We go to Bogotá to get reaction to the selection of Colombian President Juan
Manuel Santos as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in pursuing a
peace deal to end the nation’s 52-year-old civil war. The move comes after
Colombians rejected the peace deal just this past Sunday in a nationwide
referendum. Nobel Peace Prize Committee. "It would have been better ... if the
[peace prize] had been granted both to President Santos and to Rodrigo Londoño,
the head of the FARC," says Daniel García-Peña, who was Colombia’s high
commissioner for peace from 1995 to 1998. He is a professor of political science
at the National University in Bogotá. García-Peña is also the founder of the
organization Planeta Paz, or Planet Peace, dedicated to building grassroots
participation in the Colombian peace process.
Late last month, 77-year-old Felix Vail was sentenced to life in prison for
killing his first wife, Mary Horton Vail, who died on a fishing trip in 1962
with Vail. Eleven years after Mary died, Felix’s new wife, Sharon Hensley,
mysteriously disappeared. Then, 11 years later, in 1984, Felix’s new wife,
Annette Craver Vail, disappeared. She was just 17 years old. Sharon and Annette
were never heard from again. All three women were last seen with Felix Vail, but
Felix was never charged in any of the cases. But that changed after the
Mississippi Clarion-Ledger ran a multi-part series re-examining the deaths and
disappearances. The lead reporter on the series was the prize-winning
investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, who has appeared on Democracy Now!
multiple times over the years. Shortly after his DN!
As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Florida coast, onto Georgia and South
Carolina, we discuss how the role of climate change has been largely ignored in
media coverage of the storm. "If the TV networks don’t start making these links
between climate change and extreme weather events, they will be one of the last
bastions of climate denial," says May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action,
the political arm of the climate organization 350.org.
As the death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to rise to more 330, across
the country some 15,000 have been displaced and 350,000 more are in need of
assistance. The storm knocked out most electricity and phone service across the
country. It also washed out a major bridge connecting southern Haiti to the rest
of the country. Aid organizations are warning that food and water is scarce. We
get reaction from Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who says the storm
has caused what will be an "ongoing disaster" in the poorest country in the
Western Hemisphere, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake six
years ago that left more than 300,000 dead and twice as many people
never stops at Wildlife Aid and late one evening we got a call to rescue a grass
snake that had been spotted hiding in a bathroom. The homeowner had seen it
slither along the window ledge, but since then it had vanished!
Lawrie, our cameraman, set off to help, but finding the snake proved to be much
more difficult than they first thought.