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Mansoor Adayfi: Detainee #441, Lost and Found at Guantánamo
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

30 Sep 2021 – Yemeni-born Mansoor Adayfi, or “Detainee #441,” was held for 14 years, until 2016. He is now living in exile in Serbia, where the U.S. forced him to relocate despite having no connection to the country. Adayfi’s memoir has just been published. “I was sold to the CIA and was taken to the black site, where I was tortured for over two months.”

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Haitians Fleeing “Unacceptable Misery” Greeted by Whips and Shackles at U.S. Border
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

23 Sep 2021 – Images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback whipping Haitian asylum seekers as they waded across the Rio Grande River into Texas shocked the world this week. After as many as 15,000 refugees arrived, sheltering under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, President Biden responded with an aggressive deportation campaign.

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The Spy Who Came in through Your Phone
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

16 Sep 2021 – A cybersecurity organization at the University of Toronto revealed the existence of a “zero-click” exploit that exposed 1.65 billion Apple iPhone and other devices to a complete and undetectable takeover by the spyware Pegasus, produced by NSO Group. Pegasus grants unlimited access to all of an infected device’s content: chat messages, emails, phone calls, control of microphone and camera, phone’s location in real time.

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From Kabul to the Rio Grande, the U.S. Creates Refugee Crises
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

26 Aug 2021 – The United States has long branded itself as a safe haven for refugees fleeing war and persecution abroad. It has a responsibility to provide a safe haven for refugees, from Afghanistan, Latin America, or elsewhere, and to cease interventions that fuel these crises and displace so many.

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The Pentagon Papers at 50: Press Freedom and Whistleblowers Still at Risk
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

17 Jun 2021 -Legendary whistleblower Dan Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers fifty years ago, a courageous act of truth-telling for which he later faced life in prison. He hasn’t stopped since. Last May, just weeks after turning 90 years old, Ellsberg made yet another disclosure of classified national security information.

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The Lethal Nexus: Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jun 2021

3 Jun 2021 – You know the United States is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic when the pace of mass shootings gets back to “normal.” As of June 2nd, there were 244 mass shootings in the U.S. this year. That’s one to two per day.

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SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Democracy NOW! - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

MLK’s speech about Viet Nam a year exactly before he got shot. Consider putting 36 minutes into absorbing this stunning piece of oratory. It’s mixed with news images of the war in VN, archived by Democracy NOW!. An eye-opener. — Eric Herter

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A Coup in Burma: Did Military Seize Power to Avoid ICC Prosecution for Rohingya Genocide?
Amy Goodman and Maung Zarni | Democracy NOW! - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

3 Feb 2021 – We speak with Maung Zarni, a Burmese dissident, about the military coup underway in Burma as de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested. The coup unfolded hours before lawmakers were to take their seats in the opening of parliament. “The military decided that they could no longer play this democracy game with Aung San Suu Kyi,” says Zarni.

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Color, COVID and the Coup
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

14 Jan 2021 – People of color in the USA are more likely to die of gun violence and to contract COVID-19, and when they do, disproportionately suffer more serious consequences, including death. The violent white supremacist insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th put the ugly realities of racism and inequality in this country in stark relief. Trump’s departure from the Oval Office is only the first step.

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Climate Chaos amidst the Pandemic: 5 Years after Paris
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

17 Dec 2020 – It’s been five years since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed to avert global climate chaos. World leaders, though, are primarily focused on COVID-19 with over 1.6 million people worldwide dead and over 74 million reported. These twin crises demand a global, collective coordinated response, with equitable, free distribution of coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics, and a vigorous, just green recovery.

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A People’s Vaccine? Drugmakers Set to Profit from COVID Vaccines Made with Publicly Funded Research
Amy Goodlman | Democracy NOW! - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

23 Nov 2020 – With the world pinning its hopes on a successful coronavirus vaccine to curb the pandemic, corporate watchdogs say much of the research and development of the medicines rely on publicly funded research.

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Johan Galtung on the Future of the USA: Fascism or Blossoming?
Amy Goodman | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

Prediction/Prognosis: 7 Jun 2010 – Prof. Galtung on his book, “Fall of the US-Empire: And Then What?”

