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RIP Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," Author, TV Producer, Made Six Films on Nelson Mandela

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Known for his work chronicling the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa since the 1960s, Danny Schechter "The News Dissector" has died.

March 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Media Analysis, Journalism, Nelson Mandela

PART 2: "How the FBI Created a Terrorist" by Entrapping Mentally Ill Man in Florida

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Watch our extended interview about Sami Osmakac, a mentally disturbed, financially unstable young man who was targeted by an elaborately orchestrated FBI sting in early 2012.

WATCH: Florida Grants Parole to Mark DeFriest After New Film Exposes His Shocking Ordeal Behind Bars

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Mentally ill prisoner Mark DeFriest began his path to freedom when he was paroled March 10, but still faces years behind bars. Tonight Showtime airs the new film featured on Democracy Now! that helped prompt a 70-year reduction in DeFriest’s sentence.

March 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Florida, Film, Solitary Confinement, Gabriel London

Flush the TPP

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–President Obama and the Republicans in Congress are united on so-called free-trade agreements, which would increase corporate power and reduce the power of people to govern themselves democratically. This has put the president at loggerheads with his strongest congressional allies who oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the most far-reaching trade agreements in history.

March 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, TPP

State Department Announces New "Long-standing" Policy Against Backing Coups

A week ago, Democracy Now! aired this short video clip from a recent State Department press briefing about increasing tensions between the United States and Venezuela. It has since gone viral. If you missed it the first time, check it out. After Venezuela accused the United States of plotting another coup, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki rejected the claim as "ludicrous." She said, "As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means."

March 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Venezuela, Media Analysis

Part 2: Did Miriam Carey Need to Die After Wrong Car Move at White House Checkpoint?

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Part 2 of our conversation looking at the death of Miriam Carey. On October 3, 2013, the African-American mother drove to Washington, D.C., from Connecticut with her infant daughter. A U-turn at a checkpoint, followed by a car chase, led to Secret Service agents and U.S. Capitol Police firing 26 bullets at her car, eventually killing Carey.

March 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police, Valerie Carey, Eric Sanders, David Montgomery

Watch: Juanita Nelson (1923-2015) on War Tax Resistance, Civil Rights & Simple Living

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Juanita Nelson, a longtime civil rights activist, war tax resister and farmer, has died at the age of 91 in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Part 2: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

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Part 2 of our discussion with Bruce Schneier about about the golden age of surveillance and his new book, "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World."

March 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Domestic Surveillance, Internet, Bruce Schneier

How Should Universities Respond to Racist Incidents on Campus?

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In the wake of the University of Oklahoma expelling two student fraternity members for leading a hateful song, we host a discussion on how academic institutions should address racism on campus.

In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–The Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary commemoration was massive, with participation far exceeding expectations. The movements for racial justice, voting rights and against police brutality are coalescing, bringing together past and present to shape a new future.

March 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Selma, Race in America

Johann Hari & Naomi Klein: Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction?

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British journalist Johann Hari recently sat down with Naomi Klein to discuss his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs."

March 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Economy, Healthcare, Johann Hari, Naomi Klein

Civil War Historian Eric Foner on the Radical Possibilities of Reconstruction

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As the nation prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we talk to historian Eric Foner about Reconstruction and the birth of a homegrown terrorist movement led by the Ku Klux Klan.

March 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Slavery, African-American History, Civil Rights, Eric Foner

50th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery March: See DN! Interviews with Rep. John Lewis, Ava DuVernay

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On the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march known as "Bloody Sunday," watch our interviews with Rep. John Lewis, who helped organize the march as a young civil rights activist; and with "Selma" director Ava Duvernay.

March 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights, African-American History, Race in America

"Harvest of Empire" & "Dirty Wars" Among Films Honored by American Library Association

The American Library Association has released its list of Notable Videos for Adults — 15 "outstanding" films from the past two years. Included in the list is "Harvest of Empire," based on the groundbreaking book of the same name by Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. The Oscar-nominated documentary "Dirty Wars," based on the book by investigative journalist and former Democracy Now! producer Jeremy Scahill, is also listed.

PART 2: Push to Close Notorious Attica Prison as Brutal Conditions Continue 40 Years After Uprising

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Watch Part 2 of our interview with Tom Robbins of The Marshall Project and former Attica prisoner Antonio Yarbough about "Attica’s Ghosts," a savage beating, a culture "beyond repair."

Ferguson: DOJ Condemns Racist, Profit-Driven Police & Court System

The Justice Department is calling for a major overhaul of Ferguson’s criminal justice system after finding systemic discrimination against African-American residents.

March 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Ferguson, Police Brutality, Race in America, Civil Rights

From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown 245 years later, two things remain clear: We never know what sparks a revolution. And, black lives matter.

READ: DOJ Report on Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson, Criminal Probe of Officer Darren Wilson

Read the DOJ reports issued today that find a "pattern and practice" of civil rights violations in Ferguson, and decline to bring criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed African-American Michael Brown.

March 04, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Ferguson, Police, Race in America

WATCH: In United Nations Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel

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As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to address the pro-Israeli lobby group AIPAC and Congress, we feature Noam Chomsky’s United Nations address on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

March 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky

Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC Sunday, March 1st

Don’t miss Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry," this Sunday, March 1st. The show airs live from 10 a.m. to Noon ET on MSNBC.

February 27, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News