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Part 2: Ahmed Rashid on U.S. Relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan, Drones, and Journalists in Danger

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We continue our discussion with veteran Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, whose new book details clandestine talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, the Obama administration’s expanded use of drones and the accompanying rise in civilian deaths, and how more "physical harm is now coming to journalists" who are detained by Pakistan’s intelligence agency. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: New Film Examines FBI Link to 1990 Bombing of Earth First! Activist Judi Bari

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We continue our conversation with Darryl Cherney, the Earth First! activist who was in Judi Bari’s car when a pipe bomb blew up under her seat in 1990. The two were organizing a national campaign to stop the clearcutting of old-growth redwood forests. Now Cherney has produced a film about the lack of a proper investigation into the case, and the evidence he continues to seek. [includes rush transcript]

March 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Environment, FBI, California, Darryl Cherney

New Yorkers Call for Justice at Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin

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Thousands of New Yorkers chanted "we want arrests" as Trayvon Martin’s parents joined them for a protest calling on police to arrest George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed their unarmed 17-year-old son but has yet to be arrested. [includes rush transcript]

March 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police, Police Brutality, Civil Rights, Protests, Trayvon Martin

Walking While Black: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On the rainy night of Sunday, Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walked to a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. On his way home, with his Skittles and iced tea, the African-American teenager was shot and killed.

March 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police, Civil Rights, Trayvon Martin

Part 2: Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack on Obama Administration Crackdown on Whistleblowers

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In an excerpt from our extended interview, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project discuss how they were targeted by the Bush and Obama administrations for challenging illegal behavior, fraud and abuse. [includes rush transcript]

VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street & Police Brutality Victims Demand Resignation of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

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Occupy Wall Street activists and their supporters decried violent tactics used during a police crackdown on Saturday’s re-occupation of Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty Square, that led to 73 arrests. [includes rush transcript]

Ina May Gaskin and the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project Focus on High U.S. Maternal Mortality Rates

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In part two of our interview with pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin, she describes the women who died of pregnancy-related causes and are commemorated in squares of the Safe Motherhood Quilt. [includes rush transcript]

Sy Hersh on the My Lai Massacre Anniversary

Friday March 16th marked the 44th anniversary of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when U.S. troops killed more than 500 civilians. Journalist Sy Hersh won the Pulitzer for exposing the massacre and the subsequent Pentagon cover-up. This segment features Hersh from 2008, the 40th anniversary of the massacre.

March 17, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Paula Lerner, 52, Dies, Photographer of Afghan Women

The award-winning photographer Paula Lerner has died at the age of 52. She was the principal photographer for the Emmy Award-winning project, "Behind The Veil: An Intimate Journey Into The Lives of Kandahar’s Women
Featuring Photography." It appeared in the Toronto Globe & Mail. In 2009, she provided photographs to Democracy Now! for a remarkable interview with the Afghan activist Rangina Hamidi.

March 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan

"Terror, Trauma, and the Endless Afghan War." By Amy Goodman

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

We may never know what drove a U.S. Army staff sergeant to head out into the Afghan night and allegedly murder at least 16 civilians in their homes, among them nine children and three women. The attack has been called tragic, which it surely is. But when Afghans attack U.S. forces, they are called “terrorists.” That is, perhaps, the inconsistency at the core of U.S. policy, that democracy can be delivered through the barrel of a gun, that terrorism can be fought by terrorizing a nation.

March 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan, Pentagon, War on Terror, Human Rights, Obama

"The Bipartisan Nuclear Bailout."

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Super Tuesday demonstrated the rancor rife in Republican ranks, as the four remaining major candidates slug it out to see how far to the right of President Barack Obama they can go. While attacking him for the high cost of gasoline, both sides are traveling down the same perilous road in their support of nuclear power.

Read an Excerpt from Anthony Shadid’s New Memoir, "House of Stone"

Tomorrow we will interview New York Times reporter Nada Bakri, wife of recently deceased, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign correspondent, Anthony Shadid. Before his tragic death last month, Shadid was set to release his new memoir, "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East."

March 07, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anthony Shadid, Lebanon, Middle East

"Wikileaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue The Truth, Not Its Messenger." By Amy Goodman

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. Among the emails was a short one-liner that suggested the U.S. government has produced, through a secret grand jury, a sealed indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Redefining Black Power: Pacifica Archives & City Lights Books Reflect on the State of Black America

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Amy Goodman interviews Joanne Griffith, the editor of "Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America," a new book partly inspired by some of the Pacifica Radio Archives’ historic recordings. [includes rush transcript]

February 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Archive, Author Interviews

Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous Wins Izzy Award For Special Achievement For His Egypt Reports

Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous, along with the Center for Media and Democracy, have been named the co-winners of the fourth annual Izzy Award for Special Achievement in Independent Media.

February 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Mubarak, ALEC, Koch Brothers

Jazz Legend Randy Weston: The Complete Democracy Now! Interview

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Our full 78-minute interview with pianist and composer Randy Weston. Includes extended performances of many of Weston’s most famous songs: "Hi-Fly," "Blue Moses," "African Cookbook," "In Memory Of," "The Healers," "African Lady," "Kucheza Blues," and "Blues for Langston Hughes." For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician, incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. [includes rush transcript]

February 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Randy Weston

"New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: 'The President Is Wrong'." By Amy Goodman

Russ Feingold writes: "The President is wrong to embrace the corrupt corporate politics of Citizens United through the use of Super PACs." As the Obama campaign "dances with the devil" according to Feingold, perhaps as the President’s new election co-chair, he will help us follow the money.

February 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Campaign Finance, Citizens United

Anthony Shadid, 43, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Middle East Correspondent, Dies in Syria

The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid died of an apparent asthma attack today while covering the conflict in Syria. One of the most celebrated journalists covering the Middle East, Shadid, 43, had been a guest on Democracy Now! several times over the past decade reporting on Libya, Tunisia, Iraq and Lebanon.

February 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Anthony Shadid, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria

"The Afghan War’s Nine Lives" By Amy Goodman

Eight youths, tending their flock of sheep in the snowy fields of Afghanistan, were exterminated last week by a NATO airstrike.

"America’s Pro-Choice Majority Speaks Out." By Amy Goodman

In the wake of the successful pushback against the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration should listen to the majority of Americans: The United States, including Catholics, is strongly pro-choice.