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Democracy Now! - February 28, 2005 at 9:00am
Chaos and Bloodshed Grip Haiti One Year After the Coup One year ago today, the democratically-elected government of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown in what he called a modern-day kidnapping in the service of a coup d'etat backed by the United States. We go back and take a look at the events surrounding the coup and we look at the chaos and bloodshed that have gripped the country over the past year. The Haiti Coup One Year Later: A Look Back at the U.S. Role in the Overthrow of Aristide On the first anniversary of the coup in Haiti, we look back at Democracy Now!'s exclusive broadcast when President Jean-Bertrand Aristide went on camera for the first time to charge the U.S. kidnapped him and overthrew his government. We also broadcast the interview of his bodyguard Franz Gabriel who describes the events surrounding Aristide's ouster. Intelligence Inc: The Privatization of U.S. Interrogations at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Afghanistan We look at how private contractors are now working at almost every level of the so-called war on terror, specifically in military interrogations at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Afghanistan. We speak with investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee, his latest article is called "Intelligence Inc.: Military Interrogation Training Gets Privatized."

Democracy Now! - February 25, 2005 at 9:00am
Justice Dept. Accuses U.S. Citizen Jailed in Saudi Arabia for 20 Months Without Charge of Plotting to Kill Bush We take a look at the case of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the U.S. citizen who spent nearly two years in a Saudi prison where he says he was tortured before being returned to the United States. He now stands accused of plotting to kill the president. We speak with one of his lawyers and a family friend. Shocking Weapons: Taser Launches Campaign to Market New Model to U.S. Public Taser International - the maker of Taser electro-shock weapons - announced this month that they will begin a major campaign to market a new model of the weapon to consumers. We speak with the head of Amnesty International, which issued a new report on Taser, as well as a lawyer representing the family of a man killed by police with a Taser gun in January 2005. U.S. Peace Activist Brian Avery Returns to Israel Two Years After Being Shot in the Face We go to Israel to speak with U.S. peace activist Brian Avery. In April 2003, he was shot in the face - he says - by Israeli forces. His face was shattered, with his tongue split in two, forcing him to undergo a series of facial reconstruction surgeries.

Democracy Now! - February 24, 2005 at 9:00am
Katrina vanden Heuvel on U.S.-Russian Relations...

Democracy Now! - February 23, 2005 at 9:00am
Juan Cole on Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the Iraqi Elections and the Future of Islamic Law in Iraq Iraq's leading Shiite political slate has nominated physician and former exile Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be the nation's next prime minister. The United Iraqi Alliance selected Jafari after the other main contender - Ahmad Chalabi - withdrew from the race. Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) on the Iraq War & the Bush Presidency On Sunday the founder of 'gonzo' journalism, died at the age of 67 of an apparent suicide. Today we are air a Jan. 2003 interview Thompson gave on KDNK in the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado. An excerpt: "Bush is really the evil one here and it is more than just him. We are the Nazis in this game and I don't like it. I am embarrassed and I am pissed off. I mean to say something. I think a lot of people in this country agree with me - a lot than that are saying anything...we'll see what happens to me if I get my head cut off next week -- it is always unknown or bushy-haired strangers who commit suicide right afterwards with no witnesses." Jailed War Resister Camilo Mejia Speaks Out After Spending Nine Months in Military Prison Today we speak with one the country's first conscientious objector's to the war in Iraq. He offered to testify before Congress about the abuse of detainees he saw in Iraq, instead he was the first soldier court-martialed for desertion. He was sentenced to a year in military prison. Today Camilo Mejia joins us in his first broadcast interview since getting out of prison.

Democracy Now! - February 22, 2005 at 9:00am
Bush Calls for "New Era of Trans-Atlantic Unity" Between the US and Europe...

Democracy Now! - February 21, 2005 at 9:00am
The Undiscovered Malcolm X: Stunning New Info on the Assassination, His Plans to Unite the Civil Rights and Black Nationalist Movements & the 3 'Missing' Chapters from His Autobiography On this the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we spend the hour with historian Manning Marable who has spent a decade working on a new biography of Malcolm X. He is one of the few historians to see the three missing chapters from The Autobiography of Malcolm X that he says paint a very different picture than the book with Alex Haley and Spike Lee's film. Marable has also had unprecedented access to Malcolm's family and documents that shed new light on the involvement of the New York Police, the FBI and possibly the CIA in Malcolm X's assassination. Manning today called on the federal government to release all remaining classified documents on Malcolm X.

Democracy Now! - February 18, 2005 at 9:00am
Promoting the 'Ambassador of Torture': Bush Nominates Negroponte for Intel Czar As President Bush nominates Ambassador John Negroponte, current U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as the first Director of National Intelligence, we look back at Negroponte's bloody history in Central America in the 1980s. The Justice of Roosting Chickens: Ward Churchill Speaks The Governor of Colorado has called for his "termination." Fox's Bill O'Reilly has attacked him consistently for weeks. He says he won't apologize and he won't back down. We speak with Ward Churchill, the professor at the center of the controversy over free speech and academic freedom on college campuses.

Democracy Now! - February 17, 2005 at 9:00am
Iran in the Crosshairs?: As U.S. Increases Threats, Iran Vows to Form "United Front" With Syria...

