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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

VIDEO: Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes: John Brennan’s CIA Nomination, Drones and Torture

Democracy Now!'s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" Sunday to discuss the Obama administration’s use of drones, John Brennan’s nomination to lead the CIA, and the irony in Republicans’ attacks against Obama’s "diversity problem."

January 16, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Drones, Drone Attacks, Obama

Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Sunday, January 13th from 8-10 am ET

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on MSNBC’s "UP w/ Chris Hayes" on Sunday, January 13th from 8-10 am ET.

John Brennan, Sami Al-Hajj and the Blight of Guantánamo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

It takes courage to enter a war zone willingly, armed with a microphone and a camera as a journalist. That is what Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj was doing in Dec. 2001, as he was entering Afghanistan from Pakistan to cover the U.S. military operations there. While his colleague was allowed in, al-Hajj was arrested, in what was to be a harrowing, nightmarish odyssey that lasted close to seven years, most of it spent as prisoner 345, the only journalist imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay — without charge.

January 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Obama

Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

January 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NDAA

Pull the Global Trigger on Gun Control

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Standing stalwartly against any regulation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the National Rifle Association continues to block any gun-control laws whatsoever, and even trumpets its efforts to block the global Arms Trade Treaty, slated for negotiations at the United Nations this March.

December 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NRA, Aurora Shooting, Arizona shooting, Gun Control

Lessons from New Town, AUS for Newtown, USA: Will New Thinking Lead to New Laws?

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The initial shock of the latest semiautomatic weapon-fueled massacre has passed, but the grief only grows. Since President Barack Obama took office, there have been at least 16 major mass shootings, after which he has offered somber words of condolence and called for national healing. But what is really needed is gun control, serious gun control – as was swiftly implemented in Australia in 1996, after another gunman went on a senseless shooting spree.

December 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Newtown Shooting, Gun Control