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Meet our 100,000th Facebook Fan: Barunesh Chandra

“I like Democracy Now! since it is a one-of-kind media platform, which acts as global watchdog for Democracy,” Chandra said. Democracy Now! noticed Chandra when he posted a comment on our Facebook page December 6, thrilled to be our 100,000th fan.
December 15, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

Video: U.N. Guards Beat Reuters Photographer at Cancún Climate Talks

Reutersjournalistdetainedandbeaten Democracy Now! videotaped U.N. security guards Friday beating a Reuters photographer who was arrested while covering a protest at the U.N. climate conference in Cancún. Guards seized Jorge Silva’s press credentials and then beat him while he was detained on a bus. The incident sparked a protest by other Mexican photographers. Watch video

December 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit

Global Children’s Campaign to Climate Delegates: Stop Talking. Start Planting

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This year’s UN climate change conference has attracted many children from around the world. In Cancún, Mexico, Democracy Now! had the chance to speak with two children from the youth-led group Plant-for-the-Planet.

December 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"We Cannot Afford to Be Held Hostage...By Political Backwardness" Tuvalu Delegate Makes Impassioned "Life or Death" Plea for Action on Climate Change

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Among the countries most affected by climate change are small island states. Rising sea levels from global warming threaten their very existence. [includes rush transcript]

December 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Youth Climate Activists to World Leaders: "Remember the Children Who Are Suffering Around the World"

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Youth climate activists from around the world are gathered in Cancún this week to push for a binding climate deal. Democracy Now! spoke to several of them on Monday at Cancunmesse, the main hub of NGO activity here at the U.N. climate talks. [includes rush transcript]

December 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"Thousands from Cancún"–Mass March Planned by Via Campesina Against U.N. Climate Talks

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A large protest march is being planned today in Cancún organized by La Via Campesina and other groups. Alfredo Acedo, a spokesperson for UNORCA, described what is being planned. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Anti-Capitalist Bloc Marches in Streets of Cancún to Protest U.N. Climate Talks

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Protesters took to the streets of Cancún on Monday night to demonstrate against the U.N. COP16 talks. More than 150 demonstrators with the anti-capitalist bloc marched from the Via Campesina camp, where they are staying, through the streets and main thoroughfares in Cancún. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Maude Barlow: With Only Market-Based Solutions on the Table "The Continued Destruction of the Earth...Can Go on Quite Happily"

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Maude Barlow is an author, activist, and the former senior adviser on water to the United Nations. She is in Cancún to speak with other civil society organizations about the relationship between water and climate change and the need for climate justice. [includes rush transcript]

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

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]
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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

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

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

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]

October 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

WATCH: Jon Stewart Gets Haiti News from Democracy Now!

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October 01, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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]

September 29, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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

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.