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Watch: Eduardo Galeano in Conversation with Arundhati Roy

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In 2006, two of the world’s most celebrated writers, Eduardo Galeano and Arundhati Roy, shared the stage of Town Hall in New York City for a historic evening of readings and dialogue.

Writer Eduardo Galeano & Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado in Conversation with Amy Goodman (2000)

In 2000, Amy Goodman interviewed Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano and Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

RIP Eduardo Galeano, Chronicler of Latin America’s "Open Veins"; Watch His Democracy Now! Interviews

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One of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, Eduardo Galeano, has died at the age of 74. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!

April 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Latin America, Eduardo Galeano

Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed NYPD Chokehold of Eric Garner, Is Released from Jail

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Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal chokehold on Staten Island, has been released from jail after his aunt and lawyers were interviewed on Democracy Now!

April 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police, Police Brutality, New York

Ahead of Summit of the Americas, "Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know"

Tensions are high between the United States and Venezuela as President Obama heads to Panama for the Summit of the Americas. Read an excerpt from the new book by Latin American history professor Miguel Tinker Salas.

April 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Venezuela, Latin America, Author Interviews

Former Salvadoran Officials Tied to U.S.-Backed Atrocities in 1980s Face Deportation, Extradition

Human rights advocates and family members of victims are celebrating a pair of victories in long-running campaigns to deport Salvadoran generals accused of U.S-backed atrocities.

April 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Latin America, El Salvador, Human Rights

Capital Punishment? A Dead Policy Walking

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan — A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now the jury must deliberate on the punishment, which could be either life in prison or death. Capital punishment is outlawed in Massachusetts, but Tsarnaev was tried in federal court, where the death penalty is allowed. The case provides a new reason to take a hard look at capital punishment, and why this irreversible, highly problematic practice should be banned.

April 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty, Boston Marathon Bombing

CREDO Members (or not): Only 3 weeks left to vote for Democracy Now!

This month, CREDO members vote to distribute 2015 donations funding — and how much we get this April depends on you. The more votes we receive, the greater our share of funding.

April 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Exclusive: Father of Missing Mexican Student Calls on Obama to Stop Drug War Aid

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Six months after 43 students disappeared in Mexico, a father of one of the students joins us in studio to explain why he believes his son is still alive. We’re also joined by the cousin of another missing student.

April 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mexico, Drug War, Antonio Tizapa, Amado Tlatempa

The Hunting of Billie Holiday & the Roots of the U.S. War on Drugs

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On the 100th birthday of the late Billie Holiday, we speak to journalist Johann Hari about how U.S. drug agents ruined the life of the country’s most celebrated jazz singer.

April 07, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Johann Hari

UPDATE: Mumia Abu-Jamal Taken from Hospital Back to Prison; Family Limited to One Visit A Week

After an international outcry authorities have allowed family members of imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal to visit him for the first time since he blacked out from diabetic shock in prison and woke up in an outside hospital.

April 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison

Hate Doesn’t Pay

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Indiana certainly doesn’t want to be remembered for being a bastion of hatred. So why did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence legalize a new wave of intolerance by signing into law Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA)?

April 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, LGBT, African-American History, Human Rights

Economic Disobedience: Student Debt Strike Expands as 100 Refuse to Pay Back Predatory College Loans

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More than 100 former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges system have joined what they say is the nation’s first student debt strike. The students have refused to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian, which has been sued by the federal government for its predatory lending.

April 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education, Student Debt, Money & Politics, Andrew Ross

CREDO Members (or not): Only 4 weeks left to vote for Democracy Now!

This month, CREDO members vote to distribute 2015 donations funding — and how much we get this April depends on you. The more votes we receive, the greater our share of funding.

April 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Mumia Abu-Jamal Taken to Hospital in Emergency, Surrounded by Guards; Family & Friends Denied Access

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s longtime friend Johanna Fernández learned he had been hospitalized when she went to visit him Monday after he sounded sick. "Upon arrival I was told I could not see him," Fernández told Democracy Now! "We were told he was in diabetic shock and taken to the hospital."

March 31, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison

Amy Goodman Questions Ex-CIA Director Porter Goss about Torture at George W. Bush Conference

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When questioned by Amy Goodman, former CIA Director Peter Goss said the bipartisan Senate Committee Report on the CIA’s Use of Torture was "not the full truth" and criticized Sen. John McCain for defending it.

March 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Torture, Bush, Iraq, War on Terror, Porter Goss

"I Need a Stiff Drink After That": John Negroponte on Being Questioned by Amy Goodman over Iraq War

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At an event assessing the George W. Bush presidency, Amy Goodman asked if senior administration officials should be tried for war crimes. Former National Intelligence Director John Negroponte responded afterwards, "Boy, I need a stiff drink after that one."

March 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Iraq, Bush, Torture

WATCH: Amy Goodman on Moving from Assessment to Accountability for "The Bush Doctrine" on Terrorism

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Watch Amy Goodman call for accountability at a recent discussion on "The Bush Doctrine and Combating Terrorism," and the response from her fellow panelists Porter Goss, former CIA director, and John Negroponte, former director of national intelligence.

March 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Bush, Iraq, Torture, Psychology & Torture, Afghanistan

The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan — What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and “misbehavior before an enemy?”

March 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Afghanistan, Veterans

Part 2: Migrant Women Appear Via Video from Detention Centers in Asylum Cases Amid Harsh Conditions

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Watch our extended interview about detained migrant women seeking asylum in immigration court via video stream, as they face harsh conditions in a private prison setting along with children as young as a few months old.