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03/23/18 03/23/18 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! stories today,10 it would not make a bit of difference. amy: president trump has tapped ultra hawk john bolton to be national security adviser, replacing general h.r. mcmaster. alton has called for bombing
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iran and north korea and has been a longtime critic of international bodies from united nations to the international criminal court. then to political corruption and the art of the deal. >> i am a big fan of hindu and a big fan of india. big, big fan. big, big fan. amy: we will look at a groundbreaking investigation into how the trump family business partnerships in india and donald trump, jr. to the president are creating conflicts of interest in the white house and corrupting the presidency. we will speak with reporter anjali kamat. plus, was "professor who sued cambridge analytica in an attempt to recover his personal information from the controversial data mining company accused of harvesting the data of more than 50 million facebook users without your
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permission. all of that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. president donald trump said thursday national security adviser h.r. mcmaster is resigning and will replace it with john bolton, a foreign policy hawk who has openly backed war against iran and north korea. bolton will take over the position on april 9 and will not need to be confirmed by the senate. in 2005 and 2006, bolton served as u.s. ambassador to the united nations after president george w. bush named him to the post as a recess appointment amid fears he would not be confirmed by the senate. bolton is a senior fellow at the american enterprise institute and in recent years had made regular appearances on fox news. just three weeks ago, bolton wrote an op-ed for the wall street journal titled, "the legal case for striking north korea first." we'll have more on john bolton after headlines with investigative reporter gareth
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porter. donald trump has ordered the u.s. to drop a list of $60 billion worth of chinese goods to be targeted for tariffs and what the president says is a bid to reduce the u.s. trade deficit. in response, china immediately lifted 128 u.s. products it is targeting first of google tariffs, including steel, one, fresh fruit, and pork. trump's announcement set off years of a trade war and sent stocks around the world plummeting with the dow jones losing more than 720 point on thursday. congress approved a one point three dollars trillion spending bill early this morning, averting what would have been the third government shutdown of the year less than a day before it was set to take effect. the bill won bipartisan support in both houses, clearing the senate on a vote of 65 to 32 just after 1:00 a.m. eastern time after more than two thirds of house lawmakers approved an earlier in the day. president trump has signaled he
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will send the bill which will boost spending on weapons and war to an all-time high while increasing funding for u.s.-mexico border wall. it does not address the plight of immigrants rights of the u.s. as children, so-called dreamers, a key demand of immigrant rights groups and some democrats. the bill also contains modest gun-control measures, including tightening a background check measure known as nick's, but does not provide for universal background checks for perspective gun buyers. donald trump's top lawyer defending the president in special counsel robert mueller's investigation has resigned. john dowd confirmed thursday he's leaving trump's legal team, writing in a statement, "i love the president and wish him well." dowd reportedly resigned after trump repeatedly ignored his legal advice and attacked robert mueller by name on twitter after mueller's team subpoenaed financial documents from the trump organization. in syria, hundreds of rebels and their family members have begun boarding buses in the town of harasta after agreeing to surrender to government forces
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in exchange for safe passage to northern syria. their surrender in the damascus suburb known as eastern ghouta comes as syrian human rights groups say a government offensive launched last month has so far killed 1500 civilians, injured 5300 others, and forced more than 80,000 people to flee in recent days. in mexico, media workers are demanding a swift investigation into the murder of journalist leobardo vazquez, who was gunned down wednesday night inside his home in the state of veracruz. vazquez was at least the third journalist to be murdered in mexico this year. and last year, mexico was among the deadliest countries in the world for media workers. this is obber chino jimenez speaking at a protest thursday held in vazquez's home city of gutierrez zamora. >> i think now is the time to demand of veracruz government protect us and not just with words. every time this happens, security is guaranteed for the
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media, but it is just words. these incidences happen daily. amy: in france, tens of thousands of public employees walked off the job in cities around the country thursday in a strike against president emmanuel macron's plans to roll back labor rights and shrink the public sector. macron has proposed cutting 120,000 public employee jobs over five years, while raising taxes on pensions and introducing a merit-based system of pay. in somalia, at least 18 people were killed thursday after a massive car bomb ripped through a hotel near the parliament building in the capital mogadishu. the militant group al-shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes on the heels of similar bombings including a double bomb attack late last month that left 45 people dead. in texas, the associated press reports that hurricane harvey released far more toxins into the environment than initially reported when it brought unprecedented flooding to the texas gulf coast last summer. ap reporters catalogued more
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than 100 harvey-related toxic releases, most of which were never made public, including the release of carcinogenic compounds like benzene and vinyl chloride and a spill of nearly half a billion gallons of industrial wastewater mixed with storm water from one chemical plant in baytown alone. the ap reports texas investigators have looked into 89 incidents and have yet to announce any enforcement actions. you can go to our reports at when democracy now! went to houston after the hurricane particularly focused on the fence line communities, those on the fence lines of the refineries. conservationists are mourning the death of the world's last remaining male northern white rhinoceros. the 45-year-old rhino died monday at a nature reserve in kenya where he'd been under armed guard to protect against poachers. in a last-ditched effort to save the species, zoologists are now
