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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


Imprisoned Al-Jazeera Journalist Details Abu Ghraib Torture

Salah Hassan was tortured by U.S. soldiers inside the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq 10 years ago. To date, no high ranking U.S. official has been held accountable for the tortures that became widely publicized, but Hassan and other former prisoners are attempting to sue CACI International, one of the private contractors that ran the prison.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


Film Explores Human Toll of Obama’s Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

How far would you go to tell the truth? “Democracy Now!” talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary “Silenced,” which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle “to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


Study Finds Global Surge in Slayings of Environmental Activists

Killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide have tripled over the past decade, bringing the death rate to an average of two per week, according to a new report by the group Global Witness.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE


Could a New Equity Empire Spark the Next Housing Crisis?

Laura Gottesdiener talks with “Democracy Now!” about her TomDispatch article on the team-up of big banks and private equity firms to bundle rental property mortgages into a new financial product called “rental-backed securities.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE


A Century of Collusion Between Washington and Finance

Former Wall Street executive, financial journalist and Truthdig contributor Nomi Prins tells “Democracy Now!” how a small number of bankers have played critical roles in shaping a century’s worth of financial, foreign and domestic policy in the United States, a series of events that she documents in her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE


Sy Hersh: U.S. Intelligence Feared Turkish Sarin Supply

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh talks with “Democracy Now!” on Monday about evidence he uncovered that suggests Turkey may have supplied sarin gas to Syrian rebels and could have been behind the deadly attack that almost led to a U.S. strike on Syria last year.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE


Amy Goodman Endorses ‘Uprising’s’ Move to Television

The “Democracy Now!” host who pioneered the transition from radio to television has lent her support to a fundraising campaign that would put Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar on TV.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


Venezuelan Protests: Popular Discontent or the Old Qualms of a Divided Elite?

In a second program Friday, “Democracy Now!” hosts a debate on who is protesting in Venezuela and why. Margarita López Maya, a Venezuelan historian and political analyst with the Center for Development Studies at the Central University of Venezuela, engages Roberto Lovato, a writer with New American Media who recently returned from reporting in Caracas.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘Are Any Plastics Safe?’

Mother Jones reporter Mariah Blake tells Amy Goodman there is new research suggesting that even BPA-free plastics contain chemicals that can act like estrogen in the body and cause disease.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Four Darknesses: Internet Being Manipulated, Deceived by Western Intel Trolls

Researchers on online behavior have shown that internet trolls (people who use insincere techniques to disrupt conversations) really are psychopaths, marked by narcissism, sadism, Machiavellianism.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Unidentified Leaker of State Department Call

Someone—maybe the Russians—leaked an audio recording of a high-ranking State Department official and the American ambassador in Kiev seeming to plot a coup d’etat against the elected government of Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE


Wallace Shawn Discusses Playing for Glenn Greenwald

The beloved playwright and actor Wallace “Wally” Shawn just returned from Brazil where he performed his play “The Designated Mourner” for journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE


Pete Seeger: ‘Democracy Now’ Remembers the Folk Icon With His Own Music and Words

Amy Goodman and the team from Democracy Now have put together a wonderful tribute to the late Pete Seeger, who died Monday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Pete Seeger Outlasted the Bastards

Pete Seeger wasn’t one of those legendary performers who made the world a better place with music. He was the original. He was inimitable and unique and indomitable in his mission to bring light to the dark places.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE


Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians’ Organizing ‘Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen’

The environmental activist whose life story was turned into a hit movie talks to “Democracy Now” about the chemical spill in West Virginia.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



Congress to the Unemployed: Eat Confetti

Is this really how we want to start the new year, by denying unemployment benefits to more than a million Americans who have lost their jobs?

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Whose Sarin?’ Asks Seymour Hersh

The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist says the Obama administration “cherry-picked intelligence” on the gas attacks in the Damascan suburb of Ghouta in August “to justify a strike against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


Report: ‘Fast Food CEOs Rake In Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay’

While fast food workers stage a one-day strike, a report from the Global Economy Project shows how the industry’s CEOs have subsidized their own multimillion dollar salaries with taxpayer funds in addition to saving money by paying employees low wages. Report author Sarah Anderson explains.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’ Streaming Live Coverage of the U.N. Climate Summit

All week, “Democracy Now!” is broadcasting live reports from the annual United Nations Climate Change Summit in Warsaw, Poland.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE


