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Democracy Now! Blog

"In Memory of All That Is Lost." By Amy Goodman

NEW ORLEANS—The anger is palpable across the Mississippi Delta. As the Deepwater Horizon oil geyser, almost a mile underwater, continues unabated, the brunt of this, the largest environmental catastrophe in United States history, is rolling onto the coast, impacting the ecology, the economy and entire ways of life.

June 02, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, BP Oil Spill

Interview: At Least 15 Dead After Israel Attacks Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza strip. Dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, the ships were aiming to break Israel’s 3-year blockade of Gaza. At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when Israeli troops attacked the lead ship in the convoy–the Turkish "Mavi Marmara"–early Monday morning. The attack happened in international waters, 75 miles off the coast of Israel and Gaza. We reached Adam Shapiro in New York a few hours after the attack. He’s a board member of the Free Gaza movement, one of the groups that coordinated the Freedom Flotilla. His wife Huwaida Arraf is the chairperson of the Free Gaza movement and is on the flotilla.

May 31, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Gaza Flotilla

"Alleged Chicago Torturer’s Overdue Day in Court." By Amy Goodman

​Abu Ghraib has nothing over Chicago. Forty years ago, Jon Burge returned from Vietnam, joined the Chicago Police Department and allegedly began torturing people.

May 26, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, Torture

Part II: "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

See Part II of our interview with Sasha Polakow-Suransky, author of the new book "The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."

Click here for Part I

May 25, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Apartheid, South Africa

Amy Goodman Questions Dalai Lama About Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and About Tibet

The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has wrapped up a series public lectures in New York. For the past four days, thousands have gathered at Radio City Music Hall to hear the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist teachings. On Sunday, the 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine before a crowd of 2,000 people. Amy Goodman asked the Dalai Lama about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the struggle for independence in Tibet.

May 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize

Full Interview with Activists Resisting U.S. Military Bases from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i

Watch the full version of our interview with activists from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i who are resisting the expansion of U.S. military bases in the Pacific. [includes rush transcript]

May 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

WATCH: Live Feed of the Gulf Oil Spill

A live video feed that shows the oil gushing from the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico is now available online. Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts pushed BP to make the video public.

Full DN! coverage of the spill is here.

May 20, 2010 |  Filed under  News, BP Oil Spill

WATCH: Amy Goodman on CNN


Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman discusses the results of Tuesday’s primary races on CNN’s John King, USA.

May 19, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Law & Order: Corporate Crime Unit." By Amy Goodman

In the disasters at the Massey coal mine in West Virginia and on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, people were killed. So why aren’t the executives of these companies behind bars?

May 19, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Audio From 1998: Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) Hangs Up On Amy Goodman When Asked If He Has Ever Had An Affair

Earlier today Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) resigned his House seat after acknowledging he had an affair with a female staffer. Long an advocate for "family values," Souder called for former President Bill Clinton to resign over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. On Sept. 17, 1998, during the Clinton impeachment scandal, Democracy Now! invited Rep. Souder and Rep. Bill McCollum (R-FL) (who is now running for governor in Florida) to discuss by phone a recent House vote on combating drugs. In the spirit of the times, Amy Goodman asked both men if they have ever had extramarital affairs. McCollum said "I am not, and, uh.. in, at this present time involved in anything whatsoever, have not been." When Souder was asked, he hung up the phone.

May 18, 2010 |  Filed under  DN Archives

WATCH: Amy Goodman on CNN


Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman discusses the upcoming primary races on CNN’s John King, USA, on Monday, May 17th.

May 17, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Singing Lena Horne’s Praises." By Amy Goodman

Lena Horne died this week at the age of 92. More than just a brilliant singer and actress, she was a pioneering civil rights activist, breaking racial barriers for generations of African-Americans who have followed her.

May 12, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Part II: Singer and Civil Rights Activist Lena Horne Remembered


The pioneering African-American actress, singer, and civil rights activist has died at the age of 91. We speak with James Gavin, author of, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. Part I of this conversation can be viewed here

May 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Author Interviews

"BP: Billionaire Polluter." By Amy Goodman

The power and wealth that BP and other oil giants wield are almost without parallel in the world, and pose a threat to the lives of workers, to the environment and to our prospects for democracy.

May 05, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, BP Oil Spill, Offshore Drilling

Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Producers File Lawsuit Over RNC Arrests


Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman along with producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar are filing a federal lawsuit today that challenges the police crackdown on journalists at the Republican National Convention in 2008.

May 05, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, RNC 2008

"The Curse of Abundance": Alberto Acosta on the Failure of Extractive Industries and Alternative Models of Development in Ecuador


Alberto Acosta is the Former President of the Constituent Assembly as well as a former minister of Energy in Ecuador. Democracy Now! producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous caught up with Acosta at the World People’s Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia last week.

"Boycotting Arizona’s Racism." By Amy Goodman

Arizona Senate Bill 1070 empowers state and local law enforcement to stop, question and arrest whoever they suspect may not be in the state legally. The law is an open invitation to sweeping racial profiling and arbitrary detention.

April 29, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Immigration

"Cochabamba, the Water Wars and Climate Change." By Amy Goodman

Thousands of climate justice activists have arrived here in Bolivia for the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth. Bolivian President Evo Morales called for the gathering to give the poor and the Global South an opportunity to respond to the failed climate talks in Copenhagen. Ten years ago this month, the host city for the summit, Cochabamba, was at the center of an epic fight over the most vital of natural resources: its own water.

"Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal." By Amy Goodman

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

April 14, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Coal

Poet and Author Alice Walker Speaking in Gaza


Following the Israeli siege, Alice Walker visited Gaza in March 2009 along with a 60-member international delegation led by Code Pink. Walking among the ruins, she spoke to Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat.

April 13, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive