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Ten Years After 9/11, Little-Known Sikh Community Still Target of Violence and Harassment

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In the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, we revisit a 2011 report by Democracy Now’s Jaisal Noor about how Sikh Americans have been targets of violence and harassment. Tune in Monday at 8am ET for an interview with Noor, and more coverage of the mass attack.

August 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sikh, Gun Control, Jaisal Noor

The Obama Administration Torpedoes the Arms Trade Treaty

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Quick: What is more heavily regulated, global trade of bananas or battleships?

Part 2: Barlett and Steele on Media, Govt. Failure to Hold Wall St. Accountable for Financial Crimes

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In part two of our interview with the investigative duo James Steele and Don Barlett, they talk about the media’s failure to hold Wall Street or politicians accountable for financial crimes and mismanagement — topics covered in their new book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream." They also discuss attacks on Social Security, and campaign finance reform. [includes rush transcript]

DREAM Activist Speaks from Broward Detention Center: Listen to Exclusive Interview

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we speak with Viridiana Martinez, an undocumented DREAM activist who is being detained in the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, Florida. [includes rush transcript]

Matt Taibbi Explains Wall Street’s "License to Steal," Offshore Tax Havens and Private Equity Firms

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In part two of our interview with Matt Taibbi, he describes recent Wall Street scandals — including a decade-long Wall Street scandal that drained money from every county and state in the United States — and notes not a single bank executive has faced individual consequences. He also explains how Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, and others have used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. [includes rush transcript]

U.S. Gun Laws: Guilty by Reason of Insanity

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

James Holmes, the alleged shooter in the massacre in Aurora, Colo., reportedly amassed his huge arsenal with relative ease. Some of these weapons were illegal as recently as eight years ago.

July 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gun Control

Radical Journalist, Media Critic Alexander Cockburn Dies, 1941-2012

Alexander Cockburn, the longtime journalist, columnist and publisher of the progressive website of news and analysis Counterpunch, has died at the age of 71. Cockburn was a prolific writer who authored columns over the years for the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal and The Nation magazine. Cockburn appeared on Democracy Now! several times including this 2003 appearance shortly after the publication of his book "The Politics of Anti-Semitism."

July 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

From the Archives: Michael Moore on Gun Violence & "Bowling For Columbine"

In October 2002 filmmaker Michael Moore visited the Democracy Now! firehouse studios to talk about his latest film, "Bowling for Columbine" about the Columbine High School massacre and violence in the United States.

July 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gun Control, Michael Moore, Michael Moore

Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Sunday, July 22nd at 8-10am ET

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Sunday, July 22nd at 8-10 am ET.

July 22, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Arctic Voices Slideshow: Resistance at the Tipping Point

See photographs by our guest on Friday, Subhankar Banerjee, which are featured in the new book, "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point" (7 Stories Press). Banerjee is a renowned photographer who spent the past decade working to conserve the Arctic, and raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change.

75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

July 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Spain, War, Military, Military Industrial Complex

Watch Interview with Maldives Ex-President Nasheed on Democracy Now! Ahead of Order to Stand Trial

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As prosecutors in the Indian Ocean state of Maldives have ordered the country’s ousted former president, Mohamed Nasheed, to stand trial, we revisit our interview about the coup that ousted him.

July 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Maldives

Chris Hayes on "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy"–Watch Part 2

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Amidst a series of recent scandals that have rocked the global banking system, journalist Chris Hayes joins us to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy." The book examines how Wall Street and other major institutions, from Congress to the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball, have been crippled by corruption and incompetence. Hayes is host of the MSNBC weekend show, "Up with Chris Hayes," and is editor-at-large of The Nation magazine. [includes rush transcript]

July 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Catholic Church, Chris Hayes

The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain (Folk)

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As Spain’s prime minister announced deep austerity cuts Wednesday in order to secure funds from the European Union to bail out Spain’s failing banks, the people of Spain have taken to the streets once again for what they call “Real Democracy Now.”

July 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Spain

Tune in Thurs: Woody Guthrie’s Daughter & Granddaughter Join Steve Earle to Mark 100th Birthday

We will spend the hour Thursday, July 12, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Woody Guthrie, with his daughter, Nora, and granddaughter, Anna. Also joining us in studio will be musician Steve Earle, who says Guthrie “invented my job.”

July 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Author Interviews

Climate Change: 'This Is Just the Beginning'

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

If our news media, including—or especially—the meteorologists, continue to ignore the essential link between extreme weather and climate change, then we as a nation, the greatest per capita polluters on the planet, may not act in time to avert even greater catastrophe.

July 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

WATCH: Amy Goodman on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher

Democracy Now!'s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, along with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, CNN Host and TIME Magazine Editor-at-Large Fareed Zakaria and comedian Lizz Winstead. Watch highlights from the show.

June 29, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator. That was more than 100 years ago, and the blatant corruption of Clark and the other Copper Kings created a furor that led to the passage, by citizen initiative, of Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act in 1912. The century of transparent campaign-finance restrictions that followed, preventing corporate money from influencing elections, came to an end this week, as the U.S. Supreme Court summarily reversed the Montana law.

June 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Citizens United, Election 2012

Watch Democracy Now! Special: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Overhaul, Individual Mandate

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A one-hour Democracy Now! special broadcast hosted by Amy Goodman, covering the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We get reaction from filmmaker Michael Moore, health insurance industry whistleblower Wendell Potter, Georgetown University law professor David Cole, Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society of New York, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program, Hilary Shelton of the NAACP, Russell Mokhiber of SinglePayerAction.org, and Karen Higgins of National Nurses United. [includes rush transcript]

June 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Supreme Court, Healthcare

Democracy Now! Live Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling: Tune in Thursday 10-11am EDT

Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman will host a live one-hour broadcast on Thursday morning, June 28, covering the US Supreme Court's landmark decision on the Affordable Care Act, including commentary by Michael Moore.

June 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare