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07/11/18 07/11/18 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> so we are extremely disappointed that the government looks like they are not going to reunify all of the eligible children today and have not even tracked down the removed parents. amy: the trump administration has failed to meet a court-imposed deadline to reunite all 102 children under the age of five. the trump administration
separated them from their care and set the border. they just returned 38 of the children. we will get the e latest. them and look at president trump's push to invade venezuela, the anti-austerity protests rocking haiti. >> there is disorderer in the streets. can't get gasoline. almost all of the gas stations are closed. we are in a miserable situation. we are hungry. we cannot buy anything to eat. amy: then we go to nevada where the state is preparing to carry out its first execution in 12 years. one of the drugs the state will use to kill the prisoner? fentanyl. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the trump administration failed to meet a court-imposed deadline tuesday to reunite all of the children under the age of five immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention
centers across the country. only 38 of the 102 children under five have e been reunited with their parents, some of whom say their young chilildren did t even recognize them at first after the traumatic, protracted separation. on tuesday, judge dana sabraw reiterated that all separated children -- 3000 in total -- must be reunited with their parents by july 26. saying "these are firm deadlines. they are not aspirational goals." also on tuesday, health and human services secretary alex azar claimed the united states was acting genenerously for the migrantt children whenen they tk them away. >> it is one of the great acts of american generosity and charity, what we're doing for these unaccompanied kids who are smuggled into our country or come across and legally. amy: protesters confronted president trump's daughter, ivanka, in syracuse, new york,
chanting "shame, shame" and "do you knowow wherere their childln are?" we will have more after the headlines. president trump is in brussels today for the nato summit. at a nato breakfast this morning, trump surprised all by attacking germany and lashed out at nato secretary-general jens stoltenberg. preses. trump: germany is totaly controlled by russssia because they were getting 60% to 70% of their energy from russia and a new pipelinene. and d you tell me if that is apappropriate, because i i thint is not. i think it is a very bad thing for nato and i don't think it should have happened. amy: president trump also repeated his demand that nato countries s increase theirir military spendnding. which they had already planned to do by 2024 in an agreement with president obama. this is european council president donald tusk. the america, i, appreciate your allies -- after
all, you don't have that many. you will spend more on your defense because everyone expects now i that is well-prepared and a creep. amy: mess and take from protest are planned in london. then he will go to helsinki were trouble hold a summit t with putin. the trump administration has threatened to impose 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese goods, including fish, textiles, handbags, chemicals, petroleum and other products. the threat comes after the trump administration already imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of chinese goods last week, prompting china to retaliate with tariffs against american products. this is a spokesperson from china's foreign ministry. >> i would like to stress the united states behavior is typical trait bullying. china will make the necessary
counterattack from the protect legitimate righthts and interes. i would like to say this is a fight between unilateralism and multilateralism.m. china stands in linine on t the correct side o of history to protect the rules of the multilatateral trade order together. amamy: the trump administrations eliminating $26 million in funding for grassroots groups that help people sign up for health care e through the affordable care act. the 70% funding cut comes as part of the trump administration's sustained effort to dismantle obamama's landndmark health care program. president trump has pardoned dwight hammond and his son, steven hammond, two oregon cattle ranchers who were convicted in 2012 of committing arson on federal lands. prosecutors say the hammonds set the fires to cover up their illegal deer poaching. their conviction sparked armed right-wing m militiamemen, led y ammon bund t to take ovever the malheur nanational w wildlife refuge, prprovokining a 41-d-dad standoff in 2016. the brbritish ininformation
commissioner's office has slapped facebook with a $660,000 fine -- the maximum penalty allowed -- for facebook's role in allowing cambridge analytica harvest the information of up to 87 million people without their permission, as part of an effort to sway voters to support president donald trump. meanwhile, facebook is also facing accusations that it is violating people's privacy with its use of facial recognition tools, which scans people's faces in photos even when people have turned off the facial recognitioion setting. in pakistan, at least 20 people were killed in a suicide attack targeting an election rally for an anti-taliban political party in the northwest citity of peshawar. the papakistani taliliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. among the victims was a candidate for percent -- provincicial assblbly in thehe upcoming elections on july 25. the u.n. security council is expected to vote later this week on whether to impose an arms embargo against south sudan, following a u.n. report outlining potential war crimes committed by government forces this past spring.
