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"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

‘Restrepo’ Director Tim Hetherington and Photojournalist Chris Hondros Killed While Reporting on Libyan Conflict in Misurata

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Photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, director and producer of the documentary film “Restrepo,” and photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed in the Libyan city of Misurata on Wednesday when a group of four photojournalists were attacked. Democracy Now! interviewed Chris Hondros in 2007 about his Pulitzer Prize-nominated photos taken in Iraq.

April 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya

Vandana & Mira Shiva on Corporate Malpractice in India and its Devastating Impact on Health

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On Earth Day, Democracy Now! revisits a 2010 conversation with world-renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva and her sister, Dr. Mira Shiva, about multinational malpractice in India, from the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal to Monsanto GMOs that are destroying biodiversity. [includes rush transcript]

April 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Earth Day, Climate Change, GMO, Bhopal Disaster

"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

Standing up to Big Pharma in Bangladesh: Right Livelihood Laureate Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury

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Democracy Now! talks to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, co-founder of Bangladeshi charity Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK, The People’s Health Center) which provides education, job opportunities and low-cost, locally-produced essential drugs to rural Bangladeshis. GK received the Right Livelihood Award in 1992.

April 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Right Livelihood Award

Environmental Activists Occupy Interior Dept. at End of PowerShift Conference

2:15pm EDT Tim DeChristopher, activist and founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising, called Democracy Now! with an update from the U.S. Department of Interior, where 300-400 people are outside protesting and another 50 people are inside and refusing to leave. The march comes at the end of the four-day PowerShift conference in D.C., where 10,000 activists gathered to demand a clean energy future, targeting the Dept. of the Interior for green-lighting mountaintop "coal" removal mining, oil drilling, and now massive new coal development in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. [includes rush transcript]

Click to listen to his report on the occupation.

April 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Environment, Tim DeChristopher

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

"The Connection Between Energy Use And Political Power Is Essential": Right Livelihood Laureate Mycle Schneider

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Mycle Schneider, a Paris-based independent consultant on energy and nuclear policy, received the Right Livelihood Award in 1997 for "serving to alert the world to the unparalleled dangers of plutonium to human life." Democracy Now! interviewed him at the 2010 Right Livelihood Awards in Bonn, Germany. [includes rush transcript]

April 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nuclear Power, Right Livelihood Award

Right Livelihood Laureate Alyn Ware On The Global Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament

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Alyn Ware received the Right Livelihood Award in 2009 for leading initiatives in peace education and nuclear abolition in his native New Zealand and around the world for the past twenty-five years. Democracy Now! met up with him at the 2010 Right Livelihood Awards in Bonn, Germany.

April 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Right Livelihood Award, Nuclear Power

"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

Voices from the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform

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More than 2,000 journalists, activists, educators and artists from across the country gathered at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston April 8-10 to discuss issues ranging from net neutrality and racial diversity to democracy and social justice. Democracy Now! was there. [includes rush transcript]

April 13, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, National Conference for Media Reform

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

Egyptian American Mohamed Radwan Released from Syrian Custody

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Egyptian American engineer Mohamed Radwan was arrested in Syria on March 25 and released April 1. Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interviewed him in his family’s home in Cairo on April 5 and filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

April 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Syria, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Mohamed Radwan

"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 & Torture, 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.

March 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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.

Uncut Interview with Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Upon His Historic Return to Haiti

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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family were flown on March 18, 2011 by the South African government back to their home in Haiti after seven years in exile in South Africa. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman was the only reporter to join them on the journey. Here is the complete transcript of our global broadcast exclusive conversation with Aristide as he flew over the Atlantic Ocean approaching Haiti.

March 22, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide

21-Year-Old Libyan American Medical Student Muhannad Bensadik Killed Near Brega; Hear His Interview with Democracy Now!

Muhannad Bensadik was a 21-year-old Libyan American medical student in Benghazi. He participated in the Libyan uprising last month and then decided to join the armed struggle against Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. Muhannad was reportedly shot to death in fighting near Brega on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interviewed him by phone on March 10, 2011. [includes rush transcript]

March 21, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Libya, Muhannad Bensadik

Libyan Citizen Journalist Mohammed Nabbous Killed in Benghazi; Hear His Interview with Democracy Now! (Audio)

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Democracy Now! regrets to report that Mohammed Nabbous, a Libyan citizen journalist in Benghazi who founded Libya AlHurra TV to broadcast live online on Gaddafi violence, was shot and killed Saturday morning. [includes rush transcript]

March 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Aristide’s First Day Back in Haiti After 7 Years: A Democracy Now! Exclusive Report

After a long day of traveling, Amy Goodman reports on the historic return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Haiti.

March 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti