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From the Vault: People’s Historian on How Magna Carta Provisions Are Violated in Guantánamo Bay


Watch Amy Goodman’s 2005 interview with people’s historian Peter Linebaugh about the Magna Carta’s history and how it relates to the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay.

June 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, Peter Linebaugh

UPDATE: Court Extends Stay Blocking Release of Albert Woodfox, Held 42 Years in Solitary Confinement

A stay has been extended on a federal judge’s order to immediately release Louisiana prisoner Albert Woodfox, the longest-serving U.S. prisoner in solitary confinement.

June 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Angola 3, Prison, Solitary Confinement

Remembering Ornette Coleman: "A Visionary" Jazz Legend


The pioneering saxophonist Ornette Coleman has died at the age of 85. In 2006 we spoke to one his closest musical associates, the bassist Charlie Haden, who died last year.

June 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself. At the age of 16, he was arrested after being accused of stealing a backpack. He would spend three years in New York City’s Rikers Island prison, more than two of those years in solitary confinement.

June 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Angola 3, Solitary Confinement, Prison, Torture, New York

International Archives Day: Meet the Archivist Behind Democracy Now! and Watch a Rare MLK Speech


Today is International Archives Day and this year’s theme is "Democracy." Meet our Archives Manager and watch our interview with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights.

June 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Archive, Human Rights

TUESDAY: The Story of 30 Greenpeace Activists Arrested in the Arctic for Trying to Stop Oil Drilling

When the crew of the Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' scaled a Russian oil platform, their protest was met with brutal force. On Tuesday legendary ship captain Pete Willcox will join us to tell the story, as Shell now prepares to drill in the U.S. Alaskan Arctic.

The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed To Hear

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
Evan Young was the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School, in Longmont, Colorado, and planned to give the valedictory address. But his principal never gave him the chance because Evan planned to come out as gay in the speech for the first time. Evan eventually got to give his speech — two weeks later, not far from where Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was beaten and tortured in 1998.

June 04, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, LGBT, Gay Rights, Students

PART 2: Banned from Giving Valedictorian Speech, Gay H.S. Student Receives Congressional Recognition


Watch our extended interview with Evan Young, 2015 valedictorian of Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colorado. His principal prevented him from delivering his graduation speech in which he planned to out himself as gay.

June 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, LGBT, Gay Rights, Colorado, Students, Evan Young

WATCH: Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "Melissa Harris-Perry" Discuss Clinton, Sanders O’Malley, & FIFA

Watch Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "Melissa Harris-Perry" Show, where the conversation covered three Democratic presidential hopefuls as well as the unfolding FIFA scandal.

Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC Saturday, May 30th

Don’t miss Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry," this Saturday, May 30th. The show airs live from 10 a.m. to Noon ET on MSNBC.

May 30, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

The Pre-charge Punishment of Julian Assange

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Tucked away on a side street in one of London’s toniest neighborhoods, just across the street from the sprawling department store Harrods, sits a brick, Victorian-era apartment building that houses the Ecuadorean Embassy. Julian Assange, the founder and editor of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, walked into this embassy on June 19, 2012, and hasn’t stepped foot outside since. Nevertheless, WikiLeaks continues, releasing groundbreaking information about potentially catastrophic conditions in Britain’s nuclear-weapons submarines, full chapters of the secret and intensely controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty, and more.

May 28, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

Neil Young Launches Anti-GMO "Monsanto Years" Campaign on Democracy Now!

Neil Young premiered his new anti-GMO song and video, "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop," on Democracy Now! on Friday’s show.

May 27, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Art & Politics

Matt Taibbi on the Journalist & Politician Cheerleaders for Iraq War, Then & Now


In this web-only conversation with Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, we turn to Iraq. He recently wrote a piece for Rolling Stone titled "Forget What We Know Now: We Knew Then Iraq War Was a Joke."

May 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Media Analysis, Matt Taibbi

An Act of Protest, Not Sabotage, at the Birthplace of the Bomb

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
There is a vast military complex deep in the hills of eastern Tennessee called “Y-12.” This is where all of the highly enriched uranium is produced and stored for the production of the U.S. nuclear-warhead arsenal. It was there, in the pre-dawn hours of July 28, 2012, that three “Plowshares” peace activists, including an 82-year-old nun, penetrated the facility’s myriad security systems. They spray-painted messages of peace on the wall, poured blood, hammered on the concrete and were arrested.

May 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Nuclear Weapons, Plowshares Movement

Remembering Malcolm X on His 90th Birthday

On the 90th anniversary of the birthday of Malcolm X, view our extensive archive of Macolm X speeches and related interviews.

May 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Malcolm X

Shocking Video: Texas Soldier Dies After Telling Jail Guards He Couldn’t Breathe 20 Times


Newly released video captures the final moments of an active-duty soldier who died after self-reporting to an El Paso, Texas jail in 2012 for a two-day sentence for driving while intoxicated. Sgt. James Brown told guards he couldn’t breathe at least 20 times, as they piled on top of him, carried him to an infirmary, and placed a mask over his face.

May 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Police Brutality

KPFT Houston, 45 Years After Domestic Terrorist Bombings, Plays On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“Pacifica Station Bombed Off Air,” read the Houston Chronicle’s banner headline on May 13, 1970. KPFT, Houston’s fledgling community radio station, had been on the air for just two months when its transmitter was blown to smithereens.

May 14, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Analysis

Witness to an Extreme Century: Robert Jay Lifton Reflects on Decades of Work on Holocaust, Hiroshima


For the past five decades, Robert Jay Lifton has written extensively on the psychological dimensions of war, from the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima to doctors who aided Nazi crimes to nuclear war.

May 07, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Robert Jay Lifton

The American Dream: Living to 18

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“What do you hope to accomplish with this protest,” I asked a 13-year-old girl marching in Staten Island, N.Y., last August, protesting the police killing of Eric Garner. “To live until I’m 18,” the young teen, named Aniya, replied. Could that possibly be the American dream today?

May 07, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, Freddie Gray

Ex-U.N. Official John Dugard: Israel’s Crimes are "Infinitely Worse" Than in Apartheid South Africa


As Palestine joins the International Criminal Court, former U.N. Special Rapporteur John Dugard talks about how an apartheid case could be brought against Israel in the ICC. "I’m a South African who lived through apartheid," Dugard said. "I have no hesitation in saying that Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than those committed by the apartheid regime of South Africa."

May 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, South Africa, John Dugard