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WikiLeaks, War Crimes and the Pinochet Principle

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The cases of Pvt. Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet remind us that all too often whistle-blowers suffer, while war criminals walk.

May 31, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Chile

Report on Potential Arrests at 2012 RNC Cites Arrest of Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman at 2008 RNC

An article about protesters coming to Tampa, Florida, for the 2012 Republican National Convention features Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman talking about her arrest at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Part 2: “Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America”

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We continue our conversation with Charles Ferguson, director of the Oscar award-winning documentary, “Inside Job,” about the 2008 financial crisis. In his new book, “Predator Nation,” he argues “the role of Democrats has been at least as great as the role of Republicans” in causing the crisis. [includes rush transcript]

Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s UP w/ Chris Hayes

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on MSNBC’s UP w/ Chris Hayes on Saturday, May 26th at 8 am ET.

May 26, 2012 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the Wars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals. Unlike Allen, many decorated U.S. military veterans left the streets of Chicago after the NATO summit without their medals.

May 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NATO, War, War on Terror, Afghanistan, Iraq

Veterans Say No to NATO

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan. Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago. This week, NATO is holding the largest meeting in its 63-year history there. Protests and rallies will confront the two-day summit, facing off against a massive armed police and military presence.

Part 2: "Magic Soap" Maker David Bronner on Organic Labeling, Fair Trade, Hemp and Not Selling Out

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In an extended interview, David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, discusses the history of the company, why they put sustainability and social justice ahead of profits, the organic and GMO labeling movements, the U.S. war on hemp, and why they refuse to sell out. [includes rush transcript]

May 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, GMO, FDA, Environment

Holding Bank of America to Account

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an "extraordinary event." That is what the city of Charlotte, North Carolina called the bank’s shareholder meeting this week. Bank of America is currently the second largest bank in the US (after JP Morgan Chase), claiming more than $2 trillion in assets. It is also the "too big to fail" poster child of Occupy Wall Street, a speculative banking monstrosity that profits from, among other things, the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the exploitation of dirty coal.

May 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Bank of America, Financial Meltdown

Part 2: Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth on Palestinian Prisoners, Saudi Arabia’s Role in Bahrain

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Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth examines why the U.S. has not pressured Bahrain to release pro-democracy activists. He also discusses Syria and the conditions in Israeli jails and courts that prompted 1,550 Palestinian prisoners to go on a hunger strike. [includes rush transcript]

May 08, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Syria, Palestine, Human Rights, Kenneth Roth

Letter Sent to Eric Holder Seeking Federal Probe Into Police Shooting Of Kenneth Chamberlain

Earlier today the attorneys for Kenneth Chamberlain’s family sent the following letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking a federal probe into his death.

May 04, 2012 |  Filed under  News, Kenneth Chamberlain

The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

May 03, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Campaign Finance, FCC

Democracy Now! Interviews the (Tax) Dodgers: Going to Bat for the 1%

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At the May Day rally in New York City’s Union Square, Amy Goodman bumped into the Tax Dodgers — a baseball team on which all of the players share the same number: 1 percent. [includes rush transcript]

May 02, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street

Part 2: David Harvey on Rebel Cities, Occupy Wall Street, and the Benefits of Class Struggle

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In part two of our interview with social theorist David Harvey, he notes the "urban center" of Occupy Wall Street has been key to its success. He also discusses Karl Marx, the lack of evidence that austerity stimulates economic growth, and how many of the social benefits that exist today were brought about through class struggle. [includes rush transcript]

New Story and Search Features for Democracy Now! Website Visitors

We’ve made some changes to the website to enhance story videos, provide easy access to story transcripts and suggest Democracy Now! guests that might match your search terms. Check it out and let us know what you think.

April 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Tech

The NSA Is Watching You

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer.

Amy Goodman Speaks at NYC Green Festival Main Stage Sunday, April 22 at 2pm; To Be Aired on Livestream

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman will speak on Sunday, April 22 at 2pm on the Green Festival Main Stage at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 11th Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets, in New York City.

April 20, 2012 |  Filed under  News

Watch Live, Friday, 7 EST: Amy Goodman Moderates “Memories of the Future” Panel with Grace Lee Boggs

Tune in tonight to see Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman as she moderates a panel that kicks off the Foundry Theatre’s “This Is How We Do It: A Festival of Dialogues About Another World.” She will speak with activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs, who says, “we have the power within us to create the world anew.”

April 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Events

Part 2: Tavis Smiley & Cornel West on Growing Up Poor, Occupy Wall Street and Trayvon Martin Case

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In part two of our interview, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West discuss growing up in working-class households and compare the amount of money spent on war and the 2012 presidential campaign to funding for programs that assist the one in two Americans who are now poor. They also discuss the Trayvon Martin case and Ted Nugent’s potentially threatening comments about President Obama at the recent National Rifle Association meeting. [includes rush transcript]

Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after returning from the Summit of the Americas.

April 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Obama, Colombia, Drug War, Cuba

VIDEO: "Sex, Race and Class" — Extended Interview with Selma James on Her Six Decades of Activism

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Watch our complete interview with the pioneering activist, writer and political thinker Selma James. She launched the International Wages for Housework Campaign three decades ago, controversially arguing that women should be paid for housework. That argument is still timely today as a debate over women’s work rocks the presidential race. [includes rush transcript]