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amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now. >> there has been an attempt to assassinate me. i have no doubt this points to the extreme e right i in venezu. : the venezuelan president has survived an assassination attempt. we will get more from the
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of the reportor on the americas. a 17-year-old has been described as the rosa parks of palestine. after eight months she has been released from an israeli jail. the liberation of palestine. for us to be able to go anywhere we want at any time we want. amy: she became a hero to palestinians last year when a showing heriral, slapping and israeli soldier after she learned her cousin had been shot in the head with a rubber coated bullet. >> my goal wasn't to hit him. he had shot my cousin in the head and my cousin was going to die because of the injury. the soldier at thehe front of my house was shooting at children in the street.
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i'm not the one that went to him. he was in front of my door. we will speak to her from her home in the west bank's. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now,, the war anand peace report. i'm amy goodman. in venezuela, the president has susurvived an asassassinationn attempt. officials sasay drones loaoadedh explososives detonatated above m as he gaveve a natationally tetelevised speeeech on satutur. he has blamed the outgoing colombian president for the attack. there has been an attempt to assassinate me. i have no doubt this points to the extreme right in venezuela.. old president is behind
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this, i have no doubt. preliminary indications have pointed that there are various financial backers to this attempt. they live in the united states in florida. hopefully trump is willing to fight these group's. j john bolton has denied involvement in the e attack whie speaking on fox news on sunday. >> i can say there is no government involvement in this at all. amy: trump has admitted that the purpose of a meeting between a kremlin connected lawyer and his killer to get dirt on clinton. he tweeted "fake news. about that i'm concerned
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the information of my son meeting. it went nowhere. it went nowhere. " v viral l last year.. in northern california, the mendocino complex fire is now the fourth-largest fire in california history, with more than 266,000 acres burned as of sunday. the raging wildfire has destroyed 68 homes and forced evacuations in three northern california counties. meananwhile, the death toll from the carr fire rose to seven over the weekend, as climate change-fueled wildfires continue to blaze across the state. in indonesia, a 7.0 magnitude
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earthquake has killed at least 91 people on the island of lombok, with the death toll expected to rise. more than 200 people were also wounded in sunday's earthquake, which destroyed thousands of homes and buildings and forced more than 10,000 residents and tourists to evacuate the island. in zimbabwe, a milititary crackdown against opposition activists continued over the weekend, following last week's historic presidential elections. longtime leader robert mugabe's former vice president, emmerson mnangagwa, was declared the winner of monday's election, although opposition parties have rejected the outcome, questioning the vote count. human rights groups now say dozens of opposition activists have been abducted, attacked, or raped by unidentified men during a wave of post-election repression. the army has also been deployed to the streets of the capital harare. in south sudan, president salva kiir and rebel leader riek machar have reachehea peace dedl aimed at ending south sudan's five-year civil war, which has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced millions, anad pushed the country to the brink of famine.
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the conflict began in 2013 after president kiir fired machar, then sererving as vice presiden. under the new power-sharing agreement, machar will return to power as one of five vice presidents. this is south sudan's president salva kiir. in gaza, israeli soldiers killed two palestinian protesters friday during the latest round of protests at the separation fence between israel and gaza. one of the victims was 15-year-old muadh al-suri, who was shot in the stomach by an israeli soldier. gaza authorities say the israeli military has killed at least 160 palestinians and wounded over 15,000 more since the nonviolent great march of return protests began on march 30. israel and egypt are discussing a deal aimed a at improving livg conditions in gagaza. in israel, tens of thousands protest against the controversial new law defining israel as the nationstate of the people. this was led by an ethnic and
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religigious minoririty. trump has continued his racist attacks against prominent black journalists, athletes, and politicians. early saturday morning, he insulted nba super star lebron james and cnn host don lemon, tweeting "lebron james was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, don lemon. he made lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do." he said this before leavining fr ohio. trump also insulted california democratic congressperson maxine waters during a campaign rally in wilkes-barre, pennsylvania, late last week, falsely claiming waters has a very low iq. in response to the comments about lebron james, milani a spokesperson said "it looks like lebron james is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation." legendary nfl wide receiver randy moss paid tribute to
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african american men and women killed by the police during the nfl hall of fame induction ceremony in canton, ohio, saturday night. he wore a tie stitched with the names, eric garner, tamir rice, sandra bland, akai gurley, freddie gray, walter scott, alton sterling, trayvon martin and other victims of police brutality or white vigilante violence. this is nfl star randy moss, speaking in an interview after the ceremony. randy moss: i wanted to be about the families let know that they are not alone. i am not here voicing the names on my tie. for thea big platform pro football hall of fame. there is a lot of stuff going on in our country and i want to let these families know that they are not alone. oregon, hoursnd,
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into the protest, police sprayed the anti-fascist with pepper spray. in washington, d.c., the metro rail system's largest union and its workers would not participate in a proposed plan to run separate trains for white supremacists of planning to attend a unite the right rally. after the rail workers union plan, they said they were no longer considering the to protect racist protesters on the anniversary of the charlottesville white prprotest. today marks the 73rd anniversary of the united states' atomic bombing of hiroshima on august 6, 1945, which killed 140,000 peopople and seriously injured another 100,000.
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this is the mayor of hiroshima, kazumi matsui, speaking at a commemoration ceremony earlier today. with the current rise of self-centered nationalism and the modernization of nuclear that we willpe recognize the pacifism that this request and these the dialogue in a a nuclear weapon free worl. amy: and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we begin today's show in palestine with a 17-year-old known as the rosa parks of palestine. a video went viral of her
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slapping a soldier near her family's home in the occupied west bank.k. the incident came just after ahed learned her cousin had been gravely wounded by an israeli soldier who shot him in the head using a rubber-coated steel bullet. video of ahed confronting the soldier went viral elevating her into a symbol of palestinian resistance. ahed was soon arrested in the middle of the night and charged with assault in an israeli military court. she was sentenced to eight months in an israeli prison. there.ned 17 her mother was also arrested and charged for indictment, inch -- indictment in part for streaming video online showing the interaction between ahed and the israeli soldier. both ahed and her mother, nariman, were recently released in late july. i spoke with her from her home in the west bank village.
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welcome. how does it feel to be free from jail? it is an extremely wonderful feeling. i hope all pririsoners live to exexperience this s joy. my joy is incomplete because my brothers and sisters remain in prison. i hohope they are liberated. amy: can you talk about the day you were released? can you talk about that sunday? where the israeli military took you and your motother? >> i was released from prison at 5:30 and they told my parents i would be released at the checkpoint. and they played
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with my parents, telling them here and there. they made my parents go everywhere. end, they d droppeded us off at the gateway to the villagage. amy: can you explain what led to your arrest. they accuseme of hitting a soldier. i had 12 charges against me. the main one was hitting a soldier in front of my house. my goal wasn't to hit him. he had shot my cousin in the head and my cousin was going to die. soldier in front of my house was shooting at children in the street. amy: can you talk about your
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15-year-old cousin and explain what the israeli soldier did to him? what did it mean to be shot at close range by a rubber coated deal bullet? he was on a hill and israeli soldiers came up and shot him and the bullet went through his head. it went here and was lodged here. this is a lethal injury. there was a chance he would die. surgery took a long time. it t took a long time for hihimo walk again. to stand up straight. can you tell us what happened after you were arrested? where were you taken? to an interrogation center and to prison. >> you said there were several violations? washe interrrrogationn
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inappropriate because there was verbal harassment. the interrogator would tell me that my hair was pretty or my eyes were pretty. there were no female soldiers. and said thatd me they would detain my whole family. amy: what other things that they ask you? were there women present? >> therely or lawyer? was no one with me. they asked me why i hit the soldier. there were a a lot of questionse asked meme during the interrogation. amy: what did you tell them when you slappedou why the soldier? rightht to remain silent and did not admit anything. >amy: how long did the
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interrogation take? >> there were four different interrogations. one was for hours and another was five or six. were always alone? never with a lawyer or a family? never. it was just me alone with the interrogators. amy: mail interrogators. can you talk about your trial? to courtsed to take me and they would interrogate me until i was sentenced to eight months. amy: what were the conditions like in the jail where you are held? >> prison was difficult. 29 other fememale prisoners.
