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had to whereled to a factory clothing was made for h&m and gap. garment workers had took to the streets to protest low wages. factoriest shut down and calls for higher wages have escalated since a building collapse killed 1100 workers in april. haqqaniader of the network has been killed. they are a key force in the insurgency battling u.s. forces in afghanistan. was a top fundraiser for the group. no one has claimed responsibility for his killing. rights watch has accused
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the syrian air force of using incendiary weapons dozens of times. one alleged attack killed 37 people at a school in aleppo. a doctor who treated those who were attacked described the scene. >> as i was tending to one patient, it was difficult to work out what was cain and what was fabric, the way that it was hanging. august,aw in syria, in stands alone, in terms of the cruelty, the extent of the devastation, the severity of the injuries. also, the tragedy of the lack of infrastructure to deal with these kinds of casualties. >> another report today details the plight of asylum seekers who flee abuses in their home country to seek shelter in the united states. , theding to the report
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united states is the only country in the developed world that denies work authorization and government aid to asylum seekers. one rape survivor from wanda said she was unable to work for four years while her situation was pending. reports street journal fewer than 50,000 people have successfully enrolled in private health insurance through the new federal website as of last week. that is a 10th of the administration's estimated target of 500,000 enrollees for the month of october. the administration had estimated 700,000 people would enroll before march but the website has been the website has been dissent with technical failures. a separate tally of 12 of the 14 states running their own
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exchanges found roughly 49,000 have enrolled. documents from edward snowden show the national security agency and its british ,ounterpart have spied on opec the coalition of countries that controls the global oil market. der spiegel reports the nsa and gchq had gotten into the opec computer networks. found the typical customers for the information was the cia, department of energy, and others who praised the agency for confirming what had suspected for years. secretary of state john kerry has declined to elaborate on his beliefs regarding the assassination of john f. kennedy 50 years ago this month. during an interview last month, kerry indicated he supports the idea of a conspiracy.
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he was questioned about those remarks on sunday by david gregory. >> final question before you go. you gave some comments in light of the assassination of , the 50thkennedy anniversary, which have now been broadcast and reported on. in those comments you say, to this day, i have serious doubts that lee harvey oswald acted alone. that would certainly be surprising to a lot of people if those were your views. would you care to elaborate? >> no, i just have a point of view. i will not get into that. thinknot something i needs to be commented on, certainly not at this time. >> do you think the conspiracy theories are valid at some level? >> i will not go into it. it is inappropriate.
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i will not go further than to say that it is a point of view i have. it is not right for me to comment here. >> later on, we will be speang of "thehartmann, author crash of 2016: the plot to destroy america--and what we can do to stop it." avigdor lieberman's return could mean a further blow to peace talks with palestine's, which he has criticized, and has drawn allegations of racism for suggesting that areas inhabited by arab citizens become part of the future palestinian state while israel keeps west bank settlements. in russia, the 30 people detained were placed on a train bound for detention centers on
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monday 800 miles from the northern town where they were previously held. the 20th activists activist and two journalists are facing charges of hooliganism. early piracy charges were never officially lifted. nokiaile, the husband of tolokonnikova says he has not heard anything from his wife for more than three weeks since authorities said she was being transported to a prison colony deep inside siberia. tolokonnikova had denounced slavery-like conditions at the prison where she was previously held. her husband said that the new penal colony is more than 3000 miles away. he says the system is taking its revenge on her for her lawlessness. the remaining government has rejected a canadian firms plan
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to build what would have become europe to your left -- largest open gold mine. the plan included raising four mountains and creating a lake of cyanide. remaining 10 stage protest against the mine, saying the process could poison animals and plants. alabamathat exploded in last week was carried 2.7 million gallons of crude oil. the head of the rail company said the training included 90 cars carrying 30,000 gallons of derailed,ear 25 cars sending flames shooting 300 feet into the sky. while the incident gained little mainstream attention to to a lack of injuries and posed no major environmental risk, reuters called it the most genetic accident of its kind since trafficking of crude began. the autopsy of a 19-year-old
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african-american woman shot dead on her porch where she had -- on a porch where she had went to receive health after a car crash was shot in the face. renisha mcbride was killed in detroit earlier this month. family say that she was racially profiled by the white homeowner. he told police his gun accidentally fired at mcbride, who he believed was trying to break into his home. in brooklyn, new york, three iranian musicians were shot dead allegedly by a fourth these mission before turning the gun on himself. the band members were part of a band called yellow dog previously from iran. a fourth member was the reason the kicked out over an argument of money. it executed -- a texas been convicted of
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withholding evidence that sent an innocent man to prison for 25 years. involved michael martin, who was wrongly convicted in 1987 of murdering his wife. he was released in 2011 after dna evidence exonerated him. the lead prosecutor in the case, ken anderson, was charged with withholding evidence that could have proven morton's innocent, including an interview with his son that said that his father was not home at the time. serve a $500 fine and pay a $500 fine and serve 500 hours community service. >> i want can anderson to no longer be on the bench and to no longer practice law. both of those ha happened.
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my number one motivating factor here is that what happened to me will not happen to you, and from what happened today, we succeeded. morton served close to a quarter century in jail. he was exonerated in 2011. those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. united nations launch an appeal for $300 million to help the people of philippines following typhoon haiyan, one of the strongest recorded in history. officials fear more than 10,000 people may have died in the city of tacloban alone. the city was devastated when the sea level rose 13 feet. survivors describe seeing a synonymy-like wall of seawater. local residents say they have lost everything. >> everything is gone. there is nothing to eat.
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nothing to drink. there is nothing here. we need to go somewhere where we can eat, stay, have some shelter. >> rotting bodies now lay uncollected on the roads in tacloban. alfred romualdez is the city mayor. we are having trouble with some of the corpses. many of them are under the debris. the smell is the only way that we can find them. change conference began yesterday in warsaw. for the second time, the conference coincided with a massive typhoon hitting the philippines. last time, yeb sano, from the philippines, made a plea after typhoon bopha hit.
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>> it is about what is demanded by us from 7 billion people. i appeal, no more delays, no more excuses. doha beetdo remembered as the place where we turn things around and 2012 to be the year that the world found the courage to take responsibility for the future we want. >> that was yeb sano speaking last year at the time and change conference in doha. yesterday at the opening of the climate talks, yeb sano gave another moving speech. he is the head of the climate change delegation. >> it was barely 11 months when my delegation made an appeal to the world to open our eyes to the stark realities that we face . as then we confronted a
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catastrophic storm that resulted in the costliest disaster in philippine history. less than a year hence, we cannot imagine that a disaster much bigger would come with an apparent growth was the fate, my country is being bested by this storm called superstorm haiyan. if there was ag, category six, it would have fallen squarely in that box. we remain uncertain as to the full extent of the damage and devastation as information trickles in in an agonizingly slow manner because power lines and communication lines have been cut off and may take a while before they are restored. the initial assessment showed haiyan left a massive wake of destruction. haven was estimated to sustained winds of 316
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kilometers per hour, equivalent to 195 miles per hour, and gusts up to 370 kilometers per hour, making it the strongest typhoon in modern recorded history. despite efforts that my country had exerted in preparing for the storm, it was just a force to powerful. even for a nation familiar with nothing weyan was experienced before. the picture and the aftermath is slowly coming into clearer focus. the devastation is colossal. , anothers not enough storm is brewing again in the warm waters of the western pacific. i shudder at the thought of another typhoon hitting the same not yethere people have managed to stand up. to those outside who continues to ignore the reality that this climate change, i dare them to
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get off of their ivory towers and away from the comfort of their armchairs, i dare them to go to the islands of the pacific, the caribbean, indian ocean, and see the impact of rising sea levels. the sea communities can confronting glacial floods. the large deltas of the mequon, the ganges, the amazon, then i'll, where livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of central america that confronts similar hurricanes in the vast savannas of africa where climate change is becoming a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. not to forget the monster storms in the gulf of mexico and the eastern seaboard, as well as the fires that have raged down under. if that is not enough, they may want to see what has happened to the philippines now. mr. president, i need not to elaborate.
