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Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubbed “COP 18,” an army of bureaucrats, business people and environmentalists are gathered ostensibly to limit global greenhouse-gas emissions to a level that scientists say will contain the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit), and perhaps stave off global climate catastrophe. If past meetings are any indication, national self-interest on the part of the world’s largest polluters, paramount among them the United States, will trump global consensus.

November 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"1775: A Good Year for Revolution" — Author Kevin Phillips on the Origin of American Independence

We interview political and economic author Kevin Phillips Wednesday about his new book, "1775: A Good Year for Revolution," which follows "a United States taking shape rather than losing headway." Phillips argues 1775–not 1776–is the more important year of the American Revolution. Click to read an excerpt from the book and to see a past interview with Phillips on Democracy Now!

November 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews

Video: Part 2 of Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick on The Untold History of the United States


Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick discuss the creative process behind their new 10-part documentary series, "The Untold History of the United States," which spans from the 19th century to the present. "Americans don’t know history," Kuznick says. "The history they do know is mostly wrong." [includes rush transcript]

November 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, War

In Gaza: "It’s the Occupation, Stupid"

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple. This latest Israeli military assault on the people of Gaza is not an isolated event, but part of a 45-year occupation of the sliver of land wedged between Israel and the Mediterranean Sea, where 1.6 million people live under a brutal Israeli blockade that denies them most of the basic necessities of life. Without the unwavering bipartisan support of the United States for the Israeli military, the occupation of Palestine could not exist.

November 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

VIDEO: Coney Island Residents Remain Without Heat, Hot Water Two Weeks After Superstorm Sandy


It’s been more than two weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, yet thousands of people in the city’s public housing buildings are still in the cold. The city says it has restored some level of power to all housing projects, but as of Wednesday, nearly 16,000 public tenants were without heat and hot water. Some remained without any reliable water — hot or cold. Also out of service were dozens of elevators impacted by the storm. One of the areas most affected has been Coney Island at the southern tip of Brooklyn, where the storm poured saltwater into basements, devastating equipment. [includes rush transcript]

November 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane Sandy, New York

"The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below. She was the second person in two weeks in Spain to commit suicide as a result of an impending foreclosure action. Her suicide has added gravity to this week’s general strike radiating from the streets of Madrid across all of Europe. As resistance to so-called austerity in Europe becomes increasingly transnational and coordinated, President Barack Obama and the House Republicans begin their debate to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The fight is over fair tax rates, budget priorities and whether we as a society will sustain the social safety net built during the past 80 years.

November 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Occupy Wall Street, Debt

Part 2: Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West Call on Obama to Host a White House Conf. on Ending Poverty


We continue our conversation with broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West about their push for President Obama to address poverty in his second term. Smiley argues the ultimate question now, is: "Are we ready to push?" He and West have organized a symposium to take place on Jan. 17, prior to Obama’s inauguration, to demand Obama call a White House conference on the eradication of poverty. [includes rush transcript]

November 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Obama, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West

VIDEO: Democracy Now! and Riverkeeper Tour NYC Waterfront After Superstorm Sandy, Sewage Leaks


Many of the East Coast’s waste treatment plants failed during Superstorm Sandy, causing them to release thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the area’s waterways. In this video report, Democracy Now! teams up with the watchdog group Riverkeeper to tour New York City’s industrial waterfront four day after the storm, and find mixed results from water samples taken along the way. [includes rush transcript]

November 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane Sandy, Water, John Lipscomb, Phillip Musegaas

"Now the Work of Movements Begins"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate’s success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been re-elected.

November 08, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 2012 Election


Tune in Tuesday night from 7pm to 1am ET for Democracy Now!’s live special coverage of the 2012 election. Amy Goodman and Juan González, along with investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, will offer real-time results from presidential and congressional races, and bring you coverage of voter suppression efforts and key issues in the race. Correspondents and guests will join us from Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., New York City and more.

November 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Election 2012

Tonight in NYC: Amy Goodman Speaks on Election 2012, Superstorm Sandy, Climate Change

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman speaks at the first event at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble since its reopening post-Hurricane Sandy. She links Sandy and other extreme weather events to climate change, and discusses the corporate media’s failure to make the connection.

November 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Events, Election 2012, Climate Change, Hurricane Sandy

We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

November 01, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Global Warming

Thousands Held in NYC Jail Will Not Be Evacuated Even As Surrounding Areas Face Storm Surge

New York City authorities promise the island home to 12,000 New York City prisoners sits on land high enough to withstand a Category 4 hurricane. But advocates told Democracy Now! they are still concerned that Rikers Island is not being evacuated, given the size of the Frankenstorm that is Hurricane Sandy. They also point to prison officials’ failure to communicate clearly with inmates and their families last year during Hurricane Irene.

October 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hurricane, New York, Jean Casella, Lisa Ortega

California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Whether or not this ballot passes could have a significant impact on how our food system is organized, favoring small, local organic-food producers (if it passes), or allowing for the increased expansion of large, corporate agribusiness (if it fails).

October 25, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Food, California, GMO, Agriculture

WATCH: Full Expanding the Debate Special on Foreign Policy Featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson


Watch our full three-and-a-half-hour "Expanding the Debate" special featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson responding to the same questions posed to President Obama and Mitt Romney in the final debate of the campaign. In a pre-debate discussion, we speak to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, University of San Francisco Professor Stephen Zunes, and Norman Solomon, co-founder of [includes rush transcript]

October 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Expanding The Debate, Election 2012, Green Party

Part Two: Shane Bauer: "Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons"


In his first live television interview since his release from Iranian prison, journalist Shane Bauer shines the light on solitary confinement inside the California prison system. Bauer was one of three Americans detained in 2009 while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border. He and Josh Fattal were held by Iran for 26 months, and Sarah Shourd — now Bauer’s wife — was held for 13 months, much of it in solitary confinement. [includes rush transcript]

October 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Solitary Confinement, Iran, Shane Bauer

Audio: Aid Boat Seized as It Approached Gaza Tells Israel: "We Are Not the Provocateurs"

We spoke with Mattias Gardell as he sailed through international waters on board the Swedish boat to Gaza, Estelle, before it was seized Saturday by the Israeli military as it attempted to break the Israeli blockade. The boat was called a "provocation" by Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. "What is a provocation is the fact that the current right-wing Israeli government has enforced the illegal seize of Gaza," Gardell told Democracy Now! [includes rush transcript]

Watch Amy Goodman on teleSUR Friday Night, Oct. 19

Amy Goodman will be interviewed on the program "Cruce de Palabras" airing on teleSUR Friday, Oct. 19.

October 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

VIDEO: Amy Goodman’s Appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

Watch Amy Goodman’s appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal from September 29. In the interview, discusses her New York Times best-selling book, "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope."

October 18, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with her running mate, Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala. Their crime: attempting to get to the debate so Stein could participate in it.

October 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Women’s Rights, Mitt Romney