Debate: Secret TPP Text to Eliminate Internet Freedom Exposed

A 95 page draft of a chapter of possibly the most consequential U.S. trade deal in history released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday details plans regarding patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial design, “showing their wide-reaching implications for Internet services, civil liberties, publishing rights and medicine accessibility,” “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE


Filipino Climate Chief: ‘Stop This Madness’

Yeb Saño choked up while speaking at the international climate conference in Warsaw in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which is estimated to have killed more than 10,000 people: “I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE


New Leaks Show NSA Spying on U.N., Climate Summit, Text Messaging

New York Times reporter Scott Shane discusses new ways the NSA is known to be “an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, eavesdropping and hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets, all the while enforcing the utmost secrecy about its own operations.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Too Scared to Go Outside’

One year ago, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed allegedly in a U.S. drone attack while picking vegetables with her grandchildren. President Obama has never acknowledged her death or that of any other alleged drone victim in Pakistan. This week, her son and two of her grandchildren traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before members of Congress.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows ‘Institutional Obsession’

As a delegation of French and German lawmakers press in Washington for answers to allegations of U.S. spying in their home countries, the journalist who spearheaded reporting on the leaked documents that led to those disclosures comments on the NSA’s goal to “eliminate privacy worldwide.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Ex-Air Force Pilot Discusses Trauma From Remote Killing

Brandon Bryant flew predator drones from 2007 to 2011, manning the camera on UAVs that attacked people overseas. His squadron was credited with 1,626 kills; he figures he’s personally killed 13 people, and his involvement has left him traumatized.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE


Edward Snowden’s Email Provider Explains Why He Refused the Government

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison chose to blow up his own company rather than turn over his 400,000 users’ data to the feds. Here he explains why to Amy Goodman.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE


How the Shutdown Disproportionately Affects the Poor

As negotiations stall, the partial shutdown of the U.S. government has entered its third day, leaving more than 800,000 federal workers furloughed and numerous governmental programs on pause. For example, as many as 19,000 children have already lost access to Head Start.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald on the NSA’s Secret Defeat of Encryption

The Guardian reporter took to “Democracy Now!” on Friday to comment on revelations that the NSA spends $250 million a year to crack online encryption used to protect emails as well as banking and medical records.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE


Rep. Alan Grayson to Congress: Reject ‘Warmongering’ and Focus on Problems at Home

In the wake of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s voting 10 to 7 to authorize strikes on Syria, Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday: “I am very disturbed by this general idea that every time we see something bad in the world, we should bomb it. … The president has criticized that mindset, and now he has adopted it. It’s simply not our responsibility to act alone and punish this.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE


Middle East Expert: ‘This Is Not Libya’

With five Tomahawk cruise missile-equipped U.S. Navy destroyers waiting in the Mediterranean Sea for a possible strike on Syria, Jadaliyya ezine co-founder and director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University Bassam Haddad says a U.S. attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government could escalate into multinational war.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


‘I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave’

Amy Goodman speaks to reporter Mac McClelland, who went undercover at an Amazon fulfillment center.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE


‘We Are Slowly Dying’: Fast-Food Workers Strike for Wages, Rights and Dignity

Fast food and retail workers are striking for the right to unionize and a living wage in seven cities: Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and New York City.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Condemns President Obama

The investigative reporter slammed the Obama administration Thursday for the role he says it played in the continued detention of Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a prominent Yemeni journalist who was the first to expose an American cruise missile strike that killed dozens of civilians.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE


The NSA Counts Fewer Defenders

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers seriously questioned government officials in a second major public hearing on the National Security Agency’s bulk spying on Wednesday, when the NSA acknowledged its ability to analyze phone records and online behavior goes far beyond what it had previously disclosed. On “Democracy Now!” on Thursday, Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who broke the story, called the debate “encouraging.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE


Behind the Scenes of the Bradley Manning Trial Ignored by Corporate Journalists

Civil liberties writer Kevin Gosztola of Firedoglake.com discusses with “Democracy Now!” the pending decision by the judge in the Bradley Manning case whether to dismiss a number of charges against the Army private, including that he aided the enemy when he passed hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE


Journalist Faces 105 Years for Private Intelligence Reporting

Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week, accused of using information acquired by the hacker group Anonymous to report on private intelligence firms, threatening an FBI agent, and committing credit card fraud by linking to a document that contained stolen credit card data. His supporters say the writer is being targeted for daring to investigate the secret world of security contracting.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE


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