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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

"Cartoonist Lives Matter": Art Spiegelman Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack, Power of Cartoons


Web Exclusive: Watch our extended discussion with the famed cartoonist, editor and comics advocate Art Spiegelman.

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


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