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Bill McKibben: WikiLeaks Cables Confirm U.S. "Bullying and Buying" of Countries during COP15 Was Worse than Realized

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McKibben is the founder of 350.org and the winner of the 2010 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Democracy Now! caught up with him at the Cancún Climate Conference over the weekend. [includes rush transcript]

December 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change, Wikileaks

Noam Chomsky on the Economy, U.S. Midterm Elections, Climate Change, Haiti, and More

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Noam Chomsky is a Professor Emeritus at MIT, where he taught for over half a century. He is author of dozens of books. His most recent is Hopes and Prospects_. [includes rush transcript]
Watch Part I of this conversation
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November 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks

"Push Michael Moore Off a Cliff:" Health Insurance Whistleblower Wendell Potter Details How the Industry Attacked Michael Moore’s Film Sicko

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When Academy Award-winning film director Michael Moore announced he would be making a documentary about the American healthcare system in 2004, it put the health insurance industry on high alert. [includes rush transcript]

November 16, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare, Author Interviews, Michael Moore

Economist Ha-Joon Chang on the G20 Summit, Currency Wars and Why the Free Market is a "Myth"

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Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the forthcoming book 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism. His previous book was titled Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. [includes rush transcript]

November 12, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy

Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

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The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian. “5 Broken Cameras” was filmed and directed by Emad Burnat, a resident of the occupied Palestinian West Bank town of Bil’in, along with his Israeli filmmaking partner Guy Davidi. “5 Broken Cameras” is in competition at the Oscars with an Israeli documentary, “The Gatekeepers,” a film that features interviews with the six surviving former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet, the country’s secret internal security service.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel & Palestine, Film, Oscars, Art & Politics

Part II..."Slavoj Zizek: Far Right and Anti-Immigrant Politicians on the Rise in Europe"

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Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. He is author of dozens of books; his latest one from Verso Books is called Living in the End Times. [includes rush transcript]

WATCH: Jon Stewart Gets Haiti News from Democracy Now!

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Part II..."The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration": Isabel Wilkerson Tracks Exodus of Blacks from US South

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Award-winning journalist and professor Isabel Wilkerson has spent the last decade researching why millions of African Americans decided to leave the towns and farms of the South on such a large scale during the period known as the Great Migration, which began in the 1910s and continued until the 1970s. [includes rush transcript]

Part II...Ingrid Betancourt: "Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle"

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The Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt has just published a harrowing account of her time as a hostage of FARC, the abuse she endured, and her numerous unsuccessful attempts to escape. Watch Part I of this conversation here [includes rush transcript]

September 27, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Colombia

Independent Journalist Jean Friedman-Rudovsky on "Juarez’s children: Drugs, death, and fear."

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Journalist Jean Friedman-Rudovsky traveled to Ciudad Juarez to find out how children are coping with the staggering levels of violence in the region.

September 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Mexico

Watch: Muslim Taxi Driver Attacked in Hate Crime Speaks Out

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New York City Taxi Driver Ahmed Sharif and his supporters hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall days after he was attacked by a passenger for being Muslim.

August 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Arabs and Muslims in America

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Tour Across the Country with the Florida Modern Day Slavery Museum

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The museum explores the history and evolution of modern day forced labor in the agriculture industry and the long legacy of slavery in the food that we eat.

August 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food

Part II: Kashmiri Journalist Basharat Peer, Author of "Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir"

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Indian troops and police have killed fifteen people in Kashmir since June, sparking widespread protests. The Indian government has imposed a strict military curfew in the area as well as a media gag order on local journalists. The international community has remained silent on the human rights abuses in Kashmir. [includes rush transcript] Watch Part I of this conversation here

July 21, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, Freedom of the Press

Part II: Social Security Under Attack: Cuts Proposed, Higher Retirement Age Suggested

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We speak with Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Watch Part I.

July 19, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Social Security

VIDEO: PBS/AOL Feature Amy Goodman as Part of "Makers: Women Who Make America Series"

Amy Goodman sits down with AOL/PBS filmmakers to talk about her longtime career in journalism, building Democracy Now! over the past 17 years, and how independent media is essential to the functioning of a democratic society.

Are Sports Boring? Arun Gupta Debates Dave Zirin

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As the World Cup draws to a close, we turn to a lively debate on the political and social relevance of sports. Arun Gupta, a founding editor of the Indypendent, debates Nation Magazine sports columnist Dave Zirin.

July 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sports & Politics

Detroit Poet Jessica Care Moore at the U.S. Social Forum

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Jessica Care Moore is an acclaimed Detroit poet. Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke caught up with Jessica at the U.S. Social Forum.

June 28, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit

Part II: Tom Engelhardt on "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s"

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Engelhardt is the creator and editor of the website Tomdispatch. His latest book is "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s."

June 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Author Interviews

Part II: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Owner Erik Prince’s Rumored Move to UAE and Obama Admin’s Expansion of Special Forces Operations Abroad

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Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist, Democracy Now! correspondent, and author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

Watch Part I of this interview HERE.

June 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

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In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find–thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault. Democracy Now! has interviewed some of the reporters, filmmakers, and photographers who managed to smuggle out some of their images.

June 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla