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"It’s Not the Man, It’s the Movement"

I was on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado this week when Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter asked me, “Is Obama a sellout?” The question isn’t whether he is a sellout or not—it’s about what demands are made by grass-roots social movements of those who would represent them. The question is, who are these candidates responding to, answering to?

"Funny Man in an Unfunny World"

The world lost one of its great comedians this week with the death at age 71 of George Carlin. Carlin had a career as a stand-up comic that spanned a half-century, in which he continually broke new ground, targeting those in power with his wit and genius.

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"Weather Reports Are Missing the Story"

While the TV meteorologists document “extreme weather” with their increasingly sophisticated toolbox, from Doppler radar to 3-D animated maps, the two words rarely uttered are its cause: global warming.

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"This Way to Better Media"

“This way to better media,” read the floor sign directing people through a skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Thousands of people gathered there for the fourth National Conference for Media Reform, hosted by freepress.net. They came from all walks of life and all ages to address a central crisis in our society: our broken media system. I was one of the invited speakers.

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"Obama Strikes a Chord With a Disaffected Republican"

David Iglesias is an evangelical, Hispanic Republican—yes, that one, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico—and he has positive things to say about Barack Obama.

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"Utah Phillips Has Left the Stage"

“Utah” Phillips died this week at the age of 73. He was a musician, labor organizer, peace activist and co-founder of his local homeless shelter. He also was an archivist, a historian and a traveler, playing guitar and singing almost forgotten songs of the dispossessed and the downtrodden, and keeping alive the memory of labor heroes like Emma Goldman, Joe Hill and the Industrial Workers of the World, “the Wobblies,” in a society that too soon forgets.

May 28, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Art & Politics

"Presidential Race Ignores Arms Race"

As the U.S. presidential race continues, so does the arms race worldwide. People—civilians, children—are being killed and maimed, on a daily basis, by unexploded cluster bombs and land mines. Thousands of nuclear missiles remain at hair-trigger alert. The U.S. government rattles its saber at Iran, alleging a nuclear-weapons program, while at the same time offering enriched uranium to Saudi Arabia.

May 21, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pakistan, Iran

"Whistle-Blower Points to Target List in U.S. Attack on Hotel"

A veteran of Army intelligence has shed new light on the military’s 2003 shelling of the Palestine Hotel, a Baghdad home to many journalists, including two who were killed by that attack.

"The U.S. War on Journalists"

Sami al-Haj is a free man today, after having been imprisoned by the U.S. military for more than six years. His crime: journalism. Targeting journalists, the Bush administration has engaged in direct assault, intimidation, imprisonment and information blackouts to limit the ability of journalists to do their jobs. The principal target these past seven years has been Al-Jazeera, the Arabic television network based in Doha, Qatar.

May 07, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press

"Ticker Tape Ain’t Spaghetti"

Food riots are erupting around the world. Behind the hunger, behind the riots, are so-called free-trade agreements, and the brutal emergency-loan agreements imposed on poor countries by financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

"The Single-Payer Solution"

As the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race continues to focus on lapel pins and pastors, America is ailing.

"The Orangeburg Massacre"

Sen. Barack Obama is clearly a bad bowler. But it was not too long ago that African-Americans were not allowed in some bowling alleys. In Orangeburg, S.C., three young African-American men were killed for protesting against that town’s segregated bowling alley.

"A Torture Debate Among Healers"

The American Psychological Association is in the midst of its own heated presidential campaign. The central issue is whether APA members should be banned from participating in “harsh interrogations.”

April 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo

"Where Do We Go From Here?"

It has been 40 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., while standing on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel. King was there to support striking sanitation workers, African-American men who endured horrible working conditions for poverty wages. While King’s staff was opposed to him going, as they were scrambling to organize King’s new initiative, the Poor People’s Campaign, King himself knew that the sanitation workers were at the front lines of fighting poverty.

April 03, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Martin Luther King

"Body of War"

We just passed the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. military members killed in Iraq since the invasion five years ago. Still, the death toll climbs. Tomas Young was one of those injured, on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City. Young is the subject of a new feature documentary by legendary TV talk-show host Phil Donahue and filmmaker Ellen Spiro, called “Body of War.”

March 27, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11

Watch Democracy Now! Online

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You can now watch Democracy Now! on the homepage of our newly redesigned website. Each morning we will post a video file of the current show in the center column of the page.

Watch our three most recent shows covering Winter Soldier: 3/17, 3/18, 3/19. We will be posting video for older shows in the coming days and weeks.

(Users with outdated versions of Flash or older computers might not be able to see the new video file. Democracy Now! will continue to offer the show for free in other formats including MP3, Real Video, Real Audio, MPEG-4 Video Download and in transcript form.)

"Winter Soldier Marches Again"

Last weekend, in the lead up to the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a remarkable gathering occurred just outside Washington, D.C., called Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan, Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. Hundreds of veterans of these two wars, along with active-duty soldiers, came together to offer testimony about the horrors of war, including atrocities they witnessed or committed themselves.

March 19, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

David Paterson Sworn In First Black Governor of New York

A Cause Bigger Than Any Scandal

The women of New York had a champion in Eliot Spitzer. The good news in the wake of the governor’s resignation is that his successor, David Paterson, and the state’s activists are ready to keep up the fight.

National Book Award Winners Edwidge Danticat & Harriet Washington on Democracy Now!

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The National Book Critics Circle Awards have just been announced and two past DN! guests were among the winners: Edwidge Danticat ("Brother I’m Dying") and Harriet Washington (“Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present")