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attempting to use in-vitro fertilization to impregnate the last two remaining female northern white rhinoceroses, who are unable to produce offspring naturally. former model karen mcdougal went public thursday with details about her alleged affair with donald trump in 2006, telling cnn's anderson cooper that trump offered her cash after the two had consensual sex for the first time. >> after we had been intimate, he tried to pay me. i actually did not know how to take that. >> did he try to hand you money? >> he did. amy: karen mcdougal said the incident made her cry, but said the two maintained a consensual affair for 10 months. her interview came as cbs's "60 minutes" said it's going ahead with plans to broadcast an interview on sunday with adult film star stephanie clifford, better known as stormy daniels. daniels says she was paid $130,000 in hush money by trump's personal lawyer, michael cohen, only days before the 2016 election. experts say this payment may have violated federal election law.
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banking giant citigroup says it will no longer work with retailers who sell firearms to people who have not passed the background check or are younger than 21. the move takes citibank -- makes them the first major bank to move to restrict gun sales in the wake of last month's massacre at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. this comes ahead of saturday's march for our lives protest in washington, d.c., which is expected to see hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and others rally for new gun control. this is alaya eastman, a student survivor of last month's massacre speaking thursday ahead of saturday's march. >> unfortunately, i lost two people in my class and six were hit. i was on the wrong side of the class and no student should have to cover themselves with a deceased classmate to survive, but i was that student.
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schoolt only focus on shootings, though. urban communities and low income communities have always been hit with gun violence forever. i lost my uncle due to gun violence in brooklyn 15 years ago, and nothing has changed. columbine happened, nothing has changed. sandy hook happen, nothing has changed. parkland happen, nothing has changed. inocracy now! will be washington, d.c., with a special for our broadcast on saturday from noon eastern standard time to 4:00 covering the march for our lives. you can go to in sacramento, california, hundreds of demonstrators chanting "black lives matter" shut down an interstate highway and delayed an nba basketball game thursday as they protested the police killing of 22-year-old stephon clark, an african american father of two who was unarmed and outside his own home sunday when he was gunned down by a pair of police officers. the protests came as sacramento police chief daniel hahn said he doesn't know why the officers
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who killed clark turned off the audio on their bodycam video recorders in the wake of the shooting. thursday's protests delayed the start of the sacramento kings game against the atlanta hawks, as only a fraction of ticket-holders made it into the arena. afterwards, team owner vivek ranadive spoke in solidarity with the protests. >> we stand here before you, old, young, black, brown, and we're all united in our commitment. we recognize that it is not just business as usual, and we work really hard to bring everybody together to make the world a better place starting with our own community. news, at leastg one person has been killed by gunfire in southern france after a gunman reportedly took several people hostage in a supermarket. local police have sealed off the area and say the hostage taker is in isis-inspired terrorist.
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and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. in the latest white house shakeup, general h.r. mcmaster is resigning as national security adviser. president trump has tapped john bolton to replace him. he is known for his ultra hawkish views. he has openly backed war against iran and north korea. he was a prone a supporter of the u.s. invasion of iraq to this day. wrotehree weeks ago, he an article for "the wall street journal" titled, "the legal case for striking north korea first." in 2015 while the obama administration was negotiating the iran nuclear deal, bolton wrote a piece headlined "to stop iran's bomb, bomb iran." bolton will take over the position on april 9 and will not need to be confirmed by the senate. under president george w. bush, bolton served as u.s. ambassador to the united nations. he was given a recess appointment after bush feared he
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would not be confirmed by the senate. for decades, john bolton has been one of the most vocal critics of the united nations. >> the point i want to leave with you in this very brief presentation is where i started. there is no united nations. there is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that is the united states, when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along. the secretary building in new york has 38 stories. if you lost 10 stories today, it would not make a bit of difference. amy: john bolton has been a leading critic of the international criminal court. human rights groups have condemned the selection of bolton. zeke johnson of amnesty international said -- "this is a reckless decision. bolton's influence over national security policy could result in even more civilian deaths and potentially unlawful killings given his disdain for
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international law and international institutions." trita parsi of the national iranian american council also criticized the selection of bolton. he said -- "bolton now represents the greatest threat to the united states. this is a dangerous time for our country and a slap in the face even to trump's supporters who thought he would break from waging disastrous foreign wars and military occupations." one longtime supporter of bolton has been right-wing billionaire robert mercer. jane mayer of "the new yorker" reports mercer has donated $5 million to bolton's superpac since 2013 and is bolton's biggest donor. we go now to washington where we are joined by longtime investigative reporter gareth porter. his new piece for the american conservative is headlined "the untold story of john bolton's campaign for war with iran." gareth porter, welcome to [captioning made possible by democracy now!] when you heard the news yesterday, what were your thoughts you go?
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>> i that was probable john bolton was going to become the next national security adviser for the trump administration, but i was not expecting it this soon. so it was a bit of surprise in terms of the timing. but it has really been a matter of some weeks now that there have been rumors that -- not rumors, but reports based on leaks from the white house that mcmaster was going to be replaced and that bolton was going to be the leading candidate. that is why i wrote that piece in anticipation of the likelihood this was going to happen. amy: what are your major concerns? >> i think everyone knows by now that john bolton has been in fact a very vocal advocate of war with iran as well as with north korea. he has, for years, been appearing on fox news regularly. i have not counted them, but there must be dozens of times that he has publicly called for the united states to attack iran
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militarily. no one else in american life has done anything even remotely similar to what john bolton has done in terms of advocating war with iran. he is not the only one, but he has done it more consistently. since he left the bush administration in 2005, -- rather,he has 2007 i guess it was, he has been a leading advocate of war with iran. make himdent trump to the national security adviser clearly is the most alarming thing that has happened in terms of u.s. foreign policy under this administration thus far. amy: i want to turn to john bolton speaking on fox news 2015. >> you wrote an op-ed headlined "to stop iran's bomb, bomb iran." what do you mean? >> the negotiations, whether
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they lead to an agreement or not, are not going to stop iran from getting nuclear weapons. they are so far events now, the concessions that made are so trivial and easily reversible, that the deal actually legitimizes the nuclear program of iran. my conclusion is not a happy one, but given that if iran gets nuclear weapons, so will others, that just as israel twice rp has struck nuclear weapons programs in the hands of hostile states, i am afraid given the circumstances, that is the only real option open to us now. amy: your response, gareth porter? >> john bolton actually begun to make that argument as early as 2003, 2004 when he was the point man for vice president dick cheney in the bush administration for policy toward iran and the leading -- i mean, the key point of contact with the israeli government on this question. during that time, bolton was
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consciously maneuvering to get the united states in a position where it could exercise the option of an attack on iran. what he did was to basically the iaea,that international atomic energy agency, could not or would not make an agreement, have an agreement with iran that would result the issue of whether iran had a nuclear weapons program. he was so afraid that the had of iaea would do that, that he consciously maneuvered to try to iaea, theile from the file on iran, to the u.n. security council or he believed the united states would be able to then essentially accuse iran of having a nuclear weapons program and have the option available to use the lee terry force. in his memoirs, he is very
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candid about the fact he did do that and that the purpose was to basically give that option a real chance of being carried out. and he said that he was doing so because the israelis were telling him that iran was very close to what they call the point of no return, which meant that at that point, the united states would not be able to prevent iran from having a nuclear weapon without using force. of course, as i have documented in my book "manufactured crisis emco that whole story about iran having a nuclear weapons program was really a falsified account which the israelis planted with the international community and bolton maybe, maybe not, was aware of that israeli plot, but he worked with the israelis very closely to try to bring about his situation where the iranians
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would be accused of having a nuclear weapons program. that is for sure. amy: to this day, john bolton says the invasion of iraq was the right thing to do. he does that have to be approved by the senate right now. he did not have to be approved by the senate to become u.n. ambassador to the united the u.s.not because -- ambassador to the united nations because bush understood he might not get approved so he made a recess appointment. his support for the invasion of today.rough three weeks ago, this "wall street journal" piece he wrote, three weeks ago in february. can you talk about his views on what korea and as nsa, power does he have? what is the significance of his power so close to president trump? the "wallrds to
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street journal" piece, it is quite astonishing the kind of argument he made was essentially claiming to give a legal -- for afor bombing strike against north korea. what he did in fact was simply to say, the north koreans are getting the capability to strike the united states with nuclear weapons. that means that the united states must strike first. it was simply a sort of psychological argument rather than a legal argument for evening an argument that took into account the fundamental notion of deterrent. he never used the word "deterrent" in the entire article. it was as if that concept does not exist. that sort of gives you an insight into the mentality that john bolton will bring to this job. with regard to what he could do as national security adviser, obviously, he will have the ear of donald trump more than anyone else in the administration at this point. and despite the fact that donald
