Democracy Now! Blog

"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.

"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

"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

Watch: Full Video of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek With Amy Goodman

In one of his first public events since being held under house arrest, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange appeared in London Saturday for a conversation with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. They discussed the impact of WikiLeaks on world politics, the release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and Cablegate — the largest trove of classified U.S. government records in history. [includes rush transcript]

"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.

U.S. Officials: Pakistan Spy Agency Deliberately Killed Journalist

Obama administration officials have told the New York Times that senior officials of the Pakistani spy agency, the ISI, ordered the killing of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad of the Asia Times in an effort to silence him. One U.S. official said, “Every indication is that this was a deliberate, targeted killing that was most likely meant to send shock waves through Pakistan’s journalist community and civil society." Ali Dayan Hasan, the head of Human Rights Watch in Pakistan, first tied the ISI to Shahzad’s killing. Hasan recently spoke to Democracy Now! in his most extended interview in the U.S. press.

July 05, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Pakistan, Freedom of the Press

Greek Authorities Intercept U.S. Boat for Gaza Minutes After It Set Sail

Gaza_boat2011 Democracy Now! producer Aaron Maté files exclusive audio reports on board the Gaza-bound "Audacity of Hope". The ship set sail from Greece at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT but was soon stopped by Greek authorities. Listen to Aaron’s reports as the scene develops.

July 01, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Gaza Flotilla

"'Food Terrorism' Next Door to the Magic Kingdom" By Amy Goodman

Think of “food terrorism” and what do you see? Diabolical plots to taint items on grocery-store shelves? If you are Buddy Dyer, the mayor of Orlando, Fla., you might be thinking of a group feeding the homeless and hungry in one of your city parks. That is what Dyer is widely quoted as calling the activists with the Orlando chapter of Food Not Bombs—“food terrorists.” In the past few weeks, no less than 21 people have been arrested in Orlando, the home of Disney World, for handing out free food in a park.

June 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, War on Terror

"Japan’s Meltdowns Demand New No-Nukes Thinking." By Amy Goodman

New details are emerging that indicate the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than previously known, with three of the four affected reactors experiencing full meltdowns. Meanwhile, in the U.S., massive flooding along the Missouri River has put Nebraska’s two nuclear plants, both near Omaha, on alert.

June 22, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Japan, Nuclear Power

After Mubarak, Fighting For Press Freedom in Egypt

Under Mubarak, state-owned media was a propaganda arm of the government, parroting party dogma while dismissing public criticism and political opposition. After his ouster, the struggle for press freedom is far from over. Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel-Kouddous reports from Cairo for The Nation magazine.

June 21, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Media Analysis, Freedom of the Press

"Failed War on Drugs: Fast, Furious and Fueled by the U.S." By Amy Goodman

A grim irony of Mexico’s failed offensive against drug trafficking is that the US has supplied cartels with guns – deliberately even.

June 15, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drug War, Mexico, Gun Control

Former Salt Lake City Rocky Anderson on GOP Presidential Candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman

Tonight’s debate between Republican presidential candidates marks the first national debate appearance of Mitt Romney, former MA governor. Meanwhile, fellow Mormon and former Utah governor, Jon Huntsman, has yet to announce and will skip the debate. Democracy Now! spoke with former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson about the political record of Hunstman and Romney. The two became "great friends" when they worked together on the 2002 Winter Olympics in New York City. [includes rush transcript]

"Weiner’s No Longfellow" By Amy Goodman

The media has been awash with New York Congressmember Anthony Weiner’s string of electronic sexual peccadillos. Punctuating the sensationalism, and between the TV commercials from the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries, are story after story of extreme weather events. Herein lies the real scandal: Why aren’t the TV meteorologists, with each story, following the words “extreme weather” with another two, “climate change”? We need modern-day eco-Paul (or Paula) Revere to rouse the populace to this imminent threat.

Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt Dies in Africa

Former Black Panther Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt died in Tanzania on June 2. He was imprisoned for 27 years, until his case was overturned in 1997. Hear Democracy Now!’s Oct. 5, 2000 interview: http://ow.ly/594MV

June 02, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Race in America, Black Panthers

Coming Up on Friday: Seymour Hersh on "Iran and the Bomb"

Tune in Friday for an extensive interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh about his new article "Iran and the Bomb," published in The New Yorker. Hersh writes: "There is a large body of evidence including some of America’s most highly classified intelligence assessments, suggesting that the United States could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago–allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the state’s military capacities and intentions."

"Hope and Resistance in Honduras" By Amy Goodman

While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint in the first coup in Central America in a quarter-century.

June 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

"Single Payer Healthcare: Vermont’s Gentle Revolution" By Amy Goodman

Vermont is a land of proud firsts. This small New England state was the first to join the 13 Colonies. Its constitution was the first to ban slavery. It was the first to establish the right to free education for all—public education. This week, Vermont will boast another first: the first state in the nation to offer single-payer health care.

May 25, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare, Vermont

"Andrew Breitbart’s 'Electronic Brownshirts'" By Amy Goodman

The latest Breitbart-inspired 'gotcha' has backfired, but the targets of right-wing attack videos should not cave to dirty tactics.

May 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Academic Freedom, Media Analysis

"Tony Kushner and the Angels of Dissent" By Amy Goodman

Tony Kushner will be receiving an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. This shouldn’t be big news.

May 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Academic Freedom