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Democracy Now! Evening with Alice Walker on Tuesday, April 13

Join Alice Walker as a guest at Amy’s birthday celebration at our new green studios, and enjoy Amy and Alice’s discussion: On Activism.

April 12, 2010 |  Filed under  Events

COMING UP: Once-Banned Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan Returns to the US. Tune in Friday.


Scholar Tariq Ramadan was banned from the United States for six years. He’s just been allowed back in and arrived in New York on Wednesday night. Tune in to Democracy Now! Friday for an extended interview with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford in the UK.

He’s speaking at Cooper Union, New York Thursday night on Secularism, Islam, and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West

April 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Islam

Part II...The Dangers and Difficulties of Reporting From Gaza: Two Journalists Recount Their Experiences


We speak with award winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer and Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera English, Ayman Mohyeldin. Watch Part I of this conversation here.

April 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Gaza

"Collateral Murder in Iraq." By Amy Goodman

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad. The nonprofit news organization WikiLeaks obtained the video and made it available on the Internet. The video was made July 12, 2007, by a U.S. military Apache helicopter gunship, and includes audio of military radio transmissions.

April 07, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, WikiLeaks, Whistleblowers

"The Obscenity of War." By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

April 01, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

Part II: Daniel Ellsberg on US Foreign Policy


Part II of our conversation with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. He speaks on the under-reported leaked memos of US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, US Policy on Iran, and more.

March 30, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Indonesian Media Reports Journalist Allan Nairn Faces Arrest

A leading TV news network in Indonesia is reporting the Indonesian military is planning to charge journalist Allan Nairn with “smearing [its] good name.” In an appearance on Democracy Now! last week, Allan exposed that US-backed Indonesian armed forces assassinated a series of civilian activists in the province of Aceh last year. Amy Goodman reached Allan earlier today just before going to air.

March 25, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Indonesia

"Obama’s Bad Prescription for Indonesia." By Amy Goodman

The health care legislative process and its frenetic endgame prompted the president to postpone a trip to the country where his mother raised him for several years of his childhood: Indonesia. While his health care bill is considered by many a huge step forward, Obama is simultaneously, and with far less scrutiny, potentially taking a huge step backward with Indonesia.

March 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Indonesia, East Timor

Part II: Scholar Norman Finkelstein on Next Steps Towards Resolution in Israel-Palestine


Norman Finkelstein is author of several books on the Israel Palestine conflict. His latest is This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. In Part II of our conversation, Finkelstein discusses lessons he learned from Gandhi, the role of public opinion in politics, and more.

March 23, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Israel & Palestine, Author Interviews

Allan Nairn: Obama Administration Mulls Ending Training Ban on Atrocity-Linked Indonesian Special Forces Unit

Tune in on Friday for a special report from investigative journalist Allan Nairn on the White House’s proposal to lift a ban on U.S. training of a controversial elite Indonesian military unit known as Kopassus. The special forces unit has been linked to scores of human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, Papua, and Java since its formation in the 1950s. We reached Allan in Indonesia on Thursday afternoon. The entire interview can be heard online here.

March 18, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Indigenous

"NYC’s Jihad Against Debbie Almontaser." By Amy Goodman

Debbie Almontaser has won a victory in her battle against discrimination. She was the founding principal of the first Arabic-language public school in the United States, until a campaign of hate forced her out.

March 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Arabs and Muslims in America

Right Now: Amy Goodman Taking Online Questions at FireDogLake’s Book Salon

Visit FireDogLake to ask Amy a question. Amy will be taking questions until 7 p.m. EST on Sunday.

March 14, 2010 |  Filed under  Events

Part II: Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”


After our broadcast interview with legal scholar and civil rights advocate, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez continued the conversation. Be the first to watch it here.

March 11, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America

"Rachel Corrie’s (Posthumous) Day in Court." By Amy Goodman

An unusual trial begins in Israel this week, and people around the world will be watching closely. It involves the tragic death of a 23-year-old American student named Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer.

March 10, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Midwestern Towns Sue Manufacturer of Atrazine Weedkiller

Sixteen Midwestern towns and cities have sued the manufacturer of a popular weedkiller over drinking water contamination. Atrazine has been banned in the European Union since 2004 but here in the United States about 80 million pounds of Atrazine is used each year. A recent study found that the weedkillers can turn male frogs into females.

See our earlier segment on Atrazine and the EPA

March 09, 2010 |  Filed under  News

Part II: Leading Education Scholar Diane Ravitch on "The Death and Life of the Great American School System"


Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interviewed Diane Ravitch in the Democracy Now! studios last week. You can see Part One of their conversation here. After the broadcast, they continued the conversation. [includes rush transcript]

March 08, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Education, Charter Schools, Author Interviews

WATCH: Is the Medium the Message? Corporatization of the Media

The Huffington Post’s Kimberly Butler interviewed Amy Goodman and others in this two part online video series.

Watch here

March 04, 2010 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"Domestic Violence: A Pre-Existing Condition?" By Amy Goodman

March is Women’s History Month, recognizing women’s central role in society. Unfortunately, violence against women is epidemic in the United States and around the world.

March 03, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Domestic Violence

"Cracking Down on Fracking." By Amy Goodman

Mike Markham of Colorado has an explosive problem: His tap water catches fire.

February 24, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

"Obama’s Nuclear Option." By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama is going nuclear. He announced the initial $8 billion in loan guarantees for construction of the first new nuclear power plants in the United States in close to three decades.

February 17, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Nuclear Power