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"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.

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

What We’re Reading on the Police Chokehold Death of Eric Garner

December 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, New York, Eric Garner

NYC Officer Cleared in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner

A grand jury has reportedly cleared the New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. A father of six, Garner died after police wrestled him to the ground and pinned him down.

December 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Police, Eric Garner, New York

Federal Court Stays Execution of Schizophrenic Man in Texas

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the execution of Scott Panetti, who had been scheduled for execution in Texas tonight at 6 p.m. CT. Watch our in-depth coverage of his case.

December 03, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.” So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before he was assassinated.

November 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Police Brutality

Did the Authorities Let Ferguson Burn?

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During a press conference attended by the parents of Michael Brown, Amy Goodman questions Rev. Al Sharpton in Ferguson, Missouri, about whether the authorities allowed some parts of the city to burn last night.

November 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Ferguson, Michael Brown

Part 2: Court Orders Release of Albert Woodfox But Angola 3 Member Remains in Solitary Confinement

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We continue our interview about Albert Woodfox, a former Black Panther who a federal court has ordered to be freed after he spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement, longer than any prisoner in the United States.

PART 2: Bryan Stevenson on Executions and Civil Rights: "Lynching Stopped But the Mindset Didn’t"

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Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, discusses pending executions, the history of lynching, and how Rosa Parks and others inspired him to "stand with the condemned and incarcerated."

November 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Civil Rights, Prison, Human Rights, Bryan Stevenson

Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC Saturday, November 22nd

Don’t miss Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on "Melissa Harris-Perry," this Saturday, November 22nd. The show airs live from 10 a.m. to Noon ET on MSNBC.

November 20, 2014 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people’s climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at least for now.

November 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Keystone XL, Climate Change

Senate Votes No on Keystone XL Oil Pipeline; Watch Naomi Klein Discuss the Controversial Project

The Senate has voted no on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. On Monday, Democracy Now! discussed the Keystone XL proposal with Naomi Klein, author of the new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

Part 2: "Meltdown: Terror at the Top of the World" Links Polar Bear Attacks to Climate Change

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Watch part two of our look at a new investigation that tells the story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into polar bear country in Canada’s Arctic tundra — and faced a harrowing attack. Scientists say climate change is greatly impacting polar bear habitat.

Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

November 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Veterans Day Special: Matthew Hoh on Recovering from the "Darkness" of PTSD After Iraq War

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In 2009, Matthew Hoh became the first State Department official to resign protest from his post in Afghanistan over U.S. policy. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew Hoh was deployed twice to Iraq. In part two of our conversation, we speak with Hoh about what happened after he blew the whistle on the Afghan War and his long fight to recover from post-traumatic stress syndrome. On his website, Hoh writes: "In 2007, after my second deployment to Iraq, PTSD and severe depression took over my life. I began trying to drink myself to death. Thoughts of suicide became common until they were a near daily presence by 2011."

November 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Veterans, Matthew Hoh

Remembering Tomas Young (1979-2014): Iraq War Veteran Turned Antiwar Activist

As the nation prepares to mark Veterans Day, Democracy Now! has learned that Iraq War veteran Tomas Young has died just weeks before his 35th birthday. Young was paralyzed in 2004 shortly after arriving in Iraq. He went on to become one of the nation’s most prominent antiwar U.S. veterans speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He was featured in Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s documentary, "Body of War."

November 10, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iraq, Veterans

Matt Taibbi on Leaving First Look Media: "I am Really Devastated by the Way Everything Turned Out"

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Matt Taibbi talks briefly about First Look Media, the new independent journalism project funded by Pierre Omidyar. Earlier this year, Taibbi was hired to start a web magazine called "The Racket," which would focus investigative reporting on Wall Street and the corporate world.

November 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Journalism, Matt Taibbi

Ralph Nader on GOP’s 2014 Wins: Democrats Can’t Use Citizens United, Voter Restriction Laws as Alibi

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Watch our interview with longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader during our 2014 Election Night Special. "We shouldn’t let Citizens United and voting restriction laws ... be used as alibis by the Democrats in Congress," he says of the GOP’s victories.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2014 Election, Author Interviews, Ralph Nader, Andy Kroll, A.C. Valdez

Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The GMO Deception": Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is Putting Your Food at Risk

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Part 2 of our conversation with Sheldon Krimsky, editor of "The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk."

October 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, GMO, Food, Author Interviews, Sheldon Krimsky