“Worked to Death”: IATSE Film Crew on “Rust” Walked Off Set to Protest Conditions Before Shooting

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we look at the tragic shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of Rust last Thursday on a set in New Mexico. It’s drawing attention to cost-cutting decisions and overall safety in the film industry. Yahoo News is reporting the gun that killed Halyna had been used by crew members just hours beforehand for live-ammunition target practice by some members of the crew, who used the prop guns, including the gun that killed her, to shoot at beer cans — a practice…

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“Devastation and Anger” in Sudan as Military Coup Halts Country’s Democratic Transition

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. A warning to our audience: This segment contains graphic video of state violence, as we turn to Sudan, where protesters are back in the streets again today following Monday’s military coup. News outlets are reporting at least 10 protesters have been shot dead since the military placed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest and detained most of his Cabinet. A number of protest leaders have also been arrested. Sudan’s military ruler, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a…

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The Facebook Papers: Docs Reveal Tech Giant’s Complicity in Hate, Lies & Violence Around the World

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Thousands of pages of internal documents leaked by former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower Frances Haugen are now the basis of a damning series of reports called the Facebook Papers being published this week. They show how the company’s choices prioritized profits over safety and how it tried to hide its own research from investors and the public. A new story published this morning by the Associated Press finds the Facebook documents show the platform ignored some of its own researchers’ suggestions for addressing vaccine misinformation. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg pushed back Monday…

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Headlines for October 26, 2021

Sudan's Military Opens Fire on Protesters Opposing CoupFDA Panel to Review Pfizer's Application for COVID Vaccines for ChildrenU.S. to Allow Entry to International Travelers Who Prove VaccinationNew York City Police Union Sues to Roll Back COVID Vaccine MandateU.N. Warns Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit Record High in 2020U.N. Blames Climate Crisis for South Sudan's Worst Flooding in 60 YearsRare Mediterranean Hurricane Strikes Italy; California Sees Record October Rainfall Extinction Rebellion Climate Protesters Block Busy Streets in New York, MadridNetherlands' Largest Pension Fund to Divest from Fossil FuelsFacebook Whistleblower to U.K. Parliament: "Zuckerberg Has Unilateral Control Over 3 Billion People"Guatemala Puts Town Under Martial Law as Indigenous Leaders Protest Mining ProjectAmnesty…

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Free Julian Assange: Snowden, Varoufakis, Corbyn & Tariq Ali Speak Out Ahead of Extradition Hearing

As jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces an extradition hearing Wednesday in London, supporters gathered Friday for the Belmarsh Tribunal, named for the Belmarsh maximum security prison where Assange is being held. The mock trial highlighted major WikiLeaks revelations of U.S. war crimes and demanded Assange’s freedom. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison in the U.S. under the Espionage Act for publishing classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes. Though a British judge blocked his extradition in January, the U.S. appealed the decision. We feature speakers from the tribunal, including writer Tariq Ali, Afghan political activist Selay Ghaffar, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis…

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Rep. Ro Khanna, Grandson of Activist Jailed with Gandhi Movement, Decries Facebook’s Role in India

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Congressmember Khanna, you represent Silicon Valley, and I want to ask you about the social media giant Facebook. A consortium of 17 news outlets is examining the so-called Facebook Papers, a trove of internal documents turned over to federal regulators by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen that are shedding new light on the role of Facebook in spreading misinformation and polarizing content. The documents reveal most of Facebook’s efforts to combat online hate are focused on the United States. We’re talking about the United States audience is like 9%, and something like 90% of…

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Rep. Ro Khanna Slams Conservative Democrats for Holding Back Build Back Better Plan

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. After months of negotiations, Democrats are facing a pivotal week that could decide the future of President Biden’s domestic agenda. Biden met with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at Biden’s Delaware home Sunday in an attempt to advance the stalled reconciliation package that Manchin and fellow conservative Democrat Kyrsten Sinema have been obstructing. The proposed price tag on the Build Back Better Act, which would vastly expand the social safety net and combat the climate crisis,…

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Headlines for October 25, 2021

Sudanese Military Dissolves Transitional Gov't, Detains Prime Minister in Coup"Facebook Papers" Reveal How Co. Fueled Violence in India, Facebook's Role in Jan. 6 Insurrection"Stop the Steal" Organizers Say GOP Lawmakers, Trump Staffers Involved in Planning Jan. 6 RalliesIsrael Designates Palestinian Human Rights Orgs as "Terrorist" GroupsTurkey's Erdogan Orders 10 Western Ambassadors Expelled over Support for Jailed DissidentU.N. Fears Possible "Mass Atrocity Crimes" in Burma as Troops MobilizeRefugees in Libya Camp Outside U.N. Office to Demand EvacuationBarbados Elects First-Ever President to Replace British Queen as Head of StateThousands of Asylum Seekers Form Caravan in Southern Mexico, March Toward U.S.Apache Nation Asks Federal Court to Halt Proposed Copper Mine at…

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Public Citizen Blasts Pfizer for Putting Corporate Profit Over Increasing Access to COVID Vaccines

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman. We look now at how one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine makers appears to have restricted — appears to have restricted access to those very vaccines. The People’s Vaccine Alliance says just 14% of the 1.8 billion doses rich nations promised to donate have been delivered so far. And this week Germany said it expected to miss its target to donate 100 million doses this year, due in part to legal restrictions imposed by vaccine manufacturers. Some of these restrictions are detailed in a new damning report by…

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Sen. Joe Manchin’s Opposition to Biden Agenda Backed by History of Putting Corporations Over People

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: So, speaking about this issue of the personal profit of these senators, I want to turn to Stephen Smith with West Virginia Can’t Wait. A lot is made of, well, it’s an ideological difference that Senator Manchin has with people like Senator Sanders, you know, calling Senator Sanders’ dream of an entitlement society and saying he’s opposed to that. But as we started this conversation yesterday on Democracy Now!, he is making millions of dollars personally over opposing, for example, stripping out renewable energy. He started these coal companies in the 1980s in West…

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