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John Brennan, Sami Al-Hajj and the Blight of Guantánamo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

It takes courage to enter a war zone willingly, armed with a microphone and a camera as a journalist. That is what Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj was doing in Dec. 2001, as he was entering Afghanistan from Pakistan to cover the U.S. military operations there. While his colleague was allowed in, al-Hajj was arrested, in what was to be a harrowing, nightmarish odyssey that lasted close to seven years, most of it spent as prisoner 345, the only journalist imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay — without charge.

January 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Obama

VIDEO: Part 2 of Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter David Barstow

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We continue our look at the massive bribery scandal behind Wal-Mart’s expansion into Mexico. "We found amazing instances of Wal-Mart building in places where, at least based on environmental rules or zoning rules or construction rules, they absolutely shouldn’t have been allowed to build. And yet, they pulled this off," says David Barstow, the New York Times reporter who broke the story. [includes rush transcript]

January 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Walmart, Mexico

Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

January 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NDAA

Leading Environmentalist Rebecca Tarbotton of Rainforest Action Network Dies at 39

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Leading environmentalist Rebecca "Becky" Tarbotton, Executive Director of the organization Rainforest Action Network, has died at the age of 39.

December 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Global Warming, Human Rights, Coal, Mountaintop Removal

Pull the Global Trigger on Gun Control

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Standing stalwartly against any regulation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the National Rifle Association continues to block any gun-control laws whatsoever, and even trumpets its efforts to block the global Arms Trade Treaty, slated for negotiations at the United Nations this March.

December 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NRA, Aurora Shooting, Arizona shooting, Gun Control

Juan González Honored for 25 Years of Muckraking Journalism at New York Daily News

The New York Daily News has published a series of articles highlighting the work of columnist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. "It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since Juan walked past the landmark globe in the landmark News Building on E. 42nd St. and took a desk in the seventh-floor city room, a newcomer from a Philadelphia newspaper," the editors of the paper wrote. "Juan came home to write a column. And write the hell out of it he did, as New York’s leading pro-left, pro-labor voice. Along the way, Juan became a beacon to whistleblowers and to wronged people for whom justice was lacking."

December 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

VIDEO: "NRA Killing Our Kids"–CODEPINK Disrupts Gun Lobby Press Conference

CODEPINK protesters interrupted the National Rifle Association’s event on Friday as the group held its first press conference since the Newtown, CT, massacre. During comments made by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, one protester held up a banner reading, “The NRA is killing our kids," then another stood up with a banner that read, "NRA: Blood On Your Hands."

December 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Newtown Shooting, Gun Control

Lessons from New Town, AUS for Newtown, USA: Will New Thinking Lead to New Laws?

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The initial shock of the latest semiautomatic weapon-fueled massacre has passed, but the grief only grows. Since President Barack Obama took office, there have been at least 16 major mass shootings, after which he has offered somber words of condolence and called for national healing. But what is really needed is gun control, serious gun control – as was swiftly implemented in Australia in 1996, after another gunman went on a senseless shooting spree.

December 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Newtown Shooting, Australia, Gun Control

VIDEO: New "Kochtopus" Graphic Maps the Influence of Billionaire Koch Brothers on Climate Policy

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The author of a new report on U.S. carbon billionaires gives Democracy Now! a tour of the Kochtopus — a map of the empire of Charles and David Koch. The Kochs run oil refineries and control thousands of miles of pipeline, giving them a massive personal stake in the fossil fuel industry. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: Watch Amy Goodman on MSNBC on Gun Control and Mental Illness

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman spoke Saturday on Up With Chris Hayes about the role played by mental illness in attacks like the mass shooting Friday in Newtown, Connecticut and what society might endeavor to do differently to avoid these types of horrific attacks in the future. Click here to watch.

December 17, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Gun Control

Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Saturday, December 15th at 8-10 am ET

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Saturday, December 15th at 8-10 am ET.

December 14, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

The Trials of Bradley Manning

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial.

December 13, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

VIDEO: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Climate Change: "We Must Go from Capitalism to Socialism"

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As Venezuela says President Hugo Chávez has undergone successful cancer surgery in Cuba, after disclosing that his cancer had returned, we revisit a 2009 interview in which he discusses climate change and President Obama. [includes rush transcript]

December 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

"Harvest of Empire" by Democracy Now!’s Juan González Is Recognized by Smithsonian, Wins Film Award

Curators at Smithsonian have included Democracy Now! co-host Juan González’s book, "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," on their holiday gift guide for history lovers. This comes as the film based on his book has won an award for the best use of archival footage at the International Documentary Association Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

December 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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