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Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death. Pipelines leak, refineries explode, tankers break up and deep-sea drill rigs explode. The thirst for oil disrupts democracies and the climate. Not far from the burgeoning fracking fields of Colorado, Frederic “Rick” Bourke sits in a minimum-security federal prison. His crime: blowing the whistle on corruption and bribery in the oil-rich region of the Caspian Sea.

October 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Whistleblowers

20th Anniversary of Santa Cruz Massacre: Watch Documentary "Massacre: The Story of East Timor”

On November 12, 1991 Indonesian troops fired on a peaceful memorial procession in a cemetery in Dili, East Timor, killing more than 270 East Timorese. Journalists Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn were beaten while reporting on the massacre. Watch the radio documentary they produced, set to video, on Democracy Now! in 2002.

November 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, East Timor, Freedom of the Press, Indonesia, Military

Full Video: 39 Arrested with Occupy Cal in Forceful Crackdown on Student Protest at UC Berkeley

See the full version of the video report featured on today’s Democracy Now! about the Occupy movement that drew thousands of California college students to protests at UC Berkeley, among others. [includes rush transcript]

November 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Education, Students

Action Alert: Israel Detains Democracy Now! Correspondent Jihan Hafiz Aboard Gaza Flotilla

Israel has detained Democracy Now! correspondent Jihan Hafiz who was aboard the Freedom Waves For Gaza flotilla. Hafiz has been reporting from the ship for Democracy Now! for the past week. We urge Democracy Now! viewers and listeners to call your Senators and representatives to encourage them to help secure the immediate release of U.S. journalist Jihan Hafiz.

November 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

AUDIO: Amy Goodman Interviews Activists Aboard Freedom Waves Flotilla Boat Tahrir

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman interviews seven people aboard the Canadian boat Tahrir as it sails through international waters alongside the Irish ship Saoirse toward Gaza. Both vessels are part of the Freedom Waves Flotilla. [includes rush transcript]

November 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

October 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare

PHOTOS: Sailing Toward Gaza Aboard the Canadian Boat Tahrir With Freedom Waves Flotilla

See photos of some of the activists aboard the Canadian boat, Tahrir, now sailing in international waters toward Gaza. One of two boats in the Freedom Waves Flotilla, its passengers include representatives from Australia, Canada, the United States, and Palestine.

November 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Gaza Flotilla, Palestine, Israel & Palestine, Turkey

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Voices from the Secret International Flotilla Now Sailing to Gaza

The Canadian ship "Tahrir" and the Irish ship "Saoirse" quietly left a Turkish port earlier today bound for the Gaza Strip. The mission of the "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla was kept secret until they reached international waters just after 11:00 a.m. EDT. Democracy Now! first broke the news on our live broadcast this morning. Embedded on the Tahrir is Democracy Now! correspondent Jihan Hafiz. Prior to the ship setting sail, Hafiz spoke with three of the flotilla participants on board the "Tahrir" ship: David Heap of the University of Western Ontario; Kit Kittredge of Code Pink; and Michael Coleman, an Australian activist. [includes rush transcript]

November 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange’s Attorney Gareth Peirce Speaks about Imminent British Court Decision on Sweden’s Request to Extradite Assange

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Interviewed by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. [includes rush transcript]

November 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Gareth Peirce

Bloomberg Law Interviews Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman About Landmark Settlement Over 2008 RNC Arrests

Watch Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Steve Reiss, partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges, talk with Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia about the recent settlement of the lawsuit Goodman vs. St. Paul. She also discusses freedom of the press as it relates to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

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Showdown at Occupy Wall Street? Protesters Fear Eviction Is Imminent

Tension is rising at the Occupy Wall Street encampment after Brookfield Office Properties, the owner of Liberty Park, announced plans to clear sections of the park on Friday for cleaning. In addition Brookfield announced a series of new rules. Organizers have called for a 6 a.m. emergency action on Friday to defend the space. Democracy Now! is posting here statements from several of the actors involved: attorneys representing the protesters, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office and Brookfield Office Properties.

October 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street

Part 2: John Carlos, 1968 U.S. Olympic Medalist, On the Response to His Iconic Black Power Salute

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In part two of our interview with 1968 Olympic medalist and international civil rights icon, John Carlos, he talks about the shocked response of the audience in the stadium when he raised his fist in the now iconic Black Power salute, and much more. [includes rush transcript]

Occupy Wall Street Protest Heads to Millionaire’s Row, Home to Murdoch, Koch, and JPMorgan CEO

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Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters participated in a "Millionaires’ March" Tuesday that wended its way through New York City’s wealthy Upper East Side neighborhood, calling for an end to the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. [includes rush transcript]

Bloodbath in Cairo: An Eyewitness Account by Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous

October 9th is a day that will not soon be forgotten in Egypt. Chaos and bloodshed engulfed the streets of Cairo in some of the worst violence the country has seen since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak eight months ago. Read Democracy Now!'s Sharif Abdel Kouddous' report on the latest developments for The Nation.

October 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Mubarak, Police Brutality, Protests

Stéphane Hessel on Occupy Wall Street: Find the Time for Outrage When Your Values Are Not Respected

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As the Occupy Wall Street movement expands across the United States, drawing inspiration from the Arab Spring in Egypt and the protests in Spain, Democracy Now! speaks with former French Resistance fighter, Stéphane Hessel, whose pamphlet-length book, "Time for Outrage," helped inspire some of these uprisings. [includes rush transcript]

Herman Wallace, Free At Last

After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.

October 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Angola 3, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman on Human Rights Abuses Enabled by "War on Terror"

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Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman, one of three recipients who split the award this year, spoke in New York City at the Brecht Forum last year about state violence, targeted killings, and human rights abuses enabled by the so-called "war on terror." Democracy Now! was there, and we bring you her address. [includes rush transcript]

Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street & Chile: Courage to Ask Questions We Don’t Have Answers For

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In part two of our conversation with journalist and author Naomi Klein, she discusses how her book, "The Shock Doctrine," focuses in part on Chile, where the 1973 coup led to the privatization of education and now Chilean students are protesting in the streets. Klein talks about their demands and dismisses the critique that the related Occupy Wall Street movement lacks its own clear set of demands. [includes rush transcript]

Once Enemies, Now They March Together: Organized Labor Expected to Join Wall Street Protest

Organized labor will serve notice today on the bankers and the politicians that the young protesters of Occupy Wall Street speak for millions. The labor rally will signal just how far unions have come since that infamous day 41 years ago, when bands of construction workers rampaged through the Financial District and City Hall, writes Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez in today’s NY Daily News.

Frances Fox Piven at Occupy Wall Street: "We Desperately Need a Popular Uprising in the U.S."

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CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven recently spoke with Democracy Now!'s Mike Burke at the Occupy Wall Street protest. "I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States," Piven said. "I study movements. [None of us] know the exact formula, when those movements erupt. But it could be. And if that's true, then these people who are here are really wonderful." [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Protests, Wall Street, Frances Fox Piven