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"Haiti, Six Months After the Earthquake." By Amy Goodman

July 12 marked the six-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake here in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left much of the country in ruins. Up to 1.8 million people are living in squalid tent cities, with inadequate sanitation, if any, no electricity and little security, or any respite from the intense heat and the worsening rains.

July 14, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Haiti Earthquake, Haiti

"If Only Information Flowed as Freely as Oil." By Amy Goodman

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new rules keeping the public, including photographers and reporters covering the BP Oil Spill, from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches. Violators could face a fine of up to $40,000 and felony charges.

Are Sports Boring? Arun Gupta Debates Dave Zirin

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As the World Cup draws to a close, we turn to a lively debate on the political and social relevance of sports. Arun Gupta, a founding editor of the Indypendent, debates Nation Magazine sports columnist Dave Zirin.

July 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sports & Politics

Amy Goodman to appear on CNN’s John King, USA

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on CNN’s John King, USA, on Wednesday, June 30th at 7pm Eastern Time.

June 30, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"We Can’t Afford War." By Amy Goodman

The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent.

June 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, War on Terror, Vietnam, Wikileaks, Afghanistan, Iraq

Detroit Poet Jessica Care Moore at the U.S. Social Forum

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Jessica Care Moore is an acclaimed Detroit poet. Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke caught up with Jessica at the U.S. Social Forum.

June 28, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit

"Another World Is Possible, Another Detroit Is Happening." By Amy Goodman

“I have a dream.” Ask anyone where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first proclaimed those words, and the response will most likely be at the March on Washington in August 1963. In fact, he delivered them two months earlier, on June 23, in Detroit, leading a march down Woodward Avenue.

June 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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