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By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan DENVER -- A few miles south of the campus arena in the Mile High City where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met in their first debate, Democracy Now! news hour broke the sound barrier by expanding their gated debate to include two third-party presidential …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan TAMPA , Fla. — Four hardy souls from rural Illinois joined tens of thousands of people undeterred by threats of Hurricane Isaac during this week’s Republican National Convention. They weren’t among the almost 2,400 delegates to the convention, though, nor were they from the …
Democracy Now! will expand to a daily two-hour broadcast during the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! crew will travel to Tampa Bay and Charlotte to report from the streets, to the suites, to the convention floor. Tune in on Monday, August 27 from …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan People remember 1929 as the year of the stock-market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, the global economic disaster which remains the only one in history that dwarfs the one in which we now find ourselves. It was also the year Martin …
See Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and writer and activist Tariq Ali, speak outside the Ecuadorean embassy, where WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange spoke Sunday. "The invasion of a diplomatic premises is a crime in international law and a crime in the state whose premises are invaded," says Murray …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is considered by many a champion of small government. For women, though, the federal government that Paul Ryan envisions is big, intrusive and controlling. Paul Ryan would ban all abortions, with no exceptions, even in cases of rape, …
In one of his first public events since being held under house arrest, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange appeared in London Saturday for a conversation with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by Democracy Now! ’s Amy Goodman. They discussed the impact of WikiLeaks on world politics, the release of the Iraq …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan Another mass murder, another shooting spree, leaving bodies bullet-riddled by a legally obtained weapon. This time, it was Oak Creek, Wis., at a Sikh temple, as people gathered for their weekly worship. President Barack Obama said Monday, “I think all of us recognize that …
In the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, we revisit a Sept. 12, 2011 report by Democracy Now’s Jaisal Noor about how Sikh Americans have been targets of violence and harassment. Click here to see our coverage of the issue of gun control in the United States. Note: …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan Gen. John Allen, commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals. Allen said the NATO summit in Chicago, which left him feeling “heartened,” “was a powerful signal of international support for the Afghan-led …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago. This week, NATO , the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is holding the largest meeting in its 63-year history there. Protests and rallies will confront the two-day summit, facing off …
In an extended interview, David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, discusses the history of the company, why they put sustainability and social justice ahead of profits, the organic and GMO labeling movements, the U.S. war on hemp, and why they refuse to sell out. Click here for part …
By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an "extraordinary event." That is what the city of Charlotte, North Carolina called the bank’s shareholder meeting this week. Bank of America is currently the second …
In part two of our interview with Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth, he examines why the U.S. has not pressured Bahrain to release pro-democracy activists. "Saudi Arabia simply is not going to tolerate a genuine democracy immediately off its shore, particularly one in which Shias, if there were …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election? This year’s election will undoubtedly be the most expensive in U.S. history, with some projections topping $5 billion. Not only has the amount …
At the May Day rally in New York City’s Union Square, Amy Goodman bumped into the Tax Dodgers — a baseball team on which all of the players share the same number: 1 percent. ALEC DICKMAN , TAX DODGER : We’re a baseball team, and we go to bat for …
In part two of our interview with social theorist David Harvey, he notes the "urban center" of Occupy Wall Street has been key to its success. "We have a global plutocracy now, which essentially rules the world," Harvey says. "The only way you can challenge that power is by the …
The NSA Is Watching You April 26, 2012
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer. Each remains resolute in standing …
In part two of our interview, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West discuss growing up in working-class households. "I saw so much poverty growing up," says Smiley, who lived with 13 family members in a three-bedroom trailer and learned that even when he was not optimistic, he could be hopeful. …
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after returning from the Summit of the Americas. He spent three days in Colombia, longer than any president in U.S. history. The trip was marred, however, by a prostitution scandal involving …