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Democracy Now! Blog

"Health Care Reform Needs an Action Hero." By Amy Goodman

Imagine the scene. America 2009. Eighteen thousand people have died in one year, an average of almost 50 a day. Who’s taking them out? What’s killing them? Terrorism is not the culprit here: It’s lack of adequate health care.

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August 12, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare, Canada

Sexual terrorism in Congo

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August 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Greg Grandin Fact Checks Lanny Davis on Honduras

We recently hosted a debate between Latin America historian and New York University professor Greg Grandin and Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to President Clinton who’s now a paid lobbyist for Honduran business leaders backing the coup government. A few days after the debate, Grandin posted this response.

August 11, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, Honduras

Guardian Newspaper Credits Democracy Now! in Breaking Military Domestic Spying Story, New York Times Does Not

The Guardian newspaper of London published a story about the U.S. military spying on peace activists in Washington State. While the Guardian credits Democracy Now! for breaking the story in an exclusive national broadcast, The New York Times, which ran a piece a few days afterwards, does not.

August 05, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"A Coup for Lobbyists at the White House." By Amy Goodman

Though Barack Obama first called the Honduran military’s removal of Zelaya a coup, his administration has backpedaled. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Zelaya’s attempt to cross the Nicaraguan border into Honduras “reckless.” Could well-placed lobbyists in Washington be forging U.S. foreign policy?

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August 05, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

Steve Earle sings "John Walker’s Blues" about John Walker Lindh in our firehouse studio

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July 31, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

British MP Blasts U.S. Efforts to Keep Evidence Hidden in Gitmo Torture Case

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July 30, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"Obama’s Military Is Spying on U.S. Peace Groups." By Amy Goodman

Anti-war activists in Olympia, Wash., have exposed Army spying and infiltration of their groups, as well as intelligence gathering by the Air Force, the federal Capitol Police and the Coast Guard. The infiltration appears to be in direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act preventing U.S. military deployment for domestic law enforcement and may strengthen congressional demands for a full-scale investigation of U.S. intelligence activities, like the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s.

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July 29, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

No Public Option in Secret Baucus Health Plan...Baucus Tops Congress in Campaign Funds From Private Health Industry

A bipartisan group of six Senators on the Senate Finance Committee has been working in secret for weeks to draft an alternative to President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system that does not contain a public insurance option, despite support for such an option from American voters. The Senate legislation was drafted during meetings in the office of committee chair, Max Baucus (D–MT). Last month, the Montana Standard reported Baucus has received more campaign money from health and insurance industry interests than any other member of Congress.

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July 28, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Healthcare

Complete Interview with Iranian Dissident Journalist Akbar Ganji

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July 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iran

From the Archives: Leonard Peltier Speaks From His Jail Cell

Imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier will have his first full parole hearing in 15 years on Tuesday. He has been in prison for the past 33 years after being convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Peltier has long maintained his innocence and is widely considered a political prisoner who was not granted a fair trial. In 2000, we conducted an extensive interview with Peltier from his jail cell:

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July 27, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

K’naan performs in our firehouse studio

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Somali-Canadian hip hop artist K’Naan joined us in our firehouse studio and performs songs from his new album “Troubadour”.

July 23, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on "America Behind the Color Line"

President Obama said Cambridge police acted "stupidly" in the arrest of leading African American scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in his own home last week. Obama said the incident is a reminder that racism "still haunts us." Check out our extended interview with Gates in 2004 on "America Behind the Color Line."

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July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

Democracy Now! supporters host fund raising event in Victoria, BC

John in Victoria, BC brings Democracy Now! supporters together for a night of music, fun and fund raising!

July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  Outreach Success Stories

Part II: Cornel West and Carl Dix on Race and Politics in the Age of Obama

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Watch the continuation of the discussion from today’s broadcast. Cornel West is a Professor at Princeton University and Carl Dix is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Troy Anthony Davis, and the 21st Century Color Line." By Amy Goodman

Henry Louis Gates Jr., who directs Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, knows much about the color line — not only from his life’s work, but from life experience, including last week, when he was arrested in his own home."

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July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

"Health Insurance Whistle-Blower Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried." By Amy Goodman

Wendell Potter is the health insurance industry’s worst nightmare. He’s a whistle-blower. Potter, the former chief spokesperson for insurance giant CIGNA, recently testified before Congress, “I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick—all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.”

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July 15, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Two Standards of Detention." By Amy Goodman

Nonviolent activists and Muslims are held in draconian conditions, while the man charged with killing Dr. George Tiller trumpets from jail the extreme anti-abortion movement’s campaign of intimidation, vandalism, arson and murder.

July 09, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Coup in Honduras: See full Democracy Now! coverage

Check out all of our coverage of the first coup d’etat in Central America in more than a quarter-century.

July 02, 2009 |  Filed under  News

"Undo the Coup." By Amy Goodman

The first coup d’etat in Central America in more than a quarter-century occurred last Sunday in Honduras. It was led by a graduate of the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas, a military facility that has trained some of Latin America’s worst torturers, murderers and human rights abusers.

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July 01, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras, School of the Americas