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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

"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.

Arrest of CIA Agent Sheds Light on American Covert War in Pakistan, Straining U.S.-Pakistani Relations (Part II)

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U.S. officials have admitted an American detained in Pakistan for the murder of two men was a CIA agent and a former employee of the private security firm Blackwater, now called Xe Services. We speak with Declan Walsh, the Pakistan correspondent for the Guardian, who first broke the story. [includes rush transcript]
Watch Part I of the interview.

February 23, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, Blackwater, Declan Walsh

Matt Taibbi: "Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?" (Complete Interview)

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"Nobody goes to jail,” writes Matt Taibbi in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. “This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth." Here is the complete interview from which we played an excerpt on our Feb. 22 show. Taibbi explains how the American people have been defrauded by Wall Street investors and how the financial crisis is connected to the situations in states such as Wisconsin and Ohio. [includes rush transcript]

February 22, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wall Street, Matt Taibbi

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

"It’s Time to Push the Borders of Freedom": Egyptian Students Defiantly Publish Newspaper Without Government Permission (FULL INTERVIEW)

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Sanaa El Seif and Ziad Tareq are Egyptian students who are helping to publish a newspaper in defiance of laws requiring government permission. So far, the publication has focused on the voices of Tahrir Square. [includes rush transcript]

February 18, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Sanaa El Seif, Ziad Tareq

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

Noam Chomsky on Civil Rights, Obama, Latin America, and the History of the U.S. in the Middle East

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We continue our conversation with world-renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky. [includes rush transcript]

Watch Part I of the Interview Democracy Uprising in the USA? here

February 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky, COINTELPRO, Arab Spring, Noam Chomsky

"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

Protest Crackdown in Iran: A Report from Faraz Sanei of Human Rights Watch

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Faraz Sanei of Human Rights Watch details the clashes between Iranian security forces and pro-democracy protesters on February 14, 2011. [includes rush transcript]

February 15, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Arab Spring, Faraz Sanei

"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

The Egyptian Revolution: A Democracy Now! Special on Mubarak’s Resignation

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As news of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation breaks, Democracy Now! broadcasts live reaction from Tahrir Square and beyond with Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Correspondent Anjali Kamat. "People are holding their hands up in victory," reports Kouddous. "This will be a day that no one will ever forget." We are also joined on the phone from Cairo by Egyptian activists Mona El Seif and Salma al-Tarzi, blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, feminist Nawal El Saadawi, acclaimed writer Ahdaf Soueif, and Egyptian Historian Khaled Fahmy. Mohamed Abdel Dayem with the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses the new freedom of the press. We also hear from veteran Middle East journalist Robert Fisk and Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi about what is next for Egypt.