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Mississippi Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution of Willie Jerome Manning

The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked the execution of Willie Jerome Manning just hours before he was scheduled to die. The case attracted national attention after the FBI admitted that its original analysis of the evidence in Manning’s case contained errors. Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court refused to allow new DNA testing that could prove Manning’s innocence.

May 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Mississippi

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list. Shakur is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. In 1998, Democracy Now! aired a rare recording of Shakur speaking from Cuba where she has lived in exile since she escaped prison in 1979. Tune in Friday when we will cover these latest developments.

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Black Panthers, Cuba, Assata Shakur

RIP Bob Edgar, Longtime Common Cause President and Former Congressman

Bob Edgar passed away suddenly this morning at his home in Northern Virginia at the age of 69, "according to Common Cause," the democracy watchdog group for which Edgar served as president and CEO.

April 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Democracy, Campaign Finance

CREDO Members (Or Not!): Dec. 31 is deadline to vote Democracy Now! to receive 2013 donation funding

Now, more than ever, Democracy Now! needs your help. Each year, CREDO members vote to distribute 2013 donations funding — and how much we get depends on you. The more votes we receive, the greater our share of funding.

December 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

WATCH: Richie Havens Performs "Freedom" at 2003 Worldwide Protest Against the Iraq War

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To mark the passing of legendary protest singer Richie Havens, we are sharing his performance of "Freedom" at the massive Feb. 15, 2003, demonstration against the Iraq War, which took place in New York City as millions filled the streets around the world.

April 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War, Music, Richie Havens

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