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Bill Quigley: "Ten Things the U.S. Can and Should Do For Haiti"

One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems...

January 17, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti Earthquake

"The Haitian People Have Mobilized, While Foreign Aid Efforts Continue to Stall"

Port-Au-Prince-based independent journalist Ansel Herz is filing video and written reports from Haiti on his website Mediahacker.org. Ansel was interviewed on Democracy Now on Thursday

January 17, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti Earthquake

"The Destruction Is Everywhere You Go": Independent Journalist Ansel Herz in Port-Au-Prince

Democracy Now! spoke with independent journalist Ansel Herz earlier tonight from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Herz says more than 100,000 people may have died in the devastating earthquake. Tune into Democracy Now! on Thursday for full coverage. Herz was interviewed by Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke.

January 13, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti

"Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes." By Amy Goodman

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime.

January 13, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Apartheid

"Sick With Terror." By Amy Goodman

The media have been swamped with reports about the attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now dubbed the “underwear bomber,” failed in his alleged attack, close to 300 people were spared what would have been, most likely, a horrible, violent end. Since that airborne incident, the debates about terrorism and how best to protect the American people have been reignited.

January 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare

Coming Up: Dr. Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and staff writer for the New Yorker magazine joins us to discuss health care reform and his new book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.

"The Poetic Justice of Dennis Brutus." By Amy Goodman

Dennis Brutus broke rocks next to Nelson Mandela when they were imprisoned together on notorious Robben Island. His crime, like Mandela’s, was fighting the injustice of racism, challenging South Africa’s apartheid regime. Brutus’ weapons were his words: soaring, searing, poetic.

December 31, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Art & Politics, Nelson Mandela

Dennis Brutus (1924-2009): South African Poet and Activist Dies in Cape Town

World-renowned South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus died in his sleep on December 26th in Cape Town. He was 85 years old.

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"Climate Discord: From Hopenhagen to Nopenhagen." By Amy Goodman

The nonbinding, take-it-or-leave-it Copenhagen accord may be a failure, but the whole process has inspired a new generation of activists.

"Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Empire’s New Clothes." By Amy Goodman

As the United Nations’ climate summit, called “COP 15,” enters its final week, with more than 100 world leaders arriving amid growing protests, the notion that a binding agreement will come from this conference looks more and more like a fairy tale.

Aminatou Haidar Under House Arrest: "They Are Silencing Saharan Voices So They Can Say I’m Alone"

María Carrión, a Madrid-based journalist and human rights activist, is posting updates about the ailing human rights activist Aminatou Haidar and her attempt to return to her home in occupied Western Sahara.

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December 11, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Aminatou Haidar, Western Sahara

"Take Me to Your Climate Leader." By Amy Goodman

COPENHAGEN—“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

"Canada’s Olympic Crackdown." By Amy Goodman

Going to Canada? You may be detained at the border and interrogated. I was, last week. It has serious implications for the freedom of the press in North America.

Keith Olbermann reports on Amy Goodman’s Canadian Border Detention on MSNBC

See video from the Mon., Nov 30, 2009 episode of Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s Countdown, where he reports on Amy Goodman’s Canadian border detention, in his program’s "Best Persons" segment–where he berates the Canadian authorities.

"Books, Not Bombs." By Amy Goodman

California campuses have been rocked by protests this past week, provoked by massive student fee increases voted on by the University of California Board of Regents.

"Hungering for a True Thanksgiving." By Amy Goodman

"Over 1 billion people are chronically hungry," says the U.N., yet it would take only $44 billion per year to end hunger globally.

Lou Dobbs Resigns From CNN

The controversial TV anchor has resigned from CNN amid a campaign to force him off the air due to his reporting on Latinos and immigrants. Past Democracy Now! Coverage of Lou Dobbs:

"The Man Who Put the Rainbow in 'The Wizard of Oz'." By Amy Goodman

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and families will be gathering to share a meal and, perhaps, enjoy another annual telecast of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

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"The Tortured Logic Continues." By Amy Goodman

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

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"The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent." By Amy Goodman

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

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October 28, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Soldier Suicides