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U.S.-Russian Tensions Heighten over Syria; Roots of Conflict Stem from NATO Bombing of Libya

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Part two of our conversation with Wall Street Journal national security correspondent Adam Entous. He discusses his latest article, "U.S. Decided Not to Horse-Trade with Russia on Assad." [includes rush transcript]

September 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Russia, Libya, Adam Entous

Obama and Putin: Time For Diplomacy on Syria

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

September 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria, Obama, Russia

Watch Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "All in With Chris Hayes": Will the U.S. intervene in Syria?

Watch MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talk about the liberal interventionist argument for military action in Syria, with Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now!," former Congressman Tom Perriello, and Eli Lake, senior national security correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

September 03, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Syria

Broadcaster David Frost, 74, Dies; Watch Ron Howard Interview on His Film "Frost/Nixon"

British broadcasting legend David Frost has died at the age of 74. In 1977 he conducted a series of historic interviews with former president Richard Nixon who had resigned three years earlier. The interview was later dramatized in the film "Frost/Nixon."

September 01, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Nuclear’s Demise, From Fukushima to Vermont

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Welcome to the nuclear renaissance. Entergy Corp., one of the largest nuclear-power producers in the United States, issued a surprise press release Tuesday, saying it plans "to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt. While the press release came from the corporation, it was years of people’s protests and state legislative action that forced its closure. At the same time that activists celebrate this key defeat of nuclear power, officials in Japan admitted that radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe are far worse than previously acknowledged.

August 29, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Japan, Nuclear Power, Vermont Yankee

Pt 2: 50 Years After March on Washington, Little-Seen 1970 Doc Follows MLK in Montgomery, Birmingham

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As part of today’s national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we continue our discussion with Associate Producer Richard Kaplan of the rarely seen Oscar-nominated documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis." [includes rush transcript]

After Decades of Protests, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to Close

Entergy announced plans today to close and decommission the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont, by the end of 2014. The site has been the target of protests for decades.

August 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nuclear Power, Vermont Yankee

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: CA Prisoner Todd Ashker on His Evolution From Violence to Peaceful Hunger Strike

On Friday we aired part of an audio recording of Todd Ashker, one of 79 prisoners on hunger strike in California since July 8. In this extended audio, he describes how he evolved from violence to a peaceful hunger-strike protest to call for better conditions. [includes rush transcript]

August 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Hunger Strike, California

WATCH: Full Extended Interview With Manning’s Attorney After 35-Year Sentence

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Watch the complete interview conducted Wednesday by independent journalist Alexa O’Brien with Pfc. Bradley Manning’s attorney, David Coombs–his first time speaking to the media after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, and ahead of Manning’s gender transition announcement Thursday. [includes rush transcript]

Manning Wronged AND Miranda’s Rights

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people,” wrote the late historian Howard Zinn, author of “A People’s History of the United States.” These words were included in a statement by Pfc. Chelsea Manning after she was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

"I Want Everyone to Know the Real Me. I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am a Female."

Read Bradley Manning’s full statement on his plan to begin hormone therapy to transition to a female and to change his name.

August 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, LGBT

Bradley Manning: "Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society"

The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, Whistleblowers

Julian Assange: Bradley Manning Sentence is an "Affront to Basic Concepts of Western Justice"

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks responds to the sentencing of Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning

"A Sad Day For All Americans": Human Rights and Legal Organizations Slam Bradley Manning Sentence

Response from Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights on the sentencing of Bradley Manning.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years In Prison

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Manning faced a maximum of 90 years in prison after his conviction last month on charges of espionage, theft and fraud. Manning’s sentence will automatically go the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, where he can seek a reduction of his prison term.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning

READ: Two New Books on "Misremembering" MLK’s "I Have a Dream" Speech at the March on Washington

Read an excerpt from the new book by our recent guest, historian William P. Jones, "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights."

As Indonesia Threatens West Papuan Freedom Flotilla, Benny Wenda on Struggle for Independence

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A group of Australian and West Papuan activists have set sail on a Freedom Flotilla bound for the Indonesian territory of West Papua. We speak to West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda. [includes rush transcript]

August 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, West Papua, Indonesia, Jennifer Robinson, Benny Wenda

"Stop-and-Frisk": The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, federal district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York City Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. Hip-hop and stop-and-frisk are central aspects of the lives of millions of people, especially black and Latino youths. Despite his success as an accomplished musician and producer, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson confronts racism in his daily life.

August 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Questlove on How He Warned Occupy Wall Street of the Police Raid on Zuccotti Park

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Some have called Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson the "Paul Revere of Occupy Wall Street" after he tweeted them a warning on the night of November 2011 police raid of Zuccotti Park. In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, Questlove tells us the story. [includes rush transcript]

Web Exclusive: Questlove on His Memoir, Hip Hop, Occupy, Stevie Wonder and The Cosby Show

Here are some web-only highlights of our interview with hip-hop artist Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer and co-founder of The Roots, the legendary hip-hop group and house band on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

August 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America, Trayvon Martin, Author Interviews