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Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

December 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Yemen

Read an Excerpt from Jeremy Scahill’s "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield"

Read a chapter from "Dirty Wars," just published this week, titled "If They Kill Innocent Children and Call Them al Qaeda, Then We Are All al Qaeda."

April 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Jeremy Scahill, Drone Attacks, Yemen, Somalia, War, Drones

WATCH: Translating Words: Democracy Now!’s Nermeen Shaikh at TEDxDanubia 2013

Watch the recent talk given by Democracy Now! producer and weekly co-host Nermeen Shaikh at TEDxDanubia 2013, titled, "Translating Words."

April 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Democracy, War, Peace

Part 2: Robert Greenwald on Film "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State"

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A new film directed by Robert Greenwald looks at four whistleblowers who had their lives practically destroyed after they went to the press with evidence of government wrongdoing. They are Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl and Thomas Tamm. [includes rush transcript]

April 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Robert Greenwald

Part 2: "Keeping Hope Alive" in Somalia with Hawa Abdi and Daughter Deqo Mohamed

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In part two of our interview with Somali human rights activist and physician, Dr. Hawa Abdi, she describes how thousands of Somalis were killed in the 1993 attack in Mogadishu that is best known for killing 18 elite U.S. special forces. She also discusses her book, "Keeping Hope Alive," which shares what has happened in the 22 years since the war broke out in her country, and the work she has done at her clinic to offer healthcare and emergency relief to thousands of Somalis. [includes rush transcript]

April 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Somalia, Drone Attacks, Drones, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Dr. Deqo Mohamed

Victoria Brittain: "Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror"

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As more than 100 Guantánamo prisoners continue their hunger strike, we speak to British journalist Victoria Brittain. She has just published a book about the wives and families of some of the prisoners held at Guantánamo and on British and U.S. soil. [includes rush transcript]

April 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, Victoria Brittain

Israeli Journalist Amira Hass on Palestinian Resistance, "Peace Talks" and U.S. Role in Region (Pt. 2)

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Part two of our interview with Amira Hass, the only Jewish-Israeli journalist to have spent almost 20 years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank. Christiane Amanpour has described her as "one of the greatest truth-seekers of them all." [includes rush transcript]

April 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Amira Hass

Former Animal Rights Prisoner on Ag-Gag Laws, Secretive Prison Units & Detention of Daniel McGowan

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As legislative efforts grow to target activists who expose animal abuse, former animal rights prisoner Andrew Stepanian talks about the secretive prison where he was held and the detention of environmentalist Daniel McGowan last week. [includes rush transcript]

April 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Animal Rights, Andrew Stepanian

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Criminalization of Cyber-Activists, Bradley Manning & Iceland’s Pirate Party (Pt. 2)

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In part two of our conversation, Icelandic Parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks about why she decided to come to the United States at a time when a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Jónsdóttir, a former WikiLeaks volunteer, also talks about her support for whistleblower Bradley Manning and other cyber-activists. We also talk about Iceland’s response to the banking crisis. [includes rush transcript]

April 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, Birgitta Jonsdottir

READ: "Digital Disconnect" Ahead of Democracy Now! Broadcast From Nat’l Conf. for Media Reform

Democracy Now! will interview Robert McChesney, author of "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy" and others when we broadcast live Friday from the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver.

April 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Internet, Freedom of the Press, Colorado

40 Years After Secret U.S. War in Laos Ended, Millions of Unexploded Bomblets Keep Killing Laotians

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Forty years ago, on March 29, 1973, the "secret" U.S. bombing of Laos ended. The legacy of the war continues to haunt Laos as some 80 million unexploded U.S. bombs remain in Laos. To mark International Day of Mine Awareness, we speak to a Laotian bomb survivor and a leader of an all-women bomb clearance team in Laos. [includes rush transcript]

Cheryl Wills on Her Family’s Path from Slavery to Freedom & Legacy of Chinua Achebe on African Americans

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In our extended discussion with Cheryl Wills, NY1 anchor and author of "Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale," she discusses the legacy of slavery, and the impact of Nigerian literary icon Chinua Achebe on African Americans’ pride in their history. We also play an excerpt of Morgan Freeman reading the words of Frederick Douglass that inspired the title of Wills’ book. [includes rush transcript]

March 26, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights, African-American History, Cheryl Wills

VIDEO: Understanding the Mondragon Worker Cooperative Corporation in Spain’s Basque Country

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Watch a 2012 interview Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman did with Mikel Lezamiz, director of Cooperative Dissemination at the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation in Spain’s Basque Country. He describes how the project relies on a participatory model in which workers are the cooperative’s members. [includes rush transcript]

March 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Spain, Working Class, Mikel Lezamiz

Mandela: The Man and the Movement

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Nelson Mandela is rightly remembered for his remarkable ability to reconcile with his oppressors, and the political prescription his forgiveness entailed for the new South Africa. Mandela has passed, but what he has passed on to succeeding generations is his deep belief in the power of movements to make change.

December 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Nelson Mandela

Watch Extended Interview with Economist Richard Wolff on How Marxism Influences His Work

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In this extended interview with Richard Wolff, he discusses how his parents fled Hitler and immigrated to the United States from Germany during World War II, and their influence on his worldview; the role of Marxism in his work; and lessons from communist countries and economies over the years, including China. [includes rush transcript]

Exclusive: Tomas Young Reads in Full His Letter to Bush & Cheney, "A Message From a Dying Veteran"

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Paralyzed in a 2004 attack in Sadr City, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young recently announced that he will stop his medicine and nourishment, which comes in the form of liquid through a feeding tube — a decision which will hasten his death. Joining us from his home in Kansas City, Young reads in full his letter, "A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran." [includes rush transcript]

March 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Veterans, Bush, Tomas Young

WATCH: Dying Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young on Bush, Missing WMDs, Failed Medical Care

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We continue our interview with Iraq War veteran Tomas Young. Citing his overwhelming physical pain from wounds that left him paralyzed in Iraq, he recently announced he has decided to end his life. His wife and primary caregiver, Claudia Cuellar, describes their challenges with the Veterans Administration medical system, and Young reflects on his mother’s reaction to his decision. [includes rush transcript]

March 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Bush, Tomas Young, Claudia Cuellar, Phil Donahue

Part 2: Rashid Khalidi Details How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East

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As we continue our conversation with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, he explains the thesis of his latest book, "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East." [includes rush transcript]

March 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Palestine, Israel, Israel & Palestine, Rashid Khalidi

Iraq War Timeline: From "Shock and Awe" to Civilian Toll, to Billions in Reconstruction, Vet Health

It was 10 years ago on March 19, 2003, that the United States invaded Iraq on the false pretext that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Use this interactive timeline to see highlights from a decade of Democracy Now! coverage of the Iraq War.

March 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq