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Exclusive: Tomas Young Reads in Full His Letter to Bush & Cheney, "A Message From a Dying Veteran"


Paralyzed in a 2004 attack in Sadr City, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young recently announced that he will stop his medicine and nourishment, which comes in the form of liquid through a feeding tube — a decision which will hasten his death. Joining us from his home in Kansas City, Young reads in full his letter, "A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran." [includes rush transcript]

March 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Veterans, Bush, Tomas Young

Tomas Young and the End of the Body of War

Tomas Young was in the fifth day of his first deployment to Iraq when he was struck by a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

March 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Veterans

Part 2: Rashid Khalidi Details How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East


As we continue our conversation with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, he explains the thesis of his latest book, "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East." [includes rush transcript]

March 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Palestine, Israel, Israel & Palestine, Rashid Khalidi

VIDEO: 2003 Charlie Rose Interview with Amy Goodman About Iraq War Protests


See Charlie Rose interview Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about growing opposition in the United States and abroad to a possible war in Iraq. The show originally aired on March 12, 2003.

March 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq

Iraq War Timeline: From "Shock and Awe" to Civilian Toll, to Billions in Reconstruction, Vet Health

It was 10 years ago on March 19, 2003, that the United States invaded Iraq on the false pretext that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Use this interactive timeline to see highlights from a decade of Democracy Now! coverage of the Iraq War.

March 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq

Part 2: Arundhati Roy & Sanjay Kak on Context for Kashmir Unrest After Hanging of Afzal Guru


In part two of our conversation with acclaimed author Arundhati Roy and New Delhi-based journalist Sanjay Kak, they discuss the case of Afzal Guru, who was hanged last month for his alleged attack on the Indian parliament, and the push by the United States and Europe to sell weapons to Pakistan and India as unrest continues in the region. [includes rush transcript]

March 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Kashmir, India, Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Kak

Part 2: "Pandora’s Lunchbox" and the Truth About Soy Protein in Processed Food


Watch part two of our interview with with author Melanie Warner, longtime food reporter and author of the newly published book, "Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal." In our extended conversation, she examines a very common ingredient in processed food: soy protein. [includes rush transcript]

March 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food, Author Interviews, Melanie Warner

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican: Women Demand Greater Role in the Catholic Church


While the world waited for white smoke to flow from the Sistine Chapel chimney to indicate a new pope had been chosen, smoke of a different color began billowing into the sky over the Vatican. It was released by protesters demanding a greater role for women in the Catholic Church.

Starving for Justice at Guantanamo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Reports are emerging from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay that a majority of the prisoners are on a hunger strike.

March 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, Solitary Confinement

Rand Paul’s Filibuster of John Brennan

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

March 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drones, Drone Attacks

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Dies

After a two-year battle with cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has died at the age of 58. The news was delivered by Vice President Nicolás Maduro, who said, "It’s a moment of deep pain." See Democracy Now!’s interviews with the socialist leader and in-depth related coverage.

March 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

Melanie Warner on How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

Read an excerpt from "Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal," the new book by Melanie Warner, who recently joined us to discuss the 'food processing industrial complex.'

February 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food

Albert Woodfox’s 40 Years of Solitary Confinement

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 40 years, most of that time locked up in the notorious maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary known as “Angola.”

February 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement

Fmr. Gitmo Prosecutor Describes His Refusal to Pursue "Rough Justice" for Accused Detainees

On Friday Democracy Now! spoke with Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, a former military prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay. During his first visit to the prison camp, Couch witnessed a detainee being subjected to coercive interrogation tactics that he recognized from his own military training. He later concluded that the interrogation of Slahi had been "morally repugnant," and refused to prosecute.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Torture

Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian. “5 Broken Cameras” was filmed and directed by Emad Burnat, a resident of the occupied Palestinian West Bank town of Bil’in, along with his Israeli filmmaking partner Guy Davidi. “5 Broken Cameras” is in competition at the Oscars with an Israeli documentary, “The Gatekeepers,” a film that features interviews with the six surviving former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet, the country’s secret internal security service.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel & Palestine, Film, Oscars, Art & Politics

The Oscar Interviews: 2013 Nominees Include "5 Broken Cameras," "Invisible War," "Gatekeepers" & "How To Survive A Plague"

See all of our interviews with directors and subjects of films nominated for an Oscar this year, including Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who was detained at Los Angeles International Airport with his family after arriving to attend this weekend’s Academy Awards for "5 Broken Cameras," which he co-directed.

February 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Palestine, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Rape, LGBT, AIDS, HIV, Military

VIDEO: Gregory Peck’s Daughter Cecilia Recalls How He Tackled Racism, Anti-Semitism in His Films


We speak with filmmaker Cecilia Peck about her father Gregory Peck’s legacy of work that raises important social issues, including his films "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," which landed him on Nixon’s enemy list.

February 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America, Racism, Cecilia Peck

VIDEO: PBS/AOL Feature Amy Goodman as Part of "Makers: Women Who Make America Series"

Amy Goodman sits down with AOL/PBS filmmakers to talk about her longtime career in journalism, building Democracy Now! over the past 17 years, and how independent media is essential to the functioning of a democratic society.

February 19, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

New York City Joins One Billion Rising to Stop Violence Against Women: "We Want Power, We Want Love"


"If a man knows a woman who is victim or survivor, then he knows what that is like, because it will affect her for the rest of her life," said Jerin Arifa, who danced at an event in Union Square on Valentine’s Day, one of thousands of dance parties held around the world as part of the One Billion Rising campaign to protest violence against women. [includes rush transcript]

February 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Rape, Sexual Assault, Women’s Rights

Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address. The group joined scores of others protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which awaits a permitting decision from the Obama administration. The president made significant pledges to address the growing threat of climate change in his speech.

February 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Tar Sands, Keystone XL, Environment