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Part Two: Shane Bauer: "Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons"

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In his first live television interview since his release from Iranian prison, journalist Shane Bauer shines the light on solitary confinement inside the California prison system. Bauer was one of three Americans detained in 2009 while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border. He and Josh Fattal were held by Iran for 26 months, and Sarah Shourd — now Bauer’s wife — was held for 13 months, much of it in solitary confinement. [includes rush transcript]

October 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Solitary Confinement, Iran, Shane Bauer

Audio: Aid Boat Seized as It Approached Gaza Tells Israel: "We Are Not the Provocateurs"

We spoke with Mattias Gardell as he sailed through international waters on board the Swedish boat to Gaza, Estelle, before it was seized Saturday by the Israeli military as it attempted to break the Israeli blockade. The boat was called a "provocation" by Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. "What is a provocation is the fact that the current right-wing Israeli government has enforced the illegal seize of Gaza," Gardell told Democracy Now! [includes rush transcript]

The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 9-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

October 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Pakistan, Obama

Watch Amy Goodman on teleSUR Friday Night, Oct. 19

Amy Goodman will be interviewed on the program "Cruce de Palabras" airing on teleSUR Friday, Oct. 19.

WATCH: Three-Hour Democracy Now! Debate Special from Hofstra University

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On the night of the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Democracy Now! did a special broadcast from the campus, near the official debate hall. We aired the entire President Obama-Mitt Romney debate live and spoke with students and local residents about the issues they wanted to hear the candidates address. [includes rush transcript]

October 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Election 2012, Expanding The Debate, Mitt Romney, Obama

Part Two: Camila Vallejo & Noam Titelman on Massive Chilean Student Protests, Post-Pinochet Chile

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Part two of our conversation with two of Chile’s most recognizable student protest leaders: Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman. They are in the United States, in part to receive the 2012 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, which is given by the Institute for Policy Studies. [includes rush transcript]

October 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Chile, Camila Vallejo, Noam Titelman, Marcial Godoy

Expanding the Debate: Upcoming Democracy Now! Election Specials

Tune in to Democracy Now! on election night for our special extended broadcast. Mark your calendars! The program will be broadcast by Free Speech TV and Link TV, and will be live streamed at DemocracyNow.org. Urge your local TV and radio stations to air the broadcast.

October 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Expanding The Debate

Amy Goodman’s Fireside Chat with Workers Set to Lose Their Jobs After Decades at Bain-Owned Plant

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Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman speaks with three workers at the Bain-owned Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport, Illinois, all of whom are camping in a tent city called "Bainport" across the street from the factory. Dot Turner has worked there for 43 years, Cheryl Randecker for 33 years, and Bonnie Borman for 23 years. All three will lose their jobs in November. [includes rush transcript]

September 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Mitt Romney, Economy

Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

October 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, New York

Expanding the Debate–Watch Democracy Now!’s Full Three-Hour Special

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As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney squared off in their first debate, Democracy Now! aired a three-hour special, Expanding the Debate. We aired the Obama/Romney debate and paused after questions to include responses from two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate: Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party. [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Green Party, Mitt Romney, Expanding The Debate

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Third Party Candidates Join in Real Time on Democracy Now!’s Live Coverage of Presidential Debate

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off in their first debate tonight, Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Denver with a special expanded presidential debate from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ET. We will air the Obama/Romney debate, pausing after questions to include equal time responses from two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate: Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.

New "Harvest of Empire" Film Examines U.S. Intervention in Latin America, Immigration Crisis

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, the new 90-minute documentary "Harvest of Empire" examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. The film opens Sept. 28 in New York City and Pasadena, CA, and is based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González.

September 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Latin America, Juan Gonzalez, Film

Pt. 2: Eve Ensler on Her Battle with Cancer: "We Can Use Sickness as a Tool for Transformation"

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We continue our conversation with award-winning playwright — and uterine cancer survivor — Eve Ensler. After getting news she has been cancer-free for two years, Ensler describes how her struggle to survive the disease "got rid of everything that didn’t matter," and drove her to continue her work on the City of Joy, a safe haven for sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [includes rush transcript]

September 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Rape, Sexual Assault, Congo, Eve Ensler

Alfred McCoy: "Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation" (Pt. 2)

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In this online exclusive, we continue our discussion with University of Wisconsin professor Alfred McCoy on U.S. torture policy, the Obama administration’s refusal to prosecute war crimes, and new revelations that waterboarding was used more often than the government ever acknowledged. [includes rush transcript]

September 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Torture, Alfred McCoy

Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death. Pipelines leak, refineries explode, tankers break up and deep-sea drill rigs explode. The thirst for oil disrupts democracies and the climate. Not far from the burgeoning fracking fields of Colorado, Frederic “Rick” Bourke sits in a minimum-security federal prison. His crime: blowing the whistle on corruption and bribery in the oil-rich region of the Caspian Sea.

October 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Whistleblowers

Tune in Thursday: Mother Jones Reporter David Corn to Discuss Release of Infamous Mitt Romney Video

As Romney tries to contain the fallout from the recently released secret video of his conversation with high-end donors, we’ll speak with David Corn of the magazine Mother Jones, which broke the news and posted the video online. Corn is also the author of the new book, "Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party."

September 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mitt Romney, Election 2012, 2012 Election, Obama, Taxes

David Cay Johnston: "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind"

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In part two of our interview with David Cay Johnston, we discuss his new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind." Johnston writes, "No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge cus­tomers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason is that so little of the news ... addresses the private, government-approved mechanisms by which price gouging is employed to redistribute income upward." [includes rush transcript]

Wednesday: Tax Reporter David Cay Johnston on Romney Claim that Obama Voters "Don’t Pay Income Tax"

Tune in Wednesday as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston discusses what could be the biggest political firestorm facing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to date. Click to read Chapter 1 of Johnston’s new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English to Rob You Blind."

September 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Taxes

Wednesday: Attorney for Banking Whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld Responds to $104 Million Reward

As news comes that the IRS will award whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld $104 million—the largest individual federal payout in U.S. history for exposing the biggest tax evasion scheme in U.S. history—we will speak with one of his attorneys, Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center. Click to see our past coverage on Democracy Now! and to read columns by co-host Juan Gonzalez on how the former UBS banker went to prison after he revealed the bank had helped thousands of Americans evade taxes.

September 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Wall Street