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the numbers would go o up and dn depending on the situation. female andons for male prisoners i is difficucult. the rooms are small and there are no air vent. there was medical neglect and prevent of education. they attempted to prevent us from being educated but prisoners are strong. prisoners and you set the composition of the prisoners changed? were they women or children? there were women and children. one woman was detained under administrative detention. that memeans that the detentions based on undisclosed files. they don't knknow why they are being detained. administrative detainees attend administrative court.
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at first, a a might be six monts bubut it will be extended. they will tell you your administrative detention is six months but after six months they tell you they have extended it. it is like the present are, god rest his soul, he spent seven years in administrative detention. there are over 350 children in under and three who are administrative detention. the conditions children endure are difficult. prison isn't for anyone and the administration puts a lot of pressure on them. the release of all
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prisoners, especially children, as soon as possible. >> following widespread crcriticism, israel instituted a separate military court t for minors, c children, in 2009. watch, if anything, , has changd since then? >> nothing is changed. there are childrdren who are in detetention for over 10 years. children sentenced to 13 or 14 years. the court just changed its name to a children's court. the court isis still a zionist court. nothing has changed. in your village, if you could talk specifically about the situation n th israeli settlements in the area? reportedly taught how to deal with isisraeli soldiers if they come to detain them?
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>> there is a settlement, it has taken over the water spring. it rarely gives the village adequate water. almost everyone has been detained or shot at or harassed by israeli soldiers. there last decade or so has been a lot of resistance and we lost four martyrs. .nd they are -- and a young man
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isn't with the settlement. it is with the occupation. we could deal with the settlement but we want the occupation to end. amy: when you were in jail, another one of your relatives, a 20-year-old, was killed in june. after being shot in the back by a soldier. an israeli human rights group said his killing was illegal and unjustified. can you talk about what happened anand what you understotood wheu were in prison? the martyrdom while i was in prison was something very difficult. very, very difficult. i don't how to describe the feeling. to lose someone from your family while you are in prison and you
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don't know what happened? a lot of anxiety. tell us who that was? a very call, and good person. i think he was in the street. i wasn't there but they told me he was in ththe street. he was being pursued after being detained a year ago. they came to detain him and he ran away. they let him bleed on the ground until he lost all of his love and died. amy: during the time you were in prison, the last eight months, there was a major uprising in gaza. the nonviolent great march of return, starting on march 30.
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the military has killed more than 140 palestinians, injuring some like 13,000 or 14,000 people there. can you talk about your knowledge of what is happening in gaza? and what it has meant to you in jailil and two palestinians on e west bank? >> the great return marches were launched and continue until today. the reality is that the people of gaza are continuing these marches. we hope that everyone, even people in the west bank, will be part of the marches, just like the ones here. it isn't just a gaza that has refugees. palestinian refugees everywhere and they should return to their land and their country.
