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Time for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is rapidly approaching, commemorating the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. King’s words from that National Cathedral speech ring true today, as we face again the crisis of poverty and hunger.

June 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Poverty, U.S. Economy

Standing up to Big Pharma in Bangladesh: Right Livelihood Laureate Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury

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Democracy Now! talks to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, co-founder of Bangladeshi charity Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK, The People’s Health Center) which provides education, job opportunities and low-cost, locally-produced essential drugs to rural Bangladeshis. GK received the Right Livelihood Award in 1992.

April 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Right Livelihood Award

Environmental Activists Occupy Interior Dept. at End of PowerShift Conference

2:15pm EDT Tim DeChristopher, activist and founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising, called Democracy Now! with an update from the U.S. Department of Interior, where 300-400 people are outside protesting and another 50 people are inside and refusing to leave. The march comes at the end of the four-day PowerShift conference in D.C., where 10,000 activists gathered to demand a clean energy future, targeting the Dept. of the Interior for green-lighting mountaintop "coal" removal mining, oil drilling, and now massive new coal development in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. [includes rush transcript]

Click to listen to his report on the occupation.

April 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Environment, Tim DeChristopher

"The Connection Between Energy Use And Political Power Is Essential": Right Livelihood Laureate Mycle Schneider

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Mycle Schneider, a Paris-based independent consultant on energy and nuclear policy, received the Right Livelihood Award in 1997 for "serving to alert the world to the unparalleled dangers of plutonium to human life." Democracy Now! interviewed him at the 2010 Right Livelihood Awards in Bonn, Germany. [includes rush transcript]

April 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nuclear Power, Right Livelihood Award

Right Livelihood Laureate Alyn Ware On The Global Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament

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Alyn Ware received the Right Livelihood Award in 2009 for leading initiatives in peace education and nuclear abolition in his native New Zealand and around the world for the past twenty-five years. Democracy Now! met up with him at the 2010 Right Livelihood Awards in Bonn, Germany.

April 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Right Livelihood Award, Nuclear Power

Voices from the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform

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More than 2,000 journalists, activists, educators and artists from across the country gathered at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston April 8-10 to discuss issues ranging from net neutrality and racial diversity to democracy and social justice. Democracy Now! was there. [includes rush transcript]

April 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, National Conference for Media Reform

Egyptian American Mohamed Radwan Released from Syrian Custody

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Egyptian American engineer Mohamed Radwan was arrested in Syria on March 25 and released April 1. Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interviewed him in his family’s home in Cairo on April 5 and filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

April 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Mohamed Radwan

Uncut Interview with Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Upon His Historic Return to Haiti

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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family were flown on March 18, 2011 by the South African government back to their home in Haiti after seven years in exile in South Africa. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman was the only reporter to join them on the journey. Here is the complete transcript of our global broadcast exclusive conversation with Aristide as he flew over the Atlantic Ocean approaching Haiti.

March 22, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Hammond, Manning, Assange and Obama’s Sledgehammer Against Dissent

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
One cyberactivist’s federal case wrapped up this week, and another’s is set to begin. While these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who were charged, it is the growing menace of government and corporate secrecy that should be on trial.

21-Year-Old Libyan American Medical Student Muhannad Bensadik Killed Near Brega; Hear His Interview with Democracy Now!

Muhannad Bensadik was a 21-year-old Libyan American medical student in Benghazi. He participated in the Libyan uprising last month and then decided to join the armed struggle against Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. Muhannad was reportedly shot to death in fighting near Brega on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interviewed him by phone on March 10, 2011. [includes rush transcript]

March 21, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya, Muhannad Bensadik

Libyan Citizen Journalist Mohammed Nabbous Killed in Benghazi; Hear His Interview with Democracy Now! (Audio)

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Democracy Now! regrets to report that Mohammed Nabbous, a Libyan citizen journalist in Benghazi who founded Libya AlHurra TV to broadcast live online on Gaddafi violence, was shot and killed Saturday morning. [includes rush transcript]

Aristide’s First Day Back in Haiti After 7 Years: A Democracy Now! Exclusive Report

After a long day of traveling, Amy Goodman reports on the historic return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Haiti.

March 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti

Ralph Nader and Daniel Ellsberg: We Need to See Courage and Mobilization Here as Well as the Middle East

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As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have virtually disappeared from mainstream media coverage, Democracy Now!’s Juan Gonzalez has a wide-ranging conversation with Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader about the ongoing U.S. military occupation of these countries, the treatment of WikiLeaks accused whistleblower Bradley Manning, and how this connects to the attack on worker rights in Wisconsin and beyond. Protests against the occupations and the treatment of Manning are planned for this weekend. [includes rush transcript]

Amy Goodman Reports: Aristide Lands in Haiti After Seven Years in Exile

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has landed in Haiti and Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman is there to report the latest: "We made it through a mad crush of over a thousand journalists, videographers, supporters, dignitaries at the airport. I am now standing on the veranda of the airport where President Aristide is addressing the crowd. He is saying we will not forget the victims of the earthquake."

Visit our live blog for ongoing updates and photos from Haiti.

March 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Daniel Ellsberg, Ralph Nader

Danny Glover in South Africa: "I’m Here to Accompany My Friend, President Aristide, Back to Haiti"

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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is preparing to return to Haiti after seven years in exile. Aristide has lived in South Africa since he was deposed in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup. Reporting from Johannesburg, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman speaks actor and activist Danny Glover as he prepares to accompany Aristide. [includes rush transcript]

March 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Danny Glover

Another Memorial Day in This Endless War

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Nearly 12 years after it was first enacted, the Authorization for Use of Military Force remains in force, giving the Obama administration and the Pentagon carte blanche to wage war, to occupy nations, to kill people with drone “signature strikes,” based not on guilt but on a remote analysis of a suspect’s “patterns of life.”

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Work of activists helped prevent Fukushima-style cluster of nuclear reactors on Long Island

By Juan Gonzalez/New York Daily News

The explosions and fires at four separate nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, are a haunting reminder that nuclear power can produce catastrophic results. This was the nightmare scenario the nuclear power industry assured us would never happen. Karl Grossman, a SUNY Old Westbury journalism professor and author of several books on the nuclear industry, recalls such assurances going back to the 1960s. That was when New York’s own power companies started planning a Fukushima-style cluster of nuclear reactors on Long Island.

Mark Potok: Peter King Hearings on Muslims "Despicable"

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A controversial hearing on the radicalization of the American Muslim community has opened today on Capitol Hill, led by New York Republican Rep. Peter King. Critics have described the hearings as a modern-day form of McCarthyism designed to stoke fear against American Muslims. King has refused calls to broaden the hearing to examine right-wing militias or any non-Muslim groups. We speak with Mark Potok, director of Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center. [includes rush transcript]

"America is Not Broke!": Michael Moore addresses thousands in Madison, Wisconsin

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, thousands of people rallied in Madison, Wisconsin on the steps of the state capitol. Among those who took to the microphone, was academy award winning filmmaker, Michael Moore.

Arab Hip-Hop and Revolution: The Narcicyst on Music, Politics, and the Art of Resistance

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Yassin Alsalman, aka "The Narcicyst" sits down with Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Koudous. [includes rush transcript]

March 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Music, Art & Politics, Arab Spring, Yassin Alsalman