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Amy Goodman Questions Freed Pussy Riot Members on Olympics, Putin & Obama During 1st U.S. Appearance

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Freed Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina made their first public appearance in the United States Tuesday after their release from prison in Russia. Amy Goodman was among the journalists who questioned them. [includes rush transcript]

February 05, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pussy Riot, Russia, Olympics

VIDEO: 350.org & Indigenous Groups Hold Vigils to Block Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

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Bill McKibben of 350.org and Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign spoke out on Monday night at a vigil at Union Square in New York City against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. It was one of 200 vigils held in response to last week’s State Department ruling claiming the pipeline’s northern leg would have a minimal impact on the local environment and climate change. [includes rush transcript]

February 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Keystone XL, Climate Change, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

VIDEO: Pete Seeger Recalls the 1949 Peekskill Riot Where He And Paul Robeson Were Attacked

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Watch an exclusive excerpt from our 2004 interview with the legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94. Seeger recalls the Peekskill Riots of 1949, when he and the singer and actor Paul Robeson were attacked after they performed.

Juan Gonzalez: New York City Overrules its Own Assessors and Lowers Google’s Taxes by $21 Million

Google will save as much as $21 million after the city overruled its own assessors and lowered the tech giant’s real estate tax, reports Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez, in column for "The New York Daily News."

January 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Internet, Juan Gonzalez, New York

Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting Michigan’s ban against affirmative action in state university admissions, and with the increasing resegregation of schools, it seems like Wallace’s dream of “segregation forever” may be alive and all too well.

April 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Race in America

The Oscar Nominee Interviews: 2014 Picks Include "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing" & "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who have been nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Jeremy Scahill, Egypt, Indonesia, Film

"Dirty Wars" Wins Official Academy Award Nomination For Best Documentary

The film, "Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield," has received an official nomination for 2014 best documentary by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film features longtime Democracy Now! correspondent and investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill and is directed by Richard Rowley. Click to see our many interviews with them.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Jeremy Scahill, Oscars

Remembering Amiri Baraka Part 2 Featuring Sonia Sanchez, Felipe Luciano, Larry Hamm, Komozi Woodard

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Watch this online-only extended interview on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer who died Thursday at the age of 79. We talk to four of his friends and play some of Amiri Baraka in his own words. [includes rush transcript]

From COINTELPRO to Snowden, the FBI Burglars Speak Out After 43 Years of Silence (Part 2)

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Watch part 2 of our extended discussion with three of the antiwar activists who broke into an FBI office in 1971 in Media, Pennsylvania. They are speaking out publicly this week for the first time. [includes rush transcript]

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

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

Watch the 20 most-viewed Democracy Now! segments on our website.

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]

The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists.

April 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Race in America, War on Terror, Human Rights

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

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

WATCH: Amy Goodman Talks Civil Rights, Deportations Under Obama on "Melissa Harris-Perry"

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was a guest Saturday on MSNBC’s "Melissa Harris-Perry," where she joined a panel discussion on voter rights, civil rights and immigrant rights under President Obama.

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