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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

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

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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

"How the Iraq War Began in Panama": 1989 Invasion Set Path for Future U.S. Attacks (Full Interview)

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Our full 30-minute conversation marking the 25th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Panama featuring historian Greg Grandin, former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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