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Imagine Something Different

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address. He was addressing both houses of Congress, which are controlled by his bitter foes. Most importantly, though, he was addressing the country. From whose lives has the shadow of crisis passed? And for whom is this Union strong?

January 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Poverty, Economy, Money & Politics

READ: "Guantánamo Diary": The Only Public Account by a Still-Imprisoned, Tortured Detainee

Read the first chapter of of "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the first and only public account written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee.

January 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Books, Author Interviews

Pt. 2: A Massacre in Guatemala: Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú on 1980 Fire That Killed Her Father

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Part 2 of our conversation with Rigoberta Menchú following Monday’s sentencing of a former Guatemalan police chief who ordered an attack on 37 peasant activists and student organizers in 1980 who were occupying the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala City to protest government repression.

January 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchú, Pamela Yates

WATCH: Amy Goodman Shares Her MLK Day Playlist With BlackBook

What did you listen to this MLK Day? Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman spoke with the arts and culture magazine BlackBook about what songs and interviews are on her mind.

The Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Speech: How the Pacifica Radio Archives Unearthed a Piece of History

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Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, discusses how he discovered a lost recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Part 2: Film "Vessel" Follows Doctor Who Took Safe Abortion to the Seas & the Internet

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In Part 2 of our interview, Diana Whitten, director of "Vessel," talks about how Brazilian women first discovered the medication misoprostol could be used to induce abortion, and how Dr. Rebecca Gomperts and her team have helped women to take the pills safely in countries where abortion is illegal.

January 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Abortion, Women’s Health, Women’s Rights, Film, Diana Whitten

Oscars 2015: Laura Poitras’ Film on Edward Snowden, "Citizenfour," Nominated for Best Documentary

Watch clips from "Citizenfour" and see our in-depth interview with filmmaker Laura Poitras.

January 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Edward Snowden, Film, NSA

The Other Charlies

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

January 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Charlie Hebdo Attack, Freedom of the Press

"The Other Charlies": In Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Spotlight Grows on Press Freedom Attacks Worldwide

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Two days after millions marched in France to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Reporters Without Borders is urging the international community to protect press freedom across the globe.

"Cartoonist Lives Matter": Art Spiegelman Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack, Power of Cartoons

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Web Exclusive: Watch our extended discussion with the famed cartoonist, editor and comics advocate Art Spiegelman.

Close Guantánamo — Then Give It Back to Cuba

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantánamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet. This grim anniversary, and the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, serves as a reminder that we need to permanently close the prison and return the land to its rightful owners, the Cuban people. It is time to put an end to this dark chapter of United States history.

January 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Guantanamo

WATCH: Amy Goodman Discusses Policing in America on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry

Watch Amy Goodman join Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC to talk about the history of policing in America, and the history of the role of white allies in racial justice protest movements.

Scott Horton: "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy" (Book Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Scott Horton’s new book, "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy."

January 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, Torture

Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

January 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Top 20 Most Popular Democracy Now! Interviews of 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, we look back at the 20 interviews that were watched and shared most widely on our website.

December 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

How a Radical Lawyer Set for Prison Joined Longtime U.S. Gov’t Foe in Failed Bid to Free a Hostage

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We continue our interview with Stanley Cohen, a lawyer directly involved in secret talks to win the freedom of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, who argues that the U.S. government missed a chance to prevent Kassig’s beheading last month by the Islamic State in Syria.

December 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islamic State, Syria, Stanley Cohen

Mark Udall Can Make History By Releasing The Torture Report

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him.

December 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"How the Iraq War Began in Panama": 1989 Invasion Set Path for Future U.S. Attacks (Full Interview)

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Our full 30-minute conversation marking the 25th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Panama featuring historian Greg Grandin, former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

December 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Cuban Five

WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Freed Cuban 5 Member René González in Havana

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In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the first freed member of the Cuban Five, René González, speaks out after a 13-year imprisonment in the United States. Watch our October 2013 interview.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Cuban Five, René González