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"The Single-Payer Solution"

As the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race continues to focus on lapel pins and pastors, America is ailing.

"The Orangeburg Massacre"

Sen. Barack Obama is clearly a bad bowler. But it was not too long ago that African-Americans were not allowed in some bowling alleys. In Orangeburg, S.C., three young African-American men were killed for protesting against that town’s segregated bowling alley.

"A Torture Debate Among Healers"

The American Psychological Association is in the midst of its own heated presidential campaign. The central issue is whether APA members should be banned from participating in “harsh interrogations.”

April 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo

"Where Do We Go From Here?"

It has been 40 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., while standing on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel. King was there to support striking sanitation workers, African-American men who endured horrible working conditions for poverty wages. While King’s staff was opposed to him going, as they were scrambling to organize King’s new initiative, the Poor People’s Campaign, King himself knew that the sanitation workers were at the front lines of fighting poverty.

April 03, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Martin Luther King

"Body of War"

We just passed the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. military members killed in Iraq since the invasion five years ago. Still, the death toll climbs. Tomas Young was one of those injured, on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City. Young is the subject of a new feature documentary by legendary TV talk-show host Phil Donahue and filmmaker Ellen Spiro, called “Body of War.”

March 27, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11

Watch Democracy Now! Online

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You can now watch Democracy Now! on the homepage of our newly redesigned website. Each morning we will post a video file of the current show in the center column of the page.

Watch our three most recent shows covering Winter Soldier: 3/17, 3/18, 3/19. We will be posting video for older shows in the coming days and weeks.

(Users with outdated versions of Flash or older computers might not be able to see the new video file. Democracy Now! will continue to offer the show for free in other formats including MP3, Real Video, Real Audio, MPEG-4 Video Download and in transcript form.)

"Winter Soldier Marches Again"

Last weekend, in the lead up to the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a remarkable gathering occurred just outside Washington, D.C., called Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan, Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. Hundreds of veterans of these two wars, along with active-duty soldiers, came together to offer testimony about the horrors of war, including atrocities they witnessed or committed themselves.

March 19, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

David Paterson Sworn In First Black Governor of New York

A Cause Bigger Than Any Scandal

The women of New York had a champion in Eliot Spitzer. The good news in the wake of the governor’s resignation is that his successor, David Paterson, and the state’s activists are ready to keep up the fight.

National Book Award Winners Edwidge Danticat & Harriet Washington on Democracy Now!

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The National Book Critics Circle Awards have just been announced and two past DN! guests were among the winners: Edwidge Danticat ("Brother I’m Dying") and Harriet Washington (“Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present")

As Goes Vermont

While the Iraq war is off the front pages, and Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama embark on what may well be a scorched-earth primary battle against each other, let’s keep our eye on where the real scorched earth lies: who profits and who dies.

Clinton proclaimed in her victory speech in Ohio on March 4, after winning three of the four primary contests that day, “as goes Ohio, so goes the nation.” She should take note, however, of how goes Vermont. That state might be a better bellwether, especially concerning the U.S. quagmire in Iraq.

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.