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HeadlinesMay 09, 2023

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Israel Bombs Gaza Strip, Killing 13 People, Including Children

May 09, 2023

At least 13 people were killed in the Gaza Strip overnight as Israeli forces targeted residential apartments in Gaza City. Al Jazeera reports three commanders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement were among the dead, along with their wives and children. This is a Gaza resident.

Hani Jaber: “People have not been able to sleep since 4:00 in the morning. The children woke up to the sound of explosions, and they were terrified. We have children, women, patients and elderly people. This is not normal.”

Israel’s latest attack comes just a week after Israeli airstrikes rained down on the besieged Gaza Strip, following rocket launches from Gaza in response to the death of Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan while in an Israeli prison.

Putin Delivers Defiant “Victory Day” Speech as Russia Fires Missiles Across Ukraine

May 09, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out against the U.S. and other Western powers over their support for Ukraine, saying that a “real war” is underway against Russia. Putin made the remarks during a brief Victory Day speech in Moscow’s Red Square commemorating the 78th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany.

President Vladimir Putin: “Today, civilization is once again at a crucial turning point. A real war has once again been unleashed against our homeland. But we have fought back against international terrorism.”

Overnight, air raid sirens sounded across two-thirds of Ukraine as Russia launched more than a dozen missile attacks on Kyiv and other cities. Ukraine’s government says at least four people were killed on Monday. The latest attacks came as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is announcing an additional $1.2 billion in military aid to Ukraine today for air defense systems and drones. 

Sudan’s Warring Parties Hold Peace Talks in Saudi Arabia But Won’t Agree to Ceasefire

May 09, 2023

In Sudan, fighting continues to rage in Khartoum as representatives for the national military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces hold talks in Saudi Arabia. On Monday, Sudan’s military ruler, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, ruled out any peace settlement unless both warring parties agree to a lasting ceasefire. At least 700 people have been killed, while over 100,000 people have fled Sudan since fighting broke out three weeks ago. We’ll have more on Sudan later in the broadcast. 

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Arrested in Islamabad

May 09, 2023

In Pakistan, former Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested earlier today in the capital Islamabad during a court appearance where he faces corruption charges. Security forces dragged Khan out of court and into a police vehicle. Allies denounced his arrest as an “abduction.” Khan was removed from office by Parliament in April of last year. In recent months, hundreds of his supporters blocked repeated attempts by Pakistani authorities to take Khan into custody. He’s denied the charges against him.

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Tens of Thousands March Against Gun Violence in Serbia After Two Mass Shootings

May 09, 2023

In Serbia, tens of thousands of people joined protests against gun violence in the capital Belgrade Monday, demanding that top government officials resign in the wake of two mass shootings last week. Seventeen people were killed in the attacks, including eight schoolchildren. This is protester Slobodan Sekulic.

Slobodan Sekulic: “It is tragic that so many kids killed by their peers were buried in a short period of time. This is a low point. We are already used to what happens in Texas, but there, weapons are openly purchased. And here, where do they get the firearms? It is a disaster.”

Texas Gunman Was Rejected from Army, Had Nazi Tattoos But Purchased AR-15 Legally

May 09, 2023

In Texas, public anger is growing over the lack of information being shared by investigators as they piece together details about the 33-year-old gunman who killed eight people and wounded seven others during a mass shooting in the Dallas suburb of Allen on Saturday. In social media posts, the gunman revealed he had a swastika and an SS symbol tattooed on his body, and he frequently espoused racist views, including praise for Adolf Hitler and other mass killers. In 2008, the gunman joined the U.S. Army but was terminated three months later for unspecified mental health issues. The gunman never faced a background check before legally purchasing firearms from private sellers in Texas, including the AR-15 assault rifle used in the attack.

On Monday, more victims of the massacre were identified. They include Daniela and Sofia Mendoza, two elementary school-age sisters whose mother was shot and remains in critical condition, and Kyu Song and Cindy Cho, a Korean American couple who were killed along with their 3-year-old son James. Their 6-year-old son William has been hospitalized. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have already been 202 mass shootings in the United States this year, on average more than one per day.

