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Democracy Now! co-host Juan González will be speaking in cities across the country during upcoming screenings of the new documentary based on his groundbreaking book, Harvest of Empire, which takes an unflinching look at how U.S. economic and military interests helped trigger an unprecedented wave of migration. Visit HarvestofEmpireMovie.com for …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian. “5 Broken Cameras” was filmed and directed by Emad Burnat, a resident of the occupied Palestinian West Bank town of Bil’in, along with …
We speak with filmmaker Cecilia Peck about her father Gregory Peck's legacy of work that raises important social issues, including his films To Kill a Mockingbird and The Trial of the Catonsville Nine , which landed him on Nixon's enemies list. "He just had so much decency and integrity that …
Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11. Aaron was a social justice activist, gifted with deep understanding of how computers and the Internet work, and how they could …
To mark the third anniversary of the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake, we continue our conversation with Jonathan Katz, author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster . He was the only full-time American reporter in Haiti when the …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan It takes courage to enter a war zone willingly, armed with a microphone and a camera as a journalist. That is what Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj was doing in Dec. 2001, as he was entering Afghanistan from Pakistan to cover the U.S. military …
We continue our look at the massive bribery scandal behind Wal-Mart's expansion into Mexico, with David Barstow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter who broke the story. He describes how the corporate giant's use of "outside fixers" — lawyers, lobbyists and third parties — made it difficult for the …
By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years. Largely ignored by the media, these laws further entrench …
Leading environmentalist and human rights champion Rebecca "Becky" Tarbotton, executive director of the organization Rainforest Action Network ( RAN ), has died at the age of 39. According to RAN , Tarbotton died Wednesday on a beach in Mexico while vacationing with her husband and friends. The coroner ruled cause …
We continue our conversation with broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West about their push for President Obama to address poverty in his second term. Smiley argues the ultimate question now, is: "Are we ready to push?" He and West have organized a symposium to take place on …
Many of the East Coast's waste treatment plants failed during Superstorm Sandy, causing them to release thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the area's waterways. This mixed with other pollutants, like more than 330,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled near Arthur Kill, the waterway that separates New Jersey from …
"Now the Work of Movements Begins" By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan If California were a country, with its population approaching 40 million, it would be among the 30 most populous nations on Earth. The economic, political and cultural impacts of California on the rest of the United States are huge. That is why citizen ballot …
Watch our full three-and-a-half-hour "Expanding the Debate" special featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson responding to the same questions posed to President Obama and Mitt Romney in the final debate of the campaign. In addition, we speak to Ai-jen Poo of the National …
In his first live television interview since his release from Iranian prison, journalist Shane Bauer shines the light on solitary confinement inside the California prison system. Bauer was one of three Americans detained in 2009 while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border. He and Josh Fattal were …
We speak with Mattias Gardell, who is sailing through international waters on board the Estelle, the latest boat to attempt to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. The boat aims to reach the Gaza Strip Saturday and has been called a "provocation" by Israel's ambassador to the United Nations. "What …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with …
On the night of the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Democracy Now! did a special broadcast from the campus, near the official debate hall. We aired the entire President Obama-Mitt Romney debate live and spoke with students and local residents about the issues they wanted to hear the candidates …
Part two of our conversation with two of Chile’s most recognizable student protest leaders: Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman. They are in the United States, in part to receive the 2012 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, which is given by the Institute for Policy Studies. It is named for the Chilean …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions. This is happening while corporate coffers are brimming with historically high levels of cash on …