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>> i want to turn to a video of confronted when you an israeli soldier, demanding to know what happened to your brother who had been arrested. i believe you were 11 years old at the time? >> my brother was 15 years old and d so i went and i asasked t. i demanded to know, where did you take my brother, he has 15 yearars old, what could he do oo you? i was angry and frustrated and i began to yell at them. >> three years later, a video went viral showing you biting an israeli soldier who was holding your mother on the ground. -- who was holding your brother
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on the ground. >> this is when they would detain my brother who was 12 years old. backed to take my brother from the hands of the soldiers. >> many people have remarked on your courage in undertaking such protest at such a young age. where do you get such bravery from? >> all palestinians have courage. i grew up in a family where i injured,e the prisoners, thehe martyred. it reached a level where he said, enough. occupation.e
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i decided to break the barrier of fear. amy: i want to read the headline of this article. her father was born in 1967, the year israel sees the west bank. hehe and his children hahave knn only a life of checkpoints and identity papers and detentions and house demolitions and intimidation and humiliation, violence. this is their normality. can you speak, , in your own words, what t life was likike growing up underer occupatation? imagine going to your school and finding a checkpopoint and u are prevented from going to school because of the checkpoint? or yours university or work? imagine every day that a
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andtary entered your town you are constantly afraid they will detain someone. there is a constant fear that you lose someone in your family. to l look at a settler on yourur group -- on your land while you are far from it is so difficult. >> you have been hailed as the icon of palestine following the latest protest of yours. your response to that and where do you see yourself in the struggle for palestine? i am proud to be a symbol of the palestinian cause. i hope i can live up to the title and that i am able to spread the messagege of the palestinian people and thehe men to theen in prison world. amy: what would you like to see happen?
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>> and hope for the end of the occupation. for us to go anywhere we want, anytime we want, without anybody preventing us. amy: you finished high school in an israeli prison. who taught you? did y youof discussions have behind bars. >> we would learn geography, history, science. inteternational law sciencnce classes.s. we took a lot of classes. amy: did you discucuss your own imprisonment as a child d and te issues of law and occupation? >> we were taught about
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international lalaw and conventionons within it. we would go through the violations that happened to us. ii didn't have a female soldier with me during my interrogations which according to the convention, there should havave been a female soldier with me. we would tie these things together. >> you plan to become a lawyer? explain why? >> so i can use the law to freedom.e palestinian amy: your brother is a student at a university near your village. you plan on going to a palestinian university or will you go t to college outside? >> i haven't decided where i want to stududy. i haven't decided and i'm still not sure.
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is your brother at university or in prisoson? >> my brother is in prison. he was detained. amy: would you consider studying in the united states? >> i'm not sure. i haven't thought about it at all. i just got out of prison. i haven't a time to sit and think about what i want to do. >> what is your message to the united states? what would you like people in the u.s. to know? >> i think everybody who want al me polations put preure on governme for thealestini cause. amy: y made a stinctio znismsm.ewish a can yoexplplaithe difference? difrence.huge
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judam is a rigion, jt like islam orhristiany. , thats ththe lling. at is thcheckpoi. that is what detnsns innent ople. that caus theonflict. amy: whadid it mn to you when y were in jail, the : theeational solidarity wewest bank and gaza within isrl and around the world? >> it was something that kept my spirits up.. i hope that extends to all prisoners. men and women who remain in prison. amy: your mother was in prison for as long as you wear, neaear. did you see her? can you explain why she was imprisoned?
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10:30sed to see her from until 2:00. we were not in the same room. the same section. she was s detained because -- 'm not sure? they accused her of -- i'm not sure. to me duringame the interrogation? it's unclear why they detained my mom. do you plan to continue your activism? of course. i will never give up until the day palestine is liberated. amy: 17-year-old ahed tamimi speaking to us from her home in nabi saleh in the occupied west bank. she was released last week from an israeli prison after serving an eight month term. the 17-year-old activist became
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a hero to palestinians and others around the world after a hero went viral, showing slapping an israeli soldier near her family's home, just after she has learned her r cousin and -- her cousin had been gravely wounded after being shot in the head by a soldier. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. we come back, the first attempted assassination by drone strike occurred in venezuela against the president this week. ♪ ♪ usic breakak]
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amy: "language of peace." this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. we turn now to venezuela where president nicolas maduro survived an appaparent assassination attempt saturday. officials say two drones loaded with explosives detonated above maduro as he gave a nationally televised speech at a military event in caracas. ststate televisision showed mado and are the first known assassination attempt by drone.
