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Pt 2: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups

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In this web-only interview, we continue the discussion with Gary Ruskin, director of the Center for Corporate Policy, about the new report, "Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations."

November 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Domestic Spying, Corporate Power

Pete Seeger: Troubadour of Truth and Justice

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Pete Seeger’s life, like the arc of the moral universe famously invoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bent toward justice. He died this week at 94. Pete sang truth to power through the epic struggles of most of the last century, for social justice, for civil rights, for workers, for the environment and for peace. His songs, his wise words, his legacy will resonate for generations.

January 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pete Seeger, Music, Civil Rights, Environment

VIDEO: Voices of the March for Climate and Social Justice at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland

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See some of the people who came from around the world to demand climate justice as delegates meet for the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland. [includes rush transcript]

November 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Warsaw Climate Summit 2013, Climate Change

Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Cyber-Activism

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Today in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, cyber-activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor. Watch a press conference with his attorneys. [includes rush transcript]

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anonymous, Hacking

Web Exclusive: René Pérez of Calle 13 Interviewed by Juan González (In Spanish)

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After our regular broadcast today, Juan González and René Pérez of Calle 13 continued the conversation in Spanish. They talked about Puerto Rico, Pérez’s new collaboration with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, the intersection of arts and politics, how he got his nickname "Residente," grassroots social movements in Latin America, and more.

November 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Puerto Rico, Wikileaks, Latin America, René Pérez

READ: Thom Hartmann, "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It"

Tune in Tuesday when we’ll speak with Thom Hartmann Program about his new book, "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It." Read an excerpt from the introduction now.

November 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, U.S. Economy, Author Interviews

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, follows the sadly short arc of Aaron’s life. A coalition of Internet activists, technologists and policy experts are joining together on Feb. 11 for “The Day We Fight Back.” As they say on their website, reflecting on the victory against SOPA, “Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines."

January 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet

Part 3: Oliver Stone on His Visit to Jeju Island, NSA Protests, Impact of Social Justice Movements

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In this extended interview with Oliver Stone, he discusses recent NSA protests, his visit to Jeju Island in South Korea to join protests against a planned naval base to house a U.S. missile defense system close to China, and more about the assassination of JFK and his series, "The Untold History of the United States." [includes rush transcript]

November 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, National Security Agency

Tuesday: Director Oliver Stone on the Assassination of JFK & the Untold History of the United States

Tune into Democracy Now! Tuesday when we will spend the hour with Academy Award-winning film director Oliver Stone. We’ll discuss his work that examines the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this month, including his 1991 film, "JFK," and his series, "The Untold History of the United States." Let us know if you have got a question for Stone.

November 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film

WATCH: Lou Reed (1942-2013) Performing at Iraq Veterans Against the War Benefit in 2008

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In March 2008 on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the U.S.-led Iraq invasion, Lou Reed performed his song about a Vietnam veteran, "Xmas in February," as well as "Voices of Freedom" at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn at a benefit for Iraq Veterans Against the War and United For Peace and Justice.

Pt. 2: Craig Steven Wilder on "Ebony & Ivy," Race, Slavery and U.S. Universities

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Part two of our extended interview with MIT American history professor Craig Steven Wilder examining how many of the nation’s elite schools — including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth — are drenched in the sweat, and sometimes the blood, of Africans brought to the United States as slaves. Wilder has spent the last 10 years researching his book, "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities." [includes rush transcript]

READ: "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities"

On Wednesday, we will interview MIT history professor Craig Steven Wilder, who spent a decade researching "Ebony & Ivy" about how many universities — such as Harvard and Yale — relied on slavery, and bred racist ideas. Click to read the prologue from his new book.

October 29, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Author Interviews

Pt. 2 of Yves Smith on $13B JPMorgan Settlement: Deal Fails to Ease Pain of Foreclosed Homeowners

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In part two of our interview with financial analyst and writer Yves Smith, we look at who wins and losses with the JPMorgan Chase settlement. While the New York Post accused the Obama administration of "robbing" JPMorgan, Smith breaks down how much the nation’s largest bank will actually have to pay. [includes rush transcript]

October 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, U.S. Economy, Yves Smith

READ: Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Immigration Reform and His New Book "Still Dreaming"

Read a chapter of Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s new memoir, "Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill," and watch our extended interview.

Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

TOKYO—“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima. His story, headlined, “The Atomic Plague” appeared in the London Daily Express on Sept. 5, 1945. Burchett violated the U.S. military blockade of Hiroshima, and was the first Western journalist to visit that devastated city. He wrote: “Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence.” Jump ahead 66 years, to March 11, 2011, and 600 miles north, to Fukushima and the Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused the tsunami.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Japan, Japan Disaster

READ: "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London"

Tune in Tuesday ahead of the elections in oil-rich dictatorship of Azerbaijan when we’ll discuss how what critics call "carbon democracies" occur in the pursuit of oil. In the meantime, read an excerpt from "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London."

October 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Author Interviews

Part 2: Max Blumenthal on "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel"

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Part two of our conversation with journalist Max Blumenthal on his new book, "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel." [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel, Israel & Palestine, Author Interviews, Max Blumenthal

Breaking: Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Being Released from 40+ Years in Solitary

UPDATE: Angola 3 member Herman Wallace died early today, on Friday October 4, just three days after being released from prison in Louisiana after 42 years in solitary confinement.

October 01, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Solitary Confinement, Angola 3

Full Interview with Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño

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Hour-long interview on the historic Chevron lawsuit, oil drilling in the Amazon, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Ecuador’s new media law, meeting with Fidel Castro and the legacy of Hugo Chávez. [includes rush transcript]

September 26, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program. No, not news of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, but of a group of anti-Vietnam war activists who perpetrated one of the most audacious thefts of government secrets in U.S. history, and who successfully evaded capture, remaining anonymous for more than 40 years. Among them: two professors, a day-care provider and a taxi driver.

January 09, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, COINTELPRO, FBI