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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.

March 16, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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]

March 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Arabs and Muslims in America, War on Terror, Mark Potok

"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

Social Media and Online Outreach Internship (Spring, Summer Positions)

Democracy Now! is now taking applications for our Spring and Summer Social Media and Online Outreach Internships. Spring intern positions available immediately.

March 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Union Voices from Madison: "We Will Be Out Here Marching Until Justice is Served"

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Rank-and-file union members are among the thousands protesting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s "budget repair" bill that would strip public workers of their right to collective bargaining. In this web exclusive video from the streets of Madison, Democracy Now! speaks to union members who have come from around the state, and as far away as California, to march in solidarity. [includes rush transcript]

February 25, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Labor, U.S. Labor Protests, Wisconsin, Unions

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa on Egypt’s Revolution, His Potential Presidential Candidacy and Popular Uprisings Across the Middle East

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Secretary General Amr Moussa is widely expected to run for president of Egypt in the country’s elections scheduled to be held in six months. In a diplomatic career that has spanned more than half a century, Moussa is currently one of Egypt’s best-known politicians. From 1991 to 2001, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for the Mubarak government. Moussa has announced he will be stepping down from his post as Secretary General of the Arab League. Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous sits down with Amr Moussa in the headquarters of the Arab League next to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo for a conversation about Egypt’s revolution, his potential presidential candidacy, the military’s role in Egypt, treaties with Israel, and popular uprisings across the Middle East. [includes rush transcript]

February 24, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Amr Moussa

The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court. More than three decades after he seized power in a coup in Guatemala, unleashing a U.S.-backed campaign of slaughter against his own people, the 86-year-old stood trial, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. He was given an 80-year prison sentence. The case was inspired and pursued by three brave Guatemalan women: the judge, the attorney general and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guatemala

Arrest of CIA Agent Sheds Light on American Covert War in Pakistan, Straining U.S.-Pakistani Relations (Part II)

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U.S. officials have admitted an American detained in Pakistan for the murder of two men was a CIA agent and a former employee of the private security firm Blackwater, now called Xe Services. We speak with Declan Walsh, the Pakistan correspondent for the Guardian, who first broke the story. [includes rush transcript]
Watch Part I of the interview.

February 23, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, Blackwater, Declan Walsh

Matt Taibbi: "Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?" (Complete Interview)

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"Nobody goes to jail,” writes Matt Taibbi in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. “This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth." Here is the complete interview from which we played an excerpt on our Feb. 22 show. Taibbi explains how the American people have been defrauded by Wall Street investors and how the financial crisis is connected to the situations in states such as Wisconsin and Ohio. [includes rush transcript]

February 22, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wall Street, Matt Taibbi

"It’s Time to Push the Borders of Freedom": Egyptian Students Defiantly Publish Newspaper Without Government Permission (FULL INTERVIEW)

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Sanaa El Seif and Ziad Tareq are Egyptian students who are helping to publish a newspaper in defiance of laws requiring government permission. So far, the publication has focused on the voices of Tahrir Square. [includes rush transcript]

February 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Sanaa El Seif, Ziad Tareq

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