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Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

June 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Edward Snowden, NSA, Domestic Surveillance

Report from Istanbul: Turkish Police Attack Protesters in Taksim Square with Tear Gas, Water Cannons

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Turkish riot police have forcibly removed throngs of protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square after nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Beginning Tuesday and lasting overnight, officers fired tear gas and water cannons into a crowd of thousands of people, forcing them to disperse. [includes rush transcript]

June 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Turkey, Koray Caliskan

A Strike at Wal-Mart: Josh Eidelson on Growing Worker Movement at World’s Largest Retailer

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On May 28, around 100 Wal-Mart workers in Florida, Massachusetts and California walked off the job for an unprecedented series of "prolonged strikes" against worker retaliation. In this web exclusive, we speak with Josh Eidelson of The Nation. [includes rush transcript]

Click here to watch Part 1 of this interview.

June 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Walmart, Labor, Josh Eidelson

WATCH: Amy Goodman Discusses NSA Leaks on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes'

On Monday Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes' to discuss the NSA leak and Edward Snowden.

Inside the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Apparatus: Whistleblower William Binney Speaks Out

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In this web special, William Binney describes how his former agency has built a massive system to track, monitor and record phone and Internet communications of U.S. citizens and people around the world. [includes rush transcript]

June 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Domestic Spying, Edward Snowden, William Binney

Witness to a Massacre: Yemeni Tribal Leader Recalls How U.S. Attack on al-Majalah Killed 45 Civilians

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In this web-only segment on secret U.S. operations inside Yemen, we look at the first air strike on Yemen authorized by President Obama: a deadly cruise missile attack on the village of al-Majalah. Most of the 45 killed were women and children. [includes rush transcript]

June 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yemen, Jeremy Scahill, Saleh bin Fareed

Time for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is rapidly approaching, commemorating the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. King’s words from that National Cathedral speech ring true today, as we face again the crisis of poverty and hunger.

June 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Poverty, U.S. Economy

VIDEO REPORT: Inside Istanbul’s Taksim Square Protesters Remain Despite Police Attacks

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In this video report filed from inside Taksim Square, independent journalist Brandon Jourdan brings us the voices of union members and others who have continued to join in the protest that began nine days ago and has continued despite police violence that has left thousands injured. [includes rush transcript]

June 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Turkey

Must Watch 2008 Debate: U.N. Ambassador Nominee Samantha Power vs. Jeremy Scahill

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President Obama is set to nominate former White House aide Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In 2008, she debated investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill about Kosovo, Iraq sanctions and interventionism.

June 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, United Nations, Jeremy Scahill, Samantha Power

Ralph Nader on the Federal Reserve’s Gamble, Bradley Manning & Fighting the Two-Party System

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Part two of our conversation with longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. [includes rush transcript]

June 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Ralph Nader

Hammond, Manning, Assange and Obama’s Sledgehammer Against Dissent

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
One cyberactivist’s federal case wrapped up this week, and another’s is set to begin. While these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who were charged, it is the growing menace of government and corporate secrecy that should be on trial.

Web Exclusive: Julian Assange on Fighting the International Crackdown on WikiLeaks

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In this 40-minute web exclusive interview, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks discusses his more than 300 days in the Ecuadorean embassy, the U.S. Justice Department spying on journalists, the future of WikiLeaks and Visa’s financial blockade on WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

May 29, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

Part 2: Alice Walker on Activism, Gay Marriage, Angela Davis, Obama and Turning 70 Years Old

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We continue our conversation with author, poet and activist Alice Walker about her new books and play an excerpt of a new documentary about another world-renowned author, activist and scholar: Angela Davis. Walker also discusses the meaning of the subtitle to "The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way," and shares her thoughts on gay marriage and President Obama’s record so far during his second term in office. [includes rush transcript]

May 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Gay Marriage

Video: Jeremy Scahill & Noam Chomsky on Secret U.S. Dirty Wars From Yemen to Pakistan to Laos

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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill speaks Friday, May 31st, in New York. He and author Noam Chomsky recently sat down together at Harvard University to discuss Scahill’s groundbreaking new book, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield."

Another Memorial Day in This Endless War

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Nearly 12 years after it was first enacted, the Authorization for Use of Military Force remains in force, giving the Obama administration and the Pentagon carte blanche to wage war, to occupy nations, to kill people with drone “signature strikes,” based not on guilt but on a remote analysis of a suspect’s “patterns of life.”

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Obama Admin. Admits for First Time It Killed Four U.S. Citizens in Drone Strikes Outside War Zones

The United States has formally confirmed for the first time that it killed four American citizens in Yemen and Pakistan, "outside of areas of active hostilities." Watch Democracy Now! Thursday when we get reaction from Jeremy Scahill, author of "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield."

May 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, John Brennan, Drones

Dissent or Terror: Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

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Newly revealed documents show how police partnered with corporations to monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. [includes rush transcript]

Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma Kills Dozens, Is There a Link to Climate Change?

A huge tornado with winds of up to 200 miles per hour tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday killing dozens of people. The storm ripped up at least two elementary schools and a hospital.

May 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change

The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court. More than three decades after he seized power in a coup in Guatemala, unleashing a U.S.-backed campaign of slaughter against his own people, the 86-year-old stood trial, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. He was given an 80-year prison sentence. The case was inspired and pursued by three brave Guatemalan women: the judge, the attorney general and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guatemala

VIDEO: From Boston to Pakistan, Pentagon Officials Claim Entire World is a Battlefield

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In a Senate hearing today, Pentagon officials claimed President Obama and future presidents have the power to send troops anywhere in the world to fight groups linked to al-Qaeda, based in part on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed by Congress days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. [includes rush transcript]

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Drone Attacks, Pentagon, Drones