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!
Top 20 Most Popular Interviews - 2013
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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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"The Steubenville rapists claim that, when they drove a passed-out girl from party to party, slinging her into and out-of cars like a deflated sex-dolly and sticking their fingers inside her, they didn't know they were doing anything wrong." Thank elected republicans for promoting the rape culture that believes the "assumption that women are not real human beings, just bodies to be manipulated with or without consent, pieces of wet and willing meat there for you to use for your pleasure."
SECOND girl 'was sexually assaulted at prom party attended by Ohio high school footballers - when she was just FOURTEEN' Report filed with Steubenville City Police in September relating to incident at a house party in the small Ohio town last April victim's stepfather was reluctant to talk because he agreed: ‘Anything involving Big Red football players is hot right now’ Her story appears to bear troubling similarities to case of 16-year-old girl allegedly raped in August at a party b
#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 Nagasaki."
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Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq With Mass Displacement & Epidemic of... A military contractor confirmed the presence of depleted uranium at the Army's Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, the Army said. The Army has said it did not use depleted uranium at the training range. Earlier state tests found radiation levels in the air near the Pohakuloa training range to be "normal."
Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq With Mass Displacement Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers 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.
Before the invasion of Iraq just 2 per cent of babies were born with a congenital birth defect in Fallujah, Basra and other Iraqi cities. Between 2007 and 2010 studies have found more than half of all babies were born with a defect. Just to repeat that, more than 50% of babies born in Iraqi cities have a congenital birth defect. In addition, during that period 45% of pregnancies in these areas ended in miscarriages. The result of the use of Depleted Uranium by the US Military.
#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 now."
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Cornel West: Obama’s Response to Trayvon Martin Case Belies Failure to Challenge "New Jim Crow" | Democracy Now!
#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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Mississippi to Execute Willie Manning Tonight After Rejecting DNA Tests & FBI's Admission of Error
#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 free.’"
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Breaking: Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Being Released from 40+ Years in Solitary
Mr. Herman Wallace - 2nd of the Angola 3 - "Just barbaric... Angola prisoner Herman Wallace is dying of liver cancer after 42 years of solitary confinement in a 6 ft by 9 ft cage. The State of Louisiana still won't grant him compassionate release." - Center for Constitutional Rights (9/30/13) ** Mr. Wallace was freed today - 10/1/13 **
#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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Meet the extraordinary Noam Chomsky. A celebrated author, linguist, philosopher, logician, political activist and cognitive scientist, he has truly made his mark in the world by being one of its greatest intellectuals. His influence spans a wide range of generations, from his own up to today. "If one person raises questions, that's breaking up open-mindedness". Noam Chomsky http://thextraordinary.org/noam-chomsky
Chomsky: Instead of "Illegal" Threat to Syria, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban in All Nations | September 11, 2013.
Noam Chomsky: Indigenous People Are In The Lead
#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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#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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Ex-CIA Agent, Whistleblower John Kiriakou Sentenced to Prison While Torturers He Exposed Walk Free
#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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#11 The documentary "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield" follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America’s expanding covert wars. Democracy Now! speaks to Scahill and the film’s director, Rick Rowley. "We’re looking right now at a reality that President Obama has essentially extended the very policies that many of his supporters once opposed under President Bush," Scahill says.
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Dirty Wars: Jeremy Scahill & Rick Rowley's New Film Exposes Hidden Truth...
"Dirty Wars" Wins Official Academy Award Nomination For Best Documentary | Democracy Now!
The film, "Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield," has received an official nomination for 2014 best documentary by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film follows longtime Democracy Now! correspondent and investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America’s expanding covert wars. It is directed by Richard Rowley. http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/1/16/dirty_wars_wins_official_nomination_for_academy
#12 Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, abruptly shut down in August. The move came amidst a legal fight that appeared to involve U.S. government attempts to win access to customer information. In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with Lavabit owner Ladar Levison and his lawyer, Jesse Binnall. "I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore."
