Biden “Illegally” Bombs Iranian-Backed Militias in Syria, Jeopardizing Nuclear Talks with Tehran

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we turn now to Syria. The Biden administration is facing intense criticism after U.S. Air Force fighter jets bombed eastern Syria Thursday. The Pentagon claimed the strikes targeted Iranian-backed militant groups. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 22 people died. Biden ordered the airstrike on the same day he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch rival in the region. According to the White House, Biden committed on the call to helping Saudi Arabia defend its…

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U.S. Says Saudi Crown Prince MBS Approved Assassination of Khashoggi, But He Avoids Any Sanctions

The Biden administration has released a declassified report that finds Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, responsible for the assassination of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. But the U.S. does not plan to sanction the crown prince, though the administration has announced travel restrictions to dozens of other Saudi officials. The decision is being criticized by human rights groups and friends of the late Khashoggi. “It’s important to not point fingers but also to sanction MBS … and to treat him as the pariah he is, like Biden promised during the campaign,” says Abdullah Alaoudh, who works as a…

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Headlines for March 1, 2021

Biden Will Not Sanction MBS After Intel Report Confirms Responsibility in Khashoggi MurderJohnson & Johnson Vaccine Rolls Out as CDC Warns Decline in Cases Has StalledDem. Senators Move to Penalize Big Companies That Underpay Workers18 Killed in Deadliest Day of Burmese Anti-Coup Protests47 Hong Kong Activists Charged Under National Security LawFour Killed, 120 Injured After Iraqi Security Forces Open Fire on Protesters in Nasiriyah42 Released Following Mass Kidnapping at Nigerian School15 Refugees Drown as Boat Capsizes Off Libyan CoastDonald Trump Attacks Immigrants & Lies About 2020 Election in First Post-Presidency SpeechAll Families Released from Berks County ICE JailAsian Americans and Allies Demand Action Against Surging Hate CrimesNew York…

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“We Want the Truth Uncovered”: Malcolm X’s Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz Backs New Probe into Assassination

This month, Democracy Now! turns 25—that’s 25 years of bringing you the voices and stories you won’t hear in the corporate media. Democracy Now! has always refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. Nothing is more important to us than telling you the truth. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for support. Please make your contribution of $25 or more in honor of our 25th anniversary and help us stay on air for another 25 years. Right now, a generous donor will even DOUBLE your gift, which means it’ll go twice as far! This…

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The Assassination of Malcolm X: Ex-Undercover Officer Admits Role in FBI & Police Conspiracy

The FBI and New York Police Department are facing renewed calls to open their records into the assassination of Malcolm X, after the release of a deathbed confession of a former undercover NYPD officer who admitted to being part of a conspiracy targeting Malcolm. In the confession, Raymond Wood, who died last year, admitted he entrapped two members of Malcolm’s security team in another crime — a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty — just days before the assassination. This left the Black civil rights leader vulnerable at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, where he was fatally shot on February 21, 1965. Raymond Wood’s cousin Reggie…

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“The Whole System Needs to be Indicted”: Attorney Benjamin Crump on Overhauling U.S. Policing

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, the Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. A warning to our audience: our first segment today contains graphic descriptions of police violence. The Democratic-led House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on a sweeping police reform bill that would ban chokeholds, prohibit federal no-knock warrants, establish a National Police Misconduct Registry and other measures. The bill is called the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, named after the African American man who was killed last year by a white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee…

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Headlines for February 26, 2021

President Biden Orders Airstrikes on Syria, Killing 17 Iran-Backed Militia MembersBiden Calls Saudi King Salman, Doesn't Raise Crown Prince's Involvement in Khashoggi's MurderBrazil's COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000"Long Covid": 1 in 10 COVID-19 Survivors Face Lingering and Debilitating Symptoms, WHO WarnsBiden Warns it's "Not a Time to Relax" as U.S. Records Another 2,400 COVID-19 DeathsSenate Parliamentarian Advises Against Including Minimum Wage Hike in Coronavirus Relief BillPolice Chief Warns Pro-Trump Militia Members Are Plotting to Blow up the CapitolHundreds of Nigerian School Girls Feared Abducted in RaidU.S. House Passes Historic Equality Act Protecting LGBTQ PeopleRand Paul Launches Transphobic Attack Against HHS Nominee Rachel LevineEx-Aide Accuses Andrew Cuomo of Sexual…

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"Decades in the Making": How Mainstream Conservatives & Right-Wing Money Fueled the Capitol Attack

As more details emerge about those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, it’s becoming clearer that the insurrection was not the work of a “fringe” group, but rather the result of a decades-long conservative effort to undermine democracy, according to author Brendan O’Connor. “The events of January 6 were not just months, but years, decades, in the making,” says O’Connor, who notes that major Republican donors and prominent conservative groups were connected to the Trump rally that immediately preceded the Capitol riot. Source link

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"Not Ready to Give Up": Democrats Push Senate to Keep Popular $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill

As the House of Representatives prepares to pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, a fight is brewing over the inclusion of an increase to the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure is at risk in the Senate, where conservative Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema oppose its inclusion in the relief bill or suggest a lower amount. Congressmember Jan Schakowsky of Illinois says Congress must pass the minimum wage hike to help address inequality in the United States. “The current minimum wage, federally, is $7.25. Now, you can’t live on that. You can’t raise a family on that,” she says.…

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100+ Countries Push to Loosen WTO Rules on Vaccine Patents. Why Is the U.S. Still Blocking the Way?

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: As the global COVID death toll nears two-and-a-half million, half a million of those deaths here in the United States, we begin today’s show looking at how intellectual property rights are preventing much of the world from obtaining COVID vaccines. In the United States, over 45 million people have received at least their first dose of a vaccine. But across much of the world, COVID vaccines will not be available for months, if not years. The United Nations recently warned 130 countries have not received any vaccines at all, leading to what some have…

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