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"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

"Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor" By Amy Goodman

While defense spending increases, with the largest Pentagon funding request since World War II, the budget calls for cutting in half a program called Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

"Egypt, A People Victorious"
by Anjali Kamat

CAIRO–The sounds of freedom continue to ring through Cairo, twenty-four hours after Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign by the awe-inspiring resilience and courage of millions of Egyptians who poured onto the streets in unprecedented numbers for 18 continuous days. After three decades of authoritarian rule, the impossible has come to pass; the hated dictator is gone and his notorious police force has all but vanished.

February 12, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

Coming Up on Friday: Two-Hour Democracy Now! Special On Egypt

Tune in on Friday for a special two-hour broadcast on the uprising in Egypt. We will be streaming the program live from 8 to 10 a.m. EST. Please encourage your local radio and tv station to air both hours of the special.

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Upcoming Shows, Egypt

"Egypt’s Youth Will Not Be Silenced" By Amy Goodman

Egypt’s burgeoning youth population is driving the revolution. Kareem Amer, who spent four years in prison in Egypt for his blogging, has disappeared off the streets of Cairo after leaving Tahrir Square with a friend.

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February 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Egypt, Arab Spring

Democracy Now! Special Two-Hour Show On Saturday

On Saturday Democracy Now! aired a two-hour special "Uprising in Eygpt." Watch/listen/download the show here

February 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Events, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

Live From Egypt: The True Face of the Mubarak Regime by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Cairo, Egypt — The Mubarak regime launched a brutal and coordinated campaign of violence today to take back the streets of Cairo from Egypt’s mass pro-democracy movement.

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

"When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy" By Amy Goodman

“People holding a sign ‘To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It’s over!” so tweeted my brave colleague, “Democracy Now!” senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the streets of Cairo.

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Egypt, Arab Spring

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Democracy Now!’s Senior News Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous on MSNBC

On Monday, Democracy Now! Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show and The Ed Schultz Show to discuss the unfolding events in Egypt.

February 01, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Egypt

CNN Highlights Tweet from Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Egypt

Live From Egypt: The Rebellion Grows Stronger
By Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Cairo, Egypt — In the second day of defiance of a military curfew, more than 150,000 protesters packed into Tahrir Square Sunday to call on President Hosni Mubarak to step down. The mood was celebratory and victorious. For most, it was not a question of if, but when, Mubarak would leave.

January 30, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

Live From the Egyptian Revolution
by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Cairo, Egypt — I grew up in Egypt. I spent half my life here. But Saturday, when my plane from JFK airport touched down in Cairo, I arrived in a different country than the one I had known all my life. This is not Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt anymore and, regardless of what happens, it will never be again.

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

Democracy Now!’s Sharif Kouddous on the Ground in Cairo, Egypt

Follow the latest developments in Egypt with Democracy Now! Senior Producer Sharif Kouddous reporting live from Cairo, Egypt.

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt

"Sundance and the Art of Democracy" By Amy Goodman

While much of the attention is focused on the celebrities, Sundance has actually become a key intersection of art, film, politics and dissent. It is where many of the most powerful documentaries premiere, films about genuine grass-roots struggles, covering the sweep of social justice history and the burning issues of today.

"Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban" By Amy Goodman

The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock’s website, “ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions” and is “suitable for concealed carry.”

January 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Arizona