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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

Drones, Aid and CIA Contractor Raymond Davis: Ali Dayan Hasan on Pakistani Attitudes Toward the U.S.

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In part two of our interview with Human Rights Watch Asia senior researcher Ali Dayan Hasan, he describes the work Asia Times reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad was doing when he was kidnapped, murdered and tortured in May, allegedly by state security forces. He also discusses the impact of drones, U.S. aid, and the case of CIA contractor Raymond Davis on Pakistani attitudes toward the United States. [includes rush transcript]

June 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, War on Terror, Drone Attacks, Drones, Ali Dayan Hasan

From the Vault: Democracy Now! Interview With the Late British Peace Activist Brian Haw (1949-2011)

The British peace activist Brian Haw has died at the age of 62. For the past decade Haw lived and slept outside the Houses of Parliament in London to protest against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democracy Now! spoke with Brian Haw in March 2006, in Parliament Square.

June 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bush, Iraq, War on Terror, Brian Haw

Welcome to Bloombergville: New York Activists Fight Budget Cuts By Camping in Front of City Hall

In New York City, activists are camping out near City Hall to protest budget cuts and layoffs. They’ve dubbed the encampment "Bloombergville."

June 24, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Financial Meltdown, Economy, Protests, Education, Michael Moore

Sally Kohn: "Don’t Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt"

On August 2, the U.S. government is expected to reach its $14.3 trillion borrowing limit. Democrats want to curb the federal deficit by pushing for new taxes and eliminating many tax loopholes, while Republicans have called for steep spending reductions but no new taxes. For more, Democracy Now! spoke with Sally Kohn, author of a recent USA Today op-ed titled "Don’t Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt." [includes rush transcript]

June 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, Taxes, Tax Reform, Financial Meltdown, Sally Kohn

AIDS Activists Rally at U.N.: "We Are Asking World Leaders to Live Up to Their Promise"

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The 2011 U.N. High-Level meeting on AIDS kicked off on Wednesday, June 8, in New York, with more than 30 world leaders attending to discuss the progress and future of the global AIDS response. Outside, hundreds of AIDS activists rallied to call on the world leaders to fulfill their commitment from the 2006 meeting: providing universal access to treatment for the 15 million AIDS patients in critical need. Democracy Now! was there. [includes rush transcript]

June 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, AIDS

Annie Jacobsen, Author of "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base" (Part 2)

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We continue our interview with Annie Jacobsen, author of the new book, "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base." Jacobsen describes the disk-shaped A-12 Oxcart spy plane developed at the Nevada military base, her interview with the plane’s pilot, and discusses how the CIA handled reports of UFO sightings. [includes rush transcript]

Two Reporters Arrested at Protest Against Gov. Walker’s Union-Busting Bill

Democracy Now! speaks with a credentialed journalist who was arrested Monday as she reported on thousands of Wisconsin workers marching in Madison, the latest protest in the "gentle uprising" against Gov. Walker’s union-busting bill that has been underway since February. [includes rush transcript]

Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On

Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner. Sister Helen Prejean agreed, forever changing her life, as well as the debate on capital punishment in this country.

June 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty

Dr. Gabor Maté: More Compassion, Less Violence Needed in Addressing Drug Addiction

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In part two of our interview about a new report declaring the so-called "war on drugs" a failure, Dr. Gabor Maté notes that "where violent suppression of drug activity increases, so does killings and violence related to drug use." [includes rush transcript]

June 06, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Dr. Gabor Maté

Egyptians Fill Tahrir Square for a 'Second Day of Rage': "We Have Demands that Haven’t Been Met Yet"

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Last Friday, more than three months after former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power, tens of thousands of protesters poured into downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square for what they called a "Second Day of Rage." Democracy Now! correspondents Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

June 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

"Furkan Had a Huge Heart": Ahmet Dogan on His Son, Killed One Year Ago in Gaza Flotilla Raid

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On the first anniversary of Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza-bound aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, we feature an interview with the father of Turkish-American Furkan Dogan, the youngest of nine activists killed in the raid. [includes rush transcript]

AUDIO: "A Return to Democracy in Honduras?" Amy Goodman Reports on Zelaya’s Return to Honduras

Amy Goodman files her first audio report from Nicaragua on ousted president Manuel Zelaya of Honduras historic return home. She filed this report from the airport in Managua and interviews Father Roy Bourgeois of SOA Watch.

May 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras, School of the Americas

LIVE BLOG: Democracy Now! Reports On Manuel Zelaya’s Historic Return to Honduras

Amy Goodman is reporting today on the return of President Manuel Zelaya as he returns to Honduras after a 23-month exile following the coup d’etat that began June 28, 2009. It was the first military coup in Central America in a quarter century. Democracy Now! will report on Zelaya’s return to Honduras from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 31, 2011. Check this space for audio reports, photos and more.

May 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras

Press Advisory: Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman reports from airplane returning ex-President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya

NEW YORK, NY: Saturday, May 28, 2011—Amy Goodman, the award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!, will report from the flight of the ousted former president, Manuel Zelaya, as he returns to Honduras after a 23-month exile following the coup d’etat that began June 28, 2009. Mr. Zelaya is expected to land at the Toncontín airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM local time.

May 28, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

The Fight over Coal Mining is a “Fight About Democracy”: New Documentary with Robert Kennedy, Jr. Chronicles Campaign to Halt Mountaintop Removal

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Watch our full interview with environmental activist Robert Kennedy, Jr., and filmmaker Bill Haney about the new documentary, The Last Mountain, which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film chronicles the fight against coal mining across Appalachia and Massey Energy’s devastating practice of mountaintop removal to extract layers of coal. [includes rush transcript]

May 24, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sundance Film Festival