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"Pete Seeger Carries Us On"

It was some garden party. Eighteen-thousand people packed into Madison Square Garden Sunday night to celebrate the first 90 years of Pete Seeger’s life.

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"Disclosure of ‘Secrets’ in the ’70s Didn’t Destroy the Nation"

Back in the Watergate era, the Church Committee documented and exposed extraordinary abuses by the government. Of course some people tried to block its work—Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Sound familiar? We confront a similar challenge today.

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April 29, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, COINTELPRO

CV/CM Tour–packed house in Tucson

KXCI and Access Tucson organize a packed benefit on Sunday night in Tucson

Community Voices, Community Media Tour in Arizona

Amy Goodman speaking in Phoenix, Tucson today, broadcasting from Tucson on Monday

Amy Goodman and Robert Scheer at Truthdig Event in LA

Amy speaks with Robert Scheer at an event hosted by Truthdig.com, which posts Amy’s column every week.

New Column by Juan Gonzalez: Head of Riverside Church defends Rev. Brad Braxton’s $600K annual compensation

The head of the Riverside Church Council is defending a more than $600,000-a-year package for the church’s new senior minister–a setup that has sparked a court fight among members of the congregation.

"Torturers Should Be Punished"

The door to justice is open just a crack. After the release of four Bush-era Office of Legal Counsel memos that authorized "harsh interrogation techniques," President Obama said there should be no prosecutions. Though he may occupy the most powerful office on Earth, there is a force more powerful: committed people demanding change. Torturers should be punished.

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VIDEO: Amy Goodman & Glenn Greenwald Izzy Award Speeches

Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald received the first annual Izzy Award for Special Achievement in Independent Media.

"Pacifica Radio at 60: A Sanctuary of Dissent"

The oldest independent media network in the United States turns 60 years old this week as a deepening crisis engulfs mainstream media.

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KUSP supporters sing Happy Birthday to Amy Goodman in Santa Cruz, CA

Amy Goodman and her brother David spoke at a benefit for KUSP, community radio in Santa Cruz, CA. Here the crowd sings Happy Birthday to Amy as she makes her way to the podium.

"U.S. Muslims Still Under Siege"

While Obama was in Turkey this week, he pledged a commitment to "bridge the divide between the Muslim world and the West." Meanwhile, in Tampa, Fl., Youssef Megahed was arrested on charges he had been acquitted of days before. In the murky world of immigrant detention, "double jeapordy," being charged with the same offense twice, is perfectly legal.

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April 08, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Arabs and Muslims in America

Juan Gonzalez on “The Future of the Media in the Age of Obama”

Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez spoke at the University of Texas at Austin about the future of the media.

"Seattle’s Lessons for London"

The police chief who directed Seattle’s response to the 1999 WTO protests, now sounds more like one of the protesters his forces tear-gassed. On the G-20 Protest in London, he says, "We’re now reaping what we have sown."

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"Lessons of the Exxon Valdez"

Twenty years ago, the Exxon Valdez supertanker spilled at least 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound. The consequences of the spill were epic and continue to this day.

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"Those Hit Hardest Get No Bailout"

Obama has surrounded himself with financial advisers who are too cozy with Wall Street, like Summers and Geithner. It’s time to direct the stimulus to the people who need it, to those whose tax dollars are funding it.

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"Put Single-Payer on the Table"

President Barack Obama promises health-care reform, but he has taken single-payer health care off the table. In his proposed system, the government pays all the bills, but health-care delivery remains private.

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"Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling"

President Barack Obama met recently with the prime ministers of Canada and Britain. The meeting was downsized from a full news conference to a small question and answer session. Are they hiding the growing divide between Afghanistan policies?

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March 04, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan

"Toxins 'R' Us"

U.S. consumers are exposed to a vast array of harmful chemicals and additives embedded countless products. Industries in the US have fought regulation, while Europe moves ahead with prohibitions against the most harmful toxins.

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"Jailing Kids for Cash"

As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited. The two judges pleaded guilty in a stunning case of greed and corruption that is still unfolding. Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan received $2.6 million in kickbacks while imprisoning children who often had no access to a lawyer. The case offers an extraordinary glimpse into the shameful private prison industry that is flourishing in the United States.

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"Obama’s Afghan Trap"

President Obama held his first prime-time news conference Monday night. When questioned on Afghanistan, he replied, "This is going to be a big challenge."

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February 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan