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Juan Gonzalez: NYC Schools chancellor Joel Klein won’t be missed

You could tell the Joel Klein era was ending long before Mayor Bloomberg made it official on Tuesday.

November 10, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Education, Charter Schools

BREAKING: Pentagon instructing recruiters to accept openly gay applicants

In a victory for gay rights advocates, the Pentagon is instructing military recruiters to accept the applications of gay men and lesbians who wish to join the military. See all of our coverage of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell here

BREAKING...Attempted Coup in Ecuador: On the Ground Report from Sofia Jarrin

Sofia Jarrin works with the Latin American Association for Radio Education.

September 30, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Ecuador

Nnimmo Bassey wins 2010 Right Livelihood Award

The Nigerian environmentalist has been a guest on Democracy Now! on several occasions. Click for more

September 30, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Nigeria, Right Livelihood Award

Breaking News: Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Resentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl decided today to increase attorney Lynne Stewart’s sentence from 28 months to 10 years. Stewart was found guilty in 2005 of distributing press releases on behalf of her jailed client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the "Blind Sheikh." Tune in Friday for full coverage on Democracy Now!

July 15, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Lynne Stewart

Inspired by Gaza Blockade, Roger Waters Records New Version of "We Shall Overcome"

British musician Roger Waters of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd sings a new version of "We Shall Overcome" in a music video cut to footage from the upcoming documentary, "Roadmap to Apartheid."

Watch the full video

June 09, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Gaza, Art & Politics

Interview: At Least 15 Dead After Israel Attacks Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza strip. Dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, the ships were aiming to break Israel’s 3-year blockade of Gaza. At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when Israeli troops attacked the lead ship in the convoy–the Turkish "Mavi Marmara"–early Monday morning. The attack happened in international waters, 75 miles off the coast of Israel and Gaza. We reached Adam Shapiro in New York a few hours after the attack. He’s a board member of the Free Gaza movement, one of the groups that coordinated the Freedom Flotilla. His wife Huwaida Arraf is the chairperson of the Free Gaza movement and is on the flotilla.

May 31, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Gaza Flotilla

WATCH: Live Feed of the Gulf Oil Spill

A live video feed that shows the oil gushing from the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico is now available online. Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts pushed BP to make the video public.

Full DN! coverage of the spill is here.

May 20, 2010 |  Filed under  News, BP Oil Spill

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

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

Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Reporting From Haiti

Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Elizabeth Press from Democracy Now are in Haiti reporting on the devastating earthquake. Tune in Tuesday for a report from Amy. For the latest updates visit the Democracy Now! Twitter page and Sharif’s Twitter page.

January 18, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti, Haiti Earthquake

Video: On the ground Reports from Jacmel, Haiti

The epicenter of Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was located halfway between the capital city of Port-au-Prince and the port city of Jacmel, 25 miles away, on the southern coast of the country. The city was heavily damaged in the quake but the extent of the loss of life or destruction is not yet known. Film students at the the Cine Institute, located in Jacmel, are filing reports and posting them to Vimeo. See their work here

Medical Worker Outside of Port-Au-Prince: We Are Waiting For Patients That Have Yet To Arrive

Democracy Now! just received an email from a medical worker at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, 75 miles north of Port-Au-Prince. They have a 7 member trauma/ general surgery team but so far have received only 4 patients from Port-Au-Prince. The medical team is desperately seeking a way to inform relief organizations in Haiti that they can help treat patients.

January 17, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti Earthquake, Haiti

Bill Quigley: "Ten Things the U.S. Can and Should Do For Haiti"

One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems...

January 17, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti Earthquake

"The Haitian People Have Mobilized, While Foreign Aid Efforts Continue to Stall"

Port-Au-Prince-based independent journalist Ansel Herz is filing video and written reports from Haiti on his website Mediahacker.org. Ansel was interviewed on Democracy Now on Thursday

January 17, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti Earthquake

"The Destruction Is Everywhere You Go": Independent Journalist Ansel Herz in Port-Au-Prince

Democracy Now! spoke with independent journalist Ansel Herz earlier tonight from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Herz says more than 100,000 people may have died in the devastating earthquake. Tune into Democracy Now! on Thursday for full coverage. Herz was interviewed by Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke.

January 13, 2010 |  Filed under  News, Haiti

Dennis Brutus (1924-2009): South African Poet and Activist Dies in Cape Town

World-renowned South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus died in his sleep on December 26th in Cape Town. He was 85 years old.

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Aminatou Haidar Under House Arrest: "They Are Silencing Saharan Voices So They Can Say I’m Alone"

María Carrión, a Madrid-based journalist and human rights activist, is posting updates about the ailing human rights activist Aminatou Haidar and her attempt to return to her home in occupied Western Sahara.

Click here for latest news.

December 11, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Aminatou Haidar, Western Sahara

Lou Dobbs Resigns From CNN

The controversial TV anchor has resigned from CNN amid a campaign to force him off the air due to his reporting on Latinos and immigrants. Past Democracy Now! Coverage of Lou Dobbs:

Christian Parenti responds to Kevin Bales

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

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