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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

VIDEO & AUDIO: International Human Rights Day Becomes Call for Obama to Stop Deportations

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Watch a video of immigrant rights activists arrested outside a detention center in New Jersey today, and hear a phone call from a young DREAMer who infiltrated a detention center in Texas.

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Human Rights

READ: Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria & the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will look into the relationship between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and in Cuba under Fidel Castro, which has drawn more attention after President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today as he made his way to speak at the podium during the memorial to Nelson Mandela.

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Cuba

Nelson Mandela & Fidel Castro: A Video You Won’t See on the Evening News

In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to meet with then-President Fidel Castro on one of his first international trips after being freed from prison. Mandela called the Cuban Revolution "a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people." [includes rush transcript]

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, South Africa

VIDEO: Filmmaker Danny Schechter on Impact of Nelson Mandela’s Visit to the United States

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In part 2 of our interview with Danny Schechter, who has made six nonfiction films on Nelson Mandela, including "Mandela in America," he recalls the impact of the anti-apartheid leader’s visit to eight cities, including New York, Detroit, Oakland and Los Angeles. [includes rush transcript]

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, South Africa, Danny Schechter

"Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Wal-Mart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Wal-Mart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, U.S. Labor Protests, U.S. Economy

The Oscar Shortlist Interviews: 2014 Nominees Include "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing," "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who made the shortlist of 15 films that will compete for the Documentary Feature Oscar.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Egypt, Indonesia, Jeremy Scahill

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Vandana Shiva and Jane Goodall

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Watch our full interview with Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva at the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit. [includes rush transcript]

Web Exclusive: Noam Chomsky in Conversation with French Filmmaker Michel Gondry

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At the world premiere of the new documentary "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" in New York City, filmmaker Michel Gondry sat down with the subject of the film, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist, author and activist. [includes rush transcript]

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, Michel Gondry, Noam Chomsky

Watch: Michel Gondry Drawing Illustration of Amy Goodman

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After our interview with Michel Gondry about his new film, "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" featuring Noam Chomsky, the French filmmaker quickly drew an illustration of Amy Goodman. Watch Gondry in action.

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics

Publisher André Schiffrin, Founder of New Press, Has Died at Age 78

André Schiffrin, a leading figure in the book publishing world for nearly 50 years, has died at age 78. Watch our 2007 interview with the former editor in chief of Pantheon Books, and founder of the nonprofit publishing house, The New Press.

December 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Art & Politics

Talking Turkey About Climate Change

Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another extreme weather event is disrupting one of the most popular traditions here in the United States, Thanksgiving. Climate science predicts that, as the planet warms, events like this will increase in their frequency and their severity.

November 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Pt 2: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups

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In this web-only interview, we continue the discussion with Gary Ruskin, director of the Center for Corporate Policy, about the new report, "Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations."

November 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Domestic Spying, Corporate Power

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

This year’s climate meeting has a new feature: corporate sponsorship.

November 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

VIDEO: Voices of the March for Climate and Social Justice at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland

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See some of the people who came from around the world to demand climate justice as delegates meet for the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland. [includes rush transcript]

November 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Warsaw Climate Summit 2013, Climate Change

Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Cyber-Activism

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Today in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, cyber-activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor. Watch a press conference with his attorneys. [includes rush transcript]

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anonymous, Jeremy Hammond, Hacking

Web Exclusive: René Pérez of Calle 13 Interviewed by Juan González (In Spanish)

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After our regular broadcast today, Juan González and René Pérez of Calle 13 continued the conversation in Spanish. They talked about Puerto Rico, Pérez’s new collaboration with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, the intersection of arts and politics, how he got his nickname "Residente," grassroots social movements in Latin America, and more.

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Puerto Rico, WikiLeaks, Latin America, René Pérez

Typhoon Haiyan Demands Climate Action at the U.N. Summit in Warsaw

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan.

"Typhoon Haiyan, a storm of historic proportions, has devastated the largely impoverished population of the Philippines. In seeming synchrony, halfway around the world, thousands of negotiators, scientists, politicians and journalists are gathering for the annual United Nations Climate Change summit, held this year in Warsaw, Poland."