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Wet’suwet’en land defenders rise up against Canadian pipeline projects as US gov’t labels environmental activists as “extremists”; Plus, Rashid Khalidi on Palestinian furor over Trump’s “peace” plan

0:08 – Across what’s called “Canada,” First Nations peoples are fighting for their land, water and way of life as multibillion-dollar corporations attempt to build pipeline projects on unceded territories. Members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation are resisting the Coastal GasLink pipeline, facing arrests while defending their ancestral territories. We speak with Molly Wickham, the spokesperson for Gidimt’en Clan, and Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom), who is from the Secwepemc and Ktunaxa Nations of the south-central interior of what’s called British Columbia. Manuel is a member of the activist group Tiny House Warriors, which is rejecting the Trans Mountain pipeline. Click here to find out more about the Unist’ot’en Camp, which is a coordinated resistance to a trio of Canadian pipelines.

0:34 – Why does the Department of Homeland Security list climate activists alongside white supremacists and mass murderers in its internal documents about extremism? Journalist Adam Federman (@adamfederman), who broke the story, joins us along with Lauren Regan, executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center (@CLDC) in Eugene, Oregon. The Civil Liberties Defense Center provides legal support to environmental defenders and is representing activists arrested in 2016 for manually turning off pipeline valves to stop the flow of tar sands oil into the U.S. from Canada.

0:54 – Ever since endangered Gray Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, they have thrived and spread throughout the West, including in California’s Lassen and Plumas counties. In 2018 a Gray Wolf known as OR-59 was shot and killed in Northern California.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the incident and has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the shooter. KPFA’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

1:08 – Palestinians are reacting furiously to President Trump’s Middle East “peace” plan, and thousands have taken to the streets to reject the policies. The plan offers Palestinians no sovereignty, retains Israel’s security control, rejects a Palestinian “right of return” and furthers Israel’s illegal settlements. KPFA correspondent Rami Almegheri reports from Gaza and speaks with protesters.

1:15 – Historian and Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi has a new book out this week: The Hundred Years’ War On Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017. He says President Trump’s Middle East “peace” plan is the work of “two miscreants” — Trump, under impeachment, and Netanyahu, recently indicted — and that it flies in the face of international law and the rights of Palestinians.

1:34 – The FBI has arrested San Francisco’s head of the Department of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru in a widespread corruption probe. Tim Redmond (@timredmondsf), a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years and the editor of 48hills.org, explains the investigation.

1:43 – Mitch Jeserich (@MitchJeserich), host of Letters and Politics, gives an update on impeachment. KPFA is broadcasting impeachment proceedings every day live from 10 a.m. until the evening.

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