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David Paterson Sworn In First Black Governor of New York

March 17, 2008 |  Filed under  News

A Cause Bigger Than Any Scandal

The women of New York had a champion in Eliot Spitzer. The good news in the wake of the governor’s resignation is that his successor, David Paterson, and the state’s activists are ready to keep up the fight.

March 12, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

National Book Award Winners Edwidge Danticat & Harriet Washington on Democracy Now!

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The National Book Critics Circle Awards have just been announced and two past DN! guests were among the winners: Edwidge Danticat ("Brother I’m Dying") and Harriet Washington (“Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present")

March 07, 2008 |  Filed under  DN Archives

As Goes Vermont

While the Iraq war is off the front pages, and Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama embark on what may well be a scorched-earth primary battle against each other, let’s keep our eye on where the real scorched earth lies: who profits and who dies.

Clinton proclaimed in her victory speech in Ohio on March 4, after winning three of the four primary contests that day, “as goes Ohio, so goes the nation.” She should take note, however, of how goes Vermont. That state might be a better bellwether, especially concerning the U.S. quagmire in Iraq.

March 05, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Hours After Jeremy Scahill Exposé, Clinton Proposes Military Contractor Ban

Hours after Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill revealed Barack Obama would not “rule out” using private military companies like Blackwater Worldwide in Iraq, Hillary Clinton announced she would co-sponsor a measure to ban the use of Blackwater and other private military firms.

February 29, 2008 |  Filed under  News, Jeremy Scahill

Taxi to the Dark Side

On the Sunday following Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney told the truth. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said regarding plans to pursue the perpetrators of that attack: “We have to work the dark side, if you will. We’re going to spend time in the shadows.”

The grim, deadly consequences of his promise have, in the intervening six years, become the shame of our nation and have outraged millions around the world. President George Bush and Cheney, many argue, have overseen a massive global campaign of kidnapping, illegal detentions, harsh interrogations, torture and kangaroo courts where the accused face the death penalty, confronted by secret evidence obtained by torture, without legal representation.

February 28, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11, Oscars

Democracy Now!’s Gala Event Now Available On DVD

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From The Black World Today "Outside the New World Stages in midtown Manhattan, above in the heavens, a lunar eclipse held hundreds of stargazers breathless. Inside the entertainment palace, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Dick Gregory, and coterie of well-known writers left folks in awe as they appeared to support Democracy Now’s mission to build a new home."

Buy a DVD of the Democracy Now! Gala Event.

February 25, 2008 |  Filed under  Events

Taxi To The Dark Side

Watch/Listen to Democracy Now!’s Interviews With Alex Gibney, director of the Oscar-winning documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side." [2/1/08 || 2/12/08 ]

February 25, 2008 |  Filed under  DN Archives

Lessons of Internment

Nearing 87 years old, Yuri Kochiyama lives in a small room in an Oakland, Calif., senior living facility. Her walls are adorned with photos, posters, postcards and mementos detailing a living history of the revolutionary struggles of the 20th century. She is quiet, humble and small, and has trouble at times retrieving the right word. Yet, with a sparkle in her eyes, she has no trouble recalling that incredible history—not from books, not from documentaries, but from living it, on the front lines.

February 25, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Highlights of Democracy Now! Coverage On Cuba

February 19, 2008 |  Filed under  DN Archives

Lessons of the Chesapeake Sweep

After the Potomac Primary, Virginia is the new Massachusetts and Texas is the new Florida. Barack Obama claimed a “Chesapeake Sweep,” winning all three primaries—Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia—by decisive margins. Hillary Clinton, whose campaign conceded these, is betting the house on the forthcoming delegate-rich primaries of Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, with no campaign stops announced for next week’s voting states, Wisconsin and Hawaii.

February 19, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

East Timor President in critical condition after assassination attempt

President Jose Ramos-Horta in critical condition after two gunshots to the stomach and chest during a morning raid on his home be Timorese rebels. The home of former president and current Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao was also attacked, but Gusmao eluded his attackers.

February 10, 2008 |  Filed under  News

Millions Without a Voice

With all the talk of record voter participation, we should take a moment to think of the Americans, many of them African-American and Latino, who have been disenfranchised because they once committed a felony.

February 07, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Western Civilization: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Read Amy Goodman’s latest column on Attorney General Michael Mukasey, torture and the death of the U.S.-backed Indonesian dictator Suharto.

January 30, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Democracy Now!’s past coverage of East Timor

January 28, 2008 |  Filed under  DN Archives

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.

January 24, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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.

January 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

The Broadcasters’ Big Payday

Hillary Clinton’s surprise victory in New Hampshire guarantees a longer, more competitive Democratic primary season.

January 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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