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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

Part II...Icelandic Parliamentarian Calls U.S. Subpoena of Her Twitter Account over WikiLeaks Involvement "Disturbing"

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The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed the internet company Twitter for personal information from several people linked to the online whistleblower website WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

January 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Social Media, Birgitta Jonsdottir

Dr. Atul Gawande on Obama’s "Frustrating" Record on Healthcare Reform and "The Checklist Manifesto"

Renowned surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande discusses his frustrations with President Obama on healthcare reform, the ethical conundrums of learning and practicing medicine, and his most recent book, The Checklist Manifesto. [includes rush transcript]

January 05, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare

Prisoners at Supermax Ohio Penitentiary Begin Hunger Strike to Protest 17+ Year Solitary Confinement

Four prisoners in the supermax Ohio State Penitentiary have launched a hunger strike to protest what they call their harsh mistreatment under solitary confinement. The prisoners — Bomani Shakur, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Namir Abdul Mateen — were sentenced to death for their involvement in the 1993 prison uprising in Lucasville, Ohio. For over 17 years, they’ve been held in 23-hour-a-day solitary lockdown. [includes rush transcript]

January 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Staughton Lynd

A Special Message to our Facebook Fans from Amy Goodman: Democracy Now! Needs Your Support Today

As 2010 draws to a close, I want to thank you for watching Democracy Now! and for choosing a news source that’s committed to the truth. Five days a week, Democracy Now! delivers headlines directly to your Facebook page for free, keeping you and your friends up-to-date with the latest news from around the world. But, producing Democracy Now! isn’t free. Your tax-deductable year-end donation will allow us to maintain our editorial independence and to expand our use of social media.

December 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

India’s Most Famous Political Prisoner Dr. Binayak Sen Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Dr. Binayak Sen is known as the "physician of the poor." He spent many years working as a doctor in the rural-tribal areas of Chhattisgarh in central India and reported on unlawful killings of indigenous people by the police and private militias. [includes rush transcript]

December 27, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, India, Dr. Binayak Sen

As Ex-Argentine Dictator Sentenced to Life in Prison, Mother of "Disappeared" Children Recounts Decades-Long Struggle for Justice

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Former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla has been sentenced to life in prison. We speak with Hebe de Bonafini, one of the founders of the Association of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization of Argentine mothers whose children were "disappeared" during the "dirty wars" of the ’70s and ’80s. [includes rush transcript]

December 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Argentina, Hebe de Bonafini

Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Within seconds, the lives of two individuals, Martin Richard and Carlos Arredondo, from neighborhoods of Boston not far from each other, were thrust onto the world stage.

April 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Boston Marathon Bombing

Part II...Feminists Debate on the Sexual Allegations Against Julian Assange

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Jaclyn Friedman argues the sexual-assault allegations shouldn’t be dismissed just because they’re politically motivated while Naomi Wolf says, by going after Assange, the state is not embracing feminism, it’s "pimping" it.
Watch Part I of this conversation HERE.

December 20, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Women’s Rights, Julian Assange

Meet our 100,000th Facebook Fan: Barunesh Chandra

“I like Democracy Now! since it is a one-of-kind media platform, which acts as global watchdog for Democracy,” Chandra said. Democracy Now! noticed Chandra when he posted a comment on our Facebook page December 6, thrilled to be our 100,000th fan.
December 15, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Video: U.N. Guards Beat Reuters Photographer at Cancún Climate Talks

Reutersjournalistdetainedandbeaten Democracy Now! videotaped U.N. security guards Friday beating a Reuters photographer who was arrested while covering a protest at the U.N. climate conference in Cancún. Guards seized Jorge Silva’s press credentials and then beat him while he was detained on a bus. The incident sparked a protest by other Mexican photographers. Watch video

December 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit

Global Children’s Campaign to Climate Delegates: Stop Talking. Start Planting

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This year’s UN climate change conference has attracted many children from around the world. In Cancún, Mexico, Democracy Now! had the chance to speak with two children from the youth-led group Plant-for-the-Planet.

December 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"We Cannot Afford to Be Held Hostage...By Political Backwardness" Tuvalu Delegate Makes Impassioned "Life or Death" Plea for Action on Climate Change

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Among the countries most affected by climate change are small island states. Rising sea levels from global warming threaten their very existence. [includes rush transcript]

December 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Youth Climate Activists to World Leaders: "Remember the Children Who Are Suffering Around the World"

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Youth climate activists from around the world are gathered in Cancún this week to push for a binding climate deal. Democracy Now! spoke to several of them on Monday at Cancunmesse, the main hub of NGO activity here at the U.N. climate talks. [includes rush transcript]

December 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"Thousands from Cancún"–Mass March Planned by Via Campesina Against U.N. Climate Talks

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A large protest march is being planned today in Cancún organized by La Via Campesina and other groups. Alfredo Acedo, a spokesperson for UNORCA, described what is being planned. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

WikiLeaks has released a new trove of documents, more than 1.7 million U.S. State Department cables dating from 1973-1976 that it has dubbed “The Kissinger Cables.”

April 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange

Anti-Capitalist Bloc Marches in Streets of Cancún to Protest U.N. Climate Talks

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Protesters took to the streets of Cancún on Monday night to demonstrate against the U.N. COP16 talks. More than 150 demonstrators with the anti-capitalist bloc marched from the Via Campesina camp, where they are staying, through the streets and main thoroughfares in Cancún. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Amy Goodman’s "Other" America: Interview with Moyers & Company

In a wide-ranging conversation, Amy Goodman tells Moyers & Company‘s Michael Winship why she believes independent media is essential to a functioning democracy.

April 10, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News