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Pt. 2 of Interview with Steve Earle: "Democracy is Something that is Contagious"

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Singer-songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle joins us for an extended interview on the popular uprisings in the Middle East, the connection he sees between his antiwar and anti-death penalty activism, and to perform a ballad he wrote from the perspective of the captured American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence. [includes rush transcript]

Opposition to Military Trials of Civilians in Egypt Gains Momentum

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People gathered at the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in downtown Cairo this week to speak out against the military court system, which has been used to convict and jail more than 5,000 civilians since late January. Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous sent this video report.

May 12, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

"Tony Kushner and the Angels of Dissent" By Amy Goodman

Tony Kushner will be receiving an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. This shouldn’t be big news.

May 11, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel & Palestine, Israel, Academic Freedom

Pt. 2 of Interview with Adam Hochschild on Voices of Dissent amidst the Din of War

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Historian and author Adam Hochschild talks to Democracy Now! about his latest book, To End All Wars, and the comparison between pacifist struggles in World War I-era Britain to the U.S. during Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq today. We also discuss Hochschild’s earlier book, King Leopold’s Ghost, about the horrific colonial exploitation of present-day DRC by Belgium’s King Leopold and the U.S.-backed ouster and subsequent assassination of the Congo’s first elected prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. [includes rush transcript]

May 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"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

Glenn Greenwald on Why He Strongly Supports WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning

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Glenn Greenwald, the Salon.com legal blogger, explains why he is a strong supporter of WikiLeaks, and discusses its recent revelation that the U.S. imprisoned more than 150 innocent men for years without charge in the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay. [includes rush transcript]

April 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Journalists Rula Jebreal and Issandr El Amrani on Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Hamas and Palestinian Authority

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Democracy Now! hosts a conversation between Palestinian author Rula Jebreal and Egyptian journalist Issandr El Amrani about the continued uprisings in the Middle East and Arab attitudes toward the U.S. Jebreal talks about growing up in Haifa and her autobiographical novel Miral, and El Amrani discusses the effects of the "Arab Spring" on Israel. [includes rush transcript]

April 27, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel, Israel & Palestine, Egypt, Arab Spring

"Capital Punishment: One of America’s Worst Crimes"
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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