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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.

Web Exclusive: Julian Assange on Fighting the International Crackdown on WikiLeaks


In this 40-minute web exclusive interview, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks discusses his more than 300 days in the Ecuadorean embassy, the U.S. Justice Department spying on journalists, the future of WikiLeaks and Visa’s financial blockade on WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

May 29, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

Part 2: Alice Walker on Activism, Gay Marriage, Angela Davis, Obama and Turning 70 Years Old


We continue our conversation with author, poet and activist Alice Walker about her new books and play an excerpt of a new documentary about another world-renowned author, activist and scholar: Angela Davis. Walker also discusses the meaning of the subtitle to "The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way," and shares her thoughts on gay marriage and President Obama’s record so far during his second term in office. [includes rush transcript]

May 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Same-Sex Marriage

Video: Jeremy Scahill & Noam Chomsky on Secret U.S. Dirty Wars From Yemen to Pakistan to Laos


Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill speaks Friday, May 31st, in New York. He and author Noam Chomsky recently sat down together at Harvard University to discuss Scahill’s groundbreaking new book, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield."

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, Noam Chomsky, Yemen, Pakistan, Laos, Drones

Another Memorial Day in This Endless War

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Nearly 12 years after it was first enacted, the Authorization for Use of Military Force remains in force, giving the Obama administration and the Pentagon carte blanche to wage war, to occupy nations, to kill people with drone “signature strikes,” based not on guilt but on a remote analysis of a suspect’s “patterns of life.”

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Obama Admin. Admits for First Time It Killed Four U.S. Citizens in Drone Strikes Outside War Zones

The United States has formally confirmed for the first time that it killed four American citizens in Yemen and Pakistan, "outside of areas of active hostilities." Watch Democracy Now! Thursday when we get reaction from Jeremy Scahill, author of "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield."

May 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, John Brennan, Drones, CIA

Dissent or Terror: Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide


Newly revealed documents show how police partnered with corporations to monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. [includes rush transcript]

Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma Kills Dozens, Is There a Link to Climate Change?

A huge tornado with winds of up to 200 miles per hour tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday killing dozens of people. The storm ripped up at least two elementary schools and a hospital.

May 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change

The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court. More than three decades after he seized power in a coup in Guatemala, unleashing a U.S.-backed campaign of slaughter against his own people, the 86-year-old stood trial, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. He was given an 80-year prison sentence. The case was inspired and pursued by three brave Guatemalan women: the judge, the attorney general and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guatemala

VIDEO: From Boston to Pakistan, Pentagon Officials Claim Entire World is a Battlefield


In a Senate hearing today, Pentagon officials claimed President Obama and future presidents have the power to send troops anywhere in the world to fight groups linked to al-Qaeda, based in part on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed by Congress days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. [includes rush transcript]

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Drone Attacks, Pentagon, Drones

AP Reporter Appeared on Democracy Now! While Being Targeted By Justice Department Dragnet

On April 17, 2012, Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim communities in the city and around the northeastern United States. Records of all of Apuzzo’s phone calls from that time were later seized by the government.

May 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press

Breaking: Former U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty of Genocide in Historic Trial

Former U.S.-backed Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt has been found guilty of genocide in a historic trial. He was the first head of state in the Americas to stand trial for genocide. Click here for live tweets from trial and links to our extensive coverage of the trial.

May 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guatemala

Addressing the Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan. There is a growing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military, perpetrated against both women and men with almost complete impunity. The Pentagon released a shocking new report on rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military. According to the latest available figures, an estimated average of 70 sexual assaults are committed daily within the U.S. military, or 26,000 per year. The number of actually reported sexual assaults for the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2012 was 3,374. Of that number, only 190 were sent to a court-martial proceeding.

May 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Sexual Assault, Military

Exclusive Video Inside Cooper Union Student Occupation to Protest End of Free Tuition


Over 50 students, faculty and staff at The Cooper Union in New York have begun a sit-in inside the office of the school’s president, Jamshed Bharucha. The school recently announced an end to its longstanding tradition of free tuition for all undergraduates. [includes rush transcript]

May 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, New York

Eduardo Galeano on Writing, "Historical Amnesia" in Latin America & His Fight Against Cancer


Part two of our conversation with the celebrated Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, author of the new book, "Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History."

Mississippi Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution of Willie Jerome Manning

The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked the execution of Willie Jerome Manning just hours before he was scheduled to die. The case attracted national attention after the FBI admitted that its original analysis of the evidence in Manning’s case contained errors. Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court refused to allow new DNA testing that could prove Manning’s innocence.

May 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Mississippi

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list. Shakur is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. In 1998, Democracy Now! aired a rare recording of Shakur speaking from Cuba where she has lived in exile since she escaped prison in 1979. Tune in Friday when we will cover these latest developments.

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Black Panthers, Cuba, Assata Shakur

Pregnant Antiwar Soldier Sent to Prison

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amid the ongoing violence in Iraq, a young, pregnant soldier has been sent to prison this week for desertion. She refused to return to the war in Iraq back in 2007. Pfc. Kimberly Rivera first deployed to Iraq in 2006. She guarded the gate at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in eastern Baghdad at a time when the base was under constant attack. She said of the experience: “I had a huge awakening seeing the war as it truly is: People losing their lives for greed of a nation, and the effects on the soldiers who come back with new problems such as nightmares, anxieties, depression, anger, alcohol abuse, missing limbs and scars from burns. Some don’t come back at all.”

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq

See "Harvest of Empire"–New Film by Democracy Now!’s Juan Gonzalez


The new documentary based on Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez’s groundbreaking book, "Harvest of Empire," plays in Houston, Texas, May 3-10, and in Philadelphia May 10-17.

April 30, 2013 |  Filed under  Events

Terror in the West, Texas, Night

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

April 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Texas, Corporate Power, Labor