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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

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

The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Comcast has announced it intends to merge with Time Warner Cable, joining together the largest and second-largest cable and broadband providers in the country. The merger must be approved by both the Justice Department and the FCC. Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

February 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Consolidation, Media Analysis

New York City Joins One Billion Rising to Stop Violence Against Women: "We Want Power, We Want Love"

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"If a man knows a woman who is victim or survivor, then he knows what that is like, because it will affect her for the rest of her life," said Jerin Arifa, who danced at an event in Union Square on Valentine’s Day, one of thousands of dance parties held around the world as part of the One Billion Rising campaign to protest violence against women. [includes rush transcript]

February 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Rape, Sexual Assault, Women’s Rights

BOOK EXCERPT: "Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson"

Tune in Tuesday for a Black History Month special interview about the extraordinary life of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson, known by her friends as "Essie." She was an author, an anthropologist and and a globally connected activist who worked to end colonialism in Africa and racism in the United States. She was also one of the driving forces behind the career of her husband — the singer and activist, Paul Robeson. We will speak with her biographer, Barbara Ransby.

February 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Civil Rights

Part 2: Daniel Ellsberg and Jacob Appelbaum on the NDAA, WikiLeaks and Unconstitutional Surveillance

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As a lawsuit challenging a law that gives the government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens is back in federal court this week, we continue our conversation with perhaps the country’s most famous whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, and computer security researcher, Jacob Appelbaum, who is also a former WikiLeaks volunteer. [includes rush transcript]

BOOK EXCERPT: "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks"

Read the introduction to "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks," a new book just out by our guest, historian Jeanne Theoharis. The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.

February 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights, African-American History

Part 2: Jonathan Katz on How the World Came to Save Haiti After Quake and Left Behind a Disaster

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To mark the third anniversary of the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake, we continue our conversation with Jonathan Katz, author of "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster." He was the only full-time American reporter in Haiti when the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. In his new book, he examines explains where the massive international relief effort in Haiti went wrong. [includes rush transcript]

January 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Haiti Earthquake, Jonathan Katz

People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

“I found myself standing in front of railroad tracks in South Florida. I was waiting on the train to come so I could jump in front of it and end my life.” So recounted Desmond Meade, describing his life nine years ago. He was homeless, unemployed, recently released from prison and addicted to drugs and alcohol. The train never came. He crossed the tracks and checked himself into a substance-abuse program. He went on to college, and now is just months away from receiving his law degree.

February 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Prison, Voting, Civil Rights

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

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

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