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The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water

Aggrieved Flint residents and their allies are demanding immediate action to ensure safe, clean water to the people of Flint. Many are calling for Michigan Gov. Snyder to resign or even to be arrested.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



TRAPping Access to Safe, Legal Abortions

The same week a Houston grand jury found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood in an abortion-related case, a documentary came out about states’ increasing use of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws, which result in the closure of women’s health clinics.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Clinton vs. Sanders: Whom Do Socialist Feminists Choose?

Nation magazine contributors Liza Featherstone and Suzanna Walters—socialist feminists both—debate the question many progressives are asking themselves: Which candidate would do more to improve the lives of women in the United States?

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Donald Trump the New George Wallace?

As political commentators point out similarities in rhetoric between the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1968, Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, who has compared the two campaigns, says her father actually may have been less extreme.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



The Stateless and the State of the Union

That symbol, the empty chair, creates a moment to reflect on who else wasn’t seated in that august gallery in the Capitol, like the undocumented immigrants rounded up in the New Year’s raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



An Act of Terror: Deporting a Kurdish Activist Back to Turkey

The U.S. government is trying to deport Ibrahim Parlak to Turkey, where he has a well-founded fear of imprisonment, torture and possibly death.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Remembering Legendary Filmmaker and Activist Haskell Wexler

In this video, “Democracy Now!” pays tribute to the Oscar-winning cinematographer, director and activist, who died Sunday at the age of 93.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



When a Dream Becomes Someone Else’s Nightmare: Clarence Moses-EL’s 28 Years Behind Bars

It was all because of the dream of a neighbor woman who had been raped.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change and the Road Through Paris

“I see a lot of back-slapping, a lot of self-congratulation, and I see very little in terms of the actual substance that is required to avert climate breakdown.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’

On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Indigenous People Demand Rights as Draft Climate Deal Is Reached in Paris

While negotiators from 195 countries at the United Nations climate summit approved a provisional deal aimed at curbing global carbon emissions, indigenous people from around the world took to the waterways of Paris to demand respect for their rights and the environment.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: James Hansen: United Nations’ Plans to Limit Emissions Are ‘Half-Arsed’

One of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists has warned U.N. negotiators that their current attempt to prevent global temperatures from rising is “half-arsed and half-baked” and risks giving future generations a climate system that is uncontrollably destructive.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Paris—and the World—Is Burning

A fitting honor to those who died in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’ Kicks Off Full Coverage of Paris Climate Talks

Amy Goodman and her team are on the streets of Paris and in the meeting halls of COP21, the United Nations’ fraught, highly policed attempt to craft a global, intergovernmental solution to the existential problem of climate change.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: The Cameras Are New—Not the Violence

On the occasion of the publication of his new book, “Between the World and Me,” the intellectual figure of the Black Lives Matter movement delivered a stirring talk on the unique violence, fear and difficulty in living that black Americans suffer.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Independent media took the official scenario of the Chicago police killing of a 17-year-old black male and turned it on its head.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Will Europe Address the Muslims of Its ‘Marginalized Ghettos’?

As authorities search a locked-down Brussels for suspects in this month’s Paris attacks, Belgian-born Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, talks about the pockets of European cities where many migrants live.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table

As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Economist Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama on TPP and Praises Bernie Sanders

Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has a new book, “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity.” On “Democracy Now!” he discusses the United States’ deeply troubled economy.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



Even War Has Rules

Neither of the two recent Doctors Without Borders hospital attacks has been mentioned in any of the U.S. presidential debates or forums. Doesn’t anyone remember the Geneva Conventions?

