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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colorado

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
High-school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

October 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education

Part 2: Leading Environmentalists Decry Inaction by United Nations on Climate Crisis

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As the United Nations summit on climate change takes place in New York City, we continue our conversation with three leading environmentalists: Vandana Shiva of India, Desmond D’Sa of South Africa, and Winona LaDuke of the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Exclusive: Listen to Neil Young’s New Climate Anthem "Who’s Gonna Stand Up" (Acoustic Solo)

Ahead of the People’s Climate March, Neil Young has shared with Democracy Now! an acoustic recording of his new song, "Who’s Gonna Stand Up."

September 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Art & Politics

Naomi Klein on Motherhood, Geoengineering, Climate Debt & the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

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Extended web-exclusive interview with Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein: "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Book Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Naomi Klein

"The Throwaways": New Film Spotlights Impact of Police Killings and Mass Incarceration in Upstate NY

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Amidst national outrage over police brutality across the country, we look at a new film that documents police shootings and the consequences of mass incarceration in upstate New York. "The Throwaways" focuses on the idea that certain lives in our society are considered disposable. It follows activist and filmmaker Ira McKinley, a former felon, as he seeks to document and mobilize his community of Albany, New York.

Part 2: Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Speaks Out About Documenting IDF Abuse in Gaza, West Bank

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Watch part two of our conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza. Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels.

September 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Eran Efrati

READ: “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year” by Tavis Smiley

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, which examines the personal struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. during his final year, when he faced rejection by the press, the president, and much of the country’s black middle class and militants, after he spoke out against the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Martin Luther King, Vietnam, Military Industrial Complex

Part 2: "The Prohibition Paradigm Has Failed," Leaders Urge Prevention, Treatment for Drug Addicts

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Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, describes his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said world leaders should move away from a failed prohibition paradigm and militarized drug war to focus more on legalization, prevention and treatment.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Marijuana, Latin America, Ethan Nadelmann, Michel Kazatchkine

Watch Charles Bowden on DN! "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields"

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Author and investigative reporter Charles Bowden died Saturday at his home in Arizona at the age of 69. Watch our April 2010 interview with Bowden, when he had just published "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields."

September 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Arizona, Drug War, Mexico

Global Warming and Global Warring

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Hours after 400,000 people joined the largest climate march in history, the U.S. began bombing Syria. President Obama is again leading the way to war, while simultaneously failing to address climate change. The world is beset with twin crises, inextricably linked: global warming and global warring.

September 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Syria

Part 2: Yvonne Ng on the "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video"

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We continue our conversation with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video."

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yvonne Ng

Libya in Chaos: Vijay Prashad on Rise of Islamist Militias & Bloody Legacy of 2011 U.S. Intervention

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Islamist militants in Libya say they have solidified control of the capital Tripoli after taking over the main airport and ousting rival militias. Libya is facing its worst violence since the U.S.-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Watch Part One of Vijay Prashad Interview:

August 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya, Vijay Prashad

"Black Life Is Treated with Short Worth": Talib Kweli & Rosa Clemente on Michael Brown Shooting

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World-renowned hip-hop artist Talib Kweli and longtime activist Rosa Clemente speak out from Ferguson on the shooting of Michael Brown, police brutality, hip-hop and more.

"Gaza in our Hearts": NYC Protesters Hang Palestinian Flag from Manhattan Bridge (Photos)

Protesters in New York City unfurled a massive Palestinian flag with the words "Gaza in our hearts. Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions" from the Manhattan Bridge on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, New York

VIDEO: "We are All Michael Brown" — NYC Parents Whose Kids Were Killed by Police Rally for Justice

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Parents with children killed by police were among those who attended a rally in front of New York City police headquarters on Monday to demand justice in the murder of Michael Brown and similar cases.

August 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Michael Brown, Police, New York, Protests

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Actions in Palestine are "Much Worse Than Apartheid" in South Africa

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Part 2 of our conversation with famed linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky on the crisis in Gaza, U.S. support for Israel, apartheid and the BDS movement.

August 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Noam Chomsky

"A Recipe for Civil War": Journalist Matthieu Aikins on U.S. Military Legacy & Afghanistan’s Future

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In Part 2 of our conversation, Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins talks about the disputed Afghan election, U.S.-backed militias committing war crimes, and the future of the country after the U.S. military drawdown.

August 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Matthieu Aikins

The CIA’s Other Spy Scandal: Agency Monitored Emails Between Congress & Whistleblowing Officials

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McClatchy Newspapers has revealed the CIA has been spying on emails from whistleblower officials and Congress, "triggering fears the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases."

August 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Whistleblowers, Jonathan Landay

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