Daily Archives: January 23, 2020

“Dark Waters”: Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film

Democracy Now!

Jan 23, 2020

The new film “Dark Waters” tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott’s 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with “uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history,” and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitan areas including Miami, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. The so-called forever chemicals are linked to cancer, high cholesterol and decreased fertility, and they do not break down in the environment. We speak with attorney Robert Bilott, who has just published a new book titled “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont.” He is portrayed by Mark Ruffalo in the Hollywood film “Dark Waters.” We’re also joined by Tim Robbins, Academy Award-winning actor and director, who plays Bilott’s boss at his law firm in “Dark Waters.”

Brazilian Prosecutors File Criminal Complaint Against Glenn Greenwald

Image Credit: The Intercept

Jan 22, 2020

In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald, after The Intercept published the “Secret Brazil Archive.” The series offers new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The move to file a criminal complaint against Greenwald has sparked international outrage, and many are condemning the move as an attack on the free press in Brazil. We’ll go to Brazil for more on this story later in the broadcast.

American Journalist Philip Jacobson Faces 5 Years in Prison in Indonesia

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Jan 23, 2020

In Indonesia, American journalist Philip Jacobson is facing up to five years in prison after being detained on Borneo Island and accused of carrying out journalistic activities that were not covered by his business visa. Jacobson is an award-winning journalist with the news outlet Mongabay. He has reported on deforestation in Borneo and has examined Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s record on environmental issues.

Mexican Feminist & Activist Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre Killed in Juárez

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Jan 23, 2020

In Mexico, 26-year-old artist, activist and feminist Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre has been assassinated in the border city of Juárez. She was an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and a member of the feminist collective Daughters of Maquila Worker Mothers. Fellow activists are demanding justice for her murder and an end to the femicides and disappearances of women that have plagued Juárez since it became a center of cheap manufacturing for American companies under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Davos 2020: Are companies serious about cutting emissions?

FRANCE 24 English

Jan 23, 2020

The climate emergency was one of the dominant themes at this year’s gathering of political and business leaders in Davos. In this special programme from the World Economic Forum, we speak to the CEOs of chemicals company Solvay and industrial equipment & software firm Schneider Electric about their environmental commitments. Plus, we ask attendees if the Davos forum is still relevant.

Journalist Greenwald charged after reporting on corruption scandal

RT

Jan 23, 2020

The media’s on trial in Brazil after federal prosecutors charged award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald with committing cybercrimes. Authorities have accused him of hacking top officials’ phones to get information on a high-profile corruption case last year. But journalists and human rights activists say it’s a blatant violation of press freedoms

Prince Charles Delivers Heartfelt Speech on the Environment in Davos

The Royal Family Channel

Jan 22, 2020

Nothing short of a revolution in the way the global economy and financial markets work can save the planet from the climate crisis, Prince Charles warned at The World Economic Forum on Wednesday. In a dramatic call to action, the Prince of Wales – a lifelong environmentalist -challenged the global business elites in Davos to lead a “paradigm shift, one that inspires action at revolutionary levels and pace” to avert the approaching catastrophe.

Britain’s Prince Charles appears to snub Pence

Associated Press

Jan 23, 2020

Britain’s Prince Charles appeared to snub U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday during his arrival to the World Holocaust Forum event. (Jan. 23)

“The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up”: GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump’s Favor

Democracy Now!

Jan 22, 2020

After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump’s impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a “cover-up.” Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and documents at this stage in the trial.

Bill Gates is continuing the work of Monsanto’, Vandana Shiva tells FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24 English

Oct 23, 2019

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