Headlines for September 7, 2021

Jobless Benefits for Millions Expire on Labor Day After Congress and White House Fail to ActOver 1,000 U.S. Schools Cancel In-Person Classes Due to COVID-19Taliban Defeat Last Pocket of Resistance, Step Up Attacks on Afghan Women90% of Afghanistan's 2,300 Healthcare Centers May Soon Be Forced to Close, Warns WHOMillions in Ethiopia's Tigray Are on Brink of Famine, Warns World Food ProgrammeGuinean Army Colonel Deposes President Alpha Condé in Military CoupMillions Rally for Brazil's Far-Right President, Raising Fears of Trump-Like InsurrectionMexico Breaks Up Caravan of Asylum Seekers; U.S. Deports Refugees to Guatemala CityHundreds of Thousands Lack Electricity More Than a Week After Hurricane IdaWeather Disasters Struck Counties Home to…

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Spencer Ackerman on How the U.S. War on Terror Fueled and Excused Right-Wing Extremism at Home

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. We’re spending the hour with Spencer Ackerman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter, author of Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump. Spencer, you begin your book, with the prologue, with Timothy McVeigh visiting the far-right paramilitary compound in Elohim City, Oklahoma, before what you call, the prologue’s chapter heading, “the worst terrorist attack in American history.” Talk about the connection you see between the rise of right-wing extremism in the United States and the so-called…

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Spencer Ackerman: Today’s Crisis in Kabul Is Direct Result of Decades of U.S. War & Destabilization

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. We turn now to look at the roots of what’s become America’s longest war. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan October 7, 2001, less than a month after the al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Within days of the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan, the Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, but the Bush administration rejected any negotiations with the Taliban. This is Bush’s press secretary, Ari Fleischer, responding to a question in October 2001.…

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“Massacre of My Dreams”: Reporter Bilal Sarwary on Fleeing Kabul & How Afghans Are “Thirsty for Peace”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Today, in this special broadcast, we begin with the longtime Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary. We spoke to Bilal first on August 18th, three days after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan after the U.S.-backed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. I began by asking Bilal about whether he was surprised the Taliban seized power before U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan. BILAL SARWARY: Actually, I was trying to get a marriage certificate for me and my wife, and we were trying to get a passport for our newly born daughter, so I had spoken…

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“On the Kill Floors”: Essential Workers in Meatpacking Plants Still Lack Safety & COVID Protections

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, we look at the experiences of meatpacking workers during the pandemic and beyond. Dulce Castañeda, a founding member of Children of Smithfield, a Nebraska-based grassroots advocacy group led by the children and family members of meatpacking workers, says conditions in the meatpacking plants during the pandemic remained as usual. “It was a situation where they weren’t receiving the protections that they needed,” she tells Democracy Now!, adding that workers often don’t have the time or resources to advocate for themselves. Castañeda and her family are profiled in a new book by journalist Eyal Press titled “Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden…

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A CIA Drone Analyst Apologizes to the People of Afghanistan

As the United States ends a 20-year occupation of Afghanistan, a former intelligence analyst for the CIA’s drone program offers an apology to the people of Afghanistan “from not only myself, but from the rest of our society as Americans.” During deployments to Afghanistan, Christopher Aaron says he was able to see “the human toll, the resource toll of these wars, as well as the fact that the policy of dropping 'guided missiles' at people from remote control airplanes was not allowing us to actually win the war.” We also speak with Eyal Press, who profiles Aaron in his new book, “Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden…

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Dirty Work: Eyal Press on Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

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. This Monday is Labor Day. Today, we spend the rest of the hour looking at Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America. It’s the title of a new book by New Yorker writer Eyal Press. He profiles workers like prison guards and oil workers, and two people we’ll speak to in a minute: a drone operator and the daughter of poultry plant workers. We begin with Eyal Press, who also has a new opinion piece in…

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A Plea for Help from New Orleans: Curfew & Cops Are Not Aid for the Poor After Ida, Says Malik Rahim

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, that led to flash floods and tornadoes in the northeastern United States, has now topped 46. In a speech Thursday, President Biden addressed the natural disasters across the United States. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: The people of Louisiana and Mississippi are resilient and resourceful. We’re going to stand with you for as long as it takes to recover and allow you to rebuild. And to the country: The past few days of Hurricane Ida and the wildfires in the West and the unprecedented flash floods in…

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Headlines for September 3, 2021

Ida's Death Toll Soars After Record Rains Flood Northeastern StatesAerial Photos Show Oil and Chemical Spills Spawned by Hurricane IdaHumanitarian Flights to Afghanistan Resume as U.N. Warns of Widespread HungerJapanese PM Yoshihide Suga Resigns After Critics Blast His Response to COVID-19Over 15 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Have Gone to Waste in the United StatesDemocrats Ready Reproductive Rights Bill After SCOTUS Refuses to Halt Texas Ban on Most Abortions7.5 Million U.S. Residents to Lose Jobless Benefits, with Millions Bracing for Cuts in AidSen. Joe Manchin Demands "Pause" on $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill, Enraging Fellow DemocratsEPA Study Finds Climate Crisis Will Impact Communities of Color the HardestCourt Orders Biden Administration…

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Was Afghanistan the First “Feminist War”? Examining the Role of “White Feminism” in the Longest U.S. War

With the official end of the War in Afghanistan, we speak with Rafia Zakaria, author of “Against White Feminism,” about how U.S. officials used the plight of the women in the country to justify the 2001 invasion and subsequent occupation. “Feminism has been delegitimized in Afghanistan because it is associated with an occupying force,” says Zakaria. “Now Afghan women are left to pick up the pieces and deal with the Taliban.” Source link

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