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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“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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“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

"Van Jones and the Boycott of Glenn Beck." By Amy Goodman

The right-wing radio and TV host may have helped oust activist and green jobs adviser Van Jones from the administration, but in doing so he further justified the boycott against his broadcasts.

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"New Light on Copenhagen Climate Talks." By Amy Goodman

The 2009 Copenhagen climate conference will be critical to the success or failure of establishing a practical, binding global plan of action before human-caused climate change reaches the point of no return, creating a cascade of catastrophes.

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"Who is Obama Playing Ball With?" By Amy Goodman

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank and chairman and CEO of UBS Group Americas. Wolf, an early financial backer of Obama’s presidential campaign, raised $250,000 for him back in 2006, and in February was appointed by the president to the White House’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Economic recovery for whom?

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"Troy Davis and the Meaning of 'Actual Innocence'." By Amy Goodman

Sitting on death row in Georgia, Troy Davis has won a key victory against his own execution. On Aug. 17, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed a federal court in Georgia to consider, for the first time in a formal court proceeding, significant evidence of Davis’ innocence that surfaced after his conviction.

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August 19, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

"Health Care Reform Needs an Action Hero." By Amy Goodman

Imagine the scene. America 2009. Eighteen thousand people have died in one year, an average of almost 50 a day. Who’s taking them out? What’s killing them? Terrorism is not the culprit here: It’s lack of adequate health care.

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August 12, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare, Canada

"A Coup for Lobbyists at the White House." By Amy Goodman

Though Barack Obama first called the Honduran military’s removal of Zelaya a coup, his administration has backpedaled. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Zelaya’s attempt to cross the Nicaraguan border into Honduras “reckless.” Could well-placed lobbyists in Washington be forging U.S. foreign policy?

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August 05, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras

"Obama’s Military Is Spying on U.S. Peace Groups." By Amy Goodman

Anti-war activists in Olympia, Wash., have exposed Army spying and infiltration of their groups, as well as intelligence gathering by the Air Force, the federal Capitol Police and the Coast Guard. The infiltration appears to be in direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act preventing U.S. military deployment for domestic law enforcement and may strengthen congressional demands for a full-scale investigation of U.S. intelligence activities, like the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s.

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"Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Troy Anthony Davis, and the 21st Century Color Line." By Amy Goodman

Henry Louis Gates Jr., who directs Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, knows much about the color line — not only from his life’s work, but from life experience, including last week, when he was arrested in his own home."

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July 22, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Troy Davis, Death Penalty

"Health Insurance Whistle-Blower Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried." By Amy Goodman

Wendell Potter is the health insurance industry’s worst nightmare. He’s a whistle-blower. Potter, the former chief spokesperson for insurance giant CIGNA, recently testified before Congress, “I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick—all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.”

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"Two Standards of Detention." By Amy Goodman

Nonviolent activists and Muslims are held in draconian conditions, while the man charged with killing Dr. George Tiller trumpets from jail the extreme anti-abortion movement’s campaign of intimidation, vandalism, arson and murder.

"Undo the Coup." By Amy Goodman

The first coup d’etat in Central America in more than a quarter-century occurred last Sunday in Honduras. It was led by a graduate of the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas, a military facility that has trained some of Latin America’s worst torturers, murderers and human rights abusers.

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July 01, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Honduras, School of the Americas

"Free Speech vs. Surveillance in the Digital Age." By Amy Goodman

Tools of mass communication that were once the province of governments and corporations now fit in your pocket. As these technologies have developed, so too has the ability to monitor, filter, censor and block them.

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June 24, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Domestic Spying

"Congre$$, Heal Thyself." By Amy Goodman

As the Obama administration pushes for a vote on health-care reform before Congress recesses in August, has health-industry money too thoroughly polluted the process for anything good to come of it?

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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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"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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