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The Climate Marches On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” He asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer: “I say, break the law.”

September 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

READ: “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year” by Tavis Smiley

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, which examines the personal struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. during his final year, when he faced rejection by the press, the president, and much of the country’s black middle class and militants, after he spoke out against the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Martin Luther King, Vietnam, Military Industrial Complex

Part 2: "The Prohibition Paradigm Has Failed," Leaders Urge Prevention, Treatment for Drug Addicts


Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, describes his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said world leaders should move away from a failed prohibition paradigm and militarized drug war to focus more on legalization, prevention and treatment.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Marijuana, Latin America, Ethan Nadelmann, Michel Kazatchkine

Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a day of grassroots action. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules.

September 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Net Neutrality

Watch Charles Bowden on DN! "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields"


Author and investigative reporter Charles Bowden died Saturday at his home in Arizona at the age of 69. Watch our April 2010 interview with Bowden, when he had just published "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields."

September 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Arizona, Drug War, Mexico

Part 2: Yvonne Ng on the "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video"


We continue our conversation with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video."

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yvonne Ng

The Guns of August

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

In her epic book, "The Guns of August," historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths. We can look at that war in retrospect, as if through a distant mirror.

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Libya in Chaos: Vijay Prashad on Rise of Islamist Militias & Bloody Legacy of 2011 U.S. Intervention


Islamist militants in Libya say they have solidified control of the capital Tripoli after taking over the main airport and ousting rival militias. Libya is facing its worst violence since the U.S.-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Watch Part One of Vijay Prashad Interview:

August 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya, Vijay Prashad

"Black Life Is Treated with Short Worth": Talib Kweli & Rosa Clemente on Michael Brown Shooting


World-renowned hip-hop artist Talib Kweli and longtime activist Rosa Clemente speak out from Ferguson on the shooting of Michael Brown, police brutality, hip-hop and more.

"Gaza in our Hearts": NYC Protesters Hang Palestinian Flag from Manhattan Bridge (Photos)

Protesters in New York City unfurled a massive Palestinian flag with the words "Gaza in our hearts. Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions" from the Manhattan Bridge on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, New York

The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Thousands are protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Four miles south in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Brown

VIDEO: "We are All Michael Brown" — NYC Parents Whose Kids Were Killed by Police Rally for Justice


Parents with children killed by police were among those who attended a rally in front of New York City police headquarters on Monday to demand justice in the murder of Michael Brown and similar cases.

August 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Michael Brown, Police, New York, Protests

James Risen, Surveillance and Obama’s Threat to Journalism

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Obama administration’s espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

August 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press, Whistleblowers

Two Detention Centers for Migrant Women And Children Open On 5th Anniv. of End to Family Detention


Five years ago immigration advocates praised Obama for closing down the only large-scale detention center for immigrant women and children. Now it has quietly two new family detention facilities that have more than 1,200 beds, and cribs.

August 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Immigrant Rights

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Actions in Palestine are "Much Worse Than Apartheid" in South Africa


Part 2 of our conversation with famed linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky on the crisis in Gaza, U.S. support for Israel, apartheid and the BDS movement.

August 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Noam Chomsky

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The world watches in horror this summer as military conflicts rage, leaving destruction in their wake from Libya, to Gaza, to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Never far from the dead and injured, nuclear-armed missiles stand by at the alert, waiting for the horrible moment when hubris, accident or inhumanity triggers the next nuclear attack. “I hate war,” Hosokawa reiterated. “War makes everyone crazy.”

August 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Japan, Nuclear Power

"A Recipe for Civil War": Journalist Matthieu Aikins on U.S. Military Legacy & Afghanistan’s Future


In Part 2 of our conversation, Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins talks about the disputed Afghan election, U.S.-backed militias committing war crimes, and the future of the country after the U.S. military drawdown.

August 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Matthieu Aikins

The CIA’s Other Spy Scandal: Agency Monitored Emails Between Congress & Whistleblowing Officials


McClatchy Newspapers has revealed the CIA has been spying on emails from whistleblower officials and Congress, "triggering fears the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases."

August 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, CIA, Whistleblowers, Jonathan Landay

Part 2: Weapons Expert Theodore Postol Asks, Is Israel’s Iron Dome Really an Iron Sieve?


Part two of our interview with acclaimed MIT physicist Theodore Postol, who says there is no evidence Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is actually working. He estimates the Iron Dome, which is partially built by Raytheon, intercepts just 5 percent of rockets fired at Israel.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Theodore Postol

A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. Henry Siegman, a venerable dean of American Jewish thought and president of the U.S./Middle East Project, sat down for an interview with the Democracy Now! news hour. An ordained rabbi, Siegman is the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress and former executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, two of the major, mainstream Jewish organizations in the United States. He says the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel