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"The Free Market’s Marked Men: From the Niger Delta to the Amazon." By Amy Goodman

Ken Saro-Wiwa and Alberto Pizango never met, but they are united by a passion for the preservation of their people and their land, and by the fervor with which they were targeted by their respective governments.

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June 10, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Dr. George Tiller Didn’t Have to Die"

Dr. Tiller was assassinated while in church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, targeted for legally performing abortions. His death might have been prevented simply through enforcement of existing laws.

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June 03, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Chevron, Shell and the True Cost of Oil"

Profits are higher than ever at oil companies Chevron and Shell. Yet across the globe, from the Ecuadorian jungle, to the Niger Delta in Nigeria, to the courtrooms and streets of New York and San Ramon, Calif., people are fighting back against the world’s oil giants.

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May 27, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Yoo’s Views Make Philly News"

The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of that city’s two major daily newspapers, is in the news itself these days after hiring controversial former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo as a monthly columnist.

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May 20, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Baucus’ Raucous Caucus"

At a committee hearing with 15 industry speakers, not one represented the single-payer perspective. A group of single-payer advocates, including doctors and lawyers, filled the hearing room and, one by one, interrupted the proceedings.

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May 14, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Olberman/MSNBC coverage of study of Colbert Report, that used Amy Goodman’s appearance on Colbert

Keith Olberman reported on May 1, 2009 on an academic study published by researchers from The Ohio State University, entitled "The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report." The study looked at The Colbert Report, the popular "fake news" program, by asking people to view the Colbert segment from Oct. 5, 2006, when Colbert interviewed Amy about her book, Static.

May 08, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

"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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May 06, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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

April 26, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

Community Voices, Community Media Tour in Arizona

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

April 26, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

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.

April 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

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.

April 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

"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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April 22, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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.

April 20, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

"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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April 15, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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.

April 13, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

"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.

April 02, 2009 |  Filed under  Events

"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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April 01, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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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March 25, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles