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Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:55amAuthorities in New Jersey have said they hope a historic warming of ties between the United States and Cuba will help them capture and imprison Black Panther Assata Shakur. "We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973," said State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes. The encounter left both the officer and a fellow Black Panther, Zayd Malik Shakur, dead. Shakur has said she was shot by police with both arms in the air, and then again from the back. She was sentenced to life in prison but managed to escape and flee to Cuba, where she has lived since 1984. What will happen to Shakur now? We put the question to two attorneys: Michael Ratner and Martin Garbus.
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:43amShould Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & CIA Officials Be Tried for Torture? War Crimes Case Filed in GermanyA human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration's torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured by CIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken identity and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan. So far, no one involved in the CIA torture program has been charged with a crime -- except the whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed it. We speak to Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and chairman of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, and longtime defense attorney Martin Garbus.
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:20amNew York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, citing potential risks to public health. Fracking involves blasting sand, water and toxic chemicals deep into shale rock to release oil and gas, a process which can poison water supplies and pollute the air. Following a two-year study, New York Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said fracking was too risky. We speak to biologist, activist and author Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking. Also joining us is Cornell University professor Tony Ingraffea, president of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy.
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:12amDemocracy Now! co-host Juan González discusses his exclusive year-end interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The list of his accomplishments in just one year has shocked even me -- a total skeptic after more 35 years of covering urban politics in this country," writes González in his latest column. "And it's not just the big issues like education, affordable housing, reform of police-community relations, or new contracts and pay raises for city workers. It's also a host of less publicized but important measures affecting ordinary New Yorkers. Things like paid sick leave and a living wage for low-income workers. Like the lowest rent increase in memory for 800,000."
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:00amU.S. General: Turning Point Against ISIS Will Take At Least 3 Years, Iraq: Kurdish Forces Break Siege of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, Syria: 230 Islamic State Victims Found in Mass Grave, ISIS Leaders Killed as WikiLeaks Publishes Docs on CIA Doubts About "High-Value" Assassinations, Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 30, Kidnaps 200 in Village of Gumsuri, Report: Attorney Sought to Free U.S. Hostage in FBI-Backed Bid, Pakistan Kills 67 Militants, Revives Death Penalty After School Massacre, New Jersey Hopes Cuba Thaw Will Bring Capture of Black Panther Assata Shakur, U.S. Prosecutors Sue New York City over Abuse of Teens at Rikers Jail, Colombia Rejects Terms of FARC Ceasefire Offer, Obama Signs Sanctions Bills on Venezuela, Russia, U.S. Strengthens Protections for Transgender Workers, Obama Signs Measure Ending Social Security Payments to Nazis, U.S. Would Veto Resolution to End Occupation of Palestinian Territories, Chevron Halts Plans to Drill for Oil in the Arctic, Peru: Environmental Defender Wins Court Victory Against U.S. Mining Firm, ACLU Sues Ferguson-Florissant School District over Biased Elections, Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado over Pot Legalization, Australia: 8 Children Dead, Woman Injured in Mass Stabbing, Report: Gap Between Rich and Poor Hits New High