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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

"Stop-and-Frisk": The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, federal district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York City Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. Hip-hop and stop-and-frisk are central aspects of the lives of millions of people, especially black and Latino youths. Despite his success as an accomplished musician and producer, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson confronts racism in his daily life.

August 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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

"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

WATCH: Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman Discusses Washington Post Sale on MSNBC's “Melissa Harris-Perry” Show

Watch clips from when Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman joined MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” Saturday, to discuss the sale of the The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the March on Washington and the RNC controversy over Hillary Clinton films.

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

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

Suggested Vacation Reading for President Obama: "Catch-22"

As the Obama family heads to their annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, perhaps the president should take along a copy of "Catch-22" for some beach reading. Joseph Heller’s classic, satirical antiwar novel, published in 1961 and based on his experiences as a bombardier in the second world war, is sadly relevant today, as Obama’s wars, in Afghanistan and beyond, drag on.

August 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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