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Remembering Poet-Playwright-Activist Amiri Baraka, Born 80 Years Ago Today

A leading force in the Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones 80 years ago today on Oct. 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. Baraka died in Newark on January 9 at the age of 79.

October 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History

Inside the Dark Alliance: Gary Webb on the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

We look back at Democracy Now! interviews with Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who is the subject of the new film, "Kill the Messenger."

October 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gary Webb, CIA-Contra Cocaine Scandal, Drug War, Nicaragua

Who is Gen. Michael Nagata, the Man Tapped by Obama to Train the Syrian Rebels?

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Jeremy Scahill talks about Gen. Michael Nagata, who once wrote a classified briefing attacking the reporting of Scahill and Seymour Hersh after they exposed secret U.S. military operations inside Pakistan.

October 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Jeremy Scahill

READ: "Back Channel to Cuba" Exposes the Hidden History of Washington-Havana Negotiations

Read the introduction to "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana" and watch our interview with the new book’s authors.

October 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Author Interviews

Part 2: Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change and War, Lessons from Anti-Apartheid Struggle

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In our extended interview with Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, he examines connections between climate change and U.S. war in the Middle East, and shares how his activism is shaped by his experience in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

September 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Kumi Naidoo

Fighting for the Climate in the Heart of the World

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Lima, the capital of Peru, has become a city of gustatory renown, attracting foodies from the world over to sample dishes from its famous ceviche to favorites from the Andean highlands. So it is an appropriate place, perhaps, for what has become a genuine movable feast, the world-roving series of summits organized by the United Nations to tackle the crisis of climate change.

December 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Lima Climate Summit 2014, Peru

Video: $50 Billion Pledged for Fossil Fuel Divestment as Rockefeller Heirs Join Growing Movement

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The heirs to Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller have joined other foundations that are divesting from fossil fuels.

September 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

Part 2: Friends of the Earth’s Asad Rehman on Climate Change and War

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In part two of our conversation, Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth discusses the connections between war and climate change.

September 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Asad Rehman

Part 2: Leading Environmentalists Decry Inaction by United Nations on Climate Crisis

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As the United Nations summit on climate change takes place in New York City, we continue our conversation with three leading environmentalists: Vandana Shiva of India, Desmond D’Sa of South Africa, and Winona LaDuke of the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Exclusive: Listen to Neil Young’s New Climate Anthem "Who’s Gonna Stand Up" (Acoustic Solo)

Ahead of the People’s Climate March, Neil Young has shared with Democracy Now! an acoustic recording of his new song, "Who’s Gonna Stand Up."

September 19, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Art & Politics

Naomi Klein on Motherhood, Geoengineering, Climate Debt & the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

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Extended web-exclusive interview with Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein: "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Book Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

September 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Naomi Klein

"The Throwaways": New Film Spotlights Impact of Police Killings and Mass Incarceration in Upstate NY

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Amidst national outrage over police brutality across the country, we look at a new film that documents police shootings and the consequences of mass incarceration in upstate New York. "The Throwaways" focuses on the idea that certain lives in our society are considered disposable. It follows activist and filmmaker Ira McKinley, a former felon, as he seeks to document and mobilize his community of Albany, New York.

Part 2: Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Speaks Out About Documenting IDF Abuse in Gaza, West Bank

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Watch part two of our conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza. Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels.

September 12, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Eran Efrati

Hands Up, Don’t Choke

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment. We live in a land of impunity. At least, for those in power.

December 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Eric Garner, Police Brutality

READ: “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year” by Tavis Smiley

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, which examines the personal struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. during his final year, when he faced rejection by the press, the president, and much of the country’s black middle class and militants, after he spoke out against the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Martin Luther King, Vietnam, Military Industrial Complex

Part 2: "The Prohibition Paradigm Has Failed," Leaders Urge Prevention, Treatment for Drug Addicts

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Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, describes his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said world leaders should move away from a failed prohibition paradigm and militarized drug war to focus more on legalization, prevention and treatment.

September 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Marijuana, Latin America, Ethan Nadelmann, Michel Kazatchkine

Watch Charles Bowden on DN! "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields"

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Author and investigative reporter Charles Bowden died Saturday at his home in Arizona at the age of 69. Watch our April 2010 interview with Bowden, when he had just published "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields."

September 01, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Arizona, Drug War, Mexico

Part 2: Yvonne Ng on the "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video"

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We continue our conversation with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video."

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yvonne Ng

Libya in Chaos: Vijay Prashad on Rise of Islamist Militias & Bloody Legacy of 2011 U.S. Intervention

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Islamist militants in Libya say they have solidified control of the capital Tripoli after taking over the main airport and ousting rival militias. Libya is facing its worst violence since the U.S.-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Watch Part One of Vijay Prashad Interview:

August 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya, Vijay Prashad