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Climate Change Protests Heat Up

Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform. They wanted to draw attention to a dangerous precedent being set. The platform, the Prirazlomnaya, owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom, is the first to begin oil production in the dangerous, ice-filled waters of the Arctic.

September 26, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Full Interview with Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño


Hour-long interview on the historic Chevron lawsuit, oil drilling in the Amazon, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Ecuador’s new media law, meeting with Fidel Castro and the legacy of Hugo Chávez. [includes rush transcript]

September 26, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño

VIDEO: At U.N. General Assembly, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Blasts U.S. Spying Operations


During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff accused the United States of violating human rights and international law by spying on Brazilian companies, politicians and citizens. [includes rush transcript]

September 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Brazil, United Nations, Dilma Rousseff

VIDEO TIMELINE: Democracy Now! Reports on the Case of Troy Davis

Watch a video timeline of our reports on the case of Troy Davis, including our 6-hour broadcast when Georgia executed him Sept. 21, 2011, despite major questions about his guilt in the killing of off-duty police officer, Mark MacPhail. Davis maintained his innocence until his last breath.

September 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

READ: New Book, "I Am Troy Davis," Published on Second Anniversary of His Execution

Read an excerpt from the new book, "I Am Troy Davis," and watch Democracy Now! Friday for a special broadcast on the second anniversary of his execution with his sister, Kimberly Davis, the NAACP’s Ben Jealous, and activist Jen Marlowe.

September 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

September 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

READ: Excerpt from Bill McKibben’s New Book "Oil and Honey"

Author, activist and write Bill McKibben of will join us Wednesday on Democracy Now! ahead of a nationwide protests to "Draw the Line on Keystone XL." Read an excerpt from his new book, "Oil and Honey: The Education of An Unlikely Activist."

September 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Environment, Author Interviews

"A Stain on the Legacy of Birmingham": 1963 Church Bombing Survivor Struggles to Pay Medical Bills


Part two of our conversation with Sarah Collins Rudolph, who is often referred to as the "fifth victim" of the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Rudolph’s sister, Addie Mae Collins, was killed along with three other young girls. Collins Rudolph was hit with shards of glass, lost an eye and was hospitalized for months. She is struggling to pay her medical bills. [includes rush transcript]

Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

September 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11, 1973 Chilean Coup, Syria

Interview with Forensic Expert Who Confirmed Chilean President Salvador Allende Committed Suicide


Amy Goodman traveled to Spain in 2012 and interviewed Francisco Exteberria, the forensic specialist who exhumed the bodies of ousted President Salvador Allende and singer Víctor Jara to determine the nature of their deaths. [includes rush transcript]

September 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 1973 Chilean Coup, Chile, Francisco Exteberria

Noam Chomsky: U.S. Has Been "Torturing" Iran for 60 Years, Since 1953 CIA-Led Coup


In this web-only exclusive, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky talks about the past 60 years of U.S.-Iranian relations since the 1953 coup organized by the CIA. [includes rush transcript]

September 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky, Iran, 1953 Iran Coup, Noam Chomsky

Interview with Chilean Judge Who First Prosecuted Augusto Pinochet: "It Was the End of My Career"


Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman interviews Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán, who chose to become the first to prosecute Augusto Pinochet. [includes rush transcript]

September 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 1973 Chilean Coup, Chile, Juan Guzmán

Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán Who Charged Pinochet With Kidnapping: Truth is First Step Toward Justice


In 1999 Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán surprised many when he formally charged General Augusto Pinochet with kidnapping and placed him under house arrest. In this web exclusive video, Guzmán explains how "this case made me another person." [includes rush transcript]

September 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 1973 Chilean Coup, Chile, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Juan Guzmán

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón Tells the Story of the Arrest of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet


In this web-only exclusive video, Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón recalls in detail how he and Spanish attorney Juan Garcés led the process that resulted in the historic arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in 1998 on torture and genocide charges. [includes rush transcript]

September 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 1973 Chilean Coup, Chile, Baltasar Garzon

The Pinochet File: How U.S. Politicians, Banks and Corporations Aided Chilean Coup, Dictatorship


Part 2 of our conversation on the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup with Spanish lawyer Juan Garcés, a former personal adviser to ousted Chilean President Salvador Allende, and Peter Kornbluh, author of "The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability." [includes rush transcript]

September 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 1973 Chilean Coup, Chile, Peter Kornbluh, Juan Garces

Journalist & Filmmaker Saul Landau, 77, Dies; Chronicled Cuban Revolution For Decades

The award-winning journalist, filmmaker, author and professor Saul Landau has died at the age of 77. He made more than 45 films and wrote 14 books, many about Cuba.

September 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba

U.S.-Russian Tensions Heighten over Syria; Roots of Conflict Stem from NATO Bombing of Libya


Part two of our conversation with Wall Street Journal national security correspondent Adam Entous. He discusses his latest article, "U.S. Decided Not to Horse-Trade with Russia on Assad." [includes rush transcript]

September 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Russia, Libya, Adam Entous

Obama and Putin: Time For Diplomacy on Syria

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

September 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria, Obama, Russia

Watch Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "All in With Chris Hayes": Will the U.S. intervene in Syria?

Watch MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talk about the liberal interventionist argument for military action in Syria, with Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now!," former Congressman Tom Perriello, and Eli Lake, senior national security correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

September 03, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Syria

Broadcaster David Frost, 74, Dies; Watch Ron Howard Interview on His Film "Frost/Nixon"

British broadcasting legend David Frost has died at the age of 74. In 1977 he conducted a series of historic interviews with former president Richard Nixon who had resigned three years earlier. The interview was later dramatized in the film "Frost/Nixon."

September 01, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive