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Youssef Megahed Released as Government Loses Deportation Case Against Him

A Florida immigration judge has dismissed the deportation case against Youssef Megahed. The The 23 year old Florida Student was arrested by federal immigration agents in April just three days after a jury acquitted him on federal explosives charges. After hearing a week of evidence put forward by Homeland Security Attorneys, immigration judge Kenneth S. Hurewitz said "I don’t believe the government has met its burden in this case." He dismissed the case before the defense had to present any witnesses.

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August 21, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Arabs and Muslims in America

"Troy Davis and the Meaning of 'Actual Innocence'." By Amy Goodman

Sitting on death row in Georgia, Troy Davis has won a key victory against his own execution. On Aug. 17, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed a federal court in Georgia to consider, for the first time in a formal court proceeding, significant evidence of Davis’ innocence that surfaced after his conviction.

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August 19, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Supreme Court Orders New Hearing For Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a new evidentiary hearing for death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. The court ruled that Davis should have another chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia puts him to death. Watch/Listen to Democracy Now! coverage of Troy Davis case.

August 17, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 16 people in a ceremony today at the White House. Check out Democracy Now!’s past interviews with some of those who received the award:

* Rev. Joseph Lowery
* Mary Robinson
* Archbishop Desmond Tutu
* Muhammad Yunus

August 12, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

"Health Care Reform Needs an Action Hero." By Amy Goodman

Imagine the scene. America 2009. Eighteen thousand people have died in one year, an average of almost 50 a day. Who’s taking them out? What’s killing them? Terrorism is not the culprit here: It’s lack of adequate health care.

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August 12, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare, Canada

"A Coup for Lobbyists at the White House." By Amy Goodman

Though Barack Obama first called the Honduran military’s removal of Zelaya a coup, his administration has backpedaled. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Zelaya’s attempt to cross the Nicaraguan border into Honduras “reckless.” Could well-placed lobbyists in Washington be forging U.S. foreign policy?

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August 05, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

"Obama’s Military Is Spying on U.S. Peace Groups." By Amy Goodman

Anti-war activists in Olympia, Wash., have exposed Army spying and infiltration of their groups, as well as intelligence gathering by the Air Force, the federal Capitol Police and the Coast Guard. The infiltration appears to be in direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act preventing U.S. military deployment for domestic law enforcement and may strengthen congressional demands for a full-scale investigation of U.S. intelligence activities, like the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s.

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July 29, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

No Public Option in Secret Baucus Health Plan...Baucus Tops Congress in Campaign Funds From Private Health Industry

A bipartisan group of six Senators on the Senate Finance Committee has been working in secret for weeks to draft an alternative to President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system that does not contain a public insurance option, despite support for such an option from American voters. The Senate legislation was drafted during meetings in the office of committee chair, Max Baucus (D–MT). Last month, the Montana Standard reported Baucus has received more campaign money from health and insurance industry interests than any other member of Congress.

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July 28, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Healthcare

From the Archives: Leonard Peltier Speaks From His Jail Cell

Imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier will have his first full parole hearing in 15 years on Tuesday. He has been in prison for the past 33 years after being convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Peltier has long maintained his innocence and is widely considered a political prisoner who was not granted a fair trial. In 2000, we conducted an extensive interview with Peltier from his jail cell:

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July 27, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on "America Behind the Color Line"

President Obama said Cambridge police acted "stupidly" in the arrest of leading African American scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in his own home last week. Obama said the incident is a reminder that racism "still haunts us." Check out our extended interview with Gates in 2004 on "America Behind the Color Line."

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July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

Democracy Now! supporters host fund raising event in Victoria, BC

John in Victoria, BC brings Democracy Now! supporters together for a night of music, fun and fund raising!

July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Troy Anthony Davis, and the 21st Century Color Line." By Amy Goodman

Henry Louis Gates Jr., who directs Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, knows much about the color line — not only from his life’s work, but from life experience, including last week, when he was arrested in his own home."

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July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

"Health Insurance Whistle-Blower Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried." By Amy Goodman

Wendell Potter is the health insurance industry’s worst nightmare. He’s a whistle-blower. Potter, the former chief spokesperson for insurance giant CIGNA, recently testified before Congress, “I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick—all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.”

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July 15, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Two Standards of Detention." By Amy Goodman

Nonviolent activists and Muslims are held in draconian conditions, while the man charged with killing Dr. George Tiller trumpets from jail the extreme anti-abortion movement’s campaign of intimidation, vandalism, arson and murder.

July 09, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Coup in Honduras: See full Democracy Now! coverage

Check out all of our coverage of the first coup d’etat in Central America in more than a quarter-century.

July 02, 2009 |  Filed under  News

"Undo the Coup." By Amy Goodman

The first coup d’etat in Central America in more than a quarter-century occurred last Sunday in Honduras. It was led by a graduate of the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas, a military facility that has trained some of Latin America’s worst torturers, murderers and human rights abusers.

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July 01, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras, School of the Americas

"Free Speech vs. Surveillance in the Digital Age." By Amy Goodman

Tools of mass communication that were once the province of governments and corporations now fit in your pocket. As these technologies have developed, so too has the ability to monitor, filter, censor and block them.

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June 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Domestic Spying

EPA Declares Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana

The Environmental Protection Agency has declared a public health emergency in the town of Libby, Montana, where hundreds of people have died from asbestos contamination. It is the first time such a declaration has been made by the EPA. For decades, W.R. Grace and Co. mined asbestos-contaminated vermiculite in Libby.
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June 19, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

"Congre$$, Heal Thyself." By Amy Goodman

As the Obama administration pushes for a vote on health-care reform before Congress recesses in August, has health-industry money too thoroughly polluted the process for anything good to come of it?

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June 17, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The Free Market’s Marked Men: From the Niger Delta to the Amazon." By Amy Goodman

Ken Saro-Wiwa and Alberto Pizango never met, but they are united by a passion for the preservation of their people and their land, and by the fervor with which they were targeted by their respective governments.

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June 10, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles