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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"


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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