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it tells us simply that climate change will mean in the increased potential for more intense, close dorms. this will have profound implications on many of our communities, especially those that trouble against the development crisis and the climate crisis. typhoons such as haiyan and its impact serve as a reminder to the international community that we cannot delay action. warsaw must deliver ambition and must address climate change and build the important bridge towards peru and paris. it might be said that it must be poetic justice that typhoon haiyan was so big, its diameter span the distance between warsaw and paris. mr. president, we ask if not us, then who? if not now, then when? if not here, then where?
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warsaw, we will ask these four same questions. what my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. the climate crisis is madness. mr. president, we can stop this madness right here in warsaw. sit and stay helpless staring at this international climate stalemate. it is time to take action. we need an emergency climate pathway. mr. president, i speak for my but i speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for fromelves after perishing the storm. i speak also for those who have been orphaned by the storm. i speak for those people now -- finding survivors.
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we can take drastic action to ensure that we prevent a future where super typhoons become a way of life. we refuse as a nation to accept a future where super typhoons like haiyan become a way of life. evacuating our families and counting our dead becoming a way of life. we simply refuse. as to president, if you will allow me, i wish to speak on a more personal note. , perhapshoon haiyan unknown to many here, made landfall in my own family's hometown. is staggering. i struggle to find words even for the images we see on the news coverage. i struggle to find words to describe how i feel about the losses.
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up to this our, i agonize, waiting for word for the fate of my very own relatives. what gives me renewed strength and great believed is that my own brother has communicated to us that he had survived. in the last two days, he has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands. asis very hungry and weary food supplies find it difficult to arrive in that part of the area. mr. president, the last two days there are moments when i feel i should rally behind wyman advocates who peacefully confront those historically responsible for the current state of our climate. who exposes people themselves to freezing temperatures, oil pipelines, we are seeing a increasing increasedn and
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syllabus obedience. next two weeks, these people will serve as our conscience and remind us of our responsibility, to the youth here who remind us that their future is in peril. the climate here is to represent their -- risking their lives to wetest against drilling, stand with them. we cannot solve problems at the same level that we created them. we cannot solve climate change when we seek to spew more emissions. mr. president, i express this, with all sincerity, in solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home, and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days, with all due respect, mr. president, and i mean no disrespect for your kind but i will now
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commence a voluntary fasting for the climate. this means i will refrain from eating food during this conference until a meaningful outcome is in sight, until concrete pledges have been made to ensure mobilization of resources for the diamond fund. until the promise of operationalization of of a mechanism has been fulfilled and until there is assurance of financial adaptation and until we see a real ambition in accordance with the principles we have so upheld. processpresident, this has been called many names. it has been called a farce, a carbon intensive gathering of frequent flyers, it has been called many names, and this hurts. but we can prove them wrong. this can also be called the project to save the planet. it can be called saving tomorrow today.
