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Democracy Now! Blog

Close Guantánamo — Then Give It Back to Cuba

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantánamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet. This grim anniversary, and the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, serves as a reminder that we need to permanently close the prison and return the land to its rightful owners, the Cuban people. It is time to put an end to this dark chapter of United States history.

January 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Guantanamo

WATCH: Amy Goodman Discusses Policing in America on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry

Watch Amy Goodman join Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC to talk about the history of policing in America, and the history of the role of white allies in racial justice protest movements.

January 06, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Police, Police Brutality, Michael Brown, Ferguson, Eric Garner

Scott Horton: "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy" (Book Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Scott Horton’s new book, "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy."

January 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, Torture

Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

January 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Top 20 Most Popular Democracy Now! Interviews of 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, we look back at the 20 interviews that were watched and shared most widely on our website.

December 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

How a Radical Lawyer Set for Prison Joined Longtime U.S. Gov’t Foe in Failed Bid to Free a Hostage

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We continue our interview with Stanley Cohen, a lawyer directly involved in secret talks to win the freedom of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, who argues that the U.S. government missed a chance to prevent Kassig’s beheading last month by the Islamic State in Syria.

December 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islamic State, Syria, Stanley Cohen

Mark Udall Can Make History By Releasing The Torture Report

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him.

December 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"How the Iraq War Began in Panama": 1989 Invasion Set Path for Future U.S. Attacks (Full Interview)

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Our full 30-minute conversation marking the 25th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Panama featuring historian Greg Grandin, former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

December 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Cuban Five

WATCH: Saul Landau on U.S.-Aided Anti-Castro Militants, the Cuban 5 and the “Real Terrorists”

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Watch our 2012 extended interview with journalist, filmmaker, author and professor Saul Landau. His film, "Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?" exposed U.S. support for violent anti-Castro militants.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Cuban Five, Saul Landau

WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Freed Cuban 5 Member René González in Havana

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In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the first freed member of the Cuban Five, René González, speaks out after a 13-year imprisonment in the United States. Watch our October 2013 interview.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Cuban Five, René González

White House: It Is Clear Our Policy of Isolating Cuba For Decades Has "Failed"

Fact sheet from the White House detailing key components of the new U.S. policy approach to Cuba.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba

In Thawing of Ties, U.S. Releases Cuban 5 Members, Cuba Releases USAID Subcontractor Alan Gross

In a reported prisoner exchange, Cuba has released jailed USAID subcontractor Alan Gross after five years in prison while the United States is freeing the three remaining members of the Cuban Five — Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labañino.

December 17, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cuba, Cuban Five

Former Senator Mike Gravel: I Put the Pentagon Papers into Congressional Record for Public Benefit

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Part 2 of our conversation with former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel. In 1971, he entered more than 4,000 pages of the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers into the Senate record, insisting the public had a right to know the truth behind the Vietnam War.

December 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Vietnam, Mike Gravel

Black Lives Matter: Tens of Thousands March Across U.S. Against Police Killings

From New York to Washington D.C. to Oakland, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest day of action since grand juries refused to indict the officers who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City.

December 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality

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

READ: Senate Committee’s Report on the CIA’s Use of Torture

Read the newly released, and heavily redacted, Senate Committee’s Report on the CIA’s Use of Torture.

December 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Torture, War on Terror, Psychology & Torture

Pablo Solón on COP 20 and Carbon Markets: This is a New Mechanism to Commodify Nature

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"The carbon market is a mechanism to keep polluting if you’re able to pay," says Pablo Solón of the global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under negotiation at the United Nations climate summit in Lima, Peru.

WATCH: "The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther"

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Today marks the 45th anniversary of the death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. On December 4, 1969, Chicago police raided Hampton’s apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. Watch our 2009 interview with Jeffrey Haas, author of "The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther."

"It was Criminal": Retired NYPD Detective Slams Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

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In a Democracy Now! web exclusive, we speak with retired New York City Police Department detective Graham Weatherspoon about the grand jury decision not to charge a white New York police officer for causing the death of Eric Garner by placing him in a chokehold.