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Breaking: Al Jazeera Reporter Jailed in Egypt Ordered Released After 10 Months


Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy has been ordered released from jail in Egypt after a nearly five-month hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge. Last week, we spoke to his brother Mohammed.

June 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Mohammed Elshamy

Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn’t know where to keep them.

June 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Immigration, Immigrant Rights

Romantic Comedy "Obvious Child" Offers Groundbreaking Cinematic Take on Abortion

The romantic comedy "Obvious Child" was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. It is opening in theaters today. "Obvious Child" has been hailed as the first romantic comedy about abortion, but it is much more than that. Watch our interview with "Obvious Child" director Gillian Robespierre.

June 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Abortion

Bergdahl, Afghanistan and the "Darkening of the American Soul"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
When Bowe Bergdahl was reported missing in Afghanistan on the morning of June 30, 2009, a crack formed in the U.S. narrative about the longest war in our nation’s history. Bergdahl’s release this week, as part of a prisoner-of-war swap with the Taliban, has provoked the partisan pundits to hurl invective at the American POW, his family, and at President Barack Obama.

June 05, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

VIDEO: Eric Lichtblau, Won Pulitzer with James Risen for Exposing NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping


The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from James Risen of The New York Times, who faces prison for protecting the identity of his confidential source. Watch our interview with Eric Lichtblau, who won a Pulitzer Prize with Risen for their reporting on the NSA despite White House pressure to kill the story.

June 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press, NSA, Domestic Surveillance

Yuri Kochiyama on Her Internment in WWII Japanese-American Detention Camp & Malcolm X Assassination


Civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama has died at the age of 93. In this interview, we learn how her activism began when she and her family were held in a Japanese-American internment camp. She also recalls how she cradled Malcolm X’s head after he was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom.

June 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Malcolm X, Civil Rights

READ: Aviva Chomsky on "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal"

As Obama delays immigration reform action, Aviva Chomsky joined us Friday to discuss how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. Read an excerpt from her new book.

May 29, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Labor

Maya Angelou, Still She Rises

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for African Americans.

May 29, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, Women’s Rights

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush Committed War Crimes

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official has said he believes President George W. Bush and other members of his administration committed war crimes around the Iraq war. Richard Clarke served as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism during President Bush’s first year in office.

May 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, War on Terror, Torture

Maya Angelou: Video Timeline of the Legendary Poet and Activist on Democracy Now!

Dr. Maya Angelou, the renowned poet and author, has passed away at the age of 86. Watch her tributes to Fannie Lou Hamer, Ossie Davis, Coretta Scott King, Max Roach, and Nelson Mandela.

May 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

William Worthy & Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known. William Worthy, a journalist, died at the age of 92. Civil-rights activist Vincent Harding was 82. Each was a witness to some of the most pivotal events of the latter half of the 20th century. They led their lives speaking truth to power, working for a better world.

May 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights, African-American History

RIP Vincent G. Harding, Historian Who Co-Wrote MLK’s "Beyond Vietnam" Speech


Dr. Vincent G. Harding, who famously wrote Dr. Martin Luther King has passed away at age 82. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!

Exclusive Interview with William Worthy, Dead at 92, on Reporting from Cuba, China, Iran Revolutions

Listen to an interview with journalist William Worthy, a World War II conscientious objector and defiant international correspondent who traveled to Cuba, China and Iran, faced federal prosecution, and was the subject of a Phil Ochs song.

Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
What is net neutrality? It’s the fundamental notion that anyone on the Internet can reach anyone else, that users can just as easily access a small website launched in a garage as they can access major Internet portals like Google or Yahoo.

May 15, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Net Neutrality

VIDEO TIMELINE: “You’re Being Watched” Democracy Now! Reports on Snowden & NSA’s Surveillance State

Use this new video timeline to see all of our coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his exposure of the NSA’s massive surveillance state, featuring extensive interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Glenn Greenwald.

"Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer"

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

May 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Part 2: Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on "The Black Power Mixtape"


Watch part 2 of our conversation with the renowned American actor, film director and political activist Danny Glover, and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film, "The Black Power Mixtape."

Extended Interview with The Yes Men on "Operation Second Thanks"


Extended web-only interview with The Yes Men and indigenous activist Gitz Crazyboy. Earlier this week, members of the group spoke at the Homeland Security Congress posing as U.S. government officials. At the conference, they announced a fictitious new U.S. government plan called "American Renewable Clean-Energy Network" to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. After the announcement, The Yes Men and indigenous activists led the audience in a large circle dance to celebrate the fictitious plan.

When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty

From the Vault: "The Execution Tapes: Georgia’s Secret Audio Recordings of Two Executions"


Listen to "The Execution Tapes," 19 recordings of electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984, including the botched execution of Alpha Otis O’Daniel Stephens on December 12, 1984.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty