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Election 2012: Dreams of a Vote Deferred?

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
People remember 1929 as the year of the stock-market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, the global economic disaster which remains the only one in history that dwarfs the one in which we now find ourselves. It was also the year Martin Luther King Jr. was born, who wouldn’t live to see 40 years.

August 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Voting

Read an Excerpt from "Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power"

Read "Spies in the Hills," Chapter 1 of the new book, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power, by Seth Rosenfeld. Decades in the making, the book reveals that the FBI tried to disrupt the 1964 Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, helping to ignite an era of protest and to launch Ronal Reagan’s political career. Rosenfeld will be a guest Thursday on Democracy Now! His book also contains explosive allegations that Richard Masato Aoki, the man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training, was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.

August 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, California, Black Panthers

Craig Murray and Tariq Ali Speak In Support of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Outside Ecuadorean Embassy

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See Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and writer and activist Tariq Ali, speak outside the Ecuadorean embassy, where WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange spoke Sunday. [includes rush transcript]

August 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Ecuador, Craig Murray, Tariq Ali

Paul Ryan: A Man With a Plan, From the Fiscal to the Physical

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is considered by many a champion of small government. For women, though, the federal government that Paul Ryan envisions is big, intrusive and controlling. Paul Ryan would ban all abortions, with no exceptions, even in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. In other words, the mother could die as a result of complications from the pregnancy.

August 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Paul Ryan, 2012 Election

From Our Archives: Full Video of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek With Amy Goodman

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In one of his first public events since being held under house arrest, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange appeared in London in June 2011 for a conversation with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. They discussed the impact of WikiLeaks on world politics, the release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and Cablegate — the largest trove of classified U.S. government records in history. [includes rush transcript]

August 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

On Gun Laws, It’s Bipartisan Consensus Not Gridlock That’s the Problem

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

With an average of 32 people killed by guns in this country every day—the equivalent of five Wisconsin massacres per day—both major parties refuse to deal with gun control. It’s the consensus, not the gridlock, that’s the problem.

August 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gun Control, Sikh

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