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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 Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court. More than three decades after he seized power in a coup in Guatemala, unleashing a U.S.-backed campaign of slaughter against his own people, the 86-year-old stood trial, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. He was given an 80-year prison sentence. The case was inspired and pursued by three brave Guatemalan women: the judge, the attorney general and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guatemala

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]

December 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

December 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

December 17, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

November 06, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Addressing the Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan. There is a growing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military, perpetrated against both women and men with almost complete impunity. The Pentagon released a shocking new report on rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military. According to the latest available figures, an estimated average of 70 sexual assaults are committed daily within the U.S. military, or 26,000 per year. The number of actually reported sexual assaults for the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2012 was 3,374. Of that number, only 190 were sent to a court-martial proceeding.

May 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Sexual Assault, Military

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."

October 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

October 06, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

September 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

September 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.”

August 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Sexual terrorism in Congo

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August 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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

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July 31, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Pregnant Antiwar Soldier Sent to Prison

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amid the ongoing violence in Iraq, a young, pregnant soldier has been sent to prison this week for desertion. She refused to return to the war in Iraq back in 2007. Pfc. Kimberly Rivera first deployed to Iraq in 2006. She guarded the gate at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in eastern Baghdad at a time when the base was under constant attack. She said of the experience: “I had a huge awakening seeing the war as it truly is: People losing their lives for greed of a nation, and the effects on the soldiers who come back with new problems such as nightmares, anxieties, depression, anger, alcohol abuse, missing limbs and scars from burns. Some don’t come back at all.”

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq

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

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July 30, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive