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Book Excerpt: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

Read an excerpt from the new book by Jonathan Katz, who will be on Democracy Now! Friday to discuss the aftermath of a the 2010 earthquake in which a quarter of a million people died. Katz explores the controversial claim that Western aid to Haiti is not always well intentioned.

January 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti

DN! Interviews Oscar Nominees: "5 Broken Cameras," "The Invisible War" & AIDS Doc Among 2013 Picks

When the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature were unveiled on Thursday, Democracy Now! saw that we had interviewed the directors and subjects of three out of five selected films. Last year, we sat down with filmmakers who tackled topics ranging from rampant sexual assault in the U.S. military to the historic efforts of the early AIDS movement, to the nonviolent struggles of Palestinians against an Israeli separation wall. Watch our interviews with the makers of "The Invisible War," "How to Survive a Plague” and "5 Broken Cameras."

January 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, AIDS, Sundance Film Festival, Israel & Palestine, Oscars

Talking Turkey About Climate Change

Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another extreme weather event is disrupting one of the most popular traditions here in the United States, Thanksgiving. Climate science predicts that, as the planet warms, events like this will increase in their frequency and their severity.

November 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

VIDEO: Part 2 of Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter David Barstow

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We continue our look at the massive bribery scandal behind Wal-Mart’s expansion into Mexico. "We found amazing instances of Wal-Mart building in places where, at least based on environmental rules or zoning rules or construction rules, they absolutely shouldn’t have been allowed to build. And yet, they pulled this off," says David Barstow, the New York Times reporter who broke the story. [includes rush transcript]

January 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Walmart, Mexico

Leading Environmentalist Rebecca Tarbotton of Rainforest Action Network Dies at 39

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Leading environmentalist Rebecca "Becky" Tarbotton, Executive Director of the organization Rainforest Action Network, has died at the age of 39.

December 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Global Warming, Human Rights, Coal, Mountaintop Removal

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

This year’s climate meeting has a new feature: corporate sponsorship.

November 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Juan González Honored for 25 Years of Muckraking Journalism at New York Daily News

The New York Daily News has published a series of articles highlighting the work of columnist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. "It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since Juan walked past the landmark globe in the landmark News Building on E. 42nd St. and took a desk in the seventh-floor city room, a newcomer from a Philadelphia newspaper," the editors of the paper wrote. "Juan came home to write a column. And write the hell out of it he did, as New York’s leading pro-left, pro-labor voice. Along the way, Juan became a beacon to whistleblowers and to wronged people for whom justice was lacking."

December 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

VIDEO: "NRA Killing Our Kids"–CODEPINK Disrupts Gun Lobby Press Conference

CODEPINK protesters interrupted the National Rifle Association’s event on Friday as the group held its first press conference since the Newtown, CT, massacre. During comments made by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, one protester held up a banner reading, “The NRA is killing our kids," then another stood up with a banner that read, "NRA: Blood On Your Hands."

December 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Newtown Shooting, Gun Control

VIDEO: New "Kochtopus" Graphic Maps the Influence of Billionaire Koch Brothers on Climate Policy

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The author of a new report on U.S. carbon billionaires gives Democracy Now! a tour of the Kochtopus — a map of the empire of Charles and David Koch. The Kochs run oil refineries and control thousands of miles of pipeline, giving them a massive personal stake in the fossil fuel industry. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Climate Change: "We Must Go from Capitalism to Socialism"

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As Venezuela says President Hugo Chávez has undergone successful cancer surgery in Cuba, after disclosing that his cancer had returned, we revisit a 2009 interview in which he discusses climate change and President Obama. [includes rush transcript]

December 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

"Harvest of Empire" by Democracy Now!’s Juan González Is Recognized by Smithsonian, Wins Film Award

Curators at Smithsonian have included Democracy Now! co-host Juan González’s book, "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," on their holiday gift guide for history lovers. This comes as the film based on his book has won an award for the best use of archival footage at the International Documentary Association Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

December 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

VIDEO: Voices from the Cooper Union Occupation in New York City

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Twelve students have barricaded themselves inside a campus building of New York City’s Cooper Union demanding the school affirm its commitment to free education. Democracy Now! attended the protest to interview supporters rallying outside. [includes rush transcript]

December 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education, New York

VIDEO: On Strike! Fast-Food Workers in NYC Call for Right to Unionize

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Democracy Now! was there when workers at dozens of restaurants owned by McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell and others went on strike Thursday and rallied in a bid for fair pay and union recognition. [includes rush transcript]

November 30, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Unions, Occupy Wall Street, New York

Typhoon Haiyan Demands Climate Action at the U.N. Summit in Warsaw

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan.

"Typhoon Haiyan, a storm of historic proportions, has devastated the largely impoverished population of the Philippines. In seeming synchrony, halfway around the world, thousands of negotiators, scientists, politicians and journalists are gathering for the annual United Nations Climate Change summit, held this year in Warsaw, Poland."

Democracy Now! Broadcasts Live from COP18 Doha Climate Change Conference

Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the annual U.N. Climate Change Summit, as it convenes in Doha, Qatar. Tune in this week to see our coverage of the official proceedings, as well as events outside the conference. As Amy Goodman noted in her recent column, "No world leader at the U.N. climate change summit hasn’t heard the warnings, but it will take popular pressure to make them act."

November 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Qatar, Doha Climate Summit 2012

"1775: A Good Year for Revolution" — Author Kevin Phillips on the Origin of American Independence

We interview political and economic author Kevin Phillips Wednesday about his new book, "1775: A Good Year for Revolution," which follows "a United States taking shape rather than losing headway." Phillips argues 1775–not 1776–is the more important year of the American Revolution. Click to read an excerpt from the book and to see a past interview with Phillips on Democracy Now!

November 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews

Video: Part 2 of Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick on The Untold History of the United States

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Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick discuss the creative process behind their new 10-part documentary series, "The Untold History of the United States," which spans from the 19th century to the present. "Americans don’t know history," Kuznick says. "The history they do know is mostly wrong." [includes rush transcript]

November 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, War

VIDEO: Coney Island Residents Remain Without Heat, Hot Water Two Weeks After Superstorm Sandy

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It’s been more than two weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, yet thousands of people in the city’s public housing buildings are still in the cold. The city says it has restored some level of power to all housing projects, but as of Wednesday, nearly 16,000 public tenants were without heat and hot water. Some remained without any reliable water — hot or cold. Also out of service were dozens of elevators impacted by the storm. One of the areas most affected has been Coney Island at the southern tip of Brooklyn, where the storm poured saltwater into basements, devastating equipment. [includes rush transcript]

November 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane Sandy, New York

Part 2: Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West Call on Obama to Host a White House Conf. on Ending Poverty

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We continue our conversation with broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West about their push for President Obama to address poverty in his second term. Smiley argues the ultimate question now, is: "Are we ready to push?" He and West have organized a symposium to take place on Jan. 17, prior to Obama’s inauguration, to demand Obama call a White House conference on the eradication of poverty. [includes rush transcript]

November 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Obama, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West

VIDEO: Democracy Now! and Riverkeeper Tour NYC Waterfront After Superstorm Sandy, Sewage Leaks

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Many of the East Coast’s waste treatment plants failed during Superstorm Sandy, causing them to release thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the area’s waterways. In this video report, Democracy Now! teams up with the watchdog group Riverkeeper to tour New York City’s industrial waterfront four day after the storm, and find mixed results from water samples taken along the way. [includes rush transcript]

November 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane Sandy, Water, John Lipscomb, Phillip Musegaas