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trump has committed himself to a summit meeting with kim jong-un in may, we have to anticipate that there are bumps in the road in the future that will give john bolton the opportunity to try to convince him to move not just away from that agreement with the north koreans, but towards the kind of unilateral first strike policy that bolton has championed the past. amy: i want to ask you two questions. what is the gate still institute that he chairs? and also, his super pac, the major funder of it being the ultra-right billionaire funder robert mercer? >> they gave stone institute as one of the many think tanks that have extreme right-wing obviouslyic, pro-war, very aggressive foreign-policy orientation. basically, it is not -- i want to add it is not just mercer who has been very close to bolton or
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who bolton has been close to come it is also sheldon adelson who has been donald trump's main funder during the 2016 presidential election. it is no accident that it was in las vegas meeting with sheldon adelson from which bolton called the white house last october and convinced trump to basically take the position that he would withdraw from the iran nuclear deal unless the u.s. allies encumbers agree to changes, which obviously work deal killers. amy: in the super pac. time magazine says president donald trump strippers do national security adviser has ties to cambridge analytica. the voter profiling firm currently facing criticism for its use of improperly obtain facebook data. a super pac run by former u.n. ambassador john bolton has paid camera to analytica more than $1 million since 2014 for research.
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that is according to the center for public integrity review of campaign finance records. he will end with that, gareth porter. being to thank you for with us. investigative journalist. his new piece for the american conservative, which we will link to "the untold story of john , bolton's campaign for war with iran." gareth porter is also the author of "manufactured crisis: the untold story of the iran nuclear scare." when we come back, we look at donald trump, jr., history to india, president donald trump, his daughter and advisory -- trump. ivanka we will look at corruption in the white house. stay with us.
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amy: "money" by the flying lizards. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we turn now to a major new investigation into trump's business partnerships in india. and the conflicts-of-interest these deals pose for the white house. the cover-story article for the new republic is titled, "political corruption and the art of the deal." in it, journalist anjali kamat
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notes the trump organization has entered into more deals in india than in any other foreign country. these deals, she writes, are worth an estimated $1.5 billion and produced royalties of up to $11 million between 2014 and 2017. during her year-long investigation, anjali kamat traced trumps' india partners' long history of facing lawsuits, police inquiries, and government investigations that contain evidence of potential bribery, fraud, intimidation, illegal land acquisition, tax evasion, and money laundering. donald trump, jr. has made repeated trips to india as recently as last month. last year, ivanka trump headed the u.s. delegation to a global entrepreneurship summit in the . and president trump himself has welcomed indian prime minister narendra modi, a far-right hindu nationalist, to the white house as well as entertained politically connected indian real estate developers at the trump tower in manhattan shortly after the november 2016 election. the new republic investigation comes as "the washington post"
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reveals trump organization's real estate partner in india has been accused of large-scale fraud and swindling investors out of $147 million. well, for more, we're joined now by anjali kamat, an award-winning investigative journalist, reporter with the investigative fund, and belle zeller visiting professor at brooklyn college. her cover story for the new republic, again "political , corruption and the art of the deal," which is accompanied by a podcast "trump inc" from wnyc and propublica. the project was reported in partnership with the wayne barrett project at the investigative fund. was ausly, anjali kamat producer and correspondent for al jazeera's fault lines and democracy now! talk about this at the one-year investigation and it comes out at the heels of donald j. trump under enormous fire here in the united states for going to push
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trump business interests in india. >> donald junior made this visit to india last month. he visited four cities in four days and got massive press coverage, most of it very, very positive in india. he was there to sell apartments in his projects across the country. the thing to remember here is that the trump organization's largest overseas portfolio is in india. they have five active projects there right now. only one of those projects is actually completed. four are still in very us stages of construction and they are selling preconstruction apartments. the way they were advertising sales for these apartments is offering access to don jr.. right before don jr.'s visit, about a month before, there was and never ties with that was taken out that said google if the first 100 buyers of this one project that is right in the capital new delhi would get flown to new york to visit don