this is ravina shamdasani from the u.n. human rights office. 16th ofund between the april and 24th of may, at least 232 civilians were killed and many more were injured in attacks by government and aligned forces on these villages in opposition controlled areas. thereport also documents use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, with at least 120 women and girls raped or getting raped, including childldren as younung as four. still euro woman was bleeding from childbirth when she was raped. amy: in ireland, the upper house of parliament will vote on legislation today that would make it illegal to purchase goods and services from israeli settlements in the occupied palestinian territories. the bill has support from the second-largest party in the irish papaiament, asas well as e oppoposition parties labor and sinn fein. both american airlines and
stararbucks have announced plans to eliminate plastic straws, after sustained campaigning by environmentalists demanding companies reduce plastic waste, which is contaminating the oceans and contributing to the global pollution c crisis. starbucks has it will do the elimination by 2020. in new york cicity, tk people rallied outstside the nationonal hohomeland security conference, the largest annual gathering of dhs officials and private security contractors, including those profiting off mass deportation and family detention. this is one of the protesters. >> we are in new york city against the national homeland security conference being hosted here in our city and to call bill de blasio for big a keynote speaker. he says he supports our sanctuary city here in new york, but we know the nypd continues andollaborate with ice target noncitizens who are here in new york. amy: and in nevada, a pharmaceutical company has sued to stop tonight's scheduled execution of scott dozier, saying the nevada department of corrections illegally obtained
its drug, midazolam, and that the sedative is not approved for use in executions. nevada officials plan to use an untested three-drug cocktail, including midazolam and the painkiller fentanyl, which has never before been used in an execution in the united states. we will go t to nevada for moren this story later in the broadcast. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. juan: and i'm juan gonzalez. welcome to all of our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. the trump administration failed to meet a court-imposed deadline on tuesday to reunite all of the children under the age of five who were separated from the parents at the border. according to the government, just 38 children out of the 102 children under the age of five have been reunited. attorney lee gelernt of the american civil liberties union criticized the trump administration for missing the deadline. >> we are extremely disappointed
that the government looks like they are not going to reunify all of the eligible children today, and that they have not even tracked down removed parents. since the judge became involved in the compliance process as of this past friday, things have taken a real step forward and there has been progress. we are hoping that that means from now on no deadline will be missed, either for these under five or any of the 2000 plus going forward. amy: over 60 children under the age of five remain separated from their parents as well as nearly 3000 children over the age of five. on tuesday, judge dana sabraw reiterated that all separated children must be reunited with their parents by july 26. he said "these are firm deadlines. they are not aspirational goals." on tuesday, alex azar
explained the delays in reuniting the other children with their parents. >> it is one of the greatest charity what t we're doing for these kids that have been smuggled or coming illegally. children back with indivividuals who are murderers, kidnappers, rapists, or not their parents, but we have worked with the coururt to ensue we d do our duty, which is to protect child welfare and ensure they are in fact -- i could release all of the kids by 10:50 5 p.m., but i don't think you want that. i know the court does not want that. amy: we are joined now by two guests. lomi kriel is an immigration reporter for the houston chronicle. barbara hines is an immigration lawyer and founder of the university of texas immigration law clinic. she has worked on immigration issues in texas, including cases involving immigrant parents separated from their children. she will tell us a story. but we're going to lomi kriel
first. you told the story of a woman justou witnessed inourt last week or the week before who i to police offfficers. can yoyou repeat t that story h? >> sure. i was inin brownsville l last wk and set in on a credible fear hearing and the port isabel detention center, where most of the separated parents are being held. all of the women in this hearing had already had a credible fear interview'w's denied, which is e firstt step to g getting asylum. and they were asking the judge to reconsider their claims. one of the women was this mother who told the judge that she had been raped by police officers in the couountry where she's from d central america, and that she was coming here to ask for
asylum because they threatened to kill her and heher family. four efforte with children, including one she was still breast-feeding. whenen border patrol agents foud her, they prprosecuted thehe mor comingng here illegally and took away her children, placing them in foster care. at the hearing last week, she told the judge that she had been unable to articulate her asylum claim because she was so upset about her separated children and not knowing where they were. and she said she had yet been able to hear anything about them. the judge eventually decided -- he questioion her, but eventualy told her that he was going to give her a another chance to mae her asylum claim. but as of last w week, she still has nonot heard from her childrn and we do not know if she has been reunited with them yet at this point. the: does that mean immigration officials separated her children from her before they even conducted an interview with her? could you explain that?
process s seemshe toto have worked. you know, border patrol, when they were doing this -- border patrol agents would decicide to sepaparate the p parents and the children and w would prosecutete s serve a fewuallyly days in n prison before going to immigration detention, and that is where they had the opportunity to make their asylum claim. juan: during the preceding, was there any indication of what kind of paperwork, if any, ice officials gave her border patrol gave to the mother about where the children were being sesent? >> it did not come up in the hearing, but we know just from other parents i have spoken to, they sometimes were e just told their children were going to texas or to florida and sometimes they were given a 1-80 0 number for the office of
resettlement -- refugee resettlement, but they complained that number -- they could not always get through on it or that the agency often required a number to call back, whicich parent inattentionon ofn did not have. it was really difficult for them to find out about the whereabouts of their children. amy: speaking to cnn tuesday evening, secretary of health and human services alex azar said that 38 children had been reunited and explained the delays in reuniting the e other children with their parents. >> the remaining ones are children whose parents did not confirmed to be parents. they were lying about being parents. they are unfit. we have one alleged to be a murderer, one who is a kidnapper, one rapist, one who is a trafficker, one alleged by the child to b be a child abuse. who areanother 23 unavailable because they are in marshals service custody or
.ails or have been deported then finally, another 25 or we have not yet completed the pair of checks or the criminal background check war they have been released into the interior of the country. continue to work collaboratively with the court on all of these. our central missioion is protecting childld welfare while still reuniting families. amy: brownsville mayor tony martinez was also on cnn. he refuted azar's claims in an interview with cnn's erin burnett. >> that is not the information i got. i basically went straight to the coordinator of the entire .outhwest keys according to the information i got, like i said i have been there, they claim to be held have all of the information necessary and ready to go. for whatever reason, it becomes somewhat out of their control as to how they go from here on out. there may be a miscommunication somewhere, but i felt like i got a good answer from the executive director of southwest keys
inside and we are ready to go and ready to move on. but they a are just waiting thee in limbo. amy: that is the brownsville mayor tony martinez who said said they had 36 kids ready to go but the government would not move on them. barbara hines, you are the head of the university of texas immigration law clinic. can you respond to azar saying this remarkable quote that it was an act of american generosity that they took the children from the parents and then trump, following up yesterday as he was leaving for the nato summit, saying that these people should not have come into this country at all. i find that statement incredible. there was no concern for the welfare of children. no one concerned with child welfare would take young children away from their parents. these are legitimate
asylum-seekers doing what ii considered to be a really brave they can, looking for safety and refuge for their chihildren. amy: and the fact that they only returned, what is it come about one third of the children on a court imposed deadline yesterday , and still have almost 3000 to go, which must be returned within the next two weeks. can you tell us the status of this and your colleagues throughout texas and arizona who are working with these nonprofits that are trying to reunite parents -- even parents who have been released, that were there who were desperately waiting for their children? >> so our experience has been that the government has imposed all sorts of regulations and requirements for parents to get their children back. what i think is important is the government had no process whatsoever to take the children away. so it is for hypocritical to now
be saying, you have to have a police check and you have to have this and you have to have that win there was no process whatsoever for the parents when their children were seized. there are many women and men who have been released from ice detention who are unable to see their children. they are allowed an hour visit , wherever the children are detained. juan: and this issue raised over the weekend by federal authorities doing dna testing to determine whether children were actually the children of people who were claiming to be their parents, do you know if it has gone through or what the status of that is? >> i don't know. i know there has been a lot of debate about dna. once again, that is an extraordinary, a necessary process. dna is only used when there is a significant or serious doubt about parentage. many of the parents who have
