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Report From Cairo Courtroom: Egypt Releases Two Al Jazeera Reporters After 411 Days in Jail

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Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Cairo as Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are ordered released on bail after over a year in prison.

February 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Journalism, Freedom of the Press

The Flame of Intolerance Still Flickers in Alabama

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

This week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state. He was responding to a decision by a federal district court that declared unconstitutional Alabama’s ban on gay marriage. Inequality, racism, segregation. These injustices persist with remarkable tenacity.

February 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, LGBT, Marriage Equality

WATCH: President Obama Seeks Authorization for War Against Islamic State

Watch President Obama’s live statement seeking congressional authorization for war against the Islamic State.

February 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islamic State, War on Terror

Muslim Lives Matter: Outrage Grows Over Killing of 3 Students Near UNC Chapel Hill

Three Muslim students have been shot dead in a possible hate crime at the University of North Carolina. Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed Tuesday night when a gunman opened fire at a residential complex in Chapel Hill.

February 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Jon Stewart Is Stepping Down from The Daily Show; Watch His 2008 Interview on Democracy Now!

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Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of the fake news program, The Daily Show. Watch his 2008 interview on Democracy Now! ahead of the Republican National Convention.

February 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, RNC 2008, Art & Politics, Jon Stewart

It’s Not Just Brian Williams... Inside the Media’s Lies that Led to Iraq War

As NBC suspends Brian Williams for six months for lying about being in a U.S. military helicopter coming under fire in Iraq in 2003, we look back at our coverage dissecting the media’s lies and distortions in the lead up to the U.S.-led Iraq invasion.

February 10, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Media Analysis

U.S. Hostage Held by Islamic State Confirmed Dead, Had Aided Refugees in Syria, Palestine & India

The Islamic State is claiming a kidnapped U.S. aid worker has died in a Jordanian airstrike in northern Syria. Democracy Now! has learned Kayla Mueller, 26, had spent years working with refugees in Syria, Palestine, Israel and India.

February 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islamic State, Syria

Amy Goodman Honored with I.F. Stone Journalism Award Along with Filmmaker Laura Poitras

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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has honored Amy Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.

February 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Journalism

Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

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Part 2 of our conversation with British journalist Johann Hari, author of "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs."

February 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drug War, Healthcare, Johann Hari

Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Net neutrality is the fundamental notion that anyone on the Web can reach anyone else, that users can just as easily access a small website launched in a garage as they can access major Internet portals like Google or Yahoo. Net neutrality is the Internet’s protection against discrimination. During the past two decades, as the Internet flourished and transformed our society, several major corporations have assumed dominant “gatekeeper” positions, threatening net neutrality.

February 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Net Neutrality, Egypt

Civil Rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House. President Woodrow Wilson sat down to watch D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation," considered one of the most nakedly racist of all time. One hundred years later, another film was screened at the White House, this time at the invitation of the first African-American president. The film was “Selma.”

January 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights, African-American History

Imagine Something Different

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address. He was addressing both houses of Congress, which are controlled by his bitter foes. Most importantly, though, he was addressing the country. From whose lives has the shadow of crisis passed? And for whom is this Union strong?

January 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Poverty, Economy, Money & Politics

READ: "Guantánamo Diary": The Only Public Account by a Still-Imprisoned, Tortured Detainee

Read the first chapter of of "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the first and only public account written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee.

January 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Books, Author Interviews

Pt. 2: A Massacre in Guatemala: Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú on 1980 Fire That Killed Her Father

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Part 2 of our conversation with Rigoberta Menchú following Monday’s sentencing of a former Guatemalan police chief who ordered an attack on 37 peasant activists and student organizers in 1980 who were occupying the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala City to protest government repression.

January 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchú, Pamela Yates

WATCH: Amy Goodman Shares Her MLK Day Playlist With BlackBook

What did you listen to this MLK Day? Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman spoke with the arts and culture magazine BlackBook about what songs and interviews are on her mind.

The Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Speech: How the Pacifica Radio Archives Unearthed a Piece of History

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Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, discusses how he discovered a lost recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Part 2: Film "Vessel" Follows Doctor Who Took Safe Abortion to the Seas & the Internet

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In Part 2 of our interview, Diana Whitten, director of "Vessel," talks about how Brazilian women first discovered the medication misoprostol could be used to induce abortion, and how Dr. Rebecca Gomperts and her team have helped women to take the pills safely in countries where abortion is illegal.

January 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Abortion, Women’s Health, Women’s Rights, Film, Diana Whitten

Oscars 2015: Laura Poitras’ Film on Edward Snowden, "Citizenfour," Nominated for Best Documentary

Watch clips from "Citizenfour" and see our in-depth interview with filmmaker Laura Poitras.

January 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Edward Snowden, Film, NSA

The Other Charlies

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

January 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Charlie Hebdo Attack, Freedom of the Press

"The Other Charlies": In Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Spotlight Grows on Press Freedom Attacks Worldwide

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Two days after millions marched in France to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Reporters Without Borders is urging the international community to protect press freedom across the globe.