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Tag: Democracy Now

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

‘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

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