Columns & Articles

"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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July 29, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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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July 15, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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.

July 09, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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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June 17, 2009 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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