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Juan Gonzalez on “The Future of the Media in the Age of Obama”

Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez spoke at the University of Texas at Austin about the future of the media.

April 02, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

"Seattle’s Lessons for London"

The police chief who directed Seattle’s response to the 1999 WTO protests, now sounds more like one of the protesters his forces tear-gassed. On the G-20 Protest in London, he says, "We’re now reaping what we have sown."

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April 01, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Lessons of the Exxon Valdez"

Twenty years ago, the Exxon Valdez supertanker spilled at least 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound. The consequences of the spill were epic and continue to this day.

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March 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Those Hit Hardest Get No Bailout"

Obama has surrounded himself with financial advisers who are too cozy with Wall Street, like Summers and Geithner. It’s time to direct the stimulus to the people who need it, to those whose tax dollars are funding it.

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March 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Put Single-Payer on the Table"

President Barack Obama promises health-care reform, but he has taken single-payer health care off the table. In his proposed system, the government pays all the bills, but health-care delivery remains private.

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March 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling"

President Barack Obama met recently with the prime ministers of Canada and Britain. The meeting was downsized from a full news conference to a small question and answer session. Are they hiding the growing divide between Afghanistan policies?

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March 04, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

"Toxins 'R' Us"

U.S. consumers are exposed to a vast array of harmful chemicals and additives embedded countless products. Industries in the US have fought regulation, while Europe moves ahead with prohibitions against the most harmful toxins.

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February 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Jailing Kids for Cash"

As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited. The two judges pleaded guilty in a stunning case of greed and corruption that is still unfolding. Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan received $2.6 million in kickbacks while imprisoning children who often had no access to a lawyer. The case offers an extraordinary glimpse into the shameful private prison industry that is flourishing in the United States.

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February 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Obama’s Afghan Trap"

President Obama held his first prime-time news conference Monday night. When questioned on Afghanistan, he replied, "This is going to be a big challenge."

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February 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

Democracy Now! is available on Miro 2.0!

Democracy Now! featured on the front page of Miro 2.0’s channel guide! Miro 2.0 is a high-resolution way to watch Democracy Now! on your computer.

February 08, 2009 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"Facing Foreclosure? Don’t Leave. Squat"

Marcy Kaptur of Ohio is the longest-serving Democratic congresswoman in U.S. history. Her district, stretching along the shore of Lake Erie from west of Cleveland to Toledo, faces an epidemic of home foreclosures and 11.5 percent unemployment. That heartland region, the Rust Belt, had its heart torn out by the North American Free Trade Agreement, with shuttered factories and struggling family farms. Kaptur led the fight in Congress against NAFTA. Now, she is recommending a radical foreclosure solution from the floor of the U.S. Congress: "So I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don’t you leave."

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February 04, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Democracy Now! is on KCCU, NPR Stations in OK

Democracy Now! takes the place of Day to Day on KCCU in Oklahoma.

February 04, 2009 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

"Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail"

Karl Rove recently described George W. Bush as a book lover, writing, "There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one." There will be many histories written about the Bush administration. What will they use for source material? The Bush White House was sued for losing e-mails, and for skirting laws intended to protect public records.

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January 28, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"A Long Train Ride"

It started with a train ride. Barack Obama rode to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration on a whistle-stop tour. “To the children who hear the whistle of the train and dream of a better life—that’s who we’re fighting for,” Obama said along the tour, which was compared to the train ride taken by Abraham Lincoln from Springfield, Ill., to Washington, D.C., in February 1861, en route to his first inauguration.

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January 21, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Nothing to Fear but No Health Care"

Fifty million Americans are without health insurance, and 25 million are “underinsured.” Millions being laid off will soon be added to those rolls. At this perilous moment, we need sweeping New Deal-caliber changes, not the impotent tinkering that has been proposed.

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January 14, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Moore

"Israeli Voices for Peace"

Israel’s assault on Gaza, by air, sea and now land, has killed (at the time of this writing) more than 600 Palestinians, with more than 2,700 injured. Ten Israelis have been killed, three of them Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire. Beyond the deaths and injuries, the people of Gaza are suffering a dire humanitarian crisis that is dismissed by the Israeli government. There is, however, Israeli opposition to the military assault.

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January 07, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza

"Voices of Resistance Sing On"

Strong voices for peace have left us this year, people who used their art for social change, often at a high personal price. A look at the lives and politics of Odetta, Miriam Makeba and Eartha Kitt.

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December 31, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Art & Politics

"One Man’s Bid to Aid the Environment"

A Utah student’s disruption of a federal auction has temporarily blocked a Bush-enabled land grab by the oil and gas industries.

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December 24, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Workers Laid Off, Executives Paid Off, Bernard Madoff"

The global financial crisis deepens, with more than 10 million in the U.S. out of work, according to the Department of Labor. Unemployment hit 6.7 percent in November. Add the 7.3 million “involuntary part-time workers,” who want to work full time but can’t find such a job. Jobless claims have reached a 26-year high, while 30 states reportedly face potential shortfalls in their unemployment-insurance pools.

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December 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"A Tale of Two Nobel Nations"

While the Nobel prizes recognize lifetime achievements in medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, economics and peace, and Sweden is a paragon among progressive, social democracies, there is another side to Sweden and the Nobels that warrants a closer look.

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December 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles