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Live Updates: Egyptian Military Ousts President Mohamed Morsi Amid Mass Protests

Click here for the latest news on the political crisis in Egypt with updates from Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo and others.

July 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

"An Attack on Journalism": WikiLeaks on Bradley Manning Trial, FBI Move to Infiltrate Organization

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In this web-only interview, WikiLeaks spokesperson and Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson discusses the significance of the Bradley Manning trial and responds to the report in Wired.com that the FBI had an informant inside WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

July 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, Kristinn Hrafnsson

WATCH: Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "Melissa Harris-Perry" Show

Watch clips from Amy Goodman’s appearance Sunday on MSNBC talking about President Obama’s trip to Africa, climate change and the Keystone XL pipeline.

July 01, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Africa, Keystone XL

Horace Campbell on Mandela’s Legacy, NATO’s Failure in Libya and Obama’s Trip to Africa

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In this web-only interview, Syracuse University Professor Horace Campbell reflects on the importance of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle. He also talks about his new book, "Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya." [includes rush transcript]

June 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Africa, Libya, Nelson Mandela, Horace Campbell

VIDEO: "Promised Land" Examines How Nelson Mandela Inspired Land Reform in the New South Africa

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Filmmaker Yoruba Richen describes how the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa inspired some of the six million blacks who were forcefully removed from their land and resettled into so-called "homelands" to try and reclaim their land. [includes rush transcript]

June 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Yoruba Richen

The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-to-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters of color.

Breaking: Court Strikes Down DOMA; Dismisses Prop. 8 Appeal, Allowing for Gay Marriage in Calif.

In a historic day, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has paved the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Breaking: Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court has just struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in a 5-to-4 ruling. The court ruled in favor of officials from Shelby County, Alabama, in finding that a formula in the act that determines which states need federal approval to change voting laws is invalid. "In the Court’s view, the very success of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act demands its dormancy," wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the dissent.

June 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Voting, Civil Rights

Exclusive Video: WikiLeaks Lawyer Confirms Snowden Lands In Russia; Seeks Asylum in Unnamed Country

Amy Goodman interviews Michael Ratner, lawyer for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, about the breaking news that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has freely left Hong Kong and has flown to Russia. He is seeking asylum in an unnamed country, possibly Ecuador.

June 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, NSA

Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On

Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner. Sister Helen Prejean agreed, forever changing her life, as well as the debate on capital punishment in this country.

June 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty

Dead Man Walking: Extended Interview with Sister Helen Prejean on Decades of Death Penalty Activism

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In this extended web-only interview, Sister Helen Prejean talks about the 20th anniversary of her landmark book "Dead Man Walking," that chronicles her years of anti-death penalty activism. [includes rush transcript]

June 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Author Interviews, Sister Helen Prejean

Journalist Michael Hastings Killed in Car Accident; A Look Back at His Interviews on Democracy Now!

Michael Hastings, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a reporter for BuzzFeed, has been killed in a tragic car accident. We look back at his interviews on Democracy Now!

June 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Military, War on Terror

VIDEO: After Man Was Beaten into Coma by Border Patrol, His Wife Stops His Deportation from Hospital

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As the Senate begins its debate on the immigration reform bill, we speak to Shena Gutierrez, whose husband was nearly killed in an encounter with Border Patrol agents. While still unconscious in the hospital, he was threatened with deportation. She explains what happened. [includes rush transcript]

June 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigrant Rights, Immigration, Border Patrol

Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

June 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Edward Snowden, NSA, Domestic Surveillance

Report from Istanbul: Turkish Police Attack Protesters in Taksim Square with Tear Gas, Water Cannons

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Turkish riot police have forcibly removed throngs of protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square after nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Beginning Tuesday and lasting overnight, officers fired tear gas and water cannons into a crowd of thousands of people, forcing them to disperse. [includes rush transcript]

June 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Turkey, Koray Caliskan

A Strike at Wal-Mart: Josh Eidelson on Growing Worker Movement at World’s Largest Retailer

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On May 28, around 100 Wal-Mart workers in Florida, Massachusetts and California walked off the job for an unprecedented series of "prolonged strikes" against worker retaliation. In this web exclusive, we speak with Josh Eidelson of The Nation. [includes rush transcript]

Click here to watch Part 1 of this interview.

June 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Walmart, Labor, Josh Eidelson

WATCH: Amy Goodman Discusses NSA Leaks on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes'

On Monday Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes' to discuss the NSA leak and Edward Snowden.

Inside the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Apparatus: Whistleblower William Binney Speaks Out

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In this web special, William Binney describes how his former agency has built a massive system to track, monitor and record phone and Internet communications of U.S. citizens and people around the world. [includes rush transcript]

June 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Domestic Spying, Edward Snowden, William Binney

Witness to a Massacre: Yemeni Tribal Leader Recalls How U.S. Attack on al-Majalah Killed 45 Civilians

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In this web-only segment on secret U.S. operations inside Yemen, we look at the first air strike on Yemen authorized by President Obama: a deadly cruise missile attack on the village of al-Majalah. Most of the 45 killed were women and children. [includes rush transcript]

June 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yemen, Jeremy Scahill, Saleh bin Fareed

Time for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is rapidly approaching, commemorating the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. King’s words from that National Cathedral speech ring true today, as we face again the crisis of poverty and hunger.

June 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Poverty, U.S. Economy