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11/15/21 11/15/21 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from new york, this is democracy now! >> it is immoral for the rich to talk about their future children and grandchildren when the children of the global south are dying now. we needed concrete solidarity and cooperation. the rich offered more empty words. you're not keeping.5 alive. you're sending us on pathway -- planet on fire. amy: u.n.
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climate summit in glasgow is in without was 200 nations supporting a watered-down packed that many say fails to address the climate emergency. summit organizers are blaming india and china, but what role did the uned states play behind the snes? we will get the latest and speak with an indigenous leader from the ecuadorian amazon who attended glasgow. >> the sacred headwaters initiative is proposing a permanent protection. we have said, no more oil drilling. no more mining. we do not want more logging. we do nowhat extraction. this is basically a call for humidity to stop the destruction and criminal protect this important area. amy: plus we will speak with the reverend william barber about the trial of three white men in georgia who killed ahmaud arbery, the black jogger.
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lastly, a lawyer for one of the men said black pastors in the courtroom are intimidating the jury. >> obviously, they're only so many pastors they can have. al sharpton, that is five step that's it. we don't want anymore black pastors coming in here, jesse jackson, whoever was in here earlier this week, sitting with the victims family trying to influence the jury in the case. amy: black pastors plan to march outside the courthouse on thursday. we will speak to reverend barber. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. do you and climate summit wrapped up in glasgow, with a significantly weakened deal that activist, scientist committee government they both far short of what is needed to avert a
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climate catastrophe. cop26 president praised the deal as historic but also apologized for last minute changes that stop earlier drafts of the deal watered-down to change the phasing out of coal to phasing down based on current government pledges, global to bidders are on track to rise a disastrous 2.4 degrees celsius above preindustrial levels this century. delegates from poor nations and those at highest risk from climate change expressed deep his appointment in the outcome of the summit. this is the climate envoy of the marshall islands. >> we accept this with the greatest reluctance. we do so only -- and i really want to stress only -- because there are critical elements of this package the people in my country need as a lifeline for their future. thank you. a make out affected nations also slammed the final
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agreement for failing to sufficiently address loss and damage reparations. this is the big leticia climate scientist. >> it is that kensignton's for the poorest people on the planet. the polluters are saying to hell with you. we're not going to give you a penny. we not giving up but we are describing this as an abject failure because it has not been able to rise to the occasion dealing with loss and death. it doesn't matter what else they do. that was our issue. poor countries, vulnerable countries came here for that and they were slapped in the face. amy: meanwhile, protests continued through the weekend. on saturday, a funeral sermon was stage for all the failed cop summits today. more on the outcome after headlines. the u.s. military killed dozens of civilians in an airstrike in syria in march of 2019, then spent the next 2.5 years
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covering up evidence of war crimes. that's according to a "new york times" investigation, which found the death toll from a u.s. strike near the town of baghuz was almost immediately apparent to military officials, with one legal officer flagging the attack as a possible war crime. but the bombing, which was carried out by a classified special operations unit known as task force 9, was never investigated even though it left about 70 women and children dead. "the times" found u.s. military officials downplayed the death toll, delayed reports, and sanitized and classified evidence of civilian deaths. u.s.-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site and top military leaders were not notified. covid-19 continues to surge in europe, which recorded nearly 2 million coronavirus cases last week, the highest weekly caseload since the start of the pandemic. the world health organization says europe is once again the epicenter of the pandemic as officials blame lagging vaccination rates tied to misinformation for the latest wave. austria has imposed a lockdown for the roughly julian people
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who have not been fully -- 2 million people who have not been fully vaccinated, while the netherlands is in a partial lodown with restaurants, supermarkets and shops ordered to close early. cases in germany remain at all-time high as authorities consider new restrictions to help ease the surge. here in the united states, covid cases and deaths are rising in at least 29 states. hospitalizations are also increasing in nearly half of all states. public health experts warn the u.s. could face a new wave as winter wther andhe holids drivmore peoe to gatr indoors. meanile, theentagon id it would reond aftethe wly-appoted commder of t okhoma nional gud said none of e state's 10,0 gua memberwould beequired get vaccatedgainstovid, defyg a mande ordereby u.s.efense sretaryloyd stin. in sudan, at least people were eight killed and many others wounded saturday after soldiers fired tear gas and live rounds at thousands of protesters who'd gathered to demand a reversal of
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the october 25 coup. among the dead was a 15-year-old who died from bullet wounds to the stomach. this is a protester at saturday's rally in khartoum, who showed spent shell casings to reporters as gunfire rang out. >> the revolutionary protesters have nothing but peacefulness and are calling for democra and bringing back civilian rule, which was taken away by the general. as you hear now, the sound of live shots is getting louder. these are life shots they used target the revolutionaries. amy: al jazeera's khartoum bureau chief, el musalmi el kabbashi, was taken into custody after sudanese security forces raided his home overnight saturday. al jazeera blasted his arrest as an attack on press freedom and called on international human rights and media groups to condemsudan's crackdown. in spain, coast guard sailors discovered the dead bodies of eight people in a boat transporting migrants and
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refugees. 62 other passengers were rescued from the vessel, which had been drifting near the canary islan for a week. authoritiesaid the deased migrants came from unspecified african nations. in burma, u.s. journalist danny fenster has been released from prison just three days after he was sentenced to 11 years behind bars by a military court. the english-language news site he writes for, frontier myanmar, said fenster has since left burma. former u.s. politician and ambassador to the u.n. bill richardson said he negotiated fenster's release with burma's military coup leader. in afghanistan, journalist hamid seighani was killed after a bomb attached to a vehicle exploded in a kabul suburb sunday. the islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in a suburb of mostly shia hazara residents. this came one day after at least three people were killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in nangarhar. members of the shia community
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are calling on the taliban to ensure their protection after a recent spate of deadly attacks. >> afghanistan is still facing problems and secured has to be maintained. this is one of the main responsibilities of the ruling government, to provide companies of security for all the residents. amy: in related news, indian officials are accusing pakistan of blocking a request to allow 50,000 tons of wheat and medicine to be transported to afghanistan. the nation's humanitarian crisis, already dire due to war and drought, has deepened since the taliban takeover in august, with 23 million people facing acute food insecurity and 9 million people on the brink of starvation. this according to the u.n. in india, new delhi schools have closed for one week amid spiking levels of toxic pollution. air quality in the indian
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capital has been further exacerbated by the widespread burning of crop residue. farmers say they have been left with no other choice but to burn the agricultural stubble to prepare for more cultivation. >> the prices of crops are decreasing. the farmers are helpless, hence, they have to burn it. the government should provide. or machinery to decompose it. they won't do it. amy: in ecuador, at least 68 people were killed during the latest outbreak of deadly prison violence at the litoral penitentiary, located in the port city of guayaquil. in late september, at least 118 people were killed in gang related-fighting at the same prison. prisons in ecuador suffer from major overcrowding. grieving relatives of the killed prisoners are demanding the government do more to prevent such tragedies. >> the state and the police
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should do something. it is not fair that innocent people died. my nephew was not a killer. he was inside for stealing a mobile phone. you think someone deserves to die this way for stealing a mobile phone? amy: back in the united states, steve bannon is expected to surrender to authorities today after a federal grand jury charged him with two counts of contempt of congress friday for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the house committee investigating the january 6 insurrection. meanwhile, former white house chief of staff mark meadows did not show up for his deposition before the house select committee friday, which could result in another contempt charge and further action to enforce the subpoena. president biden has nominated former food and drug administration commissioner robert califf to reprise his role. califf led the agency for just under a year starting in 2016. he was previously confirmed with bipartisan support but has faced opposition from some lawmakers and others over his work consulting for pharmaceutical companies. after leaving the fda, he started working as an adviser
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for google health and verily, owned by tech conglomerate alphabet. in kenosha, wisconsin, lawyers are delivering closing arguments today in the trial of kyle rittenhouse, the white teenage gunman who fatally shot two people and wounded a third during racial justice protests in 2020. last week, judge bruce schroeder garnered yet more scrutiny after he called on the court room to applaud the service of a military member on veteran's day. that military member was also a witness in the case, leading to concerns of possible jury bias. as he called for the jury to apply a defense witness. this constant governor tony evers has called 500 national guard troops to be on standby a head of a possible verdict stop and a nine-year-old boy has become the latest and youngest deadly victim of the astroworld festival tragedy in houston, texas. ezra blount had been placed in a medically-induced coma after he fell from his father's shoulders during the crowd surge which took place as headliner travis scott was performing.
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10 people have died from the stampede. the young boy's family has filed a lawsuit -- one of almost 100 lawsuits that have been filed since the fatal event -- against scott, live nation entertainment, and others. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. this is climate countdown. the u.n. climate summit ended on saturday as close to nations 200 agreed to a watered down deal to address the climate emergency. cop26 president alok sharma praised the deal as historic. >> i am very pleased to say we now have in place the glasgow climate pact agreed amongst all the parties here. i would say, however, this is a fragile win. we have kept 1.5 alive.
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that was our overarching objective when we set off on this journey to years ago, taking on the role of the cop designate. i would still say the pulse of 1.5 is weak. and that is why while we have reached -- i do believe historic agreement, what this is judged on is not just the fact the countries have signed up but it will be judged on whether they meet and deliver on the commitments. amy: earlier drafts of the deal called for coal to be "phased out," but in the final agreement nations agreed for it to be "phased down." countries also agreed to meet next year to make new pledges to cut carbon. based on current pledges, global temperatures are on track to rise 2.4 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels. the glasgow packed also calls on wealthy nations to double the amount of money it provides
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developing nations to help them adapt to the climate crisis. while conference leaders described the deal as a historic, there was a sense of deep disappointment among many over the final deal. asad rehman addressed the closing plenary on behalf of the cop26coalition, which had organized last weekend's major climate justice rally in glasgow. >> i am finding it differently deaf -- difficult. hollow words about climate emergency from the richest countries, disregard the sites and -- iniquity, fall submission, and disdain for justice, pollute with net zero 2050 and carbon markets. you have made decisions as one party acknowledged, decisions about life and death for millions yet 5 years of colonial rule and white supremacy, looting the wealth of the global south, and he still value your profits over the lives of black, brown, and
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indigenous people. the rich have refused to do their fair share. more empty words on climate finance. you turn your backs on the poest. you can them, climate apartheid because of the rich. it is immoral for the rich to talk about their future chiren and grandchildren when the children of the global south are dying now. we needed concrete solidarity and cooperation. the rich offered more into rds. you're not keeping 1.5 alive, or setting us on a pathway to -- setting the planet on fire. your greenwashing kills. we are not without hope. we don't compromise on justice. amy: asad rehman of the cop26 coalition speaking at the closing plenary of the u.n. climate summit on saturday. we are joined now by two guests. brandon wu is director of policy and campaigns at actionaidusa.
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just wrote a piece headlined "fossil fuels in the cop decision: why the u.s., not india, is the problem." and we're joined by mitzi tan, a filipina climate justice activist. she is headed back to the philippines. she is a spokesperson for youth advocates for climate action philippines and an organizer of fridays for future. let's begin with you. your response to the summit? >> honestly, the summit was the trail. it is painful for me knowing the philippines such vulnerable country for the climate crisis and we know year after year and month after month with climate impacts and all the world leaders are talking about five to 10 years from now, all they're doing is pointing fingers and erasing the kind ability they have. the ongoing explication of the global market has been no real progress in terms of loss and
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damages d adaptation. and not in terms of drastic carbon cuts as we see -- [indiscernible] an excuse to keep business as usual. killing people today. amy: can you talk about who actually shaped this agreement? activists who could get to glasgow, many say it was the right is -- widest and most privilege she had vaccine apartheid in the midst of the pandemic. but who is this serving and who is this condemning in terms of condemning to catastrophe? >> it is funny and ironic actually, on the cop26 website they said they were aiming this to be the most inclusive cop ever and i think it might have been the most exclusive. aside from having all those difficulties and obstacles to
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get to glasgow, wheyou get there, covid was used as an excuse. a lot less servers come into t -- yet the fossil fuel lobbyists, over 500 delegates, which is more than a other country, was always welcome, always given a platform. you can really see once again the u.s. climate summit prioritize the voices of the privileged and not the most affected by the climate crisis. amy: this whole issue of coal instead of phasing out, phasing down, or going back to the philippines, or home. can you talk about the role of the banks, for example, standard chartered bank funding fossil fuel companies in the philippines and beyond as you always have this global focus? >> i definitely think all countries at this phasshould be phasing out fossil fuel industry company that doesn't
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just stop at coal but also oil and gas which the u.s conveniently took out of the text. calling it phase down instead of phaseout. it gets rid of the account ability when we are phasing out the fossil fuel industry, that reparationfrom the north countries who are responsible so that countries in the global south are able to adapt witut having the burden going into debt, and banks like charter bank, which are the greatest funder of fossil fuels in the philippines and indonesia and these banks should be the ones who are instead of files funding the fossil fuel industry but supporting the transitioin our cotry, not just for renewable energy but adaptation and help minimize loss and damages to their markets also. amy: i want to go back to the
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cop26 president who blamed india and china for watering down the text on coal. >> for the very first time and any of these conferences, the word "cold" was reflected in the text. that is a first. of course i would've liked to ensure we maintain the phaseout rather than changing into phased down. ultimately, of course, what we need to ensure is we continue to work on this deal, on the commitments, and on the issue of coal, china and india are going to have to justify to some of the most climate-vulnerable countries what happened. amy: brandon wu hus response, you wrote this piece "fossil fuels in the cop decision: why the u.s., not india, is the problem." your response? >> i find that statement outrageous. to point the finger at india and
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china at a time when the united states in two days is about to open the largest cell for offshore oil and gas drilling in the gulf of mexico in the country's history, i mean, let's look at the real climate criminals. if you look at that decision text that talks about phasing down coal he talks about "unabated coal" and does not mention oil and gas at all. it leaves these enormous loopholes for the oil and gas industries, particularly in rich countries, and for potentially public financing for things like carbon capture and storage or what might be called unabated coal. we know they don't work but they are incredibly expensive. only really accessible to rich countries. it is interesting that a couple of days before the closing plenary, india suggested stronger text on fossil fuel phase down or phaseout that would cover all fossil fuels in an equitable manner.
