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03/27/17 03/27/17 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> i don't know what i will say other than obamacare is a law of the land and it will replace -- it will remain the log line until it is replaced. amy: first major legislative defeat as house republicans pull a bill to repeal the affordable care act. the white house is now vowing to let obamacare explode. meanwhile, advocates of single payer say now is the time to push for a system where all americans have health care. then did the keystone xl pipeline. >> i am pleased to announce the official approval of the presidential permits for the
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keystone xl pipeline. amy: we will speak to bill mckibben of who helped organize a massive resistance against the project leading president obama to reject the keystone xl. he is involved with a major march on washington april 29. then we look at the soaring number of civilians being killed in u.s. airstrikes in iraq and syria, including over 200 civilians in a strike in the iraqi city of mosul in us all day -- in a single day. >> i came to the house to stay with my family, but the owner of the house told me there were no place for me. more than one of people were inside. half an hour later, the house was hit in an airstrike. amy: we will speak with chris of airwars. all that and more, coming up.
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welcome to democracy now,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. obama cares a lot the land. that is what house speaker paul ryan said after he pulled the bill. he pulled the legislation after it was clear he failed to muster enough votes for the builder pass. but president trump and vice president mike pence had heavily lobbied republican lawmakers had of the vote, but the soul is opposed by the entire democratic party as well as of the ultraconservative house freedom caucus and some moderate republicans. this is all ryan speaking to reporters shortly after pulling the bill. >> i don't know what else to say other than obama care is a law the land and will remain locked the land until it is replaced. we did not have the votes to replace this, so we will be living with obamacare for the foreseeable future. i don't know how long it will take us to replace this law. amy: while trump initially blamed democrats, he switched
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his focus develop republicans over the weekend. on sunday morning, he tweeted -- sunday morning was that tweet. on sunday, ted poe resigned from the freedom caucus in protest of the group's opposition to the republican health-care plan. let ago is reporting that the push to pass the legislation was harmed in part the cousin trump, unlike many congress members, did not appear to know that much or care that much about the details of health care policy. following his first legislative failure, trump warned that he is now going to let obamacare explode. pres. trump: for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do politically speaking .s let obamacare explode it is exploding right now. problems --have big
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almost all states have big problems. amy: more on the republican's plan to repeal and replace the affordable care act, as well as a push among a number of progressives and others for single payer, after the headlines. the u.s.-backed iraqi military's ground campaign to retake west mosul from isis has been halted as details emerged over the weekend about u.s.-led coalition airstrikes that killed more than 200 people it is believed in a single day. the u.s. led coalition has omitted to launching the march 17 airstrikes that targeted a crowded section of mosul. at least one strike reportedly hit an explosive field truck, triggering a blast that destroyed nearby houses were hundreds of people were taking refuge amidst the city's heavy fighting. of to 80 civilians, including women and children, may have died in one house's basement alone. the march 17 strikes appear to be among the deadliest u.s. airstrikes in the region since the u.s. invasion of iraq in 2003.
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over the weekend, witnesses told the guardian that some of their family members remain trapped under the rubble after days of u.s.-coalition airstrikes battered neighborhoods in and around west mosul. this is a family member of some of the civilians killed in the -- that strike. >> i came to the house to stay with my family, but the owner of the house told me there were no place for me. more than 100 people were inside. half an hour later, the house was hit in an airstrike. there militants wereil snipers on the streets. amy: the journalistic project airwars reports as many as 1000 civilians have died in u.s.-led coalition airstrikes in iraq and syria in march alone. the high civilian death toll is leading many to question whether the us military has loosened the rules of engagement that seek to
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limit civilian casualties. the pentagon maintains the rules have not changed. we'll have more on u.s.-led airstrikes, including the devastating strike in mosul later in the broadcast. the washington post" reports james mattis is asking the trump administration to lift obama euro restrictions so the u.s. military can provide more support for the saudi led war in yemen. the u.s. already authorizes weapons sales to saudi arabia provide other assistance, including mid air refueling to saudi warplanes for the ongoing bombing campaign. on sunday, tens of thousands of yemenis rallied in the streets of sydney -- sanaa to protest the war. the fifth round of syria peace talks have begun in geneva. at least 16 civilians including women and chilled were killed by an airstrike on a market in the suburb of damascus on saturday.
