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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

The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Thousands are protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Four miles south in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Brown

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

James Risen, Surveillance and Obama’s Threat to Journalism

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Obama administration’s espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

August 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press, Whistleblowers

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

Two Detention Centers for Migrant Women And Children Open On 5th Anniv. of End to Family Detention

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Five years ago immigration advocates praised Obama for closing down the only large-scale detention center for immigrant women and children. Now it has quietly two new family detention facilities that have more than 1,200 beds, and cribs.

August 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Immigrant Rights

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The world watches in horror this summer as military conflicts rage, leaving destruction in their wake from Libya, to Gaza, to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Never far from the dead and injured, nuclear-armed missiles stand by at the alert, waiting for the horrible moment when hubris, accident or inhumanity triggers the next nuclear attack. “I hate war,” Hosokawa reiterated. “War makes everyone crazy.”

August 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Japan, Nuclear Power

Part 2: Weapons Expert Theodore Postol Asks, Is Israel’s Iron Dome Really an Iron Sieve?

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Part two of our interview with acclaimed MIT physicist Theodore Postol, who says there is no evidence Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is actually working. He estimates the Iron Dome, which is partially built by Raytheon, intercepts just 5 percent of rockets fired at Israel.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Theodore Postol

A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. Henry Siegman, a venerable dean of American Jewish thought and president of the U.S./Middle East Project, sat down for an interview with the Democracy Now! news hour. An ordained rabbi, Siegman is the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress and former executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, two of the major, mainstream Jewish organizations in the United States. He says the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

One of the greatest challenges in understanding the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories is getting reliable information. This latest assault on Gaza reaffirms the key role played by the U.S. media in maintaining the information blockade. It also highlights the increasing importance of pressure applied by social networks.

July 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza

Web Special: Joseph Stiglitz on TPP, Cracking Down on Corporate Tax Dodgers & New BRICS Bank

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Watch part 2 of our discussion with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University and the World Bank’s former chief economist.

July 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, Taxes, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Joseph Stiglitz

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Children are still fleeing violence in their native Central American home countries, seeking safety, at great risk, in distant lands. The issue is widely described here in the United States as a “border crisis,” but it isn’t that. We are experiencing a profound failure of economic globalization and U.S. foreign policy, amplified by failed, stagnant immigration policies here at home.

July 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Breaking: Swedish Court Upholds Arrest Warrant For Julian Assange of WikiLeaks

A Swedish court today upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He is wanted in Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct, though no charges have been filed. Watch our recent extended three-part interview with Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

July 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

RIP Jazz Legend Charlie Haden; Watch His 2006 DN! Interview on His Life, Music and Politics

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Legendary jazz bassist and composer Charlie Haden died on Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. He was one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. Watch him discuss his music and politics in a 2006 Democracy Now! interview.

July 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Music, Charlie Haden

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