recovery ofthe their children have birth certificates and have documents to prove they are the parents and that these are their children. juan: also, what about the whole issue of the parents who have already been deported? what is the administration doing in terms of them? just saying, well, there's nothing we can do about it now that we have deported them? >> well, yes. i think they're certainly not doing what i would consider due diligence. they were responsible for deported and the parents, and they need to find these parents and reunite them with their children as quickly as possible. i think it is outrageous, the idea in n our country, thahat yu would deport parents without their children. parents who arrived at the border with their children. amy: i would like to turn to a honduran mother who told the bbc what happened to her when she and her six-year-old son attempted to enter the united
states six weeks ago. they totold us, y you are criminals. you will be imprisoned and your kids will begin been up for adoption. they yelled at us so badly that our kids got scared. they told us to lay our kids on the floor. at midnight, they came to pick up the kids. there was a mom rest feeding her baby in one e of the officers td her she was not an animamal to e taking her breast out like that and they took her baby. a copter and changer in n frontf the kids. and cinedffed her r in fro of the ds. i ha no information myy son. it is be m more an 50 0 sis i last hea of him.
to parents and lawyers, that story is pretty typical. sometimes their children were taken away and it were told about it or s sometimes -- there were some cases where parenents reported thehey went to the bathroom and when they came back, their children were gone. it has been very difficult, as she said, for the parents to find o out where their c childrn are. not -- storiesre are not increasing. the administration has stopped essentially prosecuting parents who come with their children. so we are not seeing more separations. the question now is reunifying all of these children with their parents. monday, a federal judge in los angeles dealt a m major blow to the trump administration's efforts to indefinitely joe migrant families, including asylum-seekers. she ruled the trump administration cannot amend the
1997 floors agreement, which has children cannot be joe for more than 20 days. barbara hines, could you talk agreement, what it is and how it initially developed and also the problems that occurred with it under the obama administration, as well as now with the trump administration? >> yes. settlement came out of litigation over the treatment of children in the 1980's into the 1990's. and it is a settlement that has been in effect since 1997. and it governs the treatment of children, if there detained, but the most important thing in flores is the presumption that children shoululd not be detain, that they should b be released s probably as popossible, generaly within five days if there is no facility in the area, if there is, in 72 hours.
and that they should be reunited outside the community as quickly as possible. and the e obama administration agreement,e floerss trying to keep parents and children detained for long. sometime, arguing the flores settlement, just like the trump administration, does not it clued a company children, those who was at themselves at the border with their parents. and the judge now twice has resoundingly rejected both the arguments of the obama administration and o once again the trump administration, and has rejected the notion that children and their parents can be prolonged, and definitely detained as trump is now claiming he needs. to do or what he wants to do amy: who was flores? gin was a salvadoran that was detainedny flores in the late 1980's.
and because of the trump administration says, i mean, they continue to defy deadlines. they said they -- it was a humanitarian act, separating children from murderers and rapists. and now they say they will hold them together, want to hold him indefinitely, perhaps on military bases and other places. so what happens next? can the flores settlement withstand the challenenge? >> i think it can. the flores settlement is a law, and agreement that the government entered into and has abided by for many years. although, as i said, the obama administration tried to get out of the settlement as well. but basically the judge had what trump is proposing is not possible under the settlement and it is not possible under the order of the san diego judge.
