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VIDEO: "Promised Land" Examines How Nelson Mandela Inspired Land Reform in the New South Africa


Filmmaker Yoruba Richen describes how the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa inspired some of the six million blacks who were forcefully removed from their land and resettled into so-called "homelands" to try and reclaim their land. [includes rush transcript]

June 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Yoruba Richen

The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-to-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters of color.

Breaking: Court Strikes Down DOMA; Dismisses Prop. 8 Appeal, Allowing for Gay Marriage in Calif.

In a historic day, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has paved the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Breaking: Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court has just struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in a 5-to-4 ruling. The court ruled in favor of officials from Shelby County, Alabama, in finding that a formula in the act that determines which states need federal approval to change voting laws is invalid. "In the Court’s view, the very success of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act demands its dormancy," wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the dissent.

June 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Voting, Civil Rights

Exclusive Video: WikiLeaks Lawyer Confirms Snowden Lands In Russia; Seeks Asylum in Unnamed Country

Amy Goodman interviews Michael Ratner, lawyer for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, about the breaking news that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has freely left Hong Kong and has flown to Russia. He is seeking asylum in an unnamed country, possibly Ecuador.

June 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, NSA

Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On

Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner. Sister Helen Prejean agreed, forever changing her life, as well as the debate on capital punishment in this country.

June 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty

Dead Man Walking: Extended Interview with Sister Helen Prejean on Decades of Death Penalty Activism


In this extended web-only interview, Sister Helen Prejean talks about the 20th anniversary of her landmark book "Dead Man Walking," that chronicles her years of anti-death penalty activism. [includes rush transcript]

June 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Author Interviews, Sister Helen Prejean

Journalist Michael Hastings Killed in Car Accident; A Look Back at His Interviews on Democracy Now!

Michael Hastings, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a reporter for BuzzFeed, has been killed in a tragic car accident. We look back at his interviews on Democracy Now!

June 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Military, War on Terror

VIDEO: After Man Was Beaten into Coma by Border Patrol, His Wife Stops His Deportation from Hospital


As the Senate begins its debate on the immigration reform bill, we speak to Shena Gutierrez, whose husband was nearly killed in an encounter with Border Patrol agents. While still unconscious in the hospital, he was threatened with deportation. She explains what happened. [includes rush transcript]

June 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigrant Rights, Immigration, Border Patrol

Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

June 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Edward Snowden, NSA, Domestic Surveillance

Report from Istanbul: Turkish Police Attack Protesters in Taksim Square with Tear Gas, Water Cannons


Turkish riot police have forcibly removed throngs of protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square after nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Beginning Tuesday and lasting overnight, officers fired tear gas and water cannons into a crowd of thousands of people, forcing them to disperse. [includes rush transcript]

June 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Turkey, Koray Caliskan

A Strike at Wal-Mart: Josh Eidelson on Growing Worker Movement at World’s Largest Retailer


On May 28, around 100 Wal-Mart workers in Florida, Massachusetts and California walked off the job for an unprecedented series of "prolonged strikes" against worker retaliation. In this web exclusive, we speak with Josh Eidelson of The Nation. [includes rush transcript]

Click here to watch Part 1 of this interview.

June 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Walmart, Labor, Josh Eidelson

WATCH: Amy Goodman Discusses NSA Leaks on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes'

On Monday Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes' to discuss the NSA leak and Edward Snowden.

Inside the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Apparatus: Whistleblower William Binney Speaks Out


In this web special, William Binney describes how his former agency has built a massive system to track, monitor and record phone and Internet communications of U.S. citizens and people around the world. [includes rush transcript]

June 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Domestic Spying, Edward Snowden, William Binney

Witness to a Massacre: Yemeni Tribal Leader Recalls How U.S. Attack on al-Majalah Killed 45 Civilians


In this web-only segment on secret U.S. operations inside Yemen, we look at the first air strike on Yemen authorized by President Obama: a deadly cruise missile attack on the village of al-Majalah. Most of the 45 killed were women and children. [includes rush transcript]

June 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yemen, Jeremy Scahill, Saleh bin Fareed

Time for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is rapidly approaching, commemorating the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. King’s words from that National Cathedral speech ring true today, as we face again the crisis of poverty and hunger.

June 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Poverty, U.S. Economy

VIDEO REPORT: Inside Istanbul’s Taksim Square Protesters Remain Despite Police Attacks


In this video report filed from inside Taksim Square, independent journalist Brandon Jourdan brings us the voices of union members and others who have continued to join in the protest that began nine days ago and has continued despite police violence that has left thousands injured. [includes rush transcript]

June 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Turkey

Must Watch 2008 Debate: U.N. Ambassador Nominee Samantha Power vs. Jeremy Scahill


President Obama is set to nominate former White House aide Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In 2008, she debated investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill about Kosovo, Iraq sanctions and interventionism.

June 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, United Nations, Jeremy Scahill, Samantha Power

Ralph Nader on the Federal Reserve’s Gamble, Bradley Manning & Fighting the Two-Party System


Part two of our conversation with longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. [includes rush transcript]

June 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Ralph Nader

Hammond, Manning, Assange and Obama’s Sledgehammer Against Dissent

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
One cyberactivist’s federal case wrapped up this week, and another’s is set to begin. While these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who were charged, it is the growing menace of government and corporate secrecy that should be on trial.