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and russia, as many as 600 people were arrested amidst nationwide anticorruption demonstrations sunday. the tens of thousands of protesters were demanding the resignation of the russian prime minister. among those arrested was an anticorruption activist and reveal theleader who prime minister used a web of charities to conceal that he owns a slew of luxury real estate, yachts, and in a tight an italian been your. hundreds of protesters were arrested saturday in the neighboring country of belarus. the arrest came after thousands of people defied a protest ban and poured into the streets of the capital minsk to denounce attacks on people who are unemployed. in the u.s., "the washington post" reporting trump plans to unveil a new white house office today that will be run by his son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner.
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the post reports the white house office of american innovation will be staffed by former business executives who will be given wide-ranging authority to andhaul federal bureaucracy even privatize some of the government's functions. on sunday, kushner told the washington post -- "the government should be run like a great american company. our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens." democratic lawmakers have introduced a new piece of legislation demanding the trump administration published visitor logs, not only for the white house, but also for the private resorts where trump conducts business, including his florida resort mar-a-lago. the legislation is known as the mar-a-lago act, which is in akron for the full title making access records available to lead american government openness act. this past weekend, trump spent time at the trump national golf club in virginia marking the eighth straight we can the president has been time at trump branded private properties.
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while trump was at the trump national golf club in virginia saturday, his supporters held pro-trump rallies in cities across the country. in california, the rally descended into chaos and violence after some pro-trump demonstrators attacked anti-trump counter protesters. a viral video shows a trump supporter swinging a flagpole at the head of an anti-trump protester. the flag read "trump make america great again." south carolina republican senator lindsey graham faced an audience of angry constituents at a town hall meeting on saturday. the audience repeatedly booed editor graham and at times chanted "your last term." this is senator graham trying to defend his decision backing neil gorsuch. >> we just finished the hearing this week. judge gorsuch was one of the finest people i think president trump could have chosen.[boos]
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i'm going to enthusiastically support him. and if the democrats try to filibuster him, they will be making a huge mistake. amy: the senate narrowly voted to dismantle internet privacy protections established under the obama administration. the measures were question why republican lawmakers and the vote largely split across party lines. the bill, now heading to the house, will give companies like verizon, comcast, and at&t more power to collect people's data, including their internet browsing history, and to sell this information. more than 1000 jewish activist and their allies dissented on washington, d.c., sunday to protest the annual policy conference held by aipac, the american israel public affairs committee. vice president mike pence is a keynote speaker this year, which the conference opened only days after the senate confirmed trump spectrum say lawyer david
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friedman to serve as the u.s. ambassador to israel. friedman is a backer of israel's jewish only settlements in that houston and territories. recently public u.n. report accused the israeli government of imposing and a part-time regime -- apartheid regime on the palestinians. sunday, some of the young jewish activists chained themselves to the doors of the conference center while others dropped banners from inside. this is dr. cornell west speaking to activist outside the conference. >> we come from a very rich and deep prophetic position that goes back to a ms. and jeremiah, it goes back -- so we tell some of our more conservative brothers and sisters on the inside that you do not represent the best of the andsh prophetic tradition
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we're here to bear witness -- join amy: in chile, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets nationwide to protest chile's privatized pension system sunday. protesters say the system benefits the rich while leaving the poor with a monthly pension below the minimum wage. activists say as many as 2 million people protested nationwide - more than 10% of the country's population. this is activist luis mesina. >> we hope in this large protests to express exactly what the majority viewpoint, we workers will not rest until this cursed system that can dance our parents and grand parents to miserable pensions is ended. in argentina, thousands of people took to the streets on to mark the anniversary of friday the 41st anniversary of the 1976 military coup that ousted president isabel peron. the coup ushered in a bloody u.s.-backed dictatorship under which as many as 30,000 people were disappeared. during friday's nationwide demonstrations, family members carried signs with photos of their loved ones who are missing from this period.
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in colombia, the town of cajamarca has voted by a landslide to halt the plans for the south african-based corporation anglogold ashanti to build a massive open-pit goldmine. the website colombiareports says the vote marks the first time a colombian town has ever voted to ban mining in its territory. meanwhile, in central china, at least 11 people have died in two separate accidents at gold mines in henan province on friday. in south korea, prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for former president park geun-hye, who was removed from office earlier this month amid a corruption scandal that sparked massive nationwide protests. prosecutors are seeking to arrest her on charges of bribery and abuse of power. in britain, as many as 50,000 people took to the streets on saturday to protest brexit -- britain's plans to leave the european union. this is protester poppy somogy. >> to me it is especially
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important because i was too young to vote and i felt there were a lot of people my age -- it was not a majority vote. are brother and sister. we come back from background of time during immigrants. our grandfather join the uprising. feel as a result of brexit and this increase in xenophobia. amy: theresa may has announced she will send the formal paperwork, known as article 50 letter, notifying the e.u. of britain's exit on wednesday. the paperwork will set off a two-year negotiation about the terms of the exit. back in the united states, at least one person died and at least 15 more were injured when gunfire erupted in a crowded nightclub early sunday morning in cincinnati, ohio. police say more than one person was involved in the shooting at
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the cameo nightclub. police said the incident appears to have stemmed from a dispute earlier in the day. and in mexico, journalists mark just through the streets of -- marched through the streets of mexico city saturday to protest the killing of 3 of their colleagues this month. this is mexican photographer luis baron. >> the motive for the protest is to condemn the killings of the journalists. which means three colleagues have been killed in the last four months and others have been injured and authorities do nothing for of regrettablee, the an action in any state in the country in which journalists are injured or any freedom of expression is undeined is plain -- nothing happens. amy: and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. juan: and i'm juan gonzalez. welcome to all of our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. we turn now to health care. obama, housent
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republicans voted more than 50 times to repeal or rewind -- rewrite the afford about care act. on friday, the house could not muster the votes needed to pass its own health-care law which some call trumpcare. just minutes before the vote was scheduled, president trump was house speaker hall ryan to pull the legislation. the bill was opposed by every democrat as well as many members of the ultraconservative house freedom caucus and some moderate republicans. the house freedom caucus when a more drastic cuts to obamacare while the moderate republica th- were concern about the fallout that would have left 24 million more people uninsured will giving a major tax break to the rich will amy: president trump and vice president mike pence heavily lobbied republican lawmakers at of the vote. the push from the white house did not work, leading to trump's first major legislative failure. house speaker paul ryan spoke to reporters shortly after pulling the bill. what else to say other than obama care a law of the land and will remain locked
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the land until it is replaced. we did not have the votes to replace is law. we are going to be living with obamacare for the foreseeable future. i don't know how long it will take us to replace is law. amy: president trump warned you going to let obamacare explode. tomko thank you very much. we were very close. it was a very tight margin. we had no democrat support. we had no votes from the democrats. they were not going to give us a single vote will stop it is very difficult thing to do. i have been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. many states have big problems -- all most all states have big problems. juan: while trump initially blamed the democrats, he switched his focus to fellow republicans over the weekend. on sunday morning, he tweeted "democrats are smiling in d.c. at the freedom caucus with the
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help of club for growth and heritage have saved planned parenthood and obamacare." a day earlier, he urged on twitter -- his twitter followers to watch judge jeanine on fox new saturday night. viewers would have heard this -- statement, paul ryan needs to step down as speaker of the house. the reason? he failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill. the one trumpeted to repeal and replace obamacare. the one that he had seven years to work on. the one he hid under lock and key in the basement of congress. the one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass. but this bill did not just failed, it failed when republicans had the house, the
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senate, the white house. amy: that is judge jeanine pirro on fox news. while house speaker paul ryan remains in that position, many observers say he has been politically damaged. political reporting the push to pass the legislation was harmed in part because trump did not appear to know that much were care that much about the details of health care policy, unlike many commerce members who came to him with questions. "wall street journal" reports the trump administration is ramping up efforts to weaken the affordable care act by pushing through rule changes and issuing new waivers. senator bernie sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create single-payer health care. several progressive groups are backing a single payer system, including the working families party, the progressive campaign change committee, credo, social security works, national nurses united. we're joined now by steffie woolhandler a professor at
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, cuny-hunter college and a primary care physician. she is a lecturer at harvard medical school. you never supported obamacare, but you were very critical of what was happening in congress. can you talk about what did take place and then what is being talked about now -- not in the corporate media. almost no mention of single-payer this weekend. but among progressive politicians and activists? >> our group thinks we need to be moving forward from the affordable care act to single-payer, and not backward through repeal of the republicans wanted. we thought it was a very big victory this week and to block the republican plan. we think it is from people showing up at the town hall meetings, pushing senators and congressmen in purple states and making it impossible for the republicans to do a straight
