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U.S.-Russian Tensions Heighten over Syria; Roots of Conflict Stem from NATO Bombing of Libya

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Part two of our conversation with Wall Street Journal national security correspondent Adam Entous. He discusses his latest article, "U.S. Decided Not to Horse-Trade with Russia on Assad." [includes rush transcript]

September 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Russia, Libya, Adam Entous

Broadcaster David Frost, 74, Dies; Watch Ron Howard Interview on His Film "Frost/Nixon"

British broadcasting legend David Frost has died at the age of 74. In 1977 he conducted a series of historic interviews with former president Richard Nixon who had resigned three years earlier. The interview was later dramatized in the film "Frost/Nixon."

September 01, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Pt 2: 50 Years After March on Washington, Little-Seen 1970 Doc Follows MLK in Montgomery, Birmingham

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As part of today’s national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we continue our discussion with Associate Producer Richard Kaplan of the rarely seen Oscar-nominated documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis." [includes rush transcript]

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The world watches in horror this summer as military conflicts rage, leaving destruction in their wake from Libya, to Gaza, to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Never far from the dead and injured, nuclear-armed missiles stand by at the alert, waiting for the horrible moment when hubris, accident or inhumanity triggers the next nuclear attack. “I hate war,” Hosokawa reiterated. “War makes everyone crazy.”

August 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Japan, Nuclear Power

After Decades of Protests, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to Close

Entergy announced plans today to close and decommission the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont, by the end of 2014. The site has been the target of protests for decades.

August 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nuclear Power, Vermont Yankee

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: CA Prisoner Todd Ashker on His Evolution From Violence to Peaceful Hunger Strike

On Friday we aired part of an audio recording of Todd Ashker, one of 79 prisoners on hunger strike in California since July 8. In this extended audio, he describes how he evolved from violence to a peaceful hunger-strike protest to call for better conditions. [includes rush transcript]

August 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Hunger Strike, California

A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. Henry Siegman, a venerable dean of American Jewish thought and president of the U.S./Middle East Project, sat down for an interview with the Democracy Now! news hour. An ordained rabbi, Siegman is the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress and former executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, two of the major, mainstream Jewish organizations in the United States. He says the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel

WATCH: Full Extended Interview With Manning’s Attorney After 35-Year Sentence

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Watch the complete interview conducted Wednesday by independent journalist Alexa O’Brien with Pfc. Bradley Manning’s attorney, David Coombs–his first time speaking to the media after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, and ahead of Manning’s gender transition announcement Thursday. [includes rush transcript]

"I Want Everyone to Know the Real Me. I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am a Female."

Read Bradley Manning’s full statement on his plan to begin hormone therapy to transition to a female and to change his name.

August 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, LGBT

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

One of the greatest challenges in understanding the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories is getting reliable information. This latest assault on Gaza reaffirms the key role played by the U.S. media in maintaining the information blockade. It also highlights the increasing importance of pressure applied by social networks.

July 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza

Bradley Manning: "Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society"

The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, Whistleblowers

Julian Assange: Bradley Manning Sentence is an "Affront to Basic Concepts of Western Justice"

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks responds to the sentencing of Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning

"A Sad Day For All Americans": Human Rights and Legal Organizations Slam Bradley Manning Sentence

Response from Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights on the sentencing of Bradley Manning.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years In Prison

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Manning faced a maximum of 90 years in prison after his conviction last month on charges of espionage, theft and fraud. Manning’s sentence will automatically go the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, where he can seek a reduction of his prison term.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning

READ: Two New Books on "Misremembering" MLK’s "I Have a Dream" Speech at the March on Washington

Read an excerpt from the new book by our recent guest, historian William P. Jones, "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights."

As Indonesia Threatens West Papuan Freedom Flotilla, Benny Wenda on Struggle for Independence

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A group of Australian and West Papuan activists have set sail on a Freedom Flotilla bound for the Indonesian territory of West Papua. We speak to West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda. [includes rush transcript]

August 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, West Papua, Indonesia, Jennifer Robinson, Benny Wenda

Massacre in Egypt: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports From Cairo After Hundreds Killed

Follow the latest on the crisis in Egypt with our correspondent Shariff Abdel Kouddous who is posting photos and video from the streets of Cairo.

August 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

Questlove on the Satirical Michele Bachmann Tribute That Almost Booted The Roots from "Late Night"

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Since 2009, the legendary hip-hop group The Roots have made an unlikely transition as the nightly house band on NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, The Roots’ drummer and "Late Night" musical director, talks about the 2011 controversy that almost got them fired: For the walkout music introducing guest Michele Bachmann, the Republican lawmaker and then-presidential candidate, The Roots played the Fishbone song "Lyin’ Ass Bitch." [includes rush transcript]

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Children are still fleeing violence in their native Central American home countries, seeking safety, at great risk, in distant lands. The issue is widely described here in the United States as a “border crisis,” but it isn’t that. We are experiencing a profound failure of economic globalization and U.S. foreign policy, amplified by failed, stagnant immigration policies here at home.

July 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Questlove on How He Warned Occupy Wall Street of the Police Raid on Zuccotti Park

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Some have called Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson the "Paul Revere of Occupy Wall Street" after he tweeted them a warning on the night of November 2011 police raid of Zuccotti Park. In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, Questlove tells us the story. [includes rush transcript]