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Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. On Democracy Now!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

“America’s Monster”: How a U.S. Ally Kidnapped, Killed & Tortured Hundreds in Afghanistan
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“America’s Monster”: How a U.S. Ally Kidnapped, Killed & Tortured Hundreds in Afghanistan

Support our work: https://democracynow.org/donate/sm-desc-yt A major New York Times investigation explores the history of one of America's most important allies in the war against the Taliban: Abdul Raziq. While fighting in Afghanistan, Raziq was frequently praised by American generals and oversaw soldiers "trained, armed and paid by the United States and its allies." But to civilians in the area, Raziq became known as "America's monster" after coming to power through years of torture, extrajudicial killing and abduction. Raziq, who was assassinated in 2018, was responsible for the largest known campaign of forced disappearances during America's 20-year war in Afghanistan. "Raziq was basically the poster child for brutality by the U.S.-backed government," says New York Times journalist Matthieu Aikins. Despite knowing about the abuses, the U.S. "continued to work with Raziq side by side because he was just so effective in the war." Aikins argues U.S. "wishful thinking and self-delusion" about the atrocities committed by U.S. troops and allies "is part of the reason why the U.S. failed in Afghanistan despite spending 20 years there and so many hundreds of billions of dollars." Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on over 1,500 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream at democracynow.org Mondays to Fridays 8-9 a.m. ET. Subscribe to our Daily Email Digest: https://democracynow.org/subscribe
“A Narrative of Trump Criminality”: Jury Begins Deliberations in Hush Money Case
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“A Narrative of Trump Criminality”: Jury Begins Deliberations in Hush Money Case

Support our work: https://democracynow.org/donate/sm-desc-yt Jury deliberations begin today in Donald Trump's hush money and election interference trial. Trump has been charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in relation to a $130,000 hush money payment that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. In a marathon day of closing arguments, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass argued that the payment scheme amounted to an effort by Trump "to manipulate and defraud the voters" before the 2016 presidential election by preventing Daniels from going public with her claim that she had a sexual encounter with Trump. "It was an amazing summation in which every piece of evidence was explained as a part of the entire narrative of Trump criminality," says Ron Kuby, a criminal defense lawyer. On the other hand, Trump's defense lawyer Todd Blanche branded Cohen, the prosecution's star witness, as "the greatest liar of all time" and dismissed the trial as a politicized attack. If Trump is found guilty, it will likely be weeks or months until he is eventually sentenced. The charges carry a maximum of four years in prison, and Trump is expected to appeal any conviction. Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on over 1,500 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream at democracynow.org Mondays to Fridays 8-9 a.m. ET. Subscribe to our Daily Email Digest: https://democracynow.org/subscribe
After Latest Israeli Attack on Rafah Kills 45, How Can World Enforce ICJ's Ruling to End Assault?
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After Latest Israeli Attack on Rafah Kills 45, How Can World Enforce ICJ's Ruling to End Assault?

Support our work: https://democracynow.org/donate/sm-desc-yt Two days after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to immediately stop its assault on Rafah, Israeli warplanes began to drop bombs on refugee tent camps in what had previously been declared a "safe zone." At least 45 people, including children and infants, were killed in the bombing. We discuss the ruling and the massacre in Rafah with Ahmed Abofoul, a legal researcher and advocacy officer at the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq who was born and raised in Gaza. Abofoul is now based in The Hague, where the International Court of Justice recently ordered Israel to halt its assault on Rafah in a genocide case brought by South Africa. Abofoul notes the significance of the World Court ruling but decries Israel's complete disregard for international orders, including previous ICJ rulings this year. "Israel is lying," while its allies are "parroting whatever Israel is saying." Without a direct enforcement mechanism, attempts to rein in Israeli attacks are likely to continue to fail. Will "complicit" Western states "continue business as usual, or will we see sanctions on Israel?" Abofoul asks. "Everything I know in Gaza has been destroyed," he adds. "This is a genocide. This is about the erasure of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and as a whole, and this is the essence of Zionism as a settler-colonial ideology." Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on over 1,500 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream at democracynow.org Mondays to Fridays 8-9 a.m. ET. Subscribe to our Daily Email Digest: https://democracynow.org/subscribe