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today, we say, i care. we can fix this. we can stop this madness right now, right here in the middle of this football field, and stop moving the goalposts. mr. president, your excel and see, honorable minister, my delegation calls on you most respectfully to lead us and let poland and warsaw be remembered forever as the place where we truly cared to stop this madness . is our imperative here in warsaw, you can rely on our delegation. can humanity rise to this occasion? mr. president, i believe we can. thank you. [applause] >> that was filipino chief whoate negotiator yeb sano ended his speech by weeping in
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his chair. he spoke on monday after you and climate change summit in warsaw. after he spoke, several others announced they would join the chief climate negotiator in a hunger fast. meanwhile, three young activist were thrown out of the talks just after his talk when they unfurled a banner expressing solidarity with the people of the philippines. tune in next week when democracy now! broadcasts from the u.n. climate change summit in warsaw, and go to our website for all of our climate change coverage. this is democracy now! we will be back in a minute. [♪]
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>> a special shout out to the students and benjamin banneker high school who are visiting democracy now! today and watching the broadcast. democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. a new analysis by the associated press finds budget cuts imposed under sequestration promises to be far more painful in 2014. spending is already frozen at 2013 levels and the operating budget of federal agencies could shrink by billions more. the cuts in place will remain in effect for the next eight years unless congress acts to change them. federal funding for food stamps could face a $10 billion reduction over the next decade as part of a compromise bill to
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break a house deadlock on spending. the republican version of the bill, 170,000 u.s. veterans would be disqualified from the assistant program known as snap. all of this follows the so- called great recession which began in 2007 as the longest, deepest economic downturn since the great depression of the 1930s. meanwhile, income inequality is at levels not seen since just before the 1920 wall st crash. our next guest argues the country's past financial crashes opera valuable insight into how the wealthy have hijacked the government's response to the most recent crash. ofm hartmann is the author "the crash of 2016: the plot to destroy america--and what we can do to stop it." he has written more than two a
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dozen best-selling books, the host of a nationally syndicated show, the thom hartmann program. welcome to democracy now! the title is "the crash of 2016: the plot to destroy america--and what we can do to stop it." why 2016? >> it started in 2006 when the housing market fell apart, just like 1927. that crash lasted a while. now we have a situation where it is not just do nothing. obama was successful putting out enough of a band-aid that they are holding it back, but bush had hoped -- he saw this coming. they had hoped they could wait until november 2008 so it would be after the election, so it would not hurt the republican candidate. the obama administration, because they are not doing the structural change necessary, are hoping to push it up to 2016. there is an enormous amount of our -- effort in our government
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to try to hold this off until 2016. whether they are successful or not, it could happen next week. >> what is the royalist conspiracy? >> we are seeing a repeat of what we have seen in the past which is the very wealthy and rising up,terests who are fundamentally anti- democratic, creating an oligarchy government. it is the more of the rich against the poor and working class. >> name names. >> in this generation we see the adelson's, last year you had more than 100 people taking home $1 million in income.
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there are a number of people, since the rules got changed in the reagan administration, a genuine revolution that set this up. the big changes at the end of the clinton administration that .hil gramm pushed through since then, these people have been unleashed. in the 1920s it was the dupont's, morgan's, and rockefellers. now it is this new bunch. >> how did they gain by the recession? of the biggest fortunes in america over the last century were made during the last great depression. if you are cash rich and everyone is desperately selling everything they have for almost are facingause they tax liens, going out of business, it is an enormous opportunity to get even richer. they are and will benefit from
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this. >> you have several interesting stories, like joe stack. joe famously flew his plane into the irs and killed one worker. he was a small business person who basically got eaten by the recession. we described him as america's first suicide bomber. ack, the occupy movement, and in some ways, the tea party movement, at least at a grassroots movement, are signs of this growing populist rage of a nation that pertinent, to paraphrase jefferson, pregnant with revolution. that there is so much pressure right now for something to happen. we are seeing this in the rise of suicides across the country,
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the rise in homelessness. in 1932, when franklin roosevelt came into office, the white house was occupied. it was called the bonus army. literally from the edge of the white house down to the potomac river was a sea of people. fdr confronted this enormous occupation. it was the consequence of three years of the crash not being addressed. had he not been able to get this small stimulus to stop losing jobs to take us to a flat level, the occupy movement would have been 10 times larger than now. >> lythgoe back to his inaugural address in 1933. our past put people to work. is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously.
