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Hours After Jeremy Scahill Exposé, Clinton Proposes Military Contractor Ban

Hours after Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill revealed Barack Obama would not “rule out” using private military companies like Blackwater Worldwide in Iraq, Hillary Clinton announced she would co-sponsor a measure to ban the use of Blackwater and other private military firms.

February 29, 2008 |  Filed under  News, Jeremy Scahill

Taxi to the Dark Side

On the Sunday following Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney told the truth. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said regarding plans to pursue the perpetrators of that attack: “We have to work the dark side, if you will. We’re going to spend time in the shadows.”

The grim, deadly consequences of his promise have, in the intervening six years, become the shame of our nation and have outraged millions around the world. President George Bush and Cheney, many argue, have overseen a massive global campaign of kidnapping, illegal detentions, harsh interrogations, torture and kangaroo courts where the accused face the death penalty, confronted by secret evidence obtained by torture, without legal representation.

February 28, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11, Oscars

Democracy Now!’s Gala Event Now Available On DVD

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From The Black World Today "Outside the New World Stages in midtown Manhattan, above in the heavens, a lunar eclipse held hundreds of stargazers breathless. Inside the entertainment palace, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Dick Gregory, and coterie of well-known writers left folks in awe as they appeared to support Democracy Now’s mission to build a new home."

Buy a DVD of the Democracy Now! Gala Event.

Taxi To The Dark Side

Watch/Listen to Democracy Now!’s Interviews With Alex Gibney, director of the Oscar-winning documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side." [2/1/08 || 2/12/08 ]

Lessons of Internment

Nearing 87 years old, Yuri Kochiyama lives in a small room in an Oakland, Calif., senior living facility. Her walls are adorned with photos, posters, postcards and mementos detailing a living history of the revolutionary struggles of the 20th century. She is quiet, humble and small, and has trouble at times retrieving the right word. Yet, with a sparkle in her eyes, she has no trouble recalling that incredible history—not from books, not from documentaries, but from living it, on the front lines.

Highlights of Democracy Now! Coverage On Cuba

Lessons of the Chesapeake Sweep

After the Potomac Primary, Virginia is the new Massachusetts and Texas is the new Florida. Barack Obama claimed a “Chesapeake Sweep,” winning all three primaries—Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia—by decisive margins. Hillary Clinton, whose campaign conceded these, is betting the house on the forthcoming delegate-rich primaries of Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, with no campaign stops announced for next week’s voting states, Wisconsin and Hawaii.

East Timor President in critical condition after assassination attempt

President Jose Ramos-Horta in critical condition after two gunshots to the stomach and chest during a morning raid on his home be Timorese rebels. The home of former president and current Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao was also attacked, but Gusmao eluded his attackers.

Millions Without a Voice

With all the talk of record voter participation, we should take a moment to think of the Americans, many of them African-American and Latino, who have been disenfranchised because they once committed a felony.

Western Civilization: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Read Amy Goodman’s latest column on Attorney General Michael Mukasey, torture and the death of the U.S.-backed Indonesian dictator Suharto.

Democracy Now!’s past coverage of East Timor

Congo: The Invisible War

It’s the deadliest conflict since World War II. More than 5 million people have died in the past decade, yet it goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in the United States. The conflict is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Central Africa.

This Just in From the ‘Lovefest’

The Las Vegas democratic debate was a lovefest because the corporate sponsor, General Electric-owned NBC News and its cable news channel MSNBC, rescinded its invitation to candidate Dennis Kucinich.

The Broadcasters’ Big Payday

Hillary Clinton’s surprise victory in New Hampshire guarantees a longer, more competitive Democratic primary season.

Musharraf Still Stands

Benazir Bhutto and her supporters who died with her during the suicide attack Dec. 27 are the latest victims of decades of dangerous U.S. support for Pakistan’s military regime.

January 02, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pakistan

The FCC’s Christmas Gift to Big Media

On Dec. 18, the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission met in Washington, D.C., and, by a 3 to 2 vote, passed new regulations that would allow more media consolidation.

December 29, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Murdoch Media Scandal

Recent Coverage Of Pakistan On Democracy Now!

December 27, 2007 |  Filed under  DN Archives, Pakistan

Surviving a CIA Black Site

The kidnap and torture program of the Bush administration, with its secret CIA “black site” prisons and “torture taxi” flights on private jets, saw a little light of day this week.

FCC Approves Rewriting of Media Ownership Rules

By a 3-to-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to relax the rules for companies seeking to own both a newspaper and television or radio station in the same city. FCC Chair Martin pushed the vote despite widespread opposition from lawmakers and the general public.

Related Democracy Now! coverage: Interview with Craig Aaron of Free Press || Interview with FCC Commissioners Adelstein and Copps

From Oil Wars to Water Wars

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this week, in Oslo, Norway.