“Missing in Brooks County”: Thousands of Migrants Denied Due Process at Border Have Died in Desert

We continue to look at the humanitarian crisis along the border, where more people are dying trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border than ever before, as President Biden has increased funding for border enforcement and militarization even as he vowed not to expand Trump’s border wall. We go to Brooks County in South Texas, which has recorded at least 98 migrant deaths so far this year, nearly triple the number from 2020. “People are being expelled without any due process regarding their asylum claim,” says Eddie Canales, director of the South Texas Human Rights Center. “There really hasn’t been a change in policy,” said Canales, when asked about…

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Family Searching for Migrant Father Who Went Missing in Texas Desert as Border Deaths Hit Record

Armando Alejo Hernández went missing in the desert after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in May of 2021, but not before sending several last audio messages to his eldest son describing the difficult terrain and asking for help. “He wasn’t feeling so good, and he was out of water and food,” says Hernández’s 17-year-old son Derek. “The group got ahead, and then he lost the group.” Hernández was an undocumented worker in the United States for more than a decade before being deported in 2016. His wife and two sons, who are U.S citizens by birth, have pleaded with Border Patrol and the Mexican Consulate for help, without any…

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Headlines for October 13, 2021

U.S. Reopens Borders with Canada and Mexico for Vaccinated Travelers; FDA Considers Moderna BoosterSouthwest, American Airlines Rebuff TX Vaccine Mandate Ban; WI Moms Sue Schools for Endangering KidsHouse Votes to Temporarily Raise Debt CeilingProgressive Dems Say Reconciliation Package Must Not Sacrifice Urgently Needed Social Programs155 Activists Arrested as Climate Actions Continue in D.C.; Indigenous Leaders March in Latin AmericaNonprofit Pursues Jair Bolsonaro at ICC for "Crimes Against Humanity" for Destroying the AmazonEU Pledges $1.15 Billion in Aid for Afghanistan as European and U.S. Delegates Meet with TalibanDecaying Oil Tanker Off Yemen Coast Could Cut Off Access to Water and Food for 9 Million PeopleNew Tunisan Gov't, First Woman…

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As CIA Warns China “Most Important” Threat to U.S., Is Biden Pursuing a “New Cold War”?

We look at growing tensions between China and Taiwan as China’s military said Monday it had conducted beach landing and assault drills in the province across from Taiwan. Taiwan’s president responded on Sunday saying Taiwan would not bow to pressure from China. This comes as The Wall Street Journal has revealed a small team of U.S. special operations forces and marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan for at least a year to help train Taiwanese military forces for a possible conflict with China. We speak with Ethan Paul of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, who warns U.S. interference could cause “a conflict that could engulf the…

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Iraqi Journalist: Amid Low Election Turnout, “Iraq’s Streets Littered with the Memories of Our Dead”

Voter turnout at the fifth parliamentary election in Iraq hit an all-time low, with many Iraqis refusing to vote as widespread faith in the democratic process and politics falters. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has been a vocal opponent of foreign invasion, won the most seats. He has also been accused of kidnapping and killing his critics. “The election has more to do with making this regime and this system look good than responding to the demands of the people,” says Nabil Salih, Iraqi journalist and photographer, who also discusses protests that sped up the election and conditions in Iraq’s hospitals. His latest piece for Middle East Eye…

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Dayton Police Dragged Paraplegic Man Clifford Owensby from His Car; NAACP Says Arrest Was “Unlawful”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Dayton, Ohio, where the NAACP is denouncing the violent arrest of a Black man who’s a paraplegic and repeatedly told police officers he could not use his legs. A warning to our audience: This story includes disturbing images and descriptions of police violence. During a September 30th traffic stop, Dayton police officers stopped Clifford Owensby’s car after they said it was seen leaving a suspected drug house. Police body-camera footage released Friday shows the police officers telling Owensby to exit his car so a police dog could conduct an…

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Headlines for October 12, 2021

WHO: Climate Change Is "The Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity"Heavy Flooding in China Kills 15, Destroys 20,000 Homes135 Arrested in Indigenous Peoples' Day Climate Action Outside White HouseGreenpeace Installs Statue of Boris Johnson Splattered in Oil Outside 10 Downing St.Wealthy Nations Denounced for Hoarding COVID-19 VaccinesParliamentary Report: COVID-19 Response Was One of Biggest Public Health Failures in U.K. HistoryGov. Greg Abbott Bans All Entities in Texas from Enforcing Vaccine MandatesIraqi Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Sees Biggest Gains in Parliamentary ElectionU.N. Urges World Leaders to Address Humanitarian Crisis in AfghanistanPandora Papers: Ecuador's President Faces Probe over Use of Tax HavensGuatemalan Prosecutor in Landmark Ríos Montt Trial Is Transferred in…

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UAE’s New Executive Office of AML/CFT and Dubai’s New Specialized Money Laundering Court

On August 22, 2021, at the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Courts announced the establishment of a specialized new court that will focus on combating money laundering.  The announcement comes just months after the UAE Cabinet approved the establishment of the Executive Office of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT). These two developments together further demonstrate the UAE’s ongoing efforts to implement and maintain a sophisticated financial crime compliance framework that is in line with FATF’s expectations and recommendations. New Court is the Next Step in…

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Katrina vanden Heuvel on Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dmitry Muratov's Fight for Press Freedom in Russia

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Russian independent journalist Dmitry Muratov and Filipina journalist Maria Ressa for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.” Muratov runs the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which has lost more journalists to murder than any other Russian news outlet. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor-in-chief of The Nation and reporter on Russia for the last 30 years, recounts the trajectory of Muratov’s career, noting his newspaper’s humble beginnings and his unexpected rise to becoming an advocate for freedom of the press. “Investigative journalism in Russia today is very dangerous,” says vanden Heuvel. Despite the danger, van Heuvel says that Novaya readership is skyrocketing with…

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Katrina vanden Heuvel on Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dmitry Muratov’s Fight for Press Freedom in Russia

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Russian independent journalist Dmitry Muratov and Filipina journalist Maria Ressa for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.” Muratov runs the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which has lost more journalists to murder than any other Russian news outlet. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor-in-chief of The Nation and reporter on Russia for the last 30 years, recounts the trajectory of Muratov’s career, noting his newspaper’s humble beginnings and his unexpected rise to becoming an advocate for freedom of the press. “Investigative journalism in Russia today is very dangerous,” says vanden Heuvel. Despite the danger, van Heuvel says that Novaya readership is skyrocketing with…

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