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  • The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has wrapped up a series public lectures in New York. For the past four days, thousands have gathered at Radio City Music Hall to hear the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist teachings. On Sunday, the 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine before a crowd of 2,000 people. Amy Goodman asked the Dalai Lama about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the struggle for independence in Tibet.

  • Watch the full version of our interview with activists from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i who are resisting the expansion of U.S. military bases in the Pacific. [includes rush transcript]

  • The pioneering African-American actress, singer, and civil rights activist has died at the age of 91. We speak with James Gavin, author of, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. Part I of this conversation can be viewed here

  • Alberto Acosta is the Former President of the Constituent Assembly as well as a former minister of Energy in Ecuador. Democracy Now! producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous caught up with Acosta at the World People’s Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia last week.

  • Following the Israeli siege, Alice Walker visited Gaza in March 2009 along with a 60-member international delegation led by Code Pink. Walking among the ruins, she spoke to Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat.

  • Scholar Tariq Ramadan was banned from the United States for six years. He’s just been allowed back in and arrived in New York on Wednesday night. Tune in to Democracy Now! Friday for an extended interview with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford in the UK.

    He’s speaking at Cooper Union, New York Thursday night on Secularism, Islam, and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West

  • We speak with award winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer and Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera English, Ayman Mohyeldin. Watch Part I of this conversation here.

  • Part II of our conversation with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. He speaks on the under-reported leaked memos of US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, US Policy on Iran, and more.

  • Norman Finkelstein is author of several books on the Israel Palestine conflict. His latest is This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. In Part II of our conversation, Finkelstein discusses lessons he learned from Gandhi, the role of public opinion in politics, and more.

  • Tune in on Friday for a special report from investigative journalist Allan Nairn on the White House’s proposal to lift a ban on U.S. training of a controversial elite Indonesian military unit known as Kopassus. The special forces unit has been linked to scores of human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, Papua, and Java since its formation in the 1950s. We reached Allan in Indonesia on Thursday afternoon. The entire interview can be heard online here.

  • After our broadcast interview with legal scholar and civil rights advocate, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez continued the conversation. Be the first to watch it here.

  • Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interviewed Diane Ravitch in the Democracy Now! studios last week. You can see Part One of their conversation here. After the broadcast, they continued the conversation. [includes rush transcript]

  • On Thursday the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) awarded Juan Gonzalez, Co-Host of Democracy Now! and Staff Columnist at the New York Daily News, with the 2010 Justice in Action Award. Amy Goodman presented the Award at AALDEF’s Annual Lunar New Year Gala.

  • Howard Zinn is an American historian, social critic, and activist. He is best known as author of the best-seller A People’s History of the United States. He spoke at Boston University on November 11, on the subject of American "Holy Wars."

  • Dozens of New York State and City legislators and environmental activists gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to urge Governor Paterson to step back from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s "Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement" (SGEIS), otherwise known as the state’s proposal to drill upstate. Some participants called for a statewide ban, while others called for additional investigations.

  • On December 27, 2008, Israel began one of the bloodiest attacks on Gaza since 1948. The three-week assault killed some 1,400 Palestinians and thirteen Israelis. One year later, little to no rebuilding has taken place, and the siege continues. Speaking in Watertown, Massachusetts, on December 6, 2009, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivered a talk entitled "Gaza: One Year Later." [includes rush transcript]

  • Journalist Chris Hedges discusses his recent book "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle" at the New School in New York.

  • Noam Chomsky delivers the 5th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture: The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism at Columbia University School for International Affairs.

  • Speaking before a packed audience at Hampshire College, Tariq Ali argues that an immediate exit strategy from Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital both for the region and for the United States.

  • Slovenian philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek is author of more than fifty books. His latest is First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. He spoke at Cooper Union in October.

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