In a Senate hearing today, Pentagon officials claimed President Obama and future presidents have the power to send troops anywhere in the world to fight groups linked to al-Qaeda, based in part on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed by Congress days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. [includes rush transcript]
On April 17, 2012, Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim communities in the city and around the northeastern United States. Records of all of Apuzzo’s phone calls from that time were later seized by the government.
Former U.S.-backed Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt has been found guilty of genocide in a historic trial. He was the first head of state in the Americas to stand trial for genocide. Click here for live tweets from trial and links to our extensive coverage of the trial.
Over 50 students, faculty and staff at The Cooper Union in New York have begun a sit-in inside the office of the school’s president, Jamshed Bharucha. The school recently announced an end to its longstanding tradition of free tuition for all undergraduates. [includes rush transcript]
Part two of our conversation with the celebrated Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, author of the new book, "Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History."
The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked the execution of Willie Jerome Manning just hours before he was scheduled to die. The case attracted national attention after the FBI admitted that its original analysis of the evidence in Manning’s case contained errors. Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court refused to allow new DNA testing that could prove Manning’s innocence.
The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list. Shakur is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. In 1998, Democracy Now! aired a rare recording of Shakur speaking from Cuba where she has lived in exile since she escaped prison in 1979. Tune in Friday when we will cover these latest developments.
Bob Edgar passed away suddenly this morning at his home in Northern Virginia at the age of 69, "according to Common Cause," the democracy watchdog group for which Edgar served as president and CEO.
To mark the passing of legendary protest singer Richie Havens, we are sharing his performance of "Freedom" at the massive Feb. 15, 2003, demonstration against the Iraq War, which took place in New York City as millions filled the streets around the world.
Read a chapter from "Dirty Wars," just published this week, titled "If They Kill Innocent Children and Call Them al Qaeda, Then We Are All al Qaeda."
Watch the recent talk given by Democracy Now! producer and weekly co-host Nermeen Shaikh at TEDxDanubia 2013, titled, "Translating Words."
Part 2: Robert Greenwald on Film "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State"
A new film directed by Robert Greenwald looks at four whistleblowers who had their lives practically destroyed after they went to the press with evidence of government wrongdoing. They are Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayl and Thomas Tamm. [includes rush transcript]
In part two of our interview with Somali human rights activist and physician, Dr. Hawa Abdi, she describes how thousands of Somalis were killed in the 1993 attack in Mogadishu that is best known for killing 18 elite U.S. special forces. She also discusses her book, "Keeping Hope Alive," which shares what has happened in the 22 years since the war broke out in her country, and the work she has done at her clinic to offer healthcare and emergency relief to thousands of Somalis. [includes rush transcript]
As more than 100 Guantánamo prisoners continue their hunger strike, we speak to British journalist Victoria Brittain. She has just published a book about the wives and families of some of the prisoners held at Guantánamo and on British and U.S. soil. [includes rush transcript]
Israeli Journalist Amira Hass on Palestinian Resistance, "Peace Talks" and U.S. Role in Region (Pt. 2)
Part two of our interview with Amira Hass, the only Jewish-Israeli journalist to have spent almost 20 years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank. Christiane Amanpour has described her as "one of the greatest truth-seekers of them all." [includes rush transcript]
As legislative efforts grow to target activists who expose animal abuse, former animal rights prisoner Andrew Stepanian talks about the secretive prison where he was held and the detention of environmentalist Daniel McGowan last week. [includes rush transcript]
Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Criminalization of Cyber-Activists, Bradley Manning & Iceland’s Pirate Party (Pt. 2)
In part two of our conversation, Icelandic Parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks about why she decided to come to the United States at a time when a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Jónsdóttir, a former WikiLeaks volunteer, also talks about her support for whistleblower Bradley Manning and other cyber-activists. We also talk about Iceland’s response to the banking crisis. [includes rush transcript]
Democracy Now! will interview Robert McChesney, author of "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy" and others when we broadcast live Friday from the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver.
Forty years ago, on March 29, 1973, the "secret" U.S. bombing of Laos ended. The legacy of the war continues to haunt Laos as some 80 million unexploded U.S. bombs remain in Laos. To mark International Day of Mine Awareness, we speak to a Laotian bomb survivor and a leader of an all-women bomb clearance team in Laos. [includes rush transcript]
Cheryl Wills on Her Family’s Path from Slavery to Freedom & Legacy of Chinua Achebe on African Americans
In our extended discussion with Cheryl Wills, NY1 anchor and author of "Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale," she discusses the legacy of slavery, and the impact of Nigerian literary icon Chinua Achebe on African Americans’ pride in their history. We also play an excerpt of Morgan Freeman reading the words of Frederick Douglass that inspired the title of Wills’ book. [includes rush transcript]
Esquire magazine highlighted our recent segment on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as a "spirited debate ... It was positively gravid with substance. Let’s just say you won’t see this on Morning Joe any time soon."