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New "Harvest of Empire" Film Examines U.S. Intervention in Latin America, Immigration Crisis

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, the new 90-minute documentary "Harvest of Empire" examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. The film opens Sept. 28 in New York City and Pasadena, CA, and is based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González.

September 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Latin America, Juan Gonzalez, Film

Alfred McCoy: "Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation" (Pt. 2)

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In this online exclusive, we continue our discussion with University of Wisconsin professor Alfred McCoy on U.S. torture policy, the Obama administration’s refusal to prosecute war crimes, and new revelations that waterboarding was used more often than the government ever acknowledged. [includes rush transcript]

September 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Torture, Alfred McCoy

Amy Goodman’s Fireside Chat with Workers Set to Lose Their Jobs After Decades at Bain-Owned Plant

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Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman speaks with three workers at the Bain-owned Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport, Illinois, all of whom are camping in a tent city called "Bainport" across the street from the factory. Dot Turner has worked there for 43 years, Cheryl Randecker for 33 years, and Bonnie Borman for 23 years. All three will lose their jobs in November. [includes rush transcript]

September 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Mitt Romney, Economy

Get the Frack Out of Our Water: Shale-Shocked Citizens Fight Back

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Western Pennsylvania is considered the birthplace of commercial oil drilling. On Aug. 27, 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pa., and changed the course of history. Now, people there are busy trying to stop wells, and the increasingly pervasive drilling practice known as fracking. Fracking is the popular term for hydraulic fracturing, the technique used to extract natural gas from deep beneath the earth’s surface. Fracking is promoted by the gas industry as the key to escaping from dependence on foreign oil. But evidence is mounting that fracking pollutes groundwater with a witches’ brew of toxic chemicals, creating imminent threats to public health and safety. It has even caused earthquakes in Ohio. As people mark the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, popular resistance to the immense power of the energy industry is on the rise.

September 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Environment, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

Tune in Thursday: Mother Jones Reporter David Corn to Discuss Release of Infamous Mitt Romney Video

As Romney tries to contain the fallout from the recently released secret video of his conversation with high-end donors, we’ll speak with David Corn of the magazine Mother Jones, which broke the news and posted the video online. Corn is also the author of the new book, "Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party."

September 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mitt Romney, Election 2012, 2012 Election, Obama, Taxes

David Cay Johnston: "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind"

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In part two of our interview with David Cay Johnston, we discuss his new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind." Johnston writes, "No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge cus­tomers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason is that so little of the news ... addresses the private, government-approved mechanisms by which price gouging is employed to redistribute income upward." [includes rush transcript]

September 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, David Cay Johnston

Wednesday: Tax Reporter David Cay Johnston on Romney Claim that Obama Voters "Don’t Pay Income Tax"

Tune in Wednesday as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston discusses what could be the biggest political firestorm facing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to date. Click to read Chapter 1 of Johnston’s new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English to Rob You Blind."

September 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Taxes

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel.

September 13, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Chicago, Education, Privatization

Wednesday: Attorney for Banking Whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld Responds to $104 Million Reward

As news comes that the IRS will award whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld $104 million—the largest individual federal payout in U.S. history for exposing the biggest tax evasion scheme in U.S. history—we will speak with one of his attorneys, Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center. Click to see our past coverage on Democracy Now! and to read columns by co-host Juan Gonzalez on how the former UBS banker went to prison after he revealed the bank had helped thousands of Americans evade taxes.

September 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Wall Street

Read an Excerpt from "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars" by Kurt Eichenwald

Read an excerpt from the newly published book, "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars," Kurt Eichenwald, who will be a guest Wednesday, Sept. 12, on Democracy Now! He reports that newly disclosed documents from before the 9/11 attacks provide further evidence the Bush administration ignored repeated warnings about Osama bin Laden’s plans to attack the United States. Through over six hundred hours of interviews and thousands of documents, he reveals details about detainee treatment and rendition, warrantless wiretapping, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and more.

September 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 9/11, Osama bin Laden, Bush, Afghanistan

The 9/11 Decade: Timeline of Voices of Dissent on Democracy Now!

In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, you can look back through a decade of our coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, the voices of peace and dissent as President George W. Bush led the nation into war, the attack on civil liberties and more.

The 9/11 Decade: Voices of Dissent on Democracy Now!

In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, you can look back through a decade of our coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, the voices of peace and dissent as President George W. Bush led the nation into war, the attack on civil liberties and more.

No Papers, No Fear at the Democratic Convention

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Convention was gaveled into session Tuesday, outside in the rain, in the paramilitarized heart of Charlotte, democracy in its finest form found expression.

September 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, DREAM Act, DNC 2012, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Election 2012

Workers Feel the Pain of Bain

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Four hardy souls from rural Illinois joined tens of thousands of people undeterred by threats of Hurricane Isaac during this week’s Republican National Convention. They weren’t among the almost 2,400 delegates to the convention, though. These four were about to join a much larger group: the more than 2.4 million people in the past decade whose U.S. jobs have been shipped to China. In their case, the company laying them off and sending their jobs overseas is Bain Capital, co-founded by the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

August 30, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Mitt Romney, Election 2012

Breaking With Convention: Democracy Now! Reports from the RNC & DNC

Democracy Now! will expand to a daily two-hour broadcast during the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! crew will travel to Tampa Bay and Charlotte to report from the streets, to the suites, to the convention floor. Tune in on Monday, August 27 from 8 to 10 a.m. ET for day one of our special coverage, "Breaking With Convention: War, Peace & the Presidency."

August 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Election 2012: Dreams of a Vote Deferred?

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
People remember 1929 as the year of the stock-market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, the global economic disaster which remains the only one in history that dwarfs the one in which we now find ourselves. It was also the year Martin Luther King Jr. was born, who wouldn’t live to see 40 years.

August 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Voting

Read an Excerpt from "Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power"

Read "Spies in the Hills," Chapter 1 of the new book, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power, by Seth Rosenfeld. Decades in the making, the book reveals that the FBI tried to disrupt the 1964 Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, helping to ignite an era of protest and to launch Ronal Reagan’s political career. Rosenfeld will be a guest Thursday on Democracy Now! His book also contains explosive allegations that Richard Masato Aoki, the man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training, was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.

August 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, California, Black Panthers

Craig Murray and Tariq Ali Speak In Support of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Outside Ecuadorean Embassy

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See Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and writer and activist Tariq Ali, speak outside the Ecuadorean embassy, where WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange spoke Sunday. [includes rush transcript]

August 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Ecuador, Craig Murray, Tariq Ali

Paul Ryan: A Man With a Plan, From the Fiscal to the Physical

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is considered by many a champion of small government. For women, though, the federal government that Paul Ryan envisions is big, intrusive and controlling. Paul Ryan would ban all abortions, with no exceptions, even in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. In other words, the mother could die as a result of complications from the pregnancy.

August 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Paul Ryan, 2012 Election

From Our Archives: Full Video of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek With Amy Goodman

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In one of his first public events since being held under house arrest, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange appeared in London in June 2011 for a conversation with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. They discussed the impact of WikiLeaks on world politics, the release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and Cablegate — the largest trove of classified U.S. government records in history. [includes rush transcript]

August 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange