Today’s show looks at a damning new report that reveals how U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq have killed far more civilians than officials have acknowledged. An on-the-ground investigation by the New York Times Magazine titled “The Uncounted” found the actual civilian death toll may be 31 times higher than U.S. officials admit.
In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest and is reportedly refusing to resign as president after the country’s military seized Parliament, courts, government offices and the main airport in the capital, Harare. Mugabe has held power since Zimbabwe declared independence from the U.K. 37 years ago.
Donald Trump continued his tour of Asia, landing in Vietnam today for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Trump said on Thursday that he wants Russia’s help in getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. In Korea, he attempted to visit the Demilitarized Zone, but was turned back due to bad weather.
Democracy Now! goes to Beijing for an update on President Trump’s meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping as part of his five-nation trip to Asia. Trump used the talks to call on China to sever ties with North Korea, and address the U.S. trade deficit with the country he once accused of “raping” the United States.
As voters on Tuesday turned against the Republican Party one year after Donald Trump was elected president, a new report, “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis,” examines the role of Democratic Party loyalists in the party’s 2016 defeat.
26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, who allegedly killed 26 people Sunday as they attended church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was court-martialed on charges he repeatedly hit his wife and attacked his stepson. But officials failed to report his crimes to a federal database, so Kelley had no problem buying the gun he used Sunday.