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Part 3: Joseph Stiglitz on Ways to Lessen Inequality in the United States

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In an extended interview about his new book, "The Price of Inequality," Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers several recommendations for a reform agenda. [includes rush transcript]

Part 3: Norman Finkelstein on What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage

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After an exhaustive study of Mahatma Gandhi’s works, scholar and activist Norman Finkelstein has written a new book about the principles of nonviolent resistance from the Indian struggle for independence to Tahrir Square and Zuccotti Park. [includes rush transcript]

Syrian Filmmaker Who Appeared on Democracy Now! Killed in Homs While Training Local Activists

Democracy Now! is saddened to report that one of our past guests, Bassel Shahade, was killed last Monday while he worked on a documentary and trained media activists in Homs, Syria.

June 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Freedom of the Press, Human Rights

Report on Potential Arrests at 2012 RNC Cites Arrest of Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman at 2008 RNC

An article about protesters coming to Tampa, Florida, for the 2012 Republican National Convention features Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman talking about her arrest at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Part 2: “Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America”

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We continue our conversation with Charles Ferguson, director of the Oscar award-winning documentary, “Inside Job,” about the 2008 financial crisis. In his new book, “Predator Nation,” he argues “the role of Democrats has been at least as great as the role of Republicans” in causing the crisis. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: "Magic Soap" Maker David Bronner on Organic Labeling, Fair Trade, Hemp and Not Selling Out

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In an extended interview, David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, discusses the history of the company, why they put sustainability and social justice ahead of profits, the organic and GMO labeling movements, the U.S. war on hemp, and why they refuse to sell out. [includes rush transcript]

May 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, GMO, FDA, Environment

Part 2: Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth on Palestinian Prisoners, Saudi Arabia’s Role in Bahrain

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Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth examines why the U.S. has not pressured Bahrain to release pro-democracy activists. He also discusses Syria and the conditions in Israeli jails and courts that prompted 1,550 Palestinian prisoners to go on a hunger strike. [includes rush transcript]

May 08, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Syria, Palestine, Human Rights, Kenneth Roth

Democracy Now! Interviews the (Tax) Dodgers: Going to Bat for the 1%

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At the May Day rally in New York City’s Union Square, Amy Goodman bumped into the Tax Dodgers — a baseball team on which all of the players share the same number: 1 percent. [includes rush transcript]

May 02, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street

"Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Wal-Mart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Wal-Mart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, U.S. Labor Protests, U.S. Economy

Part 2: David Harvey on Rebel Cities, Occupy Wall Street, and the Benefits of Class Struggle

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In part two of our interview with social theorist David Harvey, he notes the "urban center" of Occupy Wall Street has been key to its success. He also discusses Karl Marx, the lack of evidence that austerity stimulates economic growth, and how many of the social benefits that exist today were brought about through class struggle. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: Tavis Smiley & Cornel West on Growing Up Poor, Occupy Wall Street and Trayvon Martin Case

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In part two of our interview, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West discuss growing up in working-class households and compare the amount of money spent on war and the 2012 presidential campaign to funding for programs that assist the one in two Americans who are now poor. They also discuss the Trayvon Martin case and Ted Nugent’s potentially threatening comments about President Obama at the recent National Rifle Association meeting. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: "Sex, Race and Class" — Extended Interview with Selma James on Her Six Decades of Activism

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Watch our complete interview with the pioneering activist, writer and political thinker Selma James. She launched the International Wages for Housework Campaign three decades ago, controversially arguing that women should be paid for housework. That argument is still timely today as a debate over women’s work rocks the presidential race. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: Father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, on Occupy Wall Street, Failed U.N. Response in Syria

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In part two of our conversation with Johan Galtung, he discusses Occupy Wall Street, which he considers "deeply American, in the most positive sense," and why the United Nations’ responses to Syria have failed to bring peace. [includes rush transcript]

April 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Occupy Wall Street, Afghanistan, Peace, Johan Galtung

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December 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Sharif Abdel Kouddous Receives Izzy Award For Outstanding Achievement in Independent Media

On Tuesday Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous won the fourth annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College. Sharif shared the award with the Center for Media and Democracy.

April 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, ALEC, Koch Brothers

Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman Named "Truthdigger of the Week" for Bahrain Coverage

Amy Goodman caught Truthdig’s attention last week for her coverage of the crisis in Bahrain, which might readily have been pitched to American audiences as a story worthy of coverage as part of last year’s Arab Spring, with a familiar arc involving protesters rising up against a dictatorial regime, were it not for the United States’ specific military and business (read: oil) interests in the region.

April 10, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Arab Spring

VIDEO: Malian Musician Khaira Arby, "Nightingale of the North," Performs in Democracy Now! Studio

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In September of 2010, renowned Malian musician Khaira Arby performed live in the Democracy Now! studio, where she also spoke with Amy Goodman about her pacifism, struggles of female musicians in Mali, and the potential impact of music in times of conflict. As we recently reported, Tuareg rebels in Mali have declared the independent state of Azawad after seizing Timbuktu and other major cities in the north.

April 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Africa, Khaira Arby

Van Jones on Democracy Now! Tuesday–Read An Excerpt From His New Book, "Rebuild the Dream"

As of Van Jones’ is interviewed on Democracy Now!, you can read an excerpt from the green economy pioneer’s newest book, which reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider, shares details of his time in the Obama administration and his resignation after coming under attack from then-Fox News host, Glenn Beck, and contrasts the structure and rhetoric of the 2008 Obama campaign, the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street.

April 02, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Obama, Election 2012, Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party

General Strike in Spain: Report from Madrid on Growing Anti-Austerity Protests

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Workers in Spain staged a general strike Thursday, shutting down factories and parts of the transportation sector and holding massive marches. The strike was called by two major trade unions to protest labor rules that make it less costly for employers to hire and fire people in a country where unemployment is near 23 percent. We speak to former Democracy Now! producer María Carrión, an independent freelance journalist based in Madrid, Spain. [includes rush transcript]

March 30, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Spain, Maria Carrion

Part 3: Ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed Says He Plans to Run for Office Again After Coup

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We continue our interview with ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and ask him if he plans to seek office again. "I will contest the coming elections," Nasheed says, noting that, "if the coup was so popular, we would have seen people coming out, rejoicing with the military." [includes rush transcript]

March 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Maldives, Climate Change, Environment, Mohamed Nasheed