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Day 5 of the Egyptian Uprising: Ahmad Shokr Reports from Cairo (Audio)

In his second report today from Cairo, newspaper editor Ahmad Shokr recaps the latest developments in Egypt: the rising death toll, the continuation of mass street protests, and Hosni Mubarak’s decision to name Omar Suleiman, the head of the country’s intelligence services, to be vice president. [includes rush transcript]

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Ahmad Shokr

Democracy Now!’s Sharif Kouddous on the Ground in Cairo, Egypt

Follow the latest developments in Egypt with Democracy Now! Senior Producer Sharif Kouddous reporting live from Cairo, Egypt.

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt

Audio Report from Cairo: Egyptian Protesters Renew Call for Mubarak to Resign

Ahmad Shokr, an editor at the Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, files a report from Cairo on Saturday morning, day five of the largest anti-government protests in Egypt in decades. [includes rush transcript]

January 29, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Ahmad Shokr

Democracy on Trial: The Imprisonment of Indian Human Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen

An Indian high court is hearing arguments to release the nation’s most famous political prisoner on bail and suspend his conviction. Last month, a trial court sentenced renowned physician and human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen to rigorous life imprisonment on the basis of an archaic colonial-era sedition law. [includes rush transcript]

January 28, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, India, Anjali Kamat, Dr. Binayak Sen, Ilina Sen

"Sundance and the Art of Democracy" By Amy Goodman

While much of the attention is focused on the celebrities, Sundance has actually become a key intersection of art, film, politics and dissent. It is where many of the most powerful documentaries premiere, films about genuine grass-roots struggles, covering the sweep of social justice history and the burning issues of today.

Part II...Fifty Years After Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, a Look at "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex"


We speak with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, who traces the rise of the military-industrial complex through the story of the nation’s largest weapons contractor, Lockheed Martin. [includes rush transcript]

January 20, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, William Hartung

"Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban" By Amy Goodman

The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock’s website, “ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions” and is “suitable for concealed carry.”

January 19, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Arizona

Amy Goodman on CNN


Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman appears on CNN’s John King USA to discuss the lessons of the Tucson shooting.

January 18, 2011 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Amidst Violence, Thousands in Tunisia Protest for Democratic Reforms, Demand Ben Ali’s Resignation


In Tunisia, thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the center of the capital, Tunis, calling for President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to immediately step down. [includes rush transcript]

January 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Tunisia, Arab Spring, Fares Mabrouk

Part II...Icelandic Parliamentarian Calls U.S. Subpoena of Her Twitter Account over WikiLeaks Involvement "Disturbing"


The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed the internet company Twitter for personal information from several people linked to the online whistleblower website WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

January 14, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, WikiLeaks, Social Media, Birgitta Jonsdottir

"A Tale of Two Sheriffs" By Amy Goodman

The Tucson massacre that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, brought into sharp public focus the local sheriff, Clarence Dupnik.

January 12, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Arizona

Dr. Atul Gawande on Obama’s "Frustrating" Record on Healthcare Reform and "The Checklist Manifesto"


Renowned surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande discusses his frustrations with President Obama on healthcare reform, the ethical conundrums of learning and practicing medicine, and his most recent book, The Checklist Manifesto. [includes rush transcript]

January 05, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Healthcare, Dr. Atul Gawande

"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.


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

WATCH: Amy Goodman on CNN’s John King USA


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


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


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