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it can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the government itself, treating the past as we would treat the emergency of a war. but at the same time, proved its employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our great natural resources. >> that was president franklin delano roosevelt's inaugural address in 1933. you say president obama missed the fdr moment. the first months of his presidency, and before scott brown was lacednto the senate, he had 13 weeks of a filibuster. he had the opportunity to do these things but in all probability he got the same speech that bill clinton got from rubin and greenspan when he was installed after running on speech, a very fdr
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speech. hand, it is easy to blame obama for that. i do nother hand, think any other president in a long time has faced such an implacable wall of opposition. now because of citizens united, supreme court decisions, these politicians on the right, republicans by and large, are funded massively by these billionaires. 30s, 1850s, the 1970s, it will take a major economic crisis to produce the political will necessary to create the fundamental changes, structural changes in our political and economic system that can make the country work. >> you relate crashes in the economy to war. it has been said "when the
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last man remembers the horrors of the last great war dies, the next great war becomes inevitable." you could say the same of economic disasters. when we have forgotten the horrors of the great depression and also the lesson learned out of that. every onen the past, of the disasters, has been followed by a war. -- and each one is one has been horribly more destructive. whether this one is will depend a lot on what is going on with the rest of the world. course, that a republican president, dwight eisenhower, who said in his farewell speech to the nation in 1961 -- americans, this evening, i come to you with a
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message of farewell and to share a few final thoughts with you my countrymen. we have been compelled to create a permanent arms industry of vast proportions. three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. the total influence, economic, political, even spiritual, is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. we recognize the imperative need for this development, yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. in the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military- industrial complex. the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. presidents
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eisenhower's that will address in 1961. farewell address in 1961. >> there is what is referred to in economics as a perverse incentive built into this. just like we see with the , arguingesin industry for longer sentences and laws. edward snowden work for booze on, which was owned, at one point in time, by the carlyle group, which was at one time owned by the bin laden family. roughly 70% of the intelligence budget of the u.s. has been outsourced. massive chunks of the pentagon have been outsourced. it is not just is there going to be a military conflict on intercountry stuff?
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we have an industry in the united states that is so powerful and the supreme court has been in power to behave as if they were citizen lobbyists and behave in ways that were unthinkable. example, the wealthiest zip code in the u.s. is no longer beverly hills. it is just north of washington, d.c. where these defense contractors live. there is enormous pressure to do something. i would be surprised if we did not go to war with syria. the country has been soberly badly burned by the bush administration's lies. we will see what happens in the middle east and with taiwan and china. >> what about the issue of climate change, which you also made a video about. how this fits into the coming crash of 2016. >> it is another stressor.
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it is a very significant stressor. the video we just did the last the thingsint out that people are not talking , but which scientists are. there are trillions of tons of methane hydride in the ice in the arctic and continental shelves. if that melts, there will be a sudden global warming. when you look at the five past extinctions on planet earth, everyone was triggered by one of these methane releases. that is the worst-case scenario. >> how does arctic drilling coming to that? journalists -- 28 activists and two journalists being jailed in russia, they were fighting against an drilling.
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nasa has an experiment and in our video we have one of the header researchers. they are quite sure, there is over a trillion tons of methane in the arctic, maybe as much as 2. worldwide, somewhere between 4 and 7 trillion tons. to triggered extinction may only 2 trillion. the arctic ocean is rather shallow. if you start running ships through their that are stirring up the warm waters, you are playing with fire. allo how do you change this, how do you prevent the crash of 2016? you have a chapter called democratized the economy. crash of 2016,he
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we will have to make the changes that we would have to make afterwards. you would have to enforce the sherman trust again. it was passed in the 1980s. it says any company that gets so large and it dominates the industry is illegal. not only is the company broken up, but people can go to jail. ragan, in the second year of his presidency, stop enforcement of this. no president has made an effort like this since jimmy carter and at&t. every significant industry in the u.s. is controlled by five at the most companies. when you look at biological systems, broad and diverse is strong. fragile. and narrow is our economy is insanely fragile in that regard. bring back enforcement of the sherman act, thus breaking up
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the big banks. bring back glass-steagall. do away with the commodity futures modernization act. phil gramm took us from virtually no gray or black market in these bets on bets, to $800 trillion worth in 2008. his wife was on the board of enron. play theseted to games. phil gramm got his legislation in 2000. bill clinton had no idea what this would mean and happily signed it. if we did these things, we could prevent this. there is clearly not the political will, which is why i am asserting the crash will happen. hopeat gives you the most when you see grassroots movements, which you cover on the thom hartmann program? >> the fact that young people are waking up. they are getting it.