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Julian Assange, and Press Freedom, on Trial in London
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

17 Sep 2020 – Press freedom itself is currently on trial in London, as Julian Assange fights extradition to the U.S. He faces 175 years in prison and his unjust imprisonment would serve as an example to anyone daring to publish leaked information critical of the U.S. government.

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Trump’s Rushed, Racist Vaccine Strategy Seeks Votes, Not a Cure
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

10 Sep 2020 – Under the World Health Organization, vaccine development is proceeding through a vast, global collaboration. Noticeably absent, however, is the United States. Here, President Donald Trump is intent on releasing a vaccine before the November election, placing his lust for power above the urgent demands of public health. Millions of Americans could be harmed if Trump forces the release of a vaccine before it’s proven to be safe and effective.

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“America Exists Today to Make War”
Lawrence Wilkerson | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

“America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret 19 straight years of war and no end in sight? It’s part of who we are. It’s part of what the American Empire is,” says Wilkerson. “We are going to cheat and steal to do whatever it is we have to do to continue this war complex. That’s the truth of it. And that’s the agony of it.” — Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff of Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases That Is Now a Vital Global Resource
Amy Goodman - Democracy NOW!, 23 Mar 2020

17 Mar 2020 –  A teenager’s website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is nCoV2019.live. We speak with 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle, who started the site in late December, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. Now the site has been visited by tens of millions, from every country on Earth. It tracks deaths, numbers of cases locally and globally, and provides an interactive map, information on the disease, and a Twitter feed. The resource updates every minute or so, and pulls information from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and elsewhere.

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Let’s Give Thanks for Indigenous Resistance
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 2 Dec 2019

27 Nov 2019 – Thanksgiving is one of the great foundational myths of the United States, turning a single gathering of indigenous people in Massachusetts with English settler colonists in 1621 into one of the greatest whitewashes of genocide in world history. Even by that time, native people throughout the Western hemisphere had already suffered horrific violence for over a century, at the hands of Christopher Columbus and other European explorers intent on enslaving native people and exploiting the region’s vast resources.

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Trump’s Worst Impeachable Offense Hurts the Whole World–Climate
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 11 Nov 2019

7 Nov 2019 – You can run from the climate crisis, but you can’t hide. The climate crisis imperils the planet. It is impeachable denying it, the highest of high crimes and misdemeanors.

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A Worldwide Revolution Is Underway
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 4 Nov 2019

31 Oct 2019 – Puerto Rico. Hong Kong. Ecuador. Haiti. Lebanon. Iraq. And now, Chile. People are rising up around the world against austerity and corruption, defying police forces. Many share a fierce critique of capitalism. People are flooding the streets, globally, linking the movements against inequality with the fight for a just, sustainable world powered by renewable energy.

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Snowden Knows Exactly Why No One Wants to Be a Whistleblower
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 7 Oct 2019

3 Oct 2019 – Snowden became increasingly alarmed by the vast surveillance state that he was helping to build, but knew that, if he were to follow the formal channels for raising concerns, it wouldn’t end well. “NSA whistleblowers who did go through this process had their lives destroyed,” he said on “Democracy Now!” “They lost their careers, they lost their homes, in some cases they lost their families, because of the stress and retaliation and consequences they face.”

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Greta Thunberg, Frances Crowe and a Passing of the Torch
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 2 Sep 2019

29 Aug 2019 – Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, sailed into New York Harbor yesterday. The day before Greta’s arrival another activist ended a remarkable voyage. Frances Crowe, a lifelong peace activist, died at home at the age of 100. Frances Crowe, rest in power. Greta Thunberg, long may you carry the torch.

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Dead Man Walking: The Return of the Federal Death Penalty in the USA
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 19 Aug 2019

15 Aug 2019 – U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that the federal government would be resuming executions, with five scheduled in the coming months. This overturns an effective moratorium on the federal death penalty that has lasted over 16 years. Since 1973, over 160 wrongfully convicted people have been freed from death row.

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Child Separation & Prison Camps: China’s Campaign against Uyghur Muslims Is “Cultural Genocide”
Amy Goodman | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

26 Jul 2019 – Chinese authorities have been accused of systematically separating Muslim children from their families in the far western region of Xinjiang. According to a new report commissioned by the BBC, China is rushing to build boarding schools where children, mostly from the Uyghur community, are deliberately removed from their families, as well as their language and culture.

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Trump Is Forcing Iran to Follow North Korea’s Dangerous Example
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 15 Jul 2019

4 Jul 2019 – With the United States openly gearing up for war with Iran, while actively seeking to empower Saudi Arabia with the technology it needs to develop its own nuclear weapons, is it any wonder that Iran has just announced it will begin amassing and enriching uranium again? Iran had been adhering to the terms of its multilateral nuclear deal, even after Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement.

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Abolish Migrant Child Jails Now
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 1 Jul 2019

27 Jun 2019 – Over 350 migrant children are jailed in filthy, unsafe conditions in Clint, Texas. In Florida, more than 2,000 unaccompanied minors are incarcerated in a for-profit detention center run by Caliburn. Trump’s former chief of staff Gen. John Kelly sits on its board. Debating the fate of jailed migrant children is important, but the life-and-death crisis that they have been thrown into demands immediate action.

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Animal Rights Activists: Cops Punish Protesters While Letting Corporations Off for Animal Torture
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 24 Jun 2019

6 Jun 2019 – Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms

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The U.S. Government’s Crusade against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 17 Jun 2019

13 Jun 2019 – For the first time ever, a publisher is being prosecuted under the World War I-era Espionage Act. Julian Assange, co-founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, is facing 170 years in prison if he is extradited to the U.S. from the United Kingdom. The case could deal a monumental blow to the free press in the United States.

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs: U.S. Sanctions Have Devastated Venezuela & Killed Over 40,000 Since 2017
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 6 May 2019

Sachs writes, “American sanctions are deliberately aiming to wreck Venezuela’s economy and thereby lead to regime change. It’s a fruitless, heartless, illegal, and failed policy, causing grave harm to the Venezuelan people.”

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ICC Will Not Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

The International Criminal Court announced Friday [12 Apr 2019] it was refusing to pursue an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the USA in Afghanistan.
— “The ICC is bowing to President Trump’s pressure campaign. With this decision it sends a dangerous message: that bullying wins and that the powerful won’t be held to account.” (Katherine Gallagher of the Center for Constitutional Rights)

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Vandana Shiva: We Must Fight Back against the 1 Percent to Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction
Democracy NOW! - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

We speak with world-renowned environmental leader and ecologist Dr. Vandana Shiva about climate change, seed sovereignty and her new book, “Oneness vs. the 1%.” Shiva is an Indian scholar, physicist, and food sovereignty and seed freedom advocate. She was born in Doon Valley in the Himalayan foothills.

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Prof. Johan Galtung: “I Love the US Republic, and I Hate the US Empire.”
Amy Goodman | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

On the War in Afghanistan and How to Get Out
2010 Interview Still More Relevant Today

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How Washington’s Devastating “Economic Blockade” of Venezuela Helped Pave the Way for Coup Attempt
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

25 Jan 2019 – Venezuela remains in a state of crisis as opposition forces—with the backing of the United States—attempt to unseat the government of Nicolás Maduro. Yesterday Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said the military continues to stand by Maduro. His remarks came one day after President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s new leader. Guaidó, the new head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself president on Wednesday [23 Jan] during a large opposition protest. [Read on…]

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The U.S. Helped Destabilize Honduras. Now Honduran Migrants Are Fleeing Political & Economic Crisis
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

23 Oct 2018 – President Donald Trump is lashing out at the Central American migrant caravan of some 7,000 people making their way through Mexico and toward the U.S. border. On Monday [22 Oct], he claimed without evidence that terrorists and members of the MS-13 gang had infiltrated the group. Trump has doubled down on his threat to cut aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and called out Democrats over U.S. border policy.

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“How Fascism Works”: Jason Stanley on Trump, Bolsonaro and the Rise of Fascism across the Globe
Amy Goodman | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

In his new book “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” Yale professor Jason Stanley warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics, writing, “What normalization does is transform the morally extraordinary into the ordinary. It makes us able to tolerate what was once intolerable by making it seem as if this is the way things have always been.”

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Confront Digital Oligarchs and Defend Net Neutrality
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 30 Jul 2018

19 Jul 2018 – Imagine if Internet Service Providers had the authority to decide what websites you could visit, or what video chat program you must use to call friends or family. Large ISP corporations are trying to control the internet, to restrict the free flow of information, to restore their historical role of for-profit arbiter of what we can and cannot read, watch or hear. Preserving net neutrality will thwart the digital oligarchs, keeping the internet open and free.

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In Thailand, the Kids Are All Right. Elsewhere, Not So Much
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 16 Jul 2018

12 Jul 2018 – In Thailand, the saga of 12 young soccer players and their coach successful rescue was a cause for global celebration. Juxtapose this outpouring of compassion and solidarity with the catastrophe facing millions of children in Yemen, and the ongoing debacle created here in the US by Trump with the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.

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How Four Words Changed History
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 2 Jul 2018

Q: “And babies?”
A: “And babies.”
That question, asked half a century ago, “And babies?” was posed by investigative journalist Mike Wallace to Vietnam veteran Paul Meadlo. “And babies,” Meadlo answered. He was an Army private who conducted a raid on a Vietnamese village. What followed came to be known as the My Lai Massacre. Hersh sees parallels with how the press is finally covering the immigrant family separation crisis now. “This could be a turning point,” he said.

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Trump Vows to End “Provocative” War Games on Korean Peninsula after Historic Summit with Kim Jong-un
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have wrapped up a historic summit pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, with President Trump announcing the end of U.S.-South Korean war games. The summit marked the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

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After Latest Gaza Slaughter: Open an Investigation, End the Occupation
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 28 May 2018

At the UN, the U.S. blocked a Security Council motion to launch an investigation. Donald Trump was represented at the U.S. Embassy ceremony by his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who in his speech blamed the violence on the Palestinians. Lies take lives. An investigation is not enough. The occupation must end, and those responsible for the slaughter must be held accountable.

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The U.S. War in Iraq: 15 Years and Counting… the Dead and Displaced
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 26 Mar 2018

22 Mar 2018 – Fifteen years have passed since President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and a coterie of neoconservatives, enabled by mainstream media cheerleaders, launched the invasion of Iraq with a murderous bombardment of Baghdad they branded “shock and awe.” Far from delivering the promised freedom and democracy and exposing stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, the illegal war killed, wounded and displaced millions of civilians.

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“Bloody Gina” Haspel’s Disqualifying Record of CIA Torture
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 19 Mar 2018

15 Mar 2018 – Haspel’s career at the CIA spans more than three decades. Her work is shrouded in secrecy, but two things are well-known: She ran a CIA “black site” where people were brutally tortured, then she helped cover up the torture through the destruction of videotapes, against presidential orders. These alone should immediately disqualify her for confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

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Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign Reborn
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 15 Jan 2018

Among the landmarks of his activism are the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, ending segregation in public transportation; leading the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech; the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act; and marching with sanitation workers in Memphis, where he declared in his last speech, delivered on the eve of his death, “I’ve been to the mountaintop.”

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The Doomsday Machine in Donald Trump’s Hands
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 11 Dec 2017

Now at 86 years old, Ellsberg is revealing for the first time that the Pentagon Papers were not the first classified documents that he removed from his secure workplace. In his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, he details his early years at the Pentagon, and why he took thousands of pages of U.S. nuclear war plans describing the lunacy of the U.S. nuclear war policy over 55 years ago. What he discovered is frighteningly relevant today.

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Respect Existence or Expect Resistance
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 27 Nov 2017

22 Nov 2017 – “It’s time to resist against state power, it’s time that we take responsibility for our own lives … that we create a world which gives us the power to act, instead of hoping that other people will solve problems.”

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Puerto Rico Suffers while Defending against Disaster Capitalism
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 6 Nov 2017

2 Nov 2017 – As eloquently articulated by journalist Naomi Klein in her book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” disasters both natural and human-made are increasingly being exploited by for-profit corporations and so-called free-market ideologues to reshape vast swaths of impacted societies, undermining social-welfare systems, privatizing public utilities, busting unions and making obscene profits rebuilding. Post-hurricane Puerto Rico is shaping up to be a textbook case of the shock doctrine.

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Anti-Fascist Heroines Then and Now
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 25 Sep 2017

21 Sep 2017 – The history of resistance to fascism is worth recalling at this critical moment in U.S. politics. The stories of Anne Frank and Sophie Scholl — two young German women, one a Jew, another a Christian — should guide and inspire us in this darkening time.

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Ensuring Catastrophe: The Price of Climate Denial
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 18 Sep 2017

“For the moment, of course, Trump is ascendant with the fossil fuel industry,” said 350.org founder McKibben. “But like many things that Trump touches, I think that this is a last gasp. People are coming to associate the insanity of going full speed ahead into this greenhouse future with the most reckless and crazy president that we’ve ever had.” So as climate-change-fueled disasters ravaged the U.S., Trump — the man who called climate change a Chinese hoax — was doing all he could to ensure future catastrophes.

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Hell Hath No Fury like Mother Earth Scorned
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 4 Sep 2017

While the people in Texas and Louisiana suffer the final days of rain and begin recovery, over 1,200 people have been killed by massive floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The planet is drowning in denial. Climate change is real, and needs to be addressed.

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Interview with Actor James Cromwell before Entering Prison: “Capitalism Is a Cancer”
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 24 Jul 2017

Jul 17, 2017 – Watch our extended interview with Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell before he reports to jail at 4 p.m. Friday [21 Jul] in upstate New York for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell says he’ll also launch a hunger strike. The activists say the plant would promote natural gas fracking in neighboring states and contribute to climate change.

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Exclusive: Dilma Rousseff on Her Ouster, Brazil’s Political Crisis & Fighting Dictatorship
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 29 May 2017

26 May 2017 – As Brazil is engulfed by a political crisis, we are joined in studio for an extended exclusive interview by Brazil’s former President Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached last year in what many describe as a legislative coup. Her removal ended nearly 14 years of rule by the left-leaning Workers’ Party, which had been credited with lifting millions of Brazilians out of poverty. Rousseff is a former political prisoner who took part in the underground resistance to the U.S.-backed Brazilian dictatorship in the 1960s. She was jailed from 1970 to 1972, during which time she was repeatedly tortured.

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Let the Media Coverage of Manchester Victims Be a Model for All Young Victims of War
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 29 May 2017

When a suicide bomber exploded a bomb at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester this week, those killed were almost entirely from among her immense fan base: young girls — teens — and their parents. Jump to the first week of the Trump administration: with expected hubris, Trump and his surrogates touted a “successful” raid in Yemen. What went largely unreported were the 30 civilian casualties of that attack, many of them women and children, including an 8-year-old girl, Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki.

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50 Years Later, a Speech by Luther King Has Lessons for a President
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 10 Apr 2017

On April 4, 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most powerful, controversial speeches of his life: “Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break the Silence.” The legendary orator and organizer, this young Nobel Peace laureate, laid out a bold condemnation of the U.S. war in Vietnam.

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U.N. Considers a Historic Ban on Nuclear Weapons: U.S. Leads Boycott
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

Mar 30, 2017 – Some 120 countries gathered at the United Nations this week to draft a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. But the United States is leading a boycott of the talks. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 scientists signed an open letter endorsing the talks, and, on Tuesday [28 Mar], Pope Francis encouraged the UN to pursue the “total elimination” of nuclear weapons.

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Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 20 Mar 2017

16 Mar 2017 – The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is responding by slamming the door on refugees and cutting aid funding while proposing a massive expansion of the U.S. military.

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The Long Ordeal of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 23 Jan 2017

Juan Mendez, who was then the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, concluded, “I believe Bradley Manning was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the excessive and prolonged isolation he was put in during the eight months he was in Quantico.” Chelsea Manning is expected to be released on May 17.

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Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 9 Jan 2017

29 Dec 2016 – President-elect Donald Trump exploded a half-century of U.S. nuclear-arms policy in a single tweet last week: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” With that one vague message, Donald Trump, who hasn’t even taken office yet, may have started a new arms race.

