The FBI vs. Occupy: Secret Docs Reveal “Counterterrorism” Monitoring of OWS from Its Earliest Days

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democracynow·Dec 27, 2012

DemocracyNow.org – Once-secret documents reveal the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days and treated the nonviolent movement as a potential terrorist threat. Internal government records show Occupy was treated as a potential threat when organizing first began in August of 2011.

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COP18: “We are Running Out of Time”

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democracynow, Dec 6, 2012

Most major issues remain unresolved at the U.N. climate summit in Doha as negotiators enter the final stretch of the two-week summit. While the Doha talks involve nations working toward a pact to limit greenhouse gases starting in 2020, many say the world cannot wait that long. The United States has come under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated commitments to tackle global warming. Continue reading

Julian Assange: Human Civilization Has Merged With The Internet

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"Don't Shoot the Messenger" - Julian Assange, Embassy of Ecuador, Knightsbridge, London

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In his most extended interview in months, Julian Assange speaks to Democracy Now! from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up for nearly six months. Assange vowed WikiLeaks would persevere despite attacks against it. On Tuesday, the European Commission announced that the credit card company Visa did not break the European Union’s anti-trust rules by blocking donations to WikiLeaks.

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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West: We ended up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama

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Nov 9, 2012 by

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As the most expensive presidential election in U.S. history comes to an end, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West join us to discuss President Obama’s re-election and their hopes for a national political agenda in and outside of the White House during Obama’s second term. Continue reading

Election Results and News Coverage and Commentary via the Internet

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Commentary, results, and news via the Internet.

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Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: If There Was Ever A Wake-up Call, This Is It

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Oct 29, 2012 by

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Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean where it battered Haiti and Cuba. Continue reading

Fight Back, Live Better by Alan Maass + Wal-Mart Workers in 12 States Stage Historic Strikes

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Alan Maass reports on the surge of struggles around the U.S. against Wal-Mart, including the outcome of a strike at the company’s giant distribution center in Illinois.
SocialistWorker.org
October 10, 2012

Wal-Mart Strike, October 4 2012

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IN WAREHOUSES and stores around the country, Wal-Mart workers are putting a new spin on the company’s famous slogan “Save money, live better.” Best of all, they’re beginning to see some concrete victories.

In a high-profile battle in Elwood, Ill., southwest of Chicago, workers at the largest warehouse in the Wal-Mart distribution chain returned to their jobs victorious after a three-week strike. The 38 workers won promises that their demands about harassment and management retaliation will be addressed–and they will get full wages for the time they were on strike.

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Not A Gaffe, But The Real Romney by Ralph Nader + Whose Taxes Would Mitt Romney Raise?

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by Ralph Nader
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Sept. 20, 2012

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There was something missing from the release of a tape showing Mitt Romney pandering to fat cats in Boca Raton, Florida with these very inflammatory words: “There are 47 percent who are with him, (Obama) who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney said his job “is not to worry about those people.”

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Obama Wins Right To Indefinitely Detain Americans Under NDAA

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Witness Against Torture: 96-Hour Cage Vigil at the White House

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DemocracyNow.org – The Obama administration has filed an emergency appeal of a federal judge’s decision to block a controversial statute that gave the government the power to carry out indefinite detention. Judge Katherine Forrest ruled against a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorizing the imprisonment of anyone deemed a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world without charge or trial. A group of journalists, scholars and political activists had brought the case, arguing the provision was so broad it could easily infringe on freedom of speech. Continue reading

Glen Ford vs. Michael Eric Dyson: Debate on Obama’s Presidency + Glen Ford: Obama is not the lesser evil

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Updated: Sept. 9, 2012 added a video report

Sep 7, 2012 by democracynow

DemocracyNow.org – As President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination to seek four more years in the White House, we host a debate on his presidency with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University and author of numerous books. Ford calls Obama the “more effective evil” for embracing right-wing policies and neutralizing effective opposition, while Dyson argues Obama provides the best and obvious choice for progressive change within the confines of the U.S. political system.

Click here to watch the entire debate: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/7/effective_evil_or_progressives_best_hope

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Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC + Matt Taibbi: The Secret to Mitt Romney’s Fortune? Greed, Debt and Forcing Others to Foot the Bill

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Sheldon Adelson - Attacking the White House

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DemocracyNow.org – When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed our video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. Continue reading

Howard Zinn: Be Honest About the History of Our Country

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August 24, 2012

“But remember, this power of the people on top depends on the obedience of the people below. When people stop obeying, they have no power.” — Howard Zinn

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Aug 24, 2012 by

DemocracyNow.org – The late historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn would have turned 90 years old today. Zinn died of a heart attack at the age of 87 on January 27, 2010. After serving as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn went on to become a lifelong dissident and peace activist. He was active in the civil rights movement and many of the struggles for social justice over the past 50 years. In 1980, Howard Zinn published his classic book, “A People’s History of the United States,” which would go on to sell more than a million copies and change the way we look at history in America. We air an excerpt of a Zinn interview on Democracy Now! from May 2009, and another from one of his last speeches later that year, just two months before his death.

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Bernie Sanders takes on Jim Inhofe: Global Warming is Real + Richard Muller: Humans are almost entirely the cause

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by Bernie Sanders
July 30, 2012

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In a summer of record heat, severe drought, extreme storms, melting glaciers and raging wildfires, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday challenged claims by a leading Republican senator who dismisses global warming as a “hoax.” Sanders rebutted what he called “myths” espoused by Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Many who take climate science seriously dismiss Sen. Inhofe. I believe that is a huge mistake,” Sanders said of the Senate panel’s former chairman. “For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows.  And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress.”

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“This Is Just the Beginning”: Forest Fires, Deadly Storms, Record Heat Reveal a Changed Climate

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Jul 3, 2012 by

DemocracyNow.org – The past two weeks have witnessed the worst forest fires in Colorado history, a deadly Mid-Atlantic storm that left 23 dead and four million without power, and a record shattering heatwave across the East Coast and Midwest that has not seen since the Dust Bowl. More than 2,000 heat records have been broken in the past week. Continue reading