basically, i don't think that trump is going to be able to hold families indefinitely. what is important as well is in his executive order and in his announcements, he ignores the liberty interest, the constitution and immigration statutes, which provide for all immigrants the right to present an application foror release frm detention. who come about people over the border who do not speak spanish even -- the trump admininistration says the border guards speak spanish -- that indigenous languages, barbara hines? >> that is a very significant problem. colleagues of mine met with families at a detention center near austin. they could not communicate with the indigenous speakers there. they were even more isolated than the spanish speakers. they had no idea what was happening with their children. there are not enough interpreters for indigenous,
primarily guatemalan languages, even before this humanitarian crisis. the phone lines do not work in detention centers. there were not enough interpreters. so this is really one of the most isolated populations. and the idea that the ministry show would then take their children and not be able to indicate with them i think is illegal and certainly immoral. amy: barbara hines, thank you the texaswith us, of immigration law clinic, and lomi kriel, immigration reporter for the houston chronicle. when we come back, president trump threatened to bomb venezuela? we will talk with mark weisbrot about venezuela, the major protests taking place in haiti, also about what is happening in brazil and mexico.
amy: to see their performances in our interview, go to democracynow.org. i am amy goodman with juan gonzalez. this is it a press is reporting about a possible invasion of venezuela. trump reportedly brought up the was invasions of panama and grenada in the 1980's. the ap reports trump's comments stunned the e national security adviser h.r. mcmaster in the secretary of state rex tillerson who warned military action could backfire. but then on the next day, august 11, trump raised the issue publicly. pres. trump: we have many options for venezuela.
by the way, i'm not going to rule out a military option. we have many options for venezuela. this is our neighbor. we are all over the world. we have troops all over r the world, and places that are very, very far away. venezuela is not very far away. and the people are suffering and they are dying. options for venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary. at his golfspeaking club in new jersey. weisbrot.ed by mark to talk about venezuela, brazil, mexico, and the mass protests in haiti. let's start with this, president invadehreatening to venezuela. the news just coming out from ap. >> well, yes, they may know about their strategy of regime change. marco rubio is probably the
person who is most in charge of this. and, you know, he has called for trumptary coup and other administration officials -- this is really unusual. you can go back to the coup in 1973 in some at which the u.s. was involved in a many other coups. they never said it before it happened that they were in favor of such a thing. of course, the threat of military intervention is illegal under the u.n. charter. i think what is missing a lot from the news is the financial embargo they already have in venezuela, which is killing people. it is depriving -- it is worsening the shortages of essential medicines and worsening the food situation. and this is also illegal under the charter of the organization of american states, and it is also illegal under otherer conventions that the u.s. has signed, the hague conventions.
and yet it seems like everybody, almost everybody who has a voice in this country, is ok with that. it is very odd because almost all of the same people are in gets the embargo were against cuba, for example, but somehow they think this is ok to try and topple the government and right hereir econonomy in the western hemisphere. juan: mark, you mention the thencial embargo, that yet united states continues to import oil from venezuela. honestly, citgo has a major presence in this country. so how does the financial embargo work at the same time it continues to import the major product of venezuela? >> they don't have a trade embargo, but the financial embargo is quite deadly. for example, citgo is not allowed to send a lot of money
back to venezuela. but even more importantly, they cannot borrow. so they spent billions of dollars last year paying off loans, the government paying off loans because they can't borrow. this embargo actually prevents u.s.from borrowing from financial system or anything that goes through the u.s. financial system. financialnks -- institutions are conservative about this, even though there are allowances for certain kinds of trade credits or loans that could be used to get food or --icine, they will cut off, in many cases, they will cut that off as well just be careful because they don't want to get fined by the u.s. government. .o it is a very serious embargo if they want to restructure their debt, which would be a very bigig part of getting out f the depression and rightnflation they have
now, they can't do that under the embargo, either. they're not making any secret about it. they are trying to strangle the economy and their tried to overthrow w the government. amy: so it was tillerson, then secretary of state, no longer, and h.r. mcmaster, then nsa advisor, no longer,r, who were saying no. neither of them are there right now. >> that is right. you don't know -- you don't know what they would do, but again, they are committed, their organizing other countries. this could never happen if he years ago when you had less governments in argentina and santos in even colombia had taken their site on these questions of hemispheric relations. so now you have all of these right-wing governments, so you have what is euphemistically called in the u.s. media the international community, but is really just the united states
