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"Accomplish the Mission: Bring the Troops Home" By Amy Goodman

Eight years to the day after then-President George W. Bush strode onto the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln under a banner announcing “Mission Accomplished,” President Barack Obama, without flight suit or swagger, made the surprise announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a U.S. military operation.

May 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan, War on Terror, Osama bin Laden, 9/11

"Amy Goodman’s 2009 Column Revisited: Healthcare Reform Needs An Action Hero" By Amy Goodman

As the New Democratic Party comes in second in Canada’s election, we revisit Amy Goodman’s 2009 column on the late Tommy Douglas, the NDP’s first leader and the pioneering politician credited with creating the modern Canadian health care system. Douglas was Kiefer Sutherland’s grandfather.

May 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare, Canada

"Capital Punishment: One of America’s Worst Crimes"
By Amy Goodman

Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on death row for 29 years. Now, a court rules his sentencing unconstitutional. When will we learn?

April 27, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Death Penalty

"Renewed Energy For Renewable Energy" By Amy Goodman

More than 10,000 people converged in Washington, DC, this past week to discuss, organize, mobilize and protest around the issue of climate change. While tax day Tea Party gatherings of a few hundred scattered around the country made the news, this massive gathering, Power Shift 2011, was largely ignored by the media.

April 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Gulf Coast Fisherwoman "Disrupts the Peace" at BP Shareholder Meeting

Security officers at BP’s shareholder meeting today in London blocked the entrance of a delegation of fishermen and women from the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast area heavily damaged by last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Among them was Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation fisherwoman from the Texas Gulf Coast. She described the scene to Democracy Now! [includes rush transcript]

April 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Events, BP Oil Spill, Diane Wilson

"Barack Obama Must Speak Out On Bahrain Bloodshed" By Amy Goodman

One month into the pro-democracy uprising in the small Gulf state of Bahrain — where the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet is based, tasked with protecting “U.S. interests” — Bahrainis are suffering the same violent repression as Libyans. So why does Obama have nothing to say?

April 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Bahrain, Arab Spring

Prosecuting Mubarak: Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Al Jazeera English

Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous was a guest Monday on Inside Story when the Al Jazeera English program reported that the Egyptian public prosecutor has issued an order to summon Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, for questioning over allegations of corruption.

April 12, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

"One Guantanamo Trial That Will Be Held in New York" by Amy Goodman

On the same day President Barack Obama formally launched his re-election campaign, his attorney general, Eric Holder, announced that key suspects in the 9/11 attacks would be tried not in federal court, but through controversial military commissions at Guantanamo. Nevertheless, one Guantanamo case will be tried in New York.

April 06, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, Psychology and Justice, 9/11

"Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court: Tinkering With the Machinery of Death" By Amy Goodman

On March 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis. It was his last appeal.

"Aristide’s Return to Haiti: A Long Night’s Journey Into Day" By Amy Goodman

Late at night on March 17, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide boarded a small plane with his family in Johannesburg. The following morning, he arrived in Haiti. It was just over seven years after he was kidnapped from his home in a U.S.-backed coup d’etat.

LIVE BLOG: Democracy Now! Reports On Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Historic Return to Haiti

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Amy Goodman and Sharif Abdel Kouddous are on the ground in Haiti covering former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s return after seven years in exile. We will post updates here over the coming days.

March 18, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Haiti

Exclusive: Aboard Aristide’s Airplane Ex-Haitian Leader Returns From 7 Years In Exile

In defiance of the Obama administration, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is headed back to Haiti today for the first time since being ousted in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup. Hours ago, Aristide boarded a plane in South Africa bound for Port-Au-Prince. Joining him on the flight is his wife, Mildred Aristide, attorney Ira Kurzban and actor Danny Glover. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman is also on aboard. Minutes before takeoff she filed this report and sent exclusive photos.

March 17, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Haiti

"A Warning to the World" By Amy Goodman

In the aftermath of the largest recorded earthquake in Japanese history and the tsunami that followed, killing thousands, the Japanese nuclear crisis has sparked global repercussions.

March 16, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Japan, Vermont, Obama, Nuclear Power

Audio: Wisconsin Democratic Senator Questions Legality of Anti-Union Vote

Wisconsin Democratic Senator Chris Larson speaks to Democracy Now! as he races back to Madison to challenge tonight’s anti-union vote to end collective bargaining rights for most public employee workers. "I think a lot of what they’ve done is on the borderlines of what is legal," Larson says. "It’s definitely questionable democracy." [includes rush transcript]

"Don’t Ice Out Public Media" By Amy Goodman

The aspen grove on Kebler Pass in Colorado is one of the largest organisms in the world. Thousands of aspen share the same, interconnected root system. Last weekend, I snowmobiled over the pass, 10,000 feet above sea level, between the towns of Paonia and Crested Butte. I was racing through Colorado to help community radio stations raise funds, squeezing in nine benefits in two days.

March 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Analysis

"The Battle of the Budgets: New Fronts in the Afghan and Iraq Wars" By Amy Goodman

No discussion or debate over budgets, over wages and pensions, over deficits, should happen without a clear presentation of the costs of these wars—and the incalculable benefits that ending them would bring.

"Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest" By Amy Goodman

The workers of Egypt were instrumental in bringing down the regime there, in a remarkable coalition with Egypt’s youth. In the streets of Madison, under the Capitol dome, another demonstration of solidarity is taking place.

Juan Gonzalez Wins 2010 George Polk Award For Exposing $80 Million Bloomberg Administration Scandal

Democracy Now’s own Juan Gonzalez has won the 2010 George Polk Award for commentary for his columns in the New York Daily News exposing the scandal behind Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s attempt to create a new computerized payroll system called CityTime. Juan’s reporting helped lead to the federal indictment of four consultants and two associates on charges that they orchestrated a fraud that cost city taxpayers more than $80 million. One of seven people so far arrested in the fraud pleaded guilty two weeks ago and is cooperating. The director of New York City’s Office of Payroll has been forced to resign. So far federal agents have recovered more than $27 million in cash from dozens of bank accounts of dummy companies connected to the scheme. Juan also won a Polk Award in 1998.

WATCH: Amy Goodman on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Saturday, Feb 19

WATCH: Amy Goodman on Al Jazeera English EMPIRE: Social Networks, Social Revolution

Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have become the new weapons of mass mobilization; geeks have taken on dictators; bloggers are dissidents; and social networks have become rallying forces for social justice.

February 17, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Social Media, Egypt, Tunisia, Wikileaks