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This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march known as "Bloody Sunday." Tune in Monday when Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Alabama. In 2012, we interviewed Rep. John Lewis , who helped organize the Selma march as a young civil rights activist with …
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to address the pro-Israeli lobby group AIPAC and Congress, we feature Noam Chomsky's United Nations address on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People . Chomsky is Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he’s taught for …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan President Barack Obama issued the third veto in his more than six years in office, rejecting S.1 (Senate Bill One), the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.” This was the new congressional Republican majority’s first bill this year, attempting to force the construction of a …
As Democracy Now! continues to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we are joined by his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and friend, A. Peter Bailey. Both were inside the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965, the day Malcolm X was shot dead. Shabazz was just two years …
Watch a recent address by Spain's Podemos Secretary General Pablo Iglesias, a political science professor and activist who could become the country's next prime minister if his anti-austerity party wins the national elections later this year. Last May, Podemos surprised many when it received 1.2 million votes and five seats …
In Part 2 of our conversation with Peter Maass, an investigative reporter at The Intercept, he continues discussing the Obama administration’s prosecution of former North Korea expert Stephen Kim for violating the Espionage Act. Kim is one of nine such cases under the Obama administration -- twice as many as …
In 2008, the legendary Detroit-based activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs joined Democracy Now! for an extended interview. In this never-aired excerpt, Boggs, who will turn 100 in June, talks about how she knew Malcolm X and how he influenced her. TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN : Can you talk about your …
A new investigation by The Intercept reveals the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ , hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe. The secret …
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, …
Watch Part 2 of our conversation with Rigoberta Menchú following Monday's sentencing of former Guatemalan police chief Pedro García Arredondo. He was sentenced to 90 years in prison for ordering an attack on 37 peasant activists and student organizers who were occupying the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala City to protest …
Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives , discusses how he discovered this lost speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN : This is Democracy Now! , democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report . I'm Amy Goodman, as we turn to a story about what appears …
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. "Vessel" …
The Other Charlies Jan. 15, 2015
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan The massacre at Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent killing of a policewoman and mass murder at the Hyper Cachet kosher market, shocked the world. Young fanatics with automatic weapons unleashed a torrent of violence and death, fueled by zealous intolerance. At the Paris offices …
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. Lucie Morillon and Delphine Halgand of Reporters Without Borders (also known as Reporters Sans Frontières) talk about attacks …
Art Spiegelman is renowned American cartoonist, editor and comics advocate. In 1992 he won a Pulitzer Prize for "Maus," considered one of the most important graphic novels ever published and one of the most influential works on the Nazi Holocaust. Spiegelman also founded the comics magazine RAW . In 2005, …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with …
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 …
Matt Taibbi talks briefly about First Look Media, the new independent journalism project funded by Pierre Omidyar. Earlier this year, Taibbi was hired to start a web magazine called The Racket , which would focus investigative reporting on Wall Street and the corporate world. Last week, Omidyar announced Taibbi had …
Watch Amy Goodman and Juan González interview longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader during the Democracy Now! 2014 Election Night Special. "We shouldn't let Citizens United and voting restriction laws ... be used as alibis by the Democrats in Congress," he says of the GOP's victories on Tuesday night. "The Democrats …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan Elections in the United States are all about money—lots of it, increasingly from untraceable, “dark” sources. Ultimately, though, history is not made of money but of movements. The Republican sweep in this week’s midterm elections has been widely described as a wave, a bloodbath, …