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.
In the season premiere of Direct From, Dena Takruri heads to the occupied West Bank to meet the teenage girl who has become an icon of Palestinian resistance. The tiny Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, the birthplace of Ahed Tamimi, has been waging a sustained, nonviolent resistance movement against Israeli military rule for at least a decade. In the days before Ahed’s release from prison, Dena meets the family members and activists fighting for their freedom under occupation, and talks to the young generation of Palestinians about their dreams for the future.
Dena Takruri interviewed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez one day after she won the NY primary. The 28-year-old Latina from the Bronx ran on a platform of free college tuition and abolishing ICE – without any corporate money. She talked ICE, Israel/Palestine, and Medicare for all among other things.
Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, bottles Michigan’s water for next to nothing and sells it at great profit. And the state has just approved its request to pump even more, despite the failed promise of jobs and 80,000 public comments against Nestle. Meanwhile, just two hours away, Flint still doesn’t have clean water. AJ+’s Dena Takruri meets those who have a stake in this fight, including local environmentalists, a tribal citizen, ordinary residents and a Nestle spokeswoman.
AJ+’s Dena Takruri returns to Flint for the 4-year anniversary of the water crisis. Officials here say the water is safe, but residents still don’t trust them. And since the state of Michigan stopped providing free bottled water, people here are forced to pay some of the highest bills in the country for water they don’t even use. When will this crisis be over?