Democracy Now! Blog

Poet and Author Alice Walker Speaking in Gaza

Alice-walker-gaza

Following the Israeli siege, Alice Walker visited Gaza in March 2009 along with a 60-member international delegation led by Code Pink. Walking among the ruins, she spoke to Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat.

April 13, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Hammond, Manning, Assange and Obama’s Sledgehammer Against Dissent

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
One cyberactivist’s federal case wrapped up this week, and another’s is set to begin. While these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who were charged, it is the growing menace of government and corporate secrecy that should be on trial.

COMING UP: Once-Banned Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan Returns to the US. Tune in Friday.

Ramadan

Scholar Tariq Ramadan was banned from the United States for six years. He’s just been allowed back in and arrived in New York on Wednesday night. Tune in to Democracy Now! Friday for an extended interview with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford in the UK.

He’s speaking at Cooper Union, New York Thursday night on Secularism, Islam, and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West

April 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islam

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

Part2-omer-mohyeldin

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

Ellsberg-dn

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.

March 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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

Finkelstein-democracynow

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”

Alexanderwebexclusive

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

Another Memorial Day in This Endless War

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Nearly 12 years after it was first enacted, the Authorization for Use of Military Force remains in force, giving the Obama administration and the Pentagon carte blanche to wage war, to occupy nations, to kill people with drone “signature strikes,” based not on guilt but on a remote analysis of a suspect’s “patterns of life.”

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

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

Ravitch-democracynow-1

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

Juan-aajlef

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.

February 12, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

HOWARD ZINN: "Holy Wars"

Zinn-holywars

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

Nys-driller-pressconf

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"

Chomsky-gaza-dn

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"

Hedges-dn

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

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

NOAM CHOMSKY: "The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism"

Chomsky-columbia-dn

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"

Tariq-ali-hampshire

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

Zizek-web

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

Afghan Peace Activist Malalai Joya Speaks on "Crisis and Resistance"

Malalai-socialist-web

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