Posts tagged “democracy now”
December 11, 2013
We are greatly saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela. His courage, his brilliance, and his never-ending fight for freedom for the people of South African will live on in the memory of everyone who’s lives he touched.
Journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter has known Mandela for forty years, both as a fellow activist in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and as a documentarian who has made six films about Mandela’s life. Danny’s new book, Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela, reveals anecdotes from Mandela’s life and legacy, as well as the many problems still facing South Africa today.
Check out Danny speaking on Democracy Now: “Filmmaker Danny Schechter: The Anti-Apartheid Movement Behind Mandela Can’t Be Forgotten” and on RT America.
You can also read his reaction to Mandela’s death on Al Jazeera, “Remembering Mandela: On media, politics and death” and hear an interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, “The Music Of Liberation: Steven Van Zandt And Danny Schechter On ‘Sun City’”
Madiba A to Z reveals sides of Nelson Mandela that are not often discussed and angles of the anti-apartheid movement that most choose to brush under the table in order to focus on the happy-ending version of the story.
Greg Palast reports: In Ohio, African-American Turnout Threatened by Reduced Early Voting and Faulty Ballots
November 6, 2012
“Ohio will probably pick our president today” says investigative reporter and author of the NYT bestseller Billionaires & Ballot Bandits Greg Palast who is reporting now from Ohio.
As in all recent elections, Ohio again is a crucial state to win for either presidential candidate. And once again, Ohio is at the center of charges of systematic suppression of the African-American vote. In a report for Democracy Now!, investigative reporter Greg Palast discovers that some early voters in the Buckeye State have received the wrong ballots.
Greg reveals that some early voters in Dayton, OH, who have stood in line for hours, have received “applications for absentee ballots” and were told that early voting = absentee ballots. This is not always the case, as between 1 and 3 million absentee ballots will be discarded. As Greg says, is this early voting or early voting suppression?
Watch Greg’s report for Democracy Now here.
Greg Palast breaks news in The Nation and Democracy Now that Mitt Romney made at least $15 million in the auto bailout
October 18, 2012
Because Mitt Romney refuses to divulge his 2009 tax returns, journalist Greg Palast cannot prove just how many millions of dollars Romney made off of the auto bailout. But it is at least $15.3 million and likely more than $100 million. In today’s Nation cover story, Palast, who first broke the “hanging chad” story, and in 2000 revealed how Katherine Harris removed thousands of innocent Black citizens from voter rolls as “felons,” exposes that while Romney was saying “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” (New York Times OpEd, 2008), he was plotting a 3000% return on his investment in its resuscitation.
Adapted from a chapter in Greg Palast’s current New York Times bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps (Seven Stories Press), which has an introduction by Robert F.
October 16, 2012
George Farah, author of No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control Presidential Debate , was on Democracy Now! this afternoon. With two presidential debates left before the election, hear what Farah had to say about the secret debate contract.
Watch it here!
Broadcast to tens of millions of Americans, the presidential debates are the Super Bowl of politics. A good performance before the cameras can vault a contender to the front of the pack, while a gaffe spells national embarrassment and can savage a candidacy. The slim margin for error has led the two major parties to seek—and achieve, under the aegis of the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates—tight control through scripting, severe time limits, and the exclusion of third-party candidates. In No Debate, author and lobbyist George Farah argues that these staged recitations make a mockery of free and fair presidential elections.
To learn more about Farah and the truth behind the debate, read this article by CBS featured Farah.
July 24, 2012
Democracy Now hosts Subhanker Banerjee, renowned photographer, writer, and activist who has spent the past decade working to conserve the Arctic and raise awareness about human rights and climate change.
“Arctic Alaska has become the most contested land in recent U.S. history. But in addition to oil, natural gas and coal, the arctic is rich in biodiversity, and has been home to generations of indigenous people for thousands of years.” —Democracy Now
Banerjee is editor of the newly published book, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point (Seven Stories Press), and has just won the 2012 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award.
Watch footage of Banerjee’s talk here
July 20, 2012
Shell has not received the final drilling permits to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska, which they hope to start next month. Subhankar Banerjee, editor of the new collection of essays, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, talks with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Democracy Now about why the oil company is unprepared to drill in harsh weather conditions and looks at the history of their past false assurances. Environmental groups are challenging Shell’s plans and protests are taking place around the world. Subhankar argues that now is the perfect time to pressure the administration to consider the huge implications that these drilling operations would have on the people, the animals, and the land.
See the entire interview below:
April 25, 2012
March 19, 2012"As the controversy over women’s access to contraception continues, we look at women’s access to safe, affordable and comfortable birthing options." -- Democracy Now!
September 13, 2011
September 8, 2011There has never been any reason to doubt what the FBI believed in mid-2002, but that leaves us far from the proof of guilt required in civilized societies -- and whatever the evidence might be, it does not warrant murdering a suspect who could, it seems, have been easily apprehended and brought to trial. Much the same is true of evidence provided since.
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