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  • Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:48:12 +0000: As Demonstrators Demand Nicaraguan President’s Resignation, Government Accuses Opposition of Coup - Democracy Now!
    The political crisis in Nicaragua is intensifying. More than 178 people have been killed since widespread demonstrations to oust Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April, when his government announced plans to overhaul and slash social security. Amnesty International has accused the Nicaraguan government of using “pro-government armed groups to carry out attacks, incite violence, increase their capacity for repression and operate outside the law.” But the Nicaraguan government has blamed part of the violence on armed members of the opposition who are trying to overthrow the democratically elected government. We speak with Paul Oquist, senior minister for national policy in the Nicaraguan government.
  • Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:37:23 +0000: Caged Children & Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes “Acts of Indecency” at Border - Democracy Now!
    President Trump is continuing to blame Democrats for his administration’s practice of separating at least 2,000 children from their parents in recent weeks. He also doubled down on the practice in an address Monday, ahead of his meetings today with Republicans to discuss compromise legislation on a hardline immigration bill. We speak with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat of Texas. She has represented the 18th Congressional District since 1995, which includes most of central Houston. She is just back from the Texas border with Mexico, where she joined a delegation of lawmakers who visited a processing center in McAllen, Texas, and the Southwest Key Programs' Casa Padre, which houses 1,500 children in Brownsville, Texas.
  • Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:11:09 +0000: “Trump Creates Crises & Preys on Fear”: Rep. Jayapal on Policy of Separating Kids from Parents - Democracy Now!
    Outrage is growing over the Trump administration’s separation of children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border. On Monday, ProPublica released audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10 years old are heard crying "Mama" and "Papi" after being separated from their parents. In another part of the audio, a Border Patrol agent is heard joking, in Spanish, "Well, we have an orchestra here. What’s missing is a conductor.” Video footage released by the U.S. Border Patrol Monday shows migrant children in concrete-floored chain link cages, in an old warehouse in McAllen, Texas. A new Quinnipiac Poll shows roughly two-thirds of U.S. voters oppose separating children from their parents at the border. About 7 percent of Democratic voters support the Trump policy, while 55 percent of Republicans support it. We speak with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Democratic congressmember from Washington state. She has just helped announce a march on Washington and cities nationwide on June 30 against family separation. She is vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. On June 9 she visited a detention center in her home state and spoke with some of the 200 asylum-seekers held at the Sea-Tac Bureau of Prisons facility.
  • Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000: Headlines for June 19, 2018 - Democracy Now!
    Despite Outrage, Trump Defends Practice of Separating Immigrant Children from Parents, ProPublica Releases Audio of Separated Children Sobbing “Mama” and “Papi”, Microsoft Facing Threats of Boycott for Collaboration with ICE, U.S. and South Korea Cancel Joint Military Exercises, After Trump’s Meeting with Kim, Trump Directs Pentagon to Create Military Branch to Dominate Space, Afghan Peace Activists Finish 435-Mile March to Kabul, Demand Extension of Ceasefire, Judge Strikes Down Kansas Proof-of-Citizenship Voter ID Laws, Former CIA Software Engineer Accused of "Vault 7" Leak Indicted, Leftist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Challenging NY Rep. Joe Crowley in Next Week’s Primary
  • Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:48:51 +0000: "Civilian Lives No Longer Matter": Millions at Risk as Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Yemeni Port City - Democracy Now!
    Hundreds of fighters have been killed and more than 4,000 civilians have fled their homes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah since the U.S.-backed coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, launched an all-out offensive last week. Coalition aircrafts bombarded Hodeidah's main airport Monday, wounding dozens and preventing aid organizations from reaching parts of the city. As humanitarian organizations warn of a catastrophe for a quarter of a million civilians living in Hodeidah amid a conflict that has already killed 15,000 civilians, we'll speak with Yemeni scholar Shireen Al-Adeimi, whose recent report is headlined "Attack on Yemen Port Shows U.S.-Backed Coalition Willing to Use Starvation as a Weapon."