Teri Thornton On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz remembers vocalist and pianist Teri Thornton (1934–2000), who lost her battle with cancer in the year after this 1999 session. Thornton first wowed audiences in 1963 with her hit recording of “Somewhere in the Night” from the television series Naked City. Her comeback to the jazz world was highlighted in 1998 when she won the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. On this episode of Piano Jazz, she and host Marian McPartland team up for an unforgettable “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and Thornton performs her signature take on “East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon).”

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1999.

SET LIST

  • “East Of The Sun” (Bowman)
  • “I’ll Be Easy To Find” (Howard)
  • “Castles In The Sand” (Marks, McPartland)
  • “I Can’t Get Started” (Duke, Gershwin)
  • “Lord’s Prayer” (Thornton)
  • “Salty Mama” (Thornton)
  • “I Dig Music” (Thornton)
  • “This Time the Dream’s On Me” (Arlen, Mercer)
  • “I’ll Be Seeing You” (Fain, Kahal)

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Judge In Spain Issues International Arrest Warrant For Catalan President

A banner reading “Freedom to political prisoners” hangs from City Hall in Barcelona as a protester waves a Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag during a demonstration on Friday to protest the detention of Catalan officials in Madrid.

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A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for the president of Catalonia, currently in exile in Belgium after his government declared independence from Madrid.

Catalonia, formerly a semi-autonomous region of Spain, declared independence last week — followed promptly by Spain dissolving the regional government and declaring direct rule.

The deposed president, Carles Puigdemont, fled to Brussels early this week as Spanish authorities prepared to make arrests in Barcelona.

On Friday, “Puigdemont happened to be giving an interview on Belgian TV when his arrest warrant was issued,” Lauren Frayer reports for NPR from Madrid.

“I will not flee justice. I want justice,” he said in French.

The Associated Press has more on the warrant:

“The National Court judge filed the request with the Belgian prosecutor to detain Puigdemont and his four aides, and issued separate international search and arrest warrants to alert Interpol in case they flee Belgium.

“Puigdemont’s Belgian lawyer did not answer calls requesting comment, but has said that his client will fight extradition to Spain without seeking political asylum. Belgian federal prosecutors said they had received the arrest warrant and could question Puigdemont in coming days. …

“Puigdemont and the four others are being sought for five different crimes, including rebellion, sedition and embezzlement in a Spanish investigation into their roles in pushing for secession for Catalonia.”

A Belgian official told the AP the government is “not in any hurry” to determine their next step.

Frayer notes that other former government officials were jailed on Thursday.

“Nine former Catalan ministers were whisked off to separate jails around Madrid. Only one was released on bail,” she says. “They’re [awaiting] trial on rebellion charges.”

“The streets of Barcelona have filled with protesters,” Frayer reports.

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ICC Prosecutor Calls For Afghanistan War Crimes Investigation

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, pictured here in 2013, is calling for a war crimes investigation on Afghanistan.

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is calling for an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

The scope of such an investigation isn’t clear, but it has the potential to involve U.S. troops. Fatou Bensouda said in a statement that she has decided to request authorization to open a formal investigation. ICC judges would then decide whether the situation meets the court’s criteria.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told NPR that “our view is clear: an ICC investigation with respect to U.S. personnel would be wholly unwarranted and unjustified. More broadly, our overall assessment is that commencement of an ICC investigation will not serve the interests of either peace or justice in Afghanistan.”

Bensouda said the court’s jurisdiction for crimes committed in Afghanistan extends to May 1, 2003.

Today’s statement doesn’t name specific parties or incidents that would potentially be investigated. But a report released by the prosecutor’s office last year says there is a “reasonable basis” to believe the following crimes have occurred:

  • “Crimes against humanity and war crimes by the Taliban and their affiliated Haqqani Network;
  • “War crimes of torture and related ill-treatment by Afghan government forces, in particular the intelligence agency (National Directorate for Security), and the Afghan National Police;
  • “War crimes of torture and related ill-treatment, by US military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014.”

According to Bensouda’s statement today, the investigation would also include “war crimes closely linked to the situation in Afghanistan allegedly committed since 1 July 2002 on the territory of other States Parties to the Rome Statute,” the international treaty that established the ICC.

A probe into Afghanistan would be a first for the court, which was established when the Rome Statute took effect in 2002. Previous ICC cases have focused on defendants from African countries, a source of criticism for the international legal body. The ICC is also investigating the armed conflict in Georgia.

The U.S. initially signed the Rome Statute under the Clinton administration but never ratified it, citing concerns that it would be used to prosecute U.S. citizens unfairly.

However, the ICC would still be able to investigate, the BBC adds, because “Afghanistan is a member, and the court’s jurisdiction covers crimes committed on any member state’s territory regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator.”

