The U.S. Navy has poisoned the drinking water in Hawai‘i with its jet fuel. After 19,000 gallons of fuel stored underground leaked into O‘ahu’s main aquifer, thousands of residents were displaced from their homes and reported health symptoms. The Navy is promising to shut down the underground facility, but many are concerned about long-term health consequences, and how long this has really been going on. Dena Takruri went to O‘ahu to investigate.
The Secret, Toxic Oil Wells Underneath Los Angeles￼
Before Los Angeles had Hollywood, it had oil – a lot of it. And the toxic legacy of that oil boom still lingers below the city streets. Hundreds of deserted, unplugged oil wells are scattered underneath neighborhoods like Echo Park, potentially leaking toxic gases. Dena Takruri goes to L.A. to investigate this hidden plight.
Why California Isn’t As Green As You Think￼
As California moves to phase out fossil fuels, its top oil-producing county is fighting to keep petroleum pumping. Dena Takruri heads to Kern County, where in one in seven workers has a job tied to oil. She attends a major oil festival called Oildorado to find out just how much the industry props up the community. Can this oil-reliant county ever break up with fossil fuels?
The Racist Border You Don’t Hear About￼
U.S. border agents have long been criticized for abuses along the Mexican border, but there’s trouble up north too. Officers stationed on the U.S.-Canada border are under fire for racially profiling and harassing people of color. Dena Takruri speaks to the latest people to blow the whistle – officers within Customs and Border Protection
‘I Felt Like A F*cking Nazi’: An Ex-Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out￼
Jenn Budd is a former senior U.S. Border Patrol agent turned migrant rights activist. She spoke to Dena Takruri about what she calls a racist, sexist and corrupt culture inside the agency.
We Embedded With Border Patrol To See How They Treat Migrants￼
Dena Takruri went on a ride-along with Border Patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at how people who have just crossed into the U.S. experience their first encounter with U.S. law enforcement.
How Trudeau Bailed Out A Texas Pipeline
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.
Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
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 Freed From Israeli Prison (Part 2) | Direct From With Dena Takruri – AJ+
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.
The Palestinian Kids Fighting Israel’s Occupation (Part 1) | Direct From With Dena Takruri
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.