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jr. when don jr. was oxley coming to india the weekend before, newspapers and new delhi come all of the major english newspapers, had full front-page cover ads that said, trump has arrived, are you invited? ad anyone who can put down deposit of about $39,000 to $40,000 on an apartment would get a chance to have dinner with don jr.. it raises a lot of questions about potential conflicts of interest. the other thing about don jr.'s visit to india is initially when he first planned his trip, he was supposed to speak at a conference, global business modit that prime minister was also speaking out. he was supposed to give a foreign-policy speech on indo pacific relations. this raise a lot of questions a month ethics experts in the u.s. is so the last minute, that speech was changed to a fireside chat. amy: let's go to an interview donald trump, jr. did last month
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.n india >> i think there's something about the spirit of the indian people that is unique and other parts of the emerging world. -- io through a town and don't mean to be glib, but you can see the poorest of the poor and their is still a smile on face. you say hello -- it is a different spirit that you don't see in other parts of the world where people walk around so solemn. i think there's something unique about that that does not exist elsewhere. does iys struck me as know some of the most successful people in the world and some of them are the most miserable in the world. amy: in a separate interview during his visit, trump jr. said indian buyers were starved for luxury in their own country and that trump properties would delivery that luxury to indian consumers. before they traveled as much you could say, hey, this is the
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best of the best. it was difficult. starved for luxury. they know what it is, but could not get it in their home market. being able to deliver that kind of product has made a big difference. amy: that is donald trump, jr. in india. talk about how he defended his trip and how exactly these businesses work. the poor in india very happy, smiling, happier than anywhere else. later he got very upset when he was criticized for saying that. -- ade a comment saying got a lot of attention in india. saying the indian media is so nice and mild because people were very, very nice stamp are the most part. then he is at that fireside chat in the last clip we saw and at that chat during that conversation of the business summit, he made a point of saying, i am here as a businessman, as a developer. i'm not here to do anything else. , he is beingion is
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advertised on every indian media station that he went on without saying "asosing it the president son." as theeing advertised sitting u.s. president son and buyers are getting access to him. the real question is, he held events in every city he went to with buyers, with investors, some politicians as well that they claimed they were not there in an official capacity. all of these people are coming to meet with them and their names are not being disclosed. indian regulations do not necessarily allow you to know who is exactly put down deposits or bought apartments in these condos. they're supposed to. there is a new real estate regulatory authority that is supposed to make things more transparent, but it might be years before we actually know who was in that room with don jr. and why they're in that room. they might be there because they are starved for luxury. maybe people in india really want to buy trump tower
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apartments. there is a class of people who certainly do want to do that in india is one of the most unequal countries in the world. there is an aspirational class of millionaires and billionaires that would want to buy trump tower apartments. the point is, if there were people in the room trying to access don jr. because he is the president's son, we don't know who they are. amy: talk about why it matters in terms of indian politics and the relationship he has with indian developers and the central role developers play in indian politics. you could say the same things about the united states, of course, because one became the president of the united states. >> this was one of the things most interesting to me, just trying to get a sense of how politics and real estate is so closely tied in india. corruption in real estate is very entrenched in india. this is something widely
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recognized as a problem. the world bank ranks countries on the ease of doing business and they haven't ease of getting a construction permit. india ranks 181 out of 190 countries. last year it was 185. part of the reason for that is lena construction is very heavily regulated and requires someal dozen permits is cases to complete an actual building. in order to get a permit at every stage, it is very common and often this is there to pay a bribe in order to move the process along. that is one of the main reasons for it. the other main reason is real estate developers have been merged as a major funder for political campaigns. between builders and politicians is so deep that a phrase that is used for a common nexus." is "the builder this is not unfamiliar to people in new york city and was. unfamiliar to a figure like donald trump. figurenot unfamiliar to
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like donald trump will sto. barrett's book. the parallels are striking. when donald trump announced his presidency, he said, i've never at a politician i can't make a deal with. it is that mentality that also the real estate industry. amy: let's go to donald trump, jr. of the global business summit in new delhi when he was in india asking -- what he was asked about corruption there. >> effinger's entrepreneurial [indiscernible] furthereds no explanation, that the media will say a set some thing totally different. there is an entrepreneurial spirit here that is different
