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NOAM CHOMSKY: "The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism"

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Noam Chomsky delivers the 5th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture: The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism at Columbia University School for International Affairs.

TARIQ ALI: “Obama’s Afghan-Pak Syndrome"

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Speaking before a packed audience at Hampshire College, Tariq Ali argues that an immediate exit strategy from Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital both for the region and for the United States.

December 07, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, Afghanistan

"First as Tragedy, Then As Farce": Philosopher and Cultural Theorist Slavoj Žižek Speaks at Cooper Union

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Slovenian philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek is author of more than fifty books. His latest is First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. He spoke at Cooper Union in October.

Afghan Peace Activist Malalai Joya Speaks on "Crisis and Resistance"

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Leading Afghan democracy leader Malalai Joya. In 2005 she became the youngest person ever elected to Afghan parliament. She was suspended in 2007 for her denunciation of warlords and their cronies in government. She spoke in New York at the Northeast Socialist Conference on October 23, 2009.

October 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan

The Late Clarence Kailin in his Own Words: "We’ve Got a Lot of Work to Do"

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Clarence Kailin was one of the last survivors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of American volunteers who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. In one of his last public appearances, Kailin, a lifelong activist, told friends and supporters at his 95th birthday celebration this August, "We’ve got a lot of work to do."

Nomi Prins on "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals From Washington to Wall Street"

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Nomi Prins is a former investment banker turned journalist. She worked at Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. She is the author of several books; her latest, just out, is called It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street. She spoke on the themes of the book at the Strand Bookstore in New York on September 29th.

Police Crackdown on G20 Protests: Democracy Now! Reports from the Streets

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World leaders are gathering in Pittsburgh for the G20 summit under the shadow of a police crackdown on protesters in the streets. Heavily-armed riot police are out in force all over the city, using tear gas, stun grenades, smoke canisters, and sound cannons, which direct extremely loud shrill sounds. This is believed to be the first time sound cannons have been publicly used in the United States. Democracy Now! producer Steve Martinez reports from the streets of Pittsburgh.

Arun Gupta asks "What Anti-War Movement?"

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It has now been eight years since 9/11. The United States is still engaged in Iraq and is escalating its wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan with no end in site. Speaking at the Bluestockings Bookstore on the Lower East Side in New York, Arun Gupta, a founding Editor of The Indypendent, takes a critical look at the failures and future of the once massive anti-war movement.

September 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan

Sandra Maria Esteves Performs "Aguacero" at the Young Lords 40th Anniversary Celebration

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Sandra Maria Esteves is one of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement. She performed her poem "Aguacero" at the 40th Anniversary celebration of the revolutionary community organizing group the Young Lords earlier this year.

Part II: Tim Robbins on Activism in Hollywood from the 1930s to the Present

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Tim Robbins is the artistic director of the Actor’s Gang and an Academy-award winning actor, director, producer, and writer.
He won an Oscar for his role in “Mystic River” and is well-known for his roles in numerous films over the past two decades including “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Player”, “Bull Durham”, and “Bob Roberts.” His best known directorial ventures include the award-winning “Cradle Will Rock” and “Dead Man Walking.”

Sexual terrorism in Congo

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Steve Earle sings "John Walker’s Blues" about John Walker Lindh in our firehouse studio

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British MP Blasts U.S. Efforts to Keep Evidence Hidden in Gitmo Torture Case

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Complete Interview with Iranian Dissident Journalist Akbar Ganji

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July 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iran

K’naan performs in our firehouse studio

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Somali-Canadian hip hop artist K’Naan joined us in our firehouse studio and performs songs from his new album “Troubadour”.

Part II: Cornel West and Carl Dix on Race and Politics in the Age of Obama

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Watch the continuation of the discussion from today’s broadcast. Cornel West is a Professor at Princeton University and Carl Dix is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Brennan and Kiriakou, Drones and Torture

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

John Brennan and John Kiriakou worked together years ago, but their careers have dramatically diverged. Brennan is now on track to head the CIA, while Kiriakou is headed off to prison. Each of their fates is tied to the so-called war on terror, which under President George W. Bush provoked worldwide condemnation. President Barack Obama rebranded the war on terror innocuously as “overseas contingency operations,” but, rather than retrench from the odious practices of his predecessor, Obama instead escalated.

February 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Torture, Drones

Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement. Monday, Feb. 4, is the 100th anniversary of her birth. After she died at the age of 92 in 2005, much of the media described her as a tired seamstress, no troublemaker. But the media got it wrong. Rosa Parks was a first-class troublemaker.

January 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights

Obama’s Dirty Wars Exposed at Sundance

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The increasing pace of U.S. drone strikes, and the Obama administration’s reliance on shadowy special forces to conduct military raids beyond the reach of oversight and accountability, were summarily missed over the inaugural weekend by a U.S. press corps obsessed with first lady Michelle Obama’s new bangs. At the annual Sundance Film Festival the world premiere of “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” reaffirms the critical role played by independent journalists like the film’s director, Rick Rowley, and its narrator and central figure, Jeremy Scahill. “Dirty Wars,” along with Scahill’s forthcoming book of the same title, is on target to break that silence ... with a bang that matters.

Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11.

January 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet