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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

The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin. Most notably is intense, often violent homophobia, tacitly endorsed by the government with the recent passage of the law against “gay propaganda.” While Sochi shines a light on Russian human-rights violations, it affords an opportunity to expose the rampant corruption and abuse that accompanies the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

February 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Russia, Olympics, Pussy Riot

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

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

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

Pete Seeger: Troubadour of Truth and Justice

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Pete Seeger’s life, like the arc of the moral universe famously invoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bent toward justice. He died this week at 94. Pete sang truth to power through the epic struggles of most of the last century, for social justice, for civil rights, for workers, for the environment and for peace. His songs, his wise words, his legacy will resonate for generations.

January 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pete Seeger, Music, Civil Rights, Environment

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

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, follows the sadly short arc of Aaron’s life. A coalition of Internet activists, technologists and policy experts are joining together on Feb. 11 for “The Day We Fight Back.” As they say on their website, reflecting on the victory against SOPA, “Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines."

January 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet

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

Read an Excerpt from Anthony Shadid’s New Memoir, "House of Stone"

Tomorrow we will interview New York Times reporter Nada Bakri, wife of recently deceased, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign correspondent, Anthony Shadid. Before his tragic death last month, Shadid was set to release his new memoir, "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East."

March 07, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anthony Shadid, Lebanon, Middle East

Redefining Black Power: Pacifica Archives & City Lights Books Reflect on the State of Black America

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Amy Goodman interviews Joanne Griffith, the editor of "Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America," a new book partly inspired by some of the Pacifica Radio Archives’ historic recordings. [includes rush transcript]

February 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Archive, Author Interviews

Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous Wins Izzy Award For Special Achievement For His Egypt Reports

Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous, along with the Center for Media and Democracy, have been named the co-winners of the fourth annual Izzy Award for Special Achievement in Independent Media.

February 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Mubarak, ALEC, Koch Brothers