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WATCH: Amy Goodman on CNN from Las Vegas, Nevada


Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman appears live from Las Vegas on CNN’s John King, USA, Thursday, July 22nd at 7pm Eastern Time.

July 22, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Part II: Kashmiri Journalist Basharat Peer, Author of "Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir"


Indian troops and police have killed fifteen people in Kashmir since June, sparking widespread protests. The Indian government has imposed a strict military curfew in the area as well as a media gag order on local journalists. The international community has remained silent on the human rights abuses in Kashmir. [includes rush transcript] Watch Part I of this conversation here

July 21, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, Freedom of the Press

"Deficit Doves." By Amy Goodman

Getting out of the red is the new black. Deficit hawks have swooped down on the U.S. budget. This week, they attacked unemployment benefits.

July 21, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Part II: Social Security Under Attack: Cuts Proposed, Higher Retirement Age Suggested


We speak with Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Watch Part I.

July 19, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Social Security

Breaking News: Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Resentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl decided today to increase attorney Lynne Stewart’s sentence from 28 months to 10 years. Stewart was found guilty in 2005 of distributing press releases on behalf of her jailed client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the "Blind Sheikh." Tune in Friday for full coverage on Democracy Now!

July 15, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Lynne Stewart

"Haiti, Six Months After the Earthquake." By Amy Goodman

July 12 marked the six-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake here in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left much of the country in ruins. Up to 1.8 million people are living in squalid tent cities, with inadequate sanitation, if any, no electricity and little security, or any respite from the intense heat and the worsening rains.

July 14, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Haiti Earthquake, Haiti

"If Only Information Flowed as Freely as Oil." By Amy Goodman

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new rules keeping the public, including photographers and reporters covering the BP Oil Spill, from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches. Violators could face a fine of up to $40,000 and felony charges.

Are Sports Boring? Arun Gupta Debates Dave Zirin


As the World Cup draws to a close, we turn to a lively debate on the political and social relevance of sports. Arun Gupta, a founding editor of the Indypendent, debates Nation Magazine sports columnist Dave Zirin.

July 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Sports & Politics

Amy Goodman to appear on CNN’s John King, USA

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman will appear on CNN’s John King, USA, on Wednesday, June 30th at 7pm Eastern Time.

June 30, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"We Can’t Afford War." By Amy Goodman

The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent.

June 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, War on Terror, Vietnam, WikiLeaks, Afghanistan, Iraq

Detroit Poet Jessica Care Moore at the U.S. Social Forum


Jessica Care Moore is an acclaimed Detroit poet. Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke caught up with Jessica at the U.S. Social Forum.

June 28, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Detroit

"Another World Is Possible, Another Detroit Is Happening." By Amy Goodman

“I have a dream.” Ask anyone where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first proclaimed those words, and the response will most likely be at the March on Washington in August 1963. In fact, he delivered them two months earlier, on June 23, in Detroit, leading a march down Woodward Avenue.

June 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Part II: Tom Engelhardt on "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s"


Engelhardt is the creator and editor of the website Tomdispatch. His latest book is "The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s."

June 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Author Interviews

Part II: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Owner Erik Prince’s Rumored Move to UAE and Obama Admin’s Expansion of Special Forces Operations Abroad


Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist, Democracy Now! correspondent, and author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

Watch Part I of this interview HERE.

June 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Blackwater

"Broken Promises, Broken Laws, Broken Lives." By Amy Goodman

Federal authorities are investigating whether officials of the government south of the border participated in a citizen’s kidnapping and torture—Canadian authorities, that is, investigating the possible role of U.S. officials in the “extraordinary rendition” of Canadian citizen Maher Arar.

June 16, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Maher Arar

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla


In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find–thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault. Democracy Now! has interviewed some of the reporters, filmmakers, and photographers who managed to smuggle out some of their images.

June 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza Flotilla

"The Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Framing the Narrative." By Amy Goodman

They called it "Operation Sea Breeze." Despite the pleasant-sounding name, Israel’s violent commando raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships, which left nine civilians dead, has sparked international outrage.

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Gaza Flotilla

Inspired by Gaza Blockade, Roger Waters Records New Version of "We Shall Overcome"

British musician Roger Waters of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd sings a new version of "We Shall Overcome" in a music video cut to footage from the upcoming documentary, "Roadmap to Apartheid."

Watch the full video

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Gaza, Art & Politics

The Future of Turkish-Israeli Relations in the Wake of Deadly Assault on the Mavi Marmara


Following the Israeli commando attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and the death of nine Turkish citizens, popular outrage has swept the streets of Turkey. Anjali Kamat Speaks to Turkish political analyst Koray Çalışkan.

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza, Israel & Palestine, Turkey, Anjali Kamat, Gaza Flotilla

The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and "Decadent Acts" pledges to donate portion of show proceeds to Democracy Now!

The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity is an environmentally friendly theatre that strives to produce 'theatre for a cause,' This year, some of the proceeds from one of the festival’s shows, “Decadent Acts”, will be donated to Democracy Now!.

June 04, 2010 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories