United States of War: How AUKUS Nuclear Submarine Deal Could Inflame Tension, Provoke War with China

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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The Globalized, Corporate-Led Food System Is Failing Us: Boycott Grows of U.N. Food Summit

More than 500 civil society groups boycotted the United Nations Food Systems Summit in New York for giving corporations an outsized role in framing the agenda. We speak with ​​leading food advocates in Ethiopia, India and the United States, who lay out their concerns: Million Belay, general coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa; Raj Patel, journalist and research professor at the University of Texas at Austin; and Shalmali Guttal, executive director of Focus on the Global South. “There is growing hunger in the world, and there is growing inequality and growing poverty and unemployment,” Guttal says. “This industrialized, globalized, corporate-led food system is failing us.”…

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Raj Patel: Climate, Conflict and Capitalism Drive Global Hunger. COVID Made It Worse

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: With hunger growing across the globe during the pandemic, the United Nations is holding its first Food Systems Summit today. But the summit is facing fierce criticism for giving corporations an outsized role framing its agenda, with Big Food names like PepsiCo invited to fireside chats during a pre-summit in Rome. The U.N.’s own experts on food, human rights and the environment released a statement that, quote, “there is a risk the Summit will serve the corporate sector more than the people who are essential to ensuring our food systems flourish such as workers,…

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Headlines for September 23, 2021

Biden Pledges More Vaccine Donations as Poorer Nations Demand Patent Waivers for COVID-19 ShotsAlaska Hospitals, Overwhelmed by COVID-19, Begin Rationing CareFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis Taps Anti-Mask Vaccine Skeptic as Surgeon GeneralDHS Looks to Expand Immigrant Detention at Guantánamo as Humanitarian Crisis at Border GrowsBlack Congressmembers Condemn Inhumane, Racist Treatment of Haitian Asylum SeekersOver 300 Migrant Children Still Separated from Their FamiliesVenezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Calls for an End to Sanctions, Respect for International LawAdviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Survives Assassination AttemptWHO Slashes Recommended Limits for Air Pollution, Which Kills 7 Million People Per YearPolice Reform Legislation Collapses After Bipartisan Talks Fail to Reach Agreement12 Prisoners Have Died…

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"Life Has Become Unlivable in Honduras": How Corruption & Drug Trade Fueled Migration to U.S.

We look at a new Reuters special report examining corruption and the drug trade in Honduras, which human rights groups say are pushing tens of thousands of people to flee the Central American country for the United States. “People really describe feeling that their life has become unlivable in Honduras,” Reuters correspondent Laura Gottesdiener says. This comes less than six months after a federal court in New York sentenced Tony Hernández, the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, to life in prison for drug trafficking and listed the president as a co-conspirator. We also speak with Adriana Beltrán, executive director of the Seattle International Foundation, who says…

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Cuban Diplomat on U.S. Blockade, Havana's Homegrown Vaccines & Biden's Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has criticized the United States for intensifying its embargo at a time when Cuba is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. “The Biden administration policy toward Cuba today has been the Trump administration policy toward Cuba,” says Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director general for U.S. affairs in the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He says Cuba also rejects U.S. claims about “Havana syndrome,” the name given to mysterious neurological symptoms some American diplomats and CIA officers say they have experienced in foreign postings, including in Cuba. “The U.S. government has no answer to explain what has happened,” says Fernández de Cossío. We…

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Headlines for September 22, 2021

World Leaders Address Climate Crisis, Pandemic at UNGA as Guterres Warns World "On Edge of Abyss"House Dems Pass Bill to Avert Gov't Shutdown, Raise the Debt Limit, But Fate in Senate Is PrecariousCori Bush and Elizabeth Warren Intro Eviction Ban Bill as Housing Activists Rally in D.C.J&J Says Second Dose of Vaccine Increases Efficacy to 94%Chinese City of 10 Million Goes into Partial Shutdown After Single COVID Case ConfirmedMexican Authorities Target Haitian Asylum Seekers Fleeing Dangerous Conditions in U.S.Immigrant Rights Activists Demand Dems and Biden Establish Pathway to CitizenshipAt Least 8 Refugees Died at Sea Off Spanish Coast Since SundayLa Palma Evacuates 1,000s as Volcano Lava Buries Homes,…

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“We Are Troy Davis”: 10 Years After Georgia Execution That Galvanized Anti-Death Penalty Movement

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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"We Need to Deliver": Anger Grows at Sens. Manchin, Sinema over Obstruction of Democratic Priorities

Democrats are still divided over President Biden’s sweeping $3.5 trillion spending plan to expand the social safety net, increase taxes on the rich and corporations, improve worker rights and combat the climate crisis. Senate Democrats are hoping to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill, but this will only work if the entire Democratic caucus backs the deal, and conservative Democrats have balked at the price tag. Progressive Democrats in the House, meanwhile, say they won’t vote for a separate $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate unless the reconciliation bill is part of the package. “We want to pass the full agenda that President…

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