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it would mean rich countries have to take actiofastest and first. as we all know, would be the just thing to do. the history of the climate u.n. negotiations, the u.s. has been opposed to equity in that way. that stronger text was basically doomed from the start because of u.s. opposition. instead, we got finger-pointing at the end toward india, but i would argue they're not who we should be focusing on. the real climate criminals are the wealthy countries like the united states that are trying to look like heroes, scapegoating others, and still planning massive oil and gas expansion behind everybody's back. amy: president biden is going to be signing the bipartisan infrastructure bill today. a lot of the media is completely focused on the rising gas prices and saying it is partly the reason why biden is at an
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all-time low in popularity. what should he do about this? >> i would argue biden is not popular right now is because his administration and the democratic trifecta have not delivered anything concrete for the american people in terms of the of the structure package our country really needs. so the original build back better agenda was $3.5 trillion. we knew that was not enough. instead we got this bipartisan deal that was watered down drastically even from that. what we need is doubtful build back better agenda as a steppingstone to something even more. there is actual climate legislation in that package. that is the steppingstone we need. that is not inward close to the u.s. fair share of climate action globally. that is not global justice in itself if we pass the full agenda, but that is something that would actually deliver meaningful and immediate benefits to the people of this country. and that is what this
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administration needs to get his popularity up. amy: supposedly, they're setting friday to have a vote on the build back better portion of the infrastructure bill, the social safety net. i want to get your comment on john kerry's comments, u.s. climate envoy, responding to the glasgow pact saturday. >> so i would say paris built the arena and glasgow starts the race. and tonight, the starting gun was fired. we have about nine years within which to make those critical decisions we were warned about in 20 by the ipcc, and we have the years in this decade, the decisive decade, in order to cut 45% of global emissions to hold onto the 1.5. amy: he was secretary of state at the paris agreement under obama. your response, brandon wu?
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>> that glasgow was the starting gun a climate action? it just erases 2.5 decades of rich country and action. we had been at these negotiations for 26 years. and for 26 years, wealthy countries like the united states have failed to reduce our emissions even though we know that is what we must do to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis. what kerry is doing is erasing history, erasing a history of climate loan realism in which the united states is the primary -- amy: can you talk about this nice virtual summit that is planned between the chinese leader in the u.s. later, between biden x andi and what you want to see happen? >> i want to see cooperation and solidarity. i want to see the united states making clear we are willing to take the steps to do our fair share and i'm talking
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specifically about climate here. i think u.s.-china cooperation, these are two major economies. there is so much xenophobia in the discourse among the u.s. politicians about china. and if the biden administration can actually diplomatically engage with china in a responsible way, that can only be a positive step but we have to be able to come forward with real commitments that are appropriate to our fair share as the world's largest carbon polluter, the world's massive military superpower. and we cannot just continue to engage -- we can't continue to see china as an adversary. a security threat is the way china is being framed by a lot of nerve can politicians. amy: we are going to end with mitzi tan. you are heading back to the philippines where climate now is usually right around -- it was
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early for the climate summit. it is always devastating the philippines around this time. you are a spokesperson for international youth advocates for climate action philippines. what are your plans for this year? next year it is supposed to be in egypt. what are your plans for this year? how do you get these cops not to fail every year? >> it is an interesting climate summit that will be happening next year in country where striking and protesting is not exactly very welcome. it can be sure the youthful continue to mobilize because we understand changes will not happen because these summits are also just a product -- in order to get rid of the climate crisis, with to get rid of the system that has brought this upon us and that is only going to happen as long as the people keep showing solidarity,
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coming out together on the streets in whatever when we can to fight for climate justice. it is what the youth climate event will happen the next year, the after that, day after day, month after month. we will keep connecting with the most marginalized of the society and amplifying our voices. collaboration, coalition -- something that leaders should be doing but are not doing right now. amy: mitzi tan, thank you for being with us filipina climate , justice advocates, international spokesperson of youth advocates for climate action philippines and an organizer of fridays for future and fridays for future most affected peoples and areas. speaking to us from the netherlands. embry new wu, director of policy and campaigns at actionaidusa. we will into your piece "fossil , fuels in the cop decision: why the u.s., not india, is the problem." next up, we speak to an indigenous leader from ecuador
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and amazon who attended glasgow. and then the reverend william barber posted why scores of black pastors are headed to georgia as one of the defense attorneys in the ahmaud arbery case, the trial of the three white men who murdered the black jogger, by this defense lawyer said black pastors in the courtroom intimidate the jury. stay with us. ♪♪ [music break]
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amy: "arka" by nicola cruz. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. this is climate countdown. indigenous activist let a number of protest last week in glasgow calling on wealthy nations had big banks to address the climate emergency enter preserve the amazon. i wednesday, indigenous activist protested at the glasgow headquarters of j.p. morgan chase to push the bank to halt
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funding for oil and gas extraction. while the prott was goi on, wepoke to mingo insi the u.s. climate summit, an actuary leaderrom eador territories coordinatofor the amazon sacred headwaters initiative for the confederation of indigenous nationalities of the ecuadorian amazon, which represents some 11 ingenous natnalities fm the amon. welso spe to director of global stregy fo the amazon sacred headwaters initiative come also founder of amaz watch. i begaby asking her about why she was in glasgow. >> i am here in an unprecedented moment for indigenous participation in the climate summit in glasgow. the people have been very vocal, visible bringing their concerns from the heart of the amazon basin -- from all of the world, but in particular the amazon basin. the man's are clear the
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government -- demands are clear the government needs to halt policies, economic policies and extractive industries that affect the forest, that we cannot win the battle against climate unless we protect the world's remaining rainforest, the amazon is the largest rainforest on the planet, keep climate to addressing stability. the amazon is reaching a tipping point of collapse and we are here to sound the alarm bills that action is needed now. not just about how we reduce emissions, but we have to stop producing so much fossil fuels. the fact that fossil fuel production is still on the rise and there is not been a moratorium, they are demanding there be a moratorium on fossil fuel extraction and that banks, financial institutions, stop financing the activities that are basically increasing emissions instead of reducing emissions. and basically the more we
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increase the supply, the more we are going to increase the emissions. that is one key demand. also indigenous peoples are calling for participation in solutions that affect their territories. indigenous peoples are the guardians of 50% of the world forests and 80% of the biodiversity. their territories are the best safeguards we have against climate catastrophe. they are under attack. indigenous peoples are being brutally murdered, assassinated, prosecuted and put in jail for defending their forest. we're here to bring amplified voices for systemic and true solutions, not offsets, not net zero, not things that just create funny accounting. instead, we want bill reductions. we want indigenous rights to be respected, indigeus pple have a voice athe negotiaons ansolution tha affect thei
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territies. we want the ologicalystems of t planet to bat the center -- protection of the biological systems of the planet are key to addressing climate change. amy: if you can talk about the area of ecuador and peru that we are talking about, this 86 million acres of rain forest, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. >> yes. the amazon basin is not only the lungs of the earth as you have often heard, but also the heart of the planet in the way the amazon rain forest recycles rain and generates atmospheric rivers that are responsible for basically rainfall not only in the content -- continent of south america, but all around the world. that cycling of water is dependent on forests. the more they are cut down the system of recirculating of the atmospheric rivers is on the verge of collapse. we are at tipping point,
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basically. every tree, every acre of forest that is lost, we are getting basically -- the window is closing for making a difference in the future of the amazon. so within that context, the indigenous peoples from all over the amazon have called for permanent protection of 80% of the amazon by 2025. that is a campaign that is being launched backed by scientific evidence. but that is what the amazon needs to maintain its cycles of the systems. within that, the sacred headwaters is an area the size of oregon, the headwaters of the amazon, at the source of this mighty river. what happens there affects downstream the rest of the forest. and here the majority of the forest is threatened by oil and mining and logging, infrastructure dams, roads, agriculture. indigenous people representing 30 nations to come together to call for the permanent
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protection of the forest and to really call for a transition -- an elogical trsition that puts life at the center of all economic and government decision. they haveevelopedegional pl and hopeful domingo will tell youore about , this plan contemplatesn and to extractive industries and economies and don of a new economic model that is based on forest and people flourishing post a just come economic ecologic transition. amy: if you could introduce domingo to us. i have introduced him as a leader from ecuador, but if you could go broader. the context. and then asking to talk about why he is in glasgow, if you would not mind translating for us. >> domingo is a leader from ecuador. he has been a tireless advocate for indigenous rights. he has been an historileader.
