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A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

December 06, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Doha Climate Summit 2012, Climate Change

VIDEO: Voices from the Cooper Union Occupation in New York City

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Twelve students have barricaded themselves inside a campus building of New York City’s Cooper Union demanding the school affirm its commitment to free education. Democracy Now! attended the protest to interview supporters rallying outside. [includes rush transcript]

December 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education, New York

Sunday: Watch Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan Discuss "The Silenced Majority" at 3pm ET on CSPAN2

Watch Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and co-author Denis Moynihan Sunday at 3pm ET on C-SPAN2 BOOK TV when they discuss their new book, The Silenced Majority:Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.

December 02, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Author Interviews

VIDEO: On Strike! Fast-Food Workers in NYC Call for Right to Unionize

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Democracy Now! was there when workers at dozens of restaurants owned by McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell and others went on strike Thursday and rallied in a bid for fair pay and union recognition. [includes rush transcript]

November 30, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Unions, Occupy Wall Street, New York

Democracy Now! Broadcasts Live from COP18 Doha Climate Change Conference

Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the annual U.N. Climate Change Summit, as it convenes in Doha, Qatar. Tune in this week to see our coverage of the official proceedings, as well as events outside the conference. As Amy Goodman noted in her recent column, "No world leader at the U.N. climate change summit hasn’t heard the warnings, but it will take popular pressure to make them act."

November 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Qatar, Doha Climate Summit 2012

Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubbed “COP 18,” an army of bureaucrats, business people and environmentalists are gathered ostensibly to limit global greenhouse-gas emissions to a level that scientists say will contain the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit), and perhaps stave off global climate catastrophe. If past meetings are any indication, national self-interest on the part of the world’s largest polluters, paramount among them the United States, will trump global consensus.

November 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"1775: A Good Year for Revolution" — Author Kevin Phillips on the Origin of American Independence

We interview political and economic author Kevin Phillips Wednesday about his new book, "1775: A Good Year for Revolution," which follows "a United States taking shape rather than losing headway." Phillips argues 1775–not 1776–is the more important year of the American Revolution. Click to read an excerpt from the book and to see a past interview with Phillips on Democracy Now!

November 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews

Video: Part 2 of Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick on The Untold History of the United States

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Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick discuss the creative process behind their new 10-part documentary series, "The Untold History of the United States," which spans from the 19th century to the present. "Americans don’t know history," Kuznick says. "The history they do know is mostly wrong." [includes rush transcript]

November 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, War

In Gaza: "It’s the Occupation, Stupid"

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple. This latest Israeli military assault on the people of Gaza is not an isolated event, but part of a 45-year occupation of the sliver of land wedged between Israel and the Mediterranean Sea, where 1.6 million people live under a brutal Israeli blockade that denies them most of the basic necessities of life. Without the unwavering bipartisan support of the United States for the Israeli military, the occupation of Palestine could not exist.

November 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

VIDEO: Coney Island Residents Remain Without Heat, Hot Water Two Weeks After Superstorm Sandy

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It’s been more than two weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, yet thousands of people in the city’s public housing buildings are still in the cold. The city says it has restored some level of power to all housing projects, but as of Wednesday, nearly 16,000 public tenants were without heat and hot water. Some remained without any reliable water — hot or cold. Also out of service were dozens of elevators impacted by the storm. One of the areas most affected has been Coney Island at the southern tip of Brooklyn, where the storm poured saltwater into basements, devastating equipment. [includes rush transcript]

November 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane Sandy, New York

"The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below. She was the second person in two weeks in Spain to commit suicide as a result of an impending foreclosure action. Her suicide has added gravity to this week’s general strike radiating from the streets of Madrid across all of Europe. As resistance to so-called austerity in Europe becomes increasingly transnational and coordinated, President Barack Obama and the House Republicans begin their debate to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The fight is over fair tax rates, budget priorities and whether we as a society will sustain the social safety net built during the past 80 years.

November 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Occupy Wall Street, Debt

Part 2: Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West Call on Obama to Host a White House Conf. on Ending Poverty

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We continue our conversation with broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West about their push for President Obama to address poverty in his second term. Smiley argues the ultimate question now, is: "Are we ready to push?" He and West have organized a symposium to take place on Jan. 17, prior to Obama’s inauguration, to demand Obama call a White House conference on the eradication of poverty. [includes rush transcript]

November 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Obama, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West

VIDEO: Democracy Now! and Riverkeeper Tour NYC Waterfront After Superstorm Sandy, Sewage Leaks

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Many of the East Coast’s waste treatment plants failed during Superstorm Sandy, causing them to release thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the area’s waterways. In this video report, Democracy Now! teams up with the watchdog group Riverkeeper to tour New York City’s industrial waterfront four day after the storm, and find mixed results from water samples taken along the way. [includes rush transcript]

November 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane Sandy, Water, John Lipscomb, Phillip Musegaas

"Now the Work of Movements Begins"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate’s success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been re-elected.

November 08, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 2012 Election

ELECTION NIGHT SPECIAL: JOIN DEMOCRACY NOW! 7pm–1am ET TV, Radio and Live Video Stream

Tune in Tuesday night from 7pm to 1am ET for Democracy Now!’s live special coverage of the 2012 election. Amy Goodman and Juan González, along with investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, will offer real-time results from presidential and congressional races, and bring you coverage of voter suppression efforts and key issues in the race. Correspondents and guests will join us from Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., New York City and more.

November 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Election 2012

Tonight in NYC: Amy Goodman Speaks on Election 2012, Superstorm Sandy, Climate Change

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman speaks at the first event at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble since its reopening post-Hurricane Sandy. She links Sandy and other extreme weather events to climate change, and discusses the corporate media’s failure to make the connection.

November 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Events, Election 2012, Climate Change, Hurricane Sandy

We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

November 01, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Global Warming

Thousands Held in NYC Jail Will Not Be Evacuated Even As Surrounding Areas Face Storm Surge

New York City authorities promise the island home to 12,000 New York City prisoners sits on land high enough to withstand a Category 4 hurricane. But advocates told Democracy Now! they are still concerned that Rikers Island is not being evacuated, given the size of the Frankenstorm that is Hurricane Sandy. They also point to prison officials’ failure to communicate clearly with inmates and their families last year during Hurricane Irene.

October 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane, New York, Jean Casella, Lisa Ortega

California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Whether or not this ballot passes could have a significant impact on how our food system is organized, favoring small, local organic-food producers (if it passes), or allowing for the increased expansion of large, corporate agribusiness (if it fails).

October 25, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Food, California, GMO, Agriculture

WATCH: Full Expanding the Debate Special on Foreign Policy Featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson

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Watch our full three-and-a-half-hour "Expanding the Debate" special featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson responding to the same questions posed to President Obama and Mitt Romney in the final debate of the campaign. In a pre-debate discussion, we speak to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, University of San Francisco Professor Stephen Zunes, and Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org. [includes rush transcript]

October 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Expanding The Debate, Election 2012, Green Party