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Columns & Articles

A collection of columns published by Democracy Now! co-hosts Amy Goodman and Juan González along with articles published by Democracy Now! producers and correspondents.

Amy Goodman’s nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column is distributed by King Features. If you’d like to see the column in your paper, call, write a letter, or send an email to the Op-Ed or editorial page editor of your local newspaper and direct her to King Features for more information.

Juan González has been a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987.

30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager in Chicago, was walking down the street when two police cruisers sped up to him. Officers jumped out, and at least one of them, Jason Van Dyke, began firing. Laquan fell to the ground, his final, painful moments caught on the dashboard video camera of a third police vehicle that had arrived just seconds before. Laquan spun as he was shot. Two bullets hit him in the back. As the video clearly shows, the bullets were pumped into him, evidenced by clouds of dust exploding off the pavement. This week, on the day the video was released to the public by court order, Officer Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder — 400 days after he killed Laquan McDonald.

November 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police, Police Brutality, Chicago

This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

November 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

Even War Has Rules

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Neither of the two recent Doctors Without Borders hospital attacks has been mentioned in any of the U.S. presidential debates or forums. Doesn’t anyone remember the Geneva Conventions?

November 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

It’s Always the Same War

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
Barack Obama originally ran for president as the anti-war candidate. Now, as his second term winds down, the two George W. Bush/Obama wars are winding up, with a third in Syria.

November 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iraq, Syria

Storming the Bastille at the Paris Climate Summit

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The stakes are high for the Paris climate summit next month, and hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the streets to demand a meaningful agreement to tackle the global crisis.

October 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Mississippi Yearning: Students Hope to Remove an Old and Odious Symbol

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Students at the University of Mississippi have been organizing to force the removal of the state flag from campus.

October 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights

Casino Capitalism: Democrats and Republicans Gamble With Democracy

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Bernie Sanders has been the surprise candidate this year, attracting record-breaking crowds at campaign events, raising tens of millions of dollars in small donations and consistently rising in the polls against Clinton.

October 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 2016 Election, U.S. Economy

Grace Lee Boggs: A Century of Grass-Roots Organizing

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
She was not only a grass-roots organizer, but a philosopher, a teacher and a revolutionary. She devoted her life to empowering the poor, the working class and communities of color, and was deeply involved with a constellation of movements.

October 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Grace Lee Boggs

No Papal Bull: Francis Hails Peace and the Activists Who Fight for It

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Pope Francis framed his talk around four Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and two lesser-known figures, two Catholics, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Day and Merton were both outspoken proponents of an engaged form of religion, taking their beliefs into action.

October 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pope Francis

The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 78-year-old Argentinian known to the world as Pope Francis, made his first trip to the United States this week, bringing his uniquely progressive papal perspective.

September 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pope Francis

Don’t Just Fire Officer James Frascatore—Arrest Him

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

New York City Police Officer James Frascatore has given new meaning to the Grand Slam of tennis.

September 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The flood of people fleeing war and misery is swelling daily, reaching the shores and borders of Europe in a desperate bid for safety. They come from Syria, where a brutal civil war during the past half-decade has killed well over 200,000.

September 10, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

California Prisoners’ Strike a Win Against Solitary Confinement

They call themselves the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective. From within their small, windowless cells, they began talking, organizing.

September 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy A Chance

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict. The alternative to diplomacy is to pour gasoline on a region of the world already on fire with intense, complex military conflicts.

August 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iran, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons

Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

August 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Julian Bond, Black Lives Matter

Art, Politics and Social Change at the Venice Biennale

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
This year’s Venice Biennale, called "All the World’s Futures," showcases a growing community of politically engaged artists, who not only reflect the beauty and brutality of the world, but might actually change it.

August 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

August 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Japan, Nuclear Power

Cincinnati and the Murder of Samuel DuBose

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. This is a start for accountability and justice. Cleveland should pay attention. As the thousand people gathered there last weekend said clearly, “Black Lives Matter.”

July 30, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, Police, Ohio

A Cuban Flag Flies Again in Washington

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
On July 20, history was made in Washington, D.C., and in Havana, Cuba. As the Cuban national anthem was played, the island nation’s flag was raised over its embassy in Washington, D.C.

July 23, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba

Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

This month, the APA released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade, that the APA actively colluded with the U.S. Department of Defense and the CIA, manipulating the APA’s policies, meetings and members in order to get the APA’s endorsement of the Pentagon’s torture program.

July 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Psychology & Torture, Torture