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Top 20 Most Popular Interviews - 2013

These are the 20 most-viewed Democracy Now! segments in 2013, measured by the number of visitors each report received after being posted at democracynow.org. We are highlighting the links one at a time here on Pinterest and on the Democracy Now! Facebook page — and will feature the most popular segment of the year on December 31. Check back for updates!
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#1 Democracy Now! reports on the case in Steubenville, Ohio, where members of a high school football team allegedly raped an unconscious female classmate at a party in 2012. The young men chronicled their actions on Facebook and Twitter. To bring attention to the case, Anonymous released a video showing a male Steubenville student joking about the alleged victim. We speak to the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, an Alternet editor, and a member of Anonymous using the pseudonym "X."

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#2 Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail discusses how the U.S. invasion of Iraq has left behind a legacy of cancer and birth defects suspected of being caused by the U.S. military’s extensive use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus. Noting the birth defects in Fallujah, Jamail says: "What this has generated is, from 2004 to today, we are seeing a rate of congenital malformations in the city of Fallujah that has surpassed even that in the wake of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and…

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Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq with Mass Displacement & Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers

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#3 For a response to President Obama’s comments on the acquittal of George Zimmerman and racism in the United States, Democracy Now! speaks with Dr. Cornel West, author and professor at Union Theological Seminary. On Obama’s remarks comparing himself to Trayvon Martin, West says: "Will that identification hide and conceal the fact there’s a criminal justice system in place that has nearly destroyed two generations of precious, poor black and brown brothers? [Obama] hasn’t said a word until…

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#4 Democracy Now! reported this story on May 7, 2013: The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution for Willie Manning, in a case with an unusual admission from the FBI that its original analysis of the evidence contained errors. Manning was convicted of murdering Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller in 1992. Manning’s attorneys argue that no physical evidence ties him to the murders and that testing hair samples and other evidence could identify a different killer.

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#5 On October 4, Democracy Now! learned from supporters and loved ones of Angola 3 member Herman Wallace that he had passed away from terminal liver cancer just three days after being released from prison in Louisiana. He had spent 42 years in solitary confinement. Shortly after being released, the state announced it would re-indict him. His legal team said in a press release: “Although his freedom was much too brief...one of the final things that Herman said to us was, ‘I am free. I am…

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#6 Democracy Now! get reaction to Obama’s September speech on Syria from world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky. "The Russian plan is a godsend for Obama," Chomsky says. "It saves him from what would look like a very serious defeat. ... He can maintain the threat of force, which incidentally is a crime under international law. The core principle of the United Nations Charter bars the threat or use of force. So all of this is criminal, to begin with, but he’ll continue with that."

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#7 Democracy Now! looks at secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as "NAFTA on steroids," and would establish a free trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompassing 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. We speak with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. "It is a corporate Trojan horse."

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"A Corporate Trojan Horse": Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws

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#8 Former CIA agent John Kiriakou speaks out just days after he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, becoming the first CIA official to face jail time for any reason relating to the U.S. torture program. Kiriakou joins Democracy Now! to discuss his story, along with his attorney, Jesselyn Radack, director of National Security and Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project.

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#9 Democracy Now! reports on the February manhunt in California for Christopher Dorner, the former L.A. police officer accused of shooting four people dead. In his online manifesto, Dorner threatened to wage "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against a police department he accused of racism and corruption. We talk to journalist and activist Davey D, who says Dorner’s manifesto "has reaffirmed what people have long suspected or have experienced in terms of [police] brutality."

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#10 The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List May 2, 2013. She was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army and was convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey police officer during a shoot-out that left a her fellow activists dead. Shakur fled to Cuba where she received political asylum. She once wrote, "I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression."

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