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Noam Chomsky: 1971 Burglary of FBI Office Proved Agency Had Become a "National Political Police"

In this web exclusive, world-renowned dissident Noam Chomsky reflects on the significance of the 1971 burglary of the FBI office in Pennsylvania that exposed COINTELPRO. [includes rush transcript]

January 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, COINTELPRO, FBI, Noam Chomsky

The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Comcast has announced it intends to merge with Time Warner Cable, joining together the largest and second-largest cable and broadband providers in the country. The merger must be approved by both the Justice Department and the FCC. Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

February 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Consolidation, Media Analysis

Coming Up: Meet the Antiwar Activists Who Broke Into an FBI Office in 1971 & Exposed COINTELPRO

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On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will interview three peace activists who just revealed their involvement in one of the biggest mysteries of the Vietnam War era — the 1971 break-in of an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. The burglars took every paper in the office, including documents revealing the existence of the secret counter-intelligence program, nicknamed COINTELPRO, which at the time was targeting black nationalists, antiwar activists and Native American groups.

January 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Domestic Spying

BREAKING: Lynne Stewart Freed From Prison, Granted "Compassionate Release"

Ailing civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart has been released from prison and will come to New York City to live with her son.

December 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Lynne Stewart, Prison

Top 20 Democracy Now! Segments of 2013

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PART 2: Calls Grow to Release Aging People from Prison Who Pose No Public Safety Threat

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We continue our interview about the issues leading to a skyrocketing population of aging people behind bars, and feature comments about their conditions from political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO TIMELINE: Political Prisoners Amongst Soaring Population of Elderly Behind Bars

Watch a video timeline of Democracy Now!’s reporting on aging political prisoners, including Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Albert Woodfox of the Angola Three and others; and see reports documenting the skyrocketing population of aging men and women expected to die behind bars in a prison system ill prepared to handle them and still oriented towards mass incarceration.

December 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Angola 3, Leonard Peltier, Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal

People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

“I found myself standing in front of railroad tracks in South Florida. I was waiting on the train to come so I could jump in front of it and end my life.” So recounted Desmond Meade, describing his life nine years ago. He was homeless, unemployed, recently released from prison and addicted to drugs and alcohol. The train never came. He crossed the tracks and checked himself into a substance-abuse program. He went on to college, and now is just months away from receiving his law degree.

February 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Prison, Voting, Civil Rights

PART 2: Gabor Maté and Alan Schwarz on "The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder"

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In part two of our discussion with physician Gabor Maté and New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz, we discuss how attention deficit disorder manifests in children and adults, and why medication is not the solution for everyone who shows symptoms, even if they are properly diagnosed. [includes rush transcript]

December 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare, Education, Addiction, Gabor Maté, Alan Schwarz

Nelson Mandela on How Cuba "Destroyed the Myth of the Invincibility of the White Oppressor"

In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for helping to end apartheid and colonialism in southern Africa. On July 26, 1991, he gave the following speech.

December 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, South Africa

VIDEO & AUDIO: International Human Rights Day Becomes Call for Obama to Stop Deportations

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Watch a video of immigrant rights activists arrested outside a detention center in New Jersey today, and hear a phone call from a young DREAMer who infiltrated a detention center in Texas.

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Human Rights

READ: Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria & the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will look into the relationship between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and in Cuba under Fidel Castro, which has drawn more attention after President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today as he made his way to speak at the podium during the memorial to Nelson Mandela.

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Cuba

Nelson Mandela & Fidel Castro: A Video You Won’t See on the Evening News

In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to meet with then-President Fidel Castro on one of his first international trips after being freed from prison. Mandela called the Cuban Revolution "a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people." [includes rush transcript]

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, South Africa

VIDEO: Filmmaker Danny Schechter on Impact of Nelson Mandela’s Visit to the United States

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In part 2 of our interview with Danny Schechter, who has made six nonfiction films on Nelson Mandela, including "Mandela in America," he recalls the impact of the anti-apartheid leader’s visit to eight cities, including New York, Detroit, Oakland and Los Angeles. [includes rush transcript]

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, South Africa, Danny Schechter

The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin. Most notably is intense, often violent homophobia, tacitly endorsed by the government with the recent passage of the law against “gay propaganda.” While Sochi shines a light on Russian human-rights violations, it affords an opportunity to expose the rampant corruption and abuse that accompanies the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

February 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Russia, Olympics, Pussy Riot

The Oscar Shortlist Interviews: 2014 Nominees Include "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing," "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who made the shortlist of 15 films that will compete for the Documentary Feature Oscar.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Egypt, Indonesia, Jeremy Scahill

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Vandana Shiva and Jane Goodall

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Watch our full interview with Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva at the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit. [includes rush transcript]

Watch: Michel Gondry Drawing Illustration of Amy Goodman

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After our interview with Michel Gondry about his new film, "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" featuring Noam Chomsky, the French filmmaker quickly drew an illustration of Amy Goodman. Watch Gondry in action.

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics

Web Exclusive: Noam Chomsky in Conversation with French Filmmaker Michel Gondry

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At the world premiere of the new documentary "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" in New York City, filmmaker Michel Gondry sat down with the subject of the film, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist, author and activist. [includes rush transcript]

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, Michel Gondry, Noam Chomsky

Publisher André Schiffrin, Founder of New Press, Has Died at Age 78

André Schiffrin, a leading figure in the book publishing world for nearly 50 years, has died at age 78. Watch our 2007 interview with the former editor in chief of Pantheon Books, and founder of the nonprofit publishing house, The New Press.

December 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Art & Politics