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Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, follows the sadly short arc of Aaron’s life. A coalition of Internet activists, technologists and policy experts are joining together on Feb. 11 for “The Day We Fight Back.” As they say on their website, reflecting on the victory against SOPA, “Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines."

January 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet

"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

ELECTION NIGHT SPECIAL: JOIN DEMOCRACY NOW! 7pm–1am ET TV, Radio and Live Video Stream

Tune in Tuesday night from 7pm to 1am ET for Democracy Now!’s live special coverage of the 2012 election. Amy Goodman and Juan González, along with investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, will offer real-time results from presidential and congressional races, and bring you coverage of voter suppression efforts and key issues in the race. Correspondents and guests will join us from Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., New York City and more.

November 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Election 2012

Thousands Held in NYC Jail Will Not Be Evacuated Even As Surrounding Areas Face Storm Surge

New York City authorities promise the island home to 12,000 New York City prisoners sits on land high enough to withstand a Category 4 hurricane. But advocates told Democracy Now! they are still concerned that Rikers Island is not being evacuated, given the size of the Frankenstorm that is Hurricane Sandy. They also point to prison officials’ failure to communicate clearly with inmates and their families last year during Hurricane Irene.

October 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane, New York, Jean Casella, Lisa Ortega

WATCH: Full Expanding the Debate Special on Foreign Policy Featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson

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Watch our full three-and-a-half-hour "Expanding the Debate" special featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson responding to the same questions posed to President Obama and Mitt Romney in the final debate of the campaign. In a pre-debate discussion, we speak to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, University of San Francisco Professor Stephen Zunes, and Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org. [includes rush transcript]

October 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Expanding The Debate, Election 2012, Green Party

Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

TOKYO—“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima. His story, headlined, “The Atomic Plague” appeared in the London Daily Express on Sept. 5, 1945. Burchett violated the U.S. military blockade of Hiroshima, and was the first Western journalist to visit that devastated city. He wrote: “Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence.” Jump ahead 66 years, to March 11, 2011, and 600 miles north, to Fukushima and the Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused the tsunami.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Japan

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]

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.

October 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program. No, not news of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, but of a group of anti-Vietnam war activists who perpetrated one of the most audacious thefts of government secrets in U.S. history, and who successfully evaded capture, remaining anonymous for more than 40 years. Among them: two professors, a day-care provider and a taxi driver.

January 09, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, COINTELPRO, FBI

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

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

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.