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"Dirty Wars" Wins Official Academy Award Nomination For Best Documentary

The film, "Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield," has received an official nomination for 2014 best documentary by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film features longtime Democracy Now! correspondent and investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill and is directed by Richard Rowley. Click to see our many interviews with them.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Jeremy Scahill, Oscars

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

The Oscar Nominee Interviews: 2014 Picks Include "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.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Jeremy Scahill, Egypt, Indonesia, Film

Remembering Amiri Baraka Part 2 Featuring Sonia Sanchez, Felipe Luciano, Larry Hamm, Komozi Woodard

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Watch this online-only extended interview on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer who died Thursday at the age of 79. We talk to four of his friends and play some of Amiri Baraka in his own words. [includes rush transcript]

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

From COINTELPRO to Snowden, the FBI Burglars Speak Out After 43 Years of Silence (Part 2)

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Watch part 2 of our extended discussion with three of the antiwar activists who broke into an FBI office in 1971 in Media, Pennsylvania. They are speaking out publicly this week for the first time. [includes rush transcript]

Noam Chomsky: 1971 Burglary of FBI Office Proved Agency Had Become a "National Political Police"

In this web exclusive, world-renowned dissident Noam Chomsky reflects on the significance of the 1971 burglary of the FBI office in Pennsylvania that exposed COINTELPRO. [includes rush transcript]

January 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, COINTELPRO, FBI, Noam Chomsky

Coming Up: Meet the Antiwar Activists Who Broke Into an FBI Office in 1971 & Exposed COINTELPRO

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On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will interview three peace activists who just revealed their involvement in one of the biggest mysteries of the Vietnam War era — the 1971 break-in of an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. The burglars took every paper in the office, including documents revealing the existence of the secret counter-intelligence program, nicknamed COINTELPRO, which at the time was targeting black nationalists, antiwar activists and Native American groups.

January 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Domestic Spying

Congress to the Unemployed: Eat Confetti

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Is this really how we want to start the new year, by denying unemployment benefits to more than a million Americans who have lost their jobs?

January 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Economy, Unemployment

BREAKING: Lynne Stewart Freed From Prison, Granted "Compassionate Release"

Ailing civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart has been released from prison and will come to New York City to live with her son.

December 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Lynne Stewart, Prison

Top 20 Democracy Now! Segments of 2013

Watch the 20 most-viewed Democracy Now! segments on our website.

CREDO Members (Or Not!): Dec. 31 is deadline to vote Democracy Now! to receive 2013 donation funding

Now, more than ever, Democracy Now! needs your help. Each year, CREDO members vote to distribute 2013 donations funding — and how much we get depends on you. The more votes we receive, the greater our share of funding.

December 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

December 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Yemen

PART 2: Calls Grow to Release Aging People from Prison Who Pose No Public Safety Threat

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We continue our interview about the issues leading to a skyrocketing population of aging people behind bars, and feature comments about their conditions from political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO TIMELINE: Political Prisoners Amongst Soaring Population of Elderly Behind Bars

Watch a video timeline of Democracy Now!’s reporting on aging political prisoners, including Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Albert Woodfox of the Angola Three and others; and see reports documenting the skyrocketing population of aging men and women expected to die behind bars in a prison system ill prepared to handle them and still oriented towards mass incarceration.

December 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Angola 3, Leonard Peltier, Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

December 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NSA, Edward Snowden, Whistleblowers

PART 2: Gabor Maté and Alan Schwarz on "The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder"

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In part two of our discussion with physician Gabor Maté and New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz, we discuss how attention deficit disorder manifests in children and adults, and why medication is not the solution for everyone who shows symptoms, even if they are properly diagnosed. [includes rush transcript]

December 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare, Education, Addiction, Gabor Maté, Alan Schwarz

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December 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Mandela: The Man and the Movement

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Nelson Mandela is rightly remembered for his remarkable ability to reconcile with his oppressors, and the political prescription his forgiveness entailed for the new South Africa. Mandela has passed, but what he has passed on to succeeding generations is his deep belief in the power of movements to make change.

December 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela on How Cuba "Destroyed the Myth of the Invincibility of the White Oppressor"

In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for helping to end apartheid and colonialism in southern Africa. On July 26, 1991, he gave the following speech.

December 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, South Africa