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Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "Up with Chris Hayes" from Durban

Watch Amy Goodman’s appearance on MSNBC’s "Up with Chris Hayes" on Sat. Dec 3rd, 2011, live from Durban, South Africa, site of the UN’s climate change conference.

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Exclusive: Cass McCombs Debuts New Song "Bradley Manning" Ahead of Accused Whistleblower’s Trial

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More than a year and a half after his arrest, the alleged Army whistleblower Bradley Manning is due to make his first court appearance at a pre-trial hearing on December 16th. Manning faces up to life in prison for allegedly leaking thousands of diplomatic cables that were published by WikiLeaks. Manning spent the first part of his imprisonment in harsh conditions including solitary confinement, leading to allegations of cruelty and torture. Ahead of Manning’s upcoming hearing, the indie musician Cass McCombs stopped by the Democracy Now! studio to debut a new song he wrote for the accused whistleblower, "Bradley Manning."

December 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, Cass McCombs

Democracy Now! Exclusive: Occupy Protesters Confront NYPD Commissioner with Images of Abuse

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was recently confronted with images of his officers abusing supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement as he addressed students at Columbia University. While Kelly spoke a projection appeared on the wall behind him offering an "alternative presentation." Democracy Now! has exclusive video of the action.

November 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Police Brutality, New York

"Cry, the Beloved Climate." By Amy Goodman

The United Nations’ annual climate change summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba. The 17-year-old was one of 10 people killed in Durban on Sunday, the night before the U.N. conference opened, when torrential rains pummeled the seaside city of 3.5 million.

Native Americans Mark Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving: "We are not Vanishing, We Are Not Conquered"

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The United American Indians of New England marked the 42nd National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass. on Nov. 24 as others celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. Democracy Now! was there, as Native speakers described the "suppressed" history of the holiday, the massacre of the Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples, and their continuing discrimination. They also expressed solidarity with struggles around the world, from Palestine to the Occupy Movement. [Includes rush transcript]

Arab Spring Under the King: Bahraini Activist Ala’a Shehabi on Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Protests

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Clashes have erupted in Bahrain ahead of the release of a report investigating the crackdown on the pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Watch Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interview Bahraini activist Ala’a Shehabi, wife of a Bahraini political prisoner seized and jailed during the uprising.

November 23, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Middle East, Arab Spring, Anjali Kamat

"Pulling Accounts From the Unaccountable." By Amy Goodman

Even though Heather Carpenter was outside of Citibank, a plainclothes officer had identified her as an Occupy Wall Street protester. She said she was a customer and showed her receipt. To her shock, as documented by video, Heather was grabbed from behind by a plainclothes officer who began forcing her into the bank. She screamed, but within seconds disappeared into the vestibule, surrounded by a dozen cops, where she was roughly handcuffed and arrested.

"The Brave New World of Occupy Wall Street." By Amy Goodman

We got word just after 1 a.m. Tuesday that New York City police were raiding the Occupy Wall Street encampment. I raced down with the “Democracy Now!” news team to Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty Square. Hundreds of riot police had already surrounded the area.

Amy Goodman Interviews Occupy Oakland Man Before Police Raid Peaceful Camp: "We are a Role Model"

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Watch Amy Goodman interview Ali, one of hundreds of people who peacefully participated in the Occupy Oakland encampment before it was raided early Monday morning. [includes rush transcript]

November 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, California, Protests, Police, U.S. Economy

20th Anniversary of Santa Cruz Massacre: Watch Documentary "Massacre: The Story of East Timor”

On November 12, 1991 Indonesian troops fired on a peaceful memorial procession in a cemetery in Dili, East Timor, killing more than 270 East Timorese. Journalists Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn were beaten while reporting on the massacre. Watch the radio documentary they produced, set to video, on Democracy Now! in 2002.

November 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, East Timor, Freedom of the Press, Indonesia, Military

Full Video: 39 Arrested with Occupy Cal in Forceful Crackdown on Student Protest at UC Berkeley

See the full version of the video report featured on today’s Democracy Now! about the Occupy movement that drew thousands of California college students to protests at UC Berkeley, among others. [includes rush transcript]

November 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Education, Students

"Keystone XL: Ring Around the Rose Garden" By Amy Goodman

Since President Barack Obama took office, a broad, international coalition against has formed against the planned Keystone XL pipeline, intended to run from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Now the deadline for its approval or rejection is at hand.

Action Alert: Israel Detains Democracy Now! Correspondent Jihan Hafiz Aboard Gaza Flotilla

Israel has detained Democracy Now! correspondent Jihan Hafiz who was aboard the Freedom Waves For Gaza flotilla. Hafiz has been reporting from the ship for Democracy Now! for the past week. We urge Democracy Now! viewers and listeners to call your Senators and representatives to encourage them to help secure the immediate release of U.S. journalist Jihan Hafiz.

November 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

VIDEO: Watch Juan Gonzalez on Tavis Smiley about News for All the People

Democracy Now! co-host and co-author of News for All the People, Juan Gonzalez, explains why Americans don’t have a free market in the media and tackles the racial politics of media ownership on PBS’ Tavis Smiley.

November 03, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Juan Gonzalez, Media Analysis, Race in America

VIDEO: Watch Journalists Amy Goodman & Chris Hedges on Charlie Rose Show about Occupy Wall Street

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On Monday, Charlie Rose interviewed Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and Chris Hedges about Occupy Wall Street.

AUDIO: Amy Goodman Interviews Activists Aboard Freedom Waves Flotilla Boat Tahrir

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman interviews seven people aboard the Canadian boat Tahrir as it sails through international waters alongside the Irish ship Saoirse toward Gaza. Both vessels are part of the Freedom Waves Flotilla. [includes rush transcript]

November 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

PHOTOS: Sailing Toward Gaza Aboard the Canadian Boat Tahrir With Freedom Waves Flotilla

See photos of some of the activists aboard the Canadian boat, Tahrir, now sailing in international waters toward Gaza. One of two boats in the Freedom Waves Flotilla, its passengers include representatives from Australia, Canada, the United States, and Palestine.

November 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Gaza Flotilla, Palestine, Israel & Palestine, Turkey

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Voices from the Secret International Flotilla Now Sailing to Gaza

The Canadian ship "Tahrir" and the Irish ship "Saoirse" quietly left a Turkish port earlier today bound for the Gaza Strip. The mission of the "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla was kept secret until they reached international waters just after 11:00 a.m. EDT. Democracy Now! first broke the news on our live broadcast this morning. Embedded on the Tahrir is Democracy Now! correspondent Jihan Hafiz. Prior to the ship setting sail, Hafiz spoke with three of the flotilla participants on board the "Tahrir" ship: David Heap of the University of Western Ontario; Kit Kittredge of Code Pink; and Michael Coleman, an Australian activist. [includes rush transcript]

November 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

"Call of Duty: Veterans Join the 99 Percent" By Amy Goodman

11-11-11 is not a variant of Herman Cain’s much-touted 9-9-9 tax plan, but rather the date of this year’s Veterans Day. This is especially relevant, as the U.S. has now entered its second decade of war in Afghanistan, the longest war in the nation’s history. U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are appearing more and more on the front lines—the front lines of the Occupy Wall Street protests, that is.

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange’s Attorney Gareth Peirce Speaks about Imminent British Court Decision on Sweden’s Request to Extradite Assange

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Interviewed by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. [includes rush transcript]

November 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Gareth Peirce