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The Liberty Bell and the Democratic Party: A Tale of Two Fractures in Philadelphia

Cheers and applause filled the Wells Fargo Center. While thousands went wild, several hundred, well, just went.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

Hedges and Reich appear on “Democracy Now!” to debate whom progressives should support now that Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Terror, Tennis Balls and Tamir Rice

At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a large contingent of Indiana State Police, riot cops and police on horseback was deployed to contain 15 women and one man from Code Pink and their 500 tennis balls.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE



Videotaping a Crime Is Not a Crime

Citizens who provide video evidence of police brutality are doing a public service. Police harassment of those citizens has to stop.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



Iraq War, Based on Lies, Rages On

In the wake of the Chilcot Report, there should be a serious effort to hold leaders like George W. Bush and Britain’s Tony Blair accountable for the ongoing death and destruction in Iraq and beyond.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE


Meet the Trans Women Making History as Major-Party Primary Winners

“The only thing that should matter is, can you do the job? Nothing else,” says Colorado’s Misty Plowright, a military veteran who ran as a Democrat.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Supreme Court Makes Herstory

With hundreds of abortion restriction bills in play around the country, this week’s landmark victory in a Texas battle over the issue is cause for celebration, but not rest.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


Senate Moves to OK Bill Establishing ‘Colonial Control’ Over Puerto Rico

Lawmakers are likely to approve the creation of a board to manage the island territory’s crippled economy.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Thomas Frank: The U.S. Economy Will Get Worse Under Hillary Clinton

As Clinton exploit fears of a Trump presidency to gain the favor of American voters, author Thomas Frank reminds “Democracy Now!” audiences of the “class solidarity between the kind of people that fill Democratic administrations these days” and “the people on Wall Street.”

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Let’s Learn From Australia: Semi-Automatic Weapons Bans Work

About 10 days before he committed the single largest shooting massacre in modern U.S. history, Omar Mateen walked into the St. Lucie Shooting Center, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and bought an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



An End to Impunity for Dictators—and Their Backers—Makes the World Safer

It was a bad week for dictators, and a good one for international justice.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Takes High School Detention to a New Level

In January, Wildin Acosta left his home to go to school but never made it. He was thrown to the ground and arrested by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has been in detention ever since.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE


Nearly 40,000 Verizon Strikers Complete Sixth Week of Biggest U.S. Labor Action in Years

A Verizon tech and a rep of one of the unions leading the strike tell “Democracy Now” about the unvetted scabs the company is using to complete the strikers’ work and that it exaggerates the wages it pays.

Posted on May 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

It has become increasingly clear that it is the younger generation that will save us all.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE


Brazil’s Interim President Takes Power With Conservative All-White, All-Male Cabinet

Brazil’s former vice president assumed the role of interim president Thursday after the country’s Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff.

Posted on May 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Should Heed Hiroshima’s Survivors

As we left the memorial, Koji Hosokawa told us to stop. He looked us in the eye and told us not to forget the victims.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



Rest in Peace, Dan Berrigan—Just as You Lived

Daniel J. Berrigan lived his life true to his calling, literally practicing what he preached.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE


Behind the Scenes at ‘Rising Up With Sonali’

Get a glimpse of the two-woman operation behind “Rising Up With Sonali,” the daily radio and television show hosted by Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar and broadcast online and on KPFK.

Posted on May 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Amid Media Megamergers, a Mosaic of Community Media Thrives

There is a hunger for authentic voices—not the same handful of pundits circulating through all the media networks who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 READ MORE


Seymour Hersh on Sanders and Clinton: ‘Something … Amazing Is Happening in This Country’

The veteran progressive journalist acknowledged on “Democracy Now!” that “it’s going to be very hard for a lot of the people who support Sanders to support Hillary Clinton” and explained why he’s excited about what’s ahead in American politics.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Amy Goodman on How the Media Is Ruining the 2016 Election by Focusing on ‘Trump-Land’

The “Democracy Now!” host explains why pundits are getting coverage “so wrong” and outlines what needs to change.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Harriet Tubman and the Currency of Resistance

What better tribute to her lifetime of struggle could there be than to place her image into the hands of hundreds of millions of people?

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



Tom Hayden Article Endorsing Hillary Clinton Produces a Flood of Angry Responses

The progressive activist declared himself “a Bernie supporter” in September, but now he’s backing the former secretary of state in the California Democratic primary.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


‘Longtime Progressives’ Robert Scheer and Torie Osborn Debate Over Sanders and Clinton (Video)

In a tense debate between Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and liberal activist Torie Osborn, Scheer warned U.S. liberals against whitewashing Hillary Clinton’s record in the interest of getting her nominated during an election season when many voters recognize that the Democratic establishment has sold them out.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Defense of Her Role in Honduras

By Amy Goodman & Dana Frank / Democracy Now!

In an interview on “Democracy Now!,” Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras, takes the presidential contender to task over her statements about the 2009 ouster of the Honduras president.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear-Arms Train Wreck

As with his pledge to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Obama’s pledge to move the U.S. toward nuclear disarmament seems to have been abandoned.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



Stand Your Ground, Unless You’re a Battered Woman

When victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized—first by their abusers, then by the criminal justice system.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



North Carolina: Flush Your Bathroom Bill Down the Toilet

The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald: Hillary Clinton Has Embraced Some of the World’s Most Brutal Dictators (Video)

Speaking on “Democracy Now!” The Intercept journalist calls out the former secretary of state on her hypocritical statements regarding Bernie Sanders’ comments about Fidel Castro and Nicaragua’s Sandinista government when she has supported dictators and taken a war-hawk stance throughout her career.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Horror Persists, From Brussels to Cuba — Guantanamo, Cuba, That Is

The horror in Brussels is unforgivable. Few can deny, though, that some of the worst policies of the U.S. and its allies serve as recruitment tools for Islamic State and other groups. We need a uniform standard of justice.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Fascism: Can It Happen Here?

The long shadows of a dark era are falling on the presidential campaign trail this year, with eruptions of violence, oaths of loyalty complete with Nazi salutes and, presiding over it all, Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter: ‘We Know Revolution Won’t Come at the Ballot Box’

Black Lives Matter activists started the 2016 presidential race by disrupting campaign events of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and others. Now the group is not endorsing any candidate.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders: Who Can Stop Trump?

“If the Democrats run an establishment candidate in an anti-establishment election cycle, they are going to lose,” says Nathan Robinson (pictured), editor of Current Affairs magazine.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How About an Election Without Polls?

Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, defeating Hillary Clinton—and all the pollsters.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Remembering the Slain Honduran Activist Berta Caceres

A nephew and a longtime friend of Berta Caceres tell “Democracy Now!” about the Honduran environmental and indigenous activist, who was assassinated Thursday.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Race and the Crime of Felony Disenfranchisement

Now that Super Tuesday is behind us and the field of presidential candidates is narrowing with the suspension of Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign, a potentially paradigm-shattering general election looms ever closer.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



Albert Woodfox, the Last of the Angola Three, Is Finally Free

Woodfox is a living testament to the resilience of the human spirit when subjected to the cruel and unusual punishment of solitary confinement.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Voices From the Front Lines of the Flint Water Crisis

The Michigan crisis is, on the surface, about water—but this debacle is also about democracy.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘A Significant Victory’ for Julian Assange as U.N. Panel Calls for His Freedom

A United Nations panel this week officially concluded that the WikiLeaks founder has been “arbitrarily detained” and should be allowed to walk free.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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


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