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Democracy Now! Live Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling: Tune in Thursday 10-11am EDT

Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman will host a live one-hour broadcast on Thursday morning, June 28, covering the US Supreme Court's landmark decision on the Affordable Care Act, including commentary by Michael Moore.

June 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare

Wanna Buy an Election? Mother Jones Exposé on Dark Money, Citizens United (Pt. 2)

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Part two of our conversation with Monika Bauerlein and Andy Kroll of Mother Jones magazine. The new cover story in the magazine is called "Follow the Dark Money." We discuss at how Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson and others are bankrolling Mitt Romney’s campaign, why President Obama has opted to accepted unlimited super PAC donations, as well, and Stephen Colbert’s role in the debate over campaign finance. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: Police Detained Ramarley Graham’s Grandmother for Hours After Officer Shot Teen Dead

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Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on February 2 after New York police officers raided his home without a warrant and shot him dead. He was unarmed. Ramarley’s grandmother and his six-year-old brother were home at the time of the shooting. In this web exclusive we air more of our interview with Ramarley’s mother, Constance Malcolm; family attorney Royce Russell; and Carlton Berkley, a close friend of the Graham family and a former NYPD detective. [includes rush transcript]

Full Interview: Comedian, Activist Dick Gregory on Racial Profiling, the Death Penalty and Obama

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Amy Goodman interviews the legendary comedian Dick Gregory at Sunday’s Father’s Day march against the New York police practice known as stop-and-frisk. Gregory, 79, also talks about racial profiling, police relations, the execution of Troy Davis and the 2012 race. [includes rush transcript]

June 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Stop-and-Frisk, Dick Gregory

Part 3: Joseph Stiglitz on Ways to Lessen Inequality in the United States

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In an extended interview about his new book, "The Price of Inequality," Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers several recommendations for a reform agenda. [includes rush transcript]

Part 3: Norman Finkelstein on What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage

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After an exhaustive study of Mahatma Gandhi’s works, scholar and activist Norman Finkelstein has written a new book about the principles of nonviolent resistance from the Indian struggle for independence to Tahrir Square and Zuccotti Park. [includes rush transcript]

Syrian Filmmaker Who Appeared on Democracy Now! Killed in Homs While Training Local Activists

Democracy Now! is saddened to report that one of our past guests, Bassel Shahade, was killed last Monday while he worked on a documentary and trained media activists in Homs, Syria.

June 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Freedom of the Press, Human Rights

Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

September 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

Report on Potential Arrests at 2012 RNC Cites Arrest of Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman at 2008 RNC

An article about protesters coming to Tampa, Florida, for the 2012 Republican National Convention features Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman talking about her arrest at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Part 2: “Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America”

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We continue our conversation with Charles Ferguson, director of the Oscar award-winning documentary, “Inside Job,” about the 2008 financial crisis. In his new book, “Predator Nation,” he argues “the role of Democrats has been at least as great as the role of Republicans” in causing the crisis. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: "Magic Soap" Maker David Bronner on Organic Labeling, Fair Trade, Hemp and Not Selling Out

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In an extended interview, David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, discusses the history of the company, why they put sustainability and social justice ahead of profits, the organic and GMO labeling movements, the U.S. war on hemp, and why they refuse to sell out. [includes rush transcript]

May 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FDA, Environment

Part 2: Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth on Palestinian Prisoners, Saudi Arabia’s Role in Bahrain

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Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth examines why the U.S. has not pressured Bahrain to release pro-democracy activists. He also discusses Syria and the conditions in Israeli jails and courts that prompted 1,550 Palestinian prisoners to go on a hunger strike. [includes rush transcript]

May 08, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Syria, Palestine, Human Rights, Kenneth Roth

Democracy Now! Interviews the (Tax) Dodgers: Going to Bat for the 1%

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At the May Day rally in New York City’s Union Square, Amy Goodman bumped into the Tax Dodgers — a baseball team on which all of the players share the same number: 1 percent. [includes rush transcript]

May 02, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street

Part 2: David Harvey on Rebel Cities, Occupy Wall Street, and the Benefits of Class Struggle

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In part two of our interview with social theorist David Harvey, he notes the "urban center" of Occupy Wall Street has been key to its success. He also discusses Karl Marx, the lack of evidence that austerity stimulates economic growth, and how many of the social benefits that exist today were brought about through class struggle. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: Tavis Smiley & Cornel West on Growing Up Poor, Occupy Wall Street and Trayvon Martin Case

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In part two of our interview, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West discuss growing up in working-class households and compare the amount of money spent on war and the 2012 presidential campaign to funding for programs that assist the one in two Americans who are now poor. They also discuss the Trayvon Martin case and Ted Nugent’s potentially threatening comments about President Obama at the recent National Rifle Association meeting. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: "Sex, Race and Class" — Extended Interview with Selma James on Her Six Decades of Activism

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Watch our complete interview with the pioneering activist, writer and political thinker Selma James. She launched the International Wages for Housework Campaign three decades ago, controversially arguing that women should be paid for housework. That argument is still timely today as a debate over women’s work rocks the presidential race. [includes rush transcript]

Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

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As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

September 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11, 1973 Chilean Coup, Syria

Part 2: Father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, on Occupy Wall Street, Failed U.N. Response in Syria

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In part two of our conversation with Johan Galtung, he discusses Occupy Wall Street, which he considers "deeply American, in the most positive sense," and why the United Nations’ responses to Syria have failed to bring peace. [includes rush transcript]

April 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Occupy Wall Street, Afghanistan, Peace, Johan Galtung

Sharif Abdel Kouddous Receives Izzy Award For Outstanding Achievement in Independent Media

On Tuesday Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous won the fourth annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College. Sharif shared the award with the Center for Media and Democracy.

April 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Egypt, Arab Spring, ALEC, Koch Brothers

Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman Named "Truthdigger of the Week" for Bahrain Coverage

Amy Goodman caught Truthdig’s attention last week for her coverage of the crisis in Bahrain, which might readily have been pitched to American audiences as a story worthy of coverage as part of last year’s Arab Spring, with a familiar arc involving protesters rising up against a dictatorial regime, were it not for the United States’ specific military and business (read: oil) interests in the region.

April 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Arab Spring