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"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

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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

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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

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]

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

Nuclear Hubris: Christian Parenti on What Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Means for the U.S. Energy Industry

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In part two of our conversation with journalist Christian Parenti, he discusses what the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in Japan means for the expansion of nuclear power in the United States, and how the focus on atomic power diverts funds from the transition to clean technology. [includes rush transcript]

Book Excerpt: "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence" By Christian Parenti

Read the first chapter of "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence," by award-winning writer Christian Parenti, who was interviewed today on Democracy Now! In the book he explores how, from Africa to Asia, extreme weather brought on by global warming is unleashing cascades of unrest and violence.

June 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Global Warming, Extreme Weather

"'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

From the Vault: Democracy Now! Interview With the Late British Peace Activist Brian Haw (1949-2011)

The British peace activist Brian Haw has died at the age of 62. For the past decade Haw lived and slept outside the Houses of Parliament in London to protest against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democracy Now! spoke with Brian Haw in March 2006, in Parliament Square.

June 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bush, Iraq, War on Terror, Brian Haw

Drones, Aid and CIA Contractor Raymond Davis: Ali Dayan Hasan on Pakistani Attitudes Toward the U.S.

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In part two of our interview with Human Rights Watch Asia senior researcher Ali Dayan Hasan, he describes the work Asia Times reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad was doing when he was kidnapped, murdered and tortured in May, allegedly by state security forces. He also discusses the impact of drones, U.S. aid, and the case of CIA contractor Raymond Davis on Pakistani attitudes toward the United States. [includes rush transcript]

June 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, War on Terror, Drone Attacks, Drones, Ali Dayan Hasan

Amy Goodman To Host Discussion With WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange and Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Žižek; Event Will Be Broadcast Live From London July 2 at 11am EDT

This Saturday, Amy Goodman will interview WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and renowned Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek. Democracy Now! will broadcast a live stream of the discussion starting at 11am EDT at DemocracyNow.org.

June 28, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

Welcome to Bloombergville: New York Activists Fight Budget Cuts By Camping in Front of City Hall

In New York City, activists are camping out near City Hall to protest budget cuts and layoffs. They’ve dubbed the encampment "Bloombergville."

June 24, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Financial Meltdown, Economy, Protests, Education, Michael Moore

"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]

Sally Kohn: "Don’t Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt"

On August 2, the U.S. government is expected to reach its $14.3 trillion borrowing limit. Democrats want to curb the federal deficit by pushing for new taxes and eliminating many tax loopholes, while Republicans have called for steep spending reductions but no new taxes. For more, Democracy Now! spoke with Sally Kohn, author of a recent USA Today op-ed titled "Don’t Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt." [includes rush transcript]

June 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Economy, Taxes, Tax Reform, Financial Meltdown, Sally Kohn