Democracy Now! at 25: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of Independent News on the Frontlines

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Today, a Democracy Now! special celebrating 25 years on the air. On February 19th, 1996, on the eve of the New Hampshire presidential primary, Democracy Now! aired for the first time on nine community radio stations. AMY GOODMAN: This is …
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Supreme Court “Hijacking” Democracy with Rulings That Gut Voting Rights & Allow More Dark Money

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: In a 6-to-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has further gutted the Voting Rights Act by upholding two racially discriminatory voter laws in Arizona. The ruling is a major setback for voting rights and comes at a time when Republican …
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A Fight for Democracy: GOP Blocks Voting Bill as Democrats Renew Push to Reform Filibuster

As Senate Republicans use the filibuster to block debate on the most sweeping voting rights bill considered by Congress in decades, we look at what is in the bill and the next steps forward. Elizabeth Hira, an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, describes the For the People Act as “a massive …
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Fifty years on, the DUP finally tries democracy. It’s not going well.

On 28 May, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) ratified Edwin Poots as its first elected leader in its 50-year history. And to say this democratic process has got off to a rough start doesn’t quite capture it. Since the party dipped its toe in these new waters: a DUP executive member has resigned; it’s rumoured …
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Weaponizing Trump’s Big Lie: Ari Berman on GOP’s War on Democracy & Voting Rights

This year Democracy Now! is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that’s 25 years of bringing you fearless, independent reporting. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for …
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UN calls for return to democracy and an end to violence in Myanmar

The UN Security Council has again demanded the restoration of democracy in Myanmar. It’s also demanded the release of all detainees including Aung San Suu Kyi. Moreover, the body has strongly backed calls by South-East Asian nations for an immediate cessation of violence. And for the commencement of talks as a first step towards a …
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Britain’s new off-the-books ‘ranger’ regiments will further undermine democracy and accountability

The UK’s elite new ‘ranger’ regiments may have serious negative implications for democratic accountability. Like other special forces units, they are almost certain to be exempt from Freedom of Information (FoI) requests and protected from parliamentary questions by an archaic government ‘no comment‘ policy. Plans for four new ‘Tier 2’ special forces battalions were announced …
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Burmese Protesters Continue to Demand Democracy as Authorities “Shoot to Kill” in Sweeping Crackdown

Martial law has been declared in more parts of Burma as the military junta intensifies its crackdown following the February 1 coup. At least 217 protesters have been killed and over 2,000 have been arrested or detained since the coup began, according to one Burmese group. Protests are continuing across the country amid a crackdown …
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Rep. Mondaire Jones: Voting Rights Bill H.R. 1 Is of “Foundational Importance” to U.S. Democracy

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. The House of Representatives has approved the most sweeping voting rights bill in decades. The For the People Act, also known as House Resolution 1, passed Wednesday by a vote …
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Democracy Now! Turns 25: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of Independent News on the Frontlines

Democracy Now! first aired on nine community radio stations on February 19, 1996, on the eve of the New Hampshire presidential primary. In the 25 years since that initial broadcast, the program has greatly expanded, airing today on more than 1,500 television and radio stations around the globe and reaching millions of people online. We …
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