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i hve kno him sin 2000. he is ld many positions in the indigenous movement. currently, hes one of theain organizers that has united the indigenous nations of the sacred headwate region and has been tilessly advocating for land rights, forasically a new model of economic element based on well-being and is incredibly inspiring. i am happy he is here with us today. i can invite him to say a few words. >> good afternoon. it is great to be here. i want to thank this medium and also the people of glasgow for coming here, for listening to us, for giving me an opportunity to say why i am here, why we have come here to defend the forest. i am here because all of the governments of the world have gathered in this cop26 talking
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about addressing climate crisis. i'm here representing the indigenous nations of ecuador and peru. we have brought the proposal, solution to climate change from our territories in the ecuadorian peruvian amazon that is called the sacred headwaters. i'm also here to seek allies, to look for allies because the problems of climate change are basically driving humanity toward the brink. these are serious problems and it is going to take alliances with indigenous peoples on the rest of society to address them. the amazon is key to solving the future crisis facing humanity, and that is why i am here looking for allies. it is going to take all of us, all walks of life, all sectors of society to come together to be united, to seek solutions that are for the interest of the common good for all of humanity. that is why i am here. the sacred headwaters initiative is proposing a permanent protection in the sacre headwatersegion.
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we have said no re oil drilling, leavfossil fuels in the ground. no more minin we don'want more logging. we don't want more extraction. this is basically a call for manity to stop the destruction and really protect this important area. andhis ar of amaz is incredib importa. biologically, 30 indigenous nations have come together an said enough is enough. we don't want to extractive industries. we don't want more oil drilling. we have to protect this area. there are 30 iigenous naons and 30 million hectares of forest that are at ake. we musprotect is froall of e creatus th areere, not only anils in vible crtureshat see,ut also for the visible. the forest is calling on us that we have to make this ecogical transition, that we cannot continue the path. let's put a pause on history. let's not blame people for the history of what has happened in the past.
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let's move forward and construct a new path forward that addresses the critical condition that community finds itself in. we have to, all of us have to. we have to work together, young people, old people, women, men, every sector of society, government. we must work together for our common futur. it is at transitn, people ecological transition, that we are seeking an work begins within oursees. we must change our rationship to nature, change the way we think about the world and really puat the center of- our connection to li and commitment to future generations. amy: i want to thank domingo for speaking with us. does he have one last message that he wants to share?
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>> so i went to make an invitation. i call on all walks of life. i want everyone to unite and find our shared future, a common future. we have to stop resisting change. we have to stop resisting one another. special interests have to follow way. we have to unite for the common future because there is no way to move forward in this moment in time. i want to call on you people. i want to call on men and women to come together to search for solutions together. it is not going to be the way up the past. it is not what we have donin the past, it isn't going work. we must construct new paths based on ecologil constant nests and love of humanity. -- consciousness and love of humanity. amy: d'amico, thank you for being with us. leader from ecuador. and finally, as you race off to the airport, if you can speak
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specifically about the banks, the protests that have been taking place, most recently on wednesday, the indigenous leaders demanding j.p. morgan chase halt fossil fuel financing and overall, the other banks as well like the new commitment from the dutch bank ing announcing that the latest to commit to ending new oil financing. they are with all financing. but what this all means, what these banks are responsible for. >> in order to drive the goal of the 1.5 degrees of the paris agreement, in order to stop the collapse of the biosphere and the tipping point of the amazon, we need fossil fuel-free future. we need banks to divest from fossil fuels. the fact is, the current paris agreement does not even address the word "fossil fuels" in his agreement. we are not regulating or
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restraining production, we're only talking about emissions post meanwhile, what is currently in the pipeline for banks to be financing, what is in the process of being permitted by countries and financed by the banks in europe and north america is enough to send us way over the 1.5 degrees. so what we need is to basically commit to a fossil fuel moratorium, moratorium of fossil fuel treaty. i know the campaigners here for that movement are having a press conference to announce what -- where that effort can go. meanwhile, banks need to make a commitment. there is in amazon exclusion policy. you can check it out on amazon watch's website. it calls for banks to end their financing for fossil fuels. we cannot be filling the bathtub at the same time as talking about offsets and emissions while continuing to put emissions in the air.
