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VIDEO: Detroit Residents Meet with United Nations Officials, Demand Moratorium on Water Shutoffs

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Democracy Now! was in Detroit this weekend when residents impacted by water shutoffs met with United Nations officials who are visiting to investigate possible human rights violations.

October 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit, Water, Human Rights

Pan-Africanist Scholar Ali Mazrui Dies at 81; Watch 2009 Democracy Now! Interview on Obama Election

The renowned Kenyan scholar Ali Mazrui has died at the age of 81. For nearly half a century, he was considered an intellectual giant in African studies. In 2009, he appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the election of Barack Obama.

October 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Africa, Obama, Ali Mazrui

Actor Jesse Williams Joins Ferguson October: This is a Basic Desire Not to Be Killed with Impunity

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When Democracy Now! was in St. Louis to report on Ferguson October, we spoke with Grey’s Anatomy actor and activist Jesse Williams, who joined thousands in calling for police accountability and justice for Michael Brown.

October 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Michael Brown, Police Brutality, Police, Jesse Williams

READ: Excerpt from James Risen’s New Book "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War"

Read "Pallets of Cash," an excerpt from the new book by New York Times investigative reporter James Risen, and watch our extended interview.

We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes — but not in the Middle East.

October 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Ebola, Healthcare

WATCH: Noam Chomsky Speaks at United Nations, Q&A With Amy Goodman

Watch Amy Goodman moderate an audience Q&A session following a lecture by MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky on the prospects on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event is hosted by United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

October 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Palestine

Cornel West: President Obama Doesn’t Belong on Any Shirt with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

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In part two of our interview, Dr. Cornel West compares the legacy of President Obama to another Nobel Prize winner, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

October 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Cornel West

Malachi: Musical Act Mecca Normal Pays Tribute to Antiwar Activist Who Died by Self-Immolation

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Eight years ago, a Chicago musician, archivist and activist named Malachi Ritscher died after setting himself on fire to protest the war in Iraq. A traveling art exhibit is now paying tribute to his life. We speak with the band Mecca Normal who wrote the song, "Malachi."

October 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Art & Politics, Jean Smith, David Lester

Ferguson October: Youth Organizers Plan Weekend of Resistance 2 Months After Death of Michael Brown

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In the wake of the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, activists in Ferguson, Missouri, are calling on people to join them this weekend — from October 10 to 13 — for a national protest against police racial bias and violence against black and Latino communities.

October 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Michael Brown, Tef Poe, Tory Russell, Ashley Yates

Remembering Poet-Playwright-Activist Amiri Baraka, Born 80 Years Ago Today

A leading force in the Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones 80 years ago today on Oct. 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. Baraka died in Newark on January 9 at the age of 79.

October 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History

Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go. Scores of medical facilities have been shuttered in Texas, stranding almost a million women hundreds of miles from a healthcare facility that they might need. The reason? These facilities provide, among other services, safe, legal abortions.

October 09, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Abortion

Inside the Dark Alliance: Gary Webb on the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

We look back at Democracy Now! interviews with Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who is the subject of the new film, "Kill the Messenger."

October 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gary Webb, CIA-Contra Cocaine Scandal, Drug War, Nicaragua

Who is Gen. Michael Nagata, the Man Tapped by Obama to Train the Syrian Rebels?

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Jeremy Scahill talks about Gen. Michael Nagata, who once wrote a classified briefing attacking the reporting of Scahill and Seymour Hersh after they exposed secret U.S. military operations inside Pakistan.

October 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Jeremy Scahill

READ: "Back Channel to Cuba" Exposes the Hidden History of Washington-Havana Negotiations

Read the introduction to "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana" and watch our interview with the new book’s authors.

October 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Author Interviews

Part 2: Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change and War, Lessons from Anti-Apartheid Struggle

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In our extended interview with Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, he examines connections between climate change and U.S. war in the Middle East, and shares how his activism is shaped by his experience in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

September 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Kumi Naidoo

Video: $50 Billion Pledged for Fossil Fuel Divestment as Rockefeller Heirs Join Growing Movement

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The heirs to Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller have joined other foundations that are divesting from fossil fuels.

September 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

Part 2: Friends of the Earth’s Asad Rehman on Climate Change and War

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In part two of our conversation, Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth discusses the connections between war and climate change.

September 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Asad Rehman

A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colorado

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
High-school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

October 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education

Part 2: Leading Environmentalists Decry Inaction by United Nations on Climate Crisis

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As the United Nations summit on climate change takes place in New York City, we continue our conversation with three leading environmentalists: Vandana Shiva of India, Desmond D’Sa of South Africa, and Winona LaDuke of the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Exclusive: Listen to Neil Young’s New Climate Anthem "Who’s Gonna Stand Up" (Acoustic Solo)

Ahead of the People’s Climate March, Neil Young has shared with Democracy Now! an acoustic recording of his new song, "Who’s Gonna Stand Up."

September 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Art & Politics