Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, describes his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said world leaders should move away from a failed prohibition paradigm and militarized drug war to focus more on legalization, prevention and treatment.
Watch Charles Bowden on DN! "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields"
Author and investigative reporter Charles Bowden died Saturday at his home in Arizona at the age of 69. Watch our April 2010 interview with Bowden, when he had just published "Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields."
We continue our conversation with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video."
Libya in Chaos: Vijay Prashad on Rise of Islamist Militias & Bloody Legacy of 2011 U.S. Intervention
Islamist militants in Libya say they have solidified control of the capital Tripoli after taking over the main airport and ousting rival militias. Libya is facing its worst violence since the U.S.-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
World-renowned hip-hop artist Talib Kweli and longtime activist Rosa Clemente speak out from Ferguson on the shooting of Michael Brown, police brutality, hip-hop and more.
Protesters in New York City unfurled a massive Palestinian flag with the words "Gaza in our hearts. Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions" from the Manhattan Bridge on Wednesday.
Parents with children killed by police were among those who attended a rally in front of New York City police headquarters on Monday to demand justice in the murder of Michael Brown and similar cases.
Five years ago immigration advocates praised Obama for closing down the only large-scale detention center for immigrant women and children. Now it has quietly two new family detention facilities that have more than 1,200 beds, and cribs.
Part 2 of our conversation with famed linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky on the crisis in Gaza, U.S. support for Israel, apartheid and the BDS movement.
In Part 2 of our conversation, Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins talks about the disputed Afghan election, U.S.-backed militias committing war crimes, and the future of the country after the U.S. military drawdown.
McClatchy Newspapers has revealed the CIA has been spying on emails from whistleblower officials and Congress, "triggering fears the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases."
Part two of our interview with acclaimed MIT physicist Theodore Postol, who says there is no evidence Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is actually working. He estimates the Iron Dome, which is partially built by Raytheon, intercepts just 5 percent of rockets fired at Israel.
In New York City, a group of demonstrators blocked traffic by laying down in the streets outside Israel’s Mission to the United Nations on Tuesday. Twenty-six people were arrested after refusing police orders to disperse. The action was organized by the author and scholar Norman Finkelstein.
Watch part 2 of our discussion with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University and the World Bank’s former chief economist.
A Swedish court today upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He is wanted in Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct, though no charges have been filed. Watch our recent extended three-part interview with Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Legendary jazz bassist and composer Charlie Haden died on Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. He was one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. Watch him discuss his music and politics in a 2006 Democracy Now! interview.
Chilean Musician Ana Tijoux on Politics, Feminism, Motherhood & Hip-Hop as "a Land for the Landless"
Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux performs some of her songs and talks about the political themes behind them. Tijoux was born in France in 1977 to parents who were jailed and later fled Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. "Hip-hop is the land of the people that don’t have a land," she says.
Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan Released, Brings Messages from Women Held at Rikers Jail
The Occupy Wall Street activist spoke to reporters outside the Rikers Island jail complex, saying she will work to make sure the voices of the women she met there "reach outside the prison system."
In a blow to women’s access to contraception, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Hobby Lobby, and similar closely held corporations with religious objections to birth control, can refuse to include birth control in their employee’s healthcare plans. Watch our past coverage of the case.
The Justice Department has dropped its criminal prosecution of Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian professor and activist, in a case that followed an initial trial that began in 2003. Watch our past coverage of his ordeal.