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"BP: Billionaire Polluter." By Amy Goodman

The power and wealth that BP and other oil giants wield are almost without parallel in the world, and pose a threat to the lives of workers, to the environment and to our prospects for democracy.

May 05, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, BP Oil Spill, Offshore Drilling

Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Producers File Lawsuit Over RNC Arrests

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Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman along with producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar are filing a federal lawsuit today that challenges the police crackdown on journalists at the Republican National Convention in 2008.

May 05, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, RNC 2008

"The Curse of Abundance": Alberto Acosta on the Failure of Extractive Industries and Alternative Models of Development in Ecuador

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Alberto Acosta is the Former President of the Constituent Assembly as well as a former minister of Energy in Ecuador. Democracy Now! producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous caught up with Acosta at the World People’s Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia last week.

"Boycotting Arizona’s Racism." By Amy Goodman

Arizona Senate Bill 1070 empowers state and local law enforcement to stop, question and arrest whoever they suspect may not be in the state legally. The law is an open invitation to sweeping racial profiling and arbitrary detention.

April 29, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Immigration

"Cochabamba, the Water Wars and Climate Change." By Amy Goodman

Thousands of climate justice activists have arrived here in Bolivia for the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth. Bolivian President Evo Morales called for the gathering to give the poor and the Global South an opportunity to respond to the failed climate talks in Copenhagen. Ten years ago this month, the host city for the summit, Cochabamba, was at the center of an epic fight over the most vital of natural resources: its own water.

"Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal." By Amy Goodman

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

April 14, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Coal

Poet and Author Alice Walker Speaking in Gaza

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Following the Israeli siege, Alice Walker visited Gaza in March 2009 along with a 60-member international delegation led by Code Pink. Walking among the ruins, she spoke to Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat.

April 13, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Democracy Now! Evening with Alice Walker on Tuesday, April 13

Join Alice Walker as a guest at Amy’s birthday celebration at our new green studios, and enjoy Amy and Alice’s discussion: On Activism.

April 12, 2010 |  Filed under  Events

COMING UP: Once-Banned Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan Returns to the US. Tune in Friday.

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Scholar Tariq Ramadan was banned from the United States for six years. He’s just been allowed back in and arrived in New York on Wednesday night. Tune in to Democracy Now! Friday for an extended interview with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford in the UK.

He’s speaking at Cooper Union, New York Thursday night on Secularism, Islam, and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West

April 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islam

Part II...The Dangers and Difficulties of Reporting From Gaza: Two Journalists Recount Their Experiences

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We speak with award winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer and Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera English, Ayman Mohyeldin. Watch Part I of this conversation here.

April 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza

"Collateral Murder in Iraq." By Amy Goodman

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad. The nonprofit news organization WikiLeaks obtained the video and made it available on the Internet. The video was made July 12, 2007, by a U.S. military Apache helicopter gunship, and includes audio of military radio transmissions.

April 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Wikileaks, Whistleblowers

"The Obscenity of War." By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

April 01, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

Part II: Daniel Ellsberg on US Foreign Policy

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Part II of our conversation with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. He speaks on the under-reported leaked memos of US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, US Policy on Iran, and more.

March 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Indonesian Media Reports Journalist Allan Nairn Faces Arrest

A leading TV news network in Indonesia is reporting the Indonesian military is planning to charge journalist Allan Nairn with “smearing [its] good name.” In an appearance on Democracy Now! last week, Allan exposed that US-backed Indonesian armed forces assassinated a series of civilian activists in the province of Aceh last year. Amy Goodman reached Allan earlier today just before going to air.

March 25, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Indonesia

"Obama’s Bad Prescription for Indonesia." By Amy Goodman

The health care legislative process and its frenetic endgame prompted the president to postpone a trip to the country where his mother raised him for several years of his childhood: Indonesia. While his health care bill is considered by many a huge step forward, Obama is simultaneously, and with far less scrutiny, potentially taking a huge step backward with Indonesia.

March 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Indonesia, East Timor

Part II: Scholar Norman Finkelstein on Next Steps Towards Resolution in Israel-Palestine

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Norman Finkelstein is author of several books on the Israel Palestine conflict. His latest is This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. In Part II of our conversation, Finkelstein discusses lessons he learned from Gandhi, the role of public opinion in politics, and more.

March 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Author Interviews

Allan Nairn: Obama Administration Mulls Ending Training Ban on Atrocity-Linked Indonesian Special Forces Unit

Tune in on Friday for a special report from investigative journalist Allan Nairn on the White House’s proposal to lift a ban on U.S. training of a controversial elite Indonesian military unit known as Kopassus. The special forces unit has been linked to scores of human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, Papua, and Java since its formation in the 1950s. We reached Allan in Indonesia on Thursday afternoon. The entire interview can be heard online here.

March 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Indigenous

"NYC’s Jihad Against Debbie Almontaser." By Amy Goodman

Debbie Almontaser has won a victory in her battle against discrimination. She was the founding principal of the first Arabic-language public school in the United States, until a campaign of hate forced her out.

March 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Arabs and Muslims in America

Right Now: Amy Goodman Taking Online Questions at FireDogLake’s Book Salon

Visit FireDogLake to ask Amy a question. Amy will be taking questions until 7 p.m. EST on Sunday.

March 14, 2010 |  Filed under  Events

Part II: Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

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After our broadcast interview with legal scholar and civil rights advocate, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez continued the conversation. Be the first to watch it here.

March 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America