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Another Memorial Day in This Endless War

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Nearly 12 years after it was first enacted, the Authorization for Use of Military Force remains in force, giving the Obama administration and the Pentagon carte blanche to wage war, to occupy nations, to kill people with drone “signature strikes,” based not on guilt but on a remote analysis of a suspect’s “patterns of life.”

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Obama Admin. Admits for First Time It Killed Four U.S. Citizens in Drone Strikes Outside War Zones

The United States has formally confirmed for the first time that it killed four American citizens in Yemen and Pakistan, "outside of areas of active hostilities." Watch Democracy Now! Thursday when we get reaction from Jeremy Scahill, author of "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield."

May 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, John Brennan, Drones

Dissent or Terror: Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

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Newly revealed documents show how police partnered with corporations to monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. [includes rush transcript]

Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma Kills Dozens, Is There a Link to Climate Change?

A huge tornado with winds of up to 200 miles per hour tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday killing dozens of people. The storm ripped up at least two elementary schools and a hospital.

May 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change

The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court. More than three decades after he seized power in a coup in Guatemala, unleashing a U.S.-backed campaign of slaughter against his own people, the 86-year-old stood trial, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. He was given an 80-year prison sentence. The case was inspired and pursued by three brave Guatemalan women: the judge, the attorney general and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guatemala

VIDEO: From Boston to Pakistan, Pentagon Officials Claim Entire World is a Battlefield

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In a Senate hearing today, Pentagon officials claimed President Obama and future presidents have the power to send troops anywhere in the world to fight groups linked to al-Qaeda, based in part on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed by Congress days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. [includes rush transcript]

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Drone Attacks, Pentagon, Drones

AP Reporter Appeared on Democracy Now! While Being Targeted By Justice Department Dragnet

On April 17, 2012, Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim communities in the city and around the northeastern United States. Records of all of Apuzzo’s phone calls from that time were later seized by the government.

May 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press

Breaking: Former U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty of Genocide in Historic Trial

Former U.S.-backed Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt has been found guilty of genocide in a historic trial. He was the first head of state in the Americas to stand trial for genocide. Click here for live tweets from trial and links to our extensive coverage of the trial.

May 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guatemala

Addressing the Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan. There is a growing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military, perpetrated against both women and men with almost complete impunity. The Pentagon released a shocking new report on rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military. According to the latest available figures, an estimated average of 70 sexual assaults are committed daily within the U.S. military, or 26,000 per year. The number of actually reported sexual assaults for the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2012 was 3,374. Of that number, only 190 were sent to a court-martial proceeding.

May 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Sexual Assault, Military

Exclusive Video Inside Cooper Union Student Occupation to Protest End of Free Tuition

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Over 50 students, faculty and staff at The Cooper Union in New York have begun a sit-in inside the office of the school’s president, Jamshed Bharucha. The school recently announced an end to its longstanding tradition of free tuition for all undergraduates. [includes rush transcript]

May 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, New York

Eduardo Galeano on Writing, "Historical Amnesia" in Latin America & His Fight Against Cancer

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Part two of our conversation with the celebrated Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, author of the new book, "Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History."

Mississippi Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution of Willie Jerome Manning

The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked the execution of Willie Jerome Manning just hours before he was scheduled to die. The case attracted national attention after the FBI admitted that its original analysis of the evidence in Manning’s case contained errors. Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court refused to allow new DNA testing that could prove Manning’s innocence.

May 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Mississippi

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list. Shakur is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. In 1998, Democracy Now! aired a rare recording of Shakur speaking from Cuba where she has lived in exile since she escaped prison in 1979. Tune in Friday when we will cover these latest developments.

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Black Panthers, Cuba, Assata Shakur

Pregnant Antiwar Soldier Sent to Prison

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amid the ongoing violence in Iraq, a young, pregnant soldier has been sent to prison this week for desertion. She refused to return to the war in Iraq back in 2007. Pfc. Kimberly Rivera first deployed to Iraq in 2006. She guarded the gate at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in eastern Baghdad at a time when the base was under constant attack. She said of the experience: “I had a huge awakening seeing the war as it truly is: People losing their lives for greed of a nation, and the effects on the soldiers who come back with new problems such as nightmares, anxieties, depression, anger, alcohol abuse, missing limbs and scars from burns. Some don’t come back at all.”

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq

See "Harvest of Empire"–New Film by Democracy Now!’s Juan Gonzalez

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The new documentary based on Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez’s groundbreaking book, "Harvest of Empire," plays in Houston, Texas, May 3-10, and in Philadelphia May 10-17.

April 30, 2013 |  Filed under  Events

Terror in the West, Texas, Night

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

April 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Texas, Corporate Power, Labor

RIP Bob Edgar, Longtime Common Cause President and Former Congressman

Bob Edgar passed away suddenly this morning at his home in Northern Virginia at the age of 69, "according to Common Cause," the democracy watchdog group for which Edgar served as president and CEO.

April 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Democracy, Campaign Finance

WATCH: Richie Havens Performs "Freedom" at 2003 Worldwide Protest Against the Iraq War

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To mark the passing of legendary protest singer Richie Havens, we are sharing his performance of "Freedom" at the massive Feb. 15, 2003, demonstration against the Iraq War, which took place in New York City as millions filled the streets around the world.

April 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War, Music, Richie Havens

Read an Excerpt from Jeremy Scahill’s "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield"

Read a chapter from "Dirty Wars," just published this week, titled "If They Kill Innocent Children and Call Them al Qaeda, Then We Are All al Qaeda."

April 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Jeremy Scahill, Drone Attacks, Yemen, Somalia, War, Drones

WATCH: Translating Words: Democracy Now!’s Nermeen Shaikh at TEDxDanubia 2013

Watch the recent talk given by Democracy Now! producer and weekly co-host Nermeen Shaikh at TEDxDanubia 2013, titled, "Translating Words."

April 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Democracy, War, Peace