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Meet our 100,000th Facebook Fan: Barunesh Chandra

“I like Democracy Now! since it is a one-of-kind media platform, which acts as global watchdog for Democracy,” Chandra said. Democracy Now! noticed Chandra when he posted a comment on our Facebook page December 6, thrilled to be our 100,000th fan.
December 15, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"'Assangination': From Character Assassination to the Real Thing." By Amy Goodman

Despite being granted bail, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London, awaiting extradition proceedings to answer a prosecutor’s questions in Sweden.

December 15, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, WikiLeaks

Video: U.N. Guards Beat Reuters Photographer at Cancún Climate Talks

Reutersjournalistdetainedandbeaten Democracy Now! videotaped U.N. security guards Friday beating a Reuters photographer who was arrested while covering a protest at the U.N. climate conference in Cancún. Guards seized Jorge Silva’s press credentials and then beat him while he was detained on a bus. The incident sparked a protest by other Mexican photographers. Watch video

December 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit

Amy Goodman Appears on al-Jazeera English Live from the Cancún Climate Talks

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As the Global Climate Talks in Mexico enter their final day, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman is interviewed on al-Jazeera English to give a report on the progress of negotiations.

December 10, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Global Children’s Campaign to Climate Delegates: Stop Talking. Start Planting

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This year’s UN climate change conference has attracted many children from around the world. In Cancún, Mexico, Democracy Now! had the chance to speak with two children from the youth-led group Plant-for-the-Planet.

December 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"We Cannot Afford to Be Held Hostage...By Political Backwardness" Tuvalu Delegate Makes Impassioned "Life or Death" Plea for Action on Climate Change

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Among the countries most affected by climate change are small island states. Rising sea levels from global warming threaten their very existence. [includes rush transcript]

December 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Youth Climate Activists to World Leaders: "Remember the Children Who Are Suffering Around the World"

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Youth climate activists from around the world are gathered in Cancún this week to push for a binding climate deal. Democracy Now! spoke to several of them on Monday at Cancunmesse, the main hub of NGO activity here at the U.N. climate talks. [includes rush transcript]

December 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"Cancun, Climate Change and WikiLeaks." By Amy Goodman

CANCUN, Mexico—Critical negotiations are under way here in Cancun, under the auspices of the United Nations, to reverse human-induced global warming.

December 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Thousands from Cancún"–Mass March Planned by Via Campesina Against U.N. Climate Talks

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A large protest march is being planned today in Cancún organized by La Via Campesina and other groups. Alfredo Acedo, a spokesperson for UNORCA, described what is being planned. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Anti-Capitalist Bloc Marches in Streets of Cancún to Protest U.N. Climate Talks

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Protesters took to the streets of Cancún on Monday night to demonstrate against the U.N. COP16 talks. More than 150 demonstrators with the anti-capitalist bloc marched from the Via Campesina camp, where they are staying, through the streets and main thoroughfares in Cancún. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Maude Barlow: With Only Market-Based Solutions on the Table "The Continued Destruction of the Earth...Can Go on Quite Happily"

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Maude Barlow is an author, activist, and the former senior adviser on water to the United Nations. She is in Cancún to speak with other civil society organizations about the relationship between water and climate change and the need for climate justice. [includes rush transcript]

December 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Bill McKibben: WikiLeaks Cables Confirm U.S. "Bullying and Buying" of Countries during COP15 Was Worse than Realized

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McKibben is the founder of 350.org and the winner of the 2010 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Democracy Now! caught up with him at the Cancún Climate Conference over the weekend. [includes rush transcript]

December 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change, WikiLeaks

"WikiLeaks and the End of U.S. 'Diplomacy.'" By Amy Goodman

WikiLeaks is again publishing a trove of documents, in this case classified U.S. State Department diplomatic cables. The whistle-blower website will gradually be releasing more than 250,000 of these documents in the coming months so that they can be analyzed and gain the attention they deserve.

December 01, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, WikiLeaks, Spain

Noam Chomsky on the Economy, U.S. Midterm Elections, Climate Change, Haiti, and More

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Noam Chomsky is a Professor Emeritus at MIT, where he taught for over half a century. He is author of dozens of books. His most recent is Hopes and Prospects_. [includes rush transcript]
Watch Part I of this conversation
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November 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky, WikiLeaks

"The Health Insurance Industry’s Vendetta Against Michael Moore." By Amy Goodman

Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, makes great movies but they are not generally considered “cliff-hangers.” All that might change since a whistle-blower on the “Democracy Now!” news hour revealed that health insurance executives thought they may have to implement a plan “to push Moore off a cliff.”

November 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Moore, Healthcare

Amy Goodman Interviewed on National Public Television in Argentina

Amy Goodman was interviewed by Visión Siete Internacional in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which aired Nov. 20.

Click here to watch the interview.

November 22, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Plays Excerpt of Democracy Now! Interview With Health Insurance Whistleblower Wendell Potter on Industry’s Attack on Michael Moore’s "Sicko"

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Following our interview with Wendell Potter, the former chief spokesman for CIGNA, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann invited Potter on his show to discuss the health insurance industry’s attack on Michael Moore and his film SiCKO.

November 18, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Healthcare, Michael Moore

"A Cry From Argentina: 'Close Guantanamo.'" By Amy Goodman

"Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future," said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

November 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Argentina, Guantanamo

"Push Michael Moore Off a Cliff:" Health Insurance Whistleblower Wendell Potter Details How the Industry Attacked Michael Moore’s Film Sicko

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When Academy Award-winning film director Michael Moore announced he would be making a documentary about the American healthcare system in 2004, it put the health insurance industry on high alert. [includes rush transcript]

November 16, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare, Author Interviews, Michael Moore

88.7 "La Tribu"–Buenos Aires, Argentina

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More than 200 stations in Latin America air Democracy Now! headlines in Spanish. We recently received a wonderful video from 88.7 Radio La Tribu in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Check it out.

November 15, 2010 |  Filed under  Your Community Media