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"The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent." By Amy Goodman

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

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October 28, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Soldier Suicides

Afghan Peace Activist Malalai Joya Speaks on "Crisis and Resistance"

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Leading Afghan democracy leader Malalai Joya. In 2005 she became the youngest person ever elected to Afghan parliament. She was suspended in 2007 for her denunciation of warlords and their cronies in government. She spoke in New York at the Northeast Socialist Conference on October 23, 2009.

October 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan

The Late Clarence Kailin in his Own Words: "We’ve Got a Lot of Work to Do"

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Clarence Kailin was one of the last survivors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of American volunteers who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. In one of his last public appearances, Kailin, a lifelong activist, told friends and supporters at his 95th birthday celebration this August, "We’ve got a lot of work to do."

October 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"Trick or Treat for Climate Change." By Amy Goodman

Climate-change activists, from pranksters to presidents, are stepping up the pressure by staging elaborate stunts.

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October 21, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Lt. Choi Won’t Lie for His Country." By Amy Goodman

Lt. Dan Choi doesn’t want to lie. Choi, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “I am gay.” Under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations, those three words are enough to get Choi kicked out of the military.

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October 14, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy

"Watch What You Tweet." By Amy Goodman

A social worker from New York City was arrested last week while in Pittsburgh for the G-20 protests, then subjected to an FBI raid this week at home — all for using Twitter.

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October 07, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Nomi Prins on "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals From Washington to Wall Street"

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Nomi Prins is a former investment banker turned journalist. She worked at Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. She is the author of several books; her latest, just out, is called It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street. She spoke on the themes of the book at the Strand Bookstore in New York on September 29th.

October 06, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

“Scanning the Horizon of Books and Libraries.” By Amy Goodman

A battle is raging over the future of books in the digital age and the role that libraries will play. One case now before a U.S. federal court may, some say, grant a practical monopoly on recorded human knowledge to global Internet search giant Google. The complex case has attracted opposition from hundreds of individuals and groups from around the planet.

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September 30, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Police Crackdown on G20 Protests: Democracy Now! Reports from the Streets

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World leaders are gathering in Pittsburgh for the G20 summit under the shadow of a police crackdown on protesters in the streets. Heavily-armed riot police are out in force all over the city, using tear gas, stun grenades, smoke canisters, and sound cannons, which direct extremely loud shrill sounds. This is believed to be the first time sound cannons have been publicly used in the United States. Democracy Now! producer Steve Martinez reports from the streets of Pittsburgh.

September 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Arun Gupta asks "What Anti-War Movement?"

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It has now been eight years since 9/11. The United States is still engaged in Iraq and is escalating its wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan with no end in site. Speaking at the Bluestockings Bookstore on the Lower East Side in New York, Arun Gupta, a founding Editor of The Indypendent, takes a critical look at the failures and future of the once massive anti-war movement.

September 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan

“President Zelaya and the Audacity of Action.” By Amy Goodman

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Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras, is back in his country after being deposed in a military coup June 28. Zelaya appeared there unexpectedly Monday morning, announcing his presence in Tegucigalpa, the capital, from within the Brazilian Embassy, where he has taken refuge.

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September 23, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

"Let Us Not Become the Evil We Deplore." By Amy Goodman

On Oct. 7, the U.S. enters its ninth year of occupation of Afghanistan—equal to the time the United States was involved in World War I, World War II and the Korean War combined. Obama campaigned on his opposition to the war in Iraq, but pledged at the same time to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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September 16, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11 anniversary, 9/11, Afghanistan

Christian Parenti responds to Kevin Bales

Journalist Christian Parenti responds to our interview with Kevin Bales, founder of Free The Slaves

September 14, 2009 |  Filed under  News

Sandra Maria Esteves Performs "Aguacero" at the Young Lords 40th Anniversary Celebration

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Sandra Maria Esteves is one of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement. She performed her poem "Aguacero" at the 40th Anniversary celebration of the revolutionary community organizing group the Young Lords earlier this year.

September 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"Van Jones and the Boycott of Glenn Beck." By Amy Goodman

The right-wing radio and TV host may have helped oust activist and green jobs adviser Van Jones from the administration, but in doing so he further justified the boycott against his broadcasts.

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September 09, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"New Light on Copenhagen Climate Talks." By Amy Goodman

The 2009 Copenhagen climate conference will be critical to the success or failure of establishing a practical, binding global plan of action before human-caused climate change reaches the point of no return, creating a cascade of catastrophes.

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September 02, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Part II: Tim Robbins on Activism in Hollywood from the 1930s to the Present

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Tim Robbins is the artistic director of the Actor’s Gang and an Academy-award winning actor, director, producer, and writer.
He won an Oscar for his role in “Mystic River” and is well-known for his roles in numerous films over the past two decades including “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Player”, “Bull Durham”, and “Bob Roberts.” His best known directorial ventures include the award-winning “Cradle Will Rock” and “Dead Man Walking.”

August 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"Who is Obama Playing Ball With?" By Amy Goodman

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank and chairman and CEO of UBS Group Americas. Wolf, an early financial backer of Obama’s presidential campaign, raised $250,000 for him back in 2006, and in February was appointed by the president to the White House’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Economic recovery for whom?

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August 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Youssef Megahed Released as Government Loses Deportation Case Against Him

A Florida immigration judge has dismissed the deportation case against Youssef Megahed. The The 23 year old Florida Student was arrested by federal immigration agents in April just three days after a jury acquitted him on federal explosives charges. After hearing a week of evidence put forward by Homeland Security Attorneys, immigration judge Kenneth S. Hurewitz said "I don’t believe the government has met its burden in this case." He dismissed the case before the defense had to present any witnesses.

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August 21, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Arabs and Muslims in America

"Troy Davis and the Meaning of 'Actual Innocence'." By Amy Goodman

Sitting on death row in Georgia, Troy Davis has won a key victory against his own execution. On Aug. 17, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed a federal court in Georgia to consider, for the first time in a formal court proceeding, significant evidence of Davis’ innocence that surfaced after his conviction.

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August 19, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty