The 2011 U.N. High-Level meeting on AIDS kicked off on Wednesday, June 8, in New York, with more than 30 world leaders attending to discuss the progress and future of the global AIDS response. Outside, hundreds of AIDS activists rallied to call on the world leaders to fulfill their commitment from the 2006 meeting: providing universal access to treatment for the 15 million AIDS patients in critical need. Democracy Now! was there. [includes rush transcript]
Annie Jacobsen, Author of "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base" (Part 2)
We continue our interview with Annie Jacobsen, author of the new book, "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base." Jacobsen describes the disk-shaped A-12 Oxcart spy plane developed at the Nevada military base, her interview with the plane’s pilot, and discusses how the CIA handled reports of UFO sightings. [includes rush transcript]
Democracy Now! speaks with a credentialed journalist who was arrested Monday as she reported on thousands of Wisconsin workers marching in Madison, the latest protest in the "gentle uprising" against Gov. Walker’s union-busting bill that has been underway since February. [includes rush transcript]
In part two of our interview about a new report declaring the so-called "war on drugs" a failure, Dr. Gabor Maté notes that "where violent suppression of drug activity increases, so does killings and violence related to drug use." [includes rush transcript]
Egyptians Fill Tahrir Square for a 'Second Day of Rage': "We Have Demands that Haven’t Been Met Yet"
Last Friday, more than three months after former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power, tens of thousands of protesters poured into downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square for what they called a "Second Day of Rage." Democracy Now! correspondents Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar filed this report. [includes rush transcript]
On the first anniversary of Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza-bound aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, we feature an interview with the father of Turkish-American Furkan Dogan, the youngest of nine activists killed in the raid. [includes rush transcript]
Amy Goodman files her first audio report from Nicaragua on ousted president Manuel Zelaya of Honduras historic return home. She filed this report from the airport in Managua and interviews Father Roy Bourgeois of SOA Watch.
Amy Goodman is reporting today on the return of President Manuel Zelaya as he returns to Honduras after a 23-month exile following the coup d’etat that began June 28, 2009. It was the first military coup in Central America in a quarter century. Democracy Now! will report on Zelaya’s return to Honduras from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 31, 2011. Check this space for audio reports, photos and more.
Press Advisory: Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman reports from airplane returning ex-President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya
NEW YORK, NY: Saturday, May 28, 2011—Amy Goodman, the award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!, will report from the flight of the ousted former president, Manuel Zelaya, as he returns to Honduras after a 23-month exile following the coup d’etat that began June 28, 2009. Mr. Zelaya is expected to land at the Toncontín airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM local time.
The Fight over Coal Mining is a “Fight About Democracy”: New Documentary with Robert Kennedy, Jr. Chronicles Campaign to Halt Mountaintop Removal
Watch our full interview with environmental activist Robert Kennedy, Jr., and filmmaker Bill Haney about the new documentary, The Last Mountain, which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film chronicles the fight against coal mining across Appalachia and Massey Energy’s devastating practice of mountaintop removal to extract layers of coal. [includes rush transcript]
We continue our conversation with University of Missouri professor and labor activist Judy Ancel about the growing right-wing attacks on public education and the atmosphere of fear they produce. "The attack on labor education is an attack on academic freedom," says Ancel. [includes rush transcript]
Singer-songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle joins us for an extended interview on the popular uprisings in the Middle East, the connection he sees between his antiwar and anti-death penalty activism, and to perform a ballad he wrote from the perspective of the captured American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence. [includes rush transcript]
People gathered at the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in downtown Cairo this week to speak out against the military court system, which has been used to convict and jail more than 5,000 civilians since late January. Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous sent this video report.
Historian and author Adam Hochschild talks to Democracy Now! about his latest book, To End All Wars, and the comparison between pacifist struggles in World War I-era Britain to the U.S. during Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq today. We also discuss Hochschild’s earlier book, King Leopold’s Ghost, about the horrific colonial exploitation of present-day DRC by Belgium’s King Leopold and the U.S.-backed ouster and subsequent assassination of the Congo’s first elected prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. [includes rush transcript]
Glenn Greenwald, the Salon.com legal blogger, explains why he is a strong supporter of WikiLeaks, and discusses its recent revelation that the U.S. imprisoned more than 150 innocent men for years without charge in the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay. [includes rush transcript]
Journalists Rula Jebreal and Issandr El Amrani on Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Hamas and Palestinian Authority
Democracy Now! hosts a conversation between Palestinian author Rula Jebreal and Egyptian journalist Issandr El Amrani about the continued uprisings in the Middle East and Arab attitudes toward the U.S. Jebreal talks about growing up in Haifa and her autobiographical novel Miral, and El Amrani discusses the effects of the "Arab Spring" on Israel. [includes rush transcript]
‘Restrepo’ Director Tim Hetherington and Photojournalist Chris Hondros Killed While Reporting on Libyan Conflict in Misurata
Photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, director and producer of the documentary film “Restrepo,” and photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed in the Libyan city of Misurata on Wednesday when a group of four photojournalists were attacked. Democracy Now! interviewed Chris Hondros in 2007 about his Pulitzer Prize-nominated photos taken in Iraq.
On Earth Day, Democracy Now! revisits a 2010 conversation with world-renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva and her sister, Dr. Mira Shiva, about multinational malpractice in India, from the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal to Monsanto GMOs that are destroying biodiversity. [includes rush transcript]
Democracy Now! talks to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, co-founder of Bangladeshi charity Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK, The People’s Health Center) which provides education, job opportunities and low-cost, locally-produced essential drugs to rural Bangladeshis. GK received the Right Livelihood Award in 1992.
2:15pm EDT Tim DeChristopher, activist and founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising, called Democracy Now! with an update from the U.S. Department of Interior, where 300-400 people are outside protesting and another 50 people are inside and refusing to leave. The march comes at the end of the four-day PowerShift conference in D.C., where 10,000 activists gathered to demand a clean energy future, targeting the Dept. of the Interior for green-lighting mountaintop "coal" removal mining, oil drilling, and now massive new coal development in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. [includes rush transcript]