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Repression and Nonviolent Resistance in Africa’s Last Colony
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 28 Nov 2016

Sultana Khaya’s eyes don’t match perfectly. One of them is artificial. In 2005, a Moroccan police officer rammed his baton into her eye socket while she was peacefully protesting with fellow college students. He then gouged her eye out with his hand. Sultana is Sahrawi, the indigenous population native to Western Sahara, occupied by the Kingdom of Morocco since 1975.

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As the Planet Warms, Trump Sends a Chill through Marrakech
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 21 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016 – Nowhere is the immediate and potentially devastating impact of Trump’s capture of the presidency felt more clearly than at the UN climate change summit here in Marrakech. Four years ago, Donald Trump famously tweeted, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

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On Strip Searches and Press Freedom in North Dakota
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 24 Oct 2016

Pipeline guards unleashed pepper spray and dogs on the land and water defenders. Democracy Now! video showed one of the attack dogs with blood dripping from its nose and mouth. The video went viral, attracting more than 14 million views on Facebook alone. Five days later, North Dakota issued the arrest warrant.

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Putting Their Bodies on the (Pipe)line
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 17 Oct 2016

The movement to combat climate change is growing dynamically and unpredictably, and is facing increasing repression from the fossil-fuel industry and government authorities. There is perhaps no better example of this than the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Breaking: Arrest Warrant Issued for Amy Goodman in North Dakota after Covering Pipeline Protest
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

10 Sep 2016 – An arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman charged with criminal trespassing. On Sept. 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company using dogs and pepper spray to attack protesters.

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In Post-Olympics Brazil, a Political Coup is No Game
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan - Democracy NOW!, 5 Sep 2016

1 Sep 2016 – The Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro has been extinguished, and the global spotlight has left Brazil. In the shadow of the games, an extraordinary event has taken place, largely ignored in the U.S. media: a coup d’etat against Brazil’s democratically elected president, Dilma Rousseff.

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“I Refuse to Support U.S. Armed Drone Policy”: Army Chaplain Reads Resignation Letter to Obama
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 20 Jun 2016

Jun 3, 2016 – “The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.”

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Muhammad Ali’s 1966 Antiwar Speech: “The Real Enemy of My People Is Right Here”
John Legend – Democracy NOW!, 13 Jun 2016

Jun 6, 2016 – Music legend John Legend reads Muhammad Ali’s speech against the Vietnam War in 1966.

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Noam Chomsky: Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff “Impeached by a Gang of Thieves”
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 23 May 2016

May 17, 2016 – As protests continue in Brazil over the Legislature’s vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial, Noam Chomsky notes, “We have the one leading politician who hasn’t stolen to enrich herself, who’s being impeached by a gang of thieves, who have done so. That does count as a kind of soft coup.”

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Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 23 May 2016

People are putting their bodies on the line, with blockades, sit-ins, banner-hangs and a whole constellation of confrontational actions, driven by the urgency of the climate crisis. Here is just a sample of some of the protests from the past two weeks, as summarized by the climate action nonprofit group 350.org.

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Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment Is to Boost Neoliberals & Protect Corruption
Amy Goodman | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2016

10 May 2016 – We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Brazil. “People have started to realize, internationally but also here in Brazil, that although this impeachment process has been sold, has been pitched as a way of punishing corruption, its real goal, beyond empowering neoliberals and Goldman Sachs and foreign hedge funds, the real goal is to protect corruption,” Greenwald says.

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Amid Media Megamergers, a Mosaic of Community Media Thrives
Amy Goodman and Denis Moyhihan – Democracy NOW!, 2 May 2016

Even in this high-tech digital age, all we get is static: that veil of distortion, lies, misrepresentations and half-truths that obscure reality. We need the media to give us the dictionary definition of static: Criticism. Opposition. Unwanted interference. We need a media that covers power, not covers for power. We need a media that is the Fourth Estate, not for the state. And we need a media that covers the movements that create static and make history. That is the power of independent media.

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Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear-Arms Train Wreck
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 18 Apr 2016

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” These were the words from the Hindu religious text, the Bhagavad-gita, which flashed through the mind of the creator of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, as the first nuclear explosion lit up the dark desert sky in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

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Fascism: Can It Happen Here [in the USA]?
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 21 Mar 2016

“When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” goes a saying that is widely attributed to the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair Lewis.