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we need absolute reduction. that has to start with stopping production. amy: director of global strategy for the amazon sacred waters initiative also the founder of amazon watch. and domingo, leader from ecuador and territories coordinator for the amazon sacred headwaters initiative. they were both in glasgow for the summit. when we come back, the reverend william barber will talk about the trial of three white men in georgia who are on trial for the murder of ahmaud arbery, the black jogger. lastly, lawyer for one of the and said black pastors in the jury. -- last week, the lawyer for one of the men said black pastors are intimidating the jury. ♪♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we turn now to georgia, where the trial of the three white men who hunted down and shot dead
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ahmaud arbery took an unexpected twist last thursday when a defense attorney claimed the courtroom presence of high-profile black pastors sitting with the arbery family could be "intimidating" for the jury -- which is almost all white. in a minute, we'll be joined by reverend william barber of the poor people's campaign, one of those pastors who visited the courthouse last week. but first, this is defense attorney kevin gough, who represents william "roddie" bryan, neighbor of gregory mcmichael and his son travis mcmichael, who chased and killed arbery. >> i'm reminded of one matter i wanted to address commitment understanding why was cross-examining lowery yesterday is rev. al sharpton managed to find his way to the back of the courtroom. i am guessing he was somehow there at the invitation of the victim's family in this case.
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i have nothing personally against mr. sharpton, my concern is it is one thing for the family to be present and another to ask the lawyers to be present, but if you're going to start a precedent starting yesterday what we bring high-profile numbers of the african-american community into the courtroom to sit with the family during the trial in front of the jury, i believe that is intimidating and an attempt to pressure could be consciously or unconsciously an attempt to pressure or influence the jury. amy: in a statement, the reverend al sharpton said the attorney's comments "underscore the disregard for the value of the human life lost and the grieving of a family in need of spiritual and community support." on friday, attorney gough made a brief apology in court, calling his comments overly broad and said he would follow-up today with a "more specific motion." meanwhile, more than 100 black pastors say they plan come to the glynn county superior
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courthouse this thursday to help pray for the family of ahmaud arbery. sharpton has said he was invited to brunswick by arbery's parents and raised concerns about the makeup of the jury. sharpton has called the killing a "lynching in the 21st century." this is a mod ahmaud ahmaud -- arbery's father, marcus arbery, speaking last week. amy: let's go to reverend dr. william barber, co-chair of the poor people's campaign and president of repairers of the breach. he just returned from brunswick, georgia, where he visited with the community and the family of ahmaud arbery. was in court last week. welcome back to democracy now! can you respond to the lawyer saying black pastors in the courtroom intimidate the jury? >> amy, first of all, let me thank you and let me reach out and pray for the ahmaud arbery family. i was invited to come down as well from the family as part of
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transformative justice network. there are many ministers that are partners. first thing a want to say is we as ministers have to resist taking this personally because it is about the family. we have to understand and the white supremacist mind, what this lawyer is doing. his own people filmed the killing of this young man. they are the ones i did the filming of this murder, this killing. i guess they thought they would be celebrated as heroes. secondly, what he said is -- i'm saying to clergy to be careful that you do not take the bait. it is not me or sharpton or jesse jackson. he commended black with intimidation. he said black pastors are intimidating. we need to unpack that because
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he is sitting in the room with men that destroyed a young man's life and yet he says black pastors are intimidating. first of all, he also limited blacks to pastoring black people. i did not get consecrated as a black minier. i was consecrated as a bishop. white, black, brown, all kinds of people. we have to resis that. that limits us. we are pastors after the fact. but we also have to unpack this trope that has been used through history. black is intimidating, i.e. just being blacis a problem. then when you unpack that, you understand the crux of the cial violence this country whether it be a racist white cop or like these three men. they saw brother arbery ahmaud
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ahmaud,, is being black first, therefore, being intimidated, someone being in the wrong place, therefore being somebody to purge, destroy, kill, murder. theyn sublet, they saw aigger. they saw someone to be destroyed. that is why oftentimes you see a cop kill someone unarmed -- they don't have any remorse. they don't think they've done anything wrong. are you have someone shoot somebody who happens to be black or brown, maybe they don't think anything is wrong because that issue of blackness being identified with intimidation. so black lawyers are intimidating. black pastors are intimidating. it is the issue and the framing -- he is trying to clean it up, but you really can't clean it up. i don't know if i want him to clean it up because i had that moment was deep, ra honesty. that was deep honesty. in america needs to hear it. i hope pastors will go as
