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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.



Fighting for the Climate in the Heart of the World

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Lima, the capital of Peru, has become a city of gustatory renown, attracting foodies from the world over to sample dishes from its famous ceviche to favorites from the Andean highlands. So it is an appropriate place, perhaps, for what has become a genuine movable feast, the world-roving series of summits organized by the United Nations to tackle the crisis of climate change.

December 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Lima Climate Summit 2014, Peru

Hands Up, Don’t Choke

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment. We live in a land of impunity. At least, for those in power.

December 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Eric Garner, Police Brutality

Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.” So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before he was assassinated.

November 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Ferguson Protests, Michael Brown, Police Brutality

Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people’s climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at least for now.

November 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Keystone XL, Climate Change

Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

November 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan There is a database with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. It’s one of the components of an aggressive drive across the U.S. by Republicans to stop many Americans from voting.

October 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Voting

Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination — at least so far.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Academic Freedom, Colorado, Students

We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes — but not in the Middle East.

October 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Ebola, Healthcare

Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go. Scores of medical facilities have been shuttered in Texas, stranding almost a million women hundreds of miles from a healthcare facility that they might need. The reason? These facilities provide, among other services, safe, legal abortions.

October 09, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Abortion

A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colorado

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
High-school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

October 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education

Global Warming and Global Warring

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Hours after 400,000 people joined the largest climate march in history, the U.S. began bombing Syria. President Obama is again leading the way to war, while simultaneously failing to address climate change. The world is beset with twin crises, inextricably linked: global warming and global warring.

September 25, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Syria

A Climate Week to Change Everything

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

September 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, United Nations

The Climate Marches On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” He asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer: “I say, break the law.”

September 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a day of grassroots action. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules.

September 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Net Neutrality

The Guns of August

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

In her epic book, "The Guns of August," historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths. We can look at that war in retrospect, as if through a distant mirror.

August 28, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Thousands are protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Four miles south in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

August 21, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Michael Brown

James Risen, Surveillance and Obama’s Threat to Journalism

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Obama administration’s espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

August 14, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press, Whistleblowers

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The world watches in horror this summer as military conflicts rage, leaving destruction in their wake from Libya, to Gaza, to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Never far from the dead and injured, nuclear-armed missiles stand by at the alert, waiting for the horrible moment when hubris, accident or inhumanity triggers the next nuclear attack. “I hate war,” Hosokawa reiterated. “War makes everyone crazy.”

August 07, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Japan, Nuclear Power

A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. Henry Siegman, a venerable dean of American Jewish thought and president of the U.S./Middle East Project, sat down for an interview with the Democracy Now! news hour. An ordained rabbi, Siegman is the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress and former executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, two of the major, mainstream Jewish organizations in the United States. He says the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end.

July 31, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Israel

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