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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

AIDS Activists Rally at U.N.: "We Are Asking World Leaders to Live Up to Their Promise"

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The 2011 U.N. High-Level meeting on AIDS kicked off on Wednesday, June 8, in New York, with more than 30 world leaders attending to discuss the progress and future of the global AIDS response. Outside, hundreds of AIDS activists rallied to call on the world leaders to fulfill their commitment from the 2006 meeting: providing universal access to treatment for the 15 million AIDS patients in critical need. Democracy Now! was there. [includes rush transcript]

June 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, AIDS

Annie Jacobsen, Author of "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base" (Part 2)

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We continue our interview with Annie Jacobsen, author of the new book, "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base." Jacobsen describes the disk-shaped A-12 Oxcart spy plane developed at the Nevada military base, her interview with the plane’s pilot, and discusses how the CIA handled reports of UFO sightings. [includes rush transcript]

"Weiner’s No Longfellow" By Amy Goodman

The media has been awash with New York Congressmember Anthony Weiner’s string of electronic sexual peccadillos. Punctuating the sensationalism, and between the TV commercials from the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries, are story after story of extreme weather events. Herein lies the real scandal: Why aren’t the TV meteorologists, with each story, following the words “extreme weather” with another two, “climate change”? We need modern-day eco-Paul (or Paula) Revere to rouse the populace to this imminent threat.

Two Reporters Arrested at Protest Against Gov. Walker’s Union-Busting Bill

Democracy Now! speaks with a credentialed journalist who was arrested Monday as she reported on thousands of Wisconsin workers marching in Madison, the latest protest in the "gentle uprising" against Gov. Walker’s union-busting bill that has been underway since February. [includes rush transcript]

Dr. Gabor Maté: More Compassion, Less Violence Needed in Addressing Drug Addiction

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In part two of our interview about a new report declaring the so-called "war on drugs" a failure, Dr. Gabor Maté notes that "where violent suppression of drug activity increases, so does killings and violence related to drug use." [includes rush transcript]

June 06, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Dr. Gabor Maté

Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt Dies in Africa

Former Black Panther Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt died in Tanzania on June 2. He was imprisoned for 27 years, until his case was overturned in 1997. Hear Democracy Now!’s Oct. 5, 2000 interview: http://ow.ly/594MV

June 02, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Race in America, Black Panthers

Coming Up on Friday: Seymour Hersh on "Iran and the Bomb"

Tune in Friday for an extensive interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh about his new article "Iran and the Bomb," published in The New Yorker. Hersh writes: "There is a large body of evidence including some of America’s most highly classified intelligence assessments, suggesting that the United States could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago–allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the state’s military capacities and intentions."

June 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Upcoming Shows

Egyptians Fill Tahrir Square for a 'Second Day of Rage': "We Have Demands that Haven’t Been Met Yet"

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Last Friday, more than three months after former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power, tens of thousands of protesters poured into downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square for what they called a "Second Day of Rage." Democracy Now! correspondents Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar filed this report. [includes rush transcript]

June 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

"Hope and Resistance in Honduras" By Amy Goodman

While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint in the first coup in Central America in a quarter-century.

June 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

"Furkan Had a Huge Heart": Ahmet Dogan on His Son, Killed One Year Ago in Gaza Flotilla Raid

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On the first anniversary of Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza-bound aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, we feature an interview with the father of Turkish-American Furkan Dogan, the youngest of nine activists killed in the raid. [includes rush transcript]

AUDIO: "A Return to Democracy in Honduras?" Amy Goodman Reports on Zelaya’s Return to Honduras

Amy Goodman files her first audio report from Nicaragua on ousted president Manuel Zelaya of Honduras historic return home. She filed this report from the airport in Managua and interviews Father Roy Bourgeois of SOA Watch.

May 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras, School of the Americas

LIVE BLOG: Democracy Now! Reports On Manuel Zelaya’s Historic Return to Honduras

Amy Goodman is reporting today on the return of President Manuel Zelaya as he returns to Honduras after a 23-month exile following the coup d’etat that began June 28, 2009. It was the first military coup in Central America in a quarter century. Democracy Now! will report on Zelaya’s return to Honduras from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 31, 2011. Check this space for audio reports, photos and more.

May 30, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Honduras

Press Advisory: Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman reports from airplane returning ex-President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya

NEW YORK, NY: Saturday, May 28, 2011—Amy Goodman, the award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!, will report from the flight of the ousted former president, Manuel Zelaya, as he returns to Honduras after a 23-month exile following the coup d’etat that began June 28, 2009. Mr. Zelaya is expected to land at the Toncontín airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM local time.

May 28, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"Single Payer Healthcare: Vermont’s Gentle Revolution" By Amy Goodman

Vermont is a land of proud firsts. This small New England state was the first to join the 13 Colonies. Its constitution was the first to ban slavery. It was the first to establish the right to free education for all—public education. This week, Vermont will boast another first: the first state in the nation to offer single-payer health care.

May 25, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare, Vermont

The Fight over Coal Mining is a “Fight About Democracy”: New Documentary with Robert Kennedy, Jr. Chronicles Campaign to Halt Mountaintop Removal

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Watch our full interview with environmental activist Robert Kennedy, Jr., and filmmaker Bill Haney about the new documentary, The Last Mountain, which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film chronicles the fight against coal mining across Appalachia and Massey Energy’s devastating practice of mountaintop removal to extract layers of coal. [includes rush transcript]

May 24, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sundance Film Festival

"Andrew Breitbart’s 'Electronic Brownshirts'" By Amy Goodman

The latest Breitbart-inspired 'gotcha' has backfired, but the targets of right-wing attack videos should not cave to dirty tactics.

May 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Academic Freedom, Media Analysis

"Electronic Brownshirts": Pt. 2 of Judy Ancel on the Right-Wing Attack on Labor Professors

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We continue our conversation with University of Missouri professor and labor activist Judy Ancel about the growing right-wing attacks on public education and the atmosphere of fear they produce. "The attack on labor education is an attack on academic freedom," says Ancel. [includes rush transcript]

May 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Labor, Judy Ancel

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