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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]

March 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Richard Wolff

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

VIDEO: 2003 Charlie Rose Interview with Amy Goodman About Iraq War Protests

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See Charlie Rose interview Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about growing opposition in the United States and abroad to a possible war in Iraq. The show originally aired on March 12, 2003.

March 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq

Part 2: Arundhati Roy & Sanjay Kak on Context for Kashmir Unrest After Hanging of Afzal Guru

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In part two of our conversation with acclaimed author Arundhati Roy and New Delhi-based journalist Sanjay Kak, they discuss the case of Afzal Guru, who was hanged last month for his alleged attack on the Indian parliament, and the push by the United States and Europe to sell weapons to Pakistan and India as unrest continues in the region. [includes rush transcript]

March 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Kashmir, India, Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Kak

Part 2: "Pandora’s Lunchbox" and the Truth About Soy Protein in Processed Food

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Watch part two of our interview with with author Melanie Warner, longtime food reporter and author of the newly published book, "Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal." In our extended conversation, she examines a very common ingredient in processed food: soy protein. [includes rush transcript]

March 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food, Author Interviews, Melanie Warner

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican: Women Demand Greater Role in the Catholic Church

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While the world waited for white smoke to flow from the Sistine Chapel chimney to indicate a new pope had been chosen, smoke of a different color began billowing into the sky over the Vatican. It was released by protesters demanding a greater role for women in the Catholic Church.

Melanie Warner on How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

Read an excerpt from "Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal," the new book by Melanie Warner, who recently joined us to discuss the 'food processing industrial complex.'

February 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food

The Oscar Interviews: 2013 Nominees Include "5 Broken Cameras," "Invisible War," "Gatekeepers" & "How To Survive A Plague"

See all of our interviews with directors and subjects of films nominated for an Oscar this year, including Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who was detained at Los Angeles International Airport with his family after arriving to attend this weekend’s Academy Awards for "5 Broken Cameras," which he co-directed.

February 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Palestine, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Rape, LGBT, AIDS, HIV, Military

"Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Wal-Mart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Wal-Mart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, U.S. Labor Protests, U.S. Economy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Dies

After a two-year battle with cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has died at the age of 58. The news was delivered by Vice President Nicolás Maduro, who said, "It’s a moment of deep pain." See Democracy Now!’s interviews with the socialist leader and in-depth related coverage.

March 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

Fmr. Gitmo Prosecutor Describes His Refusal to Pursue "Rough Justice" for Accused Detainees

On Friday Democracy Now! spoke with Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, a former military prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay. During his first visit to the prison camp, Couch witnessed a detainee being subjected to coercive interrogation tactics that he recognized from his own military training. He later concluded that the interrogation of Slahi had been "morally repugnant," and refused to prosecute.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Torture

VIDEO: Gregory Peck’s Daughter Cecilia Recalls How He Tackled Racism, Anti-Semitism in His Films

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We speak with filmmaker Cecilia Peck about her father Gregory Peck’s legacy of work that raises important social issues, including his films "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," which landed him on Nixon’s enemy list.

February 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America, Racism, Cecilia Peck