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Live From Egypt: The True Face of the Mubarak Regime by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Cairo, Egypt — The Mubarak regime launched a brutal and coordinated campaign of violence today to take back the streets of Cairo from Egypt’s mass pro-democracy movement.

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

"When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy" By Amy Goodman

“People holding a sign ‘To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It’s over!” so tweeted my brave colleague, “Democracy Now!” senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the streets of Cairo.

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Egypt, Arab Spring

Noam Chomsky (Part 2): “This Is The Most Remarkable Regional Uprising That I Can Remember”

In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, a new Jordanian government, and a pledge by Yemen’s longtime dictator to leave office at the end of his term. We speak to MIT Professor Noam Chomsky in an extended interview about what these popular uprisings mean for the future of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in the region, how U.S. fear of the Muslim Brotherhood is really fear of democracy in the Arab world, and what the Egyptian protests mean for people in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Author Interviews, Noam Chomsky, Arab Spring, Noam Chomsky

"I Either Leave Here Free or Dead": Egyptian Protester Refuses to Leave Tahrir Square Despite Violent Attacks by Mubarak Supporters

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Egyptian protester Nazly Hussein describes bloodshed in Cairo and the role of the United States in funding the violent oppression by the Egyptian government. [includes rush transcript]

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

"It’s a Massacre": Eyewitness Account of Attack on Peaceful Egyptian Protesters by Pro-Mubarak Forces

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Cairo resident Salma al-Tarzi calls in a report from Tahrir Square, where over 500 people have been injured after pro-Mubarak forces attacked the peaceful protesters. [includes rush transcript]

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

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February 01, 2011 |  Filed under  News

Democracy Now!’s Senior News Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous on MSNBC

On Monday, Democracy Now! Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show and The Ed Schultz Show to discuss the unfolding events in Egypt.

February 01, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Egypt

Egypt Protests Spread Across the United States

Across the United States protesters are standing in solidarity with the "days of rage" in Egypt. From San Francisco to Atlanta, Chicago to Miami, they have joined in calling for Hosni Mubarak to step down. On Monday, more than one thousand people gathered in front of the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. Democracy Now! was there.

February 01, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

CNN Highlights Tweet from Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Egypt

January 31, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Live From Egypt: The Rebellion Grows Stronger
By Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Cairo, Egypt — In the second day of defiance of a military curfew, more than 150,000 protesters packed into Tahrir Square Sunday to call on President Hosni Mubarak to step down. The mood was celebratory and victorious. For most, it was not a question of if, but when, Mubarak would leave.

January 30, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

Live From the Egyptian Revolution
by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Cairo, Egypt — I grew up in Egypt. I spent half my life here. But Saturday, when my plane from JFK airport touched down in Cairo, I arrived in a different country than the one I had known all my life. This is not Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt anymore and, regardless of what happens, it will never be again.

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

Day 5 of the Egyptian Uprising: Ahmad Shokr Reports from Cairo (Audio)

In his second report today from Cairo, newspaper editor Ahmad Shokr recaps the latest developments in Egypt: the rising death toll, the continuation of mass street protests, and Hosni Mubarak’s decision to name Omar Suleiman, the head of the country’s intelligence services, to be vice president. [includes rush transcript]

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Ahmad Shokr

Democracy Now!’s Sharif Kouddous on the Ground in Cairo, Egypt

Follow the latest developments in Egypt with Democracy Now! Senior Producer Sharif Kouddous reporting live from Cairo, Egypt.

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt

Audio Report from Cairo: Egyptian Protesters Renew Call for Mubarak to Resign

Ahmad Shokr, an editor at the Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, files a report from Cairo on Saturday morning, day five of the largest anti-government protests in Egypt in decades. [includes rush transcript]

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Ahmad Shokr

Democracy on Trial: The Imprisonment of Indian Human Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen

An Indian high court is hearing arguments to release the nation’s most famous political prisoner on bail and suspend his conviction. Last month, a trial court sentenced renowned physician and human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen to rigorous life imprisonment on the basis of an archaic colonial-era sedition law. [includes rush transcript]

January 28, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, India, Anjali Kamat, Dr. Binayak Sen, Ilina Sen

"Sundance and the Art of Democracy" By Amy Goodman

While much of the attention is focused on the celebrities, Sundance has actually become a key intersection of art, film, politics and dissent. It is where many of the most powerful documentaries premiere, films about genuine grass-roots struggles, covering the sweep of social justice history and the burning issues of today.

Part II...Fifty Years After Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, a Look at "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex"

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We speak with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, who traces the rise of the military-industrial complex through the story of the nation’s largest weapons contractor, Lockheed Martin. [includes rush transcript]

January 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, William Hartung

"Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban" By Amy Goodman

The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock’s website, “ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions” and is “suitable for concealed carry.”

January 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Arizona

Amy Goodman on CNN

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Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman appears on CNN’s John King USA to discuss the lessons of the Tucson shooting.

January 18, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Amidst Violence, Thousands in Tunisia Protest for Democratic Reforms, Demand Ben Ali’s Resignation

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In Tunisia, thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the center of the capital, Tunis, calling for President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to immediately step down. [includes rush transcript]

January 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Tunisia, Arab Spring, Fares Mabrouk