Democracy Now! - February 16, 2005 at 9:00am
Robert Fisk on the Beirut Bombing, U.S.-Syrian Relations and the Iraqi Elections Longtime foreign correspondent Robert Fisk joins us from his home in Beirut. He is the author of "Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon." He arrived at the scene of the assassination of former Prime Minister on Monday just moments after the explosion and describes what happened. McLibel: British Activists Sued for Distributing McDonald's Flyers Win Court Case Two activists sued by McDonalds in Britain won their case against the British government, in a case that could change UK libel law forever. The European Court of Human Rights said the UK legal system breached the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression. Activists David Morris and Helen Steel were sued by McDonalds in 1990 for handing out leaflets called "What"s Wrong with McDonald's", accusing the company of paying low wages, cruelty to animals used in its products and dozens of other malpractices. McDonald's To Pay $8.5 Million For Misleading Public About Use of Trans Fat McDonalds has settled a lawsuit over its use of trans fats, a dangerously unhealthy oil. The hamburger chain must pay $8.5 million for advertising claims that it cut trans fat from its French fries. The company announced the switch to healthier oil in September 2002, but five months later said there was a delay.

Democracy Now! - February 15, 2005 at 9:00am
Ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Assassinated in Car Bombing...

Democracy Now! - February 14, 2005 at 9:00am
Remembering Ossie Davis 1917-2005: Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Bill Clinton Pay Tribute to the Famed Actor & Civil Rights Activist...

Democracy Now! - February 11, 2005 at 9:00am
Convicted Attorney Lynne Stewart: "You Can't Lock Up the Lawyers" Lynne Stewart and her attorney, Michael Tigar, join Democracy Now! in our firehouse studio for their first extended national broadcast interview following Thursday's jury decision to convict Stewart on all five counts of conspiring to aid terrorists and lying to the government. The verdict reverberated around the country, especially with lawyers who fear the government's aim is to discourage them from representing unpopular clients. We also speak with one of the witnesses at her trial, former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark. Iraqi-American Doctor Convicted of Violating Iraq Sanctions Iraqi-American doctor Rafil Dhafir, was convicted on 59 charges including violating economic sanctions against Iraq, Medicare fraud and tax evasion. He is thought to be the only U.S citizen to be convicted of breaking the Iraq sanctions. We speak with his attorney and his friend of 20 years.

Democracy Now! - February 10, 2005 at 9:00am
No Place to Hide: Award-Winning Journalist Robert O'Harrow Goes Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society...

Democracy Now! - February 9, 2005 at 9:00am
Noam Chomsky: U.S. Might Face "Ultimate Nightmare" in Middle East Where Shiites Control Most of World's Oil...

Democracy Now! - February 8, 2005 at 9:00am
Sharon & Abbas Hold Summit & Call For End of Violence In the first Israeli-Palestinian summit in four years, Israeli Prime Minister Gen. Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas verbally agreed today to end four years of fighting. Since the intifada began in September 2000, about 3,600 Palestinians and 1,050 Israelis have been killed in fighting. Bush's New $2.5 Trillion Budget Boosts Pentagon Spending, Slashes Domestic Programs President Bush sent Congress a federal budget yesterday that some say reads like a hit list against almost every social program paid for by US taxpayers. It calls for the elimination of some 150 government programs. One out of every three of the targeted programs concerns education. Copyright Issues Block Broadcast of Award-Winning Civil Rights Documentary "Eyes on the Prize" "This is analogous to stopping the circulation of all the books about Martin Luther King, stopping the circulation of all the books about Malcolm X," said Lawrence Guyot, a prominent civil rights leader with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. "I would call upon everyone who has access to 'Eyes on the Prize' to openly violate any and all laws regarding its showing." We talk to Guyot about a national grassroots effort to screen "Eyes on the Prize" today.

Democracy Now! - February 7, 2005 at 9:00am
Ossie Davis 1917-2005: A Tribute to the Actor and Civil Rights Activist...

Democracy Now! - February 4, 2005 at 9:00am
Tort Reform: The Big Payoff for Corporations, Curbing the Lawsuits...

Democracy Now! - February 3, 2005 at 9:00am
State of the Union 2005: Bush Pushes Aggressive Foreign Policy of "Spreading...

Democracy Now! - February 2, 2005 at 9:00am
Should the Mass Killing in Sudan Be Considered a Genocide? A Debate...

Democracy Now! - February 1, 2005 at 9:00am
EXCLUSIVE: British Human Rights Lawyer Gareth Pierce Says Torture "Is the Recipe for the Destruction" of International Human Rights In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we speak with leading British human rights lawyer, Gareth Pierce. She is the lawyer for two of the four British citizens recently released from Guantanamo Bay and has represented the Birmingham Six and Guilford Four. Actress Emma Thompson played her character in the movie "In the Name of the Father." In a rare interview, Pierce says that Guantanamo Bay is evidence of "an appalling chasm...for the whole of our society morally to have fallen into." World Social Forum 2005: Speakers Take on Bush, Iraq War in Porto Alegre Over 150,000 participants attended the fifth World Social Forum in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. We hear an address by George Martin of United for Peace and Justice speaking about the war in Iraq.

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