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pastors and ministers. will come next week and lead a group of interfaith ministries i belie in justice. i amonsidering that as well. we need to not take this personal. it is not about u it is about the heart of these cases where blackness for years in american history was identifid with intimidation, and therefore, blackness itself is a crime. amy: and the fact that you've got this jury, one black juror, even the judge in the case after jury selection, which took week after week, called it intentional discrimination that allowed the trial to go on. >> betsy, -- but see, they and their minds are not intimidating
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and certnly they cannot be discriminary. the other hand, if it was an all-black during or all blood but one white, that would be jumping up and out of them but it's a problem, it's a problem" because of how blackness is used and how blkness is seen. if anybody ought to be seen, it is that father that has to sit and look at three people who shot his son down like a dog and who built it and put it on camera. if anybody should be intimidated, should be the family looking at the jury pool and not saying a jy of their peers come of their son's peers. that is who should be intimidated. instead, we have a rare honesty the other day. when i was there after the court , we went outside d had a railing. -- at a rally. we then marched to ahmaud arbery
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's -- like and what people together. all you saw was like pastors intimidating. and then tried to make a reference to equally a black pastor does she quite a black pastor with a sheep i guess he met the ku klux klan. something extreme the human reality. that is what we need to be unpacking. if we do with that issue, then you would not have killings, because people would not automatically when they see black, b -- amy: we want to talk about why you are in washington, d.c. i want to ask about this moment. you have the trial in georgia, then you have the rittenhouse case -- 500 state troopers have been called out to deal with the verdict. and yet the judge in that case on thursday calling on the
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jurors, the entire courtroom, to applied a man who is about to testify for the defense because it was veterans day and he was a veteran. they had to applaud him. again, a jury of just one black person. >> imagine that judge being a black judge was to this judge is just way out of bounds. remember what they're trying to say abouthis young man, he claims he was fearing for his life en know what was going on was not really near him. they're basically trying to say he was a hero. but he is the one with this gun, i think an ak-47. but we've seen it all year. anybody can ask me, you asked me imagine three black men writing rented a truck killing -- riding around in a truck killing. this is where we are seeing how race plays out.
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it is important. en while i am in d.c. today. you think about it, the infrastructure plan, as of that money is probably going to go to white contracts and so on and so forth. when the money gets in to the states, those states get to divvied up. most are republican red states are also fighting the opportunity to vote. on the other hand, if you look at who going to get impacted the most poor white people and my people and brown people, the build back better plan, will impact 35 million households. we know 140 million four and low wealth people in this country -- poor and low wealth people in this country, majority black people. we know that will have an impact on black people or the poor white and brown people, which --
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at the infrastructure. if you go down to each party that will part of that bill spending the money for home health care worker, or 20% of those workers are black, 23% latino, people from all of the country, black, white, brown, asian, native or saint we are not going to accept this infrastructure plan for our roads and bridges while you leave our bodies, our education, infrastructure of our daily lives undone. we cannot do that. [indiscernible] you also oppose racial equi and you also oppose -- we have to start unpacking -- amy: reverend barber, we have to leave it there. thank you for being with us, cochair of the poor people's campaign and president of repairers of the breach. a find farewell to miriam barnard. enormous gratitude for all your work over the past decades,
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especially thank you for having keep our team say on and off-site during the pandemic, your compassion and skill was so cherished at democracy now! will forever bewwwwwww
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nhk "newsline." i'm takao minori in new york. u.s. president joe biden has spent months negotiating with his fellow democrats over a key part of his agenda. he has wrestled with their demand and fiddled with the numbers of his plan to repair american infrastructure, but he has finally succeeded in signing it into law. biden signed on to the largest federal investment in infrastructure in over a decade, more than $1 trillion. >> this law is a blue collar blueprint to rebuild america. it leaves no one behind, and it


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