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Glenn Greenwald on How Secretive DEA Unit Illegally Spies On Americans, Covers Up Actions

Journalist Glenn Greenwald responds to a report by Reuters about how a secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is covering up its use of intelligence intercepts and wiretaps to help launch criminal investigations of Americans.

August 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Domestic Spying, Drug War, Glenn Greenwald

WikiLeaks Attorney on Manning Guilty Verdict: Blowing Whistle on U.S. War Crimes is Not Espionage

U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning was found guilty today of 20 charges in total, including espionage, but he was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge. Michael Ratner, an attorney for WikiLeaks, appeared on the Democracy Now! special broadcast to respond to today’s verdict. [includes rush transcript]

Watch: Democracy Now! Live Coverage of Bradley Manning Verdict at 1pm EDT

Watch Democracy Now!’s special live broadcast of the Bradley Manning verdict featuring Jeremy Scahill, Wikileaks attorney Michael Ratner, Icelandic Parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir and independent journalist Kevin Gosztola.

July 30, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, Iraq, Whistleblowers

RIP Helen Thomas (1920-2013)–Watch Her 2007 and 2009 Interviews on Democracy Now!

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Trailblazing journalist Helen Thomas, who reported on every U.S. president since John Kennedy, has passed away at age 92. We look back at her 2009 and 2007 interviews on Democracy Now!

July 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bush, Iraq, Gaza

"Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Wal-Mart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Wal-Mart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, U.S. Labor Protests, U.S. Economy

READ: The Lab Magazine Profiles Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman

Read a new profile of Democracy Now! host, Amy Goodman, by The Lab Magazine, in which she discusses her upbringing, her reporting in East Timor, covering climate change and more.

WATCH: Fruitvale Station Director Ryan Coogler on Bay Area Police Slaying of Oscar Grant

Watch Democracy Now!'s interview with the director of the feature film, "Fruitvale Station," which opens in theaters nationwide this week. "I've seen these kind of things happen before, instances of police brutality and instances of urban violence, and people riot and rally," Ryan Coogler told Democracy Now! when we spoke to him at the Sundance Film Festival. "I felt that myself, as an artist and as a filmmaker, maybe I could do something that could help attack this issue at the root through my art."

July 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Oscar Grant, Police Brutality

As Hunger Strike Continues, Ex-Chief Guantánamo Prosecutor Says "No Good Reason" To Keep Prison Open

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More than 150 days in their hunger strike, at least 45 Guantánamo prisoners are being force-fed through tubes. "It’s regrettable that it’s taking them putting their lives at risk to get us to pay attention, that they’ve been cleared for transfer, yet they’re still in prison," says Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo. [includes rush transcript]

July 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, Col. Morris Davis

Kevin Gosztola: Behind the Scenes of the Bradley Manning Trial

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Reporter and blogger Kevin Gosztola has been one of only a handful of journalists covering the Bradley Manning trial on a daily basis. He describes the first few weeks of the historic trial. We also speak to Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo, who testified for the Manning defense. [includes rush transcript]

July 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Col. Morris Davis, Kevin Gosztola

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A Growing Divide in Egypt: As Army Outlines Transition Plan, Brotherhood Vow Revolt After Massacre

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Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Cairo six days after the Egyptian army ousted President Mohamed Morsi. "I think the only way forward is for all sides to come to the table and for the Muslim Brotherhood to hopefully be invited in a real way to take part in this process, because if they’re excluded, I think we’ll see instability for a long time," Kouddous said. [includes rush transcript]

July 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden "Satisfied" by Global Outrage over U.S. Surveillance Operations

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In this web-only interview, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald reveals he talked to NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Saturday. "He is doing very well in terms of his mindset, his demeanor," Greenwald says. "He is able to follow things online, the debates, as they unfold, and he is feeling very good about the choices that he made." [includes rush transcript]

AUDIO: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports Egypt is On Edge as It Faces Pivotal Steps for Post-Morsi Future

"Whatever happens it will be pivotal to Egypt’s future," reports Sharif Abdel Kouddous as he calls in his latest update from Cairo, in which he recaps what has taken place since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

July 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

AUDIO: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports from Cairo as Egyptian Army Ousts Morsi in Coup Amid Protests

Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports on the crisis in Egypt as the army detains ousted President Mohamed Morsi and shuts down TV stations supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood.

July 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Live Updates: Egyptian Military Ousts President Mohamed Morsi Amid Mass Protests

Click here for the latest news on the political crisis in Egypt with updates from Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo and others.

July 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

"An Attack on Journalism": WikiLeaks on Bradley Manning Trial, FBI Move to Infiltrate Organization

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In this web-only interview, WikiLeaks spokesperson and Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson discusses the significance of the Bradley Manning trial and responds to the report in Wired.com that the FBI had an informant inside WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

July 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, Kristinn Hrafnsson

Horace Campbell on Mandela’s Legacy, NATO’s Failure in Libya and Obama’s Trip to Africa

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In this web-only interview, Syracuse University Professor Horace Campbell reflects on the importance of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle. He also talks about his new book, "Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya." [includes rush transcript]

June 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Africa, Libya, Nelson Mandela, Horace Campbell

Talking Turkey About Climate Change

Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another extreme weather event is disrupting one of the most popular traditions here in the United States, Thanksgiving. Climate science predicts that, as the planet warms, events like this will increase in their frequency and their severity.

VIDEO: "Promised Land" Examines How Nelson Mandela Inspired Land Reform in the New South Africa

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Filmmaker Yoruba Richen describes how the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa inspired some of the six million blacks who were forcefully removed from their land and resettled into so-called "homelands" to try and reclaim their land. [includes rush transcript]

June 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Yoruba Richen

Breaking: Court Strikes Down DOMA; Dismisses Prop. 8 Appeal, Allowing for Gay Marriage in Calif.

In a historic day, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has paved the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.