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Yuri Kochiyama on Her Internment in WWII Japanese-American Detention Camp & Malcolm X Assassination

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Civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama has died at the age of 93. In this interview, we learn how her activism began when she and her family were held in a Japanese-American internment camp. She also recalls how she cradled Malcolm X’s head after he was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom.

June 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Malcolm X, Civil Rights

READ: Aviva Chomsky on "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal"

As Obama delays immigration reform action, Aviva Chomsky joined us Friday to discuss how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. Read an excerpt from her new book.

May 29, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Labor

Maya Angelou: Video Timeline of the Legendary Poet and Activist on Democracy Now!

Dr. Maya Angelou, the renowned poet and author, has passed away at the age of 86. Watch her tributes to Fannie Lou Hamer, Ossie Davis, Coretta Scott King, Max Roach, and Nelson Mandela.

May 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a day of grassroots action. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules.

September 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Net Neutrality

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush Committed War Crimes

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official has said he believes President George W. Bush and other members of his administration committed war crimes around the Iraq war. Richard Clarke served as national coordinator for security and counterterrorism during President Bush’s first year in office.

May 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, War on Terror, Torture

RIP Vincent G. Harding, Historian Who Co-Wrote MLK’s "Beyond Vietnam" Speech

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Dr. Vincent G. Harding, who famously wrote Dr. Martin Luther King has passed away at age 82. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!

Exclusive Interview with William Worthy, Dead at 92, on Reporting from Cuba, China, Iran Revolutions

Listen to an interview with journalist William Worthy, a World War II conscientious objector and defiant international correspondent who traveled to Cuba, China and Iran, faced federal prosecution, and was the subject of a Phil Ochs song.

VIDEO TIMELINE: “You’re Being Watched” Democracy Now! Reports on Snowden & NSA’s Surveillance State

Use this new video timeline to see all of our coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his exposure of the NSA’s massive surveillance state, featuring extensive interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Glenn Greenwald.

The Guns of August

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

In her epic book, "The Guns of August," historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths. We can look at that war in retrospect, as if through a distant mirror.

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Part 2: Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on "The Black Power Mixtape"

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Watch part 2 of our conversation with the renowned American actor, film director and political activist Danny Glover, and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film, "The Black Power Mixtape."

Extended Interview with The Yes Men on "Operation Second Thanks"

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Extended web-only interview with The Yes Men and indigenous activist Gitz Crazyboy. Earlier this week, members of the group spoke at the Homeland Security Congress posing as U.S. government officials. At the conference, they announced a fictitious new U.S. government plan called "American Renewable Clean-Energy Network" to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. After the announcement, The Yes Men and indigenous activists led the audience in a large circle dance to celebrate the fictitious plan.

From the Vault: "The Execution Tapes: Georgia’s Secret Audio Recordings of Two Executions"

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Listen to "The Execution Tapes," 19 recordings of electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984, including the botched execution of Alpha Otis O’Daniel Stephens on December 12, 1984.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

READ: Pulitzer-Winning Book "Toms River" Links Toxic Dumping to Cancer

Read an excerpt from "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and watch our interview with author, Dan Fagin.

April 22, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Environment, Author Interviews

VIDEO: Watch Rubin "Hurricane" Carter’s 1994 Speech About the American Justice System

Watch an extended version of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter’s passionate 1994 speech that was featured in Democracy Now!’s look back at his life and legacy.

April 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Sports & Politics, Race in America

The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Thousands are protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Four miles south in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Brown

READ: Matt Taibbi on "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"

Read part of "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," by Matt Taibbi, who joined us to examine one of the "greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all."

VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom

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Journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill hold a press conference in New York after winning a Polk Award for their reporting on Edward Snowden and the NSA.

James Risen, Surveillance and Obama’s Threat to Journalism

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Obama administration’s espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

August 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press, Whistleblowers

VIDEO: Laura Poitras & Glenn Greenwald Back in U.S. for First Time Since Breaking NSA-Snowden Story

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Ten months ago, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and soon exposed a trove of secrets about the NSA. They didn’t enter the United States again—until today.

From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

April 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press, Egypt, Afghanistan, Media Analysis