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Noam Chomsky on Civil Rights, Obama, Latin America, and the History of the U.S. in the Middle East

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We continue our conversation with world-renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky. [includes rush transcript]

Watch Part I of the Interview Democracy Uprising in the USA? here

February 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, COINTELPRO, Arab Spring, Noam Chomsky

Protest Crackdown in Iran: A Report from Faraz Sanei of Human Rights Watch

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Faraz Sanei of Human Rights Watch details the clashes between Iranian security forces and pro-democracy protesters on February 14, 2011. [includes rush transcript]

February 15, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Arab Spring, Faraz Sanei

The Egyptian Revolution: A Democracy Now! Special on Mubarak’s Resignation

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As news of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation breaks, Democracy Now! broadcasts live reaction from Tahrir Square and beyond with Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Correspondent Anjali Kamat. "People are holding their hands up in victory," reports Kouddous. "This will be a day that no one will ever forget." We are also joined on the phone from Cairo by Egyptian activists Mona El Seif and Salma al-Tarzi, blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, feminist Nawal El Saadawi, acclaimed writer Ahdaf Soueif, and Egyptian Historian Khaled Fahmy. Mohamed Abdel Dayem with the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses the new freedom of the press. We also hear from veteran Middle East journalist Robert Fisk and Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi about what is next for Egypt.

AUDIO: Thousands March from Tahrir Square to Protest at the Egyptian State TV Building, Democracy Now!’s Anjali Kamat Reports

Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat reports about 5,000 people filled with "a mixture of rage and sadness" marched from Tahrir Square to the Egyptian state television building after Pres. Hosni Mubarak’s address. "The state television building is emblematic of the power of the state against the people and the way it’s been using this power to paint the people in Tahrir in a negative light," says Kamat. Earlier in the day about 50 state television employees protested in front of the building. Last week, reporter Shahira Amin resigned her position at Nile TV, saying it "is being used as a propaganda machine." [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

Addressing the Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan. There is a growing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military, perpetrated against both women and men with almost complete impunity. The Pentagon released a shocking new report on rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military. According to the latest available figures, an estimated average of 70 sexual assaults are committed daily within the U.S. military, or 26,000 per year. The number of actually reported sexual assaults for the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2012 was 3,374. Of that number, only 190 were sent to a court-martial proceeding.

May 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Sexual Assault, Military

AUDIO: "Until Mubarak Leaves They Are Determined to Stay Here" Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports from Tahrir Square

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down tonight, despite early reports that he would announce his resignation. Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Tahrir Square. "The glue that holds us together is the demand for Mubarak to step down," he says. [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

REPORT FROM TAHRIR: Sharif Abdel Kouddous, "Everyone Is Eagerly Awaiting and Anticipating Mubarak to Leave. They Think Tonight Might be the Night."

Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous is in Tahrir Square amid thousands of people expecting an address from President Hosni Mubarak in less than half an hour, at 9:00 p.m. local time. Renée Feltz and Amy Goodman reached him on his cell phone for an update. "If he steps down, there will be absolute jubilation here in the crowd," he says. "It will be one of the greatest moments in the country’s history." [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

AUDIO: Nawal El Saadawi Before Mubarak’s Speech "We Will Bring Him Back To Be on Trial"

Renowned feminist and human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi was a political prisoner and exiled from Egypt for years. Now she has returned to Cairo and is participating in the protests in Tahrir Square. Amy Goodman reached El Saadawi on the telephone hours before Mubarak’s second address to the people of Egypt since protests began. [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Nawal El Saadawi

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February 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

"People Have Found Their Voice": Acclaimed Egyptian Writer Ahdaf Soueif on the Egyptian Uprising

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Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous speaks with the acclaimed Egyptian writer and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif. "They told us we were divided. They told us we’re extreme. They told us we’re ignorant," says Soueif, surrounded by demonstrators. "But here we are, and we’re great." [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Women’s Rights, Arab Spring, Ahdaf Soueif

Activist & Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Speaks with Democracy Now’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous

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Activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah discusses the youth organizing efforts as they stand on the 15th day of the uprising. [includes rush transcript]

February 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

Photojournalist Shot by Egyptian Police Recounts Experience

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On January 25, Cairo-based photojournalist Wally Nell was shot by the Egyptian police while photographing protests on the October 6 Bridge. "We were very deliberately targeted... The guy drove up, saw us, and then fired," he says. [includes rush transcript]

February 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Wally Nell

"We Became One in the Street": Leading Egyptian Feminist Nawal El Saadawi Says Egyptians are More United than Ever

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Renowned feminist and human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi was a political prisoner and exiled from Egypt for years. Now she has returned to Cairo and is participating in the protests in Tahrir Square. [includes rush transcript]

February 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Arab Spring, Nawal El Saadawi

Noam Chomsky (Part 2): “This Is The Most Remarkable Regional Uprising That I Can Remember”

In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, a new Jordanian government, and a pledge by Yemen’s longtime dictator to leave office at the end of his term. We speak to MIT Professor Noam Chomsky in an extended interview about what these popular uprisings mean for the future of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in the region, how U.S. fear of the Muslim Brotherhood is really fear of democracy in the Arab world, and what the Egyptian protests mean for people in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Author Interviews, Arab Spring, Noam Chomsky

Pregnant Antiwar Soldier Sent to Prison

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amid the ongoing violence in Iraq, a young, pregnant soldier has been sent to prison this week for desertion. She refused to return to the war in Iraq back in 2007. Pfc. Kimberly Rivera first deployed to Iraq in 2006. She guarded the gate at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in eastern Baghdad at a time when the base was under constant attack. She said of the experience: “I had a huge awakening seeing the war as it truly is: People losing their lives for greed of a nation, and the effects on the soldiers who come back with new problems such as nightmares, anxieties, depression, anger, alcohol abuse, missing limbs and scars from burns. Some don’t come back at all.”

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq

"I Either Leave Here Free or Dead": Egyptian Protester Refuses to Leave Tahrir Square Despite Violent Attacks by Mubarak Supporters

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Egyptian protester Nazly Hussein describes bloodshed in Cairo and the role of the United States in funding the violent oppression by the Egyptian government. [includes rush transcript]

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

"It’s a Massacre": Eyewitness Account of Attack on Peaceful Egyptian Protesters by Pro-Mubarak Forces

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Cairo resident Salma al-Tarzi calls in a report from Tahrir Square, where over 500 people have been injured after pro-Mubarak forces attacked the peaceful protesters. [includes rush transcript]

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

Egypt Protests Spread Across the United States

Across the United States protesters are standing in solidarity with the "days of rage" in Egypt. From San Francisco to Atlanta, Chicago to Miami, they have joined in calling for Hosni Mubarak to step down. On Monday, more than one thousand people gathered in front of the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. Democracy Now! was there.

February 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

Day 5 of the Egyptian Uprising: Ahmad Shokr Reports from Cairo (Audio)

In his second report today from Cairo, newspaper editor Ahmad Shokr recaps the latest developments in Egypt: the rising death toll, the continuation of mass street protests, and Hosni Mubarak’s decision to name Omar Suleiman, the head of the country’s intelligence services, to be vice president. [includes rush transcript]

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Ahmad Shokr

Terror in the West, Texas, Night

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

April 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Texas, Corporate Power, Labor