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Part II...The Dangers and Difficulties of Reporting From Gaza: Two Journalists Recount Their Experiences

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We speak with award winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer and Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera English, Ayman Mohyeldin. Watch Part I of this conversation here.

April 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza

Part II: Daniel Ellsberg on US Foreign Policy

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Part II of our conversation with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. He speaks on the under-reported leaked memos of US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, US Policy on Iran, and more.

Part II: Scholar Norman Finkelstein on Next Steps Towards Resolution in Israel-Palestine

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Norman Finkelstein is author of several books on the Israel Palestine conflict. His latest is This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. In Part II of our conversation, Finkelstein discusses lessons he learned from Gandhi, the role of public opinion in politics, and more.

March 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Author Interviews

Allan Nairn: Obama Administration Mulls Ending Training Ban on Atrocity-Linked Indonesian Special Forces Unit

Tune in on Friday for a special report from investigative journalist Allan Nairn on the White House’s proposal to lift a ban on U.S. training of a controversial elite Indonesian military unit known as Kopassus. The special forces unit has been linked to scores of human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, Papua, and Java since its formation in the 1950s. We reached Allan in Indonesia on Thursday afternoon. The entire interview can be heard online here.

March 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Indigenous

Part II: Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

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After our broadcast interview with legal scholar and civil rights advocate, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez continued the conversation. Be the first to watch it here.

March 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America

Part II: Leading Education Scholar Diane Ravitch on "The Death and Life of the Great American School System"

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Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interviewed Diane Ravitch in the Democracy Now! studios last week. You can see Part One of their conversation here. After the broadcast, they continued the conversation. [includes rush transcript]

March 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education, Charter Schools, Author Interviews

VIDEO: Juan Gonzalez Receives 2010 Justice in Action Award

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On Thursday the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) awarded Juan Gonzalez, Co-Host of Democracy Now! and Staff Columnist at the New York Daily News, with the 2010 Justice in Action Award. Amy Goodman presented the Award at AALDEF’s Annual Lunar New Year Gala.

HOWARD ZINN: "Holy Wars"

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Howard Zinn is an American historian, social critic, and activist. He is best known as author of the best-seller A People’s History of the United States. He spoke at Boston University on November 11, on the subject of American "Holy Wars."

January 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Howard Zinn

The Fight Against Hydraulic Fracturing is Heating Up in New York State

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Dozens of New York State and City legislators and environmental activists gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to urge Governor Paterson to step back from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s "Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement" (SGEIS), otherwise known as the state’s proposal to drill upstate. Some participants called for a statewide ban, while others called for additional investigations.

January 05, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

NOAM CHOMSKY: "Gaza: One Year Later"

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On December 27, 2008, Israel began one of the bloodiest attacks on Gaza since 1948. The three-week assault killed some 1,400 Palestinians and thirteen Israelis. One year later, little to no rebuilding has taken place, and the siege continues. Speaking in Watertown, Massachusetts, on December 6, 2009, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivered a talk entitled "Gaza: One Year Later." [includes rush transcript]

Starving for Justice at Guantanamo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Reports are emerging from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay that a majority of the prisoners are on a hunger strike.

March 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, Solitary Confinement

CHRIS HEDGES: "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle"

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Journalist Chris Hedges discusses his recent book "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle" at the New School in New York.

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.

Rand Paul’s Filibuster of John Brennan

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

March 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drones, Drone Attacks

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.