America is experiencing the largest increase in unemployment in history. But why are so many Americans paying the price for the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s no coincidence that no other country is experiencing the number of layoffs that America is facing. Much of the crisis boils down to the U.S. having inadequate worker protections including insufficient paid sick leave and unemployment benefits. We explain to you how the failure to provide benefits to all workers exposes the U.S. to a greater spread of COVID-19 — and will create long-lasting damage to the economy. #Coronavirus#COVID19#PaidLeave
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the world in a rapid and destructive way. Images of worn-out doctors, overrun hospitals and empty cities have become commonplace. But Italy with the most deaths at over 7,500 has become the center of the pandemic. Italians have an aging population and initially weren’t appearing to take the novel coronavirus seriously. Now, the whole country is on lockdown and serves as a warning to others around the world. With cases in the U.S. rapidly increasing, it’s predicted to be just days behind Italy. What can the U.S. learn from Italy’s handling of the crisis? Is it already too late? And how are the two countries set up differently to deal with an unprecedented health crisis?
Vieques, Puerto Rico: The island that was used by the U.S. Navy as a training ground for war for 60 years. Today, half of Vieques is a toxic Superfund site because the Navy is still cleaning up their leftover bombs – by literally exploding them.
Locals say toxins from the munitions are making them sick. And yet, that’s not stopping wealthy Americans from the U.S. mainland from buying their second homes in Vieques. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visits Vieques to explore these issues.
The Camp Fire was California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, nearly wiping the town of Paradise off the map and killing 85 people last year. The private energy corporation PG&E, or Pacific Gas & Electric, recently admitted its equipment was likely the cause. But it’s not the first time the billion-dollar utility has sparked fires in the state. Now, the company is filing for bankruptcy protection, which may leave the victims of the Camp Fire with nothing. In this episode of Direct From, Dena Takruri asks why the private company, which provides a public service, is not being held accountable for the hundreds of lives ruined and the thousands of acres scorched. #CampFire#CaliforniaWildfire
Dena Takruri gets rare access inside Monsanto’s Puerto Rico operation, where they get huge tax breaks to test and grow GMO seeds. Meanwhile, thousands of plaintiffs across the U.S. are suing the corporation, claiming that its weedkiller Roundup has caused cancer. In Puerto Rico, locals are blaming Monsanto for getting them sick.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised action on climate change and to repair Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous population. But he’s vowed to build the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline with taxpayer money, despite widespread opposition from Indigenous groups and environmentalists. AJ+’s Dena Takruri heads to British Columbia to meet the communities who have taken dramatic steps to resist this pipeline, as well as a First Nation chief who hopes the pipeline will boost the local economy.
Thousands of Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered across Canada. After 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s body was found at the bottom of a river, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened a national inquiry into the epidemic. But many families fear they’ll never see justice. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visits Winnipeg, Manitoba, where more Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered than anywhere else in the country. After years of failure on the part of police and the government, activists here are taking matters into their own hands.
Ahed Tamimi became a worldwide symbol of Palestinian resistance after she slapped an Israeli soldier in front of her home in the occupied West Bank. Now in Part 2, Ahed is released from Israeli prison in a chaotic and emotional day. Dena Takruri sits down with the teen activist to discuss her experience in prison, her hopes for the future, and her thoughts on Palestinian resistance.