Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth examines why the U.S. has not pressured Bahrain to release pro-democracy activists. He also discusses Syria and the conditions in Israeli jails and courts that prompted 1,550 Palestinian prisoners to go on a hunger strike. [includes rush transcript]
At the May Day rally in New York City’s Union Square, Amy Goodman bumped into the Tax Dodgers — a baseball team on which all of the players share the same number: 1 percent. [includes rush transcript]
In part two of our interview with social theorist David Harvey, he notes the "urban center" of Occupy Wall Street has been key to its success. He also discusses Karl Marx, the lack of evidence that austerity stimulates economic growth, and how many of the social benefits that exist today were brought about through class struggle. [includes rush transcript]
In part two of our interview, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West discuss growing up in working-class households and compare the amount of money spent on war and the 2012 presidential campaign to funding for programs that assist the one in two Americans who are now poor. They also discuss the Trayvon Martin case and Ted Nugent’s potentially threatening comments about President Obama at the recent National Rifle Association meeting. [includes rush transcript]
Watch our complete interview with the pioneering activist, writer and political thinker Selma James. She launched the International Wages for Housework Campaign three decades ago, controversially arguing that women should be paid for housework. That argument is still timely today as a debate over women’s work rocks the presidential race. [includes rush transcript]
Part 2: Father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, on Occupy Wall Street, Failed U.N. Response in Syria
In part two of our conversation with Johan Galtung, he discusses Occupy Wall Street, which he considers "deeply American, in the most positive sense," and why the United Nations’ responses to Syria have failed to bring peace. [includes rush transcript]
On Tuesday Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous won the fourth annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College. Sharif shared the award with the Center for Media and Democracy.
Amy Goodman caught Truthdig’s attention last week for her coverage of the crisis in Bahrain, which might readily have been pitched to American audiences as a story worthy of coverage as part of last year’s Arab Spring, with a familiar arc involving protesters rising up against a dictatorial regime, were it not for the United States’ specific military and business (read: oil) interests in the region.
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.