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Noam Chomsky on Civil Rights, Obama, Latin America, and the History of the U.S. in the Middle East

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We continue our conversation with world-renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky. [includes rush transcript]

Watch Part I of the Interview Democracy Uprising in the USA? here

February 17, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky, COINTELPRO, Arab Spring, Noam Chomsky

"Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor" By Amy Goodman

While defense spending increases, with the largest Pentagon funding request since World War II, the budget calls for cutting in half a program called Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

February 16, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Protest Crackdown in Iran: A Report from Faraz Sanei of Human Rights Watch

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Faraz Sanei of Human Rights Watch details the clashes between Iranian security forces and pro-democracy protesters on February 14, 2011. [includes rush transcript]

February 15, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Arab Spring, Faraz Sanei

"Egypt, A People Victorious"
by Anjali Kamat

CAIRO–The sounds of freedom continue to ring through Cairo, twenty-four hours after Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign by the awe-inspiring resilience and courage of millions of Egyptians who poured onto the streets in unprecedented numbers for 18 continuous days. After three decades of authoritarian rule, the impossible has come to pass; the hated dictator is gone and his notorious police force has all but vanished.

February 12, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

The Egyptian Revolution: A Democracy Now! Special on Mubarak’s Resignation

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As news of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation breaks, Democracy Now! broadcasts live reaction from Tahrir Square and beyond with Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Correspondent Anjali Kamat. "People are holding their hands up in victory," reports Kouddous. "This will be a day that no one will ever forget." We are also joined on the phone from Cairo by Egyptian activists Mona El Seif and Salma al-Tarzi, blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, feminist Nawal El Saadawi, acclaimed writer Ahdaf Soueif, and Egyptian Historian Khaled Fahmy. Mohamed Abdel Dayem with the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses the new freedom of the press. We also hear from veteran Middle East journalist Robert Fisk and Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi about what is next for Egypt.

AUDIO: Thousands March from Tahrir Square to Protest at the Egyptian State TV Building, Democracy Now!’s Anjali Kamat Reports

Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat reports about 5,000 people filled with "a mixture of rage and sadness" marched from Tahrir Square to the Egyptian state television building after Pres. Hosni Mubarak’s address. "The state television building is emblematic of the power of the state against the people and the way it’s been using this power to paint the people in Tahrir in a negative light," says Kamat. Earlier in the day about 50 state television employees protested in front of the building. Last week, reporter Shahira Amin resigned her position at Nile TV, saying it "is being used as a propaganda machine." [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

AUDIO: "Until Mubarak Leaves They Are Determined to Stay Here" Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports from Tahrir Square

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down tonight, despite early reports that he would announce his resignation. Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Tahrir Square. "The glue that holds us together is the demand for Mubarak to step down," he says. [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

Coming Up on Friday: Two-Hour Democracy Now! Special On Egypt

Tune in on Friday for a special two-hour broadcast on the uprising in Egypt. We will be streaming the program live from 8 to 10 a.m. EST. Please encourage your local radio and tv station to air both hours of the special.

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Upcoming Shows, Egypt

REPORT FROM TAHRIR: Sharif Abdel Kouddous, "Everyone Is Eagerly Awaiting and Anticipating Mubarak to Leave. They Think Tonight Might be the Night."

Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous is in Tahrir Square amid thousands of people expecting an address from President Hosni Mubarak in less than half an hour, at 9:00 p.m. local time. Renée Feltz and Amy Goodman reached him on his cell phone for an update. "If he steps down, there will be absolute jubilation here in the crowd," he says. "It will be one of the greatest moments in the country’s history." [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

AUDIO: Nawal El Saadawi Before Mubarak’s Speech "We Will Bring Him Back To Be on Trial"

Renowned feminist and human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi was a political prisoner and exiled from Egypt for years. Now she has returned to Cairo and is participating in the protests in Tahrir Square. Amy Goodman reached El Saadawi on the telephone hours before Mubarak’s second address to the people of Egypt since protests began. [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring, Nawal El Saadawi

"People Have Found Their Voice": Acclaimed Egyptian Writer Ahdaf Soueif on the Egyptian Uprising

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Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous speaks with the acclaimed Egyptian writer and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif. "They told us we were divided. They told us we’re extreme. They told us we’re ignorant," says Soueif, surrounded by demonstrators. "But here we are, and we’re great." [includes rush transcript]

February 10, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Women’s Rights, Arab Spring, Ahdaf Soueif

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February 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

Activist & Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Speaks with Democracy Now’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous

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Activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah discusses the youth organizing efforts as they stand on the 15th day of the uprising. [includes rush transcript]

February 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Arab Spring

"Egypt’s Youth Will Not Be Silenced" By Amy Goodman

Egypt’s burgeoning youth population is driving the revolution. Kareem Amer, who spent four years in prison in Egypt for his blogging, has disappeared off the streets of Cairo after leaving Tahrir Square with a friend.

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February 09, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Egypt, Arab Spring

Photojournalist Shot by Egyptian Police Recounts Experience

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On January 25, Cairo-based photojournalist Wally Nell was shot by the Egyptian police while photographing protests on the October 6 Bridge. "We were very deliberately targeted... The guy drove up, saw us, and then fired," he says. [includes rush transcript]

February 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Wally Nell

"We Became One in the Street": Leading Egyptian Feminist Nawal El Saadawi Says Egyptians are More United than Ever

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Renowned feminist and human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi was a political prisoner and exiled from Egypt for years. Now she has returned to Cairo and is participating in the protests in Tahrir Square. [includes rush transcript]

February 07, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Arab Spring, Nawal El Saadawi

Democracy Now! Special Two-Hour Show On Saturday

On Saturday Democracy Now! aired a two-hour special "Uprising in Eygpt." Watch/listen/download the show here

February 04, 2011 |  Filed under  Events, Egypt, Anjali Kamat, Arab Spring

Live From Egypt: The True Face of the Mubarak Regime by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Cairo, Egypt — The Mubarak regime launched a brutal and coordinated campaign of violence today to take back the streets of Cairo from Egypt’s mass pro-democracy movement.

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  News, Egypt, Arab Spring

"When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy" By Amy Goodman

“People holding a sign ‘To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It’s over!” so tweeted my brave colleague, “Democracy Now!” senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the streets of Cairo.

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Egypt, Arab Spring

Noam Chomsky (Part 2): “This Is The Most Remarkable Regional Uprising That I Can Remember”

In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, a new Jordanian government, and a pledge by Yemen’s longtime dictator to leave office at the end of his term. We speak to MIT Professor Noam Chomsky in an extended interview about what these popular uprisings mean for the future of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in the region, how U.S. fear of the Muslim Brotherhood is really fear of democracy in the Arab world, and what the Egyptian protests mean for people in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

February 02, 2011 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt, Author Interviews, Noam Chomsky, Arab Spring, Noam Chomsky