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Democracy Now! 6-Hour Live Broadcast from Troy Davis Execution: Did Georgia Execute an Innocent Man?

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Troy Anthony Davis, who maintained his innocence until his last breath, was executed by the state of Georgia Wednesday night. As the world watched to see whether his final appeal for a stay of execution would be granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, Democracy Now! broadcast live for six hours from outside the prison grounds where Davis was ultimately killed by lethal injection at 11:08 p.m. EDT. [includes rush transcript]

Author Ron Suskind on Obama’s Evolution amidst Unprecedented Economic and International Challenges

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In part two of our interview with veteran journalist Ron Suskind about his explosive new book, "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President," he examines the challenges faced by President Obama and his evolution as a leader. [includes rush transcript]

Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

September 19, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

After 2 Years Behind Bars, Jailed U.S. Hikers Freed in Iran

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The U.S. hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been released in Iran after two years in prison on charges of espionage. Bauer and Fattal were granted bail earlier today and handed over to Swiss diplomats. The pair were arrested in 2009, along with Sarah Shourd, while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border. We get reaction from Esther Kaplan of the Nation Institute, a colleague of the hikers who last year published an extensive investigation reporting that they were arrested on the Iraqi side of the Iran-Iraq border—not in Iran as the Iranian government has claimed. [includes rush transcript]

September 21, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, U.S. Hikers Freed from Iran, Esther Kaplan

Pt. 2: Noam Chomsky on Libya, Israel & GOP Presidential Candidates’ "Utterly Outlandish" Positions

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In our extended interview with Noam Chomsky, he discusses the case against participating in Libya’s civil war, the increasing isolation of Israel in the Middle East, and his shock at the Republican presidential candidates’ positions on issues such as climate change. [includes rush transcript]

9/11’s Footprint on America: Democracy Now on Pacifica Radio’s Memorial Broadcast

Democracy Now! kicked off Pacifica Radio’s 9/11 anniversary special on Sunday with an hour of voices from our coverage in the past decade. The memorial broadcast began the way Sept. 11, 2001, began for many Pacifica listeners, with Amy Goodman reporting ‘live’ from New York, just a few blocks away from where the planes hit the World Trade Center towers.

September 12, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 9/11, 9/11 anniversary, War on Terror, Bush, Obama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Peace, War

The 9/11 Decade: Voices of Dissent on Democracy Now!

In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, you can look back through a decade of our coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, the voices of peace and dissent as President George W. Bush led the nation into war, the attack on civil liberties and more.

Book Excerpt / MP3: "Blowback"–A Look Back at the 9/11 Attacks

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, read a chapter of Amy and David Goodman’s book, "Exception to the Rulers," on 9/11, the families of the 9/11 victims who called for peace, the other September 11ths and more. The chapter is titled "Blowback."

September 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 9/11, War

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, Asmaa Mahfouz, Mubarak

Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

September 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11, 1973 Chilean Coup, Syria

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

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