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"Darrell Issa, Step Away From the Corporations" By Amy Goodman

The new Republican majority threatens a barrage of investigations. California Republican Darrell Issa is the new chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and he has reportedly sent letters to 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks, seeking advice on which regulations to investigate.

Prisoners at Supermax Ohio Penitentiary Begin Hunger Strike to Protest 17+ Year Solitary Confinement

Four prisoners in the supermax Ohio State Penitentiary have launched a hunger strike to protest what they call their harsh mistreatment under solitary confinement. The prisoners — Bomani Shakur, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Namir Abdul Mateen — were sentenced to death for their involvement in the 1993 prison uprising in Lucasville, Ohio. For over 17 years, they’ve been held in 23-hour-a-day solitary lockdown. [includes rush transcript]

January 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Staughton Lynd

A Special Message to our Facebook Fans from Amy Goodman: Democracy Now! Needs Your Support Today

As 2010 draws to a close, I want to thank you for watching Democracy Now! and for choosing a news source that’s committed to the truth. Five days a week, Democracy Now! delivers headlines directly to your Facebook page for free, keeping you and your friends up-to-date with the latest news from around the world. But, producing Democracy Now! isn’t free. Your tax-deductable year-end donation will allow us to maintain our editorial independence and to expand our use of social media.

December 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"‘The Comeback Kid’ and the Kids Who Won’t" By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama signed a slew of bills into law during the lame-duck session of Congress and was dubbed the “Comeback Kid” amid a flurry of fawning press reports. In the hail of this surprise bipartisanship, though, the one issue over which Democrats and Republicans always agree, war, was completely ignored. The war in Afghanistan is now the longest war in U.S. history, and 2010 has seen the highest number of U.S. and NATO soldiers killed.

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December 29, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

WATCH: Amy Goodman on CNN’s John King USA

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Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman discusses the East Coast snowstorm, the war in Afghanistan, and more on CNN’s John King USA on Tuesday, December 28.

December 29, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

TONIGHT: Amy Goodman on CNN’s John King USA

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on CNN’s John King USA on Tuesday, December 28 at 7pm EST.

December 28, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

India’s Most Famous Political Prisoner Dr. Binayak Sen Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Dr. Binayak Sen is known as the "physician of the poor." He spent many years working as a doctor in the rural-tribal areas of Chhattisgarh in central India and reported on unlawful killings of indigenous people by the police and private militias. [includes rush transcript]

December 27, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, India, Dr. Binayak Sen

As Ex-Argentine Dictator Sentenced to Life in Prison, Mother of "Disappeared" Children Recounts Decades-Long Struggle for Justice

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Former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla has been sentenced to life in prison. We speak with Hebe de Bonafini, one of the founders of the Association of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization of Argentine mothers whose children were "disappeared" during the "dirty wars" of the ’70s and ’80s. [includes rush transcript]

December 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Argentina, Hebe de Bonafini

"President Obama’s Christmas Gift to AT&T (and Comcast and Verizon)." By Amy Goodman

One of President Barack Obama’s signature campaign promises was to protect the freedom of the Internet. He said, in November 2007, “I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality, because once providers start to privilege some applications or websites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out and we all lose.”

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December 22, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Policy, Net Neutrality

Part II...Feminists Debate on the Sexual Allegations Against Julian Assange

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Jaclyn Friedman argues the sexual-assault allegations shouldn’t be dismissed just because they’re politically motivated while Naomi Wolf says, by going after Assange, the state is not embracing feminism, it’s "pimping" it.
Watch Part I of this conversation HERE.

December 20, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, WikiLeaks, Women’s Rights, Julian Assange

Meet our 100,000th Facebook Fan: Barunesh Chandra

“I like Democracy Now! since it is a one-of-kind media platform, which acts as global watchdog for Democracy,” Chandra said. Democracy Now! noticed Chandra when he posted a comment on our Facebook page December 6, thrilled to be our 100,000th fan.
December 15, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"'Assangination': From Character Assassination to the Real Thing." By Amy Goodman

Despite being granted bail, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London, awaiting extradition proceedings to answer a prosecutor’s questions in Sweden.

December 15, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, WikiLeaks

Video: U.N. Guards Beat Reuters Photographer at Cancún Climate Talks

Reutersjournalistdetainedandbeaten Democracy Now! videotaped U.N. security guards Friday beating a Reuters photographer who was arrested while covering a protest at the U.N. climate conference in Cancún. Guards seized Jorge Silva’s press credentials and then beat him while he was detained on a bus. The incident sparked a protest by other Mexican photographers. Watch video

December 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit

Amy Goodman Appears on al-Jazeera English Live from the Cancún Climate Talks

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As the Global Climate Talks in Mexico enter their final day, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman is interviewed on al-Jazeera English to give a report on the progress of negotiations.

December 10, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Global Children’s Campaign to Climate Delegates: Stop Talking. Start Planting

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This year’s UN climate change conference has attracted many children from around the world. In Cancún, Mexico, Democracy Now! had the chance to speak with two children from the youth-led group Plant-for-the-Planet.

December 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"We Cannot Afford to Be Held Hostage...By Political Backwardness" Tuvalu Delegate Makes Impassioned "Life or Death" Plea for Action on Climate Change

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Among the countries most affected by climate change are small island states. Rising sea levels from global warming threaten their very existence. [includes rush transcript]

December 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Youth Climate Activists to World Leaders: "Remember the Children Who Are Suffering Around the World"

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Youth climate activists from around the world are gathered in Cancún this week to push for a binding climate deal. Democracy Now! spoke to several of them on Monday at Cancunmesse, the main hub of NGO activity here at the U.N. climate talks. [includes rush transcript]

December 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

"Cancun, Climate Change and WikiLeaks." By Amy Goodman

CANCUN, Mexico—Critical negotiations are under way here in Cancun, under the auspices of the United Nations, to reverse human-induced global warming.

December 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Thousands from Cancún"–Mass March Planned by Via Campesina Against U.N. Climate Talks

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A large protest march is being planned today in Cancún organized by La Via Campesina and other groups. Alfredo Acedo, a spokesperson for UNORCA, described what is being planned. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change

Anti-Capitalist Bloc Marches in Streets of Cancún to Protest U.N. Climate Talks

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Protesters took to the streets of Cancún on Monday night to demonstrate against the U.N. COP16 talks. More than 150 demonstrators with the anti-capitalist bloc marched from the Via Campesina camp, where they are staying, through the streets and main thoroughfares in Cancún. [includes rush transcript]

December 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Cancún Climate Summit, Climate Change