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Rand Paul’s Filibuster of John Brennan

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

March 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drones, Drone Attacks

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Dies

After a two-year battle with cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has died at the age of 58. The news was delivered by Vice President Nicolás Maduro, who said, "It’s a moment of deep pain." See Democracy Now!’s interviews with the socialist leader and in-depth related coverage.

March 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

Melanie Warner on How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

Read an excerpt from "Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal," the new book by Melanie Warner, who recently joined us to discuss the 'food processing industrial complex.'

February 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food

Albert Woodfox’s 40 Years of Solitary Confinement

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 40 years, most of that time locked up in the notorious maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary known as “Angola.”

February 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement

Fmr. Gitmo Prosecutor Describes His Refusal to Pursue "Rough Justice" for Accused Detainees

On Friday Democracy Now! spoke with Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, a former military prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay. During his first visit to the prison camp, Couch witnessed a detainee being subjected to coercive interrogation tactics that he recognized from his own military training. He later concluded that the interrogation of Slahi had been "morally repugnant," and refused to prosecute.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Torture

Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian. “5 Broken Cameras” was filmed and directed by Emad Burnat, a resident of the occupied Palestinian West Bank town of Bil’in, along with his Israeli filmmaking partner Guy Davidi. “5 Broken Cameras” is in competition at the Oscars with an Israeli documentary, “The Gatekeepers,” a film that features interviews with the six surviving former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet, the country’s secret internal security service.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel & Palestine, Film, Oscars, Art & Politics

The Oscar Interviews: 2013 Nominees Include "5 Broken Cameras," "Invisible War," "Gatekeepers" & "How To Survive A Plague"

See all of our interviews with directors and subjects of films nominated for an Oscar this year, including Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who was detained at Los Angeles International Airport with his family after arriving to attend this weekend’s Academy Awards for "5 Broken Cameras," which he co-directed.

February 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Palestine, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Rape, LGBT, AIDS, HIV, Military

VIDEO: Gregory Peck’s Daughter Cecilia Recalls How He Tackled Racism, Anti-Semitism in His Films

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We speak with filmmaker Cecilia Peck about her father Gregory Peck’s legacy of work that raises important social issues, including his films "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," which landed him on Nixon’s enemy list.

February 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America, Racism, Cecilia Peck

VIDEO: PBS/AOL Feature Amy Goodman as Part of "Makers: Women Who Make America Series"

Amy Goodman sits down with AOL/PBS filmmakers to talk about her longtime career in journalism, building Democracy Now! over the past 17 years, and how independent media is essential to the functioning of a democratic society.

February 19, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

New York City Joins One Billion Rising to Stop Violence Against Women: "We Want Power, We Want Love"

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"If a man knows a woman who is victim or survivor, then he knows what that is like, because it will affect her for the rest of her life," said Jerin Arifa, who danced at an event in Union Square on Valentine’s Day, one of thousands of dance parties held around the world as part of the One Billion Rising campaign to protest violence against women. [includes rush transcript]

February 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Rape, Sexual Assault, Women’s Rights

Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address. The group joined scores of others protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which awaits a permitting decision from the Obama administration. The president made significant pledges to address the growing threat of climate change in his speech.

February 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Tar Sands, Keystone XL, Environment

BOOK EXCERPT: "Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson"

Tune in Tuesday for a Black History Month special interview about the extraordinary life of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson, known by her friends as "Essie." She was an author, an anthropologist and and a globally connected activist who worked to end colonialism in Africa and racism in the United States. She was also one of the driving forces behind the career of her husband — the singer and activist, Paul Robeson. We will speak with her biographer, Barbara Ransby.

February 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Civil Rights

Brennan and Kiriakou, Drones and Torture

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

John Brennan and John Kiriakou worked together years ago, but their careers have dramatically diverged. Brennan is now on track to head the CIA, while Kiriakou is headed off to prison. Each of their fates is tied to the so-called war on terror, which under President George W. Bush provoked worldwide condemnation. President Barack Obama rebranded the war on terror innocuously as “overseas contingency operations,” but, rather than retrench from the odious practices of his predecessor, Obama instead escalated.

February 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Torture, Drones

Part 2: Daniel Ellsberg and Jacob Appelbaum on the NDAA, WikiLeaks and Unconstitutional Surveillance

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As a lawsuit challenging a law that gives the government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens is back in federal court this week, we continue our conversation with perhaps the country’s most famous whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, and computer security researcher, Jacob Appelbaum, who is also a former WikiLeaks volunteer. [includes rush transcript]

BOOK EXCERPT: "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks"

Read the introduction to "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks," a new book just out by our guest, historian Jeanne Theoharis. The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.

February 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights, African-American History

Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement. Monday, Feb. 4, is the 100th anniversary of her birth. After she died at the age of 92 in 2005, much of the media described her as a tired seamstress, no troublemaker. But the media got it wrong. Rosa Parks was a first-class troublemaker.

January 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights

Obama’s Dirty Wars Exposed at Sundance

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The increasing pace of U.S. drone strikes, and the Obama administration’s reliance on shadowy special forces to conduct military raids beyond the reach of oversight and accountability, were summarily missed over the inaugural weekend by a U.S. press corps obsessed with first lady Michelle Obama’s new bangs. At the annual Sundance Film Festival the world premiere of “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” reaffirms the critical role played by independent journalists like the film’s director, Rick Rowley, and its narrator and central figure, Jeremy Scahill. “Dirty Wars,” along with Scahill’s forthcoming book of the same title, is on target to break that silence ... with a bang that matters.

Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11.

January 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet

VIDEO: Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes: John Brennan’s CIA Nomination, Drones and Torture

Democracy Now!'s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" Sunday to discuss the Obama administration’s use of drones, John Brennan’s nomination to lead the CIA, and the irony in Republicans’ attacks against Obama’s "diversity problem."

January 16, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Drones, Drone Attacks, Obama

Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Sunday, January 13th from 8-10 am ET

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Sunday, January 13th from 8-10 am ET.

January 13, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News