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WATCH: Relatives of Missing Mexican Students Say U.S.-Backed Drug War Is Fueling the Violence

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Parents of 43 students missing in Mexico for seven months traveled to the United States to ask President Obama to stop funding Mexico’s drug war. We are joined by relatives of three of the students in our New York City studio.

WATCH: "Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten" Uncovers Cambodia’s Rock 'n' Roll Era Before the Khmer Rouge

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We play excerpts of "Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll" and speak with Mol Kagnol, guitarist and founding member of Cambodia’s first surf guitar band, Baksey Cham Krong, who lost 20 members of his family under the Khmer Rouge.

April 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Music, Film, John Pirozzi, Kagnol Mol, LinDa Saphan

Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. We now can add to that “nor a national security no-fly zone,” as demonstrated by mailman Doug Hughes.

April 23, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Campaign Finance

CREDO Members (or not): Only 1 week left to vote for Democracy Now!

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April 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

PART 2: Nelson Denis on the U.S. Persecution of Puerto Rican Independence Leader Pedro Albizu Campos

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Watch our extended interview with Nelson Denis, author of "War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony," and see excerpts of Pedro Albizu Campos’ 1950 speech made shortly before he was arrested.

April 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Puerto Rico, Nelson Denis, José Serrano

"The First Great Debate": Esquire Magazine Praises Democracy Now! Segment on Clinton Candidacy

Esquire magazine highlighted our recent segment on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as a "spirited debate ... It was positively gravid with substance. Let’s just say you won’t see this on Morning Joe any time soon."

April 20, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Hillary Clinton

LISTEN: Extended interview with Khalifah al-Akili from Federal Prison; Says FBI Tried to Entrap Him

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Listen to our extended interview with Khalifah al-Akili, who is featured in the new film "(T)ERROR" about FBI sting operations that target innocent Americans.

April 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Khalifah al-Akili

PART 2: Lawyer for Pakistani Scientist & Terror Suspect Aafia Siddiqui Asks If She is Alive

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Watch our extended interview with lawyer Steve Downs, of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, about one of the most baffling cases in the so-called war on terror, the story of Aafia Siddiqui.

April 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Steve Downs

Read the Letter Gyrocopter Pilot Doug Hughes Attempted to Deliver to Congress

A mailman from Florida landed a tiny personal aircraft known as a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in a protest to demand campaign finance reform. Doug Hughes was carrying letters to every member of Congress calling for them to address corruption.

April 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Money & Politics

CREDO Members (or not): Only 2 weeks left to vote for Democracy Now!

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April 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Open Veins, Healing Wounds, in Latin America

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting. This historic moment occurs with some sadness, however: Eduardo Galeano, the great Uruguayan writer who did so much to explain the deeply unequal relations between Latin America and the U.S. and Europe, died as the summit ended.

April 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Latin America, Eduardo Galeano

Immigrant Mothers in Detention Launch Second Hunger Strike Despite Retaliation

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Mothers at a family detention center Texas say are on a second hunger strike despite threats of being separated from their children. They want bond hearings so they can be free while seeking asylum.

April 14, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Texas, Immigrant Rights

Watch: Eduardo Galeano in Conversation with Arundhati Roy

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In 2006, two of the world’s most celebrated writers, Eduardo Galeano and Arundhati Roy, shared the stage of Town Hall in New York City for a historic evening of readings and dialogue.

Writer Eduardo Galeano & Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado in Conversation with Amy Goodman (2000)

In 2000, Amy Goodman interviewed Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano and Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

RIP Eduardo Galeano, Chronicler of Latin America’s "Open Veins"; Watch His Democracy Now! Interviews

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One of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, Eduardo Galeano, has died at the age of 74. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!

April 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Latin America, Eduardo Galeano

Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed NYPD Chokehold of Eric Garner, Is Released from Jail

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Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal chokehold on Staten Island, has been released from jail after his aunt and lawyers were interviewed on Democracy Now!

April 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police, Police Brutality, New York

Ahead of Summit of the Americas, "Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know"

Tensions are high between the United States and Venezuela as President Obama heads to Panama for the Summit of the Americas. Read an excerpt from the new book by Latin American history professor Miguel Tinker Salas.

April 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Venezuela, Latin America, Author Interviews

Former Salvadoran Officials Tied to U.S.-Backed Atrocities in 1980s Face Deportation, Extradition

Human rights advocates and family members of victims are celebrating a pair of victories in long-running campaigns to deport Salvadoran generals accused of U.S-backed atrocities.

April 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Latin America, El Salvador, Human Rights

Capital Punishment? A Dead Policy Walking

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan — A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now the jury must deliberate on the punishment, which could be either life in prison or death. Capital punishment is outlawed in Massachusetts, but Tsarnaev was tried in federal court, where the death penalty is allowed. The case provides a new reason to take a hard look at capital punishment, and why this irreversible, highly problematic practice should be banned.

April 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty, Boston Marathon Bombing

CREDO Members (or not): Only 3 weeks left to vote for Democracy Now!

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April 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Your Community Media