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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.”

See "Harvest of Empire"–New Film by Democracy Now!’s Juan Gonzalez

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The new documentary based on Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez’s groundbreaking book, "Harvest of Empire," plays in Houston, Texas, May 3-10, and in Philadelphia May 10-17.

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.

Albert Woodfox’s 40 Years of Solitary Confinement

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 40 years, most of that time locked up in the notorious maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary known as “Angola.”

February 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement

Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian. “5 Broken Cameras” was filmed and directed by Emad Burnat, a resident of the occupied Palestinian West Bank town of Bil’in, along with his Israeli filmmaking partner Guy Davidi. “5 Broken Cameras” is in competition at the Oscars with an Israeli documentary, “The Gatekeepers,” a film that features interviews with the six surviving former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet, the country’s secret internal security service.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel & Palestine, Film, Oscars, Art & Politics

VIDEO: PBS/AOL Feature Amy Goodman as Part of "Makers: Women Who Make America Series"

Amy Goodman sits down with AOL/PBS filmmakers to talk about her longtime career in journalism, building Democracy Now! over the past 17 years, and how independent media is essential to the functioning of a democratic society.

Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address. The group joined scores of others protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which awaits a permitting decision from the Obama administration. The president made significant pledges to address the growing threat of climate change in his speech.

February 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Tar Sands, Keystone XL, Environment

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