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"Sick With Terror." By Amy Goodman

The media have been swamped with reports about the attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now dubbed the “underwear bomber,” failed in his alleged attack, close to 300 people were spared what would have been, most likely, a horrible, violent end. Since that airborne incident, the debates about terrorism and how best to protect the American people have been reignited.

January 06, 2010 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare

The Fight Against Hydraulic Fracturing is Heating Up in New York State

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Dozens of New York State and City legislators and environmental activists gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to urge Governor Paterson to step back from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s "Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement" (SGEIS), otherwise known as the state’s proposal to drill upstate. Some participants called for a statewide ban, while others called for additional investigations.

January 05, 2010 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

Coming Up: Dr. Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and staff writer for the New Yorker magazine joins us to discuss health care reform and his new book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.

January 04, 2010 |  Filed under  Upcoming Shows

"The Poetic Justice of Dennis Brutus." By Amy Goodman

Dennis Brutus broke rocks next to Nelson Mandela when they were imprisoned together on notorious Robben Island. His crime, like Mandela’s, was fighting the injustice of racism, challenging South Africa’s apartheid regime. Brutus’ weapons were his words: soaring, searing, poetic.

December 31, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Art & Politics, Nelson Mandela

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

NOAM CHOMSKY: "Gaza: One Year Later"

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On December 27, 2008, Israel began one of the bloodiest attacks on Gaza since 1948. The three-week assault killed some 1,400 Palestinians and thirteen Israelis. One year later, little to no rebuilding has taken place, and the siege continues. Speaking in Watertown, Massachusetts, on December 6, 2009, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivered a talk entitled "Gaza: One Year Later." [includes rush transcript]

December 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

"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

CHRIS HEDGES: "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle"

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Journalist Chris Hedges discusses his recent book "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle" at the New School in New York.

December 18, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

NOAM CHOMSKY: "The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism"

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Noam Chomsky delivers the 5th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture: The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism at Columbia University School for International Affairs.

December 17, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky

"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

TARIQ ALI: “Obama’s Afghan-Pak Syndrome"

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Speaking before a packed audience at Hampshire College, Tariq Ali argues that an immediate exit strategy from Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital both for the region and for the United States.

December 07, 2009 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pakistan, Afghanistan

The Globe and Mail: Amy Goodman’s border woes has Americans in a tizzy

The Globe and Mail: Canada Border Services Agency won’t comment on why the host of the widely syndicated radio and TV program Democracy Now had her speech checked at border

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December 03, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Vancouver Observer: Amy Goodman Gets Brilliant Story Idea from Canadian Border Guards

Read the Vancouver Observer article about Amy Goodman’s detention at the Canadian border: "Well, it’s official. Suspicion of criticizing the 2010 Olympics gets you on a watch list at the Canadian border. Want to come to Canada and discuss the environmental shame that is the tar sands? Go ahead. Want to meddle in Canadian military policy in Afghanistan? Fill your boots. Want to criticize the Government’s position on Global Warming? Whatever, dude."

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December 03, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

Tavis Smiley interviews Amy Goodman

Check out Tavis Smiley’s interview with Amy Goodman

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December 03, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"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

Amy Goodman Detained at the Canadian Border, questioned about speech (Updated 11/30/09)

While traveling to Vancouver, BC, Canada on Weds., Nov. 25th, to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. They were detained for well over an hour, and were made an hour late for the event at the Vancouver Public Library.

November 26, 2009 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News

"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