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Actor Viggo Mortensen Defends Quentin Tarantino’s Criticism of Police Brutality

With police unions calling for a boycott of the films of Quentin Tarantino, the award-winning director is refusing to back down from his criticism of police brutality. Actor Viggo Mortensen, defending Tarantino in a “Democracy Now!” interview, says, “You have to speak up.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Always the Same War

Barack Obama originally ran for president as the anti-war candidate. Now, as his second term winds down, the two George W. Bush/Obama wars are winding up, with a third in Syria.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Stunning’: Turkish President Erdogan Tightens Grip in Election Amid Violence and Fear

Turkey’s Islamist Justice and Development Party has regained its parliamentary majority, helping President Erdogan strengthen a hold on power that critics say has become increasingly authoritarian and divisive. Patrick Cockburn, The Independent’s Middle East correspondent, comments.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Journalist John Nichols on Paul Ryan: The GOP’s Best Actor Since Reagan

Describing newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan as a “masterful performer,” Nichols says, “The bottom line on Paul Ryan is that no matter what, he will end up carrying the water for Wall Street and for multinational corporations. That is his great passion.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Storming the Bastille at the Paris Climate Summit

The stakes are high for the Paris climate summit next month, and hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the streets to demand a meaningful agreement to tackle the global crisis.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missouri Pastor Calls on Americans to Condemn Burnings of Black Churches Near Ferguson

“What troubles me is not so much these attacks, but the community’s responses to these attacks,” says the Rev. Rodrick Burton, pastor of a Baptist church that was attacked by an arsonist in early October.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



Mississippi Yearning: Students Hope to Remove an Old and Odious Symbol

Students at the University of Mississippi have been organizing to force the removal of the state flag from campus.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets

In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The Intercept this week published the most extensive look to date at the U.S. drone assassination program. Here, Scahill, the lead author of the exposé, “The Drone Papers,” talks to Democracy Now!

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



Casino Capitalism: Democrats and Republicans Gamble With Democracy

“We are live at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas!” So opened the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 electoral season—that’s right, in a Las Vegas casino.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Grace Lee Boggs: A Century of Grass-Roots Organizing

She was not only a grass-roots organizer, but a philosopher, a teacher and a revolutionary. She devoted her life to empowering the poor, the working class and communities of color, and was deeply involved with a constellation of movements.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis Discuss Their New Film, ‘This Changes Everything’

Inspired by journalist Naomi Klein’s best-selling book, “This Changes Everything,” a new documentary of the same name re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change. The film, which opens Friday, profiles communities on the front lines of the climate justice movement—from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



No Papal Bull: Francis Hails Peace and the Activists Who Fight for It

Pope Francis has left the building. His first trip to the United States created news at every turn.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

Pope Francis seems intent on forging a new, progressive path.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Seattle Councilwoman Says Striking Teachers Are Resisting Years of Attacks by Democrats, GOP

Schools were closed in Seattle on Wednesday as the city’s first teachers strike in 30 years entered its fifth day. Last week, teachers represented by the Seattle Education Association unanimously voted to strike in demand of fewer standardized tests for students, more time to prepare for classes and better pay.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: German Lawmaker on Why Wars Led by the U.S. Are at the Root of the Refugee Crisis

Annette Groth, a member of the German Parliament, recently returned from a trip to Hungary, where she saw thousands of migrants stranded at the Budapest train station. “What is the root for this massive migration?” she asks “Democracy Now!” “It is war, it is terror, and it is the former U.S. government who is accountable for it.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: A Watershed Moment as Guatemala Jails Its President After He Resigns

Otto Perez Molina (pictured at far right in the 1980s) has been jailed on charges of corruption just hours after bowing to massive popular protest and resigning as Guatemala’s president. “Democracy Now!” speaks to Nobel Peace Prize-winning Maya activist Rigoberta Menchu and journalist Allan Nairn about Perez Molina’s past and what could happen next.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE



California Prisoners’ Strike a Win Against Solitary Confinement

They call themselves the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective. From within their small, windowless cells, they began talking, organizing.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy a Chance

A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE



Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The civil-rights pioneer died this week at the age of 75.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’: Whistleblower Describes NSA ‘Installation’ at AT&T

Mark Klein, a former AT&T communications technician who became a whistleblower, has been aware for many years of the unconstitutionally cozy relationship his onetime employer has shared with the National Security Agency, but as he tells Amy Goodman on Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” he didn’t know everything.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



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


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