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


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%


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


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


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


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]

Part 2: Father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, on Occupy Wall Street, Failed U.N. Response in Syria


In part two of our conversation with Johan Galtung, he discusses Occupy Wall Street, which he considers "deeply American, in the most positive sense," and why the United Nations’ responses to Syria have failed to bring peace. [includes rush transcript]

April 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Occupy Wall Street, Afghanistan, Peace, Johan Galtung

The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

April 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Global Warming, Maldives, Koch Brothers

Kenneth Chamberlain’s Family Says Autopsy Contradicts Police Account Of His Death

By Juan Gonzalez

The former Marine shot by cops in his apartment died from a single bullet that entered his right arm and ripped through both lungs, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Daily News. The lawyer for Kenneth Chamberlain’s family said the autopsy contradicts the police account of his death.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous Receives Izzy Award For Outstanding Achievement in Independent Media

On Tuesday Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous won the fourth annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College. Sharif shared the award with the Center for Media and Democracy.

April 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, ALEC, Koch Brothers

Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman Named "Truthdigger of the Week" for Bahrain Coverage

Amy Goodman caught Truthdig’s attention last week for her coverage of the crisis in Bahrain, which might readily have been pitched to American audiences as a story worthy of coverage as part of last year’s Arab Spring, with a familiar arc involving protesters rising up against a dictatorial regime, were it not for the United States’ specific military and business (read: oil) interests in the region.

April 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Arab Spring

VIDEO: Malian Musician Khaira Arby, "Nightingale of the North," Performs in Democracy Now! Studio


In September of 2010, renowned Malian musician Khaira Arby performed live in the Democracy Now! studio, where she also spoke with Amy Goodman about her pacifism, struggles of female musicians in Mali, and the potential impact of music in times of conflict. As we recently reported, Tuareg rebels in Mali have declared the independent state of Azawad after seizing Timbuktu and other major cities in the north.

April 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Africa, Khaira Arby

Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.

Van Jones on Democracy Now! Tuesday–Read An Excerpt From His New Book, "Rebuild the Dream"

As of Van Jones’ is interviewed on Democracy Now!, you can read an excerpt from the green economy pioneer’s newest book, which reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider, shares details of his time in the Obama administration and his resignation after coming under attack from then-Fox News host, Glenn Beck, and contrasts the structure and rhetoric of the 2008 Obama campaign, the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street.

April 02, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Obama, Election 2012, Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party