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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 Protests, 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

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.

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

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