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“This isn’t about a brand new movement — it’s about all of our movements coming together," explains Naomi Klein, author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.” Click here to watch her 3-part extended interview on Democracy Now! today.
A new report finds many talking heads who have been fanning the flames of war in the news media have ties to Pentagon contractors. Reporting for The Nation, Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend have appeared on television recently, but their ties to military contractors were not disclosed. Fang writes many of these commentators “have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world.” Keane, for example, is a special adviser to Academi, the contractor formerly known as Blackwater, and a board member to military manufacturer General Dynamics. He is also a “venture partner” to SCP Partners, an investment firm that works with defense contractors.
Possibly 250,000 cases of Ebola by Christmas? Laurie Garrett says yes, unless we find “a way to mobilize on a scale unprecedented in modern time for epidemic response.” Watch her interview today.
"I’ve often wondered what that bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office must be whispering to President Obama late at night as he’s making these kinds of plans," says Tavis Smiley, author of the new book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.”
"Everybody quotes Martin. It’s almost become pablum and platitude to quote him every time we have a public gathering. But to really wrestle with the subversiveness of his truth about that triple threat that he talked about: racism, poverty and militarism?"
As debate continues over U.S. plans to launch airstrikes in Syria, Democracy Now! looks at the final year of King’s life when he became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War, calling his government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Click here to watch the 15-minute interview with Tavis Smiley.
Meet the two climate activists who used a small lobster boat to block a ship delivering 40,000 tons of coal to the Brayton Point power plant in Massachusetts, a 51-year-old facility that is one of the region’s largest contributors to greenhouse gases.
The activists, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara, were surprised to learn that a day before their trial was to set begin, the local prosecutor, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, dropped the criminal charges and reduced three other charges to civil offenses — calling climate change one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced.
Photo Credit: lobsterboatblockade.org
sportswriter Dave Zirin
Watch his 20-minute interview on Democracy Now! today about the Ray Rice case and his latest article, ”The Revictimizing of Janay Rice.”
Steven Drizin, clinical professor at Northwestern Law School and assistant dean of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, where for more than a decade he was legal director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions.
Watch this interview on Democracy Now! about the two African-American half-brothers, Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown, who have been exonerated of rape and murder after more than 30 years behind bars in North Carolina.
Democracy Now! hosts a discussion with two candidates facing off on the party’s ballot: Zephyr Teachout and her running mate for lieutenant governor, Tim Wu; and political activist Randy Credico.
“I am running because I feel there is a battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party right now,” Wu says.
"Those of us who helped negotiate the end of the Cold War almost unanimously said in the 1990s, ‘Do not expand NATO eastward. Find a different way to protect eastern Europe, a way that includes Russia,’” explains Jack Matlock, U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991. “If we start expanding NATO, as we get closer to the Russian border, they are going to consider this a hostile act. And at some point, they will draw a line.”
Watch his interview on Democracy Now! today.