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Documentarians Take On Power and Corruption: An Interview with the Sundance Institute’s Cara Mertes

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The Sundance Institute’s Cara Mertes describes how the independent film festival supports documentarians, including one who drew the ire of Dole Food Co. for showing how plantation workers in Nicaragua successfully sued for its continued use of a pesticide that can cause sterility and possibly cancer. [includes rush transcript]

The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 9-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

October 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Pakistan, Obama

2011 Oscar Nominees Include Docs on Iraq Veteran, Earth Liberation Front and West Memphis 3

Click to watch Democracy Now!’s interviews with directors and people featured in three documentaries just nominated for the 84nd annual Academy Awards.

Read Chapter 1 of "Glock: The Making of America’s Gun," by Paul M. Barrett

On Thursday, we’ll speak with Paul M. Barrett, author of "Glock: The Making of America’s Gun," which tells the story of the American gun market as reflected by an Austrian semi-automatic pistol, tracing how it has become a weapon of choice on both sides of the law, in the entertainment industry and among Second Amendment enthusiasts.

January 25, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gun Control, Police

The Egyptian Revolution: One Year Later

On the first anniversary of the Jan. 25th protests in Tahrir Square, we’ll speak to Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous live from Cairo. We will also air an excerpt of the new HBO documentary, "In Tahrir Square," featuring Sharif. We’ll talk to the filmmakers, Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill.

January 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Mubarak

From Our Archives: Mitt Romney, Bain Capital Profited Through Offshore Tax Havens

ABC News is reporting Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has "millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven." The link between Romney and offshore tax havens is not new. Check out our 2008 report 'Romney’s Bain Capital Profited Through Offshore Tax Havens, Closing U.S. Factories, Laying Off Workers.'

January 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, Election 2012

New York Times Coverage of Media Crackdown on Occupy Wall Street Profiles Democracy Now!’s Ryan Devereaux

The New York Times reports how, on Dec. 17, "a linebacker-size officer grabbed the collar of Mr. Devereaux, who wore an ID identifying him as a reporter. The cop jammed a fist into his throat, turning Mr. Devereaux into a de facto battering ram to push back protesters."
Click here to read the article.

Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

October 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, New York

Lori Berenson Allowed To Come to U.S. For Holidays With Her Son; Hear 1999 Interview with Democracy Now!

The once-imprisoned U.S. activist Lori Berenson will be allowed to travel to New York City from Peru to spend the holidays with her toddler son for the first time since her arrest in 1995. Click here to listen to Amy Goodman’s exclusive interview in 1999 with Berenson in the Socabaya Prison.

December 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Lori Berenson, Peru, Human Rights, Latin America

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October 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Democracy Now! Inspires Protester Profiled in Time Magazine’s "Person of the Year" Issue

Time magazine has named "The Protester" as its "Person of the Year for 2011." Click to read how Democracy Now! played a role in inspiring one of the people profiled in the issue.

December 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring

Egypt Heads to the Polls, Round II

Ten months after the fall of Mubarak, the residents of Suez are now preparing to head to the polls on December 14, to cast their votes in the second round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections. Read Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous’s report for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

December 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

Mohawk Youth Activist Jessica Yee on Why She is Attending U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 17

Democracy Now! speaks with Mohawk youth activist Jessica Yee at the Johannesburg airport about what brings her to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in South Africa. [includes rush transcript]

December 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Jessica Yee

Exclusive: Cass McCombs Debuts New Song "Bradley Manning" Ahead of Accused Whistleblower’s Trial

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More than a year and a half after his arrest, the alleged Army whistleblower Bradley Manning is due to make his first court appearance at a pre-trial hearing on December 16th. Manning faces up to life in prison for allegedly leaking thousands of diplomatic cables that were published by WikiLeaks. Manning spent the first part of his imprisonment in harsh conditions including solitary confinement, leading to allegations of cruelty and torture. Ahead of Manning’s upcoming hearing, the indie musician Cass McCombs stopped by the Democracy Now! studio to debut a new song he wrote for the accused whistleblower, "Bradley Manning."

December 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, Cass McCombs

Democracy Now! Exclusive: Occupy Protesters Confront NYPD Commissioner with Images of Abuse

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was recently confronted with images of his officers abusing supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement as he addressed students at Columbia University. While Kelly spoke a projection appeared on the wall behind him offering an "alternative presentation." Democracy Now! has exclusive video of the action.

November 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Police Brutality, New York

Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death. Pipelines leak, refineries explode, tankers break up and deep-sea drill rigs explode. The thirst for oil disrupts democracies and the climate. Not far from the burgeoning fracking fields of Colorado, Frederic “Rick” Bourke sits in a minimum-security federal prison. His crime: blowing the whistle on corruption and bribery in the oil-rich region of the Caspian Sea.

October 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Whistleblowers

Native Americans Mark Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving: "We are not Vanishing, We Are Not Conquered"

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The United American Indians of New England marked the 42nd National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass. on Nov. 24 as others celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. Democracy Now! was there, as Native speakers described the "suppressed" history of the holiday, the massacre of the Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples, and their continuing discrimination. They also expressed solidarity with struggles around the world, from Palestine to the Occupy Movement. [Includes rush transcript]

Arab Spring Under the King: Bahraini Activist Ala’a Shehabi on Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Protests

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Clashes have erupted in Bahrain ahead of the release of a report investigating the crackdown on the pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Watch Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interview Bahraini activist Ala’a Shehabi, wife of a Bahraini political prisoner seized and jailed during the uprising.

November 23, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Middle East, Arab Spring, Anjali Kamat

Amy Goodman Interviews Occupy Oakland Man Before Police Raid Peaceful Camp: "We are a Role Model"

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Watch Amy Goodman interview Ali, one of hundreds of people who peacefully participated in the Occupy Oakland encampment before it was raided early Monday morning. [includes rush transcript]

November 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, California, Protests, Police, U.S. Economy

20th Anniversary of Santa Cruz Massacre: Watch Documentary "Massacre: The Story of East Timor”

On November 12, 1991 Indonesian troops fired on a peaceful memorial procession in a cemetery in Dili, East Timor, killing more than 270 East Timorese. Journalists Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn were beaten while reporting on the massacre. Watch the radio documentary they produced, set to video, on Democracy Now! in 2002.

November 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, East Timor, Freedom of the Press, Indonesia, Military