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repeal, which is what the freedom party wanted and they had been talking about for the last, you know, seven or eight years. this was a victory, but there is still a lot more fighting to go. we are very heartened to see senator sanders and other politicians endorsing the idea of single-payer, certainly, within the medical community there is a tremendous amount of discussion and media coverage of the single-payer idea. we think it is a great time to be putting that idea forward and moving to a medicare for all program. juan: when you say was a victory , as trump has said he is -- he said he would let obamacare both implode and explode at the same time. he is basically -- what could he do now in -- from an executive position to be able to further damage the abilityf people to access health care? >> unfortunately, there's a lot he can do to the regulatory
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process. you have to have regulatory underpinnings of a health law, and his secretary tom price the secretary of health and human services, is a staunch opponent of the aca who is been trying to destroy the affordable care act for years. amy: when trump had his press conference, if you can call it presente on friday, his moment, standing on one side of him was vice president pence and the other side was price. >> right. i think we will see the affordable care act have death by a thousand cuts. they will try to do everything they can from a regulatory standpoint, from a funding standpoint to undermine obamacare, we can it, believe it to death, if you will. amy: talk about how they can do that. they are set on that. they're saying that president obama set 2017 for the year two implode, but they say they're just going to let it die. what does that mean and how
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would they accelerate that and how can they stop it? >> there's lots of regulatory decisions you make about what you're going to insist insurance companies do. that is all in tom price's bailiwick right now. waivers. medicaid tom price is going to be doing that with a lot of his conservative state governments that have no interest in the medicaid program or in helping poor people. there is been a lot of -- juan: on the waiver issue, that would in essence let them do what they're wanting to do in the current bill, which is great sort of a black great situation for states on medicaid? >> not quite the same as what they're going to do in the bill, but it does allow them to do things like charge medicaid enrollees premiums. these people are really, really poor. if you require them to pay premiums, some months they're not going to build a pay and they will lose their health care. the other thing i want to remind you of, there is been tons of
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lawsuits against obamacare, which under the obama administration the justice department defended and thought against. but the trump justice partment does not have to defend against those lawsuits. so these lawsuits to cut funding and to restrict, access to care that has failed to date, much more likely will succeed of the justice department is not fighting them. only healthng to care system. i know he and bannon want to blame the democrats for the mess that the health-care system is going to be, but they own it. there's a whole lot of problems with obama care like the 26 million people who remain uninsured despite obamacare. trump is not going to fix that. you will probably make it worse. amy: just to be clear on that come already over the next 10 years, 24 million people were going to lose their health care under the republican plan. the you are talking about -- but you are talking about 26 million
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-- 24 million people beyond what obama had insured -- now'm talking about right while obamacare is fully in place come or january 1, carefully a place, there are 26 million uninsured americans. that is not universal health care. 10% of the population with no health care. and that is why our physicians organization is saying we need to move forward with single-payer and ensure those people. amy: it is interesting that one of their biggest problems was the 55 to 65-year-old lot. they -- under the republican plan, the cost of their insurance was going to escalate. wouldn't have been interesting if that said, ok, we will lower medicare to 55 and that would have taken care of that. i want to turn to congress member peter welch, the democrat from vermont. his remarks earlier this month
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to the energy and commerce committee's markup of the american health care act, the republican plan. >> there's been a lot of discussion about the fact this bill just appeared yesterday and it was being hidden. wasn't really being hidden from democrats in america or was it being hidden from your freedom caucus? they say this bill is a phony repeal of obamacare. you want to know something? they are right. there is a lot of plagiarism in this bill. the insurance reforms that all of you voted against, your now bragging you are keeping. the subsidies that you say are horrible, you have changed from a direct subsidy that actually provided meaningful access to health care to on the cheap tax credits that don't do the job, but that is an entitlement you say you're against. the mandate -- what you have done is impose the 30% penalty
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and the revenues don't go to the programsre but the insurance companies. what is going on here? amy: that is peter welch, vermont congressman, who together with senator bernie sanders of vermont, says they will both introduce legislation for single-payer. if you could respond to what he said and then talk about what their plan is a north thoughts on it. >> the republican plan, which was defeated, was a meaner version of the affordable care act. putrtunately, both of those the entrance industry in the center of the system. we need to get a private insurance industry out. their overhead profits and the overhead they impose on doctors and hospitals are costing us $500 billion annually that we do not need to be spending. $500 billion annually that we could save through a
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single-payer program, use that money to cover the 26 million americans who now have no coverage, and then to improve the coverage of insured americans who often have insurance they cannot afford to use because of the high copayments, high deductibles. the deductibles and copayments, that is a problem that predated obamacare. it obamacare failed to fix list of a single-payer could eliminate that problem, as it has done in other countries. juan: how would you propose to get from here to there given the reality that the republicans have not give -- of an even larger base of support in congress, controlling all of the houses and now they will soon have a much more conservative supreme court? how would you propose to get from where we are to single-payer? >> we have another election in 21 months. we have another presidential election in less than four years. things can change. we need to be thinking ahead. we have already seen a tremendous amount of change just