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he was looking up at the sky afteter hearing ththe sound of n explosioion during hisis addres. after the sosound of anothther explosioion, security y rushed o surrnd thehe president, , while hundreds of f other soldieiers n for cocover. seven n people were e injured. offificials say neneither dronee reached its s intended tarargeta befofore detonatining. two videdeos posted onon twitter shshow drones atat the scene.. one shshows a drone e crashing o a building and the other shows a drone exploding in midair. in a televisised speech hohours after his address was cut short, maduro blamed colombia for the attack. >> there has been an attempt to assassinate me and i have no doubt this points to the extreme right in venezuela in alliance with the extreme right to colombia. i have no doubt. preliminary investigations
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indicate that there are various financial backers to the attempt on my life. they live in the united states in the state of florida. hopefully donald trump's government is willlling to fight terrororist groups that are creating grave attacks. amy meanwhile on sunday, : bolivian president evo morales tweeted "within the last 12 months, u.s. vice president mike pence made 3 trips to latin america to meet at least 8 presidents from whom i demanded support for a military intervention against our brother president of venezuela nicolas maduro. those are the empire's coup attempts." speaking on fox news sunday, national security adviser john bolton denied the u.s. was behind the apparent drononblasts in caracas. >> i can say unequivocally that there was no u.s. government involved in this at all. with respect to what happened in
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the afternoon, it could be a lot of things. a pretext set up by the regime itself or something else. amy: a group of venezuelan soldiers calling itself "operation phoenix" claimed responsibility for the explosions in a communique posted on twitter. the group's former leader oscar perez was killed in a shootout with the government in january after he hijacked a helicopter last year and fired at government buildings. venezuelan authorities say they've arrested six people over saturday's incident. interior minister nestor reverol said two had previously detained in demonstrations over food and medicine shortages. maduro replaced longtime president hugo chavez after he died from cacancer in 2013. he was elected in may to a new six-year term in may. well for more we are joined by three guests. our video stream. alejandro velasco. associate professor at nyu, where he is a historian of modern latin america. he is the executive editor for nacla report on the americas, and the author of the book,
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"barrio rising, urban popular politics and the making of modern venezuela." he was born and raised in caracas. also here is gabriel l hetland, asassistant professor of latin american studies at the state university of new york in albany. and in washington, d.c. we are joined by mark weisbrot. co-director of the center for economic and policy research,, and president of just foreign policy. we welcome you all. can you talk about what happened this weekend? the fifirst time an assassinatin attempt has been made against a head of state using drones? >> it was a very confusing situation. -- the party that he presides over were gathered to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the guard that has become prominent. as he was laying out some of the
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, the shift of the economy, you heard them the video was a loud explosion. reacting with surprise and another general behind him even fainting. and then following a few minutes after that, another loud explosion and then cameras the assembled people below who starteted to scatter. from then on, what we heard was that there were two separate droneses. they detonated. ensely packeked area. and they detonateded outside of apartment buililding. and since then, even though there were initial reports that
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perhapaps it was a gas explosion in an apartment, subsequent reports have just proven that theory. it is quite clear now that there were actually drones that exploded. to: i want to turn right now run the vice president, mike pence, spoke at a latin american summit in lima, peru. saying that more must be done to isolate the venezuelan president? oure must all stand with brothers and sisters suffering in venezuela. the united states will not rest. we will not relent until democracy is restored. and the venezuelan people restore theieir birthright. in june, -- force him from
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power. every time mike pence opens his mouth, i feel stronger of what the road is. it is venezuelan. it isn't ththe one that mike pee points out to us. briring in mark weisbrot. -- the talk about president of bolivia tweeted about, saying that mike pence has made several visits to latin america, pushing for what he said is military intervention in venezuela. and if you think there is any relationship tween that and what happened this weekend? the first assassination attempt by drone against a head of state anywhere in the world? i don't have any evidence
