year to End OccupationVanuatu to Ask for ICJ Opinion on Climate CrisisActivists Take to Streets for Global Climate StrikePG&E Charged with Manslaughter over 2020 Zogg Fire as Wildfires Rage in CaliforniaAl-Shabab Suicide Attack Kills at Least 8 People in MogadishuCanada's Catholic Bishops Apologize for Abuse of Indigenous ChildrenSwiss Voters Approve Bid to Legalize Same-Sex MarriageSan Marino Votes to Legalize AbortionHouse Approves Bill to Protect Abortion Rights, But…

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Rep. Maxine Waters: Biden Admin Must End "Inhumane" Deportation & Whipping of Haitian Asylum Seekers

Longtime diplomat Daniel Foote, the U.S. special envoy to Haiti, has resigned in protest over the Biden administration’s mass deportation of Haitian asylum seekers and meddling in Haiti’s political affairs. The resignation comes days after U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback were filmed chasing, grabbing and whipping Haitian asylum seekers who had gathered in a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas. “I am outraged,” says Maxine Waters, a Democratic congressmember from California who is a longtime advocate for the rights of people in Haiti. She says refugees must be able to seek asylum in the U.S. without such “inhumane” treatment, and urges the Biden administration to do more…

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Former Member of Afghan Parliament Says U.S. War Ushered in "Another Dark Age" for Women

The Taliban are already restricting women’s rights in Afghanistan — just a month since they overran the capital of Kabul — by blocking female students from returning to schools and universities, and telling many women workers to stay home. The new Taliban government has closed the Ministry of Women’s Affairs that was established soon after the Taliban were toppled in 2001, and replaced it with the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, ​​charged with enforcing strict Islamic law. Former Afghan Member of Parliament Belquis Roshan calls for international solidarity with the women of Afghanistan and an end to imperial interventions in the country. “International…

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“Our Health or Our Homes”: Tenants Facing Eviction Help Introduce New “Keeping Renters Safe Act”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: As the Delta variant continues to surge across the United States, so too has the housing and eviction crisis. More than 11 million U.S. households are now behind on rent, and studies show about 80% of those being evicted are Black or Latinx, the majority single women with children. Despite data linking evictions to a rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s temporary extension of eviction bans last month. This week, Congressmember Cori Bush and Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the Keeping Renters Safe Act to reinstate the…

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Headlines for September 24, 2021

Haiti Envoy Resigns over Mass Deportations, Blasts "Catastrophic" History of U.S. InterventionsImmigrant Rights Activists Demand an End to ICE Jails on Day of Nationwide ActionCDC Dir. Walensky Approves Pfizer Boosters for High-Risk Workers, Overruling Agency PanelSouth African and Bolivian Presidents Highlight Global Vaccine Inequity at UNGAGuyana's President Calls Out Disproportionate Effects of Climate Crisis on Small Island NationsEPA Slashes Use of Industrial Chemicals Widely Used in Air Conditioners, RefrigeratorsHouse Approves Increased $768 Billion Pentagon Budget, Rejecting Bids to Rein In Military SpendingHouse Approves Amendment Ending U.S. Support for Saudi-Led Bombing of YemenRep. Tlaib Condemns U.S. Support for Israeli War Crimes & Abuses as House Approves Military FundingExiled Catalan…

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