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WATCH: Fruitvale Station Director Ryan Coogler on Bay Area Police Slaying of Oscar Grant

Watch Democracy Now!'s interview with the director of the feature film, "Fruitvale Station," which opens in theaters nationwide this week. "I've seen these kind of things happen before, instances of police brutality and instances of urban violence, and people riot and rally," Ryan Coogler told Democracy Now! when we spoke to him at the Sundance Film Festival. "I felt that myself, as an artist and as a filmmaker, maybe I could do something that could help attack this issue at the root through my art."

July 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscar Grant, Police Brutality

The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin. Most notably is intense, often violent homophobia, tacitly endorsed by the government with the recent passage of the law against “gay propaganda.” While Sochi shines a light on Russian human-rights violations, it affords an opportunity to expose the rampant corruption and abuse that accompanies the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

February 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Russia, Olympics, Pussy Riot

As Hunger Strike Continues, Ex-Chief Guantánamo Prosecutor Says "No Good Reason" To Keep Prison Open

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More than 150 days in their hunger strike, at least 45 Guantánamo prisoners are being force-fed through tubes. "It’s regrettable that it’s taking them putting their lives at risk to get us to pay attention, that they’ve been cleared for transfer, yet they’re still in prison," says Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo. [includes rush transcript]

July 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, Col. Morris Davis

Kevin Gosztola: Behind the Scenes of the Bradley Manning Trial

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Reporter and blogger Kevin Gosztola has been one of only a handful of journalists covering the Bradley Manning trial on a daily basis. He describes the first few weeks of the historic trial. We also speak to Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo, who testified for the Manning defense. [includes rush transcript]

July 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Col. Morris Davis, Kevin Gosztola

A Growing Divide in Egypt: As Army Outlines Transition Plan, Brotherhood Vow Revolt After Massacre

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Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Cairo six days after the Egyptian army ousted President Mohamed Morsi. "I think the only way forward is for all sides to come to the table and for the Muslim Brotherhood to hopefully be invited in a real way to take part in this process, because if they’re excluded, I think we’ll see instability for a long time," Kouddous said. [includes rush transcript]

July 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden "Satisfied" by Global Outrage over U.S. Surveillance Operations

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In this web-only interview, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald reveals he talked to NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Saturday. "He is doing very well in terms of his mindset, his demeanor," Greenwald says. "He is able to follow things online, the debates, as they unfold, and he is feeling very good about the choices that he made." [includes rush transcript]

AUDIO: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports Egypt is On Edge as It Faces Pivotal Steps for Post-Morsi Future

"Whatever happens it will be pivotal to Egypt’s future," reports Sharif Abdel Kouddous as he calls in his latest update from Cairo, in which he recaps what has taken place since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

July 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

AUDIO: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports from Cairo as Egyptian Army Ousts Morsi in Coup Amid Protests

Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports on the crisis in Egypt as the army detains ousted President Mohamed Morsi and shuts down TV stations supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood.

July 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Live Updates: Egyptian Military Ousts President Mohamed Morsi Amid Mass Protests

Click here for the latest news on the political crisis in Egypt with updates from Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo and others.

July 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

Pete Seeger: Troubadour of Truth and Justice

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Pete Seeger’s life, like the arc of the moral universe famously invoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bent toward justice. He died this week at 94. Pete sang truth to power through the epic struggles of most of the last century, for social justice, for civil rights, for workers, for the environment and for peace. His songs, his wise words, his legacy will resonate for generations.

January 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pete Seeger, Music, Civil Rights, Environment

"An Attack on Journalism": WikiLeaks on Bradley Manning Trial, FBI Move to Infiltrate Organization

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In this web-only interview, WikiLeaks spokesperson and Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson discusses the significance of the Bradley Manning trial and responds to the report in Wired.com that the FBI had an informant inside WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

July 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, Kristinn Hrafnsson

Horace Campbell on Mandela’s Legacy, NATO’s Failure in Libya and Obama’s Trip to Africa

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In this web-only interview, Syracuse University Professor Horace Campbell reflects on the importance of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle. He also talks about his new book, "Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya." [includes rush transcript]

June 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Africa, Libya, Nelson Mandela, Horace Campbell

VIDEO: "Promised Land" Examines How Nelson Mandela Inspired Land Reform in the New South Africa

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Filmmaker Yoruba Richen describes how the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa inspired some of the six million blacks who were forcefully removed from their land and resettled into so-called "homelands" to try and reclaim their land. [includes rush transcript]

June 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Yoruba Richen

Breaking: Court Strikes Down DOMA; Dismisses Prop. 8 Appeal, Allowing for Gay Marriage in Calif.

In a historic day, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has paved the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, follows the sadly short arc of Aaron’s life. A coalition of Internet activists, technologists and policy experts are joining together on Feb. 11 for “The Day We Fight Back.” As they say on their website, reflecting on the victory against SOPA, “Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines."

January 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet

Breaking: Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court has just struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in a 5-to-4 ruling. The court ruled in favor of officials from Shelby County, Alabama, in finding that a formula in the act that determines which states need federal approval to change voting laws is invalid. "In the Court’s view, the very success of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act demands its dormancy," wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the dissent.

June 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Voting, Civil Rights

Exclusive Video: WikiLeaks Lawyer Confirms Snowden Lands In Russia; Seeks Asylum in Unnamed Country

Amy Goodman interviews Michael Ratner, lawyer for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, about the breaking news that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has freely left Hong Kong and has flown to Russia. He is seeking asylum in an unnamed country, possibly Ecuador.

June 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, National Security Agency

Dead Man Walking: Extended Interview with Sister Helen Prejean on Decades of Death Penalty Activism

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In this extended web-only interview, Sister Helen Prejean talks about the 20th anniversary of her landmark book "Dead Man Walking," that chronicles her years of anti-death penalty activism. [includes rush transcript]

June 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Author Interviews, Sister Helen Prejean

Journalist Michael Hastings Killed in Car Accident; A Look Back at His Interviews on Democracy Now!

Michael Hastings, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a reporter for BuzzFeed, has been killed in a tragic car accident. We look back at his interviews on Democracy Now!

June 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Military, War on Terror

VIDEO: After Man Was Beaten into Coma by Border Patrol, His Wife Stops His Deportation from Hospital

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As the Senate begins its debate on the immigration reform bill, we speak to Shena Gutierrez, whose husband was nearly killed in an encounter with Border Patrol agents. While still unconscious in the hospital, he was threatened with deportation. She explains what happened. [includes rush transcript]

June 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigrant Rights, Immigration, Border Patrol