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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

Audio Report from Cairo: Egyptian Protesters Renew Call for Mubarak to Resign

Ahmad Shokr, an editor at the Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, files a report from Cairo on Saturday morning, day five of the largest anti-government protests in Egypt in decades. [includes rush transcript]

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

Democracy on Trial: The Imprisonment of Indian Human Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen

An Indian high court is hearing arguments to release the nation’s most famous political prisoner on bail and suspend his conviction. Last month, a trial court sentenced renowned physician and human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen to rigorous life imprisonment on the basis of an archaic colonial-era sedition law. [includes rush transcript]

January 28, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, India, Anjali Kamat, Dr. Binayak Sen, Ilina Sen

Part II...Fifty Years After Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, a Look at "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex"

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We speak with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, who traces the rise of the military-industrial complex through the story of the nation’s largest weapons contractor, Lockheed Martin. [includes rush transcript]

January 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, William Hartung

Amidst Violence, Thousands in Tunisia Protest for Democratic Reforms, Demand Ben Ali’s Resignation

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In Tunisia, thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the center of the capital, Tunis, calling for President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to immediately step down. [includes rush transcript]

January 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Tunisia, Arab Spring, Fares Mabrouk