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Another Memorial Day in This Endless War

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Nearly 12 years after it was first enacted, the Authorization for Use of Military Force remains in force, giving the Obama administration and the Pentagon carte blanche to wage war, to occupy nations, to kill people with drone “signature strikes,” based not on guilt but on a remote analysis of a suspect’s “patterns of life.”

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court. More than three decades after he seized power in a coup in Guatemala, unleashing a U.S.-backed campaign of slaughter against his own people, the 86-year-old stood trial, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. He was given an 80-year prison sentence. The case was inspired and pursued by three brave Guatemalan women: the judge, the attorney general and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guatemala

Addressing the Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan. There is a growing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military, perpetrated against both women and men with almost complete impunity. The Pentagon released a shocking new report on rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military. According to the latest available figures, an estimated average of 70 sexual assaults are committed daily within the U.S. military, or 26,000 per year. The number of actually reported sexual assaults for the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2012 was 3,374. Of that number, only 190 were sent to a court-martial proceeding.

May 09, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Sexual Assault, Military

Pregnant Antiwar Soldier Sent to Prison

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amid the ongoing violence in Iraq, a young, pregnant soldier has been sent to prison this week for desertion. She refused to return to the war in Iraq back in 2007. Pfc. Kimberly Rivera first deployed to Iraq in 2006. She guarded the gate at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in eastern Baghdad at a time when the base was under constant attack. She said of the experience: “I had a huge awakening seeing the war as it truly is: People losing their lives for greed of a nation, and the effects on the soldiers who come back with new problems such as nightmares, anxieties, depression, anger, alcohol abuse, missing limbs and scars from burns. Some don’t come back at all.”

May 02, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq

Terror in the West, Texas, Night

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

April 25, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Texas, Corporate Power, Labor

Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Within seconds, the lives of two individuals, Martin Richard and Carlos Arredondo, from neighborhoods of Boston not far from each other, were thrust onto the world stage.

April 18, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Boston Marathon Bombing

WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

WikiLeaks has released a new trove of documents, more than 1.7 million U.S. State Department cables dating from 1973-1976 that it has dubbed “The Kissinger Cables.”

April 11, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange

Amy Goodman’s "Other" America: Interview with Moyers & Company

In a wide-ranging conversation, Amy Goodman tells Moyers & Company‘s Michael Winship why she believes independent media is essential to a functioning democracy.

April 10, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

VIDEO: Watch Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman on C-SPAN’s "In Depth"

Democracy Now!’s award-winning host Amy Goodman appeared live on C-SPAN’s "In Depth" on April 7 and it will re-air on Saturday, April 13 at 3pm ET. "In Depth" features a comprehensive, three-hour look at one author’s work, with questions from viewers via phone and e-mail.

April 08, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Gun Control: It’s Time for the Majority to Move

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

New federal gun-control legislation has been declared all but dead on arrival this week. Gridlock in the U.S. Senate, where a supermajority of 60 votes is needed to move most legislation these days, is proving to be an insuperable barrier to any meaningful change in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

April 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gun Control

Watch: Amy Goodman with Vampire Weekend, Cyndi Lauper, David Cross & Alan Alda on CBC Webcast

On Thursday Amy Goodman joined David Carr of The New York Times and CNN’s Will Cain for the media panel on a live broadcast of the Canadian radio and tv show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

March 28, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

March 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gay Marriage, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Supreme Court

Tomas Young and the End of the Body of War

Tomas Young was in the fifth day of his first deployment to Iraq when he was struck by a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

March 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Veterans

Starving for Justice at Guantanamo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Reports are emerging from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay that a majority of the prisoners are on a hunger strike.

March 13, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, Solitary Confinement

Rand Paul’s Filibuster of John Brennan

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

March 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drones, Drone Attacks

See "Harvest of Empire"–New Film by Democracy Now!’s Juan Gonzalez

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The new documentary based on Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez’s groundbreaking book, "Harvest of Empire," plays in Houston, Texas, May 3-10, and in Philadelphia May 10-17.

April 30, 2013 |  Filed under  Events

Albert Woodfox’s 40 Years of Solitary Confinement

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 40 years, most of that time locked up in the notorious maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary known as “Angola.”

February 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement

Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian. “5 Broken Cameras” was filmed and directed by Emad Burnat, a resident of the occupied Palestinian West Bank town of Bil’in, along with his Israeli filmmaking partner Guy Davidi. “5 Broken Cameras” is in competition at the Oscars with an Israeli documentary, “The Gatekeepers,” a film that features interviews with the six surviving former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet, the country’s secret internal security service.

February 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel & Palestine, Film, Oscars, Art & Politics

VIDEO: PBS/AOL Feature Amy Goodman as Part of "Makers: Women Who Make America Series"

Amy Goodman sits down with AOL/PBS filmmakers to talk about her longtime career in journalism, building Democracy Now! over the past 17 years, and how independent media is essential to the functioning of a democratic society.

February 19, 2013 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address. The group joined scores of others protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which awaits a permitting decision from the Obama administration. The president made significant pledges to address the growing threat of climate change in his speech.

February 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Tar Sands, Keystone XL, Environment