Texas Man Who Rammed SUV Into Migrants Charged with Eight Counts of Manslaughter

May 09, 2023

Elsewhere in Texas, authorities have charged the driver of an SUV who rammed into a crowd of migrants near a shelter in the border city of Brownsville on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 10 others. Most of the victims were Venezuelan asylum seekers who had spent the night at the shelter and were waiting to board a bus. This is Brownsville Police Chief Felix Sauceda.

Police Chief Felix Sauceda: “Investigation also revealed that the driver of the vehicle, later identified as George Alvarez, November 9th, 1988, had attempted to flee the scene after impact but was held down by several individuals on scene. … He has been formally charged and arraigned with eight counts of manslaughter, 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”

Police say Alvarez has a long history of violent crimes, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They’re investigating eyewitness accounts that he shouted anti-immigrant insults at his victims during Sunday’s assault. Venezuela’s government has called for an investigation to determine if the attack was motivated by hate.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Deploys “Tactical Border Force” Ahead of Title 42 Expiration

May 09, 2023

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has deployed another 450 National Guard soldiers to the southern border with Mexico as the Biden administration prepares to lift the Trump-era Title 42 pandemic policy on Thursday. Abbott said the new units targeting asylum seekers will be stationed in the borderlands of El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.

Gov. Greg Abbott: “The Texas National Guard is loading Black Hawk helicopters and C-130s, deploying specially trained National Guard members for the Texas Tactical Border Force. They will be deployed to hot spots along the border to intercept, to repel and to turn back migrants who are trying to enter Texas illegally.”

Meanwhile, in California, dozens of asylum seekers have been stranded at the southern border near San Diego as many hope to be allowed into the United States after the lifting of Title 42, which for three years has been used to expel some 2.7 million migrants at the border without due process. Humanitarian aid volunteers brought food and water, as asylum seekers hadn’t eaten for days.

Nina Douglas: “We have been meeting with people who’ve been here up to seven days. … There is a very young baby here that’s been here, I know was here yesterday. There are a number of young children. They are being provided with minimal water, insufficient water. They’ve not been given food today and very little food yesterday.”

Jury Begins Deliberations in Rape and Defamation Civil Trial Against Donald Trump

May 09, 2023

Here in New York, jurors have begun deliberations in Donald Trump’s rape and defamation civil trial brought by writer E. Jean Carroll. During closing arguments Monday, Carroll’s attorney described Trump as a habitual liar and sexual abuser who ruined Carroll’s reputation after she accused him of raping her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s. Eleven witnesses testified for the plaintiff, including two other women who said Trump also sexually assaulted them. Trump had promised to disprove Carroll’s allegations but declined to attend the trial.

ProPublica Reports Rep. James Clyburn Protected His District at a Cost to Black Democrats

May 09, 2023

A new report finds South Carolina Democratic Congressmember James Clyburn secretly worked with Republicans during the 2020 redistricting process on a plan that diluted Black voting strength and harmed Democrats’ chances of gaining seats in Congress. That’s according to ProPublica, which reports Clyburn made the deal in exchange for a redrawn map of South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District that ensured he could easily win reelection. A spokesperson denied the report that Clyburn facilitated Republican gerrymandering. Until January, Clyburn served as House majority whip, the third-ranking House Democrat. His opposition to Bernie Sanders’s candidacy helped propel Joe Biden to victory in the 2020 presidential primary.

11 Arrested at Protest Demanding Arrest of Vigilante Who Killed Jordan Neely

May 09, 2023

Here in New York, 11 people were arrested at a protest Monday night demanding justice for Jordan Neely, a 30-year-old unhoused Black man who was choked to death on a subway car last week by another passenger. Jordan Neely was crying out that he was hungry, when he was fatally attacked on the train by a 24-year former marine named Daniel Penny. Penny was interviewed by police detectives but has not been arrested. Monday night’s protest follows a similar demonstration on Saturday, when police arrested 13 people at a sit-in protest demanding that Penny face charges. They were on the subway tracks. 

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