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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


Listen to Interviews With the Real Gary Webb

“Democracy Now” is making available a number of interviews with the late journalist Gary Webb, whose reporting on the CIA and crack is now the subject of the movie “Kill the Messenger.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE


‘Overpoliced and Underprotected’: The Neglect of Black Communities

Amy Goodman interviews UC Berkeley professor John A. Powell on Tuesday about Ferguson, Mo. Powell says two of the most important issues of policing poor communities is whether there’s trust, and whether authorities recognize the humanity of those they are charged to protect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE


More Protests, Troops, an Autopsy and Amnesty International in Ferguson

As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered National Guard troops into Ferguson, a preliminary autopsy revealed that police shot teen Michael Brown six times. Amnesty International ordered a delegation to monitor developments, and a local pastor called for the police chief’s resignation after department leaks muddied clarity of the lead-up to the teen’s death.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE


#LetAymanReport: NBC Correspondent Sent Back to Gaza After Removal Protested

Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC’s veteran reporter who was playing soccer with the four Palestinian boys killed on the beach Wednesday, was removed from Gaza despite his reporting being, in Glenn Greenwald’s words, “far more balanced and even-handed” than the rest of the American media’s coverage of the conflict. Late Friday night, after protests with the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter, “NBC reversed course” and announced it was sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a prominent, public face on the immigration crisis this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


Debate: As Palestinian Deaths Top 100, Who’s to Blame for Escalating Violence?

Half of the reported 101 Palestinians killed by an Israeli offensive over the last week are estimated to be women and children. No deaths have been reported in Israel. Palestinian human rights attorney Noura Erakat and Joshua Hantman, senior adviser to Israel’s ambassador to the United States, debate the question of what should be done.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE


Spend Independence Day with Pete Seeger and Frederick Douglass

This Fourth of July, “Democracy Now!” remembers Frederick Douglass’ defiant Independence Day address, read by James Earl Jones during a performance of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” and the life and legacy of legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger, who died this year at the age of 94.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



Satirical Film ‘Dear White People’ Invites You to Check Your Privilege

“The story revolves around four black kids at a mostly white Ivy League college,” director Justin Simien told Amy Goodman in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. That’s the basic premise of Simien’s much-awaited debut comedy “Dear White People,” a film that promises to do much more than just make you laugh.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


Argentina Alleges Extortion After Court Sides With ‘Vulture Funds’

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Argentina over its $1.5 billion debt in a ruling critics say validates predatory behavior by “vulture funds.” “Democracy Now!” looks at the case that is being called the “trial of the century” in how poor countries repay sovereign debt.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE


Could U.S. Military Action Worsen Sectarian Conflict in Iraq?

As Sunni militants continue their march across the country, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Monday that the U.S. is considering launching drone strikes in Iraq. “Democracy Now!” speaks with Iraqi-American political analyst Raed Jarrar for clarity on the developments.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


Iraq in Crisis: Militant Advance Sparks Mass Displacement

Iraq is on the brink of disintegration as Sunni militants seize more towns and now set their sights on the capital Baghdad.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Maya Angelou, Still She Rises

In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for African-Americans.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of’

William Worthy, a dissident American journalist who defied the U.S. government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam and Algeria during the Cold War, died this month at age 92 of Alzheimer’s disease. Award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill and others remark on his life.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE


Debate: What’s the Best Way to Protect Net Neutrality?

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday on new rules that would let Internet providers charge media companies extra fees to receive preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their products and content. “Democracy Now!” hosts a debate on Net neutrality.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


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