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“Let the Haitians In.” By Amy Goodman

The devastating toll of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti continues to mount. Most efforts to rescue people from the rubble have ended. More than 150,000 people have been buried, some in makeshift graves near the ruins of the homes where they died, but many in unmarked, mass graves at Titanyen, the site of massacres during previous dictatorships and coups.

January 27, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Haiti Earthquake, Haiti

Amy Goodman on Riz Khan: "The Role of Media in the USA"

Has the mainstream media in the US replaced serious coverage with "junk news" and tabloidism? Especially in foreign affairs, are Americans less informed than ever? Who is shaping their perceptions of the rest of the world? And who is policing US foreign policy?

Watch the Discussion

January 20, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Tè Tremblé—The Haitian Earth Trembled." By Amy Goodman

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Tè tremblé is Haitian Creole for “earthquake.” Its literal translation: “The earth trembled.” After the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, the stench of death is everywhere.

January 20, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Haiti Earthquake, Haiti

Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Reporting From Haiti

Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Elizabeth Press from Democracy Now are in Haiti reporting on the devastating earthquake. Tune in Tuesday for a report from Amy. For the latest updates visit the Democracy Now! Twitter page and Sharif’s Twitter page.

January 18, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti, Haiti Earthquake

Video: On the ground Reports from Jacmel, Haiti

The epicenter of Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was located halfway between the capital city of Port-au-Prince and the port city of Jacmel, 25 miles away, on the southern coast of the country. The city was heavily damaged in the quake but the extent of the loss of life or destruction is not yet known. Film students at the the Cine Institute, located in Jacmel, are filing reports and posting them to Vimeo. See their work here

January 17, 2010 |  Filed under  News

Medical Worker Outside of Port-Au-Prince: We Are Waiting For Patients That Have Yet To Arrive

Democracy Now! just received an email from a medical worker at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, 75 miles north of Port-Au-Prince. They have a 7 member trauma/ general surgery team but so far have received only 4 patients from Port-Au-Prince. The medical team is desperately seeking a way to inform relief organizations in Haiti that they can help treat patients.

January 17, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti Earthquake, Haiti

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

Amy Goodman on KCTS9: Is the Media Broken?

Amy Goodman shares her thoughts on the important role of a truly independent media, the power of the first amendment, and why we should all question our political leaders and the so-called status quo.

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January 14, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"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

HOWARD ZINN: "Holy Wars"

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Howard Zinn is an American historian, social critic, and activist. He is best known as author of the best-seller A People’s History of the United States. He spoke at Boston University on November 11, on the subject of American "Holy Wars."

January 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Howard Zinn

"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

The Fight Against Hydraulic Fracturing is Heating Up in New York State

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Dozens of New York State and City legislators and environmental activists gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to urge Governor Paterson to step back from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s "Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement" (SGEIS), otherwise known as the state’s proposal to drill upstate. Some participants called for a statewide ban, while others called for additional investigations.

January 05, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

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.

January 04, 2010 |  Filed under  Upcoming Shows

"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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December 26, 2009 |  Filed under  News

NOAM CHOMSKY: "Gaza: One Year Later"

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On December 27, 2008, Israel began one of the bloodiest attacks on Gaza since 1948. The three-week assault killed some 1,400 Palestinians and thirteen Israelis. One year later, little to no rebuilding has taken place, and the siege continues. Speaking in Watertown, Massachusetts, on December 6, 2009, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivered a talk entitled "Gaza: One Year Later." [includes rush transcript]

December 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"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.

December 23, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

CHRIS HEDGES: "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle"

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Journalist Chris Hedges discusses his recent book "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle" at the New School in New York.

December 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive