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Amy Goodman Honored with I.F. Stone Journalism Award Along with Filmmaker Laura Poitras

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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has honored Amy Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.

February 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Journalism

The Flame of Intolerance Still Flickers in Alabama

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

This week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state. He was responding to a decision by a federal district court that declared unconstitutional Alabama’s ban on gay marriage. Inequality, racism, segregation. These injustices persist with remarkable tenacity.

February 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, LGBT, Marriage Equality

Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

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Part 2 of our conversation with British journalist Johann Hari, author of "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs."

February 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Healthcare, Johann Hari

READ: "Guantánamo Diary": The Only Public Account by a Still-Imprisoned, Tortured Detainee

Read the first chapter of of "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the first and only public account written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee.

January 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Books, Author Interviews

Pt. 2: A Massacre in Guatemala: Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú on 1980 Fire That Killed Her Father

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Part 2 of our conversation with Rigoberta Menchú following Monday’s sentencing of a former Guatemalan police chief who ordered an attack on 37 peasant activists and student organizers in 1980 who were occupying the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala City to protest government repression.

January 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchú, Pamela Yates

The Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Speech: How the Pacifica Radio Archives Unearthed a Piece of History

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Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, discusses how he discovered a lost recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Part 2: Film "Vessel" Follows Doctor Who Took Safe Abortion to the Seas & the Internet

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In Part 2 of our interview, Diana Whitten, director of "Vessel," talks about how Brazilian women first discovered the medication misoprostol could be used to induce abortion, and how Dr. Rebecca Gomperts and her team have helped women to take the pills safely in countries where abortion is illegal.

January 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Abortion, Women’s Health, Women’s Rights, Film, Diana Whitten

Oscars 2015: Laura Poitras’ Film on Edward Snowden, "Citizenfour," Nominated for Best Documentary

Watch clips from "Citizenfour" and see our in-depth interview with filmmaker Laura Poitras.

January 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Edward Snowden, Film, NSA

"The Other Charlies": In Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Spotlight Grows on Press Freedom Attacks Worldwide

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Two days after millions marched in France to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Reporters Without Borders is urging the international community to protect press freedom across the globe.

"Cartoonist Lives Matter": Art Spiegelman Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack, Power of Cartoons

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Web Exclusive: Watch our extended discussion with the famed cartoonist, editor and comics advocate Art Spiegelman.

Scott Horton: "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy" (Book Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Scott Horton’s new book, "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy."

January 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, Torture

Top 20 Most Popular Democracy Now! Interviews of 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, we look back at the 20 interviews that were watched and shared most widely on our website.

December 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Net neutrality is the fundamental notion that anyone on the Web can reach anyone else, that users can just as easily access a small website launched in a garage as they can access major Internet portals like Google or Yahoo. Net neutrality is the Internet’s protection against discrimination. During the past two decades, as the Internet flourished and transformed our society, several major corporations have assumed dominant “gatekeeper” positions, threatening net neutrality.

February 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Net Neutrality, Egypt

How a Radical Lawyer Set for Prison Joined Longtime U.S. Gov’t Foe in Failed Bid to Free a Hostage

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We continue our interview with Stanley Cohen, a lawyer directly involved in secret talks to win the freedom of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, who argues that the U.S. government missed a chance to prevent Kassig’s beheading last month by the Islamic State in Syria.

December 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islamic State, Syria, Stanley Cohen

"How the Iraq War Began in Panama": 1989 Invasion Set Path for Future U.S. Attacks (Full Interview)

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Our full 30-minute conversation marking the 25th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Panama featuring historian Greg Grandin, former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Freed Cuban 5 Member René González in Havana

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In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the first freed member of the Cuban Five, René González, speaks out after a 13-year imprisonment in the United States. Watch our October 2013 interview.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Cuban Five, René González

Civil Rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House. President Woodrow Wilson sat down to watch D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation," considered one of the most nakedly racist of all time. One hundred years later, another film was screened at the White House, this time at the invitation of the first African-American president. The film was “Selma.”

January 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights, African-American History

WATCH: Saul Landau on U.S.-Aided Anti-Castro Militants, the Cuban 5 and the “Real Terrorists”

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Watch our 2012 extended interview with journalist, filmmaker, author and professor Saul Landau. His film, "Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?" exposed U.S. support for violent anti-Castro militants.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Cuban Five, Saul Landau

In Thawing of Ties, U.S. Releases Cuban 5 Members, Cuba Releases USAID Subcontractor Alan Gross

In a reported prisoner exchange, Cuba has released jailed USAID subcontractor Alan Gross after five years in prison while the United States is freeing the three remaining members of the Cuban Five — Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labañino.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Cuban Five

White House: It Is Clear Our Policy of Isolating Cuba For Decades Has "Failed"

Fact sheet from the White House detailing key components of the new U.S. policy approach to Cuba.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba