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Stéphane Hessel on Occupy Wall Street: Find the Time for Outrage When Your Values Are Not Respected


As the Occupy Wall Street movement expands across the United States, drawing inspiration from the Arab Spring in Egypt and the protests in Spain, Democracy Now! speaks with former French Resistance fighter, Stéphane Hessel, whose pamphlet-length book, "Time for Outrage," helped inspire some of these uprisings. [includes rush transcript]

Juan Gonzalez’s New Book "News For All the People" Coast-to-Coast Tour

Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez’s new book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, co-authored with Joseph Torres of the media reform group Free Press, is being launched with a national book tour, starting in NYC on Thursday, October 20th, with multiple stops in California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Washington, DC.

October 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Events, Juan Gonzalez, Books

Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman on Human Rights Abuses Enabled by "War on Terror"


Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman, one of three recipients who split the award this year, spoke in New York City at the Brecht Forum last year about state violence, targeted killings, and human rights abuses enabled by the so-called "war on terror." Democracy Now! was there, and we bring you her address. [includes rush transcript]

Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street & Chile: Courage to Ask Questions We Don’t Have Answers For


In part two of our conversation with journalist and author Naomi Klein, she discusses how her book, "The Shock Doctrine," focuses in part on Chile, where the 1973 coup led to the privatization of education and now Chilean students are protesting in the streets. Klein talks about their demands and dismisses the critique that the related Occupy Wall Street movement lacks its own clear set of demands. [includes rush transcript]

Once Enemies, Now They March Together: Organized Labor Expected to Join Wall Street Protest

Organized labor will serve notice today on the bankers and the politicians that the young protesters of Occupy Wall Street speak for millions. The labor rally will signal just how far unions have come since that infamous day 41 years ago, when bands of construction workers rampaged through the Financial District and City Hall, writes Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez in today’s NY Daily News.

"Policing the Prophets of Wall Street" By Amy Goodman

The Occupy Wall Street protest grows daily, spreading to cities across the United States. “We are the 99 percent,” the protesters say, “that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”

Frances Fox Piven at Occupy Wall Street: "We Desperately Need a Popular Uprising in the U.S."


CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven recently spoke with Democracy Now!'s Mike Burke at the Occupy Wall Street protest. "I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States," Piven said. "I study movements. [None of us] know the exact formula, when those movements erupt. But it could be. And if that's true, then these people who are here are really wonderful." [includes rush transcript]

October 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Occupy Wall Street, Protests, Wall Street, Frances Fox Piven

Democracy Now! Journalists Announce Major Settlement in Federal Lawsuit Challenging Police and U.S. Secret Service Crackdown on Media at 2008 Republican National Convention


Today, award-winning journalist Amy Goodman announced that a final settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought by Goodman and Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar against the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the U.S. Secret Service, challenging the policies and conduct of law enforcement at the 2008 Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities. Goodman and her colleagues were unlawfully arrested and subject to excessive force while reporting on public protest and political dissent surrounding the convention. [includes rush transcript]

PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY OCT. 3, 1PM: Amy Goodman Announces Major Settlement in Federal Lawsuit Over Arrests at 2008 GOP Convention in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Sharif Abdel Kouddous, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights, announce major settlement in federal lawsuit challenging police, Secret Service crackdown on journalists at 2008 Republican National Convention. Press conference to be held at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan at 1 p.m. today EDT.

October 03, 2011 |  Filed under  Events, RNC 2008, Freedom of the Press

Cornel West on Occupy Wall Street: It’s the Makings of a U.S. Autumn Responding to the Arab Spring


"We’re talking about a democratic awakening," said Dr. Cornel West when he spoke with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman during a visit Tuesday night to the Occupy Wall Street encampment. [includes rush transcript]

Michael Moore: Man Interviewed by Democracy Now! Inspired My Georgia Boycott over Troy Davis Execution


Filmmaker Michael Moore describes how he was inspired to boycott Georgia by one of the people Democracy Now! interviewed at the protest outside the prison shortly after news of Troy Davis’s execution was announced. [includes rush transcript]

Bogus Postal Service Crisis Deserves to Get a Return to Sender

Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez writes in the NY Daily News that the idea that local post offices, the most visible neighborhood presence of our national government for more than 200 years, face financial default on Sept. 30 is truly astounding. Yet, that’s exactly what will happen unless the politicians in Washington act quickly.

"Troy Davis and the Machinery of Death" By Amy Goodman

On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die. I was reporting live from outside Georgia’s death row in Jackson, awaiting news about whether the Supreme Court would spare his life.

Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer Raji Sourani on U.N. Statehood Bid, Peace Process, Gaza Siege


As the United Nations Security Council considers the Palestinian bid for statehood, we speak with human rights lawyer, Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights.

Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman Named "Truthdigger of the Week" for Coverage of Troy Davis Execution

Amy Goodman has been named "Truthdigger of the Week" for taking the Democracy Now! camera and crew to Georgia for what turned out to be a marathon examination of the emotional events leading up to the execution of Troy Davis.

Author Ron Suskind on Obama’s Evolution amidst Unprecedented Economic and International Challenges


In part two of our interview with veteran journalist Ron Suskind about his explosive new book, "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President," he examines the challenges faced by President Obama and his evolution as a leader. [includes rush transcript]

Democracy Now! 6-Hour Live Broadcast from Troy Davis Execution: Did Georgia Execute an Innocent Man?


Troy Anthony Davis, who maintained his innocence until his last breath, was executed by the state of Georgia Wednesday night. As the world watched to see whether his final appeal for a stay of execution would be granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, Democracy Now! broadcast live for six hours from outside the prison grounds where Davis was ultimately killed by lethal injection at 11:08 p.m. EDT. [includes rush transcript]

"99 Percenters Occupy Wall Street" By Amy Goodman

2,000 people occupied Wall Street on Saturday. They weren’t carrying the banner of the tea party, the Gadsden flag with its coiled snake and the threat “Don’t Tread on Me.” Yet their message was clear:“We are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”

After 2 Years Behind Bars, Jailed U.S. Hikers Freed in Iran


The U.S. hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been released in Iran after two years in prison on charges of espionage. Bauer and Fattal were granted bail earlier today and handed over to Swiss diplomats. The pair were arrested in 2009, along with Sarah Shourd, while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border. We get reaction from Esther Kaplan of the Nation Institute, a colleague of the hikers who last year published an extensive investigation reporting that they were arrested on the Iraqi side of the Iran-Iraq border—not in Iran as the Iranian government has claimed. [includes rush transcript]

September 21, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, U.S. Hikers Freed from Iran, Esther Kaplan

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 21: Troy Davis Scheduled Execution in Georgia (6-8pm EDT)

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman will host a live 2-hour special broadcast on Wednesday, September 21 from 6pm to 8pm EDT from outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis is scheduled to be executed at 7pm EDT.

September 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Upcoming Shows, Troy Davis, Death Penalty