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than elsewhere in the world. i have seen changes come. once i got with the right people and understood, i have seen reforms. i'm not talking policy. i'm talking about as an outside businessman coming in. i have seen changes. some of the reforms probably hit everyone, but they also weeded out the real estate sector. if you are a developer, was a four letter word. your promised x and delivered x minus, if anything at all. on allden proposed developers. thones who have done a good job, the once well-intentioned, they've done a good job. the topl rise to anyway. it will weed out the bad players, that needed to happen. amy: that is donald trump, jr.. anjali kamat, talk about the developers he does business with in india. trumpald trump and the organization have five different projects. so each project has a few
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different partners. what is interesting is almost all of the partners have a long history of legal entitlements, a long history of being investigated for tax evasion by the government. at least three of them are very closely connected to very powerful political officials. two of them have close connections to powerful political officials who are in the ruling party right now, who are part of the bjp, the party of modi. one is actually a political official himself, a five term state lawmaker in bombay. and then one of the wealthiest men in the country, also a lawmaker, and he shares the same kind of ideological and political vision in some ways, both right-wing politicians and developers who turn into politicians. his campaign slogan a couple of years ago became "making mumbai
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great again." and another group, ties to the rulingbjp, have also been under investigation on allegations of money laundering. so these are, you know, these by the close friends of don jr., but a lot of questions about how exactly they were vetted and what the reputations are. amy: during his presidential campaign in october 2016, right before the election, donald inmp attended a fundraiser edison, new jersey, organized by the conservative lobbying group the republican hindu coalition. let's go to part of his comments. >> i am a big fan of hindu and i'm a big fan of india. big, big fan. .ig, big fan let me start by stating right up front that if i'm elected president, the indian and hindu community will have a true
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friend in the white house. that i can guarantee you. two massived in development in india. you probably know. very successful. wonderful, wonderful partners. very beautiful. i must say i became involved because i have great confidence and i have great confidence in india. incredible people and an incredible country. amy: later in his speech, donald trump praised indian prime minister narendra modi, a far-right hindu nationalist. >> prime minister modi, who has been very energetic and --orming india's bureaucracy great man. i applaud him for doing so. and i look forward to doing some serious bureaucratic trimming right here in the united states. believe me, we needed also. amy: interestingly enough, the prime minister of india was not allowed in this country for many years.
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i would like you to talk about the reason for that. but first, this edison, new jersey, event was interesting. talk about who introduced donald trump. >> the guy who introduced donald trump is a chicago-based indian-american electronics billionaire. he was one of the largest donors -- his family donated over $1 million to donald trump's campaign. he is also one of the biggest backers of prime minister modi here in the u.s. before hester modi was prime minister, he was the chief minister, the equivalent of a governor here, of the state of a western state where there was a massacre of muslims in 2002. he was chief minister of the state at the time and was widely accused of not doing much to prevent the massacre. there were various accusations, various court cases that later came out with different decisions around it. 2013, he was5-t
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not allowed in the united states. one thing that changed his diplomatic isolation, but the fact he was doing well in the polls and he would later be elected prime minister in 2014, but also modi is widely seen as a pro-business leader. he's a right-wing leader, but also very pro-business. as seen as someone who is going to drain the swamp, as it were. but one of the people who were key in turning around modi's diplomatic isolation was the man who organized the delegation in 2013 just before modi became prime minister. amy: and more about the massacre? >> there were several hundred muslims killed in 2002. it is a long, complicated story, but the tragic part about it is that many of the survivors and many of those -- the families of those who were killed are still waiting for justice. a lot of these cases are
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dragging on in court. this is something that was very politicized and come in the current moment, become quite difficult to talk about. amy: you write not only about donald trump, jr., but also ivanka trump. senior adviser to president trump, her father. she sort of pave the way for donald trump, jr. in india just a few weeks before. >> ivanka trump with india in november. when prime minister modi came to the white house in june of last year, he made a point of inviting the president's daughter to leave this global entrepreneurship summit in india in november. so ivanka went in november to she wereern city, and all of these beautiful indian-inspired dresses, which -- must of what the media coverage was about. and right before she came, the streets work cleanup. there were a lot of news reports about people who were homeless and living on the streets were removed. everything was made a looks against m&a's for the
