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debate was a lovefest because the corporate sponsor, General Electric-owned NBC News and its cable news channel MSNBC, rescinded its invitation to candidate Dennis Kucinich.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

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The Destroyed CIA Torture Tapes & Psychologists

Is the CIA covering up the role of psychologists in torture at secret CIA prisons? Two individuals involved in the interrogation of Al Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah have been identified by name – both are psychologists.

The Dubious Mr. Dobbs

Truth matters. History and context count.

Have They No Shame?

This past Saturday the Democrats chose retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez to give their radio address, the same general accused in at least three lawsuits in the U.S. and Europe of authorizing torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of prisoners in Iraq.

Trent Lott Resigns

On Capitol Hill, Republican Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi has announced he will step down next month. In 2002 Democracy Now! examined Lott’s history of support for racist and neo-Confederate causes and his public praise for the 1948 pro-segregation presidential campaign of Senator Strom Thurmond.

What Would Jesus Buy?

“Black Friday” is the name retailers have given to the day after Thanksgiving in their attempt to make Christmas synonymous with shopping.

Curiosity Didn’t Kill This Cat

“I have, after a fashion, been celebrated for having celebrated the lives of the uncelebrated among us; for lending voice to the face in the crowd.”

A Vote for Mukasey Is a Vote for Torture

Judge Michael Mukasey admits waterboarding is repugnant, but refuses to say whether it amounts to torture.

For Whom the Bell’s Palsy Tolls

Bell’s palsy. It hit suddenly a month ago. I had just stepped off a plane in New York, and my friend noticed the telltale sagging lip.

Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

The "Step It Up" campaign is making the link between environmental crises and global warming. It’s time for politicians to do the same.

Imagine Peace—A Ray of Light in Dark Times

On John Lennon’s birthday, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono realizes a dream they shared.