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A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
As the clock counts down to the New Year and the world welcomes 2016, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

December 31, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo

Extended Interview: Remembering Haskell Wexler, 93, Legendary Cinematographer & Activist

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In Part 2 of our look at the life and work of Haskell Wexler, we air clips from "Rebel Citizen," a new documentary about his life, and speak to the film’s director, Pamela Yates.

December 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Film, Pamela Yates

When a Dream Becomes Someone Else’s Nightmare: Clarence Moses-EL’s 28 Years Behind Bars

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
As dusk settled over Denver on Dec. 22, the first day of winter, Clarence Moses-EL walked out of the county jail, free for the first time in 28 years. The shortest day of the year would be the end of the longest nightmare of his life. It was all because of a dream.

December 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Prison, Race in America

Climate Change and the Road Through Paris

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
"I see a lot of back-slapping, a lot of self-congratulation, and I see very little in terms of the actual substance that is required to avert climate breakdown."

December 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Paris Climate Summit 2015, Climate Change

Pt. 2: Black Women at the Intersection: Holtzclaw Case Links #BlackLivesMatter & Anti-Rape Struggles

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In Part 2 of our conversation about the Daniel Holtzclaw case, law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw says sexual abuse by police officers should bring together the #BlackLivesMatter and anti-rape movements.

Jane Goodall at COP21: "I’m Here to Save the Rainforests" from Intensive Farming, Corruption

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In this web exclusive interview, Jane Goodall says she came to Paris for this year’s U.N. climate summit "to save the rainforests" from corruption and intensive farming. She also explains how climate concerns drove her to be a vegetarian. Ultimately, she remains optimistic, saying, "Nature is resilient."

December 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Paris Climate Summit 2015, Climate Change, Jane Goodall

WATCH: Angélique Kidjo on Her Call for Action at COP21 & Artists’ Role in Fighting Climate Change

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Amy Goodman interviews Angélique Kidjo, the Grammy Award-winning musician from Benin, about why she was inside the COP21.

Jeremy Corbyn Speech on Climate Crisis: Now Is Not the Time for Small Steps

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British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed hundreds of climate activists and trade unionists in Paris on Monday at an event organized by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy.

December 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Paris Climate Summit 2015, Climate Change, Jeremy Corbyn

Watch: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 14-Year-Old First Nations Activist, Sings Her Song "Turn the World Around"

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Watch 14-year-old First Nations activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney sing her song, "Turn the World Around," about climate change.

December 10, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Paris Climate Summit 2015, Climate Change, Ta’Kaiya Blaney

‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns.

December 10, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Refugees, France, Afghanistan, Syria

RIP John Trudell, Longtime Native American Activist; Hear Him Read One of His Poems in 1998

John Trudell, a poet, musician and longtime activist for Native American rights has died in California at the age of 69. Listen to Trudell read one of his poems, and give a speech that was first broadcast on Democracy Now! in 1998.

December 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Native American, Indigenous, John Trudell

The Future We Want: Youth Activists Focus on Carbon Emissions with #ZeroBy2050 Campaign at COP21

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Youth leaders from many of the countries most at risk to climate change are at COP21 demanding an ambitious goal in the Paris Agreement: 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

Paris (and the World) Is Burning

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
A fitting honor to those who died here in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

Lori Berenson Returning to the United States After 20 Years in Peru; Hear Rare 1999 Prison Interview

The once-imprisoned U.S. activist Lori Berenson is returning home from Peru nearly two decades after being tried by a hooded military judge. Listen to the first time her voice was broadcast to the public after she was sentenced.

December 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Lori Berenson, Peru, Prison

WATCH: Naomi Klein Extended Interview on Role of Obama, Trudeau & Austerity at U.N. Climate Summit

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Watch Part 2 of our interview with journalist and best-selling author Naomi Klein at COP21 in Paris.

30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager in Chicago, was walking down the street when two police cruisers sped up to him. Officers jumped out, and at least one of them, Jason Van Dyke, began firing. Laquan fell to the ground, his final, painful moments caught on the dashboard video camera of a third police vehicle that had arrived just seconds before. Laquan spun as he was shot. Two bullets hit him in the back. As the video clearly shows, the bullets were pumped into him, evidenced by clouds of dust exploding off the pavement. This week, on the day the video was released to the public by court order, Officer Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder — 400 days after he killed Laquan McDonald.

November 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police, Police Brutality, Chicago

Showdown on the Syrian Border: Vijay Prashad on Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet

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We look at Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane near the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday—one of the most serious clashes between a NATO member country and Russia in half a century.

November 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Vijay Prashad

Exclusive: Detained Honduran Woman, Moved to Mostly Male TX Prison After Hunger Strike, Speaks Out

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In an exclusive interview from detention, a Honduran asylum seeker says she was transferred to a mostly male prison in retaliation for going on hunger strike. "We came to seek refuge, and instead we found punishment," Amalia Leal says.

November 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigrant Rights, Immigration, Prison

This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

November 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

Peter Bouckaert of HRW: Shutting the Door on Refugees Would Be Propaganda Victory for Islamic State

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Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director, has spent the last few months in the Balkans and Greece speaking to refugees coming mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

November 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Iraq, Peter Bouckaert