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Thousands Held in NYC Jail Will Not Be Evacuated Even As Surrounding Areas Face Storm Surge

New York City authorities promise the island home to 12,000 New York City prisoners sits on land high enough to withstand a Category 4 hurricane. But advocates told Democracy Now! they are still concerned that Rikers Island is not being evacuated, given the size of the Frankenstorm that is Hurricane Sandy. They also point to prison officials’ failure to communicate clearly with inmates and their families last year during Hurricane Irene.

October 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane, New York, Jean Casella, Lisa Ortega

California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Whether or not this ballot passes could have a significant impact on how our food system is organized, favoring small, local organic-food producers (if it passes), or allowing for the increased expansion of large, corporate agribusiness (if it fails).

October 25, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Food, California, GMO, Agriculture

WATCH: Full Expanding the Debate Special on Foreign Policy Featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson

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Watch our full three-and-a-half-hour "Expanding the Debate" special featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson responding to the same questions posed to President Obama and Mitt Romney in the final debate of the campaign. In a pre-debate discussion, we speak to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, University of San Francisco Professor Stephen Zunes, and Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org. [includes rush transcript]

October 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Expanding The Debate, Election 2012, Green Party

Part Two: Shane Bauer: "Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons"

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In his first live television interview since his release from Iranian prison, journalist Shane Bauer shines the light on solitary confinement inside the California prison system. Bauer was one of three Americans detained in 2009 while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border. He and Josh Fattal were held by Iran for 26 months, and Sarah Shourd — now Bauer’s wife — was held for 13 months, much of it in solitary confinement. [includes rush transcript]

October 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Solitary Confinement, Iran, Shane Bauer

Audio: Aid Boat Seized as It Approached Gaza Tells Israel: "We Are Not the Provocateurs"

We spoke with Mattias Gardell as he sailed through international waters on board the Swedish boat to Gaza, Estelle, before it was seized Saturday by the Israeli military as it attempted to break the Israeli blockade. The boat was called a "provocation" by Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. "What is a provocation is the fact that the current right-wing Israeli government has enforced the illegal seize of Gaza," Gardell told Democracy Now! [includes rush transcript]

Watch Amy Goodman on teleSUR Friday Night, Oct. 19

Amy Goodman will be interviewed on the program "Cruce de Palabras" airing on teleSUR Friday, Oct. 19.

October 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

VIDEO: Amy Goodman’s Appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

Watch Amy Goodman’s appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal from September 29. In the interview, discusses her New York Times best-selling book, "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope."

October 18, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with her running mate, Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala. Their crime: attempting to get to the debate so Stein could participate in it.

October 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Women’s Rights, Mitt Romney

WATCH: Three-Hour Democracy Now! Debate Special from Hofstra University

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On the night of the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Democracy Now! did a special broadcast from the campus, near the official debate hall. We aired the entire President Obama-Mitt Romney debate live and spoke with students and local residents about the issues they wanted to hear the candidates address. [includes rush transcript]

October 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Election 2012, Expanding The Debate, Mitt Romney, Obama

Part Two: Camila Vallejo & Noam Titelman on Massive Chilean Student Protests, Post-Pinochet Chile

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Part two of our conversation with two of Chile’s most recognizable student protest leaders: Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman. They are in the United States, in part to receive the 2012 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, which is given by the Institute for Policy Studies. [includes rush transcript]

October 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Chile, Camila Vallejo, Noam Titelman, Marcial Godoy

Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions. Despite unemployment levels that remain high, and the anxiety caused by people living paycheck to paycheck, many workers in the United States are taking matters into their own hands, demanding better working conditions and better pay.

October 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Labor, Unions, Walmart

Expanding the Debate: Upcoming Democracy Now! Election Specials

Tune in to Democracy Now! on election night for our special extended broadcast. Mark your calendars! The program will be broadcast by Free Speech TV and Link TV, and will be live streamed at DemocracyNow.org. Urge your local TV and radio stations to air the broadcast.

October 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Expanding The Debate

Expand the Debate: This Is What Democracy Sounds Like

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
A few miles south of the campus arena in the Mile High City where President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met in their first debate, Democracy Now! broke the sound barrier by expanding their gated debate to include two third-party presidential candidates. Dr. Jill Stein, of the Green Party, and Rocky Anderson, of the Justice Party, responded to the same questions put to the major-party candidates, in real time, from their own podiums a little ways down the road. The goal was to open the forum, to bring out voices that are ignored or marginalized by the mainstream media.

On the Road with Democracy Now!: Colorado Springs Independent Profiles Amy Goodman

Click here to read Independent Streak by Chet Hardin.

October 04, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, 2012 Election

Expanding the Debate–Watch Democracy Now!’s Full Three-Hour Special

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As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney squared off in their first debate, Democracy Now! aired a three-hour special, Expanding the Debate. We aired the Obama/Romney debate and paused after questions to include responses from two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate: Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party. [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Green Party, Mitt Romney, Expanding The Debate

SATURDAY: Amy Goodman on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Saturday, September 29th at 7:45 am EDT.

September 29, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Third Party Candidates Join in Real Time on Democracy Now!’s Live Coverage of Presidential Debate

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off in their first debate tonight, Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Denver with a special expanded presidential debate from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ET. We will air the Obama/Romney debate, pausing after questions to include equal time responses from two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate: Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.

Romney Has a Jobs Plan ... for China

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You may never have heard of Sensata Technologies, but in this election season, you’ve probably heard the name of its owner, Bain Capital, the company co-founded and formerly run by Mitt Romney.

September 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Mitt Romney, Election 2012, 2012 Election, Unemployment

Pt. 2: Eve Ensler on Her Battle with Cancer: "We Can Use Sickness as a Tool for Transformation"

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We continue our conversation with award-winning playwright — and uterine cancer survivor — Eve Ensler. After getting news she has been cancer-free for two years, Ensler describes how her struggle to survive the disease "got rid of everything that didn’t matter," and drove her to continue her work on the City of Joy, a safe haven for sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [includes rush transcript]

September 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Rape, Sexual Assault, Congo, Eve Ensler

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