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READ: Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria & the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will look into the relationship between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and in Cuba under Fidel Castro, which has drawn more attention after President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today as he made his way to speak at the podium during the memorial to Nelson Mandela.

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Cuba

Nelson Mandela & Fidel Castro: A Video You Won’t See on the Evening News

In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to meet with then-President Fidel Castro on one of his first international trips after being freed from prison. Mandela called the Cuban Revolution "a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people." [includes rush transcript]

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, South Africa

VIDEO: Filmmaker Danny Schechter on Impact of Nelson Mandela’s Visit to the United States

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In part 2 of our interview with Danny Schechter, who has made six nonfiction films on Nelson Mandela, including "Mandela in America," he recalls the impact of the anti-apartheid leader’s visit to eight cities, including New York, Detroit, Oakland and Los Angeles. [includes rush transcript]

December 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, South Africa, Danny Schechter

The Oscar Shortlist Interviews: 2014 Nominees Include "Dirty Wars," "The Act of Killing," "The Square"

Watch our interviews with three of the filmmakers who made the shortlist of 15 films that will compete for the Documentary Feature Oscar.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscars, Egypt, Indonesia, Jeremy Scahill

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Vandana Shiva and Jane Goodall

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Watch our full interview with Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva at the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit. [includes rush transcript]

Watch: Michel Gondry Drawing Illustration of Amy Goodman

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After our interview with Michel Gondry about his new film, "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" featuring Noam Chomsky, the French filmmaker quickly drew an illustration of Amy Goodman. Watch Gondry in action.

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics

Web Exclusive: Noam Chomsky in Conversation with French Filmmaker Michel Gondry

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At the world premiere of the new documentary "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" in New York City, filmmaker Michel Gondry sat down with the subject of the film, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist, author and activist. [includes rush transcript]

December 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Film, Michel Gondry, Noam Chomsky

Publisher André Schiffrin, Founder of New Press, Has Died at Age 78

André Schiffrin, a leading figure in the book publishing world for nearly 50 years, has died at age 78. Watch our 2007 interview with the former editor in chief of Pantheon Books, and founder of the nonprofit publishing house, The New Press.

December 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Art & Politics

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

From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Journalism is not a crime. This is the rallying cry iJournalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

April 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Journalism, Media Analysis

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, Jeremy Hammond, 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

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

Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans Are Baking the Planet

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet.

April 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Global Warming

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.

October 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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