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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How Kyrsten Sinema, Once a Socialist, Is Now Obstructing the Democrats’ Progressive Platform

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman. During a CNN town hall Thursday night, President Biden defended his domestic agenda but acknowledged key aspects of his Build Back Better plan are in jeopardy due to two Senate Democrats: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. With the Senate evenly split, Biden needs support from both of them to pass the plan through the reconciliation process. Biden’s initial proposal called for $3.5 trillion over 10 years to vastly expand the social safety net and combat the climate crisis. But after facing opposition…

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As Murder Trial Begins in Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing, Family Worries About Impartiality of Jurors

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: In Georgia, jury selection began this week in the trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed 25-year-old Black man who was chased down and shot to death while out for a jog last year in the suburbs of Brunswick, Georgia. Many have compared his death to a modern-day lynching. A warning to our viewers and listeners: This segment contains graphic descriptions of violence. On February 23rd, 2020, Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael saw Arbery jogging, grabbed guns and pursued him in a pickup truck. Their neighbor, William…

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Headlines for October 22, 2021

Report Reveals U.S. Immigration Officers' Violent and Sexual Abuse of Asylum Seekers National Guard Troops Helped Texas Law Enforcement Arrest Over 70,000 Asylum SeekersHaiti Gang Threatens to Kill Missionary Hostages Amid Dire Security & Economic Conditions Just 14% of Vaccines Pledged to Poorer Nations Have Been Delivered as Rich Countries Hoard DosesClimate Crisis Set to Drive Public Health Crisis and Threaten National Security Wealthy Nations Tried to Dilute U.N. Climate Report Ahead of COP26 Global SummitHouse Votes to Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt for Defying Capitol Insurrection SubpoenaJ&J Spinoff Company Files for Bankruptcy to Stem Damage from Talcum Powder Cancer LawsuitsAlec Baldwin Fires Prop Gun on Set, Killing Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins…

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Jailed Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Publishes Prison Writings as Sisi Cracks Down on Dissent

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 Nermeen Shaikh, as we turn now to Egypt. The Biden administration has said it will withhold 10%, or $130 million, in military aid to Egypt amidst mounting concerns over human rights abuses by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government. This means nearly $1.2 billion in military assistance will continue to flow to Egypt, even as a new report by Human Rights Watch finds Egyptian Interior Ministry forces have killed perhaps hundreds of secretly held dissidents in extrajudicial executions in recent years.…

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