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


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

Supreme Court Orders New Hearing For Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a new evidentiary hearing for death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. The court ruled that Davis should have another chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia puts him to death. Watch/Listen to Democracy Now! coverage of Troy Davis case.

August 17, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 16 people in a ceremony today at the White House. Check out Democracy Now!’s past interviews with some of those who received the award:

* Rev. Joseph Lowery
* Mary Robinson
* Archbishop Desmond Tutu
* Muhammad Yunus

August 12, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

"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

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

July 31, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

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

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.

See our interview with the Montana reporter who broke the story

July 28, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Healthcare

Complete Interview with Iranian Dissident Journalist Akbar Ganji

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:


July 27, 2009 |  Filed under  DN Archives

K’naan performs in our firehouse studio


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