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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

Part 2: Jonathan Katz on How the World Came to Save Haiti After Quake and Left Behind a Disaster

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To mark the third anniversary of the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake, we continue our conversation with Jonathan Katz, author of "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster." He was the only full-time American reporter in Haiti when the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. In his new book, he examines explains where the massive international relief effort in Haiti went wrong. [includes rush transcript]

January 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Haiti Earthquake, Jonathan Katz

Book Excerpt: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

Read an excerpt from the new book by Jonathan Katz, who will be on Democracy Now! Friday to discuss the aftermath of a the 2010 earthquake in which a quarter of a million people died. Katz explores the controversial claim that Western aid to Haiti is not always well intentioned.

January 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti

DN! Interviews Oscar Nominees: "5 Broken Cameras," "The Invisible War" & AIDS Doc Among 2013 Picks

When the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature were unveiled on Thursday, Democracy Now! saw that we had interviewed the directors and subjects of three out of five selected films. Last year, we sat down with filmmakers who tackled topics ranging from rampant sexual assault in the U.S. military to the historic efforts of the early AIDS movement, to the nonviolent struggles of Palestinians against an Israeli separation wall. Watch our interviews with the makers of "The Invisible War," "How to Survive a Plague” and "5 Broken Cameras."

January 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, AIDS, Sundance Film Festival, Israel & Palestine, Oscars

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