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Ten Years After 9/11, Little-Known Sikh Community Still Target of Violence and Harassment

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In the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, we revisit a 2011 report by Democracy Now’s Jaisal Noor about how Sikh Americans have been targets of violence and harassment. Tune in Monday at 8am ET for an interview with Noor, and more coverage of the mass attack.

August 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sikh, Gun Control, Jaisal Noor

Part 2: Barlett and Steele on Media, Govt. Failure to Hold Wall St. Accountable for Financial Crimes

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In part two of our interview with the investigative duo James Steele and Don Barlett, they talk about the media’s failure to hold Wall Street or politicians accountable for financial crimes and mismanagement — topics covered in their new book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream." They also discuss attacks on Social Security, and campaign finance reform. [includes rush transcript]

DREAM Activist Speaks from Broward Detention Center: Listen to Exclusive Interview

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we speak with Viridiana Martinez, an undocumented DREAM activist who is being detained in the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, Florida. [includes rush transcript]

Matt Taibbi Explains Wall Street’s "License to Steal," Offshore Tax Havens and Private Equity Firms

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In part two of our interview with Matt Taibbi, he describes recent Wall Street scandals — including a decade-long Wall Street scandal that drained money from every county and state in the United States — and notes not a single bank executive has faced individual consequences. He also explains how Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, and others have used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. [includes rush transcript]

Radical Journalist, Media Critic Alexander Cockburn Dies, 1941-2012

Alexander Cockburn, the longtime journalist, columnist and publisher of the progressive website of news and analysis Counterpunch, has died at the age of 71. Cockburn was a prolific writer who authored columns over the years for the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal and The Nation magazine. Cockburn appeared on Democracy Now! several times including this 2003 appearance shortly after the publication of his book "The Politics of Anti-Semitism."

July 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

From the Archives: Michael Moore on Gun Violence & "Bowling For Columbine"

In October 2002 filmmaker Michael Moore visited the Democracy Now! firehouse studios to talk about his latest film, "Bowling for Columbine" about the Columbine High School massacre and violence in the United States.

July 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gun Control, Michael Moore, Michael Moore

Arctic Voices Slideshow: Resistance at the Tipping Point

See photographs by our guest on Friday, Subhankar Banerjee, which are featured in the new book, "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point" (7 Stories Press). Banerjee is a renowned photographer who spent the past decade working to conserve the Arctic, and raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change.

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.

Watch Interview with Maldives Ex-President Nasheed on Democracy Now! Ahead of Order to Stand Trial

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As prosecutors in the Indian Ocean state of Maldives have ordered the country’s ousted former president, Mohamed Nasheed, to stand trial, we revisit our interview about the coup that ousted him.

July 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Maldives

Chris Hayes on "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy"–Watch Part 2

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Amidst a series of recent scandals that have rocked the global banking system, journalist Chris Hayes joins us to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy." The book examines how Wall Street and other major institutions, from Congress to the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball, have been crippled by corruption and incompetence. Hayes is host of the MSNBC weekend show, "Up with Chris Hayes," and is editor-at-large of The Nation magazine. [includes rush transcript]

July 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Catholic Church, Chris Hayes

Tune in Thurs: Woody Guthrie’s Daughter & Granddaughter Join Steve Earle to Mark 100th Birthday

We will spend the hour Thursday, July 12, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie, with his daughter, Nora, and granddaughter, Anna. Also joining us in studio will be musician Steve Earle, who says Guthrie “invented my job.”

July 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Author Interviews

Watch Democracy Now! Special: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Overhaul, Individual Mandate

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A one-hour Democracy Now! special broadcast hosted by Amy Goodman, covering the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We get reaction from filmmaker Michael Moore, health insurance industry whistleblower Wendell Potter, Georgetown University law professor David Cole, Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society of New York, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program, Hilary Shelton of the NAACP, Russell Mokhiber of SinglePayerAction.org, and Karen Higgins of National Nurses United. [includes rush transcript]

June 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Supreme Court, Healthcare

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

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

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