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30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager in Chicago, was walking down the street when two police cruisers sped up to him. Officers jumped out, and at least one of them, Jason Van Dyke, began firing. Laquan fell to the ground, his final, painful moments caught on the dashboard video camera of a third police vehicle that had arrived just seconds before. Laquan spun as he was shot. Two bullets hit him in the back. As the video clearly shows, the bullets were pumped into him, evidenced by clouds of dust exploding off the pavement. This week, on the day the video was released to the public by court order, Officer Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder — 400 days after he killed Laquan McDonald.

November 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police, Police Brutality, Chicago

Showdown on the Syrian Border: Vijay Prashad on Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet


We look at Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane near the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday–one of the most serious clashes between a NATO member country and Russia in half a century.

November 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Vijay Prashad

Exclusive: Detained Honduran Woman, Moved to Mostly Male TX Prison After Hunger Strike, Speaks Out


In an exclusive interview from detention, a Honduran asylum seeker says she was transferred to a mostly male prison in retaliation for going on hunger strike. "We came to seek refuge and instead we found punishment," Amalia Leal says.

November 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigrant Rights, Immigration, Prison

This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

November 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

Peter Bouckaert of HRW: Shutting the Door on Refugees Would Be Propaganda Victory for Islamic State


Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director, has spent the last few months in the Balkans and Greece speaking to refugees coming mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

November 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Iraq, Peter Bouckaert

Part 3: Nick Turse on How Secret U.S. Drone Outposts Create Ill Will in Countries Across Africa


In Part 3 of our interview, journalist Nick Turse talks about his new investigation into secret U.S. drone outposts across Africa.

November 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Africa, Military, Drone Attacks, Nick Turse

Over 120 Dead in Paris Shootings, Bombings

France has declared a state of emergency after at least 120 people were killed in Paris after a series of coordinated attacks.

November 14, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, France

Watch Part 2: Nick Turse Tracks U.S. Special Operations Forces from Africa to Syria


As President Obama deploys special operation forces to Syria, breaking his pledge not to put U.S. troops on the ground, we continue our conversation with journalist Nick Turse, who has been tracking the expansion of global U.S. militarism for the website TomDispatch and The Intercept.

November 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Africa, Military, Drone Attacks, Nick Turse

Terror in Little Saigon: The Shocking Story of a Vietnamese Death Squad Killing 5 Journalists in US Pt. 2


During the 1980s, five Vietnamese-American reporters were murdered in the United States. Despite lengthy FBI probes, none of the victims’ killers were ever brought to justice.

November 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Vietnam, Freedom of the Press, A.C. Thompson, Rick Rowley

U. of Illinois to Pay $875K Settlement to Steven Salaita After Firing Him for Tweets About Gaza

University of Illinois trustees have voted to agree to a financial settlement with Steven Salaita. Last year, his job offer for a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was withdrawn after he posted tweets harshly critical of the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza.

November 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education, Israel & Palestine

Ithaca Students Call for President to Resign After Racist Incidents


At Ithaca College in upstate New York, up to 2,000 faculty, students and staff staged a walkout on Wednesday to call for the resignation of President Tom Rochon.

November 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America

Even War Has Rules

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Neither of the two recent Doctors Without Borders hospital attacks has been mentioned in any of the U.S. presidential debates or forums. Doesn’t anyone remember the Geneva Conventions?

November 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

U. Missouri President Quits After Football Team Goes on Strike to Support Protests Against Racism

The University of Missouri’s president, Tim Wolfe, announced he would step down today after protests over his handling of racial tensions on campus rocked the school.

November 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education

VIDEO: Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry

On Saturday, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC to talk about the 2015 elections, drug policy and the future of healthcare in Kentucky under newly-elected Republican governor Matt Bevin.

November 09, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Hossam Bahgat: Egypt Detains Leading Journalist, Human Rights Defender

In Egypt, the leading investigative journalist and human rights activist Hossam Bahgat has been detained by Egyptian military intelligence.

November 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

We Are Many: The Story of the Largest Global Protest That Would Change the World Forever (Pt. 2)


Part 2 of our interview with filmmaker Amir Amirani on "We Are Many," a documentary that tells the story of the historic February 15, 2003, protests against the Iraq War.

November 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, Iraq, Amir Amirani

Breaking: President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline in Victory for Climate Activists

In a major victory for environmentalists, President Obama has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

November 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Keystone XL

The Long Run: Father of Missing Mexican Student Finishes New York Marathon to Call for Son’s Return


Antonio Tizapa, father of one of the 43 missing Mexican students, ran the New York City Marathon Sunday in a silent protest, calling for his son’s return.

November 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mexico, Drug War

The Price We Pay: Inside the World of Big Corporate Tax Havens and Offshore Finance (Pt. 2)


Part 2 of our interview with director Harold Crooks and economist James Henry on "The Price We Pay," a new documentary that tackles the issue of tax havens and their cost to the societies losing out on trillions of dollars in revenue.

November 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Tax Havens, Harold Crooks, James Henry

Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC Saturday, November 7

Don’t miss Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry," this Saturday, November 7th. The show airs live from 10 a.m. to Noon ET on MSNBC.

November 05, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News