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that the u.s. was behind the attack. that the state department was asked to comment and they said they had no comment. on the attack. which normally, given what the united states has done in venezuela for the past 20 years, at the very least you would expect them to say they are against any kind of assassination or any kind of violence. but they didn't say that. they have been trying to get rid for 20 years now. and the difference between the trump administration and the two previous administrations is that they are more explicit. as youou noticed. iny calll for a military coup venezuela which is something they haven't done. chile in that in sh
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1973. in the last election, they forced or threatened the opposition candidate who ran in the election, threatened him for running in the election and threatening him with individual financial sanctions against him if he ran because they didn't want the election so they are committed to a regime change strategy. and it is explicit and open. that is the real difference from what they did in the past unlike the bushcoup, which administration was involved in but they denied that. open and explicit. and the media here in north it. they treat the united states as a bystander and occasionally report when something comes out like trump asking his advisers if they could have a military intervention. if then they go on as united states has nothing to do
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with any of this. so that is something that i think is really important. but you are not getting in the news at all. and then you have the whole narrative that it has something to do with human right. rubio, who is basically in charge of policy here for the trump and his florida crony, the u.s. ambassador, he goes around two countries there and threatens them and tells them to comply with the u.s. and this is treated as though they are trying to promote human rights in venezuela and the media accepts this narrative. but then you look at the u.s. allies, you look at mexico where over 100 journalists have been cases,and in most of the there is government involvement indicated. and you won't have a single case in venezuela and the last 20 years where he journalist was
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killed where the government was indicated. and you look at guatemala, where you talk to human rights groups there. they don't expect to be alive one year from now. you don't have anything near that of violence in venezuela. in colombia, activists are being killed every week as you have reported on the show. this is a defending the venezuelan government but anybody who states that this intervention by the united constant and is includes a financial and bar growth that is exquisitely intended to prevent the economy from recovering, anyone who says this has something to do with human rights has to be dishonest. go back to john bolton speaking on sunday, denying that the u.s. was behind the blast. saidese are things he has before. and you have to o take them r
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what they are worth. it is the government in venezuela, if they have hard information that they want too present to us that shows a violation of the war then we will look at it but in the meantime we should focus on the corruption and oppression of the regime in venezuela. amy: alejandro velasco. could you respond to what he said? not only about the u.s. but also the outgoing president of colombia being behind this? who leaves office tomorrow? tomorrow is inauguration day in colombia? >> colombia, it is the rest of the latin american countries who --t 20 years, most countries quote bucks the trend. toasts' mentor.
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conal be position itself there is much as not only the government but m me broadly,y, through the region. that relationship has bebecome overmore s sour as of late the last year and year and a half as conditions have deteriorated. and it is wortrth mentioning tht many opposition leaders, including a group that fashions itself as a national supreme court in exile, actually conducted business in colombia with the support of the .olombian government so all of this would suggest that colombia is positioning itself against the venezuelan foreign government.
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-- for the interventionist moves, they tie this to the united states. my own sense is that even in very immature -- ameteur features of this suggests it is a stroke -- a rogue feature. saying they're not going to be sad if the government leaves. my sense is that it is the nature of the report right now. it is a cover. that has certainly been the case in the past. timing on this, professor gabriel hetland.