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EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden's Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov't. Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, has abruptly shut down. The move came amidst a legal fight that appeared to involve U.S. government attempts to win access to customer information.
Lavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shutdown decision
Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket? 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Crimes | No one deserves a sentence like this for something so trivial; especially when you see how racist it all is. This should not be happening in America. It is a travesty and totally out of line with everything for which I thought the US Constitution stood. This makes me so sad.
#13 A shocking study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Democracy Now! speaks with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the ACLU report, "A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses."
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Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket? 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Crimes ... #PRISONPROFITEERING
#14 In 2005, Democracy Now! reported that the U.S. government has now admitted its troops used white phosphorus as an incendiary weapon against Iraqis during the assault on Fallujah. Chemical weapons experts say such attacks are in violation of international law banning the use of chemical weapons. We speak with columnist George Monbiot and Maurizio Torrealta, the news director of RAI TV, the Italian TV network that produced the film "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre."
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ORDERS FROM WHOM? Pentagon Reverses Position and Admits U.S. Troops Used White Phosphorus Against Iraqis in Fallujah
#15 One day after the exiled former Black Panther Assata Shakur became the first woman named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, Democracy Now! speaks with another legendary African-American activist, Angela Davis, as well as Shakur’s longtime attorney, Lennox Hinds. Davis, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the subject of the recent film, "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners." She argues that the FBI’s latest move is politically motivated.
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Assata Shakur in Her Own Words: Rare Recording of Activist Named to FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List
Black Panther activist Assata Shakur spent 6 years in prison before escaping out of the maximum security wing in 1979, as it states on her website. "I advocate self determination for all oppressed people.. the abolition of racism.. the eradication of sexism.. if that it a crime than I am totally guilty" she is recorded saying in a letter to the Pope. She was the 1st woman to be put on the US terrorist list. She currently lives in exile in Cuba.
#16 Seventeen years ago, TWA Flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people aboard. The official government investigation blamed mechanical failure, but now a group of former investigators are petitioning the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen the probe, saying the original report was falsified. Democracy Now! speaks to the filmmakers behind a new documentary on the crash, "TWA Flight 800," former CBS News producer Kristina Borjesson and physicist Tom Stalcup.
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Trans World Airlines Flight 800 (TWA 800), a Boeing 747-100, exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, on July 17, 1996, at about 8:31 p.m. EDT, 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a scheduled international passenger flight to Rome, with a stopover in Paris. All 230 people on board were killed in the third-deadliest aviation accident in U.S. territory.
#17 Describing the United States as an "advanced Third World country," longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader calls for a new mass movement to challenge the power corporations have in Washington. "It is not too extreme to call our system of government now 'American fascism.' It’s the control of government by big business, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined in 1938 as fascism," Nader says in this Democracy Now! interview.
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Ralph Nader declares USA "advanced third-world country"...
#18 Former President George W. Bush was forced to cancel a trip to Switzerland in 2011 after human rights attorneys threatened to take legal action against him for sanctioning the use of torture. The Center for Constitutional Rights told Democracy Now! they had planned to bring a complaint on behalf of two men who were tortured by U.S. interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. "It was disappointing that we’re not able to actually prosecute him," says CCR legal director Bill Quigley.
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#19 "Nobody has ever questioned or disputed that the U.S. government, like all governments around the world, ought to be eavesdropping and monitoring the conversations of people who pose an actual threat to the United States in terms of plotting terrorist attacks," says reporter Glenn Greenwald. Democracy Now! talks to him about revelations by leaker Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency’s XKeyscore Internet tracking program.
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Senate Insider Speaks Out: Ex-Wyden Staffer on Secret Laws, Domestic Spying and Obama’s NSA Reforms | Democracy Now!
#20 A U.S. drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan Oct.31, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes. Democracy Now! looks at the new documentary, "Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars," and speaks to filmmaker Robert Greenwald. We are also joined by human rights attorney Jennifer Gibson of Reprieve, co-author of the report, "Living Under Drones."