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from people getting out to town hall meetings, getting out on the streets, calling their congressmen. who would have known a few months ago that the republicans would not be able to repeal obama care? they have not been able to do it largely because of pressure from the electorate on a purple state, senators, congressmen. people need to be out in the streets. they need to be contacting their congressman, demonstrating, educating, and preparing for the day when we really can get single-payer, which may be sooner than you think. amy: we keep throwing around the world "single-payer." washe sanders plan that discussed this weekend, to go right to this -- what would be the system in the united states? >> with nothing the sanders bill yet, but these sort of things congressmen and have been putting forth like just paysrs, everyone
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their taxes and everyone is automatically eligible for program like medicare -- only a would have no deductibles for covered services, no participation by the private health-insurance industry. improved medicare, expanded to everyone, improved so does not have the kind of gaps in uncovered services that do exist in the current medicare program. we have been advocating that plan for a decade -- for decades. piece of what legislation or with a legislation will look like that gets introduced in the next few days by welch and sanders, but long-term, we need -- amy: what happens to the insurance companies? >> they would have no role in an efficient medicare for all program.
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some of these insurance companies have overhead of 20%, meaning you give them one dollar in premiums and only $.80 ever goes to a doctor or hospital or drug company. 20 cents stays right there with the insurance company for the overhead and profit. you have to compare that to traditional medicare were the overhead is 2% to 3%. when you add up all of the administrative costs that insurance companies have, the administrative costs they impose on doctors like me and hospitals to try to send bills to multiple payers, we're talking about potential savings of $400 billion to $500 billion annually. variousd where do the stakeholders in the industry, for instance, i know the hospitals were very much opposed to the current legislation republicans were pushing forward. but where were the doctors and hospitals in the pharmaceutical and these others stand in a battle over a medicare for all? of thehe last battle
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republican bill, there were no doctors groups, no real doctors groups supporting the bill. everyone opposed it. certainly, nursing groups and hospitals were opposing it, too. in a battle for single-payer, things but lineup differently in the insurance industry in the pharmaceutical industry will be totally and completely opposed to single-payer. for the insurance -- health-insurance industry, it is a life or death battle. we can expect them to use all of their lobbying clout to try to prevent it. big pharma has not been happy in single-payer because in single-payer systems, there are forced to lower their prices. about half of what the u.s. people pay. a single-payer system by lowering the pharmaceutical prices would save another $100 billion that we could use to cover people. pharma is going to be opposed. the entrance industry, the most of us because it is life and death for them. said thise priebus
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week and that democrats, bring your proposals to us now. of civileing a kind war and the republican party. will we see the same in the democratic party? >> i am doubtful about that. certainly at this moment, the democrats as an opposition party tend to unify when they are actually running things, the divisions come out much more. amy: bernie sanders is part of the leadership. are you saying the leadership might endorse a medicare for a proposal yet though what does a public should proposal mean? >> the way the leadership can be brought to endorse single-payer is by us, the constituents. calling them up, pressuring them and all the ways that we have sent we want single-payer. that is what will bring the full democratic leadership around. public option? public option would be a small
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step that would ease some of the pain. it would mean when you are on the exchange buying things, one of your options would be to pay money and buy into medicare. most americans do not get their care through the exchange. the public option really does not generate those massive administrative savings that we need in order to be able to afford health care for everyone. ,my: dr. steffie woolhandler thank you for joining us woolhandler, a professor at , cuny-hunter college and a primary care physician. she is a lecturer at harvard medical school, and the co-founder of physicians for a national health program. this is democracy now! when we come back, we go to london to talk about what is happening right now in iraq will stop is it possible that the ,argest strike just occurred and airstrike in mosul, since the u.s. invaded iraq in 2003? stay witus. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. in our next segment, we go to president obama's approval of the residential -- of the permit for the keystone -- president trump's approval for the keystone xl. but right now, we turn to iraq. juan: the u.s. backed iraqi military ground campaign to retake west mosul from isis has been halted as the details emerged over the we can u.s. led coalition airstrikes that are believed to have killed over 200 people in a single day. u.s. led coalition has admitted launching airstrikes on march 17 that targeted a crowded neighborhood in mosul. they are among the deadliest
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u.s. airstrikes in the region since the us invasion of iraq in 2003. according to reports, one of these strikes hit an explosive filled truck, triggering a blast that destroyed nearby houses were hundreds of people were taking refuge among the city's heavy fighting. of to 80 civilians, including women and children, may have basementne house's alone. this is a family member of some of the civilians killed in the strike. house to stayhe with my family, but the owner of the house told me there were no place for me. more than 100 people were inside. half an hour later, the house was hit in an airstrike. there were neither snipers nor isil militants on the street. at least 15 people from the street that links to the alleyways have been killed. amy: this bombing is just one of an onslaught of u.s. led coalition airstrikes in iraq and syria that has killed as 1000 civilians in march alone.
