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Part II: Tom Engelhardt on "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s"

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Engelhardt is the creator and editor of the website Tomdispatch. His latest book is "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s."

June 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Author Interviews

Part II: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Owner Erik Prince’s Rumored Move to UAE and Obama Admin’s Expansion of Special Forces Operations Abroad

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Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist, Democracy Now! correspondent, and author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

Watch Part I of this interview HERE.

June 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill

"Broken Promises, Broken Laws, Broken Lives." By Amy Goodman

Federal authorities are investigating whether officials of the government south of the border participated in a citizen’s kidnapping and torture—Canadian authorities, that is, investigating the possible role of U.S. officials in the “extraordinary rendition” of Canadian citizen Maher Arar.

June 16, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

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In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find–thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault. Democracy Now! has interviewed some of the reporters, filmmakers, and photographers who managed to smuggle out some of their images.

June 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

"The Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Framing the Narrative." By Amy Goodman

They called it "Operation Sea Breeze." Despite the pleasant-sounding name, Israel’s violent commando raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships, which left nine civilians dead, has sparked international outrage.

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Gaza Flotilla

Inspired by Gaza Blockade, Roger Waters Records New Version of "We Shall Overcome"

British musician Roger Waters of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd sings a new version of "We Shall Overcome" in a music video cut to footage from the upcoming documentary, "Roadmap to Apartheid."

Watch the full video

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Gaza, Art & Politics

The Future of Turkish-Israeli Relations in the Wake of Deadly Assault on the Mavi Marmara

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Following the Israeli commando attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and the death of nine Turkish citizens, popular outrage has swept the streets of Turkey. Anjali Kamat Speaks to Turkish political analyst Koray Çalışkan.

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Turkey, Anjali Kamat, Gaza Flotilla

The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and "Decadent Acts" pledges to donate portion of show proceeds to Democracy Now!

The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity is an environmentally friendly theatre that strives to produce 'theatre for a cause,' This year, some of the proceeds from one of the festival’s shows, “Decadent Acts”, will be donated to Democracy Now!.

June 04, 2010 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"In Memory of All That Is Lost." By Amy Goodman

NEW ORLEANS—The anger is palpable across the Mississippi Delta. As the Deepwater Horizon oil geyser, almost a mile underwater, continues unabated, the brunt of this, the largest environmental catastrophe in United States history, is rolling onto the coast, impacting the ecology, the economy and entire ways of life.

June 02, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, BP Oil Spill

Interview: At Least 15 Dead After Israel Attacks Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza strip. Dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, the ships were aiming to break Israel’s 3-year blockade of Gaza. At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when Israeli troops attacked the lead ship in the convoy–the Turkish "Mavi Marmara"–early Monday morning. The attack happened in international waters, 75 miles off the coast of Israel and Gaza. We reached Adam Shapiro in New York a few hours after the attack. He’s a board member of the Free Gaza movement, one of the groups that coordinated the Freedom Flotilla. His wife Huwaida Arraf is the chairperson of the Free Gaza movement and is on the flotilla.

May 31, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Gaza Flotilla

"Alleged Chicago Torturer’s Overdue Day in Court." By Amy Goodman

​Abu Ghraib has nothing over Chicago. Forty years ago, Jon Burge returned from Vietnam, joined the Chicago Police Department and allegedly began torturing people.

May 26, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, Torture

Part II: "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

See Part II of our interview with Sasha Polakow-Suransky, author of the new book "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

Click here for Part I

May 25, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Apartheid, South Africa

Amy Goodman Questions Dalai Lama About Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and About Tibet

The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has wrapped up a series public lectures in New York. For the past four days, thousands have gathered at Radio City Music Hall to hear the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist teachings. On Sunday, the 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine before a crowd of 2,000 people. Amy Goodman asked the Dalai Lama about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the struggle for independence in Tibet.

May 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize

Full Interview with Activists Resisting U.S. Military Bases from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i

Watch the full version of our interview with activists from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i who are resisting the expansion of U.S. military bases in the Pacific. [includes rush transcript]

May 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

WATCH: Live Feed of the Gulf Oil Spill

A live video feed that shows the oil gushing from the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico is now available online. Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts pushed BP to make the video public.

Full DN! coverage of the spill is here.

May 20, 2010 |  Filed under  News, BP Oil Spill

WATCH: Amy Goodman on CNN

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Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman discusses the results of Tuesday’s primary races on CNN’s John King, USA.

May 19, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Law & Order: Corporate Crime Unit." By Amy Goodman

In the disasters at the Massey coal mine in West Virginia and on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, people were killed. So why aren’t the executives of these companies behind bars?

May 19, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Audio From 1998: Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) Hangs Up On Amy Goodman When Asked If He Has Ever Had An Affair

Earlier today Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) resigned his House seat after acknowledging he had an affair with a female staffer. Long an advocate for "family values," Souder called for former President Bill Clinton to resign over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. On Sept. 17, 1998, during the Clinton impeachment scandal, Democracy Now! invited Rep. Souder and Rep. Bill McCollum (R-FL) (who is now running for governor in Florida) to discuss by phone a recent House vote on combating drugs. In the spirit of the times, Amy Goodman asked both men if they have ever had extramarital affairs. McCollum said "I am not, and, uh.. in, at this present time involved in anything whatsoever, have not been." When Souder was asked, he hung up the phone.

May 18, 2010 |  Filed under  DN Archives

WATCH: Amy Goodman on CNN

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Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman discusses the upcoming primary races on CNN’s John King, USA, on Monday, May 17th.

May 17, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Singing Lena Horne’s Praises." By Amy Goodman

Lena Horne died this week at the age of 92. More than just a brilliant singer and actress, she was a pioneering civil rights activist, breaking racial barriers for generations of African-Americans who have followed her.

May 12, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles