A Death Trap? As 12th Prisoner Dies at NYC’s Rikers Island, Calls Grow to Close World’s Largest Jail

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, as we turn now to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the world’s largest jail complex, which is located right here in New York City, one of the world’s richest cities. It’s on an island in the middle of the East River between Queens and the Bronx. Most of the 5,700 people in the city’s jails are held at Rikers Island. Most of them are awaiting trial. Amid skyrocketing violence, staffing shortages, chronic medical neglect, some are calling Rikers a “death trap.”…

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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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As Wealthy Nations Debate Giving Booster Vaccine Shots, Calls Grow for Global Vaccine Equity

As the debate over booster vaccine shots heats up in the United States, global health leaders have issued an urgent call for global vaccine equity. The WHO reports vaccination rates on the African continent fall far below its target for 70% of the population of all countries to be vaccinated by mid-2022. “The science is not completely behind the need for booster shots yet,” says Zane Dangor, special adviser to the foreign minister of South Africa, who has called on the U.S. to come up with a proposal for allowing other countries to manufacture vaccines. “This is an emergency that affects all of us because variants are coming…

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“Stop This Madness”: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Calls to Divest from Fossil Fuels Amid Climate Disasters

Hurricane Ida and the increasing threats from extreme weather are a wake-up call to divest from fossil fuels that make climate disasters worse and more frequent, says Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., the president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, who is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, and established the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign after Hurricane Katrina. “We know who is causing these storms. We know who is causing the climate crisis. They’re right there in Louisiana with us: It’s the fossil fuel industry. So we’ve got to stop it,” Yearwood says. Source link

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Paddy McGuinness calls to change ‘postcode lottery’ of autism family support

Support us and go ad-freeComedian Paddy McGuinness has said the “postcode lottery” of support for autistic families needs to change. Paddy McGuinness The TV presenter, who has three autistic children, also spoke of the importance of educating people on the condition, as he backed the launch of the UK’s largest study into autism. The work by Cambridge researchers is aiming to achieve better levels of support and understanding for autistic people. The Spectrum 10K project will recruit 10,000 autistic people from across the UK to boost understanding of how biological and environmental factors impact on them, organisers say. The project will be carried out by Cambridge’s Autism Research…

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An open letter calls for action against Keir Starmer’s Labour purge

Support us and go ad-freeThe Labour ‘purge‘ of left-wing members has continued unabated. So, a campaign group has written a searing open letter to members. It calls on them to resist the attacks and take action – now. The ongoing purge The Canary has been documenting the ongoing Labour Party machinery’s purge of left-wing members. It’s involved the party stopping Constituency Labour Parties (CLP) debating certain motions; suspending prominent left-wing members; refusing to endorse long-standing left-wing councillors for re-election; the removal of the whip from ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn, and more recently proscribing four left-wing groups which resulted in the party expelling film director Ken Loach and attempting to…

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Sturgeon calls on UK government to do more to help Afghan refugees

Support us and go ad-freeScotland’s first minister has criticised the UK government for failing to do enough to help Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover of the country. Abandoning the Afghans Following its defeat in Afghanistan, the UK government has announced plans to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Afghans – particularly women and girls – with 5,000 arriving in the first 12 months. Nicola Sturgeon said more needs to be done to help and Scotland stands ready to play its part. She told the PA news agency: I don’t think the UK Government is doing enough or stepping up and meeting its responsibilities. Twenty-thousand (refugees) over what they’re describing as…

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Pressure on the Jewish Chronicle grows after calls for a press regulator investigation

Support us and go ad-freeA group of interested parties has asked the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) to investigate the Jewish Chronicle (JC). It’s over the media outlet’s repeated breaches of the regulator’s standards. Many of the people calling for the probe have won cases against it. IPSO is reportedly considering whether to carry out such an investigation. The JC: various misdemeanours As Labour councillor Jo Bird tweeted: We urge @IpsoNews to launch a Standards Investigation into the Jewish Chronicle without delay. We have seen 28 recorded breaches of the Editors’ Code and four libel defeats in just three years. @pressgazette @journalism_news pic.twitter.com/BUdXIhXkAL — Jo Bird (@bird4riv) August…

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Noah Donohoe’s campaign team calls for chief constable to resign

Support us and go ad-freeContent warning: This article mentions details of Noah Donohoe’s case that some readers may find distressing. As reported by The Canary, 14-year-old Noah Donohoe disappeared on 21 June 2020. His body was found in a storm drain six days later. A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of drowning. More than one year on, the Coroner’s Office has found no evidence that anybody was involved in his death. The circumstances around Noah’s death remain unclear as the investigation continues. Meanwhile, his mother Fiona Donohoe suspects foul play. So both Fiona and a campaign team are fighting to ensure Noah gets justice. Moreover,…

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Damning open letter calls on Joe Biden to lift Cuba embargo

Support us and go ad-freeThe US government and allies in the right-wing Cuban exile community have been seizing on recent protests in Cuba to further their regime change strategy. And, as would also be expected, the corporate-owned media has largely been parroting this line. Moreover, it’s been leaving out crucial facts that undermine Washington’s narrative. The most prominent aspect of this lying by omission is a consistent failure to name the biggest cause of suffering for Cubans. And that’s overwhelmingly been a crushing set of US-imposed economic sanctions. Now, a number of NGOs and prominent academics have signed a damning open letter to the US government. It’s calling…

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