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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Voices from the Secret International Flotilla Now Sailing to Gaza

The Canadian ship "Tahrir" and the Irish ship "Saoirse" quietly left a Turkish port earlier today bound for the Gaza Strip. The mission of the "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla was kept secret until they reached international waters just after 11:00 a.m. EDT. Democracy Now! first broke the news on our live broadcast this morning. Embedded on the Tahrir is Democracy Now! correspondent Jihan Hafiz. Prior to the ship setting sail, Hafiz spoke with three of the flotilla participants on board the "Tahrir" ship: David Heap of the University of Western Ontario; Kit Kittredge of Code Pink; and Michael Coleman, an Australian activist. [includes rush transcript]

November 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

"Call of Duty: Veterans Join the 99 Percent" By Amy Goodman

11-11-11 is not a variant of Herman Cain’s much-touted 9-9-9 tax plan, but rather the date of this year’s Veterans Day. This is especially relevant, as the U.S. has now entered its second decade of war in Afghanistan, the longest war in the nation’s history. U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are appearing more and more on the front lines—the front lines of the Occupy Wall Street protests, that is.

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange’s Attorney Gareth Peirce Speaks about Imminent British Court Decision on Sweden’s Request to Extradite Assange

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Interviewed by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. [includes rush transcript]

November 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Gareth Peirce

Bloomberg Law Interviews Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman About Landmark Settlement Over 2008 RNC Arrests

Watch Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Steve Reiss, partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges, talk with Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia about the recent settlement of the lawsuit Goodman vs. St. Paul. She also discusses freedom of the press as it relates to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Click here to watch the video.

"Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza" By Amy Goodman

The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict.

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Click here to read A Grass-Roots Newscast Gives a Voice to Struggles, by Brian Stelter.

"The Arc of the Moral Universe, From Memphis to Wall Street" By Amy Goodman

The national memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. was dedicated last Sunday. President Barack Obama said of Dr. King, “If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there.” The dedication occurred amidst the increasingly popular and increasingly global Occupy Wall Street movement. What Obama left unsaid is that King, were he alive, would most likely be protesting Obama administration policies.

Showdown at Occupy Wall Street? Protesters Fear Eviction Is Imminent

Tension is rising at the Occupy Wall Street encampment after Brookfield Office Properties, the owner of Liberty Park, announced plans to clear sections of the park on Friday for cleaning. In addition Brookfield announced a series of new rules. Organizers have called for a 6 a.m. emergency action on Friday to defend the space. Democracy Now! is posting here statements from several of the actors involved: attorneys representing the protesters, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office and Brookfield Office Properties.

October 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street Protest Heads to Millionaire’s Row, Home to Murdoch, Koch, and JPMorgan CEO

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Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters participated in a "Millionaires’ March" Tuesday that wended its way through New York City’s wealthy Upper East Side neighborhood, calling for an end to the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. [includes rush transcript]

Part 2: John Carlos, 1968 U.S. Olympic Medalist, On the Response to His Iconic Black Power Salute

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In part two of our interview with 1968 Olympic medalist and international civil rights icon, John Carlos, he talks about the shocked response of the audience in the stadium when he raised his fist in the now iconic Black Power salute, and much more. [includes rush transcript]

"A New Bush Era or a Push Era?" By Amy Goodman

While President Obama has made concession after concession to both the corporate-funded tea party and his Wall Street donors, now that he is again in campaign mode, his progressive critics are being warned not to attack him, as that might aid and abet the Republican bid for the White House. Enter the 99 percenters.

Bloodbath in Cairo: An Eyewitness Account by Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous

October 9th is a day that will not soon be forgotten in Egypt. Chaos and bloodshed engulfed the streets of Cairo in some of the worst violence the country has seen since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak eight months ago. Read Democracy Now!'s Sharif Abdel Kouddous' report on the latest developments for The Nation.

October 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Mubarak, Police Brutality, Protests

Stéphane Hessel on Occupy Wall Street: Find the Time for Outrage When Your Values Are Not Respected

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As the Occupy Wall Street movement expands across the United States, drawing inspiration from the Arab Spring in Egypt and the protests in Spain, Democracy Now! speaks with former French Resistance fighter, Stéphane Hessel, whose pamphlet-length book, "Time for Outrage," helped inspire some of these uprisings. [includes rush transcript]

Juan Gonzalez’s New Book "News For All the People" Coast-to-Coast Tour

Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez’s new book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, co-authored with Joseph Torres of the media reform group Free Press, is being launched with a national book tour, starting in NYC on Thursday, October 20th, with multiple stops in California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Washington, DC.

October 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Events, Juan Gonzalez, Books

Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman on Human Rights Abuses Enabled by "War on Terror"

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Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman, one of three recipients who split the award this year, spoke in New York City at the Brecht Forum last year about state violence, targeted killings, and human rights abuses enabled by the so-called "war on terror." Democracy Now! was there, and we bring you her address. [includes rush transcript]

Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street & Chile: Courage to Ask Questions We Don’t Have Answers For

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In part two of our conversation with journalist and author Naomi Klein, she discusses how her book, "The Shock Doctrine," focuses in part on Chile, where the 1973 coup led to the privatization of education and now Chilean students are protesting in the streets. Klein talks about their demands and dismisses the critique that the related Occupy Wall Street movement lacks its own clear set of demands. [includes rush transcript]

Once Enemies, Now They March Together: Organized Labor Expected to Join Wall Street Protest

Organized labor will serve notice today on the bankers and the politicians that the young protesters of Occupy Wall Street speak for millions. The labor rally will signal just how far unions have come since that infamous day 41 years ago, when bands of construction workers rampaged through the Financial District and City Hall, writes Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez in today’s NY Daily News.

"Policing the Prophets of Wall Street" By Amy Goodman

The Occupy Wall Street protest grows daily, spreading to cities across the United States. “We are the 99 percent,” the protesters say, “that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”

Frances Fox Piven at Occupy Wall Street: "We Desperately Need a Popular Uprising in the U.S."

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CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven recently spoke with Democracy Now!'s Mike Burke at the Occupy Wall Street protest. "I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States," Piven said. "I study movements. [None of us] know the exact formula, when those movements erupt. But it could be. And if that's true, then these people who are here are really wonderful." [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Protests, Wall Street, Frances Fox Piven

Democracy Now! Journalists Announce Major Settlement in Federal Lawsuit Challenging Police and U.S. Secret Service Crackdown on Media at 2008 Republican National Convention

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Today, award-winning journalist Amy Goodman announced that a final settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought by Goodman and Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar against the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the U.S. Secret Service, challenging the policies and conduct of law enforcement at the 2008 Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities. Goodman and her colleagues were unlawfully arrested and subject to excessive force while reporting on public protest and political dissent surrounding the convention. [includes rush transcript]