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Part 2: "Meltdown: Terror at the Top of the World" Links Polar Bear Attacks to Climate Change

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Watch part two of our look at a new investigation that tells the story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into polar bear country in Canada’s Arctic tundra — and faced a harrowing attack. Scientists say climate change is greatly impacting polar bear habitat.

Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

November 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Veterans Day Special: Matthew Hoh on Recovering from the "Darkness" of PTSD After Iraq War

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In 2009, Matthew Hoh became the first State Department official to resign protest from his post in Afghanistan over U.S. policy. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew Hoh was deployed twice to Iraq. In part two of our conversation, we speak with Hoh about what happened after he blew the whistle on the Afghan War and his long fight to recover from post-traumatic stress syndrome. On his website, Hoh writes: "In 2007, after my second deployment to Iraq, PTSD and severe depression took over my life. I began trying to drink myself to death. Thoughts of suicide became common until they were a near daily presence by 2011."

November 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Veterans, Matthew Hoh

Remembering Tomas Young (1979-2014): Iraq War Veteran Turned Antiwar Activist

As the nation prepares to mark Veterans Day, Democracy Now! has learned that Iraq War veteran Tomas Young has died just weeks before his 35th birthday. Young was paralyzed in 2004 shortly after arriving in Iraq. He went on to become one of the nation’s most prominent antiwar U.S. veterans speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He was featured in Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s documentary, "Body of War."

November 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Veterans

Matt Taibbi on Leaving First Look Media: "I am Really Devastated by the Way Everything Turned Out"

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Matt Taibbi talks briefly about First Look Media, the new independent journalism project funded by Pierre Omidyar. Earlier this year, Taibbi was hired to start a web magazine called "The Racket," which would focus investigative reporting on Wall Street and the corporate world.

November 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Journalism, Matt Taibbi

Ralph Nader on GOP’s 2014 Wins: Democrats Can’t Use Citizens United, Voter Restriction Laws as Alibi

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Watch our interview with longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader during our 2014 Election Night Special. "We shouldn’t let Citizens United and voting restriction laws ... be used as alibis by the Democrats in Congress," he says of the GOP’s victories.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2014 Election, Author Interviews, Ralph Nader, Andy Kroll, A.C. Valdez

Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The GMO Deception": Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is Putting Your Food at Risk

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Part 2 of our conversation with Sheldon Krimsky, editor of "The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk."

October 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, GMO, Food, Author Interviews, Sheldon Krimsky

Part 2: Eric Lichtblau on "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men"

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We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lichtblau about his new book detailing how America became a safe haven for thousands of Nazi war criminals. Many of them were brought here after World War II by the CIA, and got support from then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

October 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, Author Interviews, Eric Lichtblau

READ–Prologue to "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men"

On Friday, we will interview Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau about his new book, "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men." Read the prologue.

October 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, NSA, Author Interviews

The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan There is a database with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. It’s one of the components of an aggressive drive across the U.S. by Republicans to stop many Americans from voting.

October 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Voting

READ: “GMO Deception” What You Need to Know about Corporations and Govt. Agencies Putting Us at Risk

As voters in Oregon and Colorado will head to the polls next week to decide if they support labeling laws for genetically modified organisms, on Tuesday we will be joined by Sheldon Krimsky to discuss his new book, "The GMO Deception."

October 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, GMO, Food

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal on New Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners’ Speech

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Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks with Democracy Now! about Pennsylvania’s new law that authorizes the censoring of public addresses of prisoners or former offenders if judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause "mental anguish" to the victim.

October 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison, Mumia Abu-Jamal

VIDEO TIMELINE: NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Revelations on Democracy Now!

Scroll through our video timeline to see all of our coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the reporting he fueled that exposed the "National Security Agency’s massive surveillance state.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Edward Snowden, NSA, Domestic Surveillance

Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination — at least so far.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Academic Freedom, Colorado, Students

VIDEO: From Ferguson to NYC, Protesters Mark National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

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"From Ferguson to NYC, Stop Police Brutality" was the chant by parents of police victims and their allies who marked a national day of protest.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Police, New York

THURSDAY: Laura Poitras on Her New Edward Snowden Documentary, "CitizenFour"

Watch the trailer for "CitizenFour," the new documentary about Edward Snowden, directed by Laura Poitras, who joins us Thursday. Watch past interview on Democracy Now! about how she faced harassment from U.S. agents long before she helped expose NSA spying.

October 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Edward Snowden

VIDEO: Detroit Residents Meet with United Nations Officials, Demand Moratorium on Water Shutoffs

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Democracy Now! was in Detroit this weekend when residents impacted by water shutoffs met with United Nations officials who are visiting to investigate possible human rights violations.

October 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit, Water, Human Rights

Pan-Africanist Scholar Ali Mazrui Dies at 81; Watch 2009 Democracy Now! Interview on Obama Election

The renowned Kenyan scholar Ali Mazrui has died at the age of 81. For nearly half a century, he was considered an intellectual giant in African studies. In 2009, he appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the election of Barack Obama.

October 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Africa, Obama, Ali Mazrui

We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes — but not in the Middle East.

October 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Ebola, Healthcare