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"The SOPA Blackout Protest Makes History." By Amy Goodman

An unprecedented wave of online opposition to the SOPA and PIPA bills before Congress shows the power of a free internet. Today marked the largest online protest in the history of the internet. Websites from large to small "went dark" in protest of proposed legislation before the US House and Senate that could profoundly change the internet.

January 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Art & Politics

From Our Archives: Mitt Romney, Bain Capital Profited Through Offshore Tax Havens

ABC News is reporting Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has "millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven." The link between Romney and offshore tax havens is not new. Check out our 2008 report 'Romney’s Bain Capital Profited Through Offshore Tax Havens, Closing U.S. Factories, Laying Off Workers.'

January 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, Election 2012

"Guantanamo at 10: The Prisoner and the Prosecutor." By Amy Goodman

Ten years ago, Omar Deghayes and Morris Davis would have struck anyone as an odd pair. While they have never met, they now share a profound connection, cemented through their time at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

January 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Obama, Torture, Pakistan

"Republicans Divided, Citizens United." By Amy Goodman

The Republican caucuses in Iowa show the 2012 presidential election promises to be long, contentious, extremely expensive and perhaps more negative than any in history.

New York Times Coverage of Media Crackdown on Occupy Wall Street Profiles Democracy Now!’s Ryan Devereaux

The New York Times reports how, on Dec. 17, "a linebacker-size officer grabbed the collar of Mr. Devereaux, who wore an ID identifying him as a reporter. The cop jammed a fist into his throat, turning Mr. Devereaux into a de facto battering ram to push back protesters."
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"If You Can’t Beat Them, Enjoin Them (From Voting)." By Amy Goodman

All eyes are on Iowa this week, as the hodgepodge field of Republican contenders seek a win, or at least “momentum,” in the campaign for the party’s presidential nomination. But behind the scenes, a battle is being waged by Republicans—not against each other, but against American voters.

"Bradley Manning and the Fog of War." By Amy Goodman

Accused whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning turned 24 Saturday. He spent his birthday in a pretrial military hearing that could ultimately lead to a sentence of life … or death. Manning stands accused of causing the largest leak of government secrets in United States history.

December 21, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, DADT, LGBT, Civil Rights

Lori Berenson Allowed To Come to U.S. For Holidays With Her Son; Hear 1999 Interview with Democracy Now!

The once-imprisoned U.S. activist Lori Berenson will be allowed to travel to New York City from Peru to spend the holidays with her toddler son for the first time since her arrest in 1995. Click here to listen to Amy Goodman’s exclusive interview in 1999 with Berenson in the Socabaya Prison.

December 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Lori Berenson, Peru, Human Rights, Latin America

"Climate Apartheid." By Amy Goodman

The U.N.‘s 17th “Conference of Parties,” or COP 17, negotiations were extended, virtually nonstop, through Sunday, in hopes of avoiding complete failure. But despite optimistic pronouncements to the contrary, many believe the Kyoto Protocol died in Durban.

Democracy Now! Inspires Protester Profiled in Time Magazine’s "Person of the Year" Issue

Time magazine has named "The Protester" as its "Person of the Year for 2011." Click to read how Democracy Now! played a role in inspiring one of the people profiled in the issue.

December 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring

Egypt Heads to the Polls, Round II

Ten months after the fall of Mubarak, the residents of Suez are now preparing to head to the polls on December 14, to cast their votes in the second round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections. Read Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous’s report for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

December 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

"Listen to the People, Not the Polluters." By Amy Goodman

There is a growing consensus here at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, that the United States is the main impediment to progress at these crucial talks. The fossil-fuel industry exerts enormous influence over the U.S. government, and over the U.S. public, with tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and PR campaigns to shape public opinion. Scientists and activists here and around the world are urging the negotiators to, "Listen to the People, Not the Polluters."

December 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Durban Climate Summit 2011, Climate Change

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December 05, 2011 |  Filed under  Your Community Media

Amy Goodman on MSNBC’s "Up with Chris Hayes" from Durban

Watch Amy Goodman’s appearance on MSNBC’s "Up with Chris Hayes" on Sat. Dec 3rd, 2011, live from Durban, South Africa, site of the UN’s climate change conference.

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Exclusive: Cass McCombs Debuts New Song "Bradley Manning" Ahead of Accused Whistleblower’s Trial


More than a year and a half after his arrest, the alleged Army whistleblower Bradley Manning is due to make his first court appearance at a pre-trial hearing on December 16th. Manning faces up to life in prison for allegedly leaking thousands of diplomatic cables that were published by WikiLeaks. Manning spent the first part of his imprisonment in harsh conditions including solitary confinement, leading to allegations of cruelty and torture. Ahead of Manning’s upcoming hearing, the indie musician Cass McCombs stopped by the Democracy Now! studio to debut a new song he wrote for the accused whistleblower, "Bradley Manning."

December 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, Cass McCombs

Democracy Now! Exclusive: Occupy Protesters Confront NYPD Commissioner with Images of Abuse

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was recently confronted with images of his officers abusing supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement as he addressed students at Columbia University. While Kelly spoke a projection appeared on the wall behind him offering an "alternative presentation." Democracy Now! has exclusive video of the action.

November 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Police Brutality, New York

"Cry, the Beloved Climate." By Amy Goodman

The United Nations’ annual climate change summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba. The 17-year-old was one of 10 people killed in Durban on Sunday, the night before the U.N. conference opened, when torrential rains pummeled the seaside city of 3.5 million.

Native Americans Mark Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving: "We are not Vanishing, We Are Not Conquered"


The United American Indians of New England marked the 42nd National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass. on Nov. 24 as others celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. Democracy Now! was there, as Native speakers described the "suppressed" history of the holiday, the massacre of the Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples, and their continuing discrimination. They also expressed solidarity with struggles around the world, from Palestine to the Occupy Movement. [Includes rush transcript]

Arab Spring Under the King: Bahraini Activist Ala’a Shehabi on Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Protests


Clashes have erupted in Bahrain ahead of the release of a report investigating the crackdown on the pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Watch Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interview Bahraini activist Ala’a Shehabi, wife of a Bahraini political prisoner seized and jailed during the uprising.

November 23, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bahrain, Middle East, Arab Spring, Anjali Kamat

"Pulling Accounts From the Unaccountable." By Amy Goodman

Even though Heather Carpenter was outside of Citibank, a plainclothes officer had identified her as an Occupy Wall Street protester. She said she was a customer and showed her receipt. To her shock, as documented by video, Heather was grabbed from behind by a plainclothes officer who began forcing her into the bank. She screamed, but within seconds disappeared into the vestibule, surrounded by a dozen cops, where she was roughly handcuffed and arrested.