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VIDEO: Extended Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal on New Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners’ Speech

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Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks with Democracy Now! about Pennsylvania’s new law that authorizes the censoring of public addresses of prisoners or former offenders if judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause "mental anguish" to the victim.

October 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison, Mumia Abu-Jamal

VIDEO: From Ferguson to NYC, Protesters Mark National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

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"From Ferguson to NYC, Stop Police Brutality" was the chant by parents of police victims and their allies who marked a national day of protest.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Police, New York

VIDEO TIMELINE: NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Revelations on Democracy Now!

Scroll through our video timeline to see all of our coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the reporting he fueled that exposed the "National Security Agency’s massive surveillance state.

Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination — at least so far.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Academic Freedom, Colorado, Students

THURSDAY: Laura Poitras on Her New Edward Snowden Documentary, "CitizenFour"

Watch the trailer for "CitizenFour," the new documentary about Edward Snowden, directed by Laura Poitras, who joins us Thursday. Watch past interview on Democracy Now! about how she faced harassment from U.S. agents long before she helped expose NSA spying.

October 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, National Security Agency, Edward Snowden

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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