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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.

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

"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

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

"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.

"Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest" By Amy Goodman

The workers of Egypt were instrumental in bringing down the regime there, in a remarkable coalition with Egypt’s youth. In the streets of Madison, under the Capitol dome, another demonstration of solidarity is taking place.

Juan Gonzalez Wins 2010 George Polk Award For Exposing $80 Million Bloomberg Administration Scandal

Democracy Now’s own Juan Gonzalez has won the 2010 George Polk Award for commentary for his columns in the New York Daily News exposing the scandal behind Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s attempt to create a new computerized payroll system called CityTime. Juan’s reporting helped lead to the federal indictment of four consultants and two associates on charges that they orchestrated a fraud that cost city taxpayers more than $80 million. One of seven people so far arrested in the fraud pleaded guilty two weeks ago and is cooperating. The director of New York City’s Office of Payroll has been forced to resign. So far federal agents have recovered more than $27 million in cash from dozens of bank accounts of dummy companies connected to the scheme. Juan also won a Polk Award in 1998.

February 22, 2011 |  Filed under  News

WATCH: Amy Goodman on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Saturday, Feb 19

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

WATCH: Amy Goodman on Al Jazeera English EMPIRE: Social Networks, Social Revolution

Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have become the new weapons of mass mobilization; geeks have taken on dictators; bloggers are dissidents; and social networks have become rallying forces for social justice.

February 17, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Social Media, Egypt, Tunisia, Wikileaks

"Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor" By Amy Goodman

While defense spending increases, with the largest Pentagon funding request since World War II, the budget calls for cutting in half a program called Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

February 16, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Egypt, A People Victorious"
by Anjali Kamat

CAIRO–The sounds of freedom continue to ring through Cairo, twenty-four hours after Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign by the awe-inspiring resilience and courage of millions of Egyptians who poured onto the streets in unprecedented numbers for 18 continuous days. After three decades of authoritarian rule, the impossible has come to pass; the hated dictator is gone and his notorious police force has all but vanished.

February 12, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

Coming Up on Friday: Two-Hour Democracy Now! Special On Egypt

Tune in on Friday for a special two-hour broadcast on the uprising in Egypt. We will be streaming the program live from 8 to 10 a.m. EST. Please encourage your local radio and tv station to air both hours of the special.

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Upcoming Shows, Egypt

"Egypt’s Youth Will Not Be Silenced" By Amy Goodman

Egypt’s burgeoning youth population is driving the revolution. Kareem Amer, who spent four years in prison in Egypt for his blogging, has disappeared off the streets of Cairo after leaving Tahrir Square with a friend.

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February 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Egypt, Arab Spring

Democracy Now! Special Two-Hour Show On Saturday

On Saturday Democracy Now! aired a two-hour special "Uprising in Eygpt." Watch/listen/download the show here

February 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Events, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

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

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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