The Sundance Institute’s Cara Mertes describes how the independent film festival supports documentarians, including one who drew the ire of Dole Food Co. for showing how plantation workers in Nicaragua successfully sued for its continued use of a pesticide that can cause sterility and possibly cancer. [includes rush transcript]
On Thursday, we’ll speak with Paul M. Barrett, author of "Glock: The Making of America’s Gun," which tells the story of the American gun market as reflected by an Austrian semi-automatic pistol, tracing how it has become a weapon of choice on both sides of the law, in the entertainment industry and among Second Amendment enthusiasts.
On the first anniversary of the Jan. 25th protests in Tahrir Square, we’ll speak to Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous live from Cairo. We will also air an excerpt of the new HBO documentary, "In Tahrir Square," featuring Sharif. We’ll talk to the filmmakers, Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill.
Click to watch Democracy Now!’s interviews with directors and people featured in three documentaries just nominated for the 84nd annual Academy Awards.
ABC News is reporting Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has "millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven." The link between Romney and offshore tax havens is not new. Check out our 2008 report 'Romney’s Bain Capital Profited Through Offshore Tax Havens, Closing U.S. Factories, Laying Off Workers.'
New York Times Coverage of Media Crackdown on Occupy Wall Street Profiles Democracy Now!’s Ryan Devereaux
The New York Times reports how, on Dec. 17, "a linebacker-size officer grabbed the collar of Mr. Devereaux, who wore an ID identifying him as a reporter. The cop jammed a fist into his throat, turning Mr. Devereaux into a de facto battering ram to push back protesters."
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Lori Berenson Allowed To Come to U.S. For Holidays With Her Son; Hear 1999 Interview with Democracy Now!
The once-imprisoned U.S. activist Lori Berenson will be allowed to travel to New York City from Peru to spend the holidays with her toddler son for the first time since her arrest in 1995. Click here to listen to Amy Goodman’s exclusive interview in 1999 with Berenson in the Socabaya Prison.
Time magazine has named "The Protester" as its "Person of the Year for 2011." Click to read how Democracy Now! played a role in inspiring one of the people profiled in the issue.
Ten months after the fall of Mubarak, the residents of Suez are now preparing to head to the polls on December 14, to cast their votes in the second round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections. Read Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous’s report for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
More than a year and a half after his arrest, the alleged Army whistleblower Bradley Manning is due to make his first court appearance at a pre-trial hearing on December 16th. Manning faces up to life in prison for allegedly leaking thousands of diplomatic cables that were published by WikiLeaks. Manning spent the first part of his imprisonment in harsh conditions including solitary confinement, leading to allegations of cruelty and torture. Ahead of Manning’s upcoming hearing, the indie musician Cass McCombs stopped by the Democracy Now! studio to debut a new song he wrote for the accused whistleblower, "Bradley Manning."
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was recently confronted with images of his officers abusing supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement as he addressed students at Columbia University. While Kelly spoke a projection appeared on the wall behind him offering an "alternative presentation." Democracy Now! has exclusive video of the action.
The United American Indians of New England marked the 42nd National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass. on Nov. 24 as others celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. Democracy Now! was there, as Native speakers described the "suppressed" history of the holiday, the massacre of the Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples, and their continuing discrimination. They also expressed solidarity with struggles around the world, from Palestine to the Occupy Movement. [Includes rush transcript]
Clashes have erupted in Bahrain ahead of the release of a report investigating the crackdown on the pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Watch Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat interview Bahraini activist Ala’a Shehabi, wife of a Bahraini political prisoner seized and jailed during the uprising.
Watch Amy Goodman interview Ali, one of hundreds of people who peacefully participated in the Occupy Oakland encampment before it was raided early Monday morning. [includes rush transcript]
On November 12, 1991 Indonesian troops fired on a peaceful memorial procession in a cemetery in Dili, East Timor, killing more than 270 East Timorese. Journalists Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn were beaten while reporting on the massacre. Watch the radio documentary they produced, set to video, on Democracy Now! in 2002.
See the full version of the video report featured on today’s Democracy Now! about the Occupy movement that drew thousands of California college students to protests at UC Berkeley, among others. [includes rush transcript]
Israel has detained Democracy Now! correspondent Jihan Hafiz who was aboard the Freedom Waves For Gaza flotilla. Hafiz has been reporting from the ship for Democracy Now! for the past week. We urge Democracy Now! viewers and listeners to call your Senators and representatives to encourage them to help secure the immediate release of U.S. journalist Jihan Hafiz.
Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman interviews seven people aboard the Canadian boat Tahrir as it sails through international waters alongside the Irish ship Saoirse toward Gaza. Both vessels are part of the Freedom Waves Flotilla. [includes rush transcript]
See photos of some of the activists aboard the Canadian boat, Tahrir, now sailing in international waters toward Gaza. One of two boats in the Freedom Waves Flotilla, its passengers include representatives from Australia, Canada, the United States, and Palestine.
The Canadian ship "Tahrir" and the Irish ship "Saoirse" quietly left a Turkish port earlier today bound for the Gaza Strip. The mission of the "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla was kept secret until they reached international waters just after 11:00 a.m. EDT. Democracy Now! first broke the news on our live broadcast this morning. Embedded on the Tahrir is Democracy Now! correspondent Jihan Hafiz. Prior to the ship setting sail, Hafiz spoke with three of the flotilla participants on board the "Tahrir" ship: David Heap of the University of Western Ontario; Kit Kittredge of Code Pink; and Michael Coleman, an Australian activist. [includes rush transcript]