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Cincinnati and the Murder of Samuel DuBose

A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. Cleveland should pay attention.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



A Cuban Flag Flies Again in Washington

On July 20, history was made in Washington, D.C., and in Havana, Cuba.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Texas Finds ‘No Wrongdoing’ in Burial of Hundreds of Immigrants in Unmarked Mass Graves

“Democracy Now!” hosts Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh discuss mass graves found in Brooks County, Texas, where many bodies were buried without identification in trash bags by a funeral home that charged taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association

This month, the APA released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



Cybersecurity, Encryption and the Golden Age of Surveillance

The governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chomsky on Greece: A ‘Savage Response’ for Standing Up to Austerity ‘Class War’

In an interview for “Democracy Now!” Noam Chomsky comments on the challenges faced by Greece’s leading party, Syriza.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Undocumented Trans Activist Challenges Obama at White House Event

President Obama’s immigration policy was challenged at the White House on Wednesday when undocumented trans activist Jennicet Gutiérrez interrupted him from the crowd and called for an end to deportations.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Perpetrator Has Been Arrested, but the Killer Is Still at Large’

This brutal mass killing was blatantly racist, an overt act of terrorism.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



The New Battle of Seattle

When the pope and paddlers unite, change cannot be far off.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Leaked TPP Text Reveals Increased Corporate Control Over Public Health

WikiLeaks has published another portion of the text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The text reveals that the TPP would give major pharmaceutical companies more power over public access to medicine, weaken public health care programs and prevent Congress from passing reforms to lower drug costs.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement

Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Meet the Spanish Occupy Activist Who Became Mayor of Barcelona

Longtime anti-eviction activist Ada Colau recently became the first female mayor of Barcelona, Spain. She has vowed to fine banks, stop evictions, expand public housing, improve wages, force utility companies to lower their prices and slash the mayoral salary. She tells “Democracy Now!” about her victory and her plans for her city and her country.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed to Hear

Evan Young was valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colo. He’d planned to give his valedictory address at the graduation ceremony May 16. But Principal B.J. Buchmann didn’t give him the chance.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



The Pre-Charge Punishment of Julian Assange

When I went to London to interview him in the embassy this week, Assange asserted his belief that this pretrial phase is serving as both punishment and deterrent, and that Sweden is acting as a surrogate for the United States, which wants him jailed to stop the work of WikiLeaks.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Former Rep. Ron Dellums on ‘Democracy Now!’: Peace Challenges All Forms of Injustice

This Memorial Day, “Democracy Now!” broadcasts a pro-peace speech by former Rep. Ron Dellums. “Peace is the superior idea,” he says, “because to come together under the banner of peace forces us to challenge all forms of injustice.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE



An Act of Protest, Not Sabotage, at the Birthplace of the Bomb

There is a vast military complex deep in the hills of eastern Tennessee called “Y-12.” This is where all of the highly enriched uranium is produced and stored for the production of the U.S. nuclear-warhead arsenal.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



KPFT Houston, 45 Years After Domestic Terrorist Bombings, Plays On

“Pacifica Station Bombed Off Air,” read the Houston Chronicle’s banner headline on May 13, 1970. KPFT, Houston’s fledgling community radio station, had been on the air for just two months when its transmitter was blown to smithereens.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



The American Dream: Living to 18

“You want to get older. You want to experience life. You don’t want to die in a matter of seconds because of cops.” It’s that sentiment that has fueled the Black Lives Matter movement across the country.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



A Century of Women Working for Peace

One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered here in The Hague during World War I, demanding peace.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE


Greek Finance Minister Says Austerity Is Bad Medicine

Greece’s new left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza Party raises concerns over international creditors’ demands to restructure the country’s labor market and curtail its pension system in exchange for a new package of bailout funds scheduled for release Friday. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks with “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE


Test Mutiny: Tens of Thousands of N.Y. Parents Protest Standardized Exams

Tens of thousands of parents took a stand against the education agenda of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and standardized tests nationwide by having their children boycott one such exam in mid-April. In some districts, abstention levels reached 80 percent. (Pictured: Jack Bierwirth, the superintendent of Herricks Public Schools in Long Island.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE


Progressives Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy in a Lively Debate on ‘Democracy Now!’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer joined Seattle’s Kshama Sawant, writer Joe Conason and The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg on “Democracy Now!” to discuss the official beginning of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE


Beloved Uruguayan Author Eduardo Galeano Dies

The Latin American writer commonly regarded as the poet laureate of the anti-globalization movement has succumbed to lung cancer at age 74. Watch all of his interviews on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



Capital Punishment? A Dead Policy Walking

A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE


TSA ‘Behavior Detection Program’ Aimed at Undocumented Immigrants, Not Terrorists

A Transportation Security Administration checklist that presents yawning, throat clearing and staring at one’s feet as “suspicious” behavior targets undocumented immigrants, Intercept reporter Jana Winter tells “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE


Historic Nuclear Deal Has Prevented a War With Iran, Former Diplomat Says

Iran has agreed to general terms for curbing its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of U.S. and European economic sanctions. In a “Democracy Now!” interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a Princeton scholar who served as a nuclear negotiator for Iran in the 1990s, said the deal is “a road to peace.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



Hate Doesn’t Pay

Indiana certainly doesn’t want to be remembered for being a bastion of hatred. So why did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence legalize a new wave of intolerance by signing into law Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA)?

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE


Exposed: Secret TSA Checklist of ‘Suspicious’ Behavior

A Transportation Security Administration checklist obtained by The Intercept lists throat clearing, whistling and “exaggerated yawning” in airports as suspicious behavior. “Democracy Now!” speaks to The Intercept’s Cora Currier about the revelation.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’ Speaks to a Detained Immigrant Family

The Obama administration continues to detain immigrant mothers and children despite a judge’s order that doing so to deter mass migration is illegal. “Democracy Now!” speaks with a mother (pictured) and son who were detained in Texas, and with the former director of the University of Texas law school’s immigration clinic.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Flush the TPP

President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress are united. Yes, that’s right.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE


Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?

Monday marks the 1,000th day WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spent in political asylum inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, fearing extradition to the United States. On “Democracy Now!” his attorney Michael Ratner (pictured here) discusses whether Swedish prosecutors could be giving Assange a way out.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 READ MORE



In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky Finds Love Again in His 80s

The 86-year-old progressive thinker is celebrating his first anniversary with his second wife, Valeria Wasserman Chomsky. Listen to the renowned activist and linguist talk to Amy Goodman about love with an outburst of giddy optimism that will have you smiling all day long.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman Discuss Netanyahu’s Upcoming Speech Before Congress

For “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress, mostly Republican, the primary goal is to undermine any potential negotiation that might settle whatever issue there is with Iran,” the renowned political commentator and linguist tells Amy Goodman on a recent episode of “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE


How to Arm Your Cellphone Against Hackers and Spies

One of the many uncomfortable realities that we all are increasingly obliged to accept, at least on a practical level, is that the many gadgets that power our personal and professional lives can’t ever be fully shielded from prying eyes.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE


Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret ‘Black Site’

An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE


Former CIA Agent and Whistleblower John Kiriakou Gives Post-Prison Interview

The former CIA agent-turned-whistleblower tells Amy Goodman he doesn’t regret his decision to expose the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE


FCC’s Net Neutrality Shift a Victory for Open Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (not pictured) last week unveiled what he calls “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed” by the agency. Tim Karr, one of the main organizers of the campaign leading to the FCC’s net neutrality vote, talks with “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE


‘He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator’

Dead at age 90, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (at right) was praised by President Obama “as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.” But analysts accuse him of turning the Syrian uprising into a proxy war with Iran, and U.S. diplomatic cables identified the country as the world’s largest funder of militant Islamist groups.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Close Guantanamo—Then Give It Back to Cuba

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE


Retired NYPD Detective Criticizes Police Union President’s Antagonistic Remarks

Inflammatory remarks made by Patrick Lynch over the past many weeks of sometimes fatal tension between police officers and private citizens are grounds for dismissal from the force, retired NYPD Detective Graham Weatherspoon says.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Mychal Denzel Smith

When a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, The Nation Institute fellow drove past the reservations, equivocations and micro-concerns that typify polite journalism and seized the message of the day.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘Criminals in the Uniform’ and the ‘Disposability of Black Life’

After a second night of massive protests in New York City against a grand jury’s failure to indict NYPD officers in the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, “Democracy Now!” hosts an explosive roundtable discussion on police racism against black Americans.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE


Viggo Mortensen Marks 10 Years of Zinn’s ‘Voices of a People’s History’

Actors including Viggo Mortensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Kelly Macdonald gathered in New York on Friday, the 10th anniversary of the publication of “Voices of a People’s History of the United States”—a work based on the late historian Howard Zinn’s million-title selling book “A People’s History of the United States”—for a reading of “Voices.” Mortensen spoke with “Democracy Now!” about “history’s corporate takeover[s].”

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand Tells Amy Goodman His Reasons for Wanting a Revolution

“There’s a deficit of happiness, a deficit of community,” the “Trews” host told Amy Goodman in a recent “Democracy Now!” interview. “All of us or a lot of us feel a little adrift, like we don’t how we’re supposed to live.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



Russell Brand Tells Amy Goodman His Reasons for Wanting a Revolution

“There’s a deficit of happiness, a deficit of community,” the “Trews” host told Amy Goodman in a recent “Democracy Now!” interview. “All of us or a lot of us feel a little adrift, like we don’t how we’re supposed to live.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE


Ex-State Dept. Official Blasts Obama’s Doubling of Troops in Iraq

Former Marine and State Department official Matthew Hoh, the first known U.S. official to resign in protest over the Afghan War, describes President Obama’s authorization of 1,500 additional troops to Iraq in the campaign against the Islamic State as “for lack of a better phrase ... crazy.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



McConnell Victory Kicks Off Midterm Results Reports

If there were going to be any big upsets as the results of the 2014 midterm elections started coming in Tuesday, the race for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE


Interstate ‘Crosscheck’ Program Could Strip Millions of the Right to Vote

Truthdig contributor and investigative journalist Greg Palast reports that, under the pretense of stopping so-called “voter fraud,” 27 states are participating in a program that is being used to prevent Democratic-leaning voters from going to the polls.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


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