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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

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

CREDO Members (Or Not!): Dec. 31 is deadline to vote Democracy Now! to receive 2013 donation funding

Now, more than ever, Democracy Now! needs your help. Each year, CREDO members vote to distribute 2013 donations funding — and how much we get depends on you. The more votes we receive, the greater our share of funding.

December 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Listen: 1997 Interview with Poet Adrienne Rich on Her Refusal to Accept National Medal for the Arts

Pioneering poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday at the age of 82. She was one of the most distinguished poets living and working in the United States. In 1997, she spoke to Democracy Now! about why she refused the 1997 National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands.

March 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics

Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

December 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Yemen

Part 2: Ahmed Rashid on U.S. Relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan, Drones, and Journalists in Danger

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We continue our discussion with veteran Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, whose new book details clandestine talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, the Obama administration’s expanded use of drones and the accompanying rise in civilian deaths, and how more "physical harm is now coming to journalists" who are detained by Pakistan’s intelligence agency. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: New Film Examines FBI Link to 1990 Bombing of Earth First! Activist Judi Bari

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We continue our conversation with Darryl Cherney, the Earth First! activist who was in Judi Bari’s car when a pipe bomb blew up under her seat in 1990. The two were organizing a national campaign to stop the clearcutting of old-growth redwood forests. Now Cherney has produced a film about the lack of a proper investigation into the case, and the evidence he continues to seek. [includes rush transcript]

March 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Environment, FBI, California, Darryl Cherney

New Yorkers Call for Justice at Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin

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Thousands of New Yorkers chanted "we want arrests" as Trayvon Martin’s parents joined them for a protest calling on police to arrest George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed their unarmed 17-year-old son but has yet to be arrested. [includes rush transcript]

March 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police, Police Brutality, Civil Rights, Protests, Trayvon Martin

Part 2: Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack on Obama Administration Crackdown on Whistleblowers

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In an excerpt from our extended interview, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project discuss how they were targeted by the Bush and Obama administrations for challenging illegal behavior, fraud and abuse. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street & Police Brutality Victims Demand Resignation of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

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Occupy Wall Street activists and their supporters decried violent tactics used during a police crackdown on Saturday’s re-occupation of Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty Square, that led to 73 arrests. [includes rush transcript]

Ina May Gaskin and the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project Focus on High U.S. Maternal Mortality Rates

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In part two of our interview with pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin, she describes the women who died of pregnancy-related causes and are commemorated in squares of the Safe Motherhood Quilt. [includes rush transcript]

Sy Hersh on the My Lai Massacre Anniversary

Friday March 16th marked the 44th anniversary of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when U.S. troops killed more than 500 civilians. Journalist Sy Hersh won the Pulitzer for exposing the massacre and the subsequent Pentagon cover-up. This segment features Hersh from 2008, the 40th anniversary of the massacre.

March 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

Paula Lerner, 52, Dies, Photographer of Afghan Women

The award-winning photographer Paula Lerner has died at the age of 52. She was the principal photographer for the Emmy Award-winning project, "Behind The Veil: An Intimate Journey Into The Lives of Kandahar’s Women
Featuring Photography." It appeared in the Toronto Globe & Mail. In 2009, she provided photographs to Democracy Now! for a remarkable interview with the Afghan activist Rangina Hamidi.

March 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan