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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

Naomi Klein on Motherhood, Geoengineering, Climate Debt & the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

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Extended web-exclusive interview with Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Naomi Klein

A Climate Week to Change Everything

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

September 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, United Nations

Naomi Klein: "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Book Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Naomi Klein

"The Throwaways": New Film Spotlights Impact of Police Killings and Mass Incarceration in Upstate NY

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Amidst national outrage over police brutality across the country, we look at a new film that documents police shootings and the consequences of mass incarceration in upstate New York. "The Throwaways" focuses on the idea that certain lives in our society are considered disposable. It follows activist and filmmaker Ira McKinley, a former felon, as he seeks to document and mobilize his community of Albany, New York.

Part 2: Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Speaks Out About Documenting IDF Abuse in Gaza, West Bank

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Watch part two of our conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza. Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels.

September 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Eran Efrati

The Climate Marches On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” He asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer: “I say, break the law.”

September 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

READ: “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year” by Tavis Smiley

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, which examines the personal struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. during his final year, when he faced rejection by the press, the president, and much of the country’s black middle class and militants, after he spoke out against the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Martin Luther King, Vietnam, Military Industrial Complex

Part 2: "The Prohibition Paradigm Has Failed," Leaders Urge Prevention, Treatment for Drug Addicts

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Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, describes his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said world leaders should move away from a failed prohibition paradigm and militarized drug war to focus more on legalization, prevention and treatment.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Marijuana, Latin America, Ethan Nadelmann, Michel Kazatchkine

Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a day of grassroots action. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules.

September 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Net Neutrality

Watch Charles Bowden on DN! "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields"

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Author and investigative reporter Charles Bowden died Saturday at his home in Arizona at the age of 69. Watch our April 2010 interview with Bowden, when he had just published "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields."

September 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Arizona, Drug War, Mexico

Part 2: Yvonne Ng on the "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video"

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We continue our conversation with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video."

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yvonne Ng

The Guns of August

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

In her epic book, "The Guns of August," historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths. We can look at that war in retrospect, as if through a distant mirror.

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Libya in Chaos: Vijay Prashad on Rise of Islamist Militias & Bloody Legacy of 2011 U.S. Intervention

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Islamist militants in Libya say they have solidified control of the capital Tripoli after taking over the main airport and ousting rival militias. Libya is facing its worst violence since the U.S.-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Watch Part One of Vijay Prashad Interview:

August 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya, Vijay Prashad

"Black Life Is Treated with Short Worth": Talib Kweli & Rosa Clemente on Michael Brown Shooting

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World-renowned hip-hop artist Talib Kweli and longtime activist Rosa Clemente speak out from Ferguson on the shooting of Michael Brown, police brutality, hip-hop and more.

"Gaza in our Hearts": NYC Protesters Hang Palestinian Flag from Manhattan Bridge (Photos)

Protesters in New York City unfurled a massive Palestinian flag with the words "Gaza in our hearts. Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions" from the Manhattan Bridge on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, New York

The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Thousands are protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Four miles south in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Brown

VIDEO: "We are All Michael Brown" — NYC Parents Whose Kids Were Killed by Police Rally for Justice

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Parents with children killed by police were among those who attended a rally in front of New York City police headquarters on Monday to demand justice in the murder of Michael Brown and similar cases.

August 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Michael Brown, Police, New York, Protests

James Risen, Surveillance and Obama’s Threat to Journalism

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Obama administration’s espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

August 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press, Whistleblowers