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Video: Norman Finkelstein & 25 Others Arrested at Israeli U.N. Mission Protesting Gaza Assault

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In New York City, a group of demonstrators blocked traffic by laying down in the streets outside Israel’s Mission to the United Nations on Tuesday. Twenty-six people were arrested after refusing police orders to disperse. The action was organized by the author and scholar Norman Finkelstein.

July 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza

Two Detention Centers for Migrant Women And Children Open On 5th Anniv. of End to Family Detention

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Five years ago immigration advocates praised Obama for closing down the only large-scale detention center for immigrant women and children. Now it has quietly two new family detention facilities that have more than 1,200 beds, and cribs.

August 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Immigrant Rights

Part 2: Weapons Expert Theodore Postol Asks, Is Israel’s Iron Dome Really an Iron Sieve?

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Part two of our interview with acclaimed MIT physicist Theodore Postol, who says there is no evidence Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is actually working. He estimates the Iron Dome, which is partially built by Raytheon, intercepts just 5 percent of rockets fired at Israel.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Theodore Postol

Web Special: Joseph Stiglitz on TPP, Cracking Down on Corporate Tax Dodgers & New BRICS Bank

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Watch part 2 of our discussion with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University and the World Bank’s former chief economist.

July 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, Taxes, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Joseph Stiglitz

Breaking: Swedish Court Upholds Arrest Warrant For Julian Assange of WikiLeaks

A Swedish court today upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He is wanted in Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct, though no charges have been filed. Watch our recent extended three-part interview with Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

July 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

A Climate Week to Change Everything

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

September 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, United Nations

RIP Jazz Legend Charlie Haden; Watch His 2006 DN! Interview on His Life, Music and Politics

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Legendary jazz bassist and composer Charlie Haden died on Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. He was one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. Watch him discuss his music and politics in a 2006 Democracy Now! interview.

July 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Music, Charlie Haden

Chilean Musician Ana Tijoux on Politics, Feminism, Motherhood & Hip-Hop as "a Land for the Landless"

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Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux performs some of her songs and talks about the political themes behind them. Tijoux was born in France in 1977 to parents who were jailed and later fled Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. "Hip-hop is the land of the people that don’t have a land," she says.

July 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Music, Latin America, Ana Tijoux

Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan Released, Brings Messages from Women Held at Rikers Jail

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The Occupy Wall Street activist spoke to reporters outside the Rikers Island jail complex, saying she will work to make sure the voices of the women she met there "reach outside the prison system."

July 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Cecily McMillan

Supreme Court: Hobby Lobby Can Refuse to Cover Birth Control

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In a blow to women’s access to contraception, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Hobby Lobby, and similar closely held corporations with religious objections to birth control, can refuse to include birth control in their employee’s healthcare plans. Watch our past coverage of the case.

Justice Dept. Ends Decade-Long Prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, Palestinian Professor and Activist

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The Justice Department has dropped its criminal prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian professor and activist, in a case that followed an initial trial that began in 2003. Watch our past coverage of his ordeal.

READ: The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance & the Origins of the United States of America

As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, we spoke with historian Gerald Horne about the role slavery played in igniting the rebellion that led to the nation’s founding. Watch his interview, and read an excerpt from his new book, "The Counter-Revolution of 1776."

June 26, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History

Mississippi Burning: 50th Anniversary of KKK Murder of 3 Civil Rights Workers

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the killing of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, a pivotal moment in the 1960s struggle for equality. It took 41 years before a murder conviction was handed down in the case, with former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen found guilty of manslaughter in 2005.

The Climate Marches On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” He asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer: “I say, break the law.”

September 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Breaking: Al Jazeera Reporter Jailed in Egypt Ordered Released After 10 Months

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Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy has been ordered released from jail in Egypt after a nearly five-month hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge. Last week, we spoke to his brother Mohammed.

June 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Mohammed Elshamy

Romantic Comedy "Obvious Child" Offers Groundbreaking Cinematic Take on Abortion

The romantic comedy "Obvious Child" was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. It is opening in theaters today. "Obvious Child" has been hailed as the first romantic comedy about abortion, but it is much more than that. Watch our interview with "Obvious Child" director Gillian Robespierre.

June 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Abortion

VIDEO: Eric Lichtblau, Won Pulitzer with James Risen for Exposing NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping

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The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from James Risen of The New York Times, who faces prison for protecting the identity of his confidential source. Watch our interview with Eric Lichtblau, who won a Pulitzer Prize with Risen for their reporting on the NSA despite White House pressure to kill the story.

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