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Across That Bridge, Again

As the election season heats up, an increasing number of states are working to limit the number of people who are allowed to vote.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


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It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


The Amendment to End Citizens United

Last December, Rep. Ted Deutch, pictured, and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the OCCUPIED bill, a constitutional amendment aimed at addressing America’s campaign finance problem by overturning Citizens United. The acronym stands for “Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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WikiLeaks, War Crimes and the Pinochet Principle

The cases of Pvt. Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet remind us that all too often whistle-blowers suffer, while war criminals walk.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the Wars

Gen. John Allen, commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE


Scenes of Protest and Dedication From the NATO Summit

On Sunday, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars led thousands of people in a march on the NATO summit in Chicago, at the end of which 50 former soldiers renounced the wars by throwing their military service medals toward the building where leaders were gathered.

Posted on May 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on the NDAA Injunction

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the U.S. government over a provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that could enable the indefinite detention of American citizens, spoke with “Democracy Now!” alongside attorney Bruce Afran about a federal judge’s decision on Wednesday to block that provision.

Posted on May 18, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Veterans Say No to NATO

Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


Chomsky on Human Rights, Communities of Dissent and More

Dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky sat down with “Democracy Now!” for an hourlong conversation about the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, the relationships forged by Occupy Wall Street, Obama’s targeted assassinations, WikiLeaks’ whistle-blowing and Latin America’s gradual slip from U.S. dominance.

Posted on May 14, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Coal, Foreclosures and Bank of America’s ‘Extraordinary Event’

Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an “extraordinary event.”

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Reich Explains the ‘Austerity Trap’

“When you have high unemployment and a lot of underutilized capacity, the idea is you cut public budgets? That’s insane. Because that leads to a shrinking of the entire economy, when the real problem is … the ratio of debt to the size of the economy overall,” says the former Labor secretary. “If you shrink the economy, that ratio becomes worse and worse.”

Posted on May 8, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Official Murdoch Denouncement Makes Waves on American Shores

The declaration by British MPs on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch exercised “willfull blindness” about phone hacking at The News of the World and is “not a fit person” to run a major international company has prompted the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to ask the FCC to revoke the 27 Fox broadcast licenses that News Corp. holds in the U.S.

Posted on May 3, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



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The NSA Is Watching You

Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Death on the Border

In May 2010, Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, a 32-year-old Mexican immigrant, was handcuffed, hogtied, kicked, beaten and tased five times before he died in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol officers, who justified their actions by claiming he resisted arrest. New eyewitness video says otherwise.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after he returned from the Summit of the Americas.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE


Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

“My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


Forget Fear of Flying, Fear Airport Screening

Just getting to your airplane these days may present a greater risk to your health than the actual flight.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE


Matt Taibbi: Bank of America ‘Too Crooked to Fail’

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi joins “Democracy Now!” to discuss the dual history of Bank of America and the deregulation of banking ownership in the United States and to expose the holes in the $26 billion settlement deal that President Obama said would provide relief for American homeowners.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Walking While Black: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

On the rainy night of Sunday, Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walked to a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. On his way home, with his Skittles and iced tea, the African-American teenager was shot and killed.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE


Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War

We may never know what drove a U.S. Army staff sergeant to head out into the Afghan night and allegedly murder at least 16 civilians in their homes, among them nine children and three women.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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The Bipartisan Nuclear Bailout

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: They’re going to force nuclear power on the public, despite the astronomically high risks, both financial and environmental.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue the Truth, Not Its Messenger

The White House is holding a gala dinner this week, honoring Iraq War veterans. Bradley Manning is an Iraq War vet who won’t be there.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: WikiLeaks Catches Stratfor Tracking Activists

In this clip from Tuesday’s edition of “Democracy Now!,” one Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men tells host Amy Goodman about being monitored by Stratfor, the spying firm targeted by Anonymous in a bit of holiday season hackery late last year.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: ‘The President Is Wrong’

“The president is wrong.” So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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The Afghan War’s Nine Lives

Eight youths, tending their flock of sheep in the snowy fields of Afghanistan, were exterminated last week by a NATO airstrike.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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America’s Pro-Choice Majority Speaks Out

The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE


Report Contradicts Obama on Drone Casualties

U.K.-based investigative reporters working with the Sunday Times have determined that “since Obama took office three years ago, between 282 and 535 civilians have been credibly reported as killed [by CIA drone attacks in Pakistan], including more than 60 children.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Romney’s 1 Percent Nation Under God

