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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

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

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

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

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”.

July 23, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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.

July 22, 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

Terror in the West, Texas, Night

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

April 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Texas, Corporate Power, Labor

Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Within seconds, the lives of two individuals, Martin Richard and Carlos Arredondo, from neighborhoods of Boston not far from each other, were thrust onto the world stage.

April 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Boston Marathon Bombing

WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

WikiLeaks has released a new trove of documents, more than 1.7 million U.S. State Department cables dating from 1973-1976 that it has dubbed “The Kissinger Cables.”

April 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange

Amy Goodman’s "Other" America: Interview with Moyers & Company

In a wide-ranging conversation, Amy Goodman tells Moyers & Company‘s Michael Winship why she believes independent media is essential to a functioning democracy.

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

VIDEO: Watch Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman on C-SPAN’s "In Depth"

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared live on C-SPAN’s "In Depth" on April 7 and it will re-air on Saturday, April 13 at 3pm ET. "In Depth" features a comprehensive, three-hour look at one author’s work, with questions from viewers via phone and e-mail.

April 08, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Gun Control: It’s Time for the Majority to Move

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

New federal gun-control legislation has been declared all but dead on arrival this week. Gridlock in the U.S. Senate, where a supermajority of 60 votes is needed to move most legislation these days, is proving to be an insuperable barrier to any meaningful change in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

April 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gun Control

Watch: Amy Goodman with Vampire Weekend, Cyndi Lauper, David Cross & Alan Alda on CBC Webcast

On Thursday Amy Goodman joined David Carr of The New York Times and CNN’s Will Cain for the media panel on a live broadcast of the Canadian radio and tv show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

March 28, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

March 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gay Marriage, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Supreme Court