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another one of these strikes occurred last week in syria when a u.s. reaper drone struck a gathering in the rebel-held village near aleppo, killing as many as 49 people. according to the syrian observatory for human rights, most of the dead were civilians who had gathered at a mosque to pray. the pentagon acknowledged carrying out strikes on this village but denied hitting a mosque. pentagon officials said that the gathering was a meeting of al qaeda members. the death toll is leading many to question whether the u.s. military has loosened the rules of engagement that seek to limit civilian casualties. the pentagon maintains the rules have not changed. for more, we go to london to speak to chris woods, founder of airwars which monitors civilian deaths from international strikes. chris woods is also an award-winning reporter and the author of "sudden justice: america's secret drone wars." welcome to democracy now! talk about what you understand happened on march 17 in iraq.
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>> this is a very complicated event will step in fact, the story still changing today. we know that a devastating explosion or sequence of explosions took place in the new mosul area. and a minimum of 101 civilians died. some that that in the immediate neighborhood at over 500. we're talking a really catastrophic event. in terms of responsibility, that is proving more challenging. the coalition, as you said, has said it did conduct an airstrike in the immediate vicinity on march 17. but what is complicating this is the iraqi military also appears to have conducted artillery strikes into that immediate area, and they may or may not ore been isis will be traps
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civil born truck bombs. it is a very conflicts event. with the coalition, we do not know which coalition partners were involved in the events. the united states must probably, but there were other nations in the coalition also bombing quite heavily at mosul at the moment. amy: and those countries are? >> australia, the united kingdom, belgium, and france. all of them have said that mozilla is where most of their airstrikes are now taking place. a lot of people involved. the reality is that more than 100 civilians certainly are dead. "the washington post" saying this morning that have been speaking to civil defense in mosul and a minimum of 101 bodies so far removed from the scene and perhaps many more bodies ther this is what leads to this reporte. a possibly one of the highest
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ever reported civilian casualty events that the coalition or the u.s. may have been involved in. juan: chris, the guardian is reporting that iraqi has suspended the mosul offensive after these attacks. what do you know about the accuracy of that report and what is the situation in terms of the response of the iraqi government? >> it was certainly reported that the campaign had -- there is little sign of it. the airstrikes have been going in heavily from not just the coalition, but also the iraqis. two more neighbors were captured by the iraqi ground forces just yesterday from isis. there may have been a slowing down of the campaign, but really, i think the coalition, the iraq government is keen to capture west mosul as quickly as possible. their gambling. the quicker they capture the city, the less overall risk of harm there is to civilians.
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they are paying a terrible price. according to one report last week at which appears to have come from a senior iraqi military official, 4000 civilians have died in the first month of fighting of west mosul. that is 1000 civilians being killed a week at a moment. those are very high numbers. unacceptable numbers in our view. juan: these casualties are fire higher -- far higher than in the last months of the obama administration. you get any sense this is as a result of changes in operation by u.s. forces in this particular offensive, or is it just the fact they're moving to a highly populated area? >> it is a really different good -- difficult one to untangle. the number of allegations and reported fidelity's are through the roof -- fatalities are through the roof. we have more than 120 events so far in march will stop that is
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across iraqi in syria. more than 1200 civilians reported killed, alleged killed by coalition actions. those are way up there with the levels of allegations we saw against russia last year when it was bombing across syria. these are very, very high levels of reported civilian casualties. part of that is definitely to do with west mosul and the u.n. reported, the aid agencies reported, nga's -- ngo's reported there would be civilian casualties because so many civilians were trapped in the city. we're seeing far too many go to west mosul. we're seeing many civilians being reported killed in northern syria as well. the assault on raqqa hasn't even begun yet yet we're seeing 2, 3, 4 civilian casualty events around raqqa. civilian deaths are way up with the coalition.
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what is still somewhat difficult to untangle is whether we would have seen that under obama. the strikes were rising, the deaths were rising steeply in the last months of obama. trump has inherited obama's battle plan to some degree. even so, we're hearing from iraqi officials that it is easier to: airstrikes now, particularly u.s. strikes. the picture is confused. i think -- we need a straight answer from the pentagon, from the white house. lifted restrictions? the iraqi civilians have a right to know that. amy: i want to ask you about another recent harrowing attack involving the united states and its allies. in syria, a u.s. reaper drone recently struck a gathering in the rebel-held village near aleppo. as many as 49 people died. according to the syrian observatory for human rights, most of the dead were civilians who had gathered at a mosque to pray. the pentagon acknowledged
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carrying out strikes on this village but denied hitting a mosque. they said the gathering was a meeting of al qaeda members. this is syrian ambulance driver munther abu amar. fromam an ambulance driver aleppo's western province. we came here after we were called, after an airstrike targeted the mosque while worshipers were inside. there are more than 30 martyrs and dozens of injured people were transported to the hospital. there are so many people who are missing. five or six missing people. one of the martyrs was an elderly woman who lived close to the mall -- mosque. god help us. amy: can you tell us what you understand happened, chris? >> ever report from the ground is in agreement that this was a mosque complex, that it looks like u.s. was not aware that a new building being built near the old mosque was extension of that complex, and that hundreds
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of locals were gathered for a religious meeting when that unilateral u.s. strike took place. this was not a coalition attack, it was the unilateral u.s. .argeted attack the kind we more usually see in pakistan or yemen or somalia. it is part of the shadow war that only america has been conducting against al qaeda affiliates in syria. it gets very little publicity, but many of these strikes are taking place now. in the last weeks of obama, we saw quite a big job of the number of those reports -- jump of the number of those reports. linda pickett amount of civilians killed and those as well. we're seeing for intelligence. there was a school reported targeted and destroyed just last week.
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the school was being used by externally displaced -- internally displaced families. there is still a great dispute about how many civilians died. at minimum, we think 35 civilians were killed and that even as well. this is poor intelligence. any local what evan able to tell , displaceddp's civilians, were living there. this is about the proxy force that america is using in syria today. which are not from this area. primarily kurdish forces. strikes being conducted very quickly and the civilians on the ground in syria are paying a significant price. ay: chris, we just have minute left. certainly, a huge amount of attention was paid to what happened in london with the killing of four people in an attack near the parliament. there's a must --
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almost no attention paid to this massive spike in casualties from the united states. in iraq in syria. >> you are right. there is an equivalent there. a few weeks ago, we were very critical of international media for not covering the civilian casualties in iraq, in syria. that is really changed now. great work being done by international, regional media. outstanding journalism. the disconnect is domestically will stop where the political voices being raised about this? there was a lot of anger from our politicians last year with aleppo and quite rightly so. where are the raised voices here on behalf of syrians and iraqis who are dying as a result of our bombs? amy: chris woods, thank you for being with us, founder of airwars, a nonprofit group that monitors civilian deaths from international airstrikes in syria and iraq. chris is an award-winning
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porter and the author of "sudden justice: america's secret drone wars." when we come back, president trump authorizes a permit to restart the keystone xl pipeline to authorize it. we will get response from bill mckibben. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. juan: the trump administration has approved a permit allowing transcanada to build the keystone xl pipeline, which would transport 830,000 barrels of crude oil every day from alberta's oil sands to refineries on the u.s. gulf coast for export. trump addressed reporters in the oval office on friday morning. pres. trump: today, i am pleased to announce the official approval of the presidential permit for the keystone xl pipeline. juan: transcanada's keystone xl pipeline would cross the yellowstone river, as well as the ogallala aquifer, the largest freshwater aquifer in the united states. republicans and the oil industry say the pipeline will create thousands of construction jobs and provide national energy security. however, environmentalists and scientists have long warned about the devastating impact of
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further fossil fuel extraction on a rapidly warming planet. trump's approval of the keystone xl pipeline is a reversal of the obama administration's decision to halt the project in late 2015 following massive, sustained resistance from environmental groups and community organizers. in response to trump's decision to green-light the project, the group tweeted -- "u.s. state dept. may approve #keystonexl, but this pipeline won't be built. people stopped it once & will again." on friday, protesters gathered across from the trump international hotel in new york city and outside the white house and washington, d.c. amy: the pipeline is not yet a done deal. the company transcanada still needs to secure funding, acquire local permits, and stave off potential legal challenges. meanwhile, environmental groups and community organizers say they're gearing up for a major showdown with the trump administration over its climate policy. next month, protesters will
