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"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

Amy Goodman Reports: Aristide Lands in Haiti After Seven Years in Exile

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has landed in Haiti and Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman is there to report the latest: "We made it through a mad crush of over a thousand journalists, videographers, supporters, dignitaries at the airport. I am now standing on the veranda of the airport where President Aristide is addressing the crowd. He is saying we will not forget the victims of the earthquake."

Visit our live blog for ongoing updates and photos from Haiti.

March 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Daniel Ellsberg, Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader and Daniel Ellsberg: We Need to See Courage and Mobilization Here as Well as the Middle East

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As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have virtually disappeared from mainstream media coverage, Democracy Now!’s Juan Gonzalez has a wide-ranging conversation with Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader about the ongoing U.S. military occupation of these countries, the treatment of WikiLeaks accused whistleblower Bradley Manning, and how this connects to the attack on worker rights in Wisconsin and beyond. Protests against the occupations and the treatment of Manning are planned for this weekend. [includes rush transcript]

LIVE BLOG: Democracy Now! Reports On Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Historic Return to Haiti

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Amy Goodman and Sharif Abdel Kouddous are on the ground in Haiti covering former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s return after seven years in exile. We will post updates here over the coming days.

March 18, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Haiti

Exclusive: Aboard Aristide’s Airplane Ex-Haitian Leader Returns From 7 Years In Exile

In defiance of the Obama administration, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is headed back to Haiti today for the first time since being ousted in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup. Hours ago, Aristide boarded a plane in South Africa bound for Port-Au-Prince. Joining him on the flight is his wife, Mildred Aristide, attorney Ira Kurzban and actor Danny Glover. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman is also on aboard. Minutes before takeoff she filed this report and sent exclusive photos.

March 17, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Haiti

Danny Glover in South Africa: "I’m Here to Accompany My Friend, President Aristide, Back to Haiti"

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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is preparing to return to Haiti after seven years in exile. Aristide has lived in South Africa since he was deposed in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup. Reporting from Johannesburg, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman speaks actor and activist Danny Glover as he prepares to accompany Aristide. [includes rush transcript]

March 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Haiti, Danny Glover

"A Warning to the World" By Amy Goodman

In the aftermath of the largest recorded earthquake in Japanese history and the tsunami that followed, killing thousands, the Japanese nuclear crisis has sparked global repercussions.

March 16, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Japan, Vermont, Obama, Nuclear Power

Work of activists helped prevent Fukushima-style cluster of nuclear reactors on Long Island

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The explosions and fires at four separate nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, are a haunting reminder that nuclear power can produce catastrophic results. This was the nightmare scenario the nuclear power industry assured us would never happen. Karl Grossman, a SUNY Old Westbury journalism professor and author of several books on the nuclear industry, recalls such assurances going back to the 1960s. That was when New York’s own power companies started planning a Fukushima-style cluster of nuclear reactors on Long Island.

March 16, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Mark Potok: Peter King Hearings on Muslims "Despicable"

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A controversial hearing on the radicalization of the American Muslim community has opened today on Capitol Hill, led by New York Republican Rep. Peter King. Critics have described the hearings as a modern-day form of McCarthyism designed to stoke fear against American Muslims. King has refused calls to broaden the hearing to examine right-wing militias or any non-Muslim groups. We speak with Mark Potok, director of Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center. [includes rush transcript]

March 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Arabs and Muslims in America, War on Terror, Mark Potok

Audio: Wisconsin Democratic Senator Questions Legality of Anti-Union Vote

Wisconsin Democratic Senator Chris Larson speaks to Democracy Now! as he races back to Madison to challenge tonight’s anti-union vote to end collective bargaining rights for most public employee workers. "I think a lot of what they’ve done is on the borderlines of what is legal," Larson says. "It’s definitely questionable democracy." [includes rush transcript]

March 09, 2011 |  Filed under  News

"Don’t Ice Out Public Media" By Amy Goodman

The aspen grove on Kebler Pass in Colorado is one of the largest organisms in the world. Thousands of aspen share the same, interconnected root system. Last weekend, I snowmobiled over the pass, 10,000 feet above sea level, between the towns of Paonia and Crested Butte. I was racing through Colorado to help community radio stations raise funds, squeezing in nine benefits in two days.

March 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Analysis

"America is Not Broke!": Michael Moore addresses thousands in Madison, Wisconsin

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, thousands of people rallied in Madison, Wisconsin on the steps of the state capitol. Among those who took to the microphone, was academy award winning filmmaker, Michael Moore.

Arab Hip-Hop and Revolution: The Narcicyst on Music, Politics, and the Art of Resistance

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Yassin Alsalman, aka "The Narcicyst" sits down with Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Koudous. [includes rush transcript]

March 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Music, Art & Politics, Arab Spring, Yassin Alsalman

"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.

Union Voices from Madison: "We Will Be Out Here Marching Until Justice is Served"

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Rank-and-file union members are among the thousands protesting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s "budget repair" bill that would strip public workers of their right to collective bargaining. In this web exclusive video from the streets of Madison, Democracy Now! speaks to union members who have come from around the state, and as far away as California, to march in solidarity. [includes rush transcript]

February 25, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Labor, U.S. Labor Protests, Wisconsin, Unions

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa on Egypt’s Revolution, His Potential Presidential Candidacy and Popular Uprisings Across the Middle East

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Secretary General Amr Moussa is widely expected to run for president of Egypt in the country’s elections scheduled to be held in six months. In a diplomatic career that has spanned more than half a century, Moussa is currently one of Egypt’s best-known politicians. From 1991 to 2001, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for the Mubarak government. Moussa has announced he will be stepping down from his post as Secretary General of the Arab League. Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous sits down with Amr Moussa in the headquarters of the Arab League next to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo for a conversation about Egypt’s revolution, his potential presidential candidacy, the military’s role in Egypt, treaties with Israel, and popular uprisings across the Middle East. [includes rush transcript]

February 24, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Amr Moussa