and right-wing allies trying to topple this government and using every means that they can, short of the military option that trump himself had proposed. juan: you mention the role of marco rubio in terms of insolence and the administration . what is the connection? clearly, there is a large community of wealthy venezuelans who fled venezuela and are now settled in south florida in the miami area, but is that the reason why rubio is so interested in what happens to venezuela? the wholee has right-wing program. he was to get rid of all of the left governments. so that is kind of a strategy. this is not really that different from the strategy of the prior 16 years under president obama and president bush. they did want to get rid of almost all of the left
governments and they did take actions to undermine most of them, and they do get rid of some. they contributed, of course, to the coup in honduras as you reported on the show, and the parliamentary coup in paraguay. haiti inhe coup in 2004. so they were able to get rid of some of the government's they wanted to, get rid of an undermine other governments. they took actions against bolivia as well. i think the difference now is it is more open and more aggressive with direct threats that are really almost unprecedented in the last 50, 60, 70 years. amy: i want to turn to mexico's , this recent epic election that took place in mexico, which actually relates directly to venezuela. here he is responding to a
question about the approach his government would take to the crisisis in venezuela. >> we are going to apply the foreign-policy principles of non-interventionism and the self-determination of the people. amy: mark weisbrot, your written extensively about the new mexico. pena nieto working with the united states in opposition to venezuela. talk about what the election of amlo means, not only for venezuela, but for mexico? >> for mexico, i think, you know, you're saying, obviously, this election was the result of a 40 year economic failure. you know, you have wages are lower in mexico than they were in 1980. 20 poverty worse than it was
five years ago. you have economic growth. if you look just at the 21st century, of course, it collapsed rest of2 2000 but the latin america, but even in the 21st century were a number of countries recovered. mexico ranks 18th out of 20 latin american countries for the 21st century in terms of the growth of income. that i think is a real driving force. amlo has promised to do something about it, especially for the poorest people. i think he will deliver on that. the bottom 10% only gets about 1.8% of national income and it would not take very much to improve their living standards in terms of redistribution of income. i think he will do something there. but you mentioned, terms of the u.s. relations, u.s. foreign policy, the quote you had about him respecting sovereignty and self-determination and
noninterference, and he has also said and is due foreign minister has said things about not supporting hegemony or in other countries. you know, this is normal language for most people in the world, and in latin america of course. but in the u.s., you look at the reaction from the statements, it is like hate speech for them to say that you're going to respect sovereignty and self-determination because they have mobilized these right-wing government and want to topple the venezuelan government, have supported this coup against dilma brazil and the jailing of lula and every thing else. they have a whole plan. government, the intelligence agencies, the pentagon, the state department, the foreign-policy of congress. this is roll back time.
it was containment in the first decade of the 21st century, and now they're going for the whole thing. this is a real setback to them. that is where i think you're going to see real friction, even more than on the immigration and the nafta issues, you're going to see this part of the government, the foreign-policy apparatus -- and all of the by,its were horrified again, these statements, which are not radical statements about sovereignty and self-determination. juan: you mention this would be more so on foreign-policy than on immigration and nafta, but i have been hearing from people who came back from mexico recently who were there for the elections and were close to the amlo apparatus that there has been some discussion in the government -- or about to come
into government power of amlo -- of being much more aggressive in terms of reaching out to the descendent community in the united states. people forget roughly 58 mimilln latinos in the united d states, about 37 million are of mexican dissent. by far, the largest group of latinos in the country. and there appears to be at leaet a willingngness of lopez obrador to begin to reach out much more, not only to support mexican nationals who are in the united ststates as subject of some kind of repression, but also to reach out to the mexican american community as well. >> i think that's right. don't get me wrong, i think that is part of the reason he was elected. he was expected to, and i think he will, stand up more to trump than the prior government did.
and there will be conflict over this. what i meant, really, is something you're not going to see so much because it will be more in the background, but this powerfulon that these sections of the so-called national security state will be against them even if trump decides that you never know what trump is going to do. showeport you see recently that he seems to like amlo. this could disappear in a day. but the point is, that part is going to be there and it is going to be a very important part of u.s. policy toward mexico. amy: i also want to ask about haiti where these massive and just 30 protest recently shut down parts of the capital port-au-prince. the protests began friday when the government tried to dramatically raise fuel prices at the behest of the international monetary fund. prices for gasoline were to rise
as much as 50%. but due to the protests, the government rescinded the price hikes. can you comment on what is taking place? a few people have been killed. various u.s. airlineses have stopped flying into haiti. well, you know, in the 1970's and 1980's, they used to call them imf riots. they were caused by austerity policies will stop this is part of it. this is what triggered it. you're the six-month period where haiti was supposed to make these reforms in order to get a loan from the imf. this is s something people also don't know because it is not emphasized enough, but he imf had power in poor countries where it they don't give a loan, then they don't get money. for example, haiti was going to get money last week, approved from the europopean union and te
intra-developmental american, and you don't get money from anywhere else if you don't get it from imf. the imap was and yet to cut the subsidies to gas and kerosene, energy. , obviously, you know, there's a certain rationale to this. it is that like the subsidies are progressive in terms of income distribution. yet the majority of the country living under $2.40 a day, 58% economy has, in the been stagnating for years. so people are on the edge. you can't just cut these subsidies. the government thought without providing or protecting people are going to be hurt, so the government did not do anything to provide for that. they thought they were going to get away with it because they announced it right in the middle of the brazil versus belgium
soccer match on friday. it did not work at all. people were in the streets immediately. -- know, i think you also you have covered this on the show and you know this history -- but, you know, this is a very disenfranchised population and the u.s., only 20% voted in the election that elected the current president in 2016, and they had to fight to get that election because in 2015 you this totally fraudulent election. the u.s. was china forced the government to accept -- was trying to force the government to accept. you have this long history, but even since 1990, the u.s. has helped overthrow the government twice. people used to vote in large numbers. they are very, very disenfranchised now. i think our government played a major role in destroying what
democracy that haiti had. you: i want to also ask about brazil where a legal and political battle has arrived it after a judge ordered former resident and the current presidential front-runner da silva a to be released from prin as he appeals a corruption conviction he says is politically motivated. hours after the sunday morning ruling, a second judge overruled the order. lula remains in jail. i want to ask you how you so what is going on there? i mean, why is lula in jail? he is a constitutional right to be free on appeal. there is no reason to keep him there. he surrendered to the authorities. he is not leaving the country. they don't have any real excuse for it except he is the front runner in the october election by a large margin and he would win the presidency.
again, this is part of a pattern that you see of persecution against the former left governments, argentina, you have -- some people are calling it loss fair, but i think it is much worse than that. i think they're really trying to put these people in jail, the president of ecuador come also former president of correa. has yourdegrees, it support. u.s. justice departmenent was involveded in the investigation. -- investigation that led to these charges against lula which had no material evidence. juan: how is the justice department involved? >> they helped with the investigation. we don't even know everything they did. there are people trying to find that out now. you can see what people in brazil see this as very unusual. imagine russia was involved in
'se investigation of mueller investigation here. it is inherently suspicious. i want to say, i hope -- john amy: we just have 30 seconds. >> people don't think -- you do hahave the 76 member progressive caucus in the u.s. congress that has taken a strong position. there's a letter circulating right now in congress that is .alling for the release of lula they put out a statement and congratulated amlo on his victory and supporting this kind policy. there was a piece in the nation wiwithin a glover. you have a real for see her that is saying -- force here that is clearly gives income of regime change efforts, that respects sovereignty in latin america. this is a very big thing. it is a very hopeful thing. i wanted to make sure people understand that, that this is a
majormajor effort at resistanceo these kinds of policies that we have not have her quite a while. amy: and denny glover just visited lula in prison in brazil. if people want to hear our interview with lula raqqa four he went to prison, you can go to democracynow.org. , they can for being with us co-director of the , center for economic and policy research, and president of just foreign policy. back in 30 seconds. ♪ [music break]
amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. juan: we turn now to nevada, where a drug manufacturer has filed suit in an attempt to stop an execution slated for tonight. the drug company alvogen, which makes the sedative midazolam, filed a complainint in nevada's clark county on tuesday, citing that the nevada department of corrections illegally obtained the drug for use in the execution of convicted murderer scott dozier. amy: nevada officials plan to use an untested three drug protocol of midazolam, the pakiller fentanyl, and the palytic dr cisatrarium for dozi's ecution. neda will come theirst ste to useentanyl part of its dehly drug cotail. this s ecution ly the fst ti in n 12 yrs -- toy's exution wod be theirst
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decade ago. he decided a couple of years ago he did not want to fight it in it ins and appeals and more, that he would rather be dead ends and the rest of his life in the conditions of death row. he is very open about that, articulate about his reasons. we have spoken at length about that. and what that decision set off was kind of chaos and the nevada legal and correctional system where having not carried out an execution and more than a decade, the state needed execution drugs to use in its lethal injection execution chamber. they just built a chamber that is never been used before. more than 200 different drug companies, distributors,s, manufactcturers, said they would not sell drugs, that it went against the company policies. this is an ongoing problblem for many states i want to carry out executions, and nevada is one of them. the result was nevada then announced he would use this new cocktail that of the never used ,efore that featured fentanyl the opioid.
dozier said he did not care how it happened. he preferred the firing squad, he told me. what happened was he let his lawyers get involved in litigating over the pain that could be caused by this execution, and that set off this stop/start court battle that goes back now to last fall and his sort of ground for dr. the nevada supreme court, and finally going to leavave potentially to hisxexecuti unless a judge ilalas ves today stops it as a result of the drug companies concerns. juan: you mention your interview with him. i want to go to a clip frfrom te marshall project short video on scott dozier speaking about why he gave up his legal appeals. >> if you had cancer and was miserable and wanted to stop -- i wldld ratr be adad thathisis.
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i am very close them. juan: that was scott dozier in an interview. i want to ask you come you mention several states have the same problem, they effectively have not use the death penalty even though it is still on the books, so these volunteers bebecome the main way to the execution to go forward. >> multiple states in which almost all or all of the people have been executed over the past 20 to 30 years heaven volunteers that have given up appeals. there are a lot of defense attorneys who protest this and say we as as a society have an interest in fair cases and fair cases unfair appeals and we should not let people carry out what is effectively a state assisted suicide through death penalty. we will be watching to see how the supreme court deals wiwith this post of justice anthony kennedy who departed --
amy: is departing. >> excuse me, is departing has been a key voice and restricting the death penalty. itit is hard to know where kavanaugh would land. overall, the court seems to be -- amy: or if he lands in the supreme court. >> it might be someone else. but by and large, seems like the supreme court is moving in the direction of allowing executions to go forward. and oveverwhelmingly rtrt of sa, you know, states can try whatever they want. there isn'n't a lot ofof reststriction. amy: and the midazolam manufacturer is suing for their drug cannot be used in the content of -- talk to? >> that's right. these drugs help they still want their drugs used. the drug company alvogen, which makes midazolam, the sedative in the cocktail, is accusing nevada of getting the drug in an illegal way by sutter fusion. amy: sutter fusion go >> line to the distributor of the drug about how it was going to be
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