Headlines for September 9, 2021

WHO Calls for Halt to COVID Booster Shots in 2021, Says Vaccines Should Go to Poorer CountriesCOVAX Cuts 2021 Vaccine Forecast; Australia Joins Call for Waiver on Vaccine PatentsLos Angeles Schools Poised to Require Vaccinations for Students 12 and Older Afghanistan Evacuations Continue as Taliban Reestablishes Ministry of "Virtue and Vice"Main Suspect in 2015 Paris Attacks Tells Court He Was a Soldier for the Islamic StateHuman Rights Campaign President Fired in Latest Fallout from Cuomo Sexual Harassment ProbeVirginia Removes Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee17 Patients Die as Floods Hit Mexican Hospital; Record Drought Worsens Brazil's Energy CrisisSuper Typhoon Chanthu Hurtles Toward Philippines and Southeast ChinaIda's Death Toll…

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“Will Corporate Greed Prolong the Pandemic?”: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz on Global Vaccine Equity

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says global vaccine inequity endangers everyone on the planet, including those in rich countries, and says the best way to solve the problem is to drastically increase production of COVID-19 vaccines. “As long as the disease is festering someplace in the world, there are going to be mutations,” Stiglitz says. “So it’s in our own self-interest that we get the disease controlled everywhere.” Source link

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Joseph Stiglitz: Ending Unemployment Benefits as Pandemic Rages Is Cruel & Hurts Economic Recovery

As unemployment benefits for millions of U.S. workers expired on Labor Day, with many states suffering the worst surge of the pandemic, economist Joseph Stiglitz says it’s “disturbing” federal aid was allowed to lapse. “This is going to feed into the problems posed by the Delta variant.” Stiglitz also talks about whether Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell should stay in the job, saying he has done a “reasonable job” during the pandemic but has a tendency “to side with Wall Street and engage in deregulation.” Source link

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Fossil Fuel Leaks, Spills, Flaring & Chemical Releases After Hurricane Ida May Be Worst Ever Recorded

Oil and gas investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz says the extent of damage done after Hurricane Ida from the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry from leaks, spills, flaring, ruptures and chemical releases in the Gulf Coast could be among the worst of such events ever recorded. As half a million electricity customers continue to suffer without power, Juhasz also reports New Orleans faces excessively high durations and frequencies of power outages that mostly hit neighborhoods which are majority people of color and low income. Source link

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“Badly Damaged”: Environmental Activist in “Cancer Alley” Documents Oil Spills After Hurricane Ida

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we turn to our ongoing coverage of the damage caused by Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the United States. On Tuesday, President Biden visited the storm-ravaged areas of New York and New Jersey. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: And, folks, the evidence is clear: Climate change poses an existential threat to our lives, to our economy. And the threat is here. It’s not going to get any better. The question: Can it get worse? We can stop it from…

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Taliban’s New Acting Government Filled with Hard-Liners, No Women Is “Disappointing” as Protests Grow

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Kabul, where the Taliban has taken a major step in reestablishing the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan by announcing its acting government. The new Cabinet does not include any women or any members of the former Afghan government. The new acting prime minister is Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who was a close aide to the Taliban founding leader Mohammad Omar. His deputy will be Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar. The new interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is on the FBI’s most wanted list for a 2008 attack in Kabul that killed six…

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Headlines for September 8, 2021

Taliban Announces Acting Gov't as Protests Take Place Across Afghanistan75% of U.S. Adults Partially Vaccinated; Quarter of New Cases Are Children Amid Delta SurgeNew Zealand Eases Restrictions; Cuba Rolls Out Vaccines for Children as Young as 2Pro- and Anti-Bolsonaro Protesters Rally on Brazil's Independence DayGov. Abbott Claims He Will "Eliminate Rapists" as He Signs Voter Restriction Bill into LawBiden Warns of Existential Threat of Climate Change as He Visits NY and NJ in Ida's WakeGlobal Coalition Calls on U.N. to Postpone November Climate Talks Amid Pandemic, Vaccine InequityMexico's Top Court Decriminalizes Abortion7.0 Earthquake Rattles Acapulco, Killing at Least One PersonBitcoin Crashes as El Salvador Adopts Cryptocurrency as Legal…

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“Some Kids Left Behind”: After 9/11, No Safety Measures at Stuyvesant H.S. Led to Sickness & Death

As we look at the public health crisis that followed the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City, we speak with Lila Nordstrom, a student in 2001 at Stuyvesant High School, which neighbors ground zero and was reopened while the site was still burning and releasing toxic smoke and dust. “Our school wasn’t just next to the World Trade Center site, but we were also in the center of the clean-up operations,” says Nordstrom. “There were not any safety precautions being taken to protect us as we walked to and from school. The building that we were attending school in smelled like smoke 24 hours a day…

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Joe Zadroga: My 9/11 Responder Son Died from Exposure to Ground Zero as Officials Denied Connection

As we look at “9/11’s Unsettled Dust” and the massive environmental and public health crisis that followed the 9/11 attacks in New York City 20 years ago this week, we speak with Joe Zadroga, father of New York police officer James Zadroga, who died of a respiratory illness after assisting in rescue efforts at ground zero. He says government officials spent years denying his son’s symptoms were related to ground zero rescue efforts. “We spent five years trying to get Jimmy help,” says Zadroga. “Everyone refused to help us.” Congressmember Carolyn Maloney said she faced extreme pressure to change the name of the James Zadroga Health and Compensation…

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“9/11’s Unsettled Dust”: Bush’s EPA Hid Health Risks from Toxic Dust at Ground Zero & Thousands Died

As this week marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we look at an enraging new documentary, “9/11’s Unsettled Dust,” on the impact of the toxic, cancer-causing smoke and dust that hung over ground zero and how the Environmental Protection Agency put Wall Street’s interests before public health and told people the air was safe to breathe. One of the key figures in the film is Democracy Now! co-host Juan González, who was among the first to expose the public health and environmental crisis at ground zero in a series of reports for the New York Daily News. He says the intense backlash from the mayor’s…

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