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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

Part II: Singer and Civil Rights Activist Lena Horne Remembered

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The pioneering African-American actress, singer, and civil rights activist has died at the age of 91. We speak with James Gavin, author of, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. Part I of this conversation can be viewed here

May 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Author Interviews

"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