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Veterans Day Special: Matthew Hoh on Recovering from the "Darkness" of PTSD After Iraq War

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In 2009, Matthew Hoh became the first State Department official to resign protest from his post in Afghanistan over U.S. policy. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew Hoh was deployed twice to Iraq. In part two of our conversation, we speak with Hoh about what happened after he blew the whistle on the Afghan War and his long fight to recover from post-traumatic stress syndrome. On his website, Hoh writes: "In 2007, after my second deployment to Iraq, PTSD and severe depression took over my life. I began trying to drink myself to death. Thoughts of suicide became common until they were a near daily presence by 2011."

November 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Veterans, Matthew Hoh

Remembering Tomas Young (1979-2014): Iraq War Veteran Turned Antiwar Activist

As the nation prepares to mark Veterans Day, Democracy Now! has learned that Iraq War veteran Tomas Young has died just weeks before his 35th birthday. Young was paralyzed in 2004 shortly after arriving in Iraq. He went on to become one of the nation’s most prominent antiwar U.S. veterans speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He was featured in Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s documentary, "Body of War."

November 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Veterans

Close Guantánamo — Then Give It Back to Cuba

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantánamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet. This grim anniversary, and the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, serves as a reminder that we need to permanently close the prison and return the land to its rightful owners, the Cuban people. It is time to put an end to this dark chapter of United States history.

January 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Guantanamo

Matt Taibbi on Leaving First Look Media: "I am Really Devastated by the Way Everything Turned Out"

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Matt Taibbi talks briefly about First Look Media, the new independent journalism project funded by Pierre Omidyar. Earlier this year, Taibbi was hired to start a web magazine called "The Racket," which would focus investigative reporting on Wall Street and the corporate world.

November 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Journalism, Matt Taibbi

WATCH: Amy Goodman Discusses Policing in America on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry

Watch Amy Goodman join Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC to talk about the history of policing in America, and the history of the role of white allies in racial justice protest movements.

January 06, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Police, Police Brutality, Michael Brown, Ferguson, Eric Garner

Ralph Nader on GOP’s 2014 Wins: Democrats Can’t Use Citizens United, Voter Restriction Laws as Alibi

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Watch our interview with longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader during our 2014 Election Night Special. "We shouldn’t let Citizens United and voting restriction laws ... be used as alibis by the Democrats in Congress," he says of the GOP’s victories.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2014 Election, Author Interviews, Ralph Nader, Andy Kroll, A.C. Valdez

"The GMO Deception": Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is Putting Your Food at Risk

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Part 2 of our conversation with Sheldon Krimsky, editor of "The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk."

October 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, GMO, Food, Author Interviews, Sheldon Krimsky

Part 2: Eric Lichtblau on "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men"

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We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lichtblau about his new book detailing how America became a safe haven for thousands of Nazi war criminals. Many of them were brought here after World War II by the CIA, and got support from then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

October 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, Author Interviews, Eric Lichtblau

READ–Prologue to "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men"

On Friday, we will interview Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau about his new book, "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men." Read the prologue.

October 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, FBI, NSA, Author Interviews

Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

January 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal on New Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners’ Speech

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Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks with Democracy Now! about Pennsylvania’s new law that authorizes the censoring of public addresses of prisoners or former offenders if judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause "mental anguish" to the victim.

October 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison, Mumia Abu-Jamal

READ: “GMO Deception” What You Need to Know about Corporations and Govt. Agencies Putting Us at Risk

As voters in Oregon and Colorado will head to the polls next week to decide if they support labeling laws for genetically modified organisms, on Tuesday we will be joined by Sheldon Krimsky to discuss his new book, "The GMO Deception."

October 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, GMO, Food

VIDEO: From Ferguson to NYC, Protesters Mark National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

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"From Ferguson to NYC, Stop Police Brutality" was the chant by parents of police victims and their allies who marked a national day of protest.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Police, New York

VIDEO TIMELINE: NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Revelations on Democracy Now!

Scroll through our video timeline to see all of our coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the reporting he fueled that exposed the "National Security Agency’s massive surveillance state.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Edward Snowden, NSA, Domestic Surveillance

Mark Udall Can Make History By Releasing The Torture Report

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him.

December 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

VIDEO: Detroit Residents Meet with United Nations Officials, Demand Moratorium on Water Shutoffs

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Democracy Now! was in Detroit this weekend when residents impacted by water shutoffs met with United Nations officials who are visiting to investigate possible human rights violations.

October 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit, Water, Human Rights

THURSDAY: Laura Poitras on Her New Edward Snowden Documentary, "CitizenFour"

Watch the trailer for "CitizenFour," the new documentary about Edward Snowden, directed by Laura Poitras, who joins us Thursday. Watch past interview on Democracy Now! about how she faced harassment from U.S. agents long before she helped expose NSA spying.

October 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, NSA, Edward Snowden

Pan-Africanist Scholar Ali Mazrui Dies at 81; Watch 2009 Democracy Now! Interview on Obama Election

The renowned Kenyan scholar Ali Mazrui has died at the age of 81. For nearly half a century, he was considered an intellectual giant in African studies. In 2009, he appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the election of Barack Obama.

October 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Africa, Obama, Ali Mazrui

Actor Jesse Williams Joins Ferguson October: This is a Basic Desire Not to Be Killed with Impunity

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When Democracy Now! was in St. Louis to report on Ferguson October, we spoke with Grey’s Anatomy actor and activist Jesse Williams, who joined thousands in calling for police accountability and justice for Michael Brown.

October 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Michael Brown, Police Brutality, Police, Jesse Williams

Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

December 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Cuban Five