In September of 2010, renowned Malian musician Khaira Arby performed live in the Democracy Now! studio, where she also spoke with Amy Goodman about her pacifism, struggles of female musicians in Mali, and the potential impact of music in times of conflict. As we recently reported, Tuareg rebels in Mali have declared the independent state of Azawad after seizing Timbuktu and other major cities in the north.
As of Van Jones’ is interviewed on Democracy Now!, you can read an excerpt from the green economy pioneer’s newest book, which reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider, shares details of his time in the Obama administration and his resignation after coming under attack from then-Fox News host, Glenn Beck, and contrasts the structure and rhetoric of the 2008 Obama campaign, the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street.
Workers in Spain staged a general strike Thursday, shutting down factories and parts of the transportation sector and holding massive marches. The strike was called by two major trade unions to protest labor rules that make it less costly for employers to hire and fire people in a country where unemployment is near 23 percent. We speak to former Democracy Now! producer María Carrión, an independent freelance journalist based in Madrid, Spain. [includes rush transcript]
We continue our interview with ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and ask him if he plans to seek office again. "I will contest the coming elections," Nasheed says, noting that, "if the coup was so popular, we would have seen people coming out, rejoicing with the military." [includes rush transcript]
Pioneering poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday at the age of 82. She was one of the most distinguished poets living and working in the United States. In 1997, she spoke to Democracy Now! about why she refused the 1997 National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands.
Part 2: Ahmed Rashid on U.S. Relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan, Drones, and Journalists in Danger
We continue our discussion with veteran Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, whose new book details clandestine talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, the Obama administration’s expanded use of drones and the accompanying rise in civilian deaths, and how more "physical harm is now coming to journalists" who are detained by Pakistan’s intelligence agency. [includes rush transcript]
We continue our conversation with Darryl Cherney, the Earth First! activist who was in Judi Bari’s car when a pipe bomb blew up under her seat in 1990. The two were organizing a national campaign to stop the clearcutting of old-growth redwood forests. Now Cherney has produced a film about the lack of a proper investigation into the case, and the evidence he continues to seek. [includes rush transcript]
Thousands of New Yorkers chanted "we want arrests" as Trayvon Martin’s parents joined them for a protest calling on police to arrest George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed their unarmed 17-year-old son but has yet to be arrested. [includes rush transcript]
In an excerpt from our extended interview, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project discuss how they were targeted by the Bush and Obama administrations for challenging illegal behavior, fraud and abuse. [includes rush transcript]
VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street & Police Brutality Victims Demand Resignation of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly
Occupy Wall Street activists and their supporters decried violent tactics used during a police crackdown on Saturday’s re-occupation of Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty Square, that led to 73 arrests. [includes rush transcript]
In part two of our interview with pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin, she describes the women who died of pregnancy-related causes and are commemorated in squares of the Safe Motherhood Quilt. [includes rush transcript]
Friday March 16th marked the 44th anniversary of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when U.S. troops killed more than 500 civilians. Journalist Sy Hersh won the Pulitzer for exposing the massacre and the subsequent Pentagon cover-up. This segment features Hersh from 2008, the 40th anniversary of the massacre.
The award-winning photographer Paula Lerner has died at the age of 52. She was the principal photographer for the Emmy Award-winning project, "Behind The Veil: An Intimate Journey Into The Lives of Kandahar’s Women
Featuring Photography." It appeared in the Toronto Globe & Mail. In 2009, she provided photographs to Democracy Now! for a remarkable interview with the Afghan activist Rangina Hamidi.
Tomorrow we will interview New York Times reporter Nada Bakri, wife of recently deceased, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign correspondent, Anthony Shadid. Before his tragic death last month, Shadid was set to release his new memoir, "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East."
Amy Goodman interviews Joanne Griffith, the editor of "Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America," a new book partly inspired by some of the Pacifica Radio Archives’ historic recordings. [includes rush transcript]
Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous Wins Izzy Award For Special Achievement For His Egypt Reports
Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous, along with the Center for Media and Democracy, have been named the co-winners of the fourth annual Izzy Award for Special Achievement in Independent Media.
Our full 78-minute interview with pianist and composer Randy Weston. Includes extended performances of many of Weston’s most famous songs: "Hi-Fly," "Blue Moses," "African Cookbook," "In Memory Of," "The Healers," "African Lady," "Kucheza Blues," and "Blues for Langston Hughes." For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician, incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. [includes rush transcript]
The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid died of an apparent asthma attack today while covering the conflict in Syria. One of the most celebrated journalists covering the Middle East, Shadid, 43, had been a guest on Democracy Now! several times over the past decade reporting on Libya, Tunisia, Iraq and Lebanon.
Part 2: "Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder": New Book Ties Johnson Admin to Che Death
In an extended interview, co-authors Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith discuss the life of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and the chilling story behind his murder by the Bolivian military. In their book, "Who Killed Che?" Ratner and Smith draw on previously unpublished U.S. government documents to argue the CIA played a critical role in the killing. [includes rush transcript]
Watch Democracy Now! Intv. with Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, Who Probed War Crimes, Now on Trial Himself
Watch a 2011 interview with Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, who is on trial in Spain after right-wing groups objected to his investigation of atrocities committed by supporters of the dictator Francisco Franco. Garzón is known for seeking to indict members of the Bush administration for their role in torturing prisoners.