After he and the pro-Romney super PACs flooded the airwaves with millions of dollars’ worth of ads in a state where nearly half of the homeowners are underwater, Mitt Romney talked about whom he wants to represent.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Late Payment to Mortgage-Fraud Victims

In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Redford: We Can’t Afford To Be at the Mercy of Big Oil

Remember when Sundance was known as the scrappy little flick-fest that could, ushering many an indie darling to theaters of mass consumption from its unlikely setting, nestled in a tony resort town in the Utah mountains, somehow stoking lefty sensibilities all the while? Yeah, that was a long time ago.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges

Late last year, President Obama pulled a fast one by changing his stance on the National Defense Authorization Act so suddenly and drastically that Americans were left with a bad case of legislative whiplash—and a very serious state of affairs with regard to our civil liberties.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Day the Internet Roared

Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small “went dark” in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



The Internet Fights Back

To protest two pieces of legislation that threaten the free and open Internet as we know it, thousands of websites, including Wikipedia, are taking themselves offline. Others, including Google, are asking users to take action. (more)

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words

To commemorate MLK Day, Monday’s edition of “Democracy Now!” featured a lengthy tribute to the civil rights icon, including footage of several inspiring moments such as his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year before his death, and his last speech, from April 3, 1968.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Guantanamo at 10: The Prisoner and the Prosecutor

Ten years ago, Omar Deghayes and Morris Davis would have struck anyone as an odd pair. While they have never met, they now share a profound connection, cemented through their time at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: The Fight Against Citizens United

As Campaign 2012 marches inexorably onward, we might pause to consider the game-changing impact upon the ritual of campaigning that the Supreme Court’s notorious Citizens United decision of two years ago is bound to have.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Republicans Divided, Citizens United

The Republican caucuses in Iowa, with their cliffhanger ending, confirmed two key political points and left a third virtually ignored.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: About That Whole Iowa Caucus Thing

It’s Iowa Caucus Day, everyone—can you feel the excitement? Now, you’ve probably heard a lot of white noise coming from certain other outlets that shall remain nameless about the GOP’s big campaign 2012 kickoff extravaganza, so here’s some welcome commentary to cut through all that from some smart people who do have a clue.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Syrian Activist Speaks Out From Hiding as Arab League Mission Fails to Slow Deadly Crackdown

Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” crew investigate the failure so far of Arab League observers to witness or stop the killing in Syria.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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If You Can’t Beat Them, Enjoin Them (From Voting)

Across the country, state legislatures and governors are pushing laws that seek to restrict access to the voting booth, laws that will disproportionately harm people of color, low-income people, and young and elderly voters.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Bradley Manning and the Fog of War

Accused whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning turned 24 Saturday. He spent his birthday in a pretrial military hearing that could ultimately lead to a sentence of life … or death.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: The Koreas of the Future

As Amy Goodman points out in this report from Tuesday’s edition of “Democracy Now!,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death came as a surprise to the U.S., which also underscores a more general lack of knowledge in America about either of the Koreas. Fortunately, she brings in some experts on the region to bring us up to speed.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Democracy Now!’: The Costs of the Iraq War

This week’s official end to the Iraq War brought a good deal of back-patting among the leaders responsible for its origin and duration, but “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman delivers a grim reality check in this clip from Friday’s broadcast featuring analysis and commentary from Brown University professor Catherine Lutz.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Climate Apartheid

The “American way of life” can be measured in per capita emissions of carbon. In the United States, on average, about 20 metric tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere annually, four times as much as in China.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Listen to the People, Not the Polluters

High above the pavement, overlooking Durban’s famous South Beach and the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean, and just blocks from the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where up to 20,000 people gathered, seven activists fought against the wind to unfurl a banner that read “Listen to the People, Not the Polluters.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Thousands March for Climate Justice in South Africa

This week, “Democracy Now!” is broadcasting from Durban, South Africa, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 17, is taking place. Host Amy Goodman points to the high-stakes issues on the table at the conference, including the future of the Kyoto Protocol, and covers the action from last weekend’s marches.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Cry, the Beloved Climate

The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: NATO Kills 24 Pakistani Troops

On Saturday, NATO forces clashed with Pakistani troops near the Afghanistan border, and 24 Pakistani soldiers were reported killed in the airstrike. Those are the facts that both sides agree on, but as Salon’s Glenn Greenwald notes in this “Democracy Now!” interview that aired Monday ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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