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Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False Iraq WMD Intelligence, Dies at 71

Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, who played a key role in pushing for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, has died at the age of 71. Chalabi was the former head of the Iraqi National Congress, a CIA-funded Iraqi exile group that helped drum up pre-war claims that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction and had links to al-Qaeda.

November 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq

The Puerto Rican Debt Crisis: Tax Breaks Offered to Rich While Austerity Measures Imposed on Poor


The Obama administration is warning Puerto Rico faces a humanitarian crisis unless Congress takes steps to address its crushing debt. We speak to Rafael Bernabe, who ran for governor of Puerto Rico in 2012, representing the emerging Working People’s Party in Puerto Rico.

November 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Puerto Rico, Rafael Bernabe

Storming the Bastille at the Paris Climate Summit

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The stakes are high for the Paris climate summit next month, and hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the streets to demand a meaningful agreement to tackle the global crisis.

October 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz on "Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy" (Part 2)


Part 2 of our conversation with Nobel Prize-winning economist and Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz, author of the new book, "Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity."

October 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, U.S. Economy, 2016 Election, TPP, Joseph Stiglitz

Mississippi Yearning: Students Hope to Remove an Old and Odious Symbol

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Students at the University of Mississippi have been organizing to force the removal of the state flag from campus.

October 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights

Video: Juan González Speech on Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

On Thursday, Juan González gave a speech on "Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: Economic Collapse in America’s Biggest Colony and What Can Be Done About It."

October 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Puerto Rico

Casino Capitalism: Democrats and Republicans Gamble With Democracy

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Bernie Sanders has been the surprise candidate this year, attracting record-breaking crowds at campaign events, raising tens of millions of dollars in small donations and consistently rising in the polls against Clinton.

October 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 2016 Election, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Economy

The Rise of America’s Secret Government: The Deadly Legacy of Ex-CIA Director Allen Dulles Pt. 2


Part 2 of our interview with David Talbot, author of "The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government," about how Dulles’ time at the CIA helped shape the current national security state.

October 14, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, CIA, David Talbot

Juan González to be Inducted into New York Journalism Hall of Fame

The Deadline Club has announced Democracy Now! co-host and Daily News columnist Juan González will be inducted into the New York Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the first Latino journalist to be selected.

October 13, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

A Conversation with First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Part 2)


United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera discusses his book "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border," the Chicano movement in the United States, and reads his poem "Almost Livin’, Almost Dyin’" from his book "Notes on the Assemblage."

October 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Juan Felipe Herrera

Grace Lee Boggs: A Century of Grass-Roots Organizing

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
She was not only a grass-roots organizer, but a philosopher, a teacher and a revolutionary. She devoted her life to empowering the poor, the working class and communities of color, and was deeply involved with a constellation of movements.

October 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Grace Lee Boggs

Quotes from Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) on Detroit, Rebellion and Revolutionary Strategy

Longtime Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs died this morning at the age of 100. She appeared many times on Democracy Now! over the years in wide-ranging interviews. Here are some excerpts from our conversations.

October 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Grace Lee Boggs, Grace Lee Boggs

Remembering Legendary Detroit Activist Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015)

Democracy Now! has learned the longtime Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs has died at the age of 100.

October 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Grace Lee Boggs

One Year After the Disappearance of 43 Mexican Students, Their Mothers Are Still Demanding Answers


More than one year after the disappearance of 43 students from Guerrero, Mexico, their parents are still demanding answers. We speak with two of the students’ mothers, Hilda Legideño Vargas and Hilda Hernández Rivera, about new details in the case, the Mexican government’s failure to investigate, and where they believe their sons are.

October 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mexico, Hilda Legideno Vargas, Hilda Hernandez Rivera

VIDEO: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Harlem: "Put People Before Profits & Capital"


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro spoke at National Black Theatre in Harlem on Monday while he was visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

October 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Latin America, Nicolas Maduro

This Changes Everything: New Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis Film on the Fight for Climate Justice (Pt. 2)


Over the course of four years, filmmaker Avi Lewis and journalist Naomi Klein traveled to nine countries on five continents to profile communities on the front lines of the climate justice movement. The result is the epic documentary "This Changes Everything," inspired by Klein’s best-selling book of the same name.

October 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis

No Papal Bull: Francis Hails Peace and the Activists Who Fight for It

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Pope Francis framed his talk around four Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and two lesser-known figures, two Catholics, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Day and Merton were both outspoken proponents of an engaged form of religion, taking their beliefs into action.

October 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pope Francis

Video: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald & David Miranda Call for Global Privacy Treaty


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and other privacy activists have launched a new campaign to establish global privacy standards.

Richard Glossip Execution Stayed by Oklahoma Governor

Death row prisoner Richard Glossip has been granted a stay by the governor of Oklahoma. We will be posting updates here on the story

September 30, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

2015 MacArthur "Genius" Award Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates on Democracy Now!

Best-selling writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has been selected as one of this year’s 24 winners of the MacArthur genius grants. Coates is the author of the new book, "Between the World and Me," which has been called "required reading" by Toni Morrison.

September 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive