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Dennis Brutus (1924-2009): South African Poet and Activist Dies in Cape Town

World-renowned South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus died in his sleep on December 26th in Cape Town. He was 85 years old.

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December 26, 2009 |  Filed under  News

"Climate Discord: From Hopenhagen to Nopenhagen." By Amy Goodman

The nonbinding, take-it-or-leave-it Copenhagen accord may be a failure, but the whole process has inspired a new generation of activists.

December 23, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Empire’s New Clothes." By Amy Goodman

As the United Nations’ climate summit, called “COP 15,” enters its final week, with more than 100 world leaders arriving amid growing protests, the notion that a binding agreement will come from this conference looks more and more like a fairy tale.

December 16, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Aminatou Haidar Under House Arrest: "They Are Silencing Saharan Voices So They Can Say I’m Alone"

María Carrión, a Madrid-based journalist and human rights activist, is posting updates about the ailing human rights activist Aminatou Haidar and her attempt to return to her home in occupied Western Sahara.

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December 11, 2009 |  Filed under  News, Aminatou Haidar, Western Sahara

"Take Me to Your Climate Leader." By Amy Goodman

COPENHAGEN—“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

December 09, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Canada’s Olympic Crackdown." By Amy Goodman

Going to Canada? You may be detained at the border and interrogated. I was, last week. It has serious implications for the freedom of the press in North America.

December 02, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Keith Olbermann reports on Amy Goodman’s Canadian Border Detention on MSNBC

See video from the Mon., Nov 30, 2009 episode of Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s Countdown, where he reports on Amy Goodman’s Canadian border detention, in his program’s "Best Persons" segment–where he berates the Canadian authorities.

November 30, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

"Books, Not Bombs." By Amy Goodman

California campuses have been rocked by protests this past week, provoked by massive student fee increases voted on by the University of California Board of Regents.

November 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Hungering for a True Thanksgiving." By Amy Goodman

"Over 1 billion people are chronically hungry," says the U.N., yet it would take only $44 billion per year to end hunger globally.

November 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Lou Dobbs Resigns From CNN

The controversial TV anchor has resigned from CNN amid a campaign to force him off the air due to his reporting on Latinos and immigrants. Past Democracy Now! Coverage of Lou Dobbs:

November 11, 2009 |  Filed under  News

"The Man Who Put the Rainbow in 'The Wizard of Oz'." By Amy Goodman

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and families will be gathering to share a meal and, perhaps, enjoy another annual telecast of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

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November 11, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The Tortured Logic Continues." By Amy Goodman

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

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November 04, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent." By Amy Goodman

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

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October 28, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Soldier Suicides

"Trick or Treat for Climate Change." By Amy Goodman

Climate-change activists, from pranksters to presidents, are stepping up the pressure by staging elaborate stunts.

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October 21, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Lt. Choi Won’t Lie for His Country." By Amy Goodman

Lt. Dan Choi doesn’t want to lie. Choi, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “I am gay.” Under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations, those three words are enough to get Choi kicked out of the military.

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October 14, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy

"Watch What You Tweet." By Amy Goodman

A social worker from New York City was arrested last week while in Pittsburgh for the G-20 protests, then subjected to an FBI raid this week at home — all for using Twitter.

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October 07, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

“Scanning the Horizon of Books and Libraries.” By Amy Goodman

A battle is raging over the future of books in the digital age and the role that libraries will play. One case now before a U.S. federal court may, some say, grant a practical monopoly on recorded human knowledge to global Internet search giant Google. The complex case has attracted opposition from hundreds of individuals and groups from around the planet.

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September 30, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

“President Zelaya and the Audacity of Action.” By Amy Goodman

Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras, is back in his country after being deposed in a military coup June 28. Zelaya appeared there unexpectedly Monday morning, announcing his presence in Tegucigalpa, the capital, from within the Brazilian Embassy, where he has taken refuge.

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September 23, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

"Let Us Not Become the Evil We Deplore." By Amy Goodman

On Oct. 7, the U.S. enters its ninth year of occupation of Afghanistan—equal to the time the United States was involved in World War I, World War II and the Korean War combined. Obama campaigned on his opposition to the war in Iraq, but pledged at the same time to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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September 16, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11 anniversary, 9/11, Afghanistan

Christian Parenti responds to Kevin Bales

Journalist Christian Parenti responds to our interview with Kevin Bales, founder of Free The Slaves

September 14, 2009 |  Filed under  News