DANNY SHAW – Vladimir Putin is considered a threat because he restored Russian sovereignty, erased the humiliation of the Boris Yeltsin era, and championed Russiaâ€™s national interests. But that is just what the U.S. elite could not tolerate.
KATHY KELLY – Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Womenâ€™s Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria, VA federal detention center for refusing to testify in front of a secretive Grand Jury. Her imprisonment can extend through the term of the Grand Jury, possibly 18 months, and the U.S. courts could allow formation of future Grand Juries, potentially jailing her again.
HARVEY WASSERMAN – Donald Trumpâ€™s first budget makes his antipathy to the environment clearâ€”and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power even clearer.
NIKA KNIGHT – After actress Shailene Woodley’s October 10 arrest for participating in a prayer action against the Dakota Access Pipeline went viral among her fans, the Divergent series star issued an impassioned plea to the American public to pay attention instead to the Native-American-led fight for water and land.
JENNI MONET – North Dakotaâ€™s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipelineâ€”and the Standing Rock Siouxâ€™s fierce resolveâ€”reflect the area’s particular racial divides.
PAUL CIENFUEGOS – On November 17, Democracy Now ran a news story about the historic Pittsburgh City Council vote in their news headlines: “Pittsburgh has become the first Pennsylvania city to pass a measure barring natural gas drilling. In a unanimous vote, the Pittsburgh City Council approved the ban within city limits. Pittsburgh sits atop the Marcellus Shale formation, which has large reserves of natural gas. Opponents say natural gas drilling has contaminated water and air in communities across the nation.”
DEMOCRACY NOW: Amy Goodman: Final question, the antiwar movement â€” what do you think â€” and you end your primer, Ending the U.S. War in Afghanistan, with this â€” what do you think the antiwar movement needs to do?