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Army Widow Calls for Recognition of Husband’s Service After He Commits Suicide Ahead of Redeployment

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We continue our interview with Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, the widow of a U.S. Army Ranger who confronted former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about her husband’s suicide ahead of his eighth deployment overseas. She calls for a military memorial, and notes she has not received a condolence letter from President Obama. We also speak with Jorge Gonzalez, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, about the campaign to end the redeployment of all traumatized troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Egyptians Defend Viral Video Activist Charged in Military Court

Democracy Now correspondent, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, reports in The Nation magazine that one of Egypt’s most prominent activists faces prosecution in a military court for speaking out against the Supreme Council of Armed Forces that came to power following Mubarak’s ouster.

August 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Asmaa Mahfouz, Mubarak

This Independence Day, Thank a Protester

More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society.

Book Excerpt: "Hiroshima Cover-up: How the War Department’s Timesman Won a Pulitzer"

As the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, read a chapter of Amy and David Goodman’s book, "Exception to the Rulers," to learn how how the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter, William L. Laurence, was on the payroll of the War Department while also reporting for The New York Times on the U.S. attacks and their aftermath.

The Hiroshima Cover-Up

The discovery of reporter George Weller’s firsthand account of conditions in post-nuclear Nagasaki sheds light on one of the great journalistic betrayals of the last century: the cover-up of the effects of the atomic bombing on Japan.

Billy Bragg on Death of Fellow British Singer-Songwriter, Amy Winehouse: "Maybe We Were All Complicit"

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While on tour in the United States, legendary British rocker and activist, Billy Bragg, joined Democracy Now! for an extended interview. One of the many topics he discussed was the tragic death of the British singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse. [includes rush transcript]

August 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Music, Art & Politics, Billy Bragg

New York Set to Close School for Troubled Teens After Simple Clerical Error in Budget Request

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As Congress considers spending cuts to reduce the deficit, critics warn that reduced education, healthcare and other social services will disproportionally impact low-income communities of color. This is the case in New York City, where a high school that provides drug treatment to former gang members is being closed as part of an effort to trim the state budget. [includes rush transcript]

July 22, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Financial Meltdown, Education

The British Watergate: A Backgrounder on the Murdoch Hacking Scandal

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The London-based journalist Richard Gizbert, host of the Al Jazeera program "The Listening Post," chronicles how the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal has shaken the British government, media system and public. A must-watch interview on how the scandal has unfolded and what it means for people in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

July 21, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal, Julian Assange

WATCH: Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "Melissa Harris-Perry" Show

Watch clips from Amy Goodman’s appearance Sunday on MSNBC talking about President Obama’s trip to Africa, climate change and the Keystone XL pipeline.

July 01, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Africa, Keystone XL

VIDEO: Rebekah Brooks Testimony Raises More Questions About Responsibility for Phone Hacking Scandal

Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks testified before the British Parliament July 19 as the phone hacking scandal engulfing the Murdoch media empire continues to grow.

July 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal

VIDEO: Rupert Murdoch hit with paper plate covered with shaving cream during parliamentary hearing

Prior to pieing, assailant tweets, “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat.” Unharmed, the Murdochs continued hearing.

July 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal

VIDEO: Rupert Murdoch Testifies Before British Parliament on Phone Hacking Scandal

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch testified before the British Parliament today as the phone hacking scandal engulfing the Murdoch media empire continues to grow. Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks also testified during the same hearing.

July 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal

"Book Excerpt: 'Haiti After the Earthquake,'" by Paul Farmer

Read the first chapter of "Haiti After the Earthquake," the new book by Paul Farmer, renowned physician and social justice advocate. On Thursday’s show we will talk to Farmer about his book, and his experience working with Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton in post-earthquake recovery efforts.

July 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Haiti

"Malcolmology": Episode Six of the Late Dr. Manning Marable’s Last Video Recordings on Malcolm X

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Watch the sixth installment of the "Malcolmology" video project, a unique collaboration between truth2power films and the late Dr. Manning Marable, author of the new Malcolm X biography, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention".

"Malcolmology": The Late Dr. Manning Marable’s Last Video Recordings on Malcolm X

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In the last months of his life Dr. Manning Marable recorded a series of videos to accompany his book "Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention." Marable died on April 1, 2011, just days before the book’s publication. His family has shared with Democracy Now! the last two installments of the six-part "Malcolmology" video project, a collaboration between Truth2power Films and Marable.

July 12, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Malcolm X, Manning Marable

Montana Farmer Says Exxon Refuses to Admit Extent of Damage from Oil Spill into Yellowstone River

Family farmer, Alexis Bonogofsky, didn’t get a phone call from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company when its pipeline ruptured Friday night beneath the Yellowstone River, leaking as much as 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the water and onto neighboring land of property owners such as herself. Instead, she discovered "globs of oil" Saturday morning while checking on the flooded pastureland where she grazes her goats. [includes rush transcript]

July 05, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Alexis Bonogofsky

The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-to-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters of color.

Amy Goodman To Host Discussion With WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange and Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Žižek; Event Will Be Broadcast Live From London July 2 at 11am EDT

This Saturday, Amy Goodman will interview WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and renowned Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek. Democracy Now! will broadcast a live stream of the discussion starting at 11am EDT at DemocracyNow.org.

June 28, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

Nuclear Hubris: Christian Parenti on What Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Means for the U.S. Energy Industry

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In part two of our conversation with journalist Christian Parenti, he discusses what the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in Japan means for the expansion of nuclear power in the United States, and how the focus on atomic power diverts funds from the transition to clean technology. [includes rush transcript]

Book Excerpt: "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence" By Christian Parenti

Read the first chapter of "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence," by award-winning writer Christian Parenti, who was interviewed today on Democracy Now! In the book he explores how, from Africa to Asia, extreme weather brought on by global warming is unleashing cascades of unrest and violence.

June 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Extreme Weather