Headlines for October 8, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech Requests Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccine for Children Aged 5-11COVID Deaths in Russia Top 900/Day; Venezuela Accuses IMF of Withholding Pandemic FundsSenate Cmte. Says Trump Repeatedly Asked DOJ for Help Overturning Election LossSenate Votes to Lift Debt Ceiling Until Early DecemberMinneapolis Police Joke About "Hunting Activists" During 2020 Racial Justice UprisingNobel Peace Prize Goes to Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry MuratovWSJ: U.S. Military Secretly Training Taiwanese Forces for Possible Conflict with ChinaGunmen Kill 2 School Teachers in Kashmir Amid Mounting Attacks on CiviliansFamily of Argentinian Reporter Found Dead During 2019 Bolivian Coup Demands Probe U.N. Agency to Close Probe into Yemen War After Pressure from Saudis and…

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Ethiopia: New Reports Expose Ethnic Cleansing & Illegal Arms Shipments on Commercial Flights

Amid the mounting humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian government has been using the commercial airline Ethiopia Airlines to shuttle weapons and military vehicles from neighboring country Eritrea since the beginning of their civil war, according to a new CNN investigation. This comes as the United Nations estimates more than 5 million people in the country’s Tigray region are now in need of humanitarian assistance in order to survive, but U.N. officials say Ethiopia’s government is blocking the movement of medicine, food and fuel into Tigray. In response, Ethiopian officials expelled seven senior U.N. officials from Ethiopia last week, giving them just 72 hours to leave the country.…

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Abu Zubaydah Was Tortured for Years at CIA Black Sites. Biden Is Trying to Keep the Abuse Secret.

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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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Ban, Blasts “Offensive Deprivation of Such an Important Right”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: In Texas, a federal judge has temporarily blocked the state’s near-total ban on abortions, granting the Justice Department’s emergency request to halt the law while courts consider its legality. In his ruling, Judge Robert Pitman slammed the Texas ban’s unconstitutionality, writing, quote, “From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution. That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide; this Court will not sanction one more day of this…

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Headlines for October 7, 2021

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Texas's Near-Total Ban on AbortionsSenate GOP Leader McConnell to Allow Debt Limit Extension into DecemberWHO Approves Use of First-Ever Vaccine Against MalariaU.S. COVID Deaths in 2021 Surpass 2020's TotalU.N. to Pay Salaries of Aid Workers in AfghanistanU.N. Appoints Envoy to Western Sahara After Two-Year VacancyEducation Department to Expand Student Loan Forgiveness for Public WorkersCrude Oil Spills from Galveston Bay, TX RefineryBiden Administration Restores Key Environmental Review Provisions to NEPAAppeals Court Blocks California Law Banning Private PrisonsShooter Injures Four at Texas High School; Student Taken into CustodyColorado Workers Sue Amazon for Refusing to Pay for Time Spent at Mandated COVID ScreeningsBernie Sanders Challenges Joe Manchin…

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"Becoming Abolitionists": Derecka Purnell on Why Police Reform Is Not Enough to Protect Black Lives

Derecka Purnell draws from her experience as a human rights lawyer in her new book, published this month, “Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom,” to argue that police reform is an inadequate compromise to calls for abolition. Since the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville in 2020, many states have passed laws aimed at reforming police, but congressional talks at the federal level have broken down. Purnell reflects upon her personal journey as a Black woman who believed in police reform before pivoting to abolition, saying, “I became a part of social movements who pushed me to think more critically…

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Ticking Time Bombs: California Oil Spill Spurs New Calls to Ban Offshore Oil Drilling

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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Facebook Whistleblower to Congress: Regulate Big Tech. Silicon Valley Can't Be Trusted to Police Itself

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to Congress Tuesday, denouncing the company for prioritizing “astronomical profits” over the safety of billions of users, and urging lawmakers to enact strict oversight over Facebook. Haugen’s testimony gave a rare glimpse into the secretive tech company, which she accused of harming children, sowing division by boosting hateful content, and undermining democracy. “Facebook wants you to believe that the problems we’re talking about are unsolvable. They want you to believe in false choices,” Haugen said at the hearing. Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, says a U.S. business culture “where CEOs are told to prioritize shareholder value at all cost” is…

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Headlines for October 6, 2021

Whistleblower Tells Lawmakers to Regulate Facebook Before It Causes More HarmSchumer Sets Up Debt Limit Vote Amid Ongoing GOP ObstructionismVoters Confront AZ Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over Reconciliation Bill as She Heads Back to D.C.Missouri Executes Man with Intellectual Disability Despite High-Profile PleasChina-Taiwan Tensions Mount as Biden Reaffirms U.S.-Sino Commitment to Diplomatic AgreementAmnesty Says Taliban Killed 13 Ethnic Hazaras After Taking Power; Kabul Faces Winter Power OutagesU.N. Rejects Expulsion of Top Officials from Ethiopia as Millions in Urgent Need of Humanitarian AssistanceRomanian Lawmakers Oust Prime Minister After 9 Months in PowerFrench Trade Unions Protest Against Low Pay, Pension & Unemployment ReformsKellogg's Workers Go on Strike over Threats to Healthcare,…

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Pandora Papers: Massive Leak Exposes How Elite Shield Their Wealth & Avoid Taxes in Colonial Legacy

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we look at what has been revealed about the murky financial dealings of the world’s richest and most powerful people in a new report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists called the “Pandora Papers.” GERARD RYLE: This leak is really Panama Papers on steroids. This is the Pandora Papers, because we think we’re opening a box on a lot of things. We’re looking at about 12 million documents from 14 different service providers. These are law firms and firms that set up…

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