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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

"Electronic Brownshirts": Pt. 2 of Judy Ancel on the Right-Wing Attack on Labor Professors

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We continue our conversation with University of Missouri professor and labor activist Judy Ancel about the growing right-wing attacks on public education and the atmosphere of fear they produce. "The attack on labor education is an attack on academic freedom," says Ancel. [includes rush transcript]

May 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Labor, Judy Ancel

Pt. 2 of Interview with Steve Earle: "Democracy is Something that is Contagious"

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Singer-songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle joins us for an extended interview on the popular uprisings in the Middle East, the connection he sees between his antiwar and anti-death penalty activism, and to perform a ballad he wrote from the perspective of the captured American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence. [includes rush transcript]

WATCH: Amy Goodman Discusses NSA Leaks on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes'

On Monday Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC’s 'All In With Chris Hayes' to discuss the NSA leak and Edward Snowden.

Opposition to Military Trials of Civilians in Egypt Gains Momentum

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People gathered at the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in downtown Cairo this week to speak out against the military court system, which has been used to convict and jail more than 5,000 civilians since late January. Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous sent this video report.

May 12, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

Pt. 2 of Interview with Adam Hochschild on Voices of Dissent amidst the Din of War

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Historian and author Adam Hochschild talks to Democracy Now! about his latest book, To End All Wars, and the comparison between pacifist struggles in World War I-era Britain to the U.S. during Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq today. We also discuss Hochschild’s earlier book, King Leopold’s Ghost, about the horrific colonial exploitation of present-day DRC by Belgium’s King Leopold and the U.S.-backed ouster and subsequent assassination of the Congo’s first elected prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. [includes rush transcript]

May 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Glenn Greenwald on Why He Strongly Supports WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning

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Glenn Greenwald, the Salon.com legal blogger, explains why he is a strong supporter of WikiLeaks, and discusses its recent revelation that the U.S. imprisoned more than 150 innocent men for years without charge in the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay. [includes rush transcript]

April 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Journalists Rula Jebreal and Issandr El Amrani on Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Hamas and Palestinian Authority

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Democracy Now! hosts a conversation between Palestinian author Rula Jebreal and Egyptian journalist Issandr El Amrani about the continued uprisings in the Middle East and Arab attitudes toward the U.S. Jebreal talks about growing up in Haifa and her autobiographical novel Miral, and El Amrani discusses the effects of the "Arab Spring" on Israel. [includes rush transcript]

April 27, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel, Israel & Palestine, Egypt, Arab Spring

‘Restrepo’ Director Tim Hetherington and Photojournalist Chris Hondros Killed While Reporting on Libyan Conflict in Misurata

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Photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, director and producer of the documentary film “Restrepo,” and photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed in the Libyan city of Misurata on Wednesday when a group of four photojournalists were attacked. Democracy Now! interviewed Chris Hondros in 2007 about his Pulitzer Prize-nominated photos taken in Iraq.

April 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya

Vandana & Mira Shiva on Corporate Malpractice in India and its Devastating Impact on Health

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On Earth Day, Democracy Now! revisits a 2010 conversation with world-renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva and her sister, Dr. Mira Shiva, about multinational malpractice in India, from the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal to Monsanto GMOs that are destroying biodiversity. [includes rush transcript]

April 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Earth Day, Climate Change, Bhopal Disaster

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