Democracy Now! — Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016


Matt Taibbi’s intriguing Rolling Stone cover. Image: video still.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump invoked the Cold War as he pledged to wage war against what he described as the “ideology of radical Islam” during a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. Trump also vowed to institute “extreme vetting” of visa applicants. He also said he’d create a commission on radical Islam, keep Guantánamo Bay open and stop trying people accused of terrorism in civilian courts. The Republican presidential nominee also reversed his earlier threats to defy NATO treaties, and instead said he would work closely with the alliance to defeat ISIS.

For more, Amy Goodman spoke with Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine; Phyllis Bennis, author of “Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror;” and Linda Sarsour, director of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, and co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.

On Monday, while Trump was speaking, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden held a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton is Biden’s hometown. During her speech, Hillary Clinton slammed Trump’s foreign policy positions on Syria and fighting ISIS. But what about her own positions? Phyllis Bennis and Linda Sarsour comment.

Finally, as the Olympics continue in Rio de Janeiro, Amy Goodman continues her conversation with sports writer Jesse Washington of the site The Undefeated and Anthony Ervin, who just became the oldest-ever individual Olympic swimming gold medalist. Ervin is also the author of the new book, “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian.”

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Eric has nearly completed the 2016 Midyear Reading, BALANCE. Get all 12 signs for the bargain price of just $57 while you still can. Image from the 2012 Blue Marble by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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