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gather in washington, d.c., on march 29 -- for the people's april 29 climate mobilization where they say they will push forward a vision of a clean energy economy. for more, we are joined by democracy now! video skype by bill mckibben, co-founder of bill, talk about this announcement that was made on friday. it seemed as if, bill, this was right at the time when trump was going down over health care, was thismely angry, and issued unrelated executive order around the pipeline permit. >> yes, it was struggling between retuning to drive a big truck and losing on health care. was, heresting thing signed his peeps this piece of transcanada looked
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abashed and said, we still have permits to get into the brassica, which is a great understatement. that a lot of work to do if this thing is ever going to get built. there are lots of people standing in their way. it really underscores how much as changed since this fight began. six years ago, the world's climate scientists and others said this was a terrible idea. in the time since, the price of a solar panel has dropped in half and we have had the three hottest years in human history. the plan for the keystone pipeline, which was bad then, is preposterous now. deal a good news is, the fight against keystone has gone on to spur thousands of other battles with other possible projects across the world. and some of those we are winning. some of those we are losing.
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but every oil well, every coal mine, every coal port, every pipeline are all being fought. juan: as you say, the price of solar panels has dropped, but also the price of oil has plummeted as well, making it even less of a feasible process economically for those who are backing it. i'm wondering if you could talk about the issue of the oil economics and also of the role of prime minister trudeau in canada on this issue? >> absolutely. it is a really good question. the tar sands is not only a climate disaster, it is more and more and economic disaster. the price of oil has fallen so far that people have abandoned tens of billions of dollars worth of plants for expansion. the trudeau government of in canada is sort of operating in the shadow of the craziness of the trump administration. trump is so crazy and evil, that everybody else looks somewhat
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normal and is in his shadow. trudeau is the perfect example. -- trudeau is a perfect example in this case of why that is not true. he went down to houston a couple of weeks ago to speak to oil men. he had them on their featuring when he said "no nation -- clip ofll, we have a that. i want to turn to prime minister trudeau speaking earlier this month. >> said on the very first trip to the oil patch in 2012, no billionwould find $173 -- 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there. juan: you're talking. go ahead. >> that got a standing ovation from the oil guys. since you were in paris for the climate talks, you remember it was justin trudeau in canada that pushed hardest to have the world said a goal of not
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.ncreasing the temperature that 173 billion barrels of oil that he wants to dig up and burn represents 30% of the entire planets carbon budget that would get us to 1.5 degrees. that is a country with one half of 1% of the planets population once to burn 30% of the planets carbon budget. trudeau in trump in collaboration in the terse hands is a sick picture. that is why native and indigenous peoples on both sides of the border, farmers and ranchers, why climate scientists and all the rest of us are coming together around this fight and some in the fights. amy: can you tell us how this fits into president trump's larger plan involving the epa, e, ending climate
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research, said her and what the plans are for april 29 in washington? >> his whole plan is, what can we do to save the oil industry? the oil industry is in trouble because demand is beginning to disappear. yesterday, at midday in california, more than half of the state's electricity was being provided by renewables -- a new record. that is pretty amazing. we got to see the big adventure of electric cars. these things terrify the will industry because it destroys demand. that is why the trump administration is getting rid of the mileage standards for cars, try to get rid of california's clean air act exemptions, stopping climate research so no one will be noticing that we have less ice in wherever had in the arctic and antarctic. this is craziness. the only possible response to that craziness is a lot of people in the streets, just as -- tell ourcare,
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leaders we will not accept this to the that is what april 29 will be about. remember the big climate march in new york city. this is the d.c. version. theomes on the 100th day of president's administration. we have to make some noise. amy: bill mckibben, thank you for being with us. we will ask you to stay with us for a few minutes for a post-show, talking about what is happening in places like peru and with the record weather events taking place throughout the world. bill mckibben is co-founder of he is author of several books, including "eaarth: making a life on a tough new planet." that does a for our broadcast. opening, a news fellow. you can go to democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the closed captioning. e-mail your comments to or
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