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do you think it is an assassination attempt? >> nothing is clear at the moment but i think it is. have finally done some things that needed to be done in venezuela. accepting responsibility for the crisis. taking some action -- not entirely adequate -- but moving venezuela in the right direction. starting to discuss currency reform which has been written , the widely for years number one factor behind economic crisis. a week and a half ago, he was making changes and meeting with grassroots sectors and moving in a different direction. and out of the blue, we got this could make the possibility of economic reformm
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-- so it is a tragic timing and it may not be coincidental at all. back to this discussion in 30 seconds. our guests are gabriel hetland. gabriel hetland, assistant professor of latin american studies at the state university of new york in albany. alejandro velasco. and mark weisbsbrot. ♪ ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now and we are talking about venezuela where the president survived an apparent assassination attempt. as he detonated above him gave a speech at a military attempt. this is the first known assassination attempt by drone. our guests are alejandro velasco. associate professor at nyu, where he is a historian of modern latin america. also gabriel hetland, assistant professor of latin american studies at the state university of new york in alblbany. and mark weisbrot. co-director of the center for economic and policy research, and president of just foreign
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policy. been the response has pretty subdued. on sunday, he called for a rally in solidarity. and it was not very well attended. he called for another rally itay on monday and because is a weekday, many government officials turn out for those rallies so we expect more support there. that in terms of the popular sector and what they're going through, this is bearing the brunt of the economic crisis, and mostly, daily life is a basic access to food or medicine and cash, in short supply. so most of the day is spent in lines trying to get by from one day to the next. that gives a significant amount of discontent.
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largewas recently a very peasants march, where we saw hundreds of peasants from the interior of the country where economic conditions are the hardest. we saw them walking to make demands upon the president and he met them there. so there has been a lot of discontent and it is muted by the fact that there isn't a theyble opposition that might latch onto as an alternative. sectors are popular concerned, they are between a rock and a hard place. some have expressed the lack of direct support that he received on sunday when he calls for a rally. amy: i want to ask you about the opposition groups, offering an opposition to the government leaping to an assassination
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attempt. warned the "we government is taking advantage ." this situation and you have a group i twitter that has taken the sensibility for the attack? >> yes, that was part of the media narrative. there was a headline up for a while saying that they accuse the government of staging the attack. and other headlines called for eight as a supposedly attack. the reportingead in latin america. you do have a lot of it out there. a lot of confusion over it. again, i don't know any more details. operation phoenix is claiming responsibility.
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>> this shows the opposition. the opposition boycotted in may. there is a lot to criticize about the opposition and their lack of strategy for engaging with the economic crisis. engaging with different sectors. an expression of the crisis of the opposition and their inability to come up with any strategy. and the u.s. pressures of venezuela, the more it opens up on the fringe to do things like this. amy: and it was written that before becoming national security adviser, john bolton -- efforts to overthrow governmentt efforts. i wish we could get those back.
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do you think he has gotten them back? >> i don't think it ever left. we know they have it involved. it is part of our budget. inwas set up after the coup 2002 and there are millions of dollars in there. differencehe real between the trump administration and previous administrations is now explicit. trying to overturn the government. amy: we have to leave it there but thank you for being with us. mark weisbrot. alejandro velasco. gabriel hetland. as we end today's show on the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of hiroshima and nagasaki. we end today's show with the words of a hiroshima survivor, or hibakusha. koji hosokawa was 17-years-old when the u.s. dropped the atomic bomb on hiroshima. his 13-year-old sister yoko didd
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in the b bombing. he gave me a tour of the city when we were there a few yearsrs ago. he spoke to us near the a-bomb dome. dropped between hiroshima. and i think the atotomic tom was dropped not just on our cities but on all human beings. i have many things to talk about with my experience of the a-bomb. but if t the next one is to be dropped then the earth will be annihilated.
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i want people to understand thtt this -- the earth is going to be annihilated. whenever i talk, i want them to understand this. people lived here. everything was destroyed. died in this area. the memorial park is a beautiful park today with so many trees. later they planted new trees and after decades, ththe treeees became anchor and now it is a beautiful park today. a speaking between
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-- a speaking with a survivor of the hiroshima bombing. thank yo&&&&bçç??
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jeffery: please welcome robert reich. [applause] reich: well, thank you, and thank you,u, clara, and it's so nice to see you. as you can see, donald trump has worn me down. [laughter] when i was last here at the commonwealth club, george, i was 5'10", wasn't i, just about. [laughter] more seriously, sometimes it is


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