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UPDATE: Mumia Abu-Jamal Taken from Hospital Back to Prison; Family Limited to One Visit A Week

After an international outcry authorities have allowed family members of imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal to visit him for the first time since he blacked out from diabetic shock in prison and woke up in an outside hospital.

April 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison

Hate Doesn’t Pay

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Indiana certainly doesn’t want to be remembered for being a bastion of hatred. So why did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence legalize a new wave of intolerance by signing into law Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA)?

April 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, LGBT, African-American History, Human Rights

Economic Disobedience: Student Debt Strike Expands as 100 Refuse to Pay Back Predatory College Loans

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More than 100 former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges system have joined what they say is the nation’s first student debt strike. The students have refused to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian, which has been sued by the federal government for its predatory lending.

April 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education, Student Debt, Money & Politics, Andrew Ross

CREDO Members (or not): Only 4 weeks left to vote for Democracy Now!

This month, CREDO members vote to distribute 2015 donations funding — and how much we get this April depends on you. The more votes we receive, the greater our share of funding.

April 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Mumia Abu-Jamal Taken to Hospital in Emergency, Surrounded by Guards; Family & Friends Denied Access

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s longtime friend Johanna Fernández learned he had been hospitalized when she went to visit him Monday after he sounded sick. "Upon arrival I was told I could not see him," Fernández told Democracy Now! "We were told he was in diabetic shock and taken to the hospital."

March 31, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison

Amy Goodman Questions Ex-CIA Director Porter Goss about Torture at George W. Bush Conference

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When questioned by Amy Goodman, former CIA Director Peter Goss said the bipartisan Senate Committee Report on the CIA’s Use of Torture was "not the full truth" and criticized Sen. John McCain for defending it.

March 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Torture, Bush, Iraq, War on Terror, Porter Goss

"I Need a Stiff Drink After That": John Negroponte on Being Questioned by Amy Goodman over Iraq War

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At an event assessing the George W. Bush presidency, Amy Goodman asked if senior administration officials should be tried for war crimes. Former National Intelligence Director John Negroponte responded afterwards, "Boy, I need a stiff drink after that one."

March 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Iraq, Bush, Torture

WATCH: Amy Goodman on Moving from Assessment to Accountability for "The Bush Doctrine" on Terrorism

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Watch Amy Goodman call for accountability at a recent discussion on "The Bush Doctrine and Combating Terrorism," and the response from her fellow panelists Porter Goss, former CIA director, and John Negroponte, former director of national intelligence.

March 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Bush, Iraq, Torture, Psychology & Torture, Afghanistan

The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan — What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and “misbehavior before an enemy?”

March 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Afghanistan, Veterans

Part 2: Migrant Women Appear Via Video from Detention Centers in Asylum Cases Amid Harsh Conditions

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Watch our extended interview about detained migrant women seeking asylum in immigration court via video stream, as they face harsh conditions in a private prison setting along with children as young as a few months old.

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