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CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and that agency might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up. Sadly, it obscures a graver problem: the untold story of the United States’ secret policy of torture and rendition (the latter is White House lingo for “kidnapping”).

March 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Torture, Domestic Spying

Dragnet Nation: Julia Angwin’s Quest for Privacy & Ray McGovern on FISA Court’s "Raw Take" Order

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In Part 2 of our interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Julia Angwin, she explains how she got her children interested in privacy by making it fun. We also speak with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about the newly revealed "Raw Take" order that weakened privacy restrictions.

READ: "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance"

Tune in Wednesday when we’ll speak with reporter Julia Angwin as part of a roundtable on whistleblowers, and discuss challenges journalists face in cultivating such sources due to online surveillance by the government and corporations. In the meantime, you can read Chapter 1 of her new book, Dragnet Nation."

March 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Privacy, Domestic Surveillance

CREDO Members: Only 3 weeks left to vote for Democracy Now!

This month, CREDO members vote to distribute 2014 donations funding — and how much we get this March depends on you. The more votes we receive, the greater our share of funding.

March 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

PART 2: Angela Davis on Solitary Confinement, Immigration Detention and "12 Years a Slave"

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Watch our extended interview with activist and scholar Angela Davis about the significance of the Oscar-winning film, "12 Years a Slave," the use of solitary confinement in prisons, and the global movement to challenge the expansion of immigrant detention. [includes rush transcript]

March 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Immigration, Oscars, Solitary Confinement

44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

March 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Oscar Countdown: Watch Our Filmmaker Interviews on "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing" & "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who have been nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary.

February 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Film

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss.

February 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, Mississippi, Civil Rights

BREAKING: Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Has Died

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Local officials confirm the tragic news that longtime black nationalist organizer and attorney Chokwe Lumumba has died of heart failure. He was 66. Watch our interview with Lumumba just after he was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi last June, when he said, "we’re about to make some advances and some strides in the development of human rights and the protection of human rights that I think have not been seen in other parts of the country."

February 26, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mississippi, Civil Rights, African-American History

PART 2: Interview with "Spies of Mississippi" Director and Reporter Jerry Mitchell

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In part two of our interview about the new film, "Spies of Mississippi," we continue our look at how the Mississippi state government spied on civil rights activists in the 1950s and 1960s. [includes rush transcript]

I Need Democracy Now! Because ...

To celebrate Democracy Now!’s 18th birthday, we asked our listeners and viewers to submit a photo or video that describes why they need Democracy Now!.

February 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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

VIDEO: Bahraini Human Rights Activist Zainab Alkhawaja Freed from Prison, Father Still Behind Bars

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Watch an interview with human rights activist Zainab Alkhawaja upon her release from prison by the Bahraini government after nearly a year behind bars. She faced a return to prison pending her appearance in court today, but her sister says the case been postponed until March 3. [includes rush transcript]

February 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Zainab Alkhawaja

Laverne Cox, CeCe McDonald on Facebook’s New Gender Options & How to Be an Ally to Trans People

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Part two of our conversation with transgender activist CeCe McDonald, actress Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black," and attorney Alisha Williams of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. [includes rush transcript]

February 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, LGBT, Alisha Williams, Laverne Cox, CeCe McDonald

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

UPDATE: Kidnapped Anti-Drone Activist Karim Khan Has Been Freed, Says He Was Tortured

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Karim Khan, an anti-drone activist who went missing in Pakistan on Feb. 5, has been released. He says he was interrogated, beaten and tortured but still plans to travel to Europe to meet with parliamentarians.

February 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, Drone Attacks, Drones

The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin. Most notably is intense, often violent homophobia, tacitly endorsed by the government with the recent passage of the law against “gay propaganda.” While Sochi shines a light on Russian human-rights violations, it affords an opportunity to expose the rampant corruption and abuse that accompanies the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

February 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Russia, Olympics, Pussy Riot

Amy Goodman Questions Freed Pussy Riot Members on Olympics, Putin & Obama During 1st U.S. Appearance

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Freed Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina made their first public appearance in the United States Tuesday after their release from prison in Russia. Amy Goodman was among the journalists who questioned them. [includes rush transcript]

February 05, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pussy Riot, Russia, Olympics

VIDEO: 350.org & Indigenous Groups Hold Vigils to Block Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

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Bill McKibben of 350.org and Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign spoke out on Monday night at a vigil at Union Square in New York City against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. It was one of 200 vigils held in response to last week’s State Department ruling claiming the pipeline’s northern leg would have a minimal impact on the local environment and climate change. [includes rush transcript]

February 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Keystone XL, Climate Change, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

VIDEO: Pete Seeger Recalls the 1949 Peekskill Riot Where He And Paul Robeson Were Attacked

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Watch an exclusive excerpt from our 2004 interview with the legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94. Seeger recalls the Peekskill Riots of 1949, when he and the singer and actor Paul Robeson were attacked after they performed.