At the same time, “legal experts have said the chances of American service members being charged and sent to face justice at the ICC are remote,” according to the Associated Press.

Bensouda’s report last year stated that there is a “reasonable basis to believe” that U.S. armed forces members subjected “at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014.” It added that it has reason to believe that CIA members carried out similar acts against at least 27 detained persons “on the territory of Afghanistan and other State Parties to the Statute (namely Poland, Romania and Lithuania) between December 2002 and March 2008.”

The report also blamed the Taliban and other anti-government armed groups for “more than 17,000 civilian deaths in the period between January 2007 and December 2015.”

Pahon, the Pentagon spokesman, said that the U.S. supports accountability for crimes committed by the Taliban and “other serious crimes in Afghanistan.” He added: “However, we have long believed and stated that justice is most effective when it is delivered at the local level.”

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Clinton Campaign Had Additional Signed Agreement With DNC In 2016

Hillary Clinton campaigns alongside former Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., in August 2016.

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What, exactly, did the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign agree to in 2015, before any votes had been cast in the Democratic primary?

The question has roiled Democratic politics since Thursday morning, when Politico published an excerpt of Donna Brazile’s upcoming book about the 2016 presidential race.

Brazile took over the DNC as interim chair in the wake of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s sudden resignation during the Democratic National Convention. Once she was at the party’s helm, Brazile wrote that she discovered an agreement that “specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff.”

This agreement has been seized on by everyone from President Trump to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as proof that the DNC “rigged” the 2016 primary for Clinton.

The DNC and former Clinton staffers pushed back on Brazile’s claim, but never outright denied it.

In a letter to DNC members, Chairman Tom Perez noted that the party reached joint fundraising agreements with both Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. “The joint fundraising agreements were the same for each campaign except for the treasurer, and our understanding was that the DNC offered all of the presidential campaigns the opportunity to set up a JFA [joint fundraising agreement] and work with the DNC to coordinate on how those funds were used to best prepare for the general election.”

That may be true – but two Democratic officials tell NPR that Brazile and Perez are referring to two different things. In addition to that joint fundraising agreement the DNC reached with both campaigns, the party and the Clinton campaign struck that separate memorandum of understanding giving the campaign staffing and policy oversight.

That document was signed on August 26, 2015 – before, among other things, Vice President Joe Biden ruled out a run for president.

The DNC has not denied this characterization or timeline.

A Democratic official who has reviewed the document pointed out that in addition to the Clinton sign-offs Brazile characterized, it included language stating that “nothing in this agreement shall be construed to violate the DNC’s obligation of impartiality and neutrality through the Nominating process,” and that “all activities performed under this agreement will be focused exclusively on preparations for the General Election and not the Democratic Primary.”

The agreement also noted that the DNC “may enter into similar agreements with other candidates.”

Still, Sanders’ 2016 campaign Manager, Jeff Weaver, said the agreement was the latest evidence the DNC tried to tip the scales against his candidate. He and other Sanders backers have regularly pointed to the party’s scheduling of debates on weekend nights as one example of how DNC officials tried to aid Clinton’s campaign.

“I think the DNC should apologize to the millions and millions of people who put their heart and souls into the campaign on both sides, frankly,” Weaver told MSNBC Friday. “There are many people who campaigned for Hillary believing it was a fair process. It was not a fair process. And those people are the people who the Democratic Party has to reestablish faith with – the people, the rank-and-file of this party – allied, independents, and other people.” (Weaver did not respond to multiple requests for comment from NPR.)

Weaver’s big-picture complaint isn’t new. Sanders and his supporters have long alleged that the DNC tipped the scales in the 2016 primary. A frequent piece of evidence cited for this was the decision to hold debates on weekends when viewership would be lower. Emails released by Wikileaks on the eve of the 2016 Democratic National Convention showed that some DNC staffers favored Clinton and were vocal about it. U.S. intelligence believes those leaked emails originated with Russia’s efforts to disrupt the 2016 campaign.

Perez was not at the DNC during 2016, but the contested primary and its lingering aftermath have loomed over the former Labor Secretary as he’s tried to rebuild the party.

“Even a perception of impropriety – whether real or not – is detrimental to the DNC as an institution,” he wrote in the letter to DNC members. “You have my commitment that 2020 will be a transparent process. That is why I want to make sure that the primary debate schedule is decided well ahead of the presidential primary process and why I stand by the essential work of the Unity Reform Commission.”

That commission is charged with recommending changes to the Democratic primary process. On MSNBC, Weaver said its final conclusions – and whether or not they’re adapted – will be a key indicator of whether the DNC stands behind its promise to be more welcoming to Sanders and his supporters.

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