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president's daughter. a fancy party for her. right after she left, one of my sources, who is a retired thating official told me right after she left, things started going pretty well for business as well. the towers, a new project launched in january, the final permissions on that were pushed through in no time he said right after she left. so this is a case of the president's daughter who has an official position in the trump administration coming to india, and right after she leaves, there is something positive that happens on the business side for the trump organization. then you have don jr. coming in who has no official position in the trump administration who says he is there is a businessman, but is asked to give a foreign-policy speech. amy: which existed the foreign
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corrupt practices act which prohibits businesses from paying bribes to overseas officials. i want to go to a 2012 interview on cnbc in which trump comments on the foreign corrupt practices act. >> every other country goes into these places and they do with a have to do. it is a verbal law and it should be changed. amy: he was the foreign corrupt practices act changed. that was private citizen developer come a man who has a number of business interests in india, donald trump. >> a lot of legal experts are currently debating whether the structure of the trump organization's deals in different countries that have a reputation and have real problems of corruption like toia might be susceptible the foreign corrupt practices act. part of the problems is these are licensing deals. the trump organization, as for as we know, is not investing any money in these properties. they are just selling their brand. but what i found over the course of this reporting is that the
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trump organization and the trump organization and the trump family is actually very, very involved in these deals and one of the things that legal experts are looking at is how much do they know? even if it is a licensing deal or just a question of putting a name on a different project that you are not involved in building, if they are very, very involved and if they did not know or had reason to know and in a very corrupt environment like india, they're not completely in the clear. if there is of bribes having been paid, you know, it would have reason to know? what do they do to ravenna? diligencehere due comes in. how carefully today that their partners? one of the most interesting things i've found is there middlemen, their fixer on the ground who is supposed to scope out new deals, is also responsible for doing due diligence on the partners. he is getting paid, getting a cut for finding new deals and part of his responsibility is also making sure these partners are good enough for the trump organization.
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amy: a clear conflict of interest. want to end with how this may affect u.s. policy in the region. it is traditional -- let's just say, not ally. an open question. so far there's been no care indication of what this might look like but on january 1, president trump tweeted a very -- very critical of pakistan, accusing the country of nothing but lies and deceit and then cut some aid to pakistan later. this might have happened for many reasons that have nothing to do with india, but within india members of the ruling party saw this as a victory for diplomacyster modi's and saw this as a pro-india moved and were very pleased with it, and that is how it kind of played out in south asia. the other question that people are also worried about is what will happen if there is another terrible incident of mass violence where there are hundreds of people who are killed, sectarian violence like what happened earlier? will we see condemnation from the trump administration?
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amy: we will leave that question there. anjali kamat, an amazing job of reporting this past year award-winning investigative , journalist, reporter with the investigative fund and professor at brooklyn college. we will link to your piece in the new republic headlined "political corruption and the art of the deal." when we come back, we analyze cambridge analytica. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we turn now to the burgeoning scandal around voter-profiling company cambridge analytica. startling revelations show the company harvested the data of more than 50 million facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support president donald trump. cambridge analytica was founded by billionaire robert mercer. trump's former adviser steve
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bannon of breitbart news was one of the company's key strategists. the facebook data was first obtained by a cambridge university academic named aleksandr kogan, whose company global science research built an app that paid facebook users to take a personality test and agree to have their data collected. the app also collected the data on these users' friends, meaning it actually collected data from tens of millions of users without their knowledge. cambridge anytica then bought this data in order to turn a voter-profiling company into a powerful psychological tool, which began launching targeted political ads aimed at carrying out robert mercer's far-right political agenda. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg broke his silence on the issue wednesday, telling cnn he's sorry that his company allowed kogan to access the data. >> so this was a major breach of trust. and i'm really sorry that this happened. we have a basic responsibility to protect people's data.
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if we can't do that, then we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people. our responsibility now is to make sure that this does not happen again. amy: this comes as an american professor filed a legal challenge in britain asking the court to force cambridge analytica to disclose how it came up with the psychographic targeting profile it had on him. david carroll is an associate professor of media design at parsons school of design, has filed a claim to force cambridge analytica to turn over all of the data it harvested on him. well, for more, we are joined by david carroll. welcome to democracy now! explain what you are demanding. >> full disclosure, so where did they get our data? how do they process it? who did they share it with? and do we have a right to opt out? that i thinkrights a lot of people would like to
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have in the basic questions that a lot of people are asking. amy: explain carriage analytica for people are sitting here saying, what is this company? is a based here or britain? and why you chose to file in britain. >> we don't know exactly what this company is. it is quite ambiguous, but what we know for sure is when i requested my data from the company and generate 2017, it arrived from a military contractor. that was very unsettling. process ofeen a sharing the data so that i could get advice. when i learned that the data was probably not complete and probably not compliant to u.k. law, that is when i got myself a lawyer. amy: explain how you have standing in britain. >> it was really interesting. the house of commons committee
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that has been investigating this, the chair of the committee asked the information commissioner about my case specifically in parliament and asked why does she have standing on my case? she replied with information commissioner, replied because cambridge analytica processed david carroll's data in the u.k. , the information commissioner has jurisdiction in the u.k. data protection act applies. the act of not excluded by citizenship. younly has authority when can prove that your data has been processed. and we did that back in march. amy: the data was reportedly harvested by the cambridge, cambridge, england, cameras professor aleksandr kogan. who is he? >> he is among the three researchers at the psychometric center at camera to university to develop the psychometrics technique along with a man at
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david stillwell, also at the university of cambridge. those two other academics did not decide to join the company that alternately provided scl with the data. former let's turn to the white house chief strategist with bannon, who worked carriage analytica. bannon was speaking with financial times editor metal barber. >> it is bought and sold every day. between issue cambridge, the professor, and facebook. by the way, there is -- >> were you aware of the leak? >> i did not even know about the facebook mining. hang on. the point is, that is facebook's business. was google and facebook that went to barack obama and met him in san
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francisco airport and told him all about the power of this personal data. who012 -- we have the woman headed up data integrity said, hey, facebook gave us the information because they were "on our side." the great opposition party, media, never went after the obama campaign, never went after the progressive left who has been doing this for years. any code that is president trump's former chief strategist, breitbart news, kindreds analytica. respond to what he said. >> he's leaving out an important fact. facebook did not activate the feature called custom audiences, which allows campaigns to upload voter data to target people individually by name until october 23, 2013. well after obama'a second campaign. so the facebook tools to target people were simply not available during those campaigns. amy: let me go to carol davidsen
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who served as obama's campaign director of integration and media analytics during the 2012 campaign. in this video posted online in 2015, she described how the campaign used facebook. >> the obama campaign just did this in a digital level on a much larger level, but we were able to ingest the entire social network. social network of the u.s. that is on facebook, which is most people. where this gets complicated is, that leaves facebook out, right? so they shut off the future. the republicans never built an app to do that. the data is out there. you cannot take it back. the democrats have this information. so with a look at a voter file when someone comes to them, they can be, oh, you're all of the other people they know in your pupil they can help us persuade because they're really good friends with this person. republicans do not have that information and will not get that information. amy: that is carol davidsen who served as obama campaign's director of integration and
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media analytics during the 2012 campaign. welcome on sunday, she wrote on twitter -- "facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn't stop us once they realized that was what we were doing. they came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side." professor? >> i think this is a waste of call for everyone about the data that we have been leaking all over the place ever since the internet became a commercial aspect of our lives. it is one thing to collect data and another thing to be able to target people and target people individually. so there's a lot of complicated issues here. but i think this whole cambridge analytica crisis has created a potential tipping point where we're going to have new attitudes about letting our data
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legal over the place and try to recapture control of it. amy: i want to turn to an interview mark zuckerberg did in 2009 with bbc. >> who is going to own the facebook content, the person who puts it there or you? >> the person is putting the content on facebook always owns the information. this is why facebook is such a special service that people feel a lot of ownership over. this is their information. >> and you won't sell it? >> of course not. amy: this is their information, they own it. david carroll? youru can try to download information from facebook and you can see what they think your data is. it is not complete and not even close to the amount of data that they have on all of us who are on facebook. so what facebook would really need to do is to let us download what is known as the shadow profile, which is the profile that facebook has assembled about us that we don't know about. and i'm interested to see what
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happens in the near future, especially after my legal challenge in london runs its course, is facebook going to be for's eventually to disclose the shadow profile it has on all of us and shows us how it is collecting information across all of our devices, across multiple apps, and when people can actually see the extent of the surveillance, i think they're going to be shocked. amy: and your thoughts on mark zuckerberg's apology? not sure it was a full apology. there's so many unanswered questions that i am waiting for reporters to ask him. amy: like? >> like why did they work side-by-side with cambridge analytica at the company in san antonio in the summer of 2016 and allow camber to analytica to upload voter data in the facebook when they knew years prior that this was a company they had to revoke access to for
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violating their terms of service ? why did they work with the company so intimately and share data across the firms when a new there were dealing with a potentially bad actor? carroll, we have to go. are you still on facebook? david carroll is an associate professor of media design at
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