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Watch: Muslim Taxi Driver Attacked in Hate Crime Speaks Out

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New York City Taxi Driver Ahmed Sharif and his supporters hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall days after he was attacked by a passenger for being Muslim.

August 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Arabs and Muslims in America

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Tour Across the Country with the Florida Modern Day Slavery Museum

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The museum explores the history and evolution of modern day forced labor in the agriculture industry and the long legacy of slavery in the food that we eat.

August 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Food

Part II: Kashmiri Journalist Basharat Peer, Author of "Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir"

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Indian troops and police have killed fifteen people in Kashmir since June, sparking widespread protests. The Indian government has imposed a strict military curfew in the area as well as a media gag order on local journalists. The international community has remained silent on the human rights abuses in Kashmir. [includes rush transcript] Watch Part I of this conversation here

July 21, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, Freedom of the Press

Part II: Social Security Under Attack: Cuts Proposed, Higher Retirement Age Suggested

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We speak with Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Watch Part I.

July 19, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Social Security

Are Sports Boring? Arun Gupta Debates Dave Zirin

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As the World Cup draws to a close, we turn to a lively debate on the political and social relevance of sports. Arun Gupta, a founding editor of the Indypendent, debates Nation Magazine sports columnist Dave Zirin.

July 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sports & Politics

Watch: Amy Goodman with Vampire Weekend, Cyndi Lauper, David Cross & Alan Alda on CBC Webcast

On Thursday Amy Goodman joined David Carr of The New York Times and CNN’s Will Cain for the media panel on a live broadcast of the Canadian radio and tv show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

Detroit Poet Jessica Care Moore at the U.S. Social Forum

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Jessica Care Moore is an acclaimed Detroit poet. Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke caught up with Jessica at the U.S. Social Forum.

June 28, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit

Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

March 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gay Marriage, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Supreme Court

Part II: Tom Engelhardt on "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s"

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Engelhardt is the creator and editor of the website Tomdispatch. His latest book is "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s."

June 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Author Interviews

Part II: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Owner Erik Prince’s Rumored Move to UAE and Obama Admin’s Expansion of Special Forces Operations Abroad

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Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist, Democracy Now! correspondent, and author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

Watch Part I of this interview HERE.

June 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

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In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find–thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault. Democracy Now! has interviewed some of the reporters, filmmakers, and photographers who managed to smuggle out some of their images.

June 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

The Future of Turkish-Israeli Relations in the Wake of Deadly Assault on the Mavi Marmara

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Following the Israeli commando attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and the death of nine Turkish citizens, popular outrage has swept the streets of Turkey. Anjali Kamat Speaks to Turkish political analyst Koray Çalışkan.

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Turkey, Anjali Kamat, Gaza Flotilla

Part II: "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

See Part II of our interview with Sasha Polakow-Suransky, author of the new book "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

Click here for Part I

May 25, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Apartheid, South Africa

Amy Goodman Questions Dalai Lama About Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and About Tibet

The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has wrapped up a series public lectures in New York. For the past four days, thousands have gathered at Radio City Music Hall to hear the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist teachings. On Sunday, the 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine before a crowd of 2,000 people. Amy Goodman asked the Dalai Lama about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the struggle for independence in Tibet.

May 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize

Full Interview with Activists Resisting U.S. Military Bases from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i

Watch the full version of our interview with activists from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i who are resisting the expansion of U.S. military bases in the Pacific. [includes rush transcript]

Part II: Singer and Civil Rights Activist Lena Horne Remembered

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The pioneering African-American actress, singer, and civil rights activist has died at the age of 91. We speak with James Gavin, author of, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. Part I of this conversation can be viewed here

May 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Author Interviews

Tomas Young and the End of the Body of War

Tomas Young was in the fifth day of his first deployment to Iraq when he was struck by a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

March 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Veterans

"The Curse of Abundance": Alberto Acosta on the Failure of Extractive Industries and Alternative Models of Development in Ecuador

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Alberto Acosta is the Former President of the Constituent Assembly as well as a former minister of Energy in Ecuador. Democracy Now! producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous caught up with Acosta at the World People’s Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia last week.

Poet and Author Alice Walker Speaking in Gaza

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Following the Israeli siege, Alice Walker visited Gaza in March 2009 along with a 60-member international delegation led by Code Pink. Walking among the ruins, she spoke to Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat.

COMING UP: Once-Banned Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan Returns to the US. Tune in Friday.

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Scholar Tariq Ramadan was banned from the United States for six years. He’s just been allowed back in and arrived in New York on Wednesday night. Tune in to Democracy Now! Friday for an extended interview with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford in the UK.

He’s speaking at Cooper Union, New York Thursday night on Secularism, Islam, and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West

April 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islam