Democracy Now! Blog

"From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Japan’s Atomic Tragedies." By Amy Goodman

In 1945, the U.S. suppressed reports of its A-bombs. In 2011, Japan censors Fukushima’s radiation. When will we learn?

Book Excerpt: "Hiroshima Cover-up: How the War Department’s Timesman Won a Pulitzer"

As the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, read a chapter of Amy and David Goodman’s book, "Exception to the Rulers," to learn how how the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter, William L. Laurence, was on the payroll of the War Department while also reporting for The New York Times on the U.S. attacks and their aftermath.

The Hiroshima Cover-Up

The discovery of reporter George Weller’s firsthand account of conditions in post-nuclear Nagasaki sheds light on one of the great journalistic betrayals of the last century: the cover-up of the effects of the atomic bombing on Japan.

"War, Debt and the President." By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama touted his debt ceiling deal Tuesday, saying, “We can’t balance the budget on the backs of the very people who have borne the biggest brunt of this recession.” Yet that is what he and his coterie of Wall Street advisers have done.

Billy Bragg on Death of Fellow British Singer-Songwriter, Amy Winehouse: "Maybe We Were All Complicit"

Bragg_intv_button

While on tour in the United States, legendary British rocker and activist, Billy Bragg, joined Democracy Now! for an extended interview. One of the many topics he discussed was the tragic death of the British singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse. [includes rush transcript]

August 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Music, Art & Politics, Billy Bragg

"War Is a Racket" By Amy Goodman

Military contract whistleblower Bunny Greenhouse’s legal win is welcome, but U.S. taxpayers are out $5 trillion for the wars of Bush and Obama. Why isn’t war a central issue in the U.S. debt talks?

July 27, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Whistleblowers, Financial Meltdown

New York Set to Close School for Troubled Teens After Simple Clerical Error in Budget Request

Jaisulthumb2

As Congress considers spending cuts to reduce the deficit, critics warn that reduced education, healthcare and other social services will disproportionally impact low-income communities of color. This is the case in New York City, where a high school that provides drug treatment to former gang members is being closed as part of an effort to trim the state budget. [includes rush transcript]

July 22, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Financial Meltdown, Education

The British Watergate: A Backgrounder on the Murdoch Hacking Scandal

Richardgizbert

The London-based journalist Richard Gizbert, host of the Al Jazeera program "The Listening Post," chronicles how the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal has shaken the British government, media system and public. A must-watch interview on how the scandal has unfolded and what it means for people in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

July 21, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal, Julian Assange

VIDEO: Rebekah Brooks Testimony Raises More Questions About Responsibility for Phone Hacking Scandal

Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks testified before the British Parliament July 19 as the phone hacking scandal engulfing the Murdoch media empire continues to grow.

July 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal

"Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Eat Humble Pie." By Amy Goodman

“People say that Australia has given two people to the world,” Julian Assange told me in London recently, “Rupert Murdoch and me.” Assange, the founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, was humbly dismissing my introduction of him, to a crowd of 1,800 at East London’s Troxy theater, in which I suggested he had published perhaps more than anyone in the world. He said Murdoch took that publishing prize. Two days later, the Milly Dowler phone hacking story exploded, and Murdoch would close one of the largest newspapers in the world, his News of the World, within a week.

VIDEO: Rupert Murdoch Testifies Before British Parliament on Phone Hacking Scandal

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch testified before the British Parliament today as the phone hacking scandal engulfing the Murdoch media empire continues to grow. Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks also testified during the same hearing.

July 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal

VIDEO: Rupert Murdoch hit with paper plate covered with shaving cream during parliamentary hearing

Prior to pieing, assailant tweets, “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat.” Unharmed, the Murdochs continued hearing.

July 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Murdoch Media Scandal

"The Questions Hanging Over Murdoch, USA." By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The contagion affecting Rupert Murdoch and News Corp has spread rapidly in the US. The FBI is investigating potential criminal hacking of the voicemails of victims of the 9/11 attacks. Lawmakers and grassroots groups are also calling for an investigation into whether the bribing of police was a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As News Corp is a US corporation, registered in the business-friendly state of Delaware,even bribery abroad could lead to felony charges in the US.

July 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Murdoch Media Scandal

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: "Five Months of Waiting: What Happens When A Revolution Stalls Out?"

From Sharif’s new article in "Foreign Policy": "Five months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Tahrir Square has, once again, been transformed into a mass protest encampment and the epicenter of the struggle for change in Egypt. Thousands of protesters are entering the second week of a sit-in reminiscent of the one that captured the world’s attention during the 18-day uprising that began on Jan. 25."

July 17, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

"Book Excerpt: 'Haiti After the Earthquake,'" by Paul Farmer

Read the first chapter of "Haiti After the Earthquake," the new book by Paul Farmer, renowned physician and social justice advocate. On Thursday’s show we will talk to Farmer about his book, and his experience working with Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton in post-earthquake recovery efforts.

July 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Haiti

"Soldier Suicides and the Politics of Presidential Condolences." By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama just announced a reversal of a long-standing policy that denied presidential condolence letters to the family members of soldiers who commit suicide. Official silence, however, has long stigmatized those who die of self-inflicted wounds. The change marks a long-overdue shift in the recognition of the epidemic of soldier and veteran suicides in this country and the toll of the hidden wounds of war.

July 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Obama, Veterans, Iraq, Afghanistan, War on Terror

"Malcolmology": The Late Dr. Manning Marable’s Last Video Recordings on Malcolm X

2005-0519_manning-marable-1

In the last months of his life, Dr. Manning Marable recorded a series of videos to accompany his book, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention." Marable died on April 1, 2011, just days before the book’s publication. His family has shared with Democracy Now! the last two installments of the six-part "Malcolmology" video project, a collaboration between Truth2power Films and Marable.

July 12, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Malcolm X, Manning Marable, African-American History

"Malcolmology": Episode Six of the Late Dr. Manning Marable’s Last Video Recordings on Malcolm X

Marable2

Watch the sixth installment of the "Malcolmology" video project, a unique collaboration between truth2power films and the late Dr. Manning Marable, author of the new Malcolm X biography, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention".

July 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"WikiLeaks, Wimbledon and War" By Amy Goodman

Last Saturday was sunny in London, and the crowds were flocking to Wimbledon and to the annual Henley Regatta. Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org, was making his way by train from house arrest in Norfolk, three hours away, to join me and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek for a public conversation about WikiLeaks, the power of information and the importance of transparency in democracies.

Montana Farmer Says Exxon Refuses to Admit Extent of Damage from Oil Spill into Yellowstone River

Family farmer, Alexis Bonogofsky, didn’t get a phone call from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company when its pipeline ruptured Friday night beneath the Yellowstone River, leaking as much as 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the water and onto neighboring land of property owners such as herself. Instead, she discovered "globs of oil" Saturday morning while checking on the flooded pastureland where she grazes her goats. [includes rush transcript]

July 05, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Alexis Bonogofsky