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Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper’s Stance on Israel
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

The edition even has fake ads. Volunteers distributed 10,000 copies of the fake paper across New York City on Tuesday [2 Feb], but no group took responsibility—until now. Jane Hirschmann of Jews Say No! tells Democracy Now! her group and Jewish Voice for Peace produced the paper.

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A Tale of Two Grandmothers – Jailed for Photographing Protest Outside Drone Base
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 25 Jan 2016

The group, the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, gathered there on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, protesting the weaponized drones used in the Obama administration’s targeted killing program. It was only one of many of the group’s peaceful vigils.

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A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 4 Jan 2016

Currently there are 107 men imprisoned there, 48 of whom have been cleared for release for almost six years. Reuters recently reported that the Pentagon itself, which is supposed to be under the civilian control of Commander-in-Chief Obama, may be resisting the order to close Guantanamo.

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Climate Change and the Road Through Paris
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 21 Dec 2015

Author and activist Naomi Klein said the deal will “steamroll over crucial scientific red lines … it is also going to steamroll over equity red lines.” She added, “We know, from doing the math and adding up the targets that the major economies have brought to Paris, that those targets lead us to a very dangerous future. They lead us to a future between 3 and 4 degrees Celsius warming.”

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‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 14 Dec 2015

On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns. More than 6,000 people here.

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We Won’t Torture Anymore: American Psychological Association Tells U.S. to Withdraw Psychologists from Nat. Sec. Interrogations
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2015

30 Oct 2015 – In a new letter to the White House and top federal officials, the APA asks the government to withdraw psychologists from any interrogation or prison setting that could put them in violation of the new ethics policy.

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Does Free Speech Have a Palestine Exception? Dismissed Professor Steven Salaita Speaks Out
Democracy Now! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

Oct 7, 2015 – A new report by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Palestine Legal has documented hundreds of cases of Palestinian rights activists in the United States being harassed, disciplined, fired, sued, censored or threatened for their advocacy around Palestine.

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Art, Politics and Social Change at the Venice Biennale
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 17 Aug 2015

Venice served for centuries as the crossroads of the world, a city where East met West and art flourished. This year’s Venice Biennale, called “All the World’s Futures,” showcases a growing community of politically engaged artists, who not only reflect the beauty and brutality of the world, but might actually change it.

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A Cuban Flag Flies Again in Washington
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 27 Jul 2015

The United States was the only country in the Western Hemisphere that didn’t have an embassy in Havana. And Cuba was the only country in the Western Hemisphere without an embassy here. This story began when the U.S. succeeded in isolating Cuba from the rest of the hemisphere, and now the first chapter has ended with the U.S. ending its isolation from the rest of the continent.

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Cybersecurity, Encryption and the Golden Age of Surveillance
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 13 Jul 2015

The ability of regular people to access encryption tools has prompted the governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom to propose special access to all communications. They want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

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Assange on the Untold Story of the Grounding of Evo Morales’ Plane during Edward Snowden Manhunt
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 8 Jun 2015

During the U.S. hunt for Snowden, Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane was forced to land in Austria for 14 hours after Spain, France, Portugal and Italy closed their airspace under pressure from the United States over false rumors Snowden was on board. Assange gives the inside story on why that plane was targeted.

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WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 “Bounty” for Leaked Drafts of Secret TPP Chapters
Amy Goodman & Julian Assange – Democracy NOW!, 8 Jun 2015

2 Jun 2015 – TPP will fuel inequality, kill jobs, and undermine health, environmental and financial regulations. The negotiations have been secret, and the public has never seen most of the deal’s text. Well, this morning the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks launched a campaign to change that.

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The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed to Hear
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 8 Jun 2015

4 Jun 2015 – Evan Young was the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks High School, but Principal B.J. Buchmann told him he was not allowed to give his speech. “On a more serious note, there is something I would like to reveal to you. You may have already suspected this, but I hope this does not change your opinion of me: I am gay,” Evan said in his speech.

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The Pre-charge Punishment of Julian Assange
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 1 Jun 2015

No charges, no trial, no ability to defend yourself … don’t even have the right to documents, because you’re not even a defendant.” His skin is pale from years without sunlight, matching his prematurely white hair. But his resolve is unbroken, and the leaks he originally sought to publish when he founded WikiLeaks almost 10 years ago are still reaching the light of day.

