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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.

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.

Heed the Voices For Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It didn’t take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras. Cronies of George W. Bush, like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol and Paul Bremer, have been given airtime on the networks and space in the opinion pages to lambast President Barack Obama for the current crisis in Iraq. These pundits and politicians are no less wrong today than they were when selling the Iraq War back in 2003.

June 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq

Breaking: Al Jazeera Reporter Jailed in Egypt Ordered Released After 10 Months

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Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy has been ordered released from jail in Egypt after a nearly five-month hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge. Last week, we spoke to his brother Mohammed.

June 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Mohammed Elshamy

Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn’t know where to keep them.

June 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Immigration, Immigrant Rights

Watch Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Saturday, June 7th 10am-12pm EDT

Don’t miss Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry," this Saturday, June 7th. The show airs live from 10 a.m. to Noon EDT on MSNBC.

Romantic Comedy "Obvious Child" Offers Groundbreaking Cinematic Take on Abortion

The romantic comedy "Obvious Child" was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. It is opening in theaters today. "Obvious Child" has been hailed as the first romantic comedy about abortion, but it is much more than that. Watch our interview with "Obvious Child" director Gillian Robespierre.

June 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Abortion

Bergdahl, Afghanistan and the "Darkening of the American Soul"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
When Bowe Bergdahl was reported missing in Afghanistan on the morning of June 30, 2009, a crack formed in the U.S. narrative about the longest war in our nation’s history. Bergdahl’s release this week, as part of a prisoner-of-war swap with the Taliban, has provoked the partisan pundits to hurl invective at the American POW, his family, and at President Barack Obama.

June 05, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

VIDEO: Eric Lichtblau, Won Pulitzer with James Risen for Exposing NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping

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The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from James Risen of The New York Times, who faces prison for protecting the identity of his confidential source. Watch our interview with Eric Lichtblau, who won a Pulitzer Prize with Risen for their reporting on the NSA despite White House pressure to kill the story.

Yuri Kochiyama on Her Internment in WWII Japanese-American Detention Camp & Malcolm X Assassination

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Civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama has died at the age of 93. In this interview, we learn how her activism began when she and her family were held in a Japanese-American internment camp. She also recalls how she cradled Malcolm X’s head after he was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom.

June 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Malcolm X, Civil Rights

READ: Aviva Chomsky on "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal"

As Obama delays immigration reform action, Aviva Chomsky joined us Friday to discuss how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. Read an excerpt from her new book.

May 29, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Labor

Maya Angelou, Still She Rises

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for African Americans.

Maya Angelou: Video Timeline of the Legendary Poet and Activist on Democracy Now!

Dr. Maya Angelou, the renowned poet and author, has passed away at the age of 86. Watch her tributes to Fannie Lou Hamer, Ossie Davis, Coretta Scott King, Max Roach, and Nelson Mandela.