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you can see it on the ground on the student loans. which their parents and grandparents never experienced. the predator class in this country is eating everything in its path. the occupy movement was a great beginning for that. we will see what is next. on the other hand, you have a lot of boomers who are politically active. it is those in the middle who are trying to raise a family and work. >> you focus a lot on the koch brothers. why are they so significant today? >> they fund so many different pieces of what has become the libertarian/republican machine, this notion that government is bad. the thing that people have to get is if you do not like government, fine, but if you anp administering, there is
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enormous vacuum. there are a whole lot of billionaires waiting to step into that vacuum. if we do not have government thelation of smokestacks, kochs make more money, but the rest of us get more cancer. >> their wealth comes from? witheir father cut a deal joseph stalin to develop the oil fields in russia. we have not been able to confirm all of it, but if the keystone pipeline is built, it goes to refineries in part owned by the koch brothers, and they could make $100 billion, which is more than what they are worth now. tell us about the man that rob a bank -- robbed the bank. a fellow who could not find a job, he had a growth in his chest he was concerned about. where do i go, what do i do? and gave anto a bank
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note to the teller and said that he was robbing the bank for one dollar. hewas arrested and he said got arrested because he needed medical care. did, by the way. he got health care as soon as he was arrested. back, i want to ask you about john kerry's comments that he does not think lee harvey also alter acted alone on this 50th anniversary of the jfk assassination. we are speaking to thom hartmann , nationally syndicated host of the thom hartmann program. his new book is out today "the crash of 2016: the plot to destroy america--and what we can do to stop it." stay with us. [♪]
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>> democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman.
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week, november 22, marks the 50th anniversary of the ss mission of john f. kennedy, 1963. it is a topic thom hartmann .owrote about warner bros. is now making the book into a movie starting -- starring leonardo dicaprio. the topic of the assassination has also been in the news after last week's interview with secretary of state john kerry on nbc in which he expressed doubts about whether jfk's accused shooter, lee harvey oswald, acted alone. he was questioned about those remarks on sunday by david gregory. >> final question before you go. you give some comments in light of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of john f. kennedy which have now been widely broadcast and reported on.
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in those comments you said, to this day, i have serious doubts that lee harvey also want acted alone. certainly that would be surprising to a lot of people. would you care to elaborate? have a point of view. i am not going to get into that. it is not something i think needs to be commented on, certainly not at this time. >> do you think conspiracy theories, involvement with the soviet union are valid? >> i will not go into it. it is inappropriate. i will not go into it more than to say it is an opinion i have. it is not appropriate for me to comment further. >> that when john kerry this weekend speaking to david gregory. this, thomse to hartmann, and why this is interesting to look at 50 years
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later? >> surprise, surprise. the house committee on assassinations did an exhaustive look at this and they concluded not only that oswald did not act alone, but all the evidence indicated there was a conspiracy . in all probability, carlos marcello and another big mob boss which were being aggressively prosecuted, had the motives, means, and opportunity to them at the crime. secondly, you have naval intelligence who did an exhaustive look at oswald specifically after this, and concluded there was no possibility he could have done the shooting. >> and yet you have the warm commission that says he was the shooter and acted alone. who was on a commission and when did they come up with their findings? jack and bobby kennedy, just
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before the assassination, were doing two things. they were aggressively and were close to successful to negotiate peace with castro. at the same time, they were planning an assassination of castro. on december to be 5, 1963. the plot to assassinate castro was found out and someone infiltrated by the mob. when the assassination happened, lbj concluded quickly, and a number of others in the government, because of the apparent involvement of oz on, that castro was involved. right after the cuban missile crisis we almost had world war
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iii. american people thought castro killed the united states there would have been such a cuba,against a war with it would probably have been nuclear war. the american people had to be convinced, at all costs, that castro had nothing to do with this. yet, at that point in time, many senior people in the government believed castro was responsible. earl warren had tears running down his eyes when president johnson commission him to do it. he basically said we have to cover this up. waswarren commission report largely a whitewash to avoid that from coming out. >> what about the significance of today secretary of state saying i do not want to talk about it but i think it involves russia and cuba and the store
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that we know, the establishment story, is not true. certainty i can say it was the mob who killed jack kennedy. context, there was involvement of others in our government and what not, but principally the mob. the fbi was following these people. ,he fbi failed, in many ways hugely. to this day, they would rather not own up to that. jack was the cellmate with carlos marcello. he was an informant for the fbi. they were taping his conversations. carlos marcello basically laid out he did everything he read fairly straightforward. >> why doesn't matter now? think, for twoi
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reasons. one, the killing of jack kennedy was a consequential change in the political future of america. --ber two, it is in port and import than we know our own history, even if it is not pretty. important we know our own history, even if it is not pretty. , thank you forn being here. nationally syndicated radio host of the thom hartmann program. he is the author of two books. one of them was test published, "the crash of 2016: the plot to destroy america--and what we can do to stop it." his book about the kennedy assassination is called "legacy of secrecy. that does it for the broadcast. if you want a copy of today's
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tavis: good evening. from los angeles, i am tavis smiley. and, a conversation with edward james olmos and lisagay hamilton about their new movie "go for sisters," with independent director, john sayles, dealing with a mother's search for her son across california's border with mexico. we are glad you could join us for our conversation with edward james olmos and lisagay hamilton coming up right now. ♪
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by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ films thatpendent deal with complex human interaction can often get lost in the push for big-budget movies around here, and one film that i hope does not get lost in the mix is from to time oscar nominated director, john sayles starring edward james olmos and lisagay hamilton about a
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mother's search for her son in tijuana. and we start with a clip from "go for sisters." >> so? >> i want him back, and if there is anyway, i do not want him to go to jail. juan.s you must still have friends on the local fours. >> no. that is a federal staying. the voice is on the tapes. taking money. you have to be careful who you do favors for. >> sergeant? >> i had to resign. >> i have money. i had such a wonderful conversation on my radio show, ay, and i said we have
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to talk about this, and i do not normally do that on both mediums, and it was such a powerful story that i thought i would do it. since you are one of the producers as well as being one of the stars, i will let you tell us about "go for sisters," >> all i can say is that lisa and yolanda do excellent work. it is exquisite. it is about the love of a mother for her son and the love of friendships, and it is really a very simple theme that people will be able to understand, but it has never been done. i have never seen a movie like is in my life. never when you say it has been done, what has never been done? >> that we have people of a cultural dynamics. tavis: color. in a positionare that they need to come together in a way i have not seen before.
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john sayles has written a masterful piece of work. now, will people see it? i do not even think people will know about it. is it was not for you and a few people who saw it and said, wait a minute, this is important, it will be very difficult, and all i can tell you is that the story deals with them other looking for her son and needs help, so she goes to an old friend. when they were in high school, people would say that you guys could go for sisters, and then both of them head out to try to get to tijuana and go to mexico, and they need help, and they but i am blind. did you know that? tavis: i did. counting the money. you could tell. macular degeneration at its highest form. to make people who are looking right now and understand