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Video: Norman Finkelstein & 25 Others Arrested at Israeli U.N. Mission Protesting Gaza Assault

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In New York City, a group of demonstrators blocked traffic by laying down in the streets outside Israel’s Mission to the United Nations on Tuesday. Twenty-six people were arrested after refusing police orders to disperse. The action was organized by the author and scholar Norman Finkelstein.

July 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza

Two Detention Centers for Migrant Women And Children Open On 5th Anniv. of End to Family Detention

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Five years ago immigration advocates praised Obama for closing down the only large-scale detention center for immigrant women and children. Now it has quietly two new family detention facilities that have more than 1,200 beds, and cribs.

August 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Immigrant Rights

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The world watches in horror this summer as military conflicts rage, leaving destruction in their wake from Libya, to Gaza, to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Never far from the dead and injured, nuclear-armed missiles stand by at the alert, waiting for the horrible moment when hubris, accident or inhumanity triggers the next nuclear attack. “I hate war,” Hosokawa reiterated. “War makes everyone crazy.”

August 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Japan, Nuclear Power

Part 2: Weapons Expert Theodore Postol Asks, Is Israel’s Iron Dome Really an Iron Sieve?

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Part two of our interview with acclaimed MIT physicist Theodore Postol, who says there is no evidence Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is actually working. He estimates the Iron Dome, which is partially built by Raytheon, intercepts just 5 percent of rockets fired at Israel.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Theodore Postol

A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. Henry Siegman, a venerable dean of American Jewish thought and president of the U.S./Middle East Project, sat down for an interview with the Democracy Now! news hour. An ordained rabbi, Siegman is the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress and former executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, two of the major, mainstream Jewish organizations in the United States. He says the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

One of the greatest challenges in understanding the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories is getting reliable information. This latest assault on Gaza reaffirms the key role played by the U.S. media in maintaining the information blockade. It also highlights the increasing importance of pressure applied by social networks.

July 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza

Amy Goodman on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, July 25

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman will appear on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, July 25 at 10pm ET, along with economist Richard Wolff, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, GOP strategist J. Hogan Gidley and FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe.

July 24, 2014 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Web Special: Joseph Stiglitz on TPP, Cracking Down on Corporate Tax Dodgers & New BRICS Bank

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Watch part 2 of our discussion with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University and the World Bank’s former chief economist.

July 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, Taxes, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Joseph Stiglitz

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Children are still fleeing violence in their native Central American home countries, seeking safety, at great risk, in distant lands. The issue is widely described here in the United States as a “border crisis,” but it isn’t that. We are experiencing a profound failure of economic globalization and U.S. foreign policy, amplified by failed, stagnant immigration policies here at home.

July 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Breaking: Swedish Court Upholds Arrest Warrant For Julian Assange of WikiLeaks

A Swedish court today upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He is wanted in Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct, though no charges have been filed. Watch our recent extended three-part interview with Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

July 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

RIP Jazz Legend Charlie Haden; Watch His 2006 DN! Interview on His Life, Music and Politics

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Legendary jazz bassist and composer Charlie Haden died on Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. He was one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. Watch him discuss his music and politics in a 2006 Democracy Now! interview.

July 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Music, Charlie Haden

Chilean Musician Ana Tijoux on Politics, Feminism, Motherhood & Hip-Hop as "a Land for the Landless"

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Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux performs some of her songs and talks about the political themes behind them. Tijoux was born in France in 1977 to parents who were jailed and later fled Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. "Hip-hop is the land of the people that don’t have a land," she says.

July 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Music, Latin America, Ana Tijoux

Nomads of the Digital Age

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions.

July 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Edward Snowden

Almedalen: A Swedish Export the U.S. Could Use

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Sixty miles off the coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea, sits the island of Gotland. Every summer, for one week, tens of thousands flock here to participate in a unique public event known as Almedalen.

July 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan Released, Brings Messages from Women Held at Rikers Jail

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The Occupy Wall Street activist spoke to reporters outside the Rikers Island jail complex, saying she will work to make sure the voices of the women she met there "reach outside the prison system."

July 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Cecily McMillan

Supreme Court: Hobby Lobby Can Refuse to Cover Birth Control

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In a blow to women’s access to contraception, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Hobby Lobby, and similar closely held corporations with religious objections to birth control, can refuse to include birth control in their employee’s healthcare plans. Watch our past coverage of the case.

Justice Dept. Ends Decade-Long Prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, Palestinian Professor and Activist

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The Justice Department has dropped its criminal prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian professor and activist, in a case that followed an initial trial that began in 2003. Watch our past coverage of his ordeal.

READ: The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance & the Origins of the United States of America

As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, we spoke with historian Gerald Horne about the role slavery played in igniting the rebellion that led to the nation’s founding. Watch his interview, and read an excerpt from his new book, "The Counter-Revolution of 1776."

June 26, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History

The Egyptian Counterrevolution Will Not Be Televised

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists this week to severe prison terms, in court proceedings that observers described as “farcical.”

June 26, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Egypt, Freedom of the Press

Mississippi Burning: 50th Anniversary of KKK Murder of 3 Civil Rights Workers

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the killing of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, a pivotal moment in the 1960s struggle for equality. It took 41 years before a murder conviction was handed down in the case, with former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen found guilty of manslaughter in 2005.