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Ex-U.N. Official John Dugard: Israel’s Crimes Are “Infinitely Worse” Than in Apartheid South Africa
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 11 May 2015

6 May 2015 – As Palestine joins the International Criminal Court, former U.N. Special Rapporteur John Dugard talks about how an apartheid case could be brought against Israel in the ICC. “I’m a South African who lived through apartheid,” Dugard said. “I have no hesitation in saying that Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than those committed by the apartheid regime of South Africa.”

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Open Veins, Healing Wounds, in Latin America [R.I.P. Eduardo Galeano]
Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 20 Apr 2015

As British writer John Berger has said of Eduardo Galeano, “To publish Eduardo Galeano is to publish the enemy: the enemy of lies, indifference, above all of forgetfulness. Thanks to him, our crimes will be remembered. His tenderness is devastating, his truthfulness furious.”

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Flush the TPP
Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 23 Mar 2015

The TPP, if passed, would implement trade rules that make it illegal for governments to create and enforce regulations on everything from environmental standards, to wage and labor laws, to the duration of copyrights. A law prohibiting the sale of goods made in sweatshops in Vietnam could be ruled illegal, for example, as a barrier to trade.

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Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2015

Mar 13, 2015 – Leading security and privacy researcher Bruce Schneier talks about the golden age of surveillance and how governments and corporation have built an unprecedented surveillance state. While the leaks of Edward Snowden have shed light on the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices, less attention has been paid to other forms of everyday surveillance.

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Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 26 Jan 2015

Jan 19, 2015 – The Entire Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech from 1964 – 11 Min.

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Climate Deniers, like Big Tobacco, Thrive behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 5 Jan 2015

“Doubt is our product,” states a 1969 memo from the tobacco giant Brown and Williamson, “since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the mind of the general public.” It was a member of “Big Tobacco,” with Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard Tobacco Company, U.S. Tobacco, Liggett Group, and American Tobacco.

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After Duo Created CIA Torture Methods, Did World’s Largest Group of Psychologists Enable Abuses?
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Dec 2014

Dec 16, 2014 – As a psychologist identified as the “architect” of the CIA’s torture program admits he personally waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, we look at allegations that the American Psychological Association — the largest association of psychologists in the world — secretly colluded with U.S. abuses.

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Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Orwellian War in Iraq
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 24 Nov 2014

We Created the Very Threat We Claim to be Fighting

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James Risen, Surveillance and Obama’s Threat to Journalism
Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!, 18 Aug 2014

The Obama administration’s espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

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Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents”
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Aug 2014

Jul 30, 2014 – Given his background, what American Jewish leader Rabbi Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you.

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Kids for Cash: Inside a US Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandal (Part 1 of 3)
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 24 Feb 2014

Today a special on “kids for cash,” the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received $2.6 million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities.

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Kids for Cash: Inside a US Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandal (Part 2 of 3)
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 24 Feb 2014

Second part of a special on “kids for cash,” the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received $2.6 million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities.

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Kids for Cash: Inside a US Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandal (Part 3 of 3)
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 24 Feb 2014

Final segment of a special on ‘kids for cash,’ the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received $2.6 million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities.

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Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 20 Jan 2014

The triple-edged disaster of the earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear disaster will last for generations. The dangerous trajectory from nuclear weapons to nuclear power is now being challenged by a popular demand for peace and sustainability. It is a lesson for rest of the world as well.

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Lynne Stewart Freed from Prison, Granted “Compassionate Release”
Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2014

31 Dec 2013 – Earlier today, federal Judge John Koeltl ordered the “compassionate release” of [74-year old] Lynne Stewart. He wrote that “Stewart’s “terminal medical condition [cancer] and very limited life expectancy constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons that warrant the requested reduction [of her sentence].

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Vandana Shiva & Jane Goodall on Serving the Earth & How Women Can Address Climate Crisis (1 of 2)
Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!, 16 Dec 2013

Dec 4, 2013 – At the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva discuss their decades of work devoted to protecting nature and saving future generations from the dangers of climate change.

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