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Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people’s climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at least for now.

November 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Keystone XL, Climate Change

Cornel West: President Obama Doesn’t Belong on Any Shirt with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

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In part two of our interview, Dr. Cornel West compares the legacy of President Obama to another Nobel Prize winner, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

October 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Cornel West

Malachi: Musical Act Mecca Normal Pays Tribute to Antiwar Activist Who Died by Self-Immolation

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Eight years ago, a Chicago musician, archivist and activist named Malachi Ritscher died after setting himself on fire to protest the war in Iraq. A traveling art exhibit is now paying tribute to his life. We speak with the band Mecca Normal who wrote the song, "Malachi."

October 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Art & Politics, Jean Smith, David Lester

Ferguson October: Youth Organizers Plan Weekend of Resistance 2 Months After Death of Michael Brown

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In the wake of the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, activists in Ferguson, Missouri, are calling on people to join them this weekend — from October 10 to 13 — for a national protest against police racial bias and violence against black and Latino communities.

October 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Michael Brown, Tef Poe, Tory Russell, Ashley Yates

Remembering Poet-Playwright-Activist Amiri Baraka, Born 80 Years Ago Today

A leading force in the Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones 80 years ago today on Oct. 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. Baraka died in Newark on January 9 at the age of 79.

October 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History

Inside the Dark Alliance: Gary Webb on the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

We look back at Democracy Now! interviews with Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who is the subject of the new film, "Kill the Messenger."

October 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gary Webb, CIA-Contra Cocaine Scandal, Drug War, Nicaragua

Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

November 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Who is Gen. Michael Nagata, the Man Tapped by Obama to Train the Syrian Rebels?

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Jeremy Scahill talks about Gen. Michael Nagata, who once wrote a classified briefing attacking the reporting of Scahill and Seymour Hersh after they exposed secret U.S. military operations inside Pakistan.

October 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Jeremy Scahill

READ: "Back Channel to Cuba" Exposes the Hidden History of Washington-Havana Negotiations

Read the introduction to "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana" and watch our interview with the new book’s authors.

October 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Author Interviews

Part 2: Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change and War, Lessons from Anti-Apartheid Struggle

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In our extended interview with Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, he examines connections between climate change and U.S. war in the Middle East, and shares how his activism is shaped by his experience in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

September 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Kumi Naidoo

Video: $50 Billion Pledged for Fossil Fuel Divestment as Rockefeller Heirs Join Growing Movement

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The heirs to Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller have joined other foundations that are divesting from fossil fuels.

September 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

Part 2: Friends of the Earth’s Asad Rehman on Climate Change and War

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In part two of our conversation, Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth discusses the connections between war and climate change.

September 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Asad Rehman

Part 2: Leading Environmentalists Decry Inaction by United Nations on Climate Crisis

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As the United Nations summit on climate change takes place in New York City, we continue our conversation with three leading environmentalists: Vandana Shiva of India, Desmond D’Sa of South Africa, and Winona LaDuke of the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Exclusive: Listen to Neil Young’s New Climate Anthem "Who’s Gonna Stand Up" (Acoustic Solo)

Ahead of the People’s Climate March, Neil Young has shared with Democracy Now! an acoustic recording of his new song, "Who’s Gonna Stand Up."

September 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Art & Politics

Naomi Klein on Motherhood, Geoengineering, Climate Debt & the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

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Extended web-exclusive interview with Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Naomi Klein

Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Naomi Klein: "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Book Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Naomi Klein

"The Throwaways": New Film Spotlights Impact of Police Killings and Mass Incarceration in Upstate NY

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Amidst national outrage over police brutality across the country, we look at a new film that documents police shootings and the consequences of mass incarceration in upstate New York. "The Throwaways" focuses on the idea that certain lives in our society are considered disposable. It follows activist and filmmaker Ira McKinley, a former felon, as he seeks to document and mobilize his community of Albany, New York.

Part 2: Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Speaks Out About Documenting IDF Abuse in Gaza, West Bank

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Watch part two of our conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza. Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels.

September 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Eran Efrati

READ: “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year” by Tavis Smiley

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, which examines the personal struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. during his final year, when he faced rejection by the press, the president, and much of the country’s black middle class and militants, after he spoke out against the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Martin Luther King, Vietnam, Military Industrial Complex