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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

Part 2: Robert Greenwald on Film "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State"

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A new film directed by Robert Greenwald looks at four whistleblowers who had their lives practically destroyed after they went to the press with evidence of government wrongdoing. They are Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl and Thomas Tamm. [includes rush transcript]

April 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Robert Greenwald

Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Within seconds, the lives of two individuals, Martin Richard and Carlos Arredondo, from neighborhoods of Boston not far from each other, were thrust onto the world stage.

April 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Boston Marathon Bombing

Part 2: "Keeping Hope Alive" in Somalia with Hawa Abdi and Daughter Deqo Mohamed

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In part two of our interview with Somali human rights activist and physician, Dr. Hawa Abdi, she describes how thousands of Somalis were killed in the 1993 attack in Mogadishu that is best known for killing 18 elite U.S. special forces. She also discusses her book, "Keeping Hope Alive," which shares what has happened in the 22 years since the war broke out in her country, and the work she has done at her clinic to offer healthcare and emergency relief to thousands of Somalis. [includes rush transcript]

April 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Somalia, Drone Attacks, Drones, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Dr. Deqo Mohamed

Victoria Brittain: "Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror"

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As more than 100 Guantánamo prisoners continue their hunger strike, we speak to British journalist Victoria Brittain. She has just published a book about the wives and families of some of the prisoners held at Guantánamo and on British and U.S. soil. [includes rush transcript]

April 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, Victoria Brittain

WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

WikiLeaks has released a new trove of documents, more than 1.7 million U.S. State Department cables dating from 1973-1976 that it has dubbed “The Kissinger Cables.”

April 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange

Amy Goodman’s "Other" America: Interview with Moyers & Company

In a wide-ranging conversation, Amy Goodman tells Moyers & Company‘s Michael Winship why she believes independent media is essential to a functioning democracy.

April 10, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Israeli Journalist Amira Hass on Palestinian Resistance, "Peace Talks" and U.S. Role in Region (Pt. 2)

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Part two of our interview with Amira Hass, the only Jewish-Israeli journalist to have spent almost 20 years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank. Christiane Amanpour has described her as "one of the greatest truth-seekers of them all." [includes rush transcript]

April 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Amira Hass

Former Animal Rights Prisoner on Ag-Gag Laws, Secretive Prison Units & Detention of Daniel McGowan

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As legislative efforts grow to target activists who expose animal abuse, former animal rights prisoner Andrew Stepanian talks about the secretive prison where he was held and the detention of environmentalist Daniel McGowan last week. [includes rush transcript]

April 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Animal Rights, Andrew Stepanian

Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Criminalization of Cyber-Activists, Bradley Manning & Iceland’s Pirate Party (Pt. 2)

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In part two of our conversation, Icelandic Parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks about why she decided to come to the United States at a time when a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Jónsdóttir, a former WikiLeaks volunteer, also talks about her support for whistleblower Bradley Manning and other cyber-activists. We also talk about Iceland’s response to the banking crisis. [includes rush transcript]

April 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Birgitta Jonsdottir

VIDEO: Watch Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman on C-SPAN’s "In Depth"

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared live on C-SPAN’s "In Depth" on April 7 and it will re-air on Saturday, April 13 at 3pm ET. "In Depth" features a comprehensive, three-hour look at one author’s work, with questions from viewers via phone and e-mail.

April 08, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

READ: "Digital Disconnect" Ahead of Democracy Now! Broadcast From Nat’l Conf. for Media Reform

Democracy Now! will interview Robert McChesney, author of "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy" and others when we broadcast live Friday from the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver.

April 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Internet, Freedom of the Press, Colorado

40 Years After Secret U.S. War in Laos Ended, Millions of Unexploded Bomblets Keep Killing Laotians

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Forty years ago, on March 29, 1973, the "secret" U.S. bombing of Laos ended. The legacy of the war continues to haunt Laos as some 80 million unexploded U.S. bombs remain in Laos. To mark International Day of Mine Awareness, we speak to a Laotian bomb survivor and a leader of an all-women bomb clearance team in Laos. [includes rush transcript]