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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

NOAM CHOMSKY: "The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism"

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Noam Chomsky delivers the 5th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture: The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism at Columbia University School for International Affairs.

December 17, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky

"Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Empire’s New Clothes." By Amy Goodman

As the United Nations’ climate summit, called “COP 15,” enters its final week, with more than 100 world leaders arriving amid growing protests, the notion that a binding agreement will come from this conference looks more and more like a fairy tale.

December 16, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Aminatou Haidar Under House Arrest: "They Are Silencing Saharan Voices So They Can Say I’m Alone"

María Carrión, a Madrid-based journalist and human rights activist, is posting updates about the ailing human rights activist Aminatou Haidar and her attempt to return to her home in occupied Western Sahara.

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December 11, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Aminatou Haidar, Western Sahara

"Take Me to Your Climate Leader." By Amy Goodman

COPENHAGEN—“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

December 09, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

TARIQ ALI: “Obama’s Afghan-Pak Syndrome"

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Speaking before a packed audience at Hampshire College, Tariq Ali argues that an immediate exit strategy from Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital both for the region and for the United States.

December 07, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, Afghanistan

The Globe and Mail: Amy Goodman’s border woes has Americans in a tizzy

The Globe and Mail: Canada Border Services Agency won’t comment on why the host of the widely syndicated radio and TV program Democracy Now had her speech checked at border

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December 03, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Vancouver Observer: Amy Goodman Gets Brilliant Story Idea from Canadian Border Guards

Read the Vancouver Observer article about Amy Goodman’s detention at the Canadian border: "Well, it’s official. Suspicion of criticizing the 2010 Olympics gets you on a watch list at the Canadian border. Want to come to Canada and discuss the environmental shame that is the tar sands? Go ahead. Want to meddle in Canadian military policy in Afghanistan? Fill your boots. Want to criticize the Government’s position on Global Warming? Whatever, dude."

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December 03, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Tavis Smiley interviews Amy Goodman

Check out Tavis Smiley’s interview with Amy Goodman

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December 03, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Canada’s Olympic Crackdown." By Amy Goodman

Going to Canada? You may be detained at the border and interrogated. I was, last week. It has serious implications for the freedom of the press in North America.

December 02, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Keith Olbermann reports on Amy Goodman’s Canadian Border Detention on MSNBC

See video from the Mon., Nov 30, 2009 episode of Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s Countdown, where he reports on Amy Goodman’s Canadian border detention, in his program’s "Best Persons" segment–where he berates the Canadian authorities.

November 30, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

Amy Goodman Detained at the Canadian Border, questioned about speech (Updated 11/30/09)

While traveling to Vancouver, BC, Canada on Weds., Nov. 25th, to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. They were detained for well over an hour, and were made an hour late for the event at the Vancouver Public Library.

November 26, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Books, Not Bombs." By Amy Goodman

California campuses have been rocked by protests this past week, provoked by massive student fee increases voted on by the University of California Board of Regents.

November 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Mail Tribune of Southern Oregon news story on Amy Goodman’s stop in Ashland, OR

The Mail Tribune newspaper of Southern Oregon published a story on Amy Goodman’s tour stop in Ashland, Oregon.

Reporter Paris Achen wrote, "Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, told a crowd of about 300 people at Ashland’s Southern Oregon University Sunday night that print and TV media have failed to provide balanced and contextual coverage of the most critical issues facing Americans, including health care reform and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Next stops on the tour: Portland, Astoria, OR, Olympia, WA, Bellingham, WA, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Port Angeles WA, Bainbridge Island WA, Seattle, Everett, Boulder CO, Minneapolis, Wash. DC, Philadelphia, NYC See the tour site:

November 23, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Hungering for a True Thanksgiving." By Amy Goodman

"Over 1 billion people are chronically hungry," says the U.N., yet it would take only $44 billion per year to end hunger globally.

November 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Lou Dobbs Resigns From CNN

The controversial TV anchor has resigned from CNN amid a campaign to force him off the air due to his reporting on Latinos and immigrants. Past Democracy Now! Coverage of Lou Dobbs:

November 11, 2009 |  Filed under  News

"The Man Who Put the Rainbow in 'The Wizard of Oz'." By Amy Goodman

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and families will be gathering to share a meal and, perhaps, enjoy another annual telecast of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

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November 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"First as Tragedy, Then As Farce": Philosopher and Cultural Theorist Slavoj Žižek Speaks at Cooper Union

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Slovenian philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek is author of more than